Archive for July, 2008

LA///ART & COMMERCE///MARK RYDEN’S “SWEET WISHES” SPECIAL EDITION CHILDREN’S BOOK RELEASED TODAY…

July 22, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Books, LA, Mark Ryden, Reviews  |  Comments Off

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Today marks the debut of visionary painter MARK RYDEN 's first official children's book, "Sweet Wishes," created in collaboration with fellow painter and partner in crime MARION PECK and based on their short film of the same name. Drawing on their extensive collections of vintage children's toys and ephemera, the artists cast some of their favorite dolls as the story's protagonists and photographed them in lush fantasy sets to illustrate the short story of Dolly, Baby, and Bear and what happens when they are granted a wish from a magical fairy. The book is available now as both a normal hardcover ($20) and a boxed Special Edition (250 copies, $300) that includes the signed and numbered copy of the original picture book, a DVD of the "Sweet Wishes" movie and a Sweet Wishes bookmark, all housed in a two-pieced pink satin box. Like all Mark Ryden merch, this set will surely disappear instantly, so move fast or be forever sad. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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JAPAN///TOYBOX///USUGROW AT THE VADER PROJECT…

July 22, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Japan, News, Tokyo, Toybox  |  Comments Off

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Ewoks and George's last 3 movies made us hate Star Wars but Usugrow's gangster Darth brought us back... 

If you're like us the last thing you wanna look at is another painted toy/object show. Keeping that in mind, we couldn't help but be stoked to catch a look at the ill work of our boy USUGROW at the Japan touchdown of the VADER PROJECT 2008 at MAKUHARI-MESSE in Chiba this weekend. Lending his signature black ink linestyle and to-die-for lettering to a creamy vanilla Darth Vader helmet (a real one at that) for the show honoring the 3oth anniversary of Star Wars in Japan, the mysterious artist proved that there's still fresh blood in the murky waters of this tired genre. Other good looks came from amazing Japanese toy sculptor T9G, and an amazing Vader as samurai helmet. Of course the hoards of Japanese otaku nerd girls in stormtrooper uniforms wasn't too hard on the eyes. Now the only scary thing is knowing that a painted Han Solo-in-Carbonite sculpture show is undoubtedly on the horizon. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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GAY PARIS///STREET LIFE///ON THE WALL IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS…

July 18, 2008  |  Graffiti, Paris, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Fafi's girls back on the job in the streets of Paris...

Supertouch roving reporter JASON NOLAN's been a busy man in the couture capitol of the world this month and sends back this peek at the state of wall art in the streets of Paris including new work by FAFI alongside spots by SPACE INVADER, SEEN, MR ANDRE, LUDO, BUE, FEFE TALAVERA, and a slew of wheatpaste & stencil miscreants. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NY STATE OF MIND///NAS PREMIERS “N*&$ER” LIVE AT ALIFE…

July 18, 2008  |  Music, News, NYC, Sound + Vision, Street Life  |  Comments Off

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The black Republican's street dreams come true...

To celebrate the release of his now-untitled new album (formerly named "Nigger") this week and his product collab with downtown hipster sneakerhead hotspot ALIFE, last great rapper alive NAS threw down a rare private live performance in the shop's back courtyard for a lucky group of friends and family Monday nite. Luckily, ever-present man on the scene MEL D. COLE was on the scene to catch some serious snaps of the quality honeys in attendance. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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BOOKSMART///INSIDE PETER BESTE’S “TRUE NORWEIGAN BLACK METAL”…

July 17, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Books, Cool Shit, Death Trip, Feature, News, NYC, Photography, WTF???  |  Comments Off

pbeste41.jpg For those scratching their heads at the sight of the following images, in the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called Black Metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990’s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards...

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NYC///SOUND & VISION///MUST-SEE SHOW: DAVID BYRNE’S “PLAYING THE BUILDING” INSTALLATION…

July 17, 2008  |  art, Cool Shit, Feature, News, NYC, Openings, Sound + Vision, Video  |  Comments Off

byrnepiano11.jpg Talking Heads founder DAVID BYRNE has had one of the most varied and original careers in rock, constantly vacillating between the worlds of music and visual art with rare grace. Throwing yet another curveball through the rarified air of NYC's art world, Byrne presents music as art in "Playing the Building," his new CREATIVE TIME-sponsored 9,000-square-foot, interactive, site-specific installation that transforms the interior of the landmark Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan into a massive sound sculpture that all visitors are invited to sit and “play"...

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NYC///OPENINGS///ZHANG HUAN AT PACE WILDENSTEIN…

July 17, 2008  |  art, NYC, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Like its Chinese homeland, this sleeping giant will no doubt awake to crush us all someday...

The undeniable presence of China in the NYC art scene is an influence that will only continue to grow over the next decade as America's almighty loanholder continues to export its finest imagists at a breakneck rate. Luckily—unlike the forthcoming Chinese cars—the mostly figurative artists are also some of the world's most visionary. One such notable example is the performance artist turned painter/sculptor ZHANG HUAN whose new sculpture, "Giant 3" is a colossal 15-foot-tall figure made from cowhides, steel, wood, and polystyrene foam that centers Chelsea's must-see show of the moment at the venerable PACE WILDENSTEIN GALLERY. Filling out the show which spans the gallery's two large exhibition spaces are a wide array of equally inspired smaller sculptures and paintings by the artist, the most notable of which are a series of vintage red propaganda-inspired "paintings" made up entirely of grains of ash from burned temple incense. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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SOUND & VISION///DJ SHADOW x CUT CHEMIST IN “THE HARD SELL”…

July 15, 2008  |  News, Sound + Vision, Toybox, Video, Vinyl Fetish  |  Comments Off

Turntabilism fans who haven't yet caught CUT CHEMIST & DJ SHADOW's amazing live "Hard Sell" show have exactly 12 days and seven tour dates left to catch up on one of the best live events of the year. Looking to break open the traditional DJ performance, the pair teamed up with the idea to perform live mixes using only vintage, traditionally pressed 45's to create their impromptu soundscapes. Sequenced on an array of eight turntables fed through four mixers and an effects box or guitar pedal, the resulting "songs"—accompanied by an eye-popping image reel—are an incredible mash-up of genres, tempos, and eras, some never to be replicated again. Click HERE to check out the remaining tour dates. And, for fans looking to take home more than a T-shirt the just-released Hard Sell JUKE-BOT vinyl toy designed by English street artist PAUL INSECT and produced in a limited run of 500 units is available at the shows and in limited quantities online. Says Shadow of the toy: "We conceived it as a throwback to a pre-digital era. There's something about a jukebox doing battle with pesky iPods that seems to resonate with people. It's a kind of protest against the technology rat-race, particularly where music is concerned." HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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HONG KONG///LIVE ART///JUN TAKAHASHI’S “THE SOUND & THE FURY” TOUR…

July 15, 2008  |  art, Fashion, Hong Kong, Sound + Vision  |  Comments Off

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Dr Takahashi reports for surgery in the plushie emergency room...

Friday nite saw Supertouch buddy and Japanese fashion mastermind JUN TAKAHASHI—founder of iconic couture house UNDERCOVER—moving his international "The Sound & The Fury" tour to Hong Kong where his creation of a new art mannequin in a process he calls "live doll operation" was the highlight of the evening. Hosted by HK streetwear think tank SILLY THING, the all-nite party featured live sets by MISHA from PAM, DEXPISTOLS, DJ OGAWA, and longtime Jun Takahashi accomplice MAJOR FORCE's TAKAGI KAN who provided background soundscapes for Takahashi's surgical strike performance in the duo's first collaboration since their NOWHERE STORE days in the '90s. The event brought out a crowd of HK's top celebs and hipster elite who partied alongside musician JUNO MAK, and visiting BATHING APE overlord NIGO dressed in his finest Catholic prep school summer uniform. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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BOSTON///POPAGANDA///RON ENGLISH’S “ABRAHAM OBAMA” CONTROVERSY…

July 15, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Boston, Graffiti, News, Obama, Ron English, Weird Shit, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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Looks like being considered a Muslim is the least of Barack's 99 problems now...

It seems that Supertouch's own RON ENGLISH can't catch a break. After gifting the residents of Boston's South End with a 100 foot long rainbow "Abraham Obama" wheatpaste poster mural depicting the image of presidential hopeful BARACK OBAMA melded with the portrait of America's 16th president, the city's residents are crying for its removal. Not on political or even aesthetic grounds—though the installation has polarized viewers on both topics—but for the hundreds of illegal posters that have since popped up on walls around the city. Installed legally to commemorate the opening of Boston's GALLERY XIV political art show "A Politic," it seems our resident Popagandist made plentiful black & white copies of his hybrid portrait available free of charge to the show's attendees who have since taken it upon themselves to plaster the images on nearly every flat vertical surface around town. With the gallery fielding angry calls from the Mayor's office and MSNBC reporting nationally on the event, it seems young Abe's days might be numbered. Enjoy it while you can. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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