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Art | Lit | Music

Issue 1 Summer 2017

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Editor Letter We are an online, independent and print-on-demand publication which aims to promote contemporary art to the masses, and inspire others through art where it could be seen in a quarterly basis. We focus on bringing to light emerging artists, musicians, and writers to show their work to an international audience.

Martina Marie Manalo

Michael Vincent Manalo

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Marketing Writer Founder

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Boreal, Analogue Photograph 120mm, 36x31cm, 2017



ebecca Cairns is a Canadian-born photographer who currently resides in London. She has had her work featured in several international exhibitions in places such as Toronto, Vancouver, USA, Austria, Berlin, Paris and Israel. She has been awarded with several distinctions from varying arts organizations, and has had her work published in multiple print and online platforms.

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Genesis, Analogue Photograph 120mm, 33x30cm, 2016

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The Earth Has No Skin, Analogue Photograph, 35mm, 28x20cm, 2017

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Silver Light, Analogue photograph, 35mm, 25x18cm, 2017

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Voice Over, H: 140 mm including legs D: 100 mm W: - 70 mm, 2016


hat inspired you to create such works? Mostly life and people who surround me, to my believe everyone deals with different issues in their lives and solving them in many ways, for me as a visual artist, it’s a kind of a healing process, putting my issues that i go through and trying to solve them in creative ways.

Looking ahead to the future having all these greater plans as an artist, what do you think would be your biggest contribution to the world of modern art? I do believe that I’m here on a mission,---to help and build bridges through art & design, let the people who don’t understand that political issues as where I come from wont let us give up, and to help people the way to their hearts. I think education for art design and all creative fields, can help change the world and this will be my heritage to the world - make a new perspective on life and what is the meaning of it.

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GIL ZABLODOVSKY To which great modern artist(s) would you compare yourself to, and why do you think so? Mostly to Yayoi Kusama, she took her difficult journey and made her life heal through her creative expressions. She consists on her way even when it wasn’t the most popular, and so do I, trying to keep my way as my way without the intervention of other sounds who are not in favor of me, so that actually drives me to continue and doing what I do best - create! Do you think that art is only for the elite? Like the old days, or would you say that art nowadays is just more open for all walks of life and appreciated equally? No, as the new age of the social media conquers the world, everyone can create and be part of the art world. I do believe that video medium nowadays is the most effectively way to inflow people, because it is a very direct and straight to the peoples face, and people love it

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Lisbon, Video, 2014


hat do you think is the role of artists like you, in society? To be educators and to be leaders, to show some new perspectives on life through a different lens, If we won’t do this, there will be no development on other fields. For me as an artist I can show some new mechanisms of the mobile industry through speculative thoughts and suggestions.

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Insight, Video,

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Not Beautiful, Not Convenient, Canvas, Acrylic, Underwear, 200x200cm, 2017 12 | Magazine 43

Not Beautiful, Not Convenient, Canvas, Acrylic, Underwear, 200x200cm, 2017



Alena Fedotkina is one of the many talented, strong women artists who talk about women in the modern world, and the changes taking place. Fedotkina was born in Moscow on the 18th of January 1991. She studied at the Moscow Art Lyceum at the Russian Academy Arts in 200-2009. She then continued her art studies until 2015 at the Moscow Academic Institute. In 2012, Alena became the owner of Grant “Vincenzo Bianchia d students of the world�in a creative practice in Italy. In addition, this talented young artist has been awarded the gratitude of the RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS by the Moscow Academic Institute in October of 2014. Fedotkina has garnered a number of awards being a young artist, one of the many would be the winner of the 33rd Youth Exhibition under the Graphics section. Alena is also a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia, since 2014, and of the Moscow Union of Artists since 2015. Learning never stops for Alena Fedotkina, as she is currently studying at ICA Moscow, at the same city where she currently lives and work. Magazine 43 | 13

Offline, Online, Canvas, Acrylic, Wire, 220x100cm, 2016

Above & Below: Moonlight Road, Canvas, Acrylic, 100x140cm, 2017

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Not Beautiful, Not Convenient, Canvas, Acrylic, Underwear, 200x200cm, 2017

Above & Below: Moonlight Road, Canvas, Acrylic, Wood, Papier-Mache, Moon, Lamp, 100x140cm / 50x150cm, 2017

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Playing Telephone, Oil on Canvas, 100X80cm, 2016

