Archive for January, 2008

NYC///DOWNTOWNING///PAT O’DELL’s “EPICLY LATER’D” AT FUSE GALLERY…

January 24, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Even winter can't stop the ladies of NYC...

Vice Magazine photo editor and photographer-at-large PAT O’DELL opened his first NYC solo show at FUSE GALLERY this Saturday nite and the downtown kids turned out in droves to show their support . Titled “Epicly Later’d” after his photojournalistic website of the same name, the exhibit features O’Dell’s trademark street-level images of his downtown friends and freaks-at-large captured on O’Dell’s never-ending world travels. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///STUDIO VISIT: SHELTER AND IVORY SERRA…

January 24, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Serra in full effect...

The identical twin art duo of IVORY & SHELTER SERRA may not exactly be a household name yet, but given their incredible work ethic and combined vision it might not be long before their names are mentioned alongside their slightly more famous uncle, minimalist sculptor and American art world royalty, Richard Serra (their father is the famed lawyer Tony Serra). Sidestepping the predictable artist-friendly landing pads of the East Village or Brooklyn, the brothers Serra have long called Harlem their home while maintaining a densely-packed workspace in Times Square crammed floor to ceiling with an impressive array of the pair's conceptually-heavy works in progress which include paintings, photography, collage, mixed media assemblages, sculptures, and small prototypes for upcoming large-scale sculptural installations. At a time when many young artists have put a premium on branding their work with a trademark look or set of recurring characters, the Serras revel in diversity, flitting from medium to medium with ease and tackling a dauntingly wide range of subject matter and imagery along the way. Our man on the scene, Fuse Gallery owner ERIK FOSS, dropped in on the pair last nite for a peek at what's to come at their Fall '08 gallery show, and pick up a copy of Ivory's new book, "The Serra Effect" featuring street-level photos of skaters, rappers, and an array of downtown art stars. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TOYBOX///DAVID FLORES x “THE MOUSE”…

January 24, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Dr. Dave brings the Mouse to life...

The recurring theme of MICKEY MOUSE in artist DAVID FLORES' art has finally been memorialized for the ages in cold, hard, vinyl by Japanese toy giants, MEDICOM who recreated his trademark multi-faceted vision of the animation icon with spot-on accuracy. The bad news? It's only licensed for sale in Japan, so American fans, prepare to start hunting...

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NYC///SIGN OF THE TIMES///GAVIN McINNES LEAVES VICE…

January 23, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Gav gets ready to stumble into celebration...

VICE MAGAZINE co-founder and last vestige of the publication's original brand of no-holds-barred fuck you humor and uncensored content GAVIN McINNES has finally left the company, as per the email we received earlier today (see below). Reports that the rogue funnyman's oblique POV and raw, street-level sensibility had run afoul of his company's newly corporate outlook since partnering with mainstream media conglomerate VIACOM/MTV to create VBS.tv had been swirling for some time now, and McInnes' departure leaves no doubt that the company's future includes a kinder, gentler Vice, the likes of which we've never seen before. His former partners-in-crime, Shane Smith, and Suroosh Alvi—whom he founded Vice with in 1994 when the Canadian residents were all living in Montreal on welfare rations—will continue to run the company with recent partner Eddy Moretti. Long the voice of Vice's epic "Do's & Don'ts" photo column, McInnes' spot-on humor can now be found on STREETCARNAGE.COM, his new online venture with partner DERRICK BECKLES...

From: Gavin McInnes
Date: Jan 23, 2008 9:42 AM
Subject: new email

Dear children of my corn,

I no longer have anything to do with Vice or VBS or DOs & DON'Ts or any of that. It's a long story but we've all agreed to leave it at "creative differences," so please don't ask me about it.

I'm going to continue to make fun of people's pants and offend as many of you as possible, but I'll be doing it at streetcarnage.com, a new company I started with Big Pinky.

There's a ton of other projects in the works, including books, a movie, comics, TV shit, etc and I'll announce them on the site as they blossom into fruition like a hundred humid vaginas in the presence of God's boner.

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McInnes, Beckles, and their interracial lovechild...

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WTF??///PRECIOUS MOMENTS///MITT ROMNEY CELEBRATES MLK DAY…

January 23, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

Here's how the Republican presidential hopeful MITT ROMNEY celebrated Martin Luther King Day in Jacksonville, Florida this Monday. Money just can't buy moments like this...

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LA///BEST IN SHOW///EMORY DOUGLAS’ PANTHER POWER…

January 22, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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For the past few months it's been impossible to talk about MoCA without referring to the institution's most high-profile current resident, Takashi Murakami, but of equal importance is the incredible retrospective of revolutionary Black Panther propaganda artist (and inspiration to a generation of modern "street artists") EMORY DOUGLAS also on display at the institution's Pacific Design Center. Emory Douglas worked as minister of culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until its discontinuation in the early 1980s and his powerful visuals helped define the trademark visual style of the group's newspapers, posters, and pamphlets. Douglas's substantial body of work exists as a powerful graphic record of the Black Panthers' legacy, reflecting their development and evolving mission to Read More

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RIP///REMEMBERING HEATH…

January 22, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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It is with incredible regret and great sorrow that we at Supertouch mourn the passing of HEATH LEDGER. As an intimate member of the Supertouch social circle and a great artist in his own right, he will be deeply missed and fondly remembered...

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NEXT BIG THING///AYA UEKAWA: BEYOND THE SUPERFLAT…

January 21, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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As obsessive Japanese art aficionados, we at Supertouch have been keeping an eye on the daunting talent of Japanese painter AYA UEKAWA for a few years now, and are fully convinced that she's poised to do big things in 2008. Born in Tokyo and based in NYC where she's currently chasing her MFA at Hunter College, the 29-year-old painter has managed to escape the ubiquitous "Superflat" imagery of her homeland to forge her own distinct technique by blending styles borrowed from the Flemish figurative masters and the decorative arts, resulting in a series of fascinating and obsessively rendered tableauxs that seem like stills from introspective dreamscapes. And while her work does contrast elements of three-dimensional portraiture with 2D background and clothing treatments, it's in the style of the great European icon painters, rather than the graphic artists of her homeland. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///SATURDAY NITE LIGHTS///PAT O’DELL AT FUSE GALLERY…

January 19, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Vice Magazine photo editor and photographer-at-large PAT O'DELL debuts his first NYC solo show at FUSE GALLERY tonite. Titled "Epicly Later'd" after his photojournalistic website of the same name, the exhibit features O'Dell's trademark street-level images of his downtown friends and freaks-at-large captured on O'Dell's never-ending world travels. The party's from 7–10pm, but here's a little sneek peek of Pat hard at work getting the show on the road: Read More

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LA///SKYJACKING///THE ECO ART BILLBOARD PROJECT…

January 18, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Art by Matt Adrian on Western Ave over the 101 freeway... 

A cool bit of skyjacking took effect in LA last December when the ECO ART BILLBOARD PROJECT kicked off on over 20 signs around the city. Featuring original artwork painted on recycled billboard stock, the initiative seeks to turn the town into an open-air art gallery. Two of the best, by MATT ADRIAN and GOMEZ BUENO caught our eyes...

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Art by Gomez Bueno at Olympic and Main streets, downtown LA...

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