Archive for April, 2009
It is truly with a heavy heart that we must break the news that one of Supertouch's dear friends, photographer SHAWN MORTENSEN, passed away last nite. A kinetic force of optimism and seemingly limitless positive energy, Shawn's hearty career as a photojournalist and artist took him around the world several times over, unselfishly spreading his endless supply of good vibes as he went. Particularly renowned for his portraits of musicians, artists, and entertainers, Shawn photographed a stