Archive for September, 2007
Bad boy artist AARON YOUNG turned the NYC art world on its ear Monday nite when he unleashed the raw power of his "Greeting Card" installation at the prestigious SEVENTH REGIMENT ARMORY to a carefully selected crowd of art world royalty and downtown art stars and scumbags alike, including a hefty dose of NYC Hell's Angels. In an effort to pay homage to a notable 1944 painting of the same name by old school bad boy artist Jackson Pollack, Young enlisted a team of 10 professional stunt bikers, many from Team G Unit, led by iconic rider Wink 1100 to tear ass for seven minutes across 288 panels of freshly painted plywood installed on the floor of the 55,000 square foot exhibition space to create a unique piece of original art that is equal parts performance art from hell, live painting, and grandiose Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fuck You.Ã¢â‚¬Â Needless to say, the smoke and smell was Ã¢â‚¬Å“stuntasticÃ¢â‚¬Â beyond words and probably shaved a few years off the lifespans of all in attendance. With a pricetag of over $150,000, some very prestigious sponsors including TOM FORD and SOTHEBYÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S covered the expense of putting on the piece which was the official starting gun of the Fall 2007 art season arms race. Chances of anything else beating this? Slim to none. Luckily for us, SupertouchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own ERIK FOSS (aka: STUNTBOY) was on site representing the scumbag elite with his trusty camera and breathing mask in hand. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch's own resident dissident and minister of French culture WK INTERACT has entered "Phase III" of his controversial "BRING ME BACK" anti-war street art campaign, by going big on the Lower East Side of NYC (on Rivington between Orchard & Ludlow) with this crew of tortured soldiers bearing the artist's trademark slogan. Keep yer eyes peeled for bigger installments coming Read More
A tight-knit group of modern masters including KAWS, DASH SNOW, MICHAEL BEVILACQUA, DAN COLEN, FAILE, NOEL HENNESSEY, HOUSTON, BRAD KAHLHAMER, WES LANG, JEREMIAH MADDOCK, BRIAN MONTUORI, and BRUCE RICHARDS took a fresh look at the history of tattooing when the "Tattoo Flash" group show opened at the venerated SAVED TATTOO on Saturday, September 15th. Owned and operated by Supertouch's own SCOTT CAMPBELL, the shop played host to the show of art inspired by the visual legacy of tattoo flash and its rich lexicon of coded imagery and sacred icons, giving visually addicted hipsters a shot at owning original artwork by an increasingly untouchable group of their "A-List" peers. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In "Must-Have Product" news, elite skate brand SUPREME has announced that their collaborative skate decks with Japanese Pop Art icon TAKASHI MURAKAMI and his protÃƒÂ©gÃƒÂ© and fellow KaiKai Kiki collective member, the iconically-named MR., will go on sale in their new online shop on September 20th and will be available in the US only. Finally, the we have the "Louis bag" for skaters. Expect to see these on eBay going for triple their asking price on September 21st...
San Francisco native BARRY McGEE (aka: EL TWISTO) took the LA art world by storm when his incredible "Advanced Mature Work" show opened at REDCAT GALLERY in Downtown LA last Friday. Expanding the multimedia themes of his past few shows (with more than a little help from artistic accomplices AMAZE, KEVIN ANCELL, and CRAIG STECYK), Barry incorporated an amazing array of materials including upturned cars, video, wood & foamcore sculptures and miscellaneous debris, to create a living art environment of visual stimuli that had to be seen to be believed. Luckily, our man on the scene, TIM BISKUP, (with some help from the almighty Hustler of Culture herself) was on hand to snap some flix. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
LA's GIANT ROBOT GALLERY was abuzz with feverish collectors dying to get their hands on the next big thing from Japan when "Gesai," a group show curated by starmaker TAKASHI MURAKAMI opened on Saturday nite.Ã‚Â Featuring work by up-and-coming Japanese artists YASUSHI EBIHARA, JAGA ICHIRO, HISASHI KONDO, SASHIE MASAKATSU, RIE KAWASHIMA, RIEKO SAKURAI, MIKI TAIRA, and ERIKA YAMASHIRO, the show proved that the master's eye is as acute as ever, and some very lucky people, including our own TIM BISKUP, got the chance to grab some very amazing artwork for equally amazing prices. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Atomic cocktail pioneer SHAG proved that his cultural currency is still sound as a pound when his latest show, "Conspicuous Consumption" opened to a packed house on Saturday nite at BILLY SHIRE FINE ARTS. The sold-out exhibit showcased six new large, traditional canvases, alongside 100 6" x 6" mini-paintings (all priced at $999.99 a piece) packaged like toys in vinyl bags with printed header cards. Supertouch's TIM BISKUP strapped on his fez and facial murkin and made the scene with daughter Tigerlilly in tow and he brought the Leica. PEEP THE RECAP: Read More
Today's Friday Freak Show features the photography of ROGER BALLEN, namely his famous (and frighteningly unretouched) portrait, "Dresie and Casie, Twins," taken in Western Transvaal, South Africa in 1993. We just wish we could say this flix didn't remind us of some people we know...
Just when you thought things couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get any weirder in Tokyo, multimedia artist GO WATANABE unveils his latest series, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Face,Ã¢â‚¬Â at ARATANI URANO GALLERY in the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s futuristic Ginza district. Made by overlaying the image of a real person's face & skin onto a 3D facial substructure that he has created on a computer, printing it out on semi-transparent film and then mounting them onto light boxes, these hyperdetailed works confront the viewer with a strong sense of alien unease and superhuman uniformity. WatanabeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s young women who stare out with their large doll-like eyes, completely devoid of Read More
Checking in on one of our favorite self-taught painting prodigies and avid Minnesotan (not to mention former drummer for one of our favorite bands, The Replacements), CHRIS MARS, we got a sneek peek at a handful of his newest oil paintings before they get shipped off to NYC for his upcoming solo show at JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY on October 20th, just in time for Halloween. PEEP GAME: Read More