Stories in Abundance at the 2019 Outsider Art Fair

One of the most marvelous aspects of the Outsider Art Fair is the way in which much the work displayed is steeped in stories. In asking about one of the very first drawings I encountered (at the stand for the gallery Yukiko Koide Presents) I learned that the artist Yuichiro Ukai is 23 years old, on the autism spectrum, and meshes Manga cartoons he loves to watch with traditional Japanese figurative representation. The scenes Ukai present are chaotic and churning, the life of a town decocted into one varicolored image in which everything is happening at once. A little later in my exploration I happened on a wood panel piece that immediately made me smile — because a goggly set of eyes with two small dots for nostrils set above two wood planks joined together where their gaps correspond so that they create a silly but charming doofus-like grin. The resulting face the gallerist at Wilsonville told me was made by a Mexican man who is 73 and only started making visual art a few years ago because his daughter had asked for an image that resembled David Bowie. The fair is replete with stories like these in which the character and circumstances of the artist makes the art richer with the accompanying narrative embroidery.

– Hyperallergic

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Animation Contracts And The Beast

The recent trend of live action remakes of animated Disney classic shows no signs of slowing down with this week’s news that The Hunchback of Notre Dame is now in development. This year alone will see Dumbo released in March, followed by Aladdin in May, and then photo-realistic CGI hybrid The Lion King in July. While 2020 will definitely see Mulan brought to life, there are release dates that at one time were planned for The Little Mermaid and Tinkerbell as well. With the behind-the-scenes technology advancing at an awe-inspiring rate, it’s the animation contracts that could benefit from some attention and still have a long way to go to protect writers and financially tie them to the success of these updated projects.

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“How an Elaborate International Scam is Making the Rounds Among Instagrammers and Photographers”

This sounds like a really well-done scam that could fool many, including professionals. Please read if you are in the photography industry at any level.

It all started with an email from Wendi Murdoch. She claimed that she had found us through a personal recommendation from a senior editor at Conde Naste Traveler. We had just finished talking with Conde Nast Traveler about doing some Instagram featured work on both my and Zory’s accounts, so the timing made sense.

– PetzPixel

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YouTube Music Could Replace Google Play as the Default Music Player on Android Devices

The app version number 2.65 was quickly torn apart by tech enthusiast blogs, with changes under the hood analyzed.

One possibility discovered is that Google may be prepping to make YouTube Music a default app for Android devices. As part of the agreement to distribute Android devices, manufacturers agree to include default apps on their devices. Right now, the default music app is Play Music.

– Digital Music News

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17 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings Of 2019

In the Instagram age, where every colorful corner of the world is snapped, geotagged, posted and then becomes overcrowded, it’s a struggle to find something new. To help you stay ahead of the trends, Forbes Travel Guide’s editors searched north, south, east and west to find the hotels that everyone will be talking about in 2019.

– Forbes

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