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Playing Go, Oil On Canvas, 80x110cm, 2014



sing paint, as she paints from her heart. That is Alena Gedrevich, one of our artists who was born and raised in Siberia. Learning painting for Alena all began in Irkutsk, by the Baikal lake. In 2006, Alena moved to one of the most beautiful cities of Russia--St. Petersburg, wherein she took part in 8 group exhibitions, and proudly having 2 solo exhibitions in different cities of Russia.Gedrevich talks about her perception on how the world is

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nastasia Anikeeva is one of the many talented artists we have met. Not only is she an architech,but an artist, and a designer as well. Graduating from the Moscow Architectural Institute majoring in Interior Design, and Architechture of private and public buildings, Anastasia has always been fond of painting and graphics, that is why aside from the profession she felt the need of expressing her emotions and processing impressions that has started to rise in her early youth. Gradually through the process, Anikeeva has found three ways of expression: graphics, painting and illusion. She says that creative process has given her surprising opportunities: an ability to change, decorate and think out the world, and also an ability to make her own mythology of everything that inspires her. oy

Shroud, Oil on Canvas, 40x60cm, 2015

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The City, Oil on Canvas, 29x7.42cm, 2014

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Role Reversal 3, Photography, 51x31cm, 2017

Role Reversal 4, Photography, 51x31cm, 2017

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Role Reversal, Photography, 51x31cm, 2017



hrough the lens, we orbit the polar masculine and feminine through material symbolism and the passing gesture of time. A memorial commemorates man at war- his courage is placed on an ever-rising pedestal. Shades of rose linger in the shadows- the nurses, the caregivers, those who served; and those who serve no longer. “Freedom from slavery� encompasses her presence. We begin to re-address who this is referred to. Shadows of rose re-emerge in the same time, but in a different form. Let us fuel the feminine.

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San Sebastian 2, Carry On – San Sebastian, Carrara Marble & Wood, 45 x 85 x 30 cm, 2017



nne Cecile Surga was born in 1987 in Lavelanet, France. She attended classical art classes in her childhood and her teens, enrolled in a business school in 2006 while studying clay sculpture in the evening. While in 2012, Anne went to New York City where she graduated with a Master in Art History. Anne Cecile stayed at the Fundacion Pablo Atchugarry, Uruguay in 2013 where she learned how to cut marble. Following this experience marble has become her favorite material. Wherein two years after, Surga has made her decission to dedicate her life to her artistic practice and open her studio in the Pyrenean Mountains in France.

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Our Roots, Mixed Media, 100 x 41 x 33 cm, 2017

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Black Hole II, French Marble, 28 x 22 x 20 cm, 2016

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Black Hole III, French Marble, 35 x 25 x 15 cm, 2016

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Anima, 53x71cm, 2017



nton Zyablykh, was bron in a Darovskoy township of the Kirov region on 27th August, 1988. In 2006 he finished school and entered an Institute at the Faculty of Design. At the very same time he entered Economics Faculty as well, but to study design was Anton’s high prerogative. At present, Zyablykh claims that he is extremely happy that he made that choice. He got his degree with a distinction in 2012 and right after graduation he started working at the design bureau “SETUS”. Anton, has always loved drawing, which is why besides his main interior design work done with great pleasure, Russian artist Anton, is now still making graphic works passionately.

Beznazvaniya, 41x 48cm, 2014

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amila Gonzalez Corea is a Costa Rican artist with a background in cinematography and photography, who is currently studying an MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London. Her art mostly deals with feminist topics, aiming to provoke discussion about the related topics through exposure of ideas and/or activist approaches to gender inequality. Her practice is inspired by other artists as well philosophers and theorists. She is currently interested in incorporating and experimenting with as many mediums as possible.

The Nipple Act, 76X76cm, 2017

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The Nipple Act, 76X76 cm, 2017

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Ptashka Prozess, Oil Painting on Canvas, 20 x 30cm, 2017


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hernaya Rechka (Kristina Schwarzwald), is an artist from Kyiv, Ukraine born in 1994. Chernaya has started to paint from the very youngest age. From the age of 12, she was gaining knowledge in the artists’ workshops, from the age of 15 she began to do art seriously, deciding to dedicate this all her life. Rechka was privileged enough to have received a special education, studying at the Republican Art School. T.G. Shevchenko at the Faculty of Painting . After studying she began to exist as a free artist, developing herself and her skills on her own, just like what she does now--devoting all possible time to do art and self-development . Chernaya’s perception of the world is usually conveyed through the fine arts : painting, drawing and photography. But this is briefly, on the surface: more deeply things are in her works.

