Archive for April, 2008
The crowded corridor of art commerce that is NYC's Chelsea district can count another champion of the underground among its ranks with the debut of JOSHUA LINER's eponymous gallery last week. Featuring a star-studded and opening show with work by over 25 artists including Futura, Shawn Barber, Mark Dean Veca, Crash One, Kris Kuksi, Mike Davis, Ron English, Robert Hardgrave, Naoto Hattori, Kenji Hirata, Jessica Joslin, Josh Keyes, Koralie, David Choong Lee, Travis Louie, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Chris Mendoza, Aiko Nakagawa, Greg Simkins, Damon Soule, Stash, and Oliver Vernon to name a few, there was no lack of eye candy on the gallery's sprawling white walls to keep the masses enthralled. CHECK THE RECAP: Read More
AN EXHIBITION TO DIE FOR—LITERALLY
LONDON. The German artist GREGOR SCHNEIDER is planning the ultimate performance piece: showing a person dying as part of an exhibition. “I want to display a person dying naturally in the piece or somebody who has just died,” he told The Art Newspaper. “My aim is to show the beauty of death.” The artist says that Dr Roswitha Franziska Vandieken, who runs her own private clinic in Düsseldorf, has agreed to help find volunteers who are willing to die in public in the name of art. Dr Vandieken was unavailable for comment. “I am confident that we’ll find people to take part,” says Schneider. He says he would like to stage the performance at the Haus Lange museum in Krefeld, Germany. The museum declined to comment. Schneider says that if the museum will not agree to take part, he will stage the piece in a studio space in his hometown of Rheydt, western Germany. Schneider has long been fascinated with the idea of showing death in a museum setting: in 2000 he himself feigned death as part of an exhibition at the Haus Esters museum in Krefeld. —Gareth Harris, The Art Newspaper
We've been following the work of NYC-based photographer AMY STEIN for a while now, and we at Supertouch just can't get enough of her sublime samplings of American life. With an impeccable eye for composition, color, and that ever-elusive "perfect moment," Stein's visual narratives are profound in their spartan beauty and emotional tension. Presented here are excerpts from her three series: "Domesticated," "Halloween in Harlem," and "Women & Guns." HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Confirmed art world wallflower BARRY McGEE, aka: "El Twisto," isn't one to chat your ear off at an opening or spout off about the finer points of his enigmatic imagery, but on this week's segment of "ART TALK", our boy does just that. Well, his automaton does, that is...
Today we pause to take a look back at the masterful photography of a lesser known Chicago resident, WAYNE MILLER and his epic series of images chronicling the Midwestern metropolis in the late 1940s. A vaunted Magnum photographer, Miller captured some of the most gripping images of life on the city's gritty South Side—the home of northern blues and the 100 hour workday—that often seem more like film stills from some lost black & white epic than static photos. Click HERE to view a moving narrated slideshow at the Magnum archives site with a soundtrack provided by Muddy Waters...
In case you've been living in Hollywood with your eyes closed for the past week, Supertouch's own Jersey Boy/master billboard liberator RON ENGLISH has been here bombing up the Lost Angles with a new array of his own trademark brand of Popaganda imagery right under your nose. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Dreamer & renderer of mythic battles, ANDREW SCHOULTZ made his solo European debut at the renowned MAMA GALLERY in Rotterdam Netherlands last week, bringing his chaotic and apocalyptic landscapes to the otherwise peaceful nation. Filled with a curious mix of Middle-Eastern and medieval imagery, Schoultz' large-scale murals can be overwhelming in their complexity of composition and heavily layered imagery, both hallmarks that have come to define the artist's enigmatic work. Now, in an attempt to de-mystify his oeuvre, Schoultz sounds off on the method to his madness in the enlightening interview below. HAVE A LOOK:Read More
NYC-based graphic/fine artist RYAN McGINNES' skateboarding-themed mural, "Have You Seen Him," originally created for the container exhibition at Art Basel Miami 2007 has just been installed in the courtyard of progressive art institution PS1 in Long Island City where it will remain on display until May 3rd. The 200-foot-long panoramic mural consisting of 50 individual enamel paintings is based on the "Citizen Kane" of skate videos, Powell Peralta's epic "The Search For Animal Chin," from 1987, and incorporates visual and narrative themes from the seminal Craig Stecyk (nee John Smythe) penned masterpiece. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
The high-heeled obsessed English street artist known as INSA made his presence known in the land of brown ale...
Downtown art stars DAN COLEN & NATE LOWMAN unveiled their eye-popping collaborative slacker deconstructionist extravaganza of an art exhibition, “Wet Pain” late last month at the prestigious MACCARONE GALLERY and for better or worse, it stands as a testament to the state of the burgeoning downtown art scene as it looks today. Loaded with heavy doses of young male angst and de rigueur dirtied up found object installations—including funky found T-shirts, car rims, advertising imagery and sex toys—alongside more formal graphic works, the exhibition is a less dire installation than Colen’s recent shredded phone book & graffiti construction at Deitch Projects but a distinctly ephemeral assemblage nonetheless. The bit of unexplained “Odd Couple”-esque dramatic narrative reproduced below that served as the show’s manifesto only adds to the mystique for the headscratchers in the crowd. You’ve got till April 26th to see it in person, meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More