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by Richard Lovell 10.24.2014
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Tyler Shields Returns to Cincinnati for Miller Gallery Show

'Provocateur' opens tonight

American photographer and firebrand Tyler Shields makes his return to Cincinnati for a Miller Gallery exhibition as part of the ongoing FotoFocus Biennial. This is Shields’ second appearance at the Miller Gallery in conjunction with FotoFocus, first appearing in 2012 with Controlled Chaos. This year's exhibit – Provocateur — opens tonight and he’s been shooting in various locations locally throughout the week. Of all the superlatives to describe Shields and his work, “provocateur” might be most suitable of all. He’s gained a level of notoriety for his past exhibits and photo shoots, including a 2011 exhibit that substituted paint for the fresh blood of 25 rich and famous celebrities. Shields has successfully merged the world of art with celebrity, similar to fellow rebel-rouser Andy Warhol. He’s taken racy and playful photos of Lindsay Lohan, Kathy Griffin, Abigail Breslin and the entire cast of Revenge. His work can also be seen as a companion to Jay Z and Kanye Wests’s Watch the Throne, using the medium of photography to exhibit grandeur, fame and the excesses of materialism. His works have seen the destruction of a $100,000 Hermès Birkin bag and the detonation of a vintage Rolls Royce — all in the name of art, of course. His latest Cincinnati exhibit yet again pushes his subjects and the limits of what photography can be. His exhibit takes risks, but also presents the germination for pensive and reflective thought. But of all the superlatives and excessive descriptors for his work, nothing beats seeing the real thing. Make sure Provocateur is a part of your 2014 FotoFocus experience. The opening party takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Miller Gallery (2715 Erie Ave., Hyde Park) and continues through Nov. 8. Go here for more information.
by Jac Kern 05.31.2013
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Your Weekend To Do List: 5/31-6/2

Photography’s bad boy, Tyler Shields, returns to Cincinnati for another exhibit at Miller Gallery, kicked off with an opening reception in Over-the-Rhine Friday. Known for his controversial celebrity photos, Shields last exhibited at Miller Gallery in October as part of FotoFocus. Now he’s back showing off his latest collection of photos, Suspense, featuring images of people falling, floating and flipping across striking backgrounds. Friday’s opening is a pop-up gallery party at the Hanke Building (1130 Main St., OTR). VIP $50 tickets grant 8 p.m. admission, free valet parking, an open bar and photo op with Shields. General admission from 9 p.m.-midnight is $10 and includes three drink tickets. It’s sure to be a super party and a great chance to brush shoulders with the “who’s who” of the art community. Proceeds benefit Flashes of Hope, a national nonprofit with the mission to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. Buy tickets here or bring cash at the door. Across the river in Newport, Powerhouse Factories celebrates music festival season with a Summer Shindig Friday. Enjoy live music from The Pinstripes, a great view from Powerhouse’s patio, great deals on the factory’s excellent assortment music posters (BOGO half-off) and frosty beers from MadTree Brewery. The free party runs 6 p.m.-midnight. The Fringe Festival continues this weekend (through June 8), with plenty of original, unusual and just plan weird theater performances throughout the city. Go here for performance reviews, a complete festival schedule and the official festival guide. And getcho Fringe on! The 46th annual Summerfair takes over Coney Island Friday-Sunday. This festival, one of the oldest continuous art fairs in the country, features more than 300 fine artists, crafters, youth arts organizations and performers exhibiting and selling photographs, pottery, textiles, jewelry and much more. Are you a Shark or a Jet? A Greaser or a Soc? A Mod or a Rocker? Do you rock a scooter or a motorcycle? Either way, folks from “both sides of the tracks” will come together this weekend for the Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally, a weekend-long event to promote unity between both types of motor enthusiasts. Events include family-friendly rides, a pin-up girl contest, a bike rally, happy hour, a group breakfast and more. A $30 pass gets you admission to all the three-day events. Go here for more info. For more art, shows, festivals, concerts and events to check out this weekend, peep our To Do picks full calendar.
by Jac Kern 05.29.2013
Posted In: TV/Celebrity, Humor at 11:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

