Archive for June, 2008

SEATTLE & SAN FRANCISCO///CATCHING UP WITH GEOFF McFETRIDGE…

June 7, 2008  |  Seattle  |  Comments Off
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Geoff's custom bike is easier to ride than it looks but parking's a nightmare...

Graphic design & fine art powerhouse GEOFF McFETRIDGE is a force of nature, consistently pulling off incredibly compelling installations in an oftentimes-static art scene. Such is the case with both of the young artist's current exhibitions (in radically different scales) at Seattle's OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK and the fantastic MOLLUSK SURF SHOP in San Francisco. Creating a massive landscape of sculptural and printed works for the long-term installation "In The Mind" in Seattle that opened late last month, McFetridge's bold imagery creates a playful environment—the centerpiece of which is a huge and amazing blue trumpet/bicycle sculpture—that is daunting in its scale. In contrast, the artist's exhibit "Bury Me in the Sand" in San Francisco is a much smaller-scale but equally compelling one nonetheless. Featuring a large array of hand-drawn and printed works along with custom skateboards, McFetridge's Mollusk show is a very intimate, personal affair, with the artist's hand evident in all the works on display. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON MASSIVE///STREET LIFE///ON THE WALL WITH CONOR HARRINGTON…

June 7, 2008  |  art, Graffiti, Ireland, London, News, Street Art, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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Conor Harrington's general stands tall at attention...

As the epicenter of the exploding street art scene and, in turn, the central focus of the trend-obsessed art world, London is a virtual outdoor gallery of some of the best—and biggest—street art and graffiti pieces in the world. With the massive "Street Art" show currently on display at the TATE MODERN MUSEUM driving the scene to a fever pitch, now was certainly the perfect time for Supertouch buddy and fellow Irishman CONOR HARRINGTON to take over a three-story vertical wall on Hanbury Street in Shoreditch with one of his inimitable vintage military images. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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FIGHTIN’ WORDS///LAMAR x UNDFTD = BOSTON SUCKS!…

June 7, 2008  |  Fightin' Words, LA, Lakers  |  Comments Off

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A scientifically proven fact... 

Ok, just because longtime underdogs the BOSTON CELTICS took down the LA LAKERS last nite the grueling drawn-out dogfight that was game one of the 2008 championship series is no reason to forget that Boston indeed does suck and that the Lakers are destined to put them down like the pseudo-Irish dogs that they are. It's a fact that Supertouch homies LAMAR ODOM (aka: Bad #7) and Hollywood sneaker & streetwear brand UNDEFEATED teamed up to tell the world about via UNDFTD's new "Boston Sucks/Team Odom" shirt." Available now online for a paltry $20 (that's cheaper than a bootleg shirt!) at the UNDFTD shop, get yours today and prove that you were on the winning side from the start. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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TOYBOX///DANIEL JOHNSTON’S JEREMIAH THE INNOCENT…

June 6, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Toybox  |  Comments Off

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"Hi, How Are You"...

We’ve said it loudly before and we’ll say it again, the toy game is dead, but it’s refreshing to see a nice art figure being made from time to time. This month brings us “Jeremiah the Innocent,” a vinyl incarnation of a drawing by legendary outsider artist/musician and 2006 Whitney Biennial participant DANIEL JOHNSTON. Created by AT ARMS TOYS, the 12” figure representing Kurt Cobain’s favorite DJ image (see below) is available in three colorways: white (edition of 350), green (edition of 250), and orange (edition of 250). All figures are individually numbered, stand 12 inches tall, and are housed in a collectors case. Order yours HERE, and learn more about Daniel Johnston HERE. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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ART & COMMERCE///RVCA x CINELLI x BARRY McGEE FRAMES GOOD TO GO…

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The must-have art cycle...

Cycling fanatics are no doubt counting the days until the opening of RVCA’s collaborative art show with renowned Italian cycle company CINELLI and an impressive lineup of modern 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 on Thursday, June 19th at RVCA’s flagship store in San Francisco and now we’ve got a look at the full run of BARRY McGEE’s special production art bike to be sold at the event. Available as an edition of 50 pieces worldwide in three frame sizes (54, 56 or 58), the cycle will be 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. Stay tuned for more details to come. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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UK///STREET LIFE///JR WRAPS LONDON…

June 5, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Graffiti, London, News, Street Art, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

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We've already mentioned the "STREET ART" show currently on display at London's TATE MUSEUM featuring incredible new paste-ups by French photographer & street artist JR, and now we've got a right bit of video detailing his exploits wrapping buildings around town with his signature gigantic black & white imagery...