-----------------, Oil Painting on Canvas, 35x50cm, 2017

Carpathian Dog, Analogue Film, 60x40cm, 2016

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When did you start getting involved in the art scene? In 1996 was my first public exhibition, several stone carvings of faces and torsos. These works were exhibited in the Hall of the “Banco del Estado� in my natal city Temuco. Then an important university became interested and with its support we exhibited in several cities of the IX region of Chile. Has your practice changed over time? Yes, in the beginning I sought to represent reality as I obtained it with the senses. At the same time I had little experience in working with different materials. Over the time, the constant work mainly with the steel, enabled me to build up my confidence in the execution of the works and by the same token liberating my art of habitual structures, allowing me to explore new forms.

What can you say about the art scene then and now? At first I tried to copy with my limited physical senses, what I saw. This was rather a practice, trial and error getting to know the material with which I worked. At that time there were no regional sculptors nor artistic scene in the area, everything was concentrated in Santiago, Capital of Chile at 700km north of Temuco. This factors made it a rather ungrateful task and very difficult to do it sustainable in time, and therefore the processes of evolution and artistic growth were extremely slow. I continued with my usual work in steelmaking and parallel to this I went ahead, slowly working, exploring with the materials at my disposal. The need to create did not disappear, in fact it was strengthening. I found new ways of creating and soon my mind abandoned me and my spirit is released. In my constant searches I finally understand, that what is real is subjective and intrinsically linked to the observer. This awakening, provoked that without abandoning certain basic forms, through the distortion I seek the essence from my perspective of reality, to be expressed in the execution of the materials of a piece of art.

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Mohais and Stars, Iron On Iron Copper Rivets and Tinted Acid Treatments 2.00 x 1.00 mts, 2012

What inspired you to create all these mixed-media artworks? One day I realized that in that search for the essential, in that of trying to understand this Universe and its manifestations and indeed human reactions, the roads lead us inevitably to the principles of humanity. Despite the hundreds of pages that have been written in these thousands of years of evolution, we always arrive to the same conclusion. Feeling, knowing, accepting, reconnecting with the planet and realizing that we are essentially one, makes us understand that our ancestors were right in many things. They knew well enough and without any course of action, how to live in harmony with the planet that welcomes us. With a simple but totally powerful language we were given knowledge and answers that we still do not know how to interpret. That search and that knowledge is the one that I try to unveil doing and feeling a work from the primitive being that we all have inside ...

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Caminata de Ocaso, Iron On Iron Copper Rivets and Tinted Acid Treatments, 2.00 x 1.00 mts, 2012

Knowing the society we live in, with all its expectations and “standards”, would you agree that artists are “weird” and often the misunderstood ones? Why, or why not? I consider three important points in an assertion that would lists an artist as “weird”. 1.All the canons are variable. They change according to fashions and tendencies, therefore they fluctuate too much in time and in space. What yesterday was legal today can be illegal, what yesterday was moral today can be immoral what is acceptable in the East is not accepted in the West or vice versa. 2. Sometimes the artist falls into the game of seeming more than to be, which implies behaviors and forms of expression that pursue a singularity, presuming that this makes him more special.

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3. When your artistic and life manifestations are born from the depths of your being and you are passionate and live intensely the small things that for others can be meaningless. When you want to experience everything, even melancholy. It is at this point that you transgress canons and you really become a “wired� an outlier. If this then is exposed in the form of artistic expression I admire and applaud it. I try to live by this not only as an artist, but also as a husband, father, grandfather and friend.

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Building, Digital Photography, 33x48cm, 2017

Awning 2, Digital Photography, 48x33cm, 2017



Joseph O’Neill was born in New York. Joseph has no formal education in art, but did study to become a chef. He has been an active photographer throughout the last decade, but only began exhibiting in 2012. O’Neill, being self taught, claims that he is never afraid to try different techniques. His photography has been influenced first by the works of Eugene Atget, and later by Man- Ray. His earlier work in photography was an unplanned documenting of things that are taken for granted. Since deliberately moving toward photography as fine art, Joseph has been experimenting more with architectural abstracts and nude studies.

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Langfang Artbook



hat got you into the art scene? Since my father was a designer, I would often go play at his workplace and do things like browse through art books or draw pictures with Apple’s early Performa (Mac). In kindergarten, people apparently said that I would turn out to be someone like Picasso. If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose to be an artist? Why, or why not? I don’t know whether I am a pure artist or not since I also do design jobs, but it’s unthinkable for me not to use visual inspiration in my work. Therefore, I think I would choose a similar profession. What is your fondest memory of being an artist? The fact that I had opportunities to do job requests and exhibits overseas. Visuals can overcome language barriers, so even though I don’t speak, I can take viewers to unexpected places through my works.

