Archive for October, 2007

EVERLAST REPORT///NASHVILLE CHRONICLES, PART I…

October 13, 2007  |  art, Art Crimes, Institutionalized  |  Comments Off

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Having just wrapped up recording his next solo record, Supertouch's Irishman-at-large (aka: "The Large Irishman"), EVERLAST, checks in from his break in Nashville. TAKE A LOOK: Read More

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TOKYO///POP LIFE///NAHOKO SASHIDA’S LIGHT FANTASTIC…

October 13, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Takashi Murakami's great Anime/Manga-influenced Pop vision may dominate the artistic landscape of his native Tokyo, but in his wake one painter, NAHOKO SASHIDA, has forged a very unique style fusing elements of traditional European and contemporary Japanese iconography. The singular painter's highly detailed work is unique for its satirical and sarcastic edge, and her critical eye is usually trained on icons of consumer culture in a society where Pop culture is easily confused with Read More

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QUITE POSSIBLY THE BEST VIDEO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE…

October 12, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off
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FEATURE///AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMEL SHABAZZ…

October 11, 2007  |  art, Feature, NYC, Origins of Style, Photography  |  Comments Off

jamel047.jpg Urban photographer JAMEL SHABAZZ has been capturing some of New York's most powerful street images for over 30 years now, so it's a fitting tribute that on the eve of the release of his new career-spanning coffee table book, "Seconds of My Life," POWERHOUSE BOOKS has staged a retrospective art show at their Brooklyn-based gallery, the POWERHOUSE ARENA. Having worked as a NYC corrections officer for twenty years, the 47-year-old artist remains remarkably unjaded and has always sought to capture the life in his subjects from criminals and rappers, to politicians and children, with an uncanny eye for the humanity in all. On exhibit alongside Shabazz's tour-de-force is "Black in White America," an overview of the artist whose work inspired Shabazz to pick up a camera in the first place, celebrated photojournalist LEONARD FREED. Speaking with Shabazz before the show's opening was PowerHouse publisher SARA ROSEN who conducted the following interview:

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STYLE SHEET///LUPE FIASCO x DR ROMANELLI…

October 11, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Upcoming Supertouch bloggers LUPE FIASCO, DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI, and NATHAN CABRERA have gotten together with UK style house MAHARISHI for a very special collaboration just in time for the release of Mr Fiasco's upcoming album, "The Cool," dropping on December 18th. Stay tuned for more details to come...

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NYC///WK INTERACT’S “BRING ME BACK” MURAL GETS BOMBED…

October 10, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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WK Interact installs his "Bring Me Back" Phase III on September 18th...

We've been reporting on the progress of Supertouch blogger WK INTERACT's politically charged "Bring Me Back" anti-war street campaign for the past several months now, and we're sorry to say that his biggest and most recent installation (Phase III) on NYC's Lower East Side has been covered, first by another writer, and then by the city. In the words of WK himself:

NO WONDER INTELLIGENT PEOPLE CANNOT TAKE MOST SO-CALLED GRAFFITI SERIOUSLY:
"Finally a piece appeared on the street that made viewers remember the fact that fellow human beings are being massacred by the thousands. I have tried to reach out for help on behalf of the men in arms with my recent "Bring Me Back" installations around Manhattan. It's tragically unfortunate for them that other artists would rather self-promote than convey this important message. This is a classic example of why this war goes on." —WK Interact

FOUR WEEKS AGO: : WK's "Bring Me Back" installation goes up
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ONE WEEK AGO: "Wyseneksi" takes over
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TODAY: All dead, all dead...
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Catch up on WK Interact's "Bring Me Back" series HERE, HERE, and HERE...

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ICELAND///YOKO ONO SEES THE LIGHT…

October 10, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Yoko Ono's new Imagine Peace Tower lights up Iceland's night sky...

Few figures in the art world are as polarizing as YOKO ONO, but her most ambitious project to date, the “IMAGINE PEACE TOWER” which was unveiled in the presence of Sean Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison's widow Olivia in Iceland yesterday, October 9th, on what would have been John Lennon’s 67th birthday, is designed to bring people together while honoring her late husband’s memory. Envisioned in 1967 by Ono as a sort of conceptual "light house," the monument, located on Videy island, near Reykjavik, is comprised of a large, cylindrical “wishing well” structure adorned with the phrase “Imagine Peace” in 24 languages that projects intense beams of light skyward to form a Read More

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SWEDEN///ART CRIMES///ANDRES SERRANO UNDER ATTACK…

October 10, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Dirty deeds done by Swedes: Serrano receives his harshest review yet...

Controversial New York-based photographer ANDRES SERRANO saw his solo show, "The History of Sex" destroyed at the hands of vandals (possibly art critics gone wrong?) in Lund, Sweden this week. Shortly before closing last Friday, a group of four masked men armed with axes and crowbars stormed into the KULTUREN GALLERY shouting "We don't support this shit!" in Swedish and proceeded to smash most of the show's sexually explicit images and scatter leaflets bearing the decree “Against decadence and for a healthier culture.”  In all, $200,000 worth of work was lost in the melee, and the gallery is working with Serrano to replace the images so that the show, which is scheduled to remain on display until December, can reopen. Amazingly, the entire ordeal was Read More

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DETROIT///HYSTERIC GLAMOUR x THE MOTOR CITY…

October 10, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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The HG crew (founder Nobu, Wataru, Nori, Ken, Aki, and Stephan) pay Berry Gordy a housecall...

With just a day and a half to show the HYSTERIC GLAMOUR crew the ins and outs of street life in the rotten apple, aka: DETROIT ROCK CITY (my murderous hometown), I had my work cut out for me last week when we all traveled to Motown on a photographic scouting mission from hell. Weaving our way through the city's bombed-out streets in a series of close calls, near misses, and disbelieving stares from the locals, we managed to beat the clock and take in some of the city's most iconic blights sights in record time and live to tell the tale. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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DETROIT///THE WRITING ON THE WALLS…

October 10, 2007  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Hysteric Glamour's honcho Nobu Kitamura is open to advice...

To say that Detroit is on some next level shit when it comes to graffiti is the understatement of the century. What level that is exactly, we're not sure, but walking through backstreets and climbing the flights of Detroit's maze of abandoned buildings one encounters an absolutely incredible amount of scrawl of every variety, from outright hate speech (surprise) to white suburban poser versions of "Wild Style" bubble lettering circa '85. What I appreciate most about the majority of it all is the utter lack of Read More

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