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WARBY PARKER PRESENTS BECK'S +

WARBY PARKER PRESENTS BECK'S "SONG READER" ALBUM AND A REISSUE OF "CARMICHAEL"

Officially titled Warby Parker Presents Beck Song Reader, the CD’s release ties into the debut of limited-edition Black Cherry Carmichael eyeglass frames created by Beck, and a new edition of the Song Reader book with two new prints from artist Marcel Dzama. Song Reader can currently available on Amazon.com. and the Carmichael eyeglass is now available at Warby Parker.

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Katerina Jebb self portrait signed by Hugh Hefner GALLERY

ARTIST KATERINA JEBB CURATES THIS MONTHS PURPLE TV TAKEOVER

For this months Purple TV Takeover we invited artist, photographer, filmmaker, and Purple contributor Katerina Jebb to curate a selection of videos. This exclusive takeover coincides with the opening of her L'Arlesienne show, curated by Christian Lacroix and on view until September 21st, at the at Les Rencontres Arles Photography Festival 2014, Arles.

For L'Arlesienne Jebb was commissioned by Lacroix to portray the Arlésienne woman and has produced 47 new works following the theme of the exhibition, absence. The theme of the exhibition L'Arlésienne is taken from a novel written in 1869 by Alphonse Daudet. Lacroix plays on this literary term meaning someone or something which does not appear.

After a car accident in 1991 that paralyzed her right arm Jebb resolved the inability to hold a camera by employing machines to make life-size images, primarily self-portraits lying herself down on a high resolution scanning machine. Progressively, she diversified, posing subjects and objects, exploring the medium in parallel with the expanding possibilities in digital technology. Jebb proceeded to remove parts of the scanner to facilitate maximum extension of the subject.

Jebb's work has since flourished from its photographic origins, proceeding to disrupt the boundaries between mediums. Her photography has made way for video art, installations and sculpture. In her work, Jebb considers the human condition with arrant sensitivity, offering the viewer a depiction of women that rejects the normalized, commercial female role. This can clearly be seen in her film series Simulacrum & Hyperbole, which premiered exclusively on purple.fr. Twelve insightful videos, each a comment on advertising, illusion and utopian dreams, parodying contemporary consumerism.

The first video in this takeover is Kienholz On Exhibit by June Steel, a film that documents Ed Kienholz's "Back Seat Dodge 38" that was on show The Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1966.

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ARON MOREL BOOKS LAUNCHES WILLIAM BLAKE'S +

ARON MOREL BOOKS LAUNCHES WILLIAM BLAKE'S "ONE THOUGHT FILLS IMMENSITY " WITH PATTI SMITH PRINTS TONIGHT FROM 7PM at Honoré, Paris

Launching tonight from 7pm and coinciding with the 4 day exhibition at Honoré, with 2 other London based publishers Hannah Watson (Trolley) and Alix Janta-Polczynski (ADAD), is the limited edition book from Aron Morel Books: William Blake's "One Thought Fills Immensity" with prints by Patti Smith. This limited edition, 35 copies of the book all printed on paper over 100 years old, comes in a box set sold at €1000.

Blake was in all poet - painter - printer/publisher - dissenter - and undoubtedly a visionary rebel - a punk from bygone days! Blake is as relevant today as he was 200 years ago- be it his social dissent down to his D.I.Y ethic in the midst of the industrial revolution. This series is the closest the average person will ever get to one of William Blake's original self-published illuminated books - hand printed from acid-burnt coper plates, simply bound - these are essentially self-published artist books/zines echoing down the centuries. Blake's visionary work has spilt across culture influencing artists, writers, poets, musicians, publishers for 200 years - and to celebrate this link we have the honour of the Godmother of Punk, Patti Smith including two different photographs of a life mask of William Blake! Watch the video on the books printing here.

The book launch and exhibition opens tonight from 7pm at Honoré, Galerie rue Visconti 17-19, 75006, Paris. Text and photo Aron Morel

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LEO GABIN KICK OFF THEIR PURPLE TV TAKEOVER WITH LONNIE HOLLEY'S +

LEO GABIN KICK OFF THEIR PURPLE TV TAKEOVER WITH LONNIE HOLLEY'S "ALL RENDERED TRUTH"

Purple TV is pleased to announce the first video from the Leo Gabin TV Takeover - Lonnie Holley "All Rendered Truth." True to their work, which touches on the diverse relationships between the visual, music and the meditative repetition of the ordinary and urban, the first video from the takeover is about Lonnie Holley, the self-taught African American visual artist, and now musician, from Birmingham, Alabama.

This trio are currently showing their paintings and video works at the White Cube, London. The gallery explains that their work investigates "the materials and rituals of contemporary culture by pulling together endless amounts of online amateur video footage to create a new kind of narrative. Leo Gabin are interested in how American pop culture is filtered and interpreted through online viewing; how young people use the media to capture their surroundings and express themselves." This one week takeover from the Belgian trio, made up of Lieven Deconinck, Gaetan Begerem and Robin De Vooght, will reveal the small connections of their inspirations to their work. What better collective of artists to takeover Purple TV. "Their art underscores the zeitgeist — the spirit of an age dominated by speed and intensity, by images and evanescence, by eroticism and escapism, and perhaps by a present tenuously geared toward a future," said Jeff Rian in Purple Fashion Issue 18. "Their works imply the statement, Look at us!" Continue reading more about the Belgium art trio Leo Gabin here. Photo courtesy of Schirn Kunsthalle

Click here to watch Lonnie Holley "All Rendered Truth."