The new season of Arrested Development has been bestowed upon us, premiering seven years after the last episode has aired, on a platform that hadn’t even been invented when the series first debuted. For those (commies) who haven’t watched yet or somehow were able to resist the urge to watch all 15 episodes during the holiday weekend, I’ll keep details to a minimum. They’re far funnier when played out onscreen, anyway. I will say that at least one scene was filmed recently enough to include a reference to that crazy sorority girl email. That was like last month! All in all, I was really happy with the new season. There were some low points, for sure, but the format of each episode focusing on one character, to create a series of overlapping and intertwining story lines, was hilarious and perfect for both Netflix and the show. It’s so hard for a project like this to live up to everyone’s expectations and I think AD deftly avoided taking itself too seriously or trying to make this fourth season something greater than it really is. Best of all, it’s at least as re-watchable as the other seasons, and I look forward to catching more Easter eggs and puns with repeated plays. But we do have something serious to discuss. We need to talk about Portia de Rossi’s face. BuzzFeed agrees. In Arrested Development, Portia plays a self-centered, materialistic wasp, but in real life (because I totally know PDR IRL), I imagine her to be a much more down-to-earth, naturally elegant beauty. In fact, in a recent interview with Los Angeles Confidential, Portia talks about being 40, how she’s proud of her age and being uninterested in clinging to her 20s. She’s also on the cover of Out Magazine’s May issue, sporting a short, Twiggy-inspired look (hopefully Ellen and Portia will continue to just fuse into identical pixie-haired, blonde lesbian goddesses and take over the world). Here, she certainly looks different from her early Lindsay Bluth days, but between adding a few years, an edgy haircut, makeup and Photoshop photography magic, I didn’t think she’d done anything to her pretty little face. I didn’t think Ellen would allow it! And then came the Lindsay episode of Arrested Development.                            WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOUR FACE?! The feminist in me is hesitant to go on about whether someone has had plastic surgery. I mean, who cares? It’s her right to do whatever she wants to her (already flawless angel) visage. But it’s so confusing why she’d discuss embracing age in interviews when she so clearly has done something to her mug. Her facial expressions, something so essential to her drama queen character, have seriously diminished in this new season. What’s so ironic is that Lindsay very infamously had a nose job in her youth, and any real-life plastic surgery could have easily been written into the script! Also, I can't even pinpoint any specific plastic surgery that could have happened (total face transplant?), so I'm really worried that someone made a Portia robot and the real PDR is being held hostage somewhere. Anyone? Anyway, if you haven’t yet hunkered down for an AD watch-a-thon, I definitely suggest it (some of the humor would be lost if you spaced the episodes out too much). Just prepare yourself for a few things: cameos galore, an inexplicable number of bird references (particularly ostriches, WTF?) and a surprising new face on Nellie, I mean Lindsay, Bluth. In other FACE news, HBO premiered the anticipated Steven Soderbergh Liberace movie, Behind the Candelabra, Sunday. If you were planning on tuning in for a camptastic voyage of gold lamé, diamonds and gays (well, there was plenty of that), you might be surprised to discover an emotional, heartfelt film. Based on the memoirs of Scott Thorson, Liberace’s companion in the late '70s-mid-'80s, the movie starred Matt Damon as Thorson and a flawless Michael Douglas as Mr. Showmanship himself. (All Behind the Candelabra photos courtesy HBO.) In the film, Thorson meets Liberace through a mutual friend, conveniently just as “Lee’s” handsome protégé is beginning to lose his shine (though not literally — I swear, these guys were covered in so much pixie dust throughout this movie, they’re probably still pooping glitter to this day). It’s not long before Liberace hires Scott as a companion of many sorts — a secretary, a bodyguard, an onstage chauffeur, a lover. They even make plans for Liberace to adopt Thorson (though age was not explicitly discussed in the film, Scott was actually 16 when he met Liberace — there was around 50 years between the two.) It's a very complicated relationship, made even more so when Liberace suggests they get plastic surgery after they’d both let themselves go a bit. An aging “Lee” opts for a major facelift while Scott mainly wants to lose some weight. Their plastic surgeon is played with the perfect amount of tight-faced humor by Rob Lowe:                                                                       This is his "natural look."Doc puts Scott on “The California Diet” of pills, while Lee suggests something more — full facial reconstruction surgery to make Scott look more like him. Viewers see Matt Damon transform from a strapping young stud, to Matt Damon with a fake belly, to a crazy Liberace-Adonis spawn in a sparkly thong.                                                                       Fresh-faced at 15                                                                            Haggard at 22                                                                             Just kidding, look at dat bodyMichael Douglas’ physical transformation takes a much darker turn. Thorson and Liberace’s split becomes inevitable as we see Lee turn his attention to a younger, more innocent new specimen. Scott will soon be replaced much like he took the spot of Liberace's last boy toy, despite the fact that he changed his entire life — and face! — to be with Lee. Scott loses most of his riches in the split between lawyer fees, settlement agreements and his drug addiction. A year later, he’s healthy and back to a more normal life when he gets a call from Lee, who’s dying from AIDS. We get a shocking look at a gaunt, grey Michael Douglas, the most jarring physical transformation of the film. In the end, not all the diamonds in the world could save him. Now, wipe those glittery tears with your mink-lined hankies, because Cincinnati’s in the news, y’all! Esquire named the best bars in America and Arnold’s Bar & Grill made the list. The chosen watering holes can be found on this interactive map, complete with a drink to order at each spot. (Esquire suggests Arnold's 1861 Porter at Cincy’s designated bar.) Celeb hunters, be on the lookout for Emilio Estevez (it’s like he’ll never leave!) and Tyler Shields, both of whom are in town this week. Estevez is in the pr-production phase for his film Johnny Longshot, which begins filming at Lebanon Raceway and across Cincinnati in August. Shields opens an exhibit at Miller Gallery Friday, and should be around the city taking photographs throughout the week. Keep your eyes peeled, star-lovers!                                                                   Just one more for good measure.

