Vid Picks of the Week

Every week, Art Attack's internet-video expert Vernon Caldera shares his current faves and curiosities. Got something to recommend? Email him.

Check out Caldera's picks after the jump.

Libby Black at Peel Gallery

The fabulous Peel Gallery presents Libby Black's "If Nothing Else Matters." Black is "drawn to source imagery that might have an ambiguous meaning -- something beyond the intended message to sell a product or feature a trend." Even the 1960s lesbian romance novel That Kind of Girl, which Black reproduced directly on canvas, speaks to her as another label that society likes to embrace. The show is on view at the gallery through October 16th.

Black Swan

Everyone's favorite tween femme fatale, Natalie Portman, is getting lots of Oscar buzz for her performance in Black Swan. When describing the sex scenes that she would be performing, director Darren Aronofsky, told Natalie, "You're going to have a sex scene with yourself." Since it's a known fact that Oscars are really given based on past work, we are already calling the Best Actress race this year. The movie looks pretty good as well.

Plastic Bag

The life of the plastic bag is explored in this well-done infomercial by Heal the Bay, a California non-profit trying to keep coastal waters clean. You may recognize the voice of Scar, a.k.a. Jeremy Irons.

Germans in the Wood

Story Corps tries to "provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives." In this video, Joseph Robertson recounts a moment that changed his life while serving as an infantryman in World War II. "The stark black-and-white images in this short haunt the viewer, just as Robertson is haunted by his memories from that battle." The video is beautifully animated by Tim Rauch.

Paula Deen Eats a Lasagna Sandwich

Our "you-have-to-see-it-on-YouTube-to-believe-it" clip of the week goes to Paula Deen. On the fly, she invents one of the most outrageous sandwiches we've seen, and digs in.

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