Nobuyoshi Araki Opens in NYC at Mana Contemporary

Nobuyoshi Araki opening party this Saturday, May 4, from 1-7 p.m.
**Free shuttles will run from Milk Studios starting at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit artmanafest.com.

Araki @MANAcontemp

The self-titled show in Mana’s first-floor gallery will feature more than 150 of Araki’s works selected from a distinguished private collection, as well as a unique installation of 500 Polaroids. Arguably Japan’s greatest living photographer—and certainly its most controversial—Araki’s work is charged with intense sexuality. Known best for his intimate, snapshot style images of women in bondage (also known as kinbaku, the Japanese art of erotic rope-tying), Araki is an artist who reacts strongly to his emotions and uses photography to express them more fully. Don’t miss this opportunity to view a rare selection of works by Araki!

Below is a preview of the work presented by this groundbreaking and controversial photographer.
Make sure you check out the opening party Saturday, May 4, from 1-7 p.m.
On view May 4 – August 16, 2013.

Also opening…

Tom Fruin, Neon Noose, 2011. Hand-bent neon, wire, transformer. Dimensions variable.
Collection of Micha Ziprkowski.

On Mana Contemporary’s 1st and 6th floors, in collaboration with the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Obsession delves into the minds of five passionate collectors of contemporary art. Guided by internal forces, collectors, much like artists, are drawn toward a certain aesthetic. Whether in pursuit of style, medium, or conceptual thread, collectors play an instrumental role in the life cycle of art, helping to propel the careers of artists they ardently believe in.

The exhibition features selected works from the collections of Eileen S. Kaminsky, Gary Lichtenstein, Ysabel Pinyol, Steve Hanson and Micha Ziprkowski. From the seductive encased tar paintings of Daniel Turner to the intricate patchwork of Tom Fruin’s City Map, each collection is presented in a unique space and curated to evoke the collector’s taste and distinct practices.

MECA_Fatima_Abu_Romi_Exit_79a78a Fatima Abu Romi, still from Exit, 3:38 min., 2012.

Voices from the Interior
The Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA) will present films by six women artists, all members of the Palestinian minority living in Israel. The works reveal the multiple layers and complexities of the artists’ identities. Questions of nationalism, culture, and geography are prominent as the artists’ reflect on being ethnic and religious minorities in a Jewish state. But beyond the politics, the artists address issues of gender and womanhood, both within the Palestinian community in Israel as well as the larger Arab world.

Mana Contemporary provides a Free Shuttle Bus from Manhattan: Shuttles to the event can be taken from Milk Gallery (450 W. 15th Street-Corner of 10th Ave) to Mana Contemporary starting at 12:30 pm through 5:30 pm. Buses will return to Manhattan from 2 pm through 7 pm. 888 NEWARK AVENUE, JERSEY CITY, NJ 07306


All Hail Lorde! And Have A Listen To ‘Royals’


For your Friday listening pleasure, I bring you a beauty that goes by the name of Lorde. That’s it… LORDE. Hailing from New Zealand, she is bringing us Marina Diamonds meets Kate Nash meets Purity Ring meets Florence Welch realness. There’s a sort of raw innocence to her lyrics, and with the most recent track off her EP The Love Club called ‘Royals’ she is putting lame mainstream redundancy in check.

Listen to ‘Royals’ below and I guarantee you’ll instantly fall in love with her. All hail LORDE!


SONG PREMIERE: Poliça – “Tiff” Featuring Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon


The latest single from Polica, “Tiff,” is a ghostly collab with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon that will take you on a steady emotional roller-coaster. Polica and Justin, who first teamed up in indie rock super group Gayngs, performed the song together this past Friday (4/12) at Coachella.

Listen to ‘Tiff‘ here

Watch Polica debut “Tiff” with Justin Vernon at Coachella
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Tour Dates
4/23 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
4/24 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
5/10 – Chastain Park Amphitheatre  – Atlanta, GA *
6/6 – Governors Ball – New York, NY
7/27- XPN Festival – Camden, NJ

*with Smashing Pumpkins


Brokechella 2013 – Review


As we get nearer to release date or our upcoming PUZL Magazine – 4th edition, my attention turns to the next. The focus will be around the music industry, more specifically the independent format. As spring settles in and summer fast approaching, festivals, album releases, pool parties and the like begin to emerge. Over the course of the next few months we will be reviewing, publishing press releases, and sharing upcoming events to whet your music minded appetite. To kick off this smörgåsbord of articles we spent this past weekend in DTLA dancing, darting and hopping from the 3 stage mini-fest called Brokechella.

One of the main reasons I did not attend Coachella this year was to avoid people like this:

The decision turned out not to be ill-fated and fortune had it that PUZL Magazine decided to cover the event to kick off it’s research for the next magazine drop.

Saturday was shaping up to be beautiful. With camera in hand and multiple computing devices in tow the PUZL Magazine team made their way to Six01 Studios in DTLA.

An early start was necessary as Josh Brooks (LAMP’s Resident DJ) was welcoming guests with his opening set at the Shifty Rhythms stage (I would be excited to see him back next year with a later set time :P ). As his set wrapped up, we wandered over to the cARTel stage to catch the much anticipated Manhattan Murder Mystery, driven by a Virginian-turned-Angeleno Matthew Teardrop. Radio Free Silverlake put it best, “Every Manhattan Murder Mystery show is like a battle royal. A wonderful, scummy battle royal.” The front man made quite the theatrical exit after taking his mic stand down to the crowd and then tossing his guitar towards the stage and storming off behind stage.

Hunger struck and so we made our way back to the food trucks and devoured some delicious 12hr pulled pork sandwiches by Vagabond Grillyard. Satisfied, we headed back towards the Shifty Rhythms stage to watch part of Bastille’s set and also caught some of DJ Fernet at the Brownies and Lemonade stage.

Continuing our pattern of stage hopping we found ourselves back at the cARTel stage and we’re pleasantly suprised to see Massachusetts’ natives Hello Echo finishing their mic checks. The stage was adorned with colorful masks (used in an upcoming music video) and fittingly the band members proudly wore Boston apparel in support of the tragic events of the week prior. A special appearance by frontman Devlin McCluskey form Dead Ships capped off a fantastic energetic performance.

The rest of the night blended beautifully with the night air cooling off the heated dance bodies across all 3 stages. Phenomenal performances by Planet Rock and Goj!ra rounded out a lively and rambunctious Shifty Rhythms stage.

We snapped some shots of course:

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Brokechella, Six01 Studios, cARTel, Shifty Rythms, Brownies & Lemonade and many more for making our experience a memorable one.