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YAR HAR!! In honor of 'talk like a pirate day', it is my great pleasure to announce the release of the debut album and video from Neptune's brand new undersea heavy metal band, CHUM! Avast ye Scallywags!!!!

CHUM! is an undersea heavy metal project helmed by Lee Eschliman and DC Wilson. The band consists of a diverse collective of deep-sea creatures hell-bent on mining only the heaviest, most chunk-worthy riffs from the darkest depths of the undersea world. These savage ocean predators come together in a feeding frenzy of blood-thirsty chaos, channeling their primal hunger and gruesome savagery into a symphonic kaleidoscope of fish guts and cold-blooded brutality.

From the cold, forgotten depths of the deepest, darkest oceanic trenches, CHUM! rises like an ancient leviathan calling to all undersea predators scattered across the seven seas. These massive beasts rise into the light, following the primal undersea rhythm which flows freely like blood on the aquatic currents of the world.

Featuring performances by Lee Eschliman, Wayne Fidler, Chris Davis-Slade, Jay Caddle, Michael Miller, Ed Kellogg, and Bill Pusey.

15% of all proceeds of the album will be donated to Oceana International, for protection of the world's oceans and marine environments.

Stream & download the album now!
Bandcamp: https://chumchumchum.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/chumchumchumof...

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Philadelphia Inquirer Article

Students at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts dismantle a horse dropped off by a class at Temple University's Tyler School. The Tyler class left horses at three other art schools as well.

Tyler students wage a friendly art war
By Susan Snyder
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

For nearly 30 hours, the new art students in town built their self-proclaimed acts of "art war" - eight-and-a-half-foot sculptures of Trojan horses - which they then stealthily installed on the campuses of four Philadelphia arts colleges earlier this week.

"Art war," proclaimed Alyssa Brubaker, 22, a Medford, senior studying at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, which relocated from Elkins Park to North Philadelphia in January.

"We're here now."

The prank, however, had a larger purpose: to open dialogue among students at major art schools in the city.

Chester Zecca, 22, a Tyler school senior from Berwyn, said he often lamented that there was not more communication.

"It's really important for artists to have a strong community, the more the better," he said.

The idea was born in mid-February in an advanced sculpture class when assistant professor Karyn Olivier asked students to think of a project that would require them to work together for an extended period of time, as artists must sometimes do. The group of 12 students decided that a calling card of sorts was the project to embrace.

They invited retaliation from their four targets: Moore College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the University of the Arts and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. In 100 declarations of war stuffed inside each of the horses, they wrote that they "stand by our gates at full attention waiting for the battle to begin."

Some students at the target schools have already taken up arms, or paint brushes.

"Consider this an official acceptance of your declaration of war . . . and you can expect a prompt and well-crafted response," a Moore student warned on a YouTube video.

Even faculty and administrators were intrigued by the "collegial competitiveness," said Stephen Tarantal, dean of the college of art and design at the University of the Arts.

"We are going to provide a response. . . . in the same spirit," he said.

Tarantal said, however, that some on campus were "concerned" that the Tyler students delivered the lode during a major art exhibition to raise money for scholarships. The school had to quickly dismantle what he called "the gift horse."

And at PAFA, some were miffed that the Tyler students had listed their name wrong - using Philadelphia instead of Pennsylvania - on the declarations.

But students at the academy, founded in 1805, decided to take it in stride and are planning a response, said David Wilson, 35, a graduate student.

"We do feel that it is our responsibility as the oldest art academy in the United States to foster the development of these younger schools and help encourage their growth and maturity," he said.

Tyler students pulled a pizza- and coffee-laden all-nighter to build the horses, which they made with wood and cardboard left over from the school's recent move to Temple's main campus in North Philadelphia.

Some students sewed. Some welded. Some cut and pasted. Others wrote declarations and hung a Tyler flag from each horse's mouth.

The Tyler students and their professor installed the horses in the lobbies and administration centers of the other art schools Tuesday evening.

They encountered no resistance, they said. But there was a lot of curiosity about the ancient Greek symbols.

"The first thing I did was to make sure there weren't a gaggle of students waiting to jump out," Wilson said.
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Philadelphia City Paper - "Don't Look an Art Horse in the Mouth"
Construction of the Tyler School of Art War Horses ~ Video
Moore's Response to the Horses ~ Video
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Imperfect Moments: Mapplethorpe and Censorship Twenty Years Later

Karen Finley, Tim Miller, Andres Serrano

Imperfect Moments: Mapplethorpe and Censorship Twenty Years Later

On Friday, February 13th, 2009 the Institute of Contemporary Art hosted a symposium at the University of Pennsylvania entitled “Imperfect Moments: Mapplethorpe and Censorship Twenty Years Later”. The symposium was organized to discuss the national controversy that arose following a Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition at the ICA in Philadelphia during 1989. The public outcry at the time was so severe that the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC cancelled their exhibition which was scheduled for later that year. This debate raised many questions concerning the use of NEA funding for fine art which some considered to be “obscene” or offensive”.

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When I got on the bus late last night,
the scrolling digital message board
over the door read . . .
Market Frankford Line to 69th Street Station
October 16th, 2028 1:28 AM
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Paintings ~ Fall 2008

Work in Progress ~ 36" x 48" ~ Oil on Canvas

I painted a series of nudes from life this Fall as part of my graduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy. Several of the canvases are still in progress, although this work will be put aside for the moment as I'm planning to focus on other things during the spring semester. Any comments or criticisms are encouraged.

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Fruit Paintings ~ Fall 2008

Apricot, Pear, & Two Grapes ~ 2008 ~ Oil on Canvas ~ 8" x 10"

Here are a few still life paintings I did earlier this month to give away as holiday gifts. I figure that every painter should try to paint fruit at least once in life. The silk scarf they're sitting on came from the Academy Store and also went as a gift to my Mom.

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