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Artwork for Music illustration awards

What do you love most about being an artist? and what do you hate most? The thing I love most is the fact that it gives me the strength to tolerate deviations from the norm. The part I don’t like is the fact that some parts of the process to get compensation are somewhat complicated. Is any one in your family also artistic? Since everyone in my family has gone to art school, they all have similar jobs related to art and design. In many ways, I feel that art serves as the common language of my family.

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Milk Japon New Old & Old New Issue Inside cover

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DRIPPING WRAPPING (Ayame Ono × Daichi Aijima)

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No Man’s Lane, Still, 2012

Dura Mater Pia Mater, Still, 2010

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What have been your inspiration(s) in your artworks? The need to find out something about this world and oneself, and what’s really going on is always the driving force behind Art, and along the way you pass by multiple scenery and details that you subconsciously pick up that you didn’t know inspired you – but of course did. We don’t necessarily go looking for ideas from other artists/artworks in order to create our own work, but other times a piece of art (or song, person, film, book etc.), completely captivates and inevitably shapes ones creative practice in one way or another. On an individual level it’s the translation of a shamanic process. On the collective level it’s about the communication of that process, and also researching and learning from other sources. One great tool for researching and learning is the internet where you can get access to alternative art, history, medicine, technology (etc.). It’s important to understand that most knowledge given to you at school (or any institution for that matter), has some kind of agenda behind it. It’s our jobs as conscious human beings to find out what that agenda is and to what end it is leading? What memorable responses have you had about your work(s)? We’ve had a mixed response, most notably winning first place in the video category at the EWAAC (East West Art Award Competition), in 2016. It came at a time when we had entered a few artist open calls and got nowhere. We were going through a dark time as individuals, and almost gave up for a while, but then we received the news that we had got through to the finalists in this competition, and then we won first place. So it just goes to show that one should keep trying even though it seems you’re going no-where (in the sense of reaching a wider audience). However that’s not to say that art should be judged from the amount of recognition it gets – that’s not why artists do what they do. There’s very well-known work out there that’s not particularly very good especially in the mainstream music industry. But the rare gems keep real art alive and breathing. In less official terms the mixed responses are both humbling and encouraging, and sometimes confusing, other times necessary.

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Megalomania, paper ink gold leaf liners gel pens, 30x40 cm 2016

The Old Woman And The Calf, tinted paper ink liners, 21x30 cm 2016



ea Daniel or Anastasiia Antonova born 1989 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia is a self-taught freelance artist and illustrator. Anastasiia has been drawing over a decade now, taking part in both online and offline exhibitions around the world. Antonova prefers traditional media such as ink, though she edits her artwork digitally when needed. Most of Anastasiia’s works are inspired by her interests which includes legends, myths and all kinds of stories, especially if those that are gothic, macabre and dark. On the lighter side of things that inspire her however, would also be fashion and theater.

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Amina and Zhenya 3, Photography, 100x70cm, 2015



aripova Leila was born in Russia, in the city of Astrakhan. She has been doing sports all her life, and was even in the Russian national trampolining team. Since childhood, Karipova has been fond of drawing and photography. Considering still very young, Leila has been a higher Education “Social Teacher” in 2014 at the Astrakhan State University,and as a retraining “Teacher of Physical Culture” in 2015. In addition, Leila has graduated the “Free Workshops” in 2015-2016 which is an educational center at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, nder the “Contemporary Art” department. At present, Leila is engaging herself into photography dealing wit contemporary art.

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Amina and Zhenya 2, Photography, 100x70cm, 2015

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Uru3hfkw2o, Digital, 100X80cm, 2016

366, Digital, 100X80cm, 2016

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Rjr83heif, Digital, 100X80cm, 2016



eni Smoragdova, author of the Art Transaction ideas. About 6 years ago she began her art research about hidden faces inside modern society. Leni called this project Transaction. She looked through different edges of the society: social, political and etc Art transaction (Wiki, Financial transaction, an agreement, communication, or movement carried out between a buyer and a seller to exchange an asset for payment), The philosophy of art transaction arose as a reaction to the cult of the “Golden calf” of the generations of the 80’s - 00’s, thereby, in the opinion of transaction, put people in the condition of loss of spiritual realities and propaganda “hidden faces”.

