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EK Summer Art Show 2014

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April 13, 2014

art blog - Michael Page - empty kingdom
Make your summer plans to visit our beautiful city of San Francisco to join us for our EK Summer Art Show at the one and only 111 Minna Gallery. This is a select group exhibition curated by the EK family with a who's who line up of some of our favorite and beloved artists previously featured on our humble little website. The Opening Reception will be Friday, June 6th at 5pm, and we'll keep going until we get kicked out!
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Garden City Movement – Move On

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April 6, 2014

Garden City Movement - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Garden City Movement's latest music video entitled "Move On" features ambient tones and hypnotic beats tied in with a beautifully shot music video. Produced by INI-MA Productions and directed by Michael Moshonov and Lael Utnik. The video stars Yarden Toussia Cohen and Gloria Bess. Watch the video after the break!
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ECHO ╳ Lewis Arnold

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March 28, 2014

Art Blog - Lewis Arnold - Empty Kingdom
ECHO is a cryptically challenging drama that ensnares both its characters and audience in tensely constructed atmosphere. Directed by Lewis Arnold and written by James Walker.
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LAMU ╳ Rivver & Mathieu Grimard

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March 20, 2014

Art Blog - Rivver, Mathieu Grimard - Empty Kingdom
Music video LAMU invokes the talents of Montreal-based band Rivver and director Mathieu Grimard. A beautifully captured sequence of, what seemed like to me, separate splices from other potentially intriguing films. Check it all out after the jump!
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Skin ╳ Rae Morris & Nadia Marquard Otzen

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March 17, 2014

Art Blog - Rae Morris, Nadia Marquard Otzen - Empty Kingdom
UK singer / songwriter Rae Morris and Danish director Nadia Marquard Otzen deliver a black-and-white art gallery of moving sculptures in the music video for Skin. A playful and intricate combination / intersection of texture and movement. Check out more after the jump!
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The Babadook ╳ Jennifer Kent

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March 11, 2014

Art Blog - Jennifer Kent - Empty Kingdom
“If it’s in a word or it’s in a book… You can’t get rid of The Babadook.” A creepy tagline for a psychologically menacing feature debut from Australian director Jennifer Kent. Check it all out after the jump!
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All Apologies ╳ Happiness & Adam Berg

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March 5, 2014

Art Blog - Happiness, Adam Berg - Empty Kingdom
Director Adam Berg teams up with mystery Swedish band Happiness to create the oh-so-melancholic heart string strumming music video All Apologies.
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JUNKYARD ╳ Hisko Hulsing

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March 2, 2014

Art Blog - Hisko Hulsing - Empty Kingdom
A terrible encounter invokes one man’s life to flash before his eyes, a moment that may be more important than he thinks. JUNKYARD is a wonderfully dark and dramatic piece of work by Hisko Hulsing.
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Enemy ╳ Denis Villeneuve

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February 28, 2014

Art Blog - Denis Villeneuve - Empty Kingdom
Director Denis Villeneuve (previously featured on EK for his amazing work on INCENDIES and short film NEXT FLOOR), continues to amaze after his english debut PRISONERS with the psychosexual mind-bender Enemy.
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PORTRAIT ╳ MILKYEYES (Donato Sansone)

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February 26, 2014

Art Blog - MILKEYES (Donato Sansone) - Empty Kingdom
A sequence of ghostly and hazy caricatures comprise PORTRAIT, the latest endeavor by MILKYEYES (Donato Sansone) (previously featured on EK for TOPO GLASSATO AL CIOCCOLATO).
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Girl Walk // All Day ╳ Jacob Krupnick

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February 24, 2014

Art Blog - Jacob Krupnick - Empty Kingdom
Girl Walk // All Day is a complex mesh of dance, documentation, music video, movement and above all happiness. An amazing feat of choreography and determination, directed by Jacob Krupnick and in association with Wild Combination.
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Cicada Princess ╳ Mauricio Baiocchi

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February 22, 2014

Art Blog - Mauricio Baiocchi - Empty Kingdom
VFX specialist Mauricio Baiocchi’s short film Cicada Princess adapts the perplexing natural lifecycle of these insects into a live-action animated fairytale. Check out the full stream right after the jump.
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“BEAUTY”

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February 21, 2014

Rino Stefano Tagliafierro - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Italian experimental animator and director Rino Stefano Tagliafierro animates and gives life to classical still paintings.
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Under the Skin ╳ Jonathan Glazer

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February 20, 2014

Art Blog - Jonathan Glazer - Empty Kingdom
Filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (known for SEXY BEAST, BIRTH, Massive Attack’s KARMACOMA and Radiohead’s KARMA POLICE) presents his latest feature Under the Skin. A psychological piece that coldly observes humanity and sexuality through the gaze of an opposing outside force. Get more goosebumps after the jump.
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SYMMETRY / A Palindromic Film ╳ Yann Pineill

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February 18, 2014

Art Blog - Yann Pineill - Empty Kingdom
Yann Pineill’s latest short film SYMMETRY - A Palindromic Film is exactly that. An intriguing experiment in editing tricks and drama-romance narratives. Definitely check it out after the jump!
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Be Around ╳ The Peach Kings & Paul Trillo

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February 10, 2014

Art Blog - The Peach Kings, Paul Trillo - Empty Kingdom
A beautiful array of foliage and scenery overlay the abstract ongoings of music video Be Around, performed by Bay Area / Los Angeles-based soul-infused rock band The Peach Kings. Visionary props going to director Paul Trillo and studio Funkhaus.
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OBJEKT V ╳ Max Negrelli, Jonas Wiese & URBANSCREEN

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February 4, 2014

Art Blog - Max Negrelli, Jonas Wiese - Empty Kingdom
OBJEKT V is a physical / virtual collaborative effort by Max Negrelli, Jonas Wiese, and post-production studio URBANSCREEN. Together they blend the realms of VFX, 3D projection and 3D printing into one visually perplexing experience that bends the brain.
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Ida ╳ Paweł Pawlikowski

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February 2, 2014

Art Blog - Paweł Pawlikowski - Empty Kingdom
Paweł Pawlikowski’s latest feature film Ida plants its core focus on the controversies between Polish Catholics and Jews during the 1960s. A beautifully shot and framed look at the conflicts and opinions of that time.
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Stranger by the Lake // L’inconnu du Lac ╳ Alain Guiraudie

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February 1, 2014

Art Blog - Alain Guiraudie - Empty Kingdom
Stranger by the Lake // L’inconnu du Lac implores us to witness the unraveling mystery of the human heart and the human soul. A film by Alain Guiraudie.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

TOP 100 2013
[Photo by: Shelbie Dimond] 939 is the magic number for EK in 2013. 939 only has 4 factors: 1, 3, 313, 939...which doesn't really have any significant meaning relating to our TOP 100. AMD made a CPU called the Socket 939 back in June 2004...but we're not sponsored by them nor any other computer tech company to supply us with the machines that we need to run EK. The year 939 in Roman numerals is CMXXXIX...which doesn't mean crap since none of us use Roman numerals anymore. According to HistoryOrb.com, 4 major events took place in year 939 that were documented: July 8th (The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi), August 6th (Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors), October 2nd (Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans), October 27th (Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England)...which all has nothing to do with EK. Nonetheless, 939 is the exact number of posts we had to sift through for 2013 in order to bring to all of you art-fiends our fourth annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013!
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