Archive for September, 2007
In London BANKSY gossip travels about as fast as a Posh & Becks sighting (used to). It's no surprise that these three new bombs attributed to Banksy around central London have got local heads whipping out their cameras. The real question is, with the city of London taking active measures to protect Banksy's "vandalism" in the name of art & commerce, how subversive are these anymore?...
This new unsigned piece on Old Street replaces the legendary Pulp Fiction bomb (shown below) that was covered over by the city (which then institued a "Banksy 101" program for its employees in a effort to conserve his works.)...
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Always marching to the beat of his own pathological drummer, master painter and illustrated man TOM WOODRUFF's imagined cast of "irregulars in shape and spirit" that is his "Freak Parade" body of work has finally made its way to LA, where it's settled into the CAL STATE LONG BEACH ART MUSEUM for an extended residency. On display at the risk-taking institution are all 34 of Woodruff's large-scale, finely rendered carnivalesque works, which were originally created for an illustrated book of the same name. At a time when LA has come to worship Read More
Visionary artist TOM SACHS finally managed to transcend Earth's orbit through art when his "Space Program" show opened at GAGOSIAN GALLERY this weekend. Featuring a life-sized replica of the Apollo 11 moon lander, mission control, and NASA's uniform room, all customized to his personal specifications using ordinary hardware store materials (including weaponry and hard-liquor delivery systems), the enormous display was the must-see big bang that announced LA's fall art season. Lucky VIPs were treated to a full-scale demonstration of the exhibit (including the obligatory "moon landing") on Friday nite, and Supertouch was along for the trip. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Best known for its fjords and fisheries, one doesn't usually hear too much about the burgeoning street art scene in Norway, but that's exactly where some of the genre's foremost practitioners have converged this month to participate in the annual NUART festival. Kicking off last Thursday, September 6th (through November 4th), at the ROGALAND KUNSTMUSEUM in Stavanger, the international exhibition attracts an impressive array of artists and revelers to gawk at the Read More
Two heavyweight artists go head-to-head this weekend at the venerable JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY when JEFF SOTO and JIM HOUSER break out their newest bodies of work in a visual tete-a-tete. Soto's "Storm Clouds," and Houser's "asobviousasaskull" exhibits open simultaneously this Saturday, September 8th, and in case you were wondering, yeah, both shows are almost Read More
Admittedly, these are the crappiest photos ever, but when we saw this low-flying UFO rolling on the freeway we nearly crashed our rig trying to snap pics of it through the window (doing close to 100 to boot). What we've got here is the unholy merger of an early '50s Merc with a late model Chevy dually to create the greatest Read More
August was a busy month for Supertouch blogger TIM BISKUP. After starting off in Vegas with none other than road dog, KEANU REEVES for UFC 74 to watch Randy Couture take down Gabriel Gonzaga, it was time to take in the annual horror that is the Magic clothing industry tradeshow. After a little (read: LOT) gambling, it was off to Ireland to catch the incredible ELECTRIC PICNIC music festival where our boy was a featured speaker at the onsite "SWEETNESS AND LIGHT" art expo. Featuring over 150 Read More
Tokions and lucky travelers have a chance to see a rare exhibit of original art by one of our favorite "Ero Guro" (erotic grotesque) Manga artists, SHINTARO KAGO, while his mysteriously-titled show, "Festival of Unsanitary Conditions in the Cool Evening," remains open at VANILLA GALLERY in the city's Ginza district. Seen by many simply as "violent pornography," Ero Guro remains a long-established subgenre with a legion of dedicated followers in its native Japan but can be hard to find outside the island nation because the artwork's intense and graphic imagery. The work by 38-year-old Kago, and fellow Ero Guro artists like Read More
Visionary filmmaker ANTON CORJBIN's ode to Joy (Division, that is) that is his IAN CURTIS biopic "Control" hits theaters on October 5th. Recounting the rise and fall of austere post-punk progenitors,
Interpol JOY DIVISION, the gorgeous black and white film promises to be one of the best of 2007 and certainly the most stylish. At a point when Curtis' musical influence is most prevalent and least credited, the film couldn't have come sooner. Have a look: