Archive for August, 2008
Supertouch homie KANYE WEST makes for an interesting if not motivational traveling companion on the subway tracks of NYC...
The only redeeming aspect of the culture killer that is X GAMES is the annual appearance of Icarus himself, aka: DANNY WAY. This year was no exception. "Balls of steel" begins to describe this drop in...
Dropping in on the ever-frigid Bay Area (where summer doesn't officially start till October and lasts exactly three weeks) for a millisecond, it's good to see our favorite piece from DOZE GREEN is still livin large in the LOWER HAIGHT, even if our boy Doze is now officially a citizen of the world as he traverses the globe on the never-ending spiritual road trip that is his career. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
With the corporate youth culture marketing exercise known as X GAMES upon us, we thought it was the right time to take a look back at some highlights from the career of a man whose futuristic style wrote the book for what would be known as street skating in the 21st century: one RODNEY MULLEN. Back in '84 what he did on a shapeless band-aid board was called "freestyle" and his tech-obsessed, kickflip powered riding was awe-inspiring but relegated to the ranks of sideshow acts like Primo & Diane and his signature Powell Peralta deck was the company’s worst selling model. In hindsight, he was a good 20+ years ahead of his time. We still don't even understand half of what we're watching here:
Carefully cultivating his highly personal and multifaceted career outside the mainstream gallery world to this point, Supertouch buddy KAWS is about to dive headfirst into the shark-infested waters of the "real" art world with upcoming solo shows in NYC, Miami, and LA. Taking note of his career arc is NY TIMES writer ROB WALKER who penned the following profile of Mr. Donnelley for the paper's August 3rd edition:
New Looks: KAWS
By Rob Walker (Published: August 3, 2008, NY Times)At 33, Brian Donnelly is enjoying a successful art career. Working out of a studio in Brooklyn, he has sold paintings to Pharrell Williams, the rapper and producer; Nigo, the designer-entrepreneur; and Takashi Murakami, the international art star, among others. He has also created a variety of products including toys, apparel and even pillows — and indeed he has his own store, Original Fake, in Tokyo. He has also been widely known in the “street art” world for years; one of his early altered-phone-booth-ad posters recently traded hands on eBay for $22,000. One thing Donnelly had not done until lately, however, is forge a relationship with a dealer or art gallery. This wasn’t because he shunned or had a problem with the traditional gallery system. He says it’s just that “nobody asked.” READ ON: Read More