Archive for January, 2009
Predictably, the flick garnering outright adoration and even a standing ovation at its first screening at this week's SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL is the gripping "Tyson" documentary by director and miraculous Tyson wrangler JAMES TOBACK. Told entirely in the lisping voice of the former champ in footage culled from countless hours of interviews, the father of six recounts his rise and fall, from early days being bullied as a fat kid ("It was kill or be killed"), and being forced to defend himself in juvenile detention at age 12, to his training with legendary Cus D'Amato ("I knew all the skullduggery ... most of these guys lost the fight before it even started"), to his days as world heavyweight champ ("Once I get in the ring, I'm a god"), and ultimately, his grisly public fall from grace ("I lost the desire to be a champion") including a prison term and the infamous ear biting incident. Along the way, it's revealed, Tyson squandered almost $400 million and lost nearly everything he'd ever earned, physically and emotionally. Toback has known the boxer since 1985 and was able to capture a raw and previously unseen look at the fighter. In Tyson's words, "Jim, he just elicited all this stuff out of me, I don't know how he did it." Far from glossing over the fighter's problems and controversial missteps, Toback's subject instead offers a shockingly open assessment of his tumultuous life, verbally beating himself into a corner again and again. The film is slated for commercial release on April 24. Read more HERE.
Easily their most accomplished and sonically compelling offering to date, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE's new "Merriweather Post Pavillion" LP is a trippy collection of driving sound fields colored by layers of Beach Boys vocal harmonies in the key of "Feel Flows." Strangely enough, it's also named for starchitect Frank Gehry's 1967 outdoor concert venue, one of his first major constructions. Unlike one of Gehry's buildings, however, this record is something you'll be able to live with for a long time to come.
Last nite, graffiti gremlin NECK FACE took advantage of some down time between billboard postings on the front wall of Hollywood fashion hotspot BARRACUDA to leave a note for freshly-inaugurated President OBAMA. Representing "la gente" to the fullest, Nasty Neck lets the Big O know his economic reform package should indeed be the first order of business this week: "we don't need change, we need dollars, homie!" In other news, Barracuda is expanding to include an art gallery component this summer. Stay tuned to Supertouch for details coming soon. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Otaku MARK RYDEN fans clamoring for a close-up look at their messiah will have to head out to Tokyo next month to witness the opening of "The Snow Yak Show" in person on February 7 at TOMIYO KOYAMA GALLERY. The show features eight new paintings including "Sophia's Bubbles," a large-scale, 7 1/2 foot-wide piece that made its auspicious debut with Tomiyo Koyama at Art Basel Miami in late 2008, along with an array of smaller drawings and paintings studies. Most notable about these new pieces is Ryden's abrupt stylistic departure from the baroque detail of his previous works in favor of a more austere and minimal approach characterized by an icy cool color palette and nearly barren backgrounds. What's not captured in these accompanying photos, of course, is the incredibly delicate array of nuanced colors Ryden has layered in these deceptively simple portraits as well as a variety of distinct new textural surface treatments unseen in his previous work. It is (unfortunately for cash-strapped fans) a show that truly must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Expect full coverage of the event here on Supertouch as well as an interview with the elusive artist following the show's debut. For fans that simply can't wait for the show to open, a limited-edition print of his new "Fur Girl" painting is available NOW through PORTERHOUSE FINE ART. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch's own RON ENGLISH has been a very busy man in LA and Seattle this week following his stop in DC to celebrate BARACK OBAMA's inauguration on Tuesday. Located at the corner of Pico & Fairfax in Hollywood, this newly "liberated" billboard features Ron's iconic "Abraham Obama" hybrid portrait created for the Big O's presidential campaign last year. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
In honor of the relocation of Supertouch homies RVCA to a massive new world HQ building in Costa Mesa, BARRY McGEE (aka: TWIST, Robert Pimple, Lydia Fong, etc.) made sure the building—also home to the brand-supported ANP QUARTERLY art magazine–was embellished in proper fashion.
Melbourne's uninvitingly named hotspot DON'T COME GALLERY is currently playing host to "Disaster & Double Disaster," a show of new paintings by NYC's resident cartoon agitator TODD JAMES (aka: REAS) that opened its doors to a dedicated crowd of fanboys and girls last weekend. Continuing his brightly-colored critique of the American corporate war machine, James has created an extended series of medium sized pieces starring his familiar array of tanks, girls, bombs, battleships, and fighter jets, all joyfully beating the crap out of one another with plenty of blood spilled to show for it. Hopefully, with Obama officially behind the desk, REAS' days of wartime inspiration will be numbered, but in the meantime, he's in like Halliburton, mining the current US-led aggression for all the visual inspiration its worth. While the show is nearly sold out, four beautifully executed limited-edition prints are available for sale from Don't Come while they last. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Dedication. What you can't see is the George W. Bush tatt it's covering up...
French photographer JEAN-YVES LEMOIGNE's snaps of pixelated girls of leisure for the current issue of premium French gamer & toy collector magazine AMUSEMENT are truly a thing of beauty in their Lego-esque cubism. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Beginning in the 1970s, legendary NYC street photographer MARTHA COOPER captured some of the most indelible images of the vibrant upstart Hip Hop culture of pre-reconstruction Manhattan. Her massive body of color photographs documents the most crucial movers and innovators of the era, from the then-burgeoning realms of bombing, breaking, rapping, alongside everyday peeps straight-up bugging out on the block. Snapshots of what already seems like a long-bygone era when downtown was still a dirty word, rats had the right-of-way, and curb culture wasn't yet a marketing tool are reminders of the true meaning of early Hip Hop and the power and innovation of youth culture the likes of which we might not see for some time. Currently on display at SHEPARD FAIREY's Echo Park gallery, SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is "Street Shots," a must-see selection of some of Cooper's greatest hits with visuals so vivid the sounds and smells of the era almost leap from the prints. And that’s a good thing. HAVE A LOOK: Read More