Archive for October, 2007

NEXT BIG THING///AUREL SCHMIDT’S NATURAL BEAUTY…

October 25, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Here at Supertouch, we're obsessed with technique, and pure, unadulterated rendering power. NYC-based 24-year-old Canadian artist AUREL SCHMIDT has those qualities to spare. Emerging from the East Village art scene with a style as distinct as her name, Schmidt is the rare artist with profound imagination, sheer technical power and a fantastic sense of humor who is able to switch between hyper-detailed obsessive/compulsive technical rendering and fun, simple, Pop-inspired imagery with ease. Her medium of choice remains pencil & crayon on paper but the incredible detail and complex tones of her tightly executed imagery give her fantastic tableaux’s the depth of oil paintings. Among portrait artists, Schmidt remains an anomaly. The faces she paints are not those of humans or animals, but of imagined beings woven together with the found debris of the natural world, including insects, flowers, rocks, and dead animals, which she mixes in images of household trash, giving her work a rare and grisly beauty. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///THE VIRGIN MOBILE RE*GENERATION CHARITY ART AUCTION…

October 24, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Art by Matt Leines

Each year, corporate giant VIRGIN MOBILE gives a little back by presenting "RE*Generation," an online auction of underground art benefiting homeless youth charities in the United States. This year's show, curated by Supertouch ally RICH JACOBS, features great new work by 21 artists including Eric White, Matt Leines, Taylor McKimens, The Clayton Brothers, Jordin Isip, Denise Tassin, Thomas Campbell, and Melinda Beck, that is available for public bidding online until November 1st (7pm PST/10pm EST), the first day of National Youth Homeless Awareness Month. The culmination of the event will be a benefit party held on November 7th at Skylight 275 in NYC, where all auction artwork will be on display and a limited series of Virgin mobile phones painted by the auction artists will be up for grabs. Admission to the party is free, but a minimum $25 charitable donation is requested. Place bids and learn more about the campaign HERE (and don't forget, charitible art purchases are tax deductible!)... Read More

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VENICE///COOL SHIT///SUBODH GUPTA’S STAINLESS SKULLDUGGERY..

October 24, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Lucky travelers touring the boot before November 11 should head straight to Venice’s PALAZZO GRASSI where artist SUBODH GUPTA’s insane “Very Hungry God” skull-pture is on display as part of the museum’s “Sequence 1” exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the François Pinault Collection (which also includes work by Mike Kelley, Takashi Murakami, and Richard Prince). Made from household pots & pans, the shimmering metallic death’s head was the main attraction at this year’s Read More

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LA///EVERLASTING INK…

October 24, 2007  |  art, Blame Canada, Next Big Thing, NYC  |  Comments Off

elastt032.jpgMark Mahoney "gently massages the epidermis with the flutteringof stainless steel"...LA Ink may get all the press in the West Coast tatt trade these days, but real heads know MARK MAHONEY's (aka: the lightest hand in LA) SHAMROCK TATTOO is the OG spot for inkslinging in the City of Angels. And that's precisely where our boy EVERLAST headed this week to add another emblem to his book of flesh after wrapping up recording on his new solo record. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TOKYO///THE ILLNESS: CHAZ BOJORQUEZ x USUGROW…

October 23, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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We couldn't be happier to announce the show we've been waiting for, the ultimate East/West black & white collaboration: CHAZ BOJORQUEZ x USUGROW in a special live painting collaboration to accompany Chaz's dual art shows to being held in Tokyo and Osaka. The shows are presented by our good friends at THREE TIDES TATTOO (the best shop in Japan, hands down), Kaze Magazine (whose new Chaz Bojorquez issue goes on sale at the exhibits), and Royal Elastics. For those who don't know, Chaz Bojorquez is the OG godfather of LA Chicano street & graffiti and a highly accomplished fine artist & painter, while Usugrow is one of Japan's foremost graphic artists whose distinctive linework is unparalleled in his field. Check back at Supertouch for full coverage of both events. Details are as follows:

OSAKA:
Three Tides Tattoo, Kaze Magazine, & Royal Elastics present:
THE ART OF CHAZ BOJORQUEZ
November 2nd —5th, 1F Gallery, Osaka
*Chaz Bojorquez x Usugrow live painting demonstration:
Friday, November 2 at 7pm
*Chaz Bojorquez Lecture & Slide Show:
Saturday, November 3 at 7pm

TOKYO:
Kaze Magazine & Royal Elastics presents:
THE ART OF CHAZ BOJORQUEZ
October 23 — 28th, Tower Records Shibuya branch
*Chaz Bojorquez Lecture & Slide Show:
Saturday, October 27 at 7pm
*Chaz Bojorquez x Zys live painting demonstration (with music by DJ's Baku & Doppelgenger):
Sunday, October 28 at 7pm

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Konnichiwa, bitches!

