Archive for May, 2007

LA///TIM BISKUP IN THE ETHER…

May 24, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Supertouch's own TIM BISKUP showed what he was really made of tonite at his JJ ABRAMS- hosted VIP friends & family preview of his newest solo painting show "Ether" at Culver City's BILLY SHIRE FINE ARTS, sponsored by Helio and Vanity Fair. Dealing specifically with the subject matter of loss & pain, Biskup's work has matured dramatically in the past year and his imagery has developed into a very sophisticated series of narratives that speak of the core of the human condition. Of course an all-star cast of art allies was there to cheer him on and the 15-foot-tall machine-gunning orange dragon in the middle of the room kept things more than interesting. Peep game: Read More

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LA///ON THE WALL WITH TIM BISKUP…

May 23, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

TIM BISKUP's finally wrapped up his multi-stage mural for HELIO at the corner of LaBrea & Melrose in Hollyweirdland. Peep the sequence.

Tim's new solo show "ETHER" debuts this Saturday, May 26th at BILLY SHIRE GALLERY in Culver City. Stay tuned to ST for the recap...

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NYC///SHEER BLISS…

May 23, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Not many people know that ROCKSTAR GAMES' superstar art director STEPHEN BLISS (chief architect of the notorious Grand Theft Auto's character design) had a lucrative career in music videos prior to his gig designing some of the world's most loathsome characters. Here's our boy in the Pretenders' 1994 classic, "I'll Stand By You." How many people can say they've had their feet washed by Chrissie Hynde?...

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BROOKLYN///STUDIO VISIT: JOSE PARLA…

May 23, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Dropped by "Studio Parla" in downtown Brooklyn the other day to check in on the mad calligraphist JOSE PARLA himself & caught a glimpse of some incredible new work-in-progress along with his recent heavyweight piece "Parla Family Tree." Featuring the artist's trademark script, the heavily worked layers are actually stories of Parla's family history written one on top of another to form a sort of coded archive that only the artist himself can decipher. Expect big things this fall when JP teams up with fellow writing legend FUTURA in a group show of fine art at Elms Lesters in London. Stay tuned to Supertouch for sneek peeks as the show draws near...

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PARLA FAMILY TREE, mixed media on canvas, 3' x 7', 2007.
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RAPPER’S DELIGHT…

May 21, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

From ST's own ERIC WHITE comes THE bumpin' summer jam for your Jeep. Stay tuned for the Sir Mix-A-Lot remix dropping any minute...

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ART CRIMES///THE REAL ORIGINAL FAKES…

May 21, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

The art world has always been the playground of fakes, forgers, and straight-up frauds, but rarely have these phantoms been so thoroughly honored as in the current show "FAKES AND FORGERIES: THE ART OF DECEPTION" at Connecticut's BRUCE MUSEUM. With a dazzling array of top-notch imitations of original artworks often rendered as sublimely as the original articles, this show traces the timeline of art forgery from ancient history to the present day in studious detail. Of course, in this era of political correctness the preferred terminology for the works on display are "in the style of" rather than "fake." Even pirates have standards. READ ON...

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THEY ARE INAUTHENTIC, YES, BUT BEAUTIFUL
By Grace Glueck
SOURCE: NYTimes.com; Published: May 18, 2007

It could have fooled me, as it fooled others. The exquisitely detailed sculpture of St. Michael battling the dragon of the Apocalypse, in half-human scale, wrought in gilt silver with semiprecious stones, is a gorgeous thing, showing the saint looking down in triumph as his lance pierces a loathsome creature writhing at his feet. For a long time it was thought to be an original medieval work, so well regarded that it was once part of a Read More

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NYC///THE BRITISH INVASION…

May 21, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Stopping by the white-walled church of high art that is the GAGOSIAN institution the other day (curiously, the usual "Everything inside half off" sign out front was down), British master painter GLENN BROWN's latest show was practically a revelation. Brown's incredible technique never ceases to amaze and his twisted vision is beyond thought-provoking. You've got till June 9th to catch the show and don't forget to bring your black AmEx card, you're gonna need it...

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""The fluid technology of paint is the most accurate and detailed way of describing the creative process as a slow flux."
—Glenn Brown

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BROOKLYN///STUDIO VISIT: PHIL FROST…

May 21, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Dropping in on PHIL FROST at his Williamsburg studio is to step into a twisted labyrinth of comic books, vintage reggae LPs, mountains of art supplies, and an awe-inspiring amount of urban debris (bikes, barrels & basketball hoops) patiently awaiting copious adornment by the master's hand. Beautiful new canvases in various states of progress litter the cluttered work area while the artist's portable record player pumps out a never-ending playlist of rare Jamaican tunes of considerable vintage. It's a rare privilege indeed, and one the very private artist doesn't grant often. Consider yourself lucky to take a peek:

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TOYBOX///KAWS’ TROJAN BE@R…

May 21, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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When KAWS dropped his first all-wood BE@RBRICK a couple years back, he transcended the genre and created an incredible fine art edition that just happened to look a lot like a toy. Now, the release of his second version of the famous Medicom Be@r in conjunction with Japanese clothing maker NEXUS XII to celebrate the one year anniversary of ORIGINAL FAKE improves upon perfection. Fabricated by traditional Japanese furniture makers KARIMOKU, the new 400% figure features a deep textural woodgrain and a rich black finish (it just photographs brown) that makes the sculpture look as if it's just been rescued from the ashes of an inferno. A collaborative Nexus XII x KAWS logo burned on the Be@r's back and Karimoku's insignia on the inner leg round out the phenomenal collectible which comes packaged in a beautiful black-on-black logo adorned presentation box. These little beauties drop at the end of the month and will set you back close to $500 if you can find one. Hunting season is officially open...

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JERSEY///RON ENGLISH x DANIEL JOHNSTON…

May 21, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Daniel and guitarist Brett run through some new material while Mr English warms up his cowbell...

Legendary underground "presence" DANIEL JOHNSTON stopped by the Jersey City, NJ, studio of Supertouch's own RON ENGLISH this past week to talk shop, tackle some artistic collaborations, and record a new song (after running through lengthy rehearsals of their duet version of "Stairway to Heaven"). Peep the progress:

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"I Will Smash Evil People," by Daniel Johnston

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DJ with: Brett (Dan’s guitar player), Adam (Photographer), Lynz (Dan's bass player), Dick (Dan’s brother and manager), and Earl (producer)...

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"The Last Breakfast" by Ron English

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DJ in repose...

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"Small King Green Battle," by Ron English

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"Goodbye Good World," by Daniel Johnston

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