Archive for July, 2007
It's a funny thing to watch mainstream media continue to sharpen its collective focus on the world of graffiti and street art, elevating its reigning cults of personality to legendary status. This week sees an interesting think piece by writer JONATHAN JONES of the Guardian on the phenomenon of BANKSY and his place in the post-modern art world:
BEST OF BRITISH?
(Read the full transcript at the Guardian.com)
Banksy is the most exciting artist to come out of the UK for more than a decade - or so many people on both sides of the Atlantic will tell you. But is he really so much more than a prankster with a spray can? Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones gives his view
It's not often you hear someone roar the name of an artist as if they were cheering on a football player. In Bristol, however, I once heard a man scream out "Banksyyy!" as he walked past one of his murals. He was in good company. Hollywood, the New Yorker magazine, Sotheby's (which sells him), Damien Hirst (who collects him) and Glastonbury (where he recreated Stonehenge with a group of portable toilets) all concur that Banksy is the artist of our Read More
For international travelers, today marks the debut of KELSEY BROOKES' first ever solo show, "Supernumerary" at MILIEU GALLERY in Bern, Switzerland. Despite the cold & rain of the dreary Swiss "summer," Kelsey's made the trip out from his native San Diego and will be on hand to meet and greet his European fans and hopefully open an unmarked bank account. For admirers looking to bring Kelsey gifts, he would like it to be known that he likes Read More
Dropping by the studio of artist and longtime Robert Mapplethorpe companion and muse JACK WALLS, our man on the scene Erik Foss had a chance to check up on his latest body of work, a series of 66 collaged vintage Mapplethorpe photos set to debut at his FUSE GALLERY solo show in February 2008. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Tokyo residents and lucky travelers headed to the city of flashing red lights before July 14th can take in the very excellent show of recent paintings and drawings by hypertalented Young Japanese artist KOREHIKO HINO. On display at GALLERIA GRAFICA TOKIO, in Ginza, the two-week exhibit showcases the 30-year-old painter's masterful command of light and form, whose figurative rendering skills in oils are beyond reproach. The big eye look comes with the territory, and the theme adds an air of subtle surreality to the otherwise straightforward, if not purposely awkward studies. Having won the city's prestigious Read More
Animation fans not yet acquainted with the dark stylings of Polish animator and master of CG visuals TOMEK BAGINSKI need only look at his influential shorts "Fallen Art" and "Cathedral" to catch the drift of his dark vision and highly esoteric plot lines that characterize his unique work. Geeks already in the know will be worshiping at the altar when his gorgeously art-directed RPG based on the writings of acclaimed Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, "The Witcher" drops this Fall. Have a look at what you've been missing:
The Witcher (preview):
A lot of stuff comes in the mail, and most of it is pretty ok, but every once in a while something so completely rad arrives on the doorstep as to reassure our faith in manufacturing and commerce. Believe it or not, that particular item just so happens to be a suitcase, particularly the "Hero" upright rolling suitcase by ALEXANDER McQUEEN for SAMSONITE's ultra-luxe Black Label line. Looking like a casting from one of HR Giger's Alien costume molds, the hardshell travel case features amazing anatomical skeletal detail (ribcage on the front, spine on the back) that will have you loitering at airports just to flash the thing. If you can find one, that is. Word is these are sold out nearly everywhere, except of course, eBay. They're also available in (yawn) white, but the black version is the must-have as it comes with evil directly injected into the plastic...
In the ongoing category of "art stunts" comes PAUL INSECT's recent campaign of dumping gold bars in strategic locations around London in anticipation of his forthcoming solo show at the hotspot LAZARIDES GALLERY on July 20th titled "Bullion." This weekend saw the artist secretively dumping a stack of the gold bricks on Old Street near the tube station, each of which were signed by the artist and carried the caveat "if you have me, I was stolen." These days being an artist seems to require a marketing degree to boot. Banksy should start teaching a PhD course once he finally throws in the towel...
Street shots care of Artofthestate on Flickr...
JIMI JAMES at the Atlanta Pop Festival, July 4 1969...
Frustrated by his recent lack of creativity, painter JEFF SOTO has resorted to baby slavery in forcing daughter Shannon to take up paint & brush in an endless series of 10 hour work days to complete "his" next series of paintings. Child Protective Services has been alerted...
As the vandalism vandal squad known as "The Splasher" continues to streak Manhattan's street art, the recently graffiti-obsessed NY Times has again reported on the phenomenon. PEEP THE READ:
AS STREET ART GOES COMMERCIAL, A RESISTANCE RAISES A REAL STINK
By COLIN MOYNIHAN
The covert campaign targeting street art began about seven months ago, with blobs of paint that appeared overnight, obscuring murals and wheat-pasted art on walls in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. Arcane messages were pasted at the sites, but it was difficult to ask for an explanation. The author was never identified. Then in November, during a panel discussion on women and graffiti that included a street artist called Swoon, a figure wearing a hooded sweatshirt flung a sheaf of fliers using similar language from a balcony overlooking an Read More