All posts by Vivian Hua

Vivian Hua (華婷婷) wears a lot of random hats, but has somewhat mastered globetrotting like a hobo and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Through her work, she hopes to embrace the temporary while documenting the nostalgic, using divination and dream symbolism as guides through the cosmic maze. Additional writing, art, video, and other crap, like her astrological chart, can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net. She is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, and quite appreciates unsolicited personal e-mails just to shoot the shit and narrow the gaps between human beings.
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Infantree – “In Line” Music Video

It’s nice when bands have the impetus to be involved with the visual representations of themselves. We saw it a lot this year with album covers, but it doesn’t happen nearly as often with music videos. Matt Kronish of Infantree took matters into his own hands with this stop-motion flipbook animation that spans multiple notebooks....Read...
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Nightlands – “All The Way” Music Video

With overdubs reminiscent of Imogen Heap, “All The Way” by Nightlands seems like a musical collage — layers and layers of the phrase, “All the way,” work with occasional sprinklings of notes. The video is similarly a low-budget collage, with faces morphing in and out of each other and very little in-between. Directed by Audrey...Read...
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Callers – “How You Hold Your Arms” Music Video

Mike Anderson’s visual interpretation for “How You Hold Your Arms” combines two sets of videos at once, but not in any way you might be able to predict. From the Western Vinyl website, they state, “A recorded song floats unchanged in time, through endless possibilities of events, spaces. Here’s a visualization of that. There are...Read...
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Solar Bear – Captains Of Industry Album Review

Solar Bear’s six-track EP, Captains Of Industry, opens with “Logical Fallacy,” a minute-long intro track that sounds like a Refused track run through a grainy vintage filter. And if its title is any indicator, the song is a bit of a trick; it puts you off your guard, making you wonder whether your speakers are...Read...
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OriginalStyle at Hellion Gallery

Last year’s romp into Portland’s First Thursday Art Walk yielded only a couple notable things. The best of them all, though, was Tokyo’s OriginalStyle at Hellion Gallery. He documents his favorite skate spots around Tokyo, and overlays acrylic type on intricately-drawn backdrops, but in a way that doesn’t feel trite or forced. OriginalStyle isn’t incorporating...Read...
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La Femme – Le Podium 1 EP Album Review

A lean little 4-track EP, Le Podium #1 is a workout routine in La Femme’s ability to genre-hop. EP opener, “Sur La Planche,” boasts French lyrics that translate to, “On a surf board /On the beach, on the wave, I’m searching for sensations /On a surfboard, in the tubes, I’m searching for sensations/ You better...Read...
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Rake Hands & Skin Drawings.

Lynn Palewicz has quite specific visions for her artwork, which is generally based around sculpture — or, in this case, using the human form as sculpture — and photography. This series of skin drawings is astounding, and it’s a wonder inking and body art aren’t taken to this level more often.