Archive for October, 2008

PARIS///FIRST LOOK: TIM BISKUP’S “O/S OPERATING SYSTEM” AT ADDICT GALERIE

October 15, 2008  |  art, News, Openings, Paris, Tim Biskup  |  Comments Off

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Only in Paris does Mr Biskup dare break out the purple shirt...

LA's resident cartoon Pop artist turned neo-cubist, TIM BISKUP unveiled a new approach to his usual painting style when he debuted a series of paintings displayed on integrated custom built pedestals in a series called "O/S Operating System" at ADDICT GALERIE in Paris late last week. Each of the twelve pieces in the exhibition are self contained units which include an original painting packed into its own shipping crate along with an elaborate pedestal that can be assembled using parts that come inside the crate as well as the crate itself. These "systems," as the artist calls them, constitute a fusion of Biskup's aesthetic style and his conceptual theories. The pieces are intended to represent the interconnection between art itself and the peripheral elements that allow it to exist. As a metaphor, the "systems" ask the question of weather the peripheral elements actually add to or distract from the artwork being presented. Also available at the exhibition—as somewhat of an unintentional souvenir of the artist's older painting style—is a large scale 30-color serigraph of Biskup's "Tree Of Life" painting originally created as the cover of "American Cyclops," a catalog of artwork from an exhibition of the same name that took place at Iguapop Gallery in Barcelona in July of 2006. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///”BEAUTIFUL LOSERS” LONDON FILM PREMIER ANNOUNCED

October 14, 2008  |  Beautiful Losers, Film, News  |  Comments Off

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Timed to coincide with this week's epic FRIEZE ART FAIR in London, AARON ROSE will be hosting the UK premier of his "Beautiful Losers" film in collaboration with NIKE SPORTSWEAR at the BFI 52nd LONDON FILM FESTIVAL on Saturday, October 18th, with an encore performance on Tuesday, October 21st. As a special bonus, Mr. Rose will be onhand, along with CHERYL DUNN and RICHARD LIM for a special Q&A session immediately following the premier. For those in or traveling to London, best book seats for the event now by clicking HERE. Party people with energy to spare can also hit the screening afterparty for free by presenting their ticket stub at CORDY HOUSE in shoreditch, where original art by INSA, JAMES JARVIS, CHERYL DUNN, BEN DRURY, WILL BARRAS, and FRENCH will be on display. Don't sleep...

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LA///OPENINGS///MARK DEAN VECA’S “PHANTASMAGORIA” AT OTIS’ BEN MALTZ GALLERY

October 14, 2008  |  art, LA, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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What Mark Dean Veca's gooey art brain looks like on the inside...

Representing the pinnacle event of his long-term artist's residency at OTIS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, "Phantasmagoria," a massive installation by painter MARK DEAN VECA, debuted last weekend at the institution's BEN MALTZ GALLERY to a crowd of stunned fans. Encompassing the whole of the gallery's cavernous space, Veca's monstrous site-specific painting engulfs all visible wallspace before spilling onto the floor in an epic biomorphic tableau that must be seen in person to be believed. Incorporating numerous Pop themes into the incredible detailing of the baroque organic patterning that dominates his visual landscape, Veca pays homage to the pantheon of modern characters—from KAWS' Companions to Popeye and Charlie Tuna— that dominate our postmodern consumerist mythology. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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FOGTOWN///OPENINGS///MIKE GIANT’S “GREETINGS FROM SAN FRANCISCO” AT WHITE WALLS GALLERY

October 14, 2008  |  art, News, Openings, San Francisco  |  Comments Off

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Ghostriders in the fog...

San Francisco loyalist and prodigious monochromatic illustrator/tattooer/graffiti artist MIKE GIANT has once again paid copious homage to his adopted hometown with the opening of his new solo show, "Greetings From San Francisco," at the fog belt's WHITE WALLS GALLERY. Combining his love of fixed gear cycling, Buddhism, and American outlaw culture in general, Giant flaunts his expert and flawless freehand linework in this exhibition of pen & ink drawings, including original designs for his distinctive tattoo flash, and many illustrations for his REBEL 8 clothing line. Priced well within reach of the average recession-ravaged connoisseur, the show is a perfect venue for guilt-free collecting at a time when art outperforms the stock market as an investment tool on a daily basis. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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BROOKLYN///STREET LIFE///KORALIE & FAFI MAKE IT A GIRL THING IN WILLIAMSBURG

October 14, 2008  |  Brooklyn, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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All this piece is missing now is a little Neck Face...

French painters and, yes, "street artists," KORALIE and FAFI dropped this tag-team art bomb in Williamsburg last week, upping the borough’s purple factor significantly...

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NYC///BANKSY’S “VILLAGE PET STORE AND CHARCOAL GRILL” OPEN FOR BUSINESS

October 13, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Crimes, Banksy, Feature, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art, Video  |  Comments Off

banksypets5.jpg Street art aficionados and cynical phenomenologists (we don't know any of those) have been long awaiting SIR BANKSY's official New York debut but surely even the most imaginative punter couldn't have guessed that the Bristol Bad Boy's first show in the Apple would come in the form of a mock pet store with nothing inside for sale. That's exactly what the "street art" king's adoring public got, however, when the doors to "The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill" opened at 89 7th Avenue (between Bleeker and West 4th) last Thursday, October 9th, revealing what seemed from the outside to be a small West Village pet shop stocked not with purring kittens and wiggly puppies, but a more sinister menagerie. Inside, animatronic chicken nuggets, porno watching monkeys, coexisted alongside ageing tweety birds, swimming fish sticks, and suggestively writing caged hot dogs, in what can only be described as an entirely unique visual critique of the state of animal husbandry in the modern world.

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NYC///STREET LIFE///BANKSY ON THE LINE

October 13, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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NYC///STREET LIFE///BANKSY’S 2ND ROUND OF LEGAL BILLBOARD DROPS

October 13, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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The rats in NYC keep getting bigger...

As we mentioned last week, BANKSY is indeed in Manhattan, this time for the opening of his self-funded mock pet store installation, titled "Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill," and he's spending big to post huge—and, yes, LEGAL—wall-sized murals around downtown to prove it. These two new installments—located at Houston & MacDougal and Canal Street near the Holland Tunnel—were again paid for by the deepening pockets of Sir Banksy himself, and executed by expert sign painters, COLOSSAL MEDIA, who just days prior installed the reigning street art king's first two mega-rats. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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LA///SNEEK PEEK: MARK DEAN VECA’S “PHANTASMAGORIA” PAYS HOMAGE TO KAWS, HIRST, KOONS, AND MORE

October 8, 2008  |  art, LA, News, Sneek Peek  |  Comments Off

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MDV's homage to Hirst's Diamond Skull is ready for installation...

Working tirelessly in the gallery at SoCal's BEN MALTZ GALLERY at OTIS COLLEGE for the better part of a month now is painter MARK DEAN VECA, whose epic "Phantasmagoria" installation opens this Saturday, October 11th. Armed with an arsenal of paintbrushes and indentured servants, Mr. Veca's been coating the interior with an ocean of day-glo orange paint and his trademark hyper-detailed paintings that fit into the elaborate filigree of the wall treatments. Focusing on subjects like Damien Hirst's notorious Diamond Skull, KAWS' indelible XX-eyed Companions, Buddha, David, Abe Lincoln, and even Jeff Koons' chrome bunny rabbit, the artist has created a deeply psychedelic view of Postmodern Pop Culture as viewed through his unique graphic kaleidoscope. Don't miss out. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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PARIS///SCOTT CAMPBELL CHECKS IN FROM THE “OFF, OFF BOWERY” SHOW AT COLETTE

October 8, 2008  |  art, colette, News, Openings, Scott Campbell  |  Comments Off

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Scott Campbell's writing on the wall, and in the flesh...

Just back from his hot run through FASHION WEEK in Paris, Supertouch's own SCOTT CAMPBELL checks in with a recap of A-RON's NY-centric "Off, Off Bowery" show at French retail institution COLETTE. Featuring original artwork and on-site tattooing by Mr. Campbell, the exhibition included contributions from over 30 of Manhattan's most dangerous upstarts and downtown legends including RITA ACKERMAN, DAN COLEN, TERRY RICHARDSON, KEMBRA PFAHLER, DASH SNOW, NATE LOWMAN, TAYLOR McKIMENS, NECK FACE, and AUREL SCHMIDT to name a few. The only thing missing? That lingering pee smell. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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