Archive for October, 2008

FEATURE///AN INTERVIEW WITH ROSTARR

October 16, 2008  |  Dr Romanelli, Feature, Interview, Miami  |  Comments Off

rostarr_01.jpg Following the opening of ROSTARR's retrospective "Wreckless Abandon" exhibition at Miami's newly-inaugurated O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY on October 11, Supertouch's own DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI (aka: DRx) caught up with the nomadic artist to get the real story on the last ten years of artwork that constitutes the show and a look at what's on his horizon in 2009.

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NYC///LAST LOOK: SWOON’S “SWIMMING CITIES…” AT DEITCH PROJECTS

October 16, 2008  |  art, Last Look, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Swoon (sitting in dress) and the Miss Rockaway Armada let their freak flags fly... 

As a wrap-up for her summer long rafting-as-art experience on the Mississippi river with her fellow boat punx—known as the MISS ROCKAWAY ARMADA—the elusive artist SWOON created the massive tour-de-force installation that is "Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea" currently on display at DEITCH PROJECTS' new Long Island City space until October 19th. The go-to event of the summer, the installation mimics the makeshift junkyard composition of the Miss Rockaway rafts and functions as a fully developed walk-through environment. To up the ante, the entire Rockaway Armada raft fleet is moored at the docks just outside the gallery. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LONDON///FIRST LOOK: JOSE PARLA’S “ADAPTATION/TRANSLATION” AT ELMS LESTERS

October 16, 2008  |  art, José Parla, London, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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José Parlá's writing on the wall...

New York's own JOSE PARLA has been in London for the past month, creating a massive new body of work that was revealed last week at ELMS LESTERS PAINTING ROOMS in his first UK solo show, "Adaptation/Translation." The exhibition, which includes many large-scale works, explores the wanderings of urban populations and through his continuing series of text-heavy paintings, seeks to translate these personal experiences through the artist's own graphic visual language. Drawing vast inspiration from city walls in urban centers around the world, Parla builds up his paintings with deep layers of imagery and texture in a manner that closely mimics the natural aging process of these constantly evolving surfaces. The show's centerpiece is a massive 15-foot-tall painting that stands as Parla's most significant stand-alone text-based work to date. To commemorate the opening, the artist has produced a beautiful limited-edition book that is available for purchase through the gallery. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///POLITIKS///ORIGINAL RON ENGLISH “ABRAHAM OBAMA” PAINTINGS ON SALE TO BENEFIT OBAMA CAMPAIGN

October 15, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Graffiti, News, NYC, Obama, Politiks, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Ol' Abe wears Obama well...

RON ENGLISH's optically-challenging rendition of BARACK OBAMA as his self-professed political hero ABRAHAM LINCOLN has appeared across walls in the major urban centers of this great nation throughout the year's campaign, and now Mr. English is offering six hand-painted fine art renditions of the image to benefit Obama's campaign as it makes its final push towards election day. Available in six individual colorways, the 24" x 36" canvases are all handpainted to resemble screenprinted multiples and are available for $10K each via our friends at the JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY. The sale of these works will enable English to spread fund the production and placement of more Abraham Obama wheatpaste posters throughout the city. Aside from a tax write-off, what could be better when buying art than knowing the sale price will be funding political vandalism throughout our nation's urban metropoli?

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Without your help, the nation's hipsters will be forced to congegrate in front of
well-worn political Pop art. Please act now, time is running out...

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NEWS///ROCK OF AGES///NEW PHOTO OF BLUESMAN ROBERT JOHNSON FOUND

October 15, 2008  |  Music, News, Rock of Ages  |  Comments Off

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The newly-discovered "third photo" of Robert Johnson, pictured with Johnny Shines...

Anyone familiar with the storied legacy of the soul-selling Delta bluesman ROBERT JOHNSON—the genre's most elusive and influential shadow—is aware of just how little is known of his life and the scant photographic evidence of his existence that was left behind when he was murdered at age 27 in 1938. The only two verified and oft-reproduced photos of the musician were discovered in the possession of his half-sister in 1973 and have remained the only known images of the musician until now. In the November 2008 issue of VANITY FAIR, a newly authenticated photo of Johnson standing with fellow bluesman Johnny Shines discovered on eBay in 2005 is presented in a detailed article that is a must read for the dedicated:

