Opening on Friday, April 8th, 2016 at Stephanie Chefas Projects in Portland, Oregon is the fantastic looking group exhibition, “Selfie.”
From the gallery’s press release: “Selfie” is a group show honoring the
exploration of self through artistic expression. From the aristocratic portrayal of Durer to the
camouflage visage of Warhol, the timeless art of self-portrait has been cemented as a cornerstone of
art history, often demonstrating an artist in his or her most personal (perhaps even vulnerable)
mode of expression. Through these personal endeavors an artist can reveal innermost thoughts and
feelings while simultaneously allowing the viewer to bear witness to a human life in flux. As personal the self-portrait can be, it’s also a form that’s commonly defined by expectation and
familiarity. For “Selfie,” participating artists were invited to unlock the shackles of tradition and take
the notion of ‘self’ as a launch pad for pure creative expression. Looking deep within, each artist went
beyond the flesh to offer profound glimpses into their souls. The result is a truly spectacular array of
intimate iconography from some of the contemporary art scene’s most exciting talents.
This is a look at some of the greatest Western non-superhero comics out there. We have everything from zombies to fairy tales! These books have great stories, gorgeous art and tremendous talent behind them.
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#StraightFromTheInbox: KRU 2016 Artist Collection Launch
WASHINGTON, DC: Soul & Ink, the premiere live screen printing business in the DC area, will be hosting a launch party to celebrate their first streetwear collection on Saturday April 2, from 7-11 pm at Nomad Yard Collectiv. Soul & Ink co-founders Frankie and Sherry Meneses are honored to partner with selected artists from the DMV and beyond on the curation of “KRU 2016: The Artist Collection.”
Soul & Ink has collaborated specifically with artists known for their strong, clean signature styles that they admire and respect for their art and the messages consistently expressed through it. For now they are focusing on limited edition shirts that will debut online starting April 1st. They hope to later expand their e-commerce shop to feature apparel, prints, accessories, and more.
The designs will be featured online, as well as at select events that Soul & Ink will participate in throughout the year. This collection is an effort to uplift, spotlight and support artists in the DC area. In effect, it is only apropos that they chose to partner with Nomad Yard for the launch party, whose mission involves providing access to quality vintage, a space for ongoing dialogue designed to strengthen the community, innovative exhibitions, stylized pop-ups and a new generation of retail – all centered around community.
The moniker KRU is an alternative to the English word CREW, but beyond that and more importantly it is meant to pay homage to the spirit of the Liberian Kru people who vigilantly refused to be captured into slavery and have history in the DMV area - resisting settler’s efforts to control their trade in Maryland. The Kru were known for their skills in navigating and sailing the Atlantic. Their history is one marked by a strong sense of ethnicity and resistance to occupation.
In the same vein, Soul & Ink considers all artists participating in this collection to be modern day rebels, renegades, and freedom fighters in their own right - adamantly dedicated to manifesting their own destiny, representing culture and freedom, while blazing trails along the way. Together through this collaboration, they are able to represent and celebrate the myriad of subcultures and history of DC that makes it such a vibrant community today.
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares…or shall they? Probot-era peacenik WINO, photographed by Brian Liu. Cover design by W. T. Nelson. Feature article in this issue (No. 9/March 2004) on the anti-warpig was by fellow metal lifer Joshua Sindell. This issue is sold out from the Arthur Store — sorry!
T cells, the security guards of the immune system, use a kind of
mechanical “handshake” to test whether a cell they encounter is a friend
or foe, a new study finds.
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
published the study, led by Khalid Salaita, a physical chemist at Emory
University who specializes in the mechanical forces of cellular
“We’ve provided the first direct evidence that a T cell gives
precise mechanical tugs to other cells,” Salaita says. “And we’ve shown
that these tugs are central to a T cell’s process of deciding whether to
mount an immune response. A tug that releases easily, similar to a
casual handshake, signals a friend. A stronger grip indicates a foe.”
Yang Liu, Lori Blanchfield, Victor Pui-Yan Ma, Rakieb Andargachew, Kornelia Galior, Zheng Liu, Brian Evavold, Khalid Salaita. DNA-based
nanoparticle tension sensors reveal that T-cell receptors transmit
defined pN forces to their antigens for enhanced fidelity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016; 201600163 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1600163113
Caption: A 3-D rendering of a fluorescence image maps the
piconewton forces applied by T cells. The height and color indicates the
magnitude of the applied force. Credit: Microscopy image by Yang Liu, Emory University.