Archive for April, 2008

LONDON///STREET LIFE///AN HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A BANKSY…

April 18, 2008  |  art, Banksy, London, Street Life  |  Comments Off

Hit mute immediately to kill the annoying house music that accompanies this time-lapse video of an hour in the life of BANKSY's recent Tesco mural on Essex Road, Islington, where an incredible array of tourists, locals, and random lookie-loos stop in a sixty minute span to take in, pose with, and ponder the meaning of the artist's critique of one of the UK's biggest retail chains. With this kind of public support, it seems Sir Banks would be hard-pressed to get arrested these days...

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FILM///COOL SHIT///GOD SAVE IRON MAN…

April 16, 2008  |  Cool Shit, Film, News  |  Comments Off

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Ozzy's mentor...

At this point it's beyond a foregone conclusion that the upcoming (May 2nd) IRON MAN movie— like nearly every comic book movie that came before it—will suck hard, but before our minds are tainted by the surely horrific storyline and direction, let's take a moment to dig how cool these new unpainted armor suits are. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///THE ART OF POLITICS…

April 16, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Politiks, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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THE ART OF POLITICS
By ROB WALKER
SOURCE: NYTimes Published: April 13, 2008

Whether or not Barack Obama would make a good president, it’s clear that he makes an excellent muse. It’s hard to think of a political candidate in recent memory who has, in real time, inspired so much creativity, exercised free of charge and for the campaign’s benefit. Perhaps this suggests something about Obama—or maybe it suggests something about his supporters. The examples are many. One of the most prominent is the limited-edition print created by the Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey in January. Fairey is best known as the creator of the “Obey Giant” imagery that, beginning in 1989, spread on city streets around the world by way of posters, stickers and stencils. Fairey made a brief statement when he unveiled the portrait, noting his “great conviction that Barack Obama should be the next President.” Poster sales, he added, would underwrite “a large statewide poster campaign.” In addition to popping up on many streets, the image later made its way onto a T-shirt, created in collaboration with the San Francisco street-wear brand Upper Playground — and apparently onto the radar of the Obama campaign. The candidate himself sent a thank-you note, and his campaign had Fairey create a new poster that became the inaugural offering in an “Artists for Obama” section of the barackobama.com online store. Fairey told Creativity Online that while he has been politically active, there’s something new in the enthusiasm he now professes to feel. “I just thought it was time to stick my neck out,” he said. A variety of other artists READ ON...

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LONDON///STREET LIFE///BANKSY’S BIGGEST EVER…

April 16, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Cool Shit, London, News, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Banksy's tribute to the watchers...

Somehow, against all odds, SIR BANKSY just keeps going bigger and never gets caught. His newest piece which debuted this week in London—a three-story parody on London's closed caption TV network that constantly surveys the city's residents as they go about their daily lives—was erected ADJACENT to one of the cameras in question, and still he roams free...

From the DAILY MAIL:
"Banksy pulled off an audacious stunt to produce what is believed to be his biggest work yet in central London. The secretive graffiti artist managed to erect three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence despite being watched by a CCTV camera. Then, during darkness and hidden behind a sheet of polythene, he painted this comment on 'Big Brother' society. (read more)"

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Note real CCTV unit (highlighted in red) adjacent to Banksy's mural. Insane...

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SUPERTOUCH 2.0…

April 15, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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As you'll see, SUPERTOUCH has undergone a bit of a renovation with a lot of added features—including a crew of guest bloggers—that will all be operational shortly. We're having a bit of technical difficulty right now while the domain name transfers fully to new servers so just hang in there, you'll be able to see images and all archived posts momentarily. STAY TUNED FOR MORE TO COME...

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NYC///RYAN McGINLEY KNOWS WHERE THE SUMMER GOES…

April 13, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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NY legend/art writer Carlo McCormick (left) and downtown gallerist Erik Foss (right) help McGinley through a long nite of afterpartying...

White-hot downtown art star (in the truest sense of the term) RYAN McGINLEY drew a massive crowd for the opening of his show of gorgeous new work, "I Know Where The Summer Goes" at TEAM GALLERY in NYC last week. The show's title, taken from an early B-side by Belle & Sebastian, is more than just a piece of poetic musing. In the summer of 2007, McGinley traversed the United States with sixteen models and three assistants, shooting 4,000 rolls of film. From the resulting 150,000 photographs, he arduously narrowed down the body of work to some fifty images, the best of which are on display here. The inspirational images for the project were culled from the kinds of amateur photography that appeared in nudist magazines during the 60s and early 70s. On the cross-country trip, McGinley chose a very specific itinerary that brought his troupe through an incredible range of landscapes, and often employed fireworks and fog machines in the portrait's setups. The results are pure McGinley who always manages to capture the casual abandon of youth with a genuinely uninhibited eye. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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POP LIFE///ART & COMMERCE///FAFI’S NEW COACHELLA ARTWORK…

April 13, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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This year's COACHELLA lineup may be weird as hell, but at least they got the artwork right with our girl FAFI. Three days of camping in the desert AND Roger Waters closing the show? Just bring us home a T-shirt...

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NYC///MUST SEE SHOW: GARY PANTER AT CLEMENTINE GALLERY…

April 12, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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For those in the know, the title of GARY PANTER's latest show, "Pictures from the Psychedelic Swamp, 1972-2001" is all you need to hear to motivate your ass down to CLEMENTINE GALLERY with the quickness. For those still scratching their heads, Panter is widely regarded as the "father of punk comics," and the Brooklyn-based artist played a pivotal role in transforming underground comics into a viable form of art and one of the pivotal early figures in the so-called "Juxtapoz art world." For those STILL scratching their heads, no, you probably didn't see any of his early work from the groundbreaking graphic magazine "RAW," but if you've ever seen an episode of "Pee Wee's Playhouse," you've seen Gary's outrageous set designs that made the show the visual vanguard of the toddler set and won him three Emmys to boot. Assembled for the first time in this show, are some of Gary's most seminal works from three decades of his career including early drawings, sculpture, eclectic ephemera, and large-scale paintings, in what amounts to a museum-worthy retrospective (hint, hint New Museum & Brooklyn Museum). Bring your checkbooks too folks, cuz it's all for sale. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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BROOKLYN///JUDITH SUPINE’S PSYCHEDELIC “DIRT MANSION”…

April 12, 2008  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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"Thug Mansion" this ain't...

Straight outta Bushwick comes street art provocateur JUDITH SUPINE's newest solo show, "Dirt Mansion", a huge guerilla-style installation created in conjunction with ENGLISH KILLS GALLERY that opened its doors to the public in Brooklyn on Friday nite. Filling a huge warehouse space in the Geto Boyz -friendly neighborhood with his trademark radioactive figures rendered as 20-foot-tall puppets and plastering the walls with dayglo scenes of floral frolic, Supine created an environment resembling a giant post-nuclear Monty Python animation gone wrong in all the right ways. Naturally, the elusive saboteur with the curious nom de guerre couldn't be picked out of the crowd and Supine's shroud of anonymity certainly allowed him the envious guilty pleasure of slipping into his own opening to eavesdrop on the punters as they wound through his maze-like installation to hear the evening's verdict with his own ears. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON MASSIVE///FRESH BANKSY…

April 12, 2008  |  Banksy, London, News, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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By land...

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And by sea...

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