Archive for January, 2008
At least there won't be all those bad air guitar clips on YouTube's home page this week. Tune in through January 27th for the good stuff (including the fantastic "Hedgehog in the Fog" always one of our favorites)...
As Detroit readies itself for the city's annual orgy of industrial self-indulgence with the opening of the North American International Auto Show this Saturday, Motown's most relevant gallery, C-POP gives the revelers a taste of blood and rust with "Carnivora," its concurrent group show curated by New York's LES BARANY celebrating the dark side of the tail fin. Featuring original works by over 50 artists including Hajime Sorayama, R. Crumb, Glenn Barr, Robert Williams, Ford GT designer Camillo Pardo, HR Giger, Stanley Mouse, Ron English, and Mark Mothersbaugh, the show is a tour-de-force of stylistic prowess and a grand homage to the greatest invention of the 20th century. HAVE A LOOK (and read more HERE): Read More
Downtown art star and critics' darling WES LANG has found his own little slice of heaven smack in the middle of Brooklyn's scenic hamlet of Bushwick where his private oasis of art creation known as "The Paradise Club" serves as art studio, social club, and impromptu tattoo studio. Preparing for a show of his latest noir Americana-inspired paintings (which we can't show you just yet) at the venerable STELLAN HOLM GALLERY, Lang's digs are particularly cluttered with fragments of inspiration and miscellaneous visual debris at the moment, and our man on the scene, STUNTBOY (aka: Erik Foss) couldn't resist snapping a few flix. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Few things on earth are quite as boring as what's being passed off as the "graffitti scene" these days, so it warms our hearts to see some fresh, old-school LED ZEP scrawlings on the steets of LA...
Fogbelt residents got a lucky break when legendary CRASS artist GEE VAUCHER debuted an impressively thorough retrospective exhibit of her work for the seminal British punk band as well as more intimate personal paintings at San Francisco's JACK HANLEY GALLERY last month. In the late-70s when the punk anarchists in Crass found themselves in need of suitable cover art, Vaucher was an obvious choice to fabricate imagery as demanding and message-focused as the proto-hardcore music the band was creating. Like her artistic peers Raymond Pettibon and Winston Smith, the task put Vaucher on the map and ultimately jumpstarted her career as a fine artist (with a little help along the way from star curator RICH JACOBS). January 19th is the last day to get a look at Vaucher's eye-popping oeuvre, don't miss it: Read More
The Knife - Silent Shout
Supertouch blogger and visionary painter ERIC WHITE can't get enough of the equally visionary video artistry of Swedish director ANDREAS NILSSON whose incredible animated vignettes and bizarre live action sequences have breathed new life into the long dead format of the music video. The following video gallery is a sort of "greatest hits" of the director's work from the past five years. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
OK, so now we know for sure that IKE TURNER died from smoking rocks in his suburban San Diego crib on December 12th, but let's not forget that the most notorious man in rock 'n' roll literally invented the genre single-handedly in 1951 when he penned and recorded "Rocket 88" at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios, which has since been universally hailed as the very first true rock 'n' roll song ever created. We all know where the story goes from here, but along the way, his then-futuristic guitar style (always channeled through a Stratocaster) influenced everyone from Little Richard, to Elvis, to Ernie Isley, to Jimi Hendrix, to Keith Richards, none of whom would be the guitar players they were without first hearing Ike Turner and The Kings of Rhythm. HAVE A LISTEN:
Brooklyn-based SAVED TATTOO overlord SCOTT CAMPBELL unleashed his demonic stylings on the unsuspecting art world of Milan when his Satan-friendly paintings debuted as part of the "Occult" group show at MASSIMO CARASI GALLERY tonite. Featuring new work by seven godless heathens and Supertouch favorites including Michael Bevilacqua, Wendell Gladstone, Filippo La Vacara, Jeremiah Maddock, Bruce Richards, and Dan Trocchio the exhibit went a long way in proving that the devil's in the details. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
We've got to hand it to UK fashion house MAHARISHI's founder and military camouflage expert HARDY BLECHMAN for putting together one of the smartest brand collaborations in some time. Digging into the ANDY WARHOL archives for this self-portrait from his late period camouflage series, Blechman perfectly matched the M.O. of his military-themed streetwear brand with one of Pop's most interesting and unexpected images. Created the year before Warhol's death in 1987 the camouflage series represented a brief and brilliant outburst of thought and abstract contemplation in the artist's intensely representational work that saw him repeating different random patterns in a series of ironically colored silkscreen on canvas prints, and overlaying the patters on figurative images such as his "Last Supper" painting and the self-portrait used in Maharishi's clothing collab. While it might seem unsurprising now, liberating the Disruptive Pattern Material (as camouflage is known in military speak) from its combative connotations in his work, the Pop master shocked his Read More
It is what you think it is: Hosoi x Disney. Keep your eyes on ST for more coming soon...