Shoot (For) The Stars

Celebrity photographer Tyler Shields dominates the art world of the Internet age

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tyler Shields’ Klout Score is probably through the roof. Although he is prone to superlatives, someone less familiar with his work might find this statement mere braggadocio. But Shields credits his online presence as the reason he is so successful as a multi-disciplinary artist.   
by Jac Kern 08.20.2012
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I Just Can't Get Enough

Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings

I’ve accepted the fact that people are going to associate me with 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon. The fact that I write stuff, enjoy snacks and have an unhealthy knowledge of reality television has long provoked friends to convince me, “You’re just like Liz Lemon.” (“But I have a boyfriend!” I yell, as everyone walks away shaking their heads.) I guess it’s close enough to being compared to my true idol, Tina Fey herself, right? It turns out I’m not alone. 30 Rock’s Pinterest page has been aggregating photos of people who look like characters from the show. Check out these "30Rockelgangers." If you bare a striking resemblance to Liz, Jack, Tracy or any other characters, tweet your pics to @nbc30rock. Because, surely, we’ve only scratched the surface of Pete Rose bowl cuts. Nadya “OctoMom” Suleman can now add “recording artist” to her famewhoring resume with the upcoming release of her new single, “Sexy Party.” It sounds really good. Via Dlisted: Did you miss last week’s Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne? There must have been some crazy niceness amendment to the roast contract because everyone kept the jokes somewhat “above-the-belt.” Roasters included host Jane Lynch, Ellen Barkin, Jeffery Ross and Gilbert Gottfried. Go here for a recap of the night, including Tom Arnold’s surprise visit and Roseanne’s surprising musical tribute to the US of A.Further proving the growing creepiness of social media, Cracked has uncovered eight ways Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare and other popular sites are exactly like a serial killer’s lair. Being raised Catholic, and having learned all I know about the Jewish religion through Rugrats, I always wondered what it would be like to be a Jew. Of course, It all came down to the Bat Mitzvah — a party devoted to you, with your choice of theme, where you make your debut as an adult in faith. (Cut to: "I went to Confirmation and all I got was this stupid rosary.") In 1992, Shaun Sperling read the Torah, became a man and Vogued harder than Madge herself. Via Gawker: First of all, no, this is not long-lost footage of George Michael from Arrested Development. Second, can we discuss how awesome his friends and family are for encouraging this fabulosity to flourish? Strike a pose. If you secretly watched Mrs. Eastwood & Company and dreamt of being Francesca, Clint’s 19-year-old daughter who is the girlfriend and muse of photographer Tyler Shields, mark your calendars for Oct. 12. That night, in conjunction with FotoFocus, Hyde Park’s Miller Gallery opens a show of Shields’ buzzed-about photos. A former X Games skater, Tyler Shields is known for his photographs of celebrities, with his subjects often represented in a violent or sexual manner. People also lost their shit when he burned a Birkin Bag. Best of all, my fellow star hunters, Shields and Francesca will be at the gallery for the opening. Keep an eye out for the duo shooting around Cincinnati prior to the event. As the “Leggings: Are They Pants?” saga roars on, Buzzfeed created a convenient flow-chart to reference before walking out the door. Hint: If your pockets are painted on, you’re probably not wearing pants. Anyone else remember that episode of Millionaire Matchmaker where client Judith Regan described her dream man was “a straight Bruce Vilanch”? (Hey, I admitted by TV knowledge was abnormally vast.) She ended up going on a date with John McClellan, a comedian who sported a very serious chin pelt. Well, McClellan is performing a free show at The Comet Thursday (and he’s still really ridin’ the Bravo-lebrity wave).