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inda was born on December 15, 1988 in the city of Tchaikovsky. From an early age, a talent for fine art emerged. Now one of the artists of the Perm region. She attended a school of aesthetic development, where she personally met many artists. Was engaged in an art studio and graduated from art school. After moving to the regional center, she received two higher educations: Design and Teacher of Fine Arts. Since 2009, Vinogradova has participated in city, regional and international exhibitions, in 2011 she has began teaching, and in 2012 Linda joined the Union of Designers of Russia. This talented artist currently works in different techniques: Painting, Graphics, Decorative and Applied Arts and Small Sculpture. Her works are in private collections, where you could find in Russia, Malaysia, and Ukraine.

Rain, 71x89cm, 2016

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Rivers of Blood, 51x71cm, 2016

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You are Mask 1, Installation, Triptych, 40x60cm, 2016-2017

You are Mask 2, Part of Triptych

You are Mask 3, Part of Triptych



ichael Smirnov’s journey as an artist began as he started working in an art studio in Moscow. There he had the opportunity to gain his first experience working with photography, computer graphics and video, which has then led him to understanding the depths and possibilities and also to forming his own perspective on media art. Ever since, his art has been evolving in the search of my own style and way of expression. At this point, his pieces have been successfully exhibited on a number of platforms and occasions in Russia and Germany. Today. Smirnov’s works are in private collections across Russia and Europe. Interestingly, Michael organizes collaborative art shows and exhibitions partnering with other talented artists.

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Bonne Anne, Each at 12x8cm, 2017

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Bonne Anne 2, 12x8cm, 2017



lga Pushok, and her cat, Shiro are the team ShiroPostcards. They create characters, inspired by nature and endless number of exquisite plants, extraordinary animals and wonderful color combinations. Olga and Shiro, make unique and magnificent postcards, which are printed in a limited number of publications. The postcards that we create are filled with peace, kindness and tranquility. In addition, they shared some amazing news to us, as they have recently come up with a chic children’s book.

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Say My Name 4, Photography, 50x50cm, 2015



Renat Renee-Ell is photographer from Saint Petersburg, Russia. The first personal exhibition was in 2016. Renat is a winner of “The best of Russia 2016� and participant of the international art exhibition NordArt 2017.

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Say My Name 2, Photography, 50x50cm, 2015

Say My Name 1 Photography, 50x50cm, 2015

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Birch in love, acrylic on paper, 43x36cm, 2016,

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Forest, In Front Of Horizon, Gouache On Paper, 84x43cm, 2016



Marina Alaeva, is from the little town of Russia, called Izhevsk. She graduated from the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Udmurt State University and the Faculty of Architecture at the Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering. Marina claims that lately she felt design, and architecture don’t give her as much pleasure as painting does , that is why ever since she has started painting, she has been deeply passionate about it, and has been painting for the past trhee years.

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Hunter Peters is a New York writer with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany. His poetry has been published in the Apeiron Review.

Darknesses that Appear Under Ultraviolet Light still in the process of my disappearance, drenched in a web of black lights the lethal angles of this room have always reassured me somehow listening to a single soul bobbing along the ceiling in the midst of its atrophy (tighten fingers around rope rungs that lead away from here this body curled like a dead grasshopper slow cycle of visible light across the back of depressed eyelids the soundless crash back to earth) each day with its imperceptible watermark a trail of fingerprints phosphoresce along every breath leading back into my lungs these walls beaten so thin by your absence that I can feel nervous glances on the other side of the house imprinted on the air like mating insects each return is more damaging than the last, these bones threatening to break beneath my sudden presence from out of this silence I nearly let you slip away never to be revived by black lights

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I lay watching my voice disintegrate clutching this last word to my chest just as I think of something to say. above me, the moon lashed into place against my ceiling the colors around your face like soft bruises that fail to register on the scale of visible light I watch a mosquito lay its eggs in a pool of water collecting in some lost artifact the ruin of a discarded pop song holding its palms to the rain contraction (gentle current of blood through a paralyzed limb, the of ventricle walls, the striking stained armored surface against my ribs with its cave paintings) each word is more difficult to dredge from out of this silence I nearly let you slip away never to be revived by black lights I lay watching my voice disintegrate clutching this last word to my chest just as I think of something to say.

