Archive for June, 2008

BALLIN’///MCA’S “GUNNIN FOR THAT #1 SPOT”…

June 26, 2008  |  Ballin', News, Video  |  Comments Off

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Flyin' towards that #1 Spot...

It's a big week in roundball with the NBA draft poppin off tonite, but more importantly, Friday's theatrical debut of Beastie Boy ADAM YAUCH's (aka: MCA) documentary hoops flick "Gunnin For That #1 Spot" about this year's hottest high school players as they prepare to enter the NBA. Chronicling the lives of eight young superstars including this year's top draft picks Michael Beasley, Jerryd Bayless, and Kevin Love, along with Tyreke Evans, Donte Greene, Brandon Jennings, Lance Stephenson, and Kyle Singl, "Gunnin'" catches the daily lives of these future superstars as they prepare to do battle at the "Mecca of Basketball," Harlem's legendary Rucker Park. Located on the corner of 155th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard, this urban battleground is where the men are separated from the boys in the annual “Elite 24” all-star game that once saw the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Dr. J competing for that #1 spot. HAVE A LOOK:

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LONDON///CONOR HARRINGTON UNLEASHES HIS "WEEKEND WARRIORS"…

June 25, 2008  |  Street Art  |  Comments Off
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Our favorite modern Irish painter CONOR HARRINGTON debuted an impressive array of new large-scale paintings tonite at London's art star-making LAZARIDES GALLERY (best known as the home of urban art legend Banksy). Titled "Weekend Warriors," Harrington's new series explores the myth of modern masculinity by juxtaposing imagery of the odd escapist phenomenon of historical re-enactment with modern stylistic motifs in an unusual exploration of concept and context. Using oil paint and aerosol on canvas, Harrington's results are nothing short of stunning and the 17 large paintings (and smaller charcoal drawings) in the show easily represent the young artist's most ambitious and accomplished work to date. Unfortunately, the mural Harrington created in the streets of London at the end of 2007 (after a two year hiatus from street work) on Truman Gate in Brick Lane as a teaser to his current show didn't survive intact until the exhibit's debut (see below). HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///KAWS AND “EVERYTHING ELSE”…

June 25, 2008  |  art, KAWS, News, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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KAWS' little blue men...

"Everything Else," a group show curated by CHRIS CHURCHILL at FRANKLIN PARRASCH GALLERY in NYC features the work of 16 artists but to be honest, it's notable primarily for the inclusion of just one: the ever-elusive gallery ghost known as KAWS. Sidestepping the formal art world almost entirely in recent years, choosing instead to sell paintings—many of which were top flight large-scale works—directly to private collectors, the streetwear & collectibles phenomenon known to his parents as Brian Donnelley put the brakes on a formal art career primed for takeoff following his debut installation at Manhattan’s New Museum in 2000. Choosing instead to publicly focus on a burgeoning merchandise empire in recent years, his inclusion in this show (one submission includes his 4' Companion figure but it's always been more of a sculpture than a "toy" anyway) is particularly relevant as it marks an official return to the gallery world with several large shows currently in the works. Also included in this show, which seeks to examine why “things” get made and questions “what are the demands of a culture that prompts such production and how do the products of everyday life touch on the spiritual and the immaterial?," are original artworks by Jason Adkins, Bryan Bowie, Anthony Campuzano, Jason Frazier, Misaki Kawai, Michael J. Kelly, Wook Kim, Wes Lang, Sandra Eula Lee, Rebecca Potts, George Stoll, Keith Tallett, Xavier Veilhan, Jocko Weyland, and Jesse Wine. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TORONTO///STREET LIFE///DAN BERGERON TRANSFORMS REGENT PARK…

June 25, 2008  |  art, Blame Canada, Graffiti, News, Street Art, Toronto  |  Comments Off

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Neighborhood watch in FULL effect...

Established in the 1940s as a "transitional housing community," the Toronto, Ontario projects known as REGENT PARK are home to an incredibly ethnically diverse array of citizens with over half of the development's residents being immigrants. It is also the city's most youth-centric area as more than 50% of residents are children 18 years and younger (compared to a Toronto-wide average of 30%). With the neighborhood in the midst of a ten-year redevelopment plan begun in 2005, the "Luminato Streetscape Project" kicked off earlier this month to draw attention to the neighborhood via a series of high-profile onsite street art installations and workshops. In the words of project mouthpieces: "Large in scale, bold and beautiful in content, these transformed regions of Toronto will become an inspiration for public creativity, as cutting-edge contemporary art moves onto the streets in a celebration of colour and light." Most notable of these is the large-scale photo installation series by Toronto-based photographer DAN BERGERON who spent a month working with the project's residents, photographing them and then installing their portraits as giant wheatpaste posters on the dwelling's exterior walls. Locals were unusually cooperative in the project, welcoming visiting artists and assisting Bergeron in the series installation, and serving as neighborhood guides. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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KUSTOM KULTURE///BMW’s GINA: THE NEW WAY TO SKIN A SHARK…