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NYC///ANNOUNCING THE SUPERTOUCH HALLOWEEN ART SHOW: “THE BEAST WITHIN”…

October 19, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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"The Beast Within" art designed by Halloween's favorite son, Pushead...

We'd like to proudly announce the official Supertouch Halloween art show, "The Beast Within," curated by Jamie O'Shea, opening October 31st at the East Village's SHOWROOM NYC GALLERY in conjunction with Tristan Eaton's Thunderdog Studios. Featuring introspective monster art reflecting the participant's personal demons (hence the title), the show features new & original work by over 65 artists including Pushead, Phil Frost, Stephan Jay Rayon (Hysteric Glamour), Doze Green, Eric White, Ron English, Louie Cordero, Tristan Eaton, Andy Cruz/House Industries, Mars-1, Steve Bliss, Shepard Fairey, D*Face, REAS (Todd James), Travis Louie, Rhode Montijo, Friends With You, Nathan Cabrera, Tim Biskup, Eric Elms, Kelsey Brookes, Jim Woodring, Mark Dean Veca, Erik Foss, Gary Baseman, Slick, Nathan Jurevicius, James Jean, Usugrow, Glenn Barr, Mike Moon, Gomez Bueno, Pete Fowler, Rick Griffin, Nate Van Dyke, Stanley Mouse, Andrew Brandou, Makoto Kobiyashi, Miran Kim, Peter Taylor, Scott Campbell, Jordin Isip, Melinda Beck, Joel Dugan, Jeff Soto, Elizabeth Huey, Jacaeber Kastor, Mark Smith, Carl Dunn, Junko Mizuno, Mike Sutfin, Rich Jacobs, Taylor McKimens, WK Interact, 123 Klan, Filth, Calma,  and many more. Lots of surprises are in store, including limited-edition merchandise like the Pushead-designed shirt (produced by 10 Deep) shown below. New York City's the best place on Earth to spend Halloween and "The Beast Within" is the best place to spend your hard-earned dough on some amazing artwork. Don't be late, first come, first severed...

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LA///FIRST LOOK: TAKASHI MURAKAMI’S “© MURAKAMI” AT MoCA

October 19, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Hang time with the master...

Had the chance to spend some time catching up with TAKASHI MURAKAMI the other day as the Pop demigod prepared for the grand opening of his forthcoming retrospective show, "© Murakami" set to debut publicly on October 29th at MoCA's GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY in Downtown LA's Little Tokyo district. Surveying the entire span of the legendary artist's career, the show is an absolutely mind-boggling affront to the senses and a nearly comprehensive catalog of Murakami's "greatest hits" from the past 10 years. We may not be able to show the installation views of the exhibit just yet (check back next Friday for the full update), but rest assured, everything you could hope to see—from 20-foot tall sculptures to massive multi-panel painted masterworks—is present and accounted for in MoCA's cavernous installation space. TAKE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///SNEEK PEEK///CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA AT MERRY KARNOWSKY GALLERY…

October 19, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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The painting's nice, but CRG is fine...

Reclusive art star, CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA came out of her Northwest hiding spot to unveil her newest series of masterful large scale paintings to a close circle of friends and family when MERRY KARNOWSKY hosted a VIP preview for miss Garcia's new show "Escape to Darlingtonia" last nite. Of course, Supertouch blogger TIM BISKUP had the Leica on lock and brings us an exclusive sneek peek at the gorgeous painter's equally lovely new work which will make its public debut this Saturday, October 20th. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///THE GREAT PUMPKIN STRIKES AGAIN…

October 19, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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The Halloween season officially kicked off in the East Village last weekend when ERIK FOSS' FUSE GALLERY held its annual "Pumpkin Carving Bizarre" last Sunday where the freaks of the industry turned out in droves to put their artistic (dis)abilities to work in disfiguring a patch full of fresh squash. After several unsuccessful attempts to summon the spirit of the Great Pumpkin, the crew kept things moving at the bar while Public Image Limited's MARTIN ATKINS got busy on the wheels of steel with the OG jams. PEEP THE RECAP: Read More

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COOL SHIT///HOUSE INDUSTRIES BRINGS SEXY BACK…

October 19, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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There's a lot of talk about "hot" fashion collabs these days, but influential design house and masters of typography HOUSE INDUSTRIES' crossover with legendary lingerie brand AGENT PROVOCATEUR is one of the few that actually lives up to the talk. To celebrate their beyond-bangin' new collab, which included the upcoming Supertouch bloggers ANDY CRUZ and the House crew redesigning the brand's classic logo and overall look, the boys have put together this very special (shall we say, "heart-shaped"?) book chronicling the project's evolution with LOTS of revealing photos (and we're not talking about drawing fonts, here). HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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