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TOKYO///POP LIFE///THE ROCKABILLY DANCERS OF YOYOGI PARK…

June 5, 2008  |  Cool Shit, Tokyo  |  Comments Off

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Summer is almost here and after becoming a more scarce sight in recent years it's nice to see that the infamous "ROCKABILLY DANCERS" of Tokyo's YOYOGI OLYMPIC PARK  are back in full effect. Convening in the park as a weekly Sunday ritual, for years these cartoon rockabilly heroes have set up camp in full gear complete with a throng of period-attired betties, custom cars, and a portable sound system pumping out high-octane vintage rockabilly to power their day-long Sha-Na-Na-worthy dance performances. Needless to say, it's a sight that must be witnessed in person to be believed. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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PITTSBURGH///INSTITUTIONALIZED///BARRY McGEE’S “LIFE ON MARS”…

June 5, 2008  |  art, Barry McGee, Graffiti, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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One of Barry McGee's loyal legion of tree people at work...

“Are we alone in the Universe? Do aliens exist? Or are we, ourselves, the strangers in our own worlds?” These are the questions asked by curator Douglas Fogle who has organized “LIFE ON MARS,” the 55th Carnegie International Exhibition at the CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART featuring visionary artists like David Shrigley, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mike Kelley, Cao Fei, and perennial Supertouch favorites BARRY McGEE and DOUG AITKEN, to name a few. While the show has been criticized by the art press for failing to look beyond some of the art world’s most recognized young (and old) talents for the unknown visionaries that biennial exhibitions like this are supposed to champion, it’s still a daunting show in culture-starved Pittsburgh, or any major metropolis, for that matter. Reflecting his graphic direction of the past few years, Barry McGee’s installation might be one of the last looks at this particular mode of thought before the artist switches gears for his next round of shows in 2009, while Doug Aitken’s “Migration” series of images projected onto various walls of the institution’s façade proves to be one of the most visually stunning (especially after dark) elements of the show. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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BEIJING///NIKE’S OLYMPIC ASTRAL PROJECTIONS…

June 4, 2008  |  Architecture, art, Art & Commerce, Beijing, China, Cool Shit, News, Olympics, Video, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

As part of their ongoing celebration of the upcoming 2008 Olympic games NIKE has pulled yet another trick out of the hat by projecting images of some of China's greatest athletes onto the sparse sides of superstar Dutch architect REM KOOLHAAS' new governmental CCTV building in downtown Beijing. Transforming the city's sleepless skyline into a nighttime multimedia event, the projections highlight one of the country's most significant architectural endeavors and their greatest hope for Olympic greatness at a time when the eyes of the world are all focused on the rapidly developing Red giant...

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TOKYO///ART & COMMERCE///CHANEL’S MOBILE ART MUSEUM HITS JAPAN…

June 4, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Art Stunts, Japan, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Karl Lagerfeld's spaceship has finally landed, and P-Funk is the house band...

As big companies struggle to find new ways to connect the dots between their brands and the art world, OG fashion giant CHANEL has boldly gone where few have been able to afford to go before and created their own incredible traveling UFO-like art museum dubbed the "CHANEL CONTEMPORARY ART CONTAINER" which has just touched down in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park near the hipster hub of the Harajuku subway station. And what does this incredible land-based flying object house, you might ask? Why an obligatory self-congratulating collection of original art pieces by 20 international artists including (among others) YOKO ONO, THE BLUE NOSES, DAVID LEVENTHAL, DANIEL BUREN, LEE BUL, NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, PIERRE et GILLES, and STEPHEN SHORE, of course, all paying homage to the couture house's signature product, the Chanel quilted purse. While we can think of fewer items less inspiring to build a traveling art exhibition around, we're more than impressed by architectural futurist ZAHA HADID's incredible modular spaceship-like structure that was commissioned by the company's chief creative director and resident Earthbound alien, KARL LAGERFELD. With stops scheduled in New York, London, Moscow, and Paris through 2010, there's a good chance a great deal of well-heeled aficionados will get their chance to prowl the pod's Kubrick-ian white corridors and possibly even be granted an audience with the mobile museum's resident MC, Hal. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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