June 25, 2008  |  Cool Shit, Kustom Kulture, News, Next Big Thing, Sounds, Video  |  Comments Off

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THE OC///OPENING NITE: THE DEBUT OF THE LAGUNA MUSEUM’S “JUXTAPOZ SHOW”…

June 23, 2008  |  art, Feature, LA, Lance Armstrong, Openings, Origins of Style, The OC  |  Comments Off

jxt10730.jpg As the editor of JUXTAPOZ ART MAGAZINE from 1996—2006, I had a personal stake in scoping out the LAGUNA MUSEUM's "Juxtapoz" retrospective group show "In the Land of Retinal Delights" last nite. Celebrating the so-called "Juxtapoz Factor" in the modern art world, the exhibition chronicled the magazine's golden age, the years when the underground art world literally exploded into public consciousness and began to permeate the fabric of everyday life in the form of ubiquitous art shows, innovative merchandise, and corporate marketing and advertising campaigns. Assembling a roster of over 150 artists including...

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LONDON///THE “CANS FESTIVAL” MOVIE…

June 22, 2008  |  Banksy, Graffiti, London, Street Art, Video  |  Comments Off

London's Street Art scene exploded in May with BANKSY's official "Cans Festival," a sort of global gathering of stencil art heads unprecedented in scale. Now the organization has released an official time-lapse recap of the event from bare beginning to the inevitable endless queue...

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SF///CYCLE KILLERS///RVCA & CINELLI PUT “PRESSURE” ON THE STREET

June 21, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Cool Shit, Cycle Killers, News, San Francisco  |  Comments Off

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Phil Frost's wheels of fury... 

The corner of Haight & Asbury was ground zero for San Francisco’s track bike & messenger culture when RVCA opened their "Pressure" exhibition of collaborative art bikes with esteemed Italian cycle maker CINELLI. On board to customize the premium two-wheelers was an all-star lineup of artists including BARRY MCGEE, ASHLEY MACOMBER, CLARE ROJAS, C.R. STECYK III, DAN MURPHY, DMOTE, JESSE GELLER, JOSH LAZCANO, KAWS, MADSAKI, PHIL FROST, PM TENORE AND STEPHEN POWERS who added their unique touch to an array of new and vintage Cinelli frames and components. While many of the bikes remained rideable works of art, some artists like KAWS, Clare Rojas, Josh Lazcano, and Ashley Macomber transformed their cycles into nonfunctional (or in the case of Lazcano, hyperfunctional) sculptural pieces. With artwork prices escaping the reach of most lowly city peddlers, RVCA created a limited edition series of T-shirts by all artists in the show and debuted some pieces from the new Barry McGee apparel and accessory collection set to drop this fall. Also up for grabs was the eagerly anticipated special Barry McGee production art bike. Available as an edition of 50 pieces worldwide in three frame sizes (54, 56 or 58), the cycle is available as 25 complete bikes and 25 frame-only kits with pricetags of $3,700.00 and $2,100.00 respectively. The run will be available for sale only through RVCA and LANCE ARMSTRONG’s MELLOW JOHNNY’S bike shop in Austin, Texas where the art show will make a stop in late September. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///HYPE 2.0///”MR BRAINWASH” KILLS HOLLYWOOD’S FEW REMAINING BRAIN CELLS…

June 20, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Feature, Graffiti, Hype 2.0, LA, News, Street Art, WTF???  |  Comments Off

mr-bwash.jpg To call last nite's opening of newly minted and ridiculously named "artist" MR BRAINWASH an "art show" would be a disservice to artists everywhere and even Mr Brainwash himself. Instead, let's call it what it really is: a grand art prank of epic proportions. A heist. A spoof. A joke. Or maybe just the biggest, funnest, sloppiest high school art fair of all time. But let's not call it an "art show." Unfortunately, the majority of the Hollywood zombies lined up around the block for the better part of four hours awaiting entrance didn't quite get the joke...

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SOUTHLAND///STREET LIFE///SKULLPHONE INVADES THE RIVERSIDE MUSUEM…

June 19, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Graffiti, Institutionalized, LA, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Skullphone's art dumpster. Duchamp would be proud...

Like it or not, so-called "Street Art" is the undeniable visual currency of our times (at least until next month's trend hits) and no self-respecting cultural institution would be complete without an obligatory show of the latest vandal-in-waiting. In the case of the extremely progressive RIVERSIDE ART MUSEUM (who hosted a Barry McGee exhibit in April) that art vandal is none other than the Southland's notorious billboard hijacker SKULLPHONE whose iconic skull & vintage cellphone iconography has been leering at hapless LA commuters and Blackberry slaves from all corners of the city for the past several years. Enshrining his street-level postering and stickering efforts in a museum setting by bringing actual objects he's "customized" into the gallery makes this show particularly noteworthy, and the exhibition highlights include actual LA parking meters, dumpsters, gas pumps, and even a public bathroom all adorned with his illegal imagery. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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