After the Wicker Constellations Burned Away with the heat came the smell of a dying star like a man’s singed eyebrow coils of lilac made of anime eyes which I had hidden carefully from the sun pupil dilates, forms a horizon line eyelids like the skin of a red giant left alone with the astigmatic eyes of god feral search engines compile the last traces of language knit loose threads of web history in the hydroid silence parkour across the ruined heartbeats of the world before these glacial bones melt in your throat constellations of light pollution shatter in their glass carapaces Magazine 43 | 61

Perfect love (weightless) for A., a famous warrior

One day... I was shining I woke up in a different body, fragile to someone else’s touch. A body, immortalized in gold. My soul, a phantom aloof and with a gift bizarre in a simple state of mind, seeing into one’s nature speaking or silent, moving or still. I’ve seen black magic in the common folk they pierce you with their scary eyes… I’ve seen uplifted, violet spirits, kings and queens, high up the clouds. And now? ... a golden purity, electricises my whole body such a turn on... I can’t take it anymore! I remember now there was this tale... for that night at 2 o’clock.

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(2 o’clock) Down on her knees ‘’You’re what I want, you’re what I need’’ she begged. Don’t leave, my dear… Through your state of honor, your perfect. Burnt from idealism, she was in aches once that girl, uniqueness is her masterpiece. ‘’My touch is near the fire’’ he said. He looks like gold, glorious as it is with all senses awake. Longing for that caged bird, if only he can have her. Soft colors entering my mind. One desire. In this dark corner being near you, on top of you, you pull my hair... softly squeeze my neck. I slow my breath and kiss you. Dark, sensual spirits are crawling in the night, don’t be scared, I protect you.



Violeta M. Valcheva, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (Southeastern Europe), but based in Berlin is a contemporary dancer, performer and artist with a passion for poetry, both reading and writing it. One of her main inspirations is the trilogy books, containing poems by different contemporary poets: ‘’Staying Alive’’, ‘’Being Alive’’ and ‘’Being human’’. This will be her first published work. She is currently finishing her Bachelor degree in Visual Arts and Brazilian and Italian Studies at the Free University of Berlin.

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t’s not everyday that you would come across talented, bright young artists in the streets of where you roam around. Having said that, we are truly lucky to have met these musicians from the USA perform at a gig in one of the cities of Hong Kong. Since then, we fell in love with how captivating they can be on stage especially once they hit all those right tunes, making magic with only 7 notes that exist putting them together as they improvise---stunning! They are not only good musicians, but very humble, spiritual and caring people-which makes us even more impressed. They are very creative as matter of fact, pianist Calvin Brown, doesn’t only play the piano but composes brilliant songs, and sings with such a soothing voice as well. While most of them don’t only play one instrument, playing the guitar and piano is also in the list of instruments these three guys play. These men are really showing us that “music is essential” with their talent, passion, and drive for their craft , we are most sure that one day they will be on top of their game. We wanted to get to know more about these gentlemen, so we asked them a few questions to inspire not only us, but our readers as well. | | What got you into music? Omar: My father is a trumpet player, and so he taugh me at avery young age---I was 2.5 years old. What is your stand on cover songs in this generation? Would you say that it is less creative since it IS a cover? Depends on the musician. With any job there is always something you might not like to do . As musician usually there is a long period of time where covers are your bread and butter as they say ,whether you like it or not . I personally don’t have an issue with covers. Some of those covers involve really great music . Maybe one day someone or band might be covering a timeless classic that I created .

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What comes first in composing, music or lyrics? Calvin: It depends, which ever runs into your mind first and then just followed by the other. Do you believe in genre? Calvin: No, not really. People can make good music whatever the genre is. Personally, it’s more like what you would feel like listening too. I guess I’m pretty much ope to different kinds of music. If you had to do it all over again, would you still be a musician? Why? If not, why so? Omar: Yes, still a musician. Despite being surrounded by siblings who are far from being artistically inclined, Omar’s father was the one who got him in to music; learning how to play the trumpet at 2.5 years old. Calvin: Writer. Calvin likes to write songs, and is very creative as he gets inspiration from his life experiences; wherein techically it is like being poetic in a more lyrical way. Steven: Of course ! Honestly , I feel even if I atteptmed follow a different a career path, I’d still end up as a musician . There were many other things I wanted to be or so I thought. Here I am a musician . The trio has already left Hong Kong where they stayed for a couple of months performing at one of the most prestigious hotels in Asia. They are currently back in the USA chasing their goals. Calvin plans to have his own band, while Omar wants to finish this album he has been working on, and has been very enthusiastic about it as he tells us. Steven Manns, however plans to make more music, and share his talent to the world.

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