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The IMperfect’s bleak artwork has a bright side

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Over the weekend, expressionist artist The IMperfect debuted his “My Faces” solo exhibition at the Cam Kirk Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Illuminated with red, dimmed light, with Outkast’s “Spottieottiedopaliscious” playing in the background, art enthusiasts were ushered into a psychedelic and emotional experience.

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Featuring acrylic paintings, videos, and mixed media art, all pieces of the exhibition demonstrated The IMperfect’s interpretation of his inner complexities and battles. Abstract self-portraits, each painting displayed emotions caused by anxiety, depression, self-doubt, and self-hate.

Juxtaposed to his dark -themed art, The IMperfect credits his talent and motivation to his love for Jesus Christ.

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“This has been about internal and external battles of mine from the past, present, and fears of future and what has been my light, Jesus Christ,” he said in his “My Faces” book.

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He also went on to explain how his art is a physical representation that one’s outer appearance doesn’t correlate to what they may deal with on the inside.

“I at least hope you now have a more open mind and awareness that the internal suffering of others because the reality is that you can’t really tell by external appearances. The one that’s in the room that laughs the most could, on the inside, feel worse than anything you’ve seen in this book…”

Positioned with a strong platform, The IMperfect’s art is on the trajectory to reach dozens who struggle with depression, providing a physical representation for intense emotions and comforting those who experience them.

 

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Jackie Sorkin’s Candytopia offers sweet hangout spot

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The world of Willy Wonka meets pop culture and nostalgia in the Candytopia exhibit which has taken Atlanta by storm since opening Feb. 8. Upon entering, visitors are transported into a custom-made candy paradise. Southern hospitality will marinate topia-goers with enthusiastic zeal as they explore this sweet wonderland.

The massive displays within the entrance of the first room encompass the space and present the viewer with a one-of-a-kind treat. With swings, over-the-top interactives, and unique aesthetics, the photo opportunities are “NDLYSS” (excuse the pun).

The savvy team of engineers put the experience as a top priority. From the oversized lollipops, neon lighting, and rooms adorned with chandeliers, Sorkin’s touch of glam is breathtaking and simply unforgettable.

Coming of the hills of the infamous Infinity Mirrors exhibit, Sorkin has perfect timing for introducing ATLiens to Candytopia. In a city thriving off of culture and on its way to being adoptive of cool and quirky experiences like this one, Candytopia will bring attendees back to their adolescent roots. So, come with an open mind, willingness to be silly, and you’ll never want to leave the world of candy.

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Atlanta’s new Candytopia exhibition is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth

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Move over, Willy Wonka! Candytopia is prepared to give your chocolate factory a run for its money.

Don’t panic –– this candy-coated paradise accepts golden tickets, too. Beginning Feb. 15, a one-of-a-kind, sugar-filled experience will descend into Atlanta at EDENS Lenox Marketplace. After two successful runs in San Francisco and New York, Candytopia is set to provide ATLiens with the sweetest Southern hospitality.

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According to a release sent to NDLYSS, Candytopia contains over a dozen rooms with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. The delectable exhibit will also feature the most popular attractions from its past locations along with new elements inspired by local culture and landmarks unique to this location.

Candytopia gives a peek inside the sweet and twisted world of famed celebrity candy artist, Jackie Sorkin, and it was created in partnership with her co-founders, events and production design expert Zac Hartog, CEO of ZH Productions, and retail veteran John Goodman.

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The buzzworthy installation has even garnered attention from A-list celebs like Drew Barrymore, Gwynth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, Kevin Durant, Josh Duhamel, Christina Aguilera, James Corden, Wiz Khalifa, Hilary Duff, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Tickets will officially go on sale to the general public on Jan. 15. Don’t procrastinate as Candytopia is expected to sell out quickly.

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Say What? KFC creates gravy scented candle

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If you’re craving for your home to smell like warm gravy KFC has you covered! The fast-food chain is bringing it’s savory aroma to your front door, and the best part is… it doesn’t require you to cook. Now that sounds like the ultimate recipe, right?

The Fried chicken aficionados known for their finger-licking sauce has launched a limited edition gravy scented candles, that both smells and looks like gravy.

There are 230 of the limited edition candles up for grabs, available on a first come, first served basis.

These limited edition candles are being only offered in the UK at this time and will hopefully melt away to the US. If you’re a candle hoarder, this may be the perfect addition to your collection.

This is not the first time that KFC has released a scented candle. In 2016, it released a fried chicken-scented candle in New Zealand, but only 25 were made.

Then, back in 2017, KFC Japan released a fried chicken-scented bath bomb for people to bathe in the scent of its 11 herbs and spices.

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