1. mocatv:

    As a graduate student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in the mid-’00s, Sterling Ruby was introduced to the work of French postmodernist Jean Baudrillard, a theorist who suggested a future reality comprised of copies and imitations, one in which artistic gestures were unavoidably insincere and always pre-conditioned. Ruby took this to mean that artmaking could no longer be innate: it was bound to a history that was at its best a crutch and its worst a stifling prison.

    This lamentation led Ruby to create the body of work that would be known as SUPERMAX, named after the high-security federal prison system that quarantines rather than corrects its inmates. At the center of three exhibitions, including a residency at MOCA Pacific Design Center in 2008, were urethane drip sculptures that Paul Schimmel would identify as "three-dimensional Jackson Pollock… caught in the action."

    Better known as stalagmites, these massive sculptures represent the gesture of abstract expressionism trapped by its historical successor in minimalism, a movement that to Ruby was a symbol of authoritarian repression. As defined by Robert Morris, minimalism demanded an unalterable shape; Ruby made his sculptures liquid-looking and malleable. If minimalism’s virtue was its “publicness,” Ruby would vandalize his faux-monuments with tags and graffiti.

    Ruby continued to construct these enormous urethane works for another five years. As the body of work came to a close, MOCAtv visited him in his Vernon, California studio complex for an exclusive look at his process.

    Sterling Ruby - The Artist’s Studio - MOCAtv

  2. UntitledDistorted Media SequencesFrom the series “Naughty Glitches”JRR 2014
(For the animated version, please go here. [NSFW])

    Untitled
    Distorted Media Sequences
    From the series “Naughty Glitches
    JRR 2014

    (For the animated version, please go here. [NSFW])

  3. Justin Raphael RoykovichVogue Dancer 1 dot gif2010
(stupid tumblr and their non-animating-gifs-when-they-are-too-big. Here’s a link to it animated: http://makeagif.com/i/ASnIOg) 

    Justin Raphael Roykovich
    Vogue Dancer 1 dot gif
    2010

    (stupid tumblr and their non-animating-gifs-when-they-are-too-big. Here’s a link to it animated: http://makeagif.com/i/ASnIOg

  4. FeminismDigital Media PhotographFriday December 6, 2013 : 01:18pmJustin Raphael Roykovich

    Feminism
    Digital Media Photograph
    Friday December 6, 2013 : 01:18pm
    Justin Raphael Roykovich

  5. Dustin Zito Sucking CockDigital Media Photograph2013Justin Raphael Roykovich

    Dustin Zito Sucking Cock
    Digital Media Photograph
    2013
    Justin Raphael Roykovich

  6. The Evolution of Miley CyrusDigital Photograph2013Justin Raphael Roykovich

    The Evolution of Miley Cyrus
    Digital Photograph
    2013
    Justin Raphael Roykovich

  7. Piazza San Marco, Venice. 2013Justin Raphael Roykovich

    Piazza San Marco, Venice. 
    2013
    Justin Raphael Roykovich

  8. Diamonds, Test 1 (In Progress)
    1;46
    2012 
    Justin Raphael Roykovich

  9. Carl Sagan on the Meaning of Life.

    "In the past few decades, the United States and the Soviet Union have accomplished something that — unless we destroy ourselves first — will be remembered a thousand years from now: the first close-up exploration of dozens of other worlds. Together we have found much out there that is magnificent, instructive and of practical value. But we have found no trace, no hint of life. The Earth is an anomaly. In all the solar system, it is, so far as we know, the only inhabited planet.

    We humans are one among millions of separate species who live in a world burgeoning, overflowing with life. And yet, most species that ever were are no more. After flourishing for one hundred fifty million years, the dinosaurs became extinct. Every last one. No species is guaranteed its tenure on this planet. And humans, the first beings to devise the means for their own destruction, have been here for only several million years.

    We are rare and precious because we are alive, because we can think. We are privileged to influence and perhaps control our future. We have an obligation to fight for life on Earth — not just for ourselves but for all those, humans and others, who came before us and to whom we are beholden, and for all those who, if we are wise enough, will come after. There is no cause more urgent than to survive to eliminate on a global basis the growing threats of nuclear war, environmental catastrophe, economic collapse and mass starvation. These problems were created by humans and can only be solved by humans. No social convention, no political system, no economic hypothesis, no religious dogma is more important.

    The hard truth seems to be this: We live in a vast and awesome universe in which, daily, suns are made and worlds destroyed, where humanity clings to an obscure clod of rock. The significance of our lives and our fragile realm derives from our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning. We would prefer it to be otherwise, of course, but there is no compelling evidence for a cosmic Parent who will care for us and save us from ourselves. It is up to us.”

    - Carl Sagan

    Via Brain Pickings

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  10. jrroykovich2:

I’ve been invited to partake in a printmaking residency this summer in Venice, but I need your help!
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-justin-go-to-venice/

Re-blogging myself. No shame. 

    jrroykovich2:

    I’ve been invited to partake in a printmaking residency this summer in Venice, but I need your help!

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-justin-go-to-venice/

    Re-blogging myself. No shame. 

  11. UntitledDigital PhotographDimensions Variable2013

    Untitled
    Digital Photograph
    Dimensions Variable
    2013

  12. Untitled Self PortraitToned CyanotypeDigital file, dimensions variable2011

    Untitled Self Portrait
    Toned Cyanotype
    Digital file, dimensions variable
    2011

  13. Obama condemns a ‘shameful day for Washington’
    30 second video
    2013

  14. AdamGum Bichromate PrintApprox. 8&#8221; x 10&#8221;From the Series Sparagmos and Omophagia 2011

    Adam
    Gum Bichromate Print
    Approx. 8” x 10”
    From the Series Sparagmos and Omophagia 
    2011

  15. The Vogue Redux, 1990 - 2010InstallationDimensions Variable2010

    The Vogue Redux, 1990 - 2010
    Installation
    Dimensions Variable
    2010