Archive for November, 2008
It was a near mob scene this Saturday nite in LA art enclave of Culver City when ED TEMPLETON and MATT LEINES unveiled their joint show, "Map of the Inner War"/“The Great Gates of Zenith” at ROBERTS & TILTON GALLERY. For “Map of the Inner War,” Ed Templeton literally saturated the main gallery with over 250 new highly personal works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper all documenting his life, and the lives of the people around him. For the inspiringly-named “The Great Gates of Zenith” in the gallery’s project room, Matt Leines has once again visualized a futuristic world populated by his own pantheon of mythological creatures that would look quite at home in the story books of ancient Mesopotamia. A veritable who’s who of the LA underground turned up during the standing room only event, which was one of the absolute high points of this year’s LA art calendar. To read an in-depth interview with Ed, click HERE. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Yeah, SATURN's cars might suck (and won't be around much longer, either once GM hits bottom) but this commercial decidedly does not...
Supertouch's own ERIK FOSS (owner of LIT LOUNGE/FUSE GALLERY NYC) brought the downtown LES to hippyville USA (aka: San Francisco) this weekend when his first-ever solo show, "Smokem if You Gottem" opened at the newly inaugurated GALLERY THREE (at 66 Sixth St between Market and Mission). Filled with his distinctive politically-charged (and wildly politically incorrect) collage work, photographs and drawings, the show's centerpiece, was a massive American flag installation built from a large collection of homeless panhandling signs the artist has collected from coast-to-coast over the last few years. HAVE A LOOK (NSFW): Read More
Just in time for the economically depressed holiday season, vintage clothing remix masters DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI and A LOVE MOVEMENT's TETSUZO OKUBO have teamed up to create a happy little winter vest collection called DR LOVE. Available exclusively at the LA fashion institution MAXFIELD, the plush warmers combine vintage military garments, lush virgin leather, and an array of hippie & Americana flair that should be the cure for the upcoming winter blues. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Painting prodigy/acid traveler/psychedelic visionary ALEX GREY celebrated BARACK OBAMA's groundbreaking victory by depicting the president elect's "universal mind" in a new portrait now on display at Grey's personal museum in NYC, the CHAPEL OF SACRED MIRRORS. Given Obama's admittedly "experimental" teenage years, we think a more apt homage could not be had. For a step-by-step look at the work's creation, READ ON: Read More
A lifelong SoCal native whose work is most closely related to the so-called "SF School" of artists who came to prominence in the late 1990s, skate world legend and underground art phenomenon ED TEMPLETON has been quietly been building a unique and formidable visual legacy through his painting and photography for over a decade now. On the eve of "Map of the Inner War/The Great Gates of Zenith," his joint show with kindred spirit MATT LEINES at Hollywood's ROBERTS & TILTON GALLERY this Saturday, where some of his most accomplished work to date will be revealed, we catch up with the beautiful loser to find out what it all means. READ ON:Read More
The world economy might be on hold (much like Metallica's creative streak post-"Master of Puppets") but at CHRISTIE'S big contemporary art auction this week METALLICA drummer LARS ULRICH's phenomenal 1982 JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT painting, "Untitled (Boxer)," changed hands for a very healthy $13,522,500 USD against a pre-sale estimate of $12 million. A standout amidst an otherwise lackluster sale overall, the auction proved that Basquiat's finest work is indeed recession-proof. Meanwhile, we're more than happy to see the rest of the fine art world's prices readjusting for a new market after a ridiculously bullish escalation over that past few years. Without a doubt, for serious collectors 2009 & '10 are gonna be great years for headhunting masterpieces at bargain prices. The rest of us will just have to enjoy our canned beans in the company of our children's refrigerator drawings...