"...As he pored over the mass of texts and thumbnail photos that the eBay search engine had pulled up on that day in 2005, one strangely worded listing caught Schein’s eye. It read, “Old Snapshot Blues Guitar B.B. King???” He clicked on the link, then took in the sepia-toned image that opened on his monitor. Two young black men stared back at Schein from what seemed to be another time. They stood against a plain backdrop wearing snazzy suits, hats, and self-conscious smiles. The man on the left held a guitar stiffly against his lean frame. Neither man looked like B. B. King, but as Schein studied the figure with the guitar, noticing in particular the extraordinary length of his fingers and the way his left eye seemed narrower and out of sync with his right, it occurred to him that he had stumbled across something significant and rare... the more convinced he became that it depicted one of the most mysterious and mythologized blues artists produced by the Delta: the guitarist, singer, and songwriter whom Eric Clapton once anointed “the most important blues musician who ever lived.” That’s not B. B. King, Schein said to himself. Because it’s Robert Johnson."

Click HERE to read the full article...

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The only other known photos of Johnson in existence...

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DESIGN///MUST-HAVE ITEM: THE “SOFT HERCULES” STOOL

October 15, 2008  |  Design, News  |  Comments Off

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The resting place of the gods... 

Admittedly, it's not often that we're left totally speechless when trying to describe a piece of furniture. In this case, the word "wow" seems excessively appropriate. Created by visionary designers FASHION ARCHITECTURE TASTE (aka: "FAT") especially for inclusion in "From Now to Eternity," a show exploring the use of plastic that took place during The London Design Festival last month, "Soft Hercules" captures a classical bust of the Greek god in soft "memory foam" rubber that easily molds to the occupant's nether region when sat upon. In the words of the artists: "'Soft Hercules' is a stool cast from foam rubber—the soft squishy stuff that is usually used to make stress balls. The bust of Hercules, usually something solid both in its material and the culture it represents becomes unexpectedly soft, deforming a recognizable object into stranger shapes when it is sat on. It uses the plasticity of rubber to suggest a more uncertain and doubtful state."

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No caption necessary...

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NEWS///POLITIKS///DJ Z-TRIP x OBAMA

October 15, 2008  |  Music, News, Obama, Politiks  |  Comments Off

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"Yo, Z, man, that mix was ill, homie. You gotta play that shit at my inaguration party at the 40/40 Club in January..."

Tonite sees the third and final installment of the political bloodbath that is the presidential debates. In honor of the festivities, we present the special six-part "OBAMA MIX" that DJ Z-TRIP concocted in honor of Chi-Town's finest. The full DRM-free mix can also be downloaded for free by clicking HERE...

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NEWS///GOOGLE TO PAY $10 MILLION FOR GOOD IDEAS

October 15, 2008  |  News  |  Comments Off

Got an idea that could change the world? No, that combination beer keg/massage chair you've been dreaming of doesn't count. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, internet giant GOOGLE has created PROJECT 10^100 (pronounced "10 to the 100th"), a campaign that aims to solicit and fund new ideas that can radically benefit people's lives. "These ideas can be big or small, technology-driven or brilliantly simple, but they need to have impact," said a company spokesman. "We know there are countless brilliant ideas that need funding and support to come to fruition." The company cited the "Hippo Water Roller"—a barrel attached to a handle that can hold up to 24 gallons of water and be easily rolled like a wheelbarrow by rural Africans to transport fresh water to their homes—as just such an example. The deadline for idea submissions is October 20th, and up to five will be chosen with funding granted from a dedicated $10 million pool. If only one idea is selected, however, the entire $10 million will go towards it. Google will choose 100 semifinalists by January 27 that the public will be able to vote online for between January 27 and February 2. A panel of judges will then review the top 20 ideas and announce up to five winners in mid-February. Applicants are encouraged to submit their ideas in any of 25 languages at www.project10tothe100.com. Entrants must briefly describe their idea and answer six questions, including, "If your idea were to become a reality, who would benefit the most and how?" And no, that ballpoint pen that makes Barack Obama undress when you tip it upside down doesn't count...

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SOUND + VISION///THE SOULWAX DOCUMENTARY

October 15, 2008  |  Music, News, Sound + Vision, Video  |  Comments Off

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You feeling SOULWAX? Watch the documentary HERE...

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OP-ED///MARC SCHILLER ON THE BANKSY EFFECT

October 15, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Banksy, Graffiti, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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This month's "Art Issue" of PAPER MAGAZINE—a longtime Supertouch ally and favorite publication—contains a fantastic bit of writing by WOOSTER COLLECTIVE co-founder MARC SCHILLER on the "Banksy Effect" and the rising—and inevitably falling—tide of "street art," made all the more appropriate given Banksy's recent NYC show. Click HERE to read the full piece at Papermag.com. For those lazy non-clickers, HAVE A LOOK:

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