After rocketing into the stratosphere of the underground art world in the past few years, the anonymous collaborative street art duo known only as FAILE is making huge waves across the pond with the debut of "Lost in Glimmering Shadows," a show of ambitious multimedia work at London's starmaking LAZARIDES GALLERY. Located in the Lilian Baylis Old School, a special offsite non-gallery venue chosen to maximize the impact of the show's presentation, the vast array of large and huge-scale paintings and sculptures are radiant in their new home, owing much to gallery impresario STEVE LAZARIDES' knack for spectacle. Introducing a new Native American theme to their work, Faile are returning to their early aesthetic influences growing up in the Southwest by channeling appropriated Pop cultural renderings of American Indian culture into their trademark heavily layered work in a pointed commentary on "the expanse of contemporary commercialism at the expense of society's connection with nature and spirit." Explosive color is a unifying theme throughout the show, the focal point of which is a series of impressive new "collage" paintings, and carries through to the beautiful, carved 5-foot-tall Native American wooden prayer wheels engraved with a mix of Faile's trademark Americana iconography, and the smaller wooden boxes bearing more of the same. More subdued were the round palette paintings that mimicked Native American pottery and baskets in both shape and pattern and interwoven with Faile's graphic messaging. With prices ranging from $7,000—100,000 USD and work selling as fast as the gallery can take orders, it's obvious that the world of street art is thus far proving recession proof amid the global economic meltdown. Londoners take note, the show is only on display until November 16th, so don't sleep. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
For better or worse, London remains the undisputed nexus of the "street art" universe where art stunts reign supreme and the city's young upstarts avidly compete in a constant battle of one-upsmanship in the public eye. This Firday nite painter ADAM NEATE in conjunction with venerable gallery ELMS LESTERS PAINTING ROOMS have joined forces to up the ante a bit in presenting "The London Show," a conceptual event whereby the entire city of London will become an impromptu gallery of the artist's work after he deposits 1,000 free pieces of art in the metropolis' endless maze of nooks and crannies:
"As dusk falls on Friday 14th November, Adam Neate will be claiming the streets of London as his personal “gallery” by leaving 1000 artworks scattered across the city. Teams of distributors will begin under cover of darkness at the furthest edges of the capital, working their way towards the centre by daybreak on Saturday, randomly distributing individually numbered ‘unique’ multiples. For one night only, “The London Show” adopts the whole capital as its gallery space and rethinks the idea of the ‘private view’. There won’t be any queues to see the work, no chilled wine, the artist himself won’t necessarily be present - just one thousand chance encounters that make up a conceptually pre-meditated potlatch. Adam Neate reckons to have left around 6,000 paintings on cardboard on the city’s streets over a period dating back many years. But that was at the height of his anonymity and now, with his star in its ascendancy in the British contemporary art scene; his distinctive style has become instantly recognizable. 'The whole concept when I started the free art thing was challenging the notion of art as a commodity and its worth in society,' says the artist. 'Now I’m taking that to another level, testing the viability of separating art from commerce.' To create the works, Neate has worked with a silkscreen printer to ‘mass-produce’ the same number of paintings in a couple of weeks that it would have taken him a year to make by hand. “I’m interested in that Warhol idea of the brand as assisted readymade. Apart from creating the master image in stencil, I haven’t had to touch these works at any point in their production, even the signature is rubber-stamped – and although they’re multiples, each one is compositionally unique.” Printed on cardboard and shrink-wrapped in cellophane, there’s a deliberate attempt to blur the boundary between painting, print, and product. “I remember as a kid going into Woolworth’s and seeing laminated prints of that famous Tretchikoff painting ‘The Chinese Girl’ and thinking it was great that people could have that iconic image at home for next to nothing. I’m hoping that for some people who come across one of these new paintings, they’ll pick it up not because they recognize it as one of mine, but just because they connect with the image and would like to hang it on their wall.” When they get it home, each new owner can decide whether their chance acquisition of an art work by Adam Neate has greater value with the shrink wrap left on (pure product), or taken off (pure painting). Whichever they decide, they still own one thousandth of an extraordinary public art project."
High concept or just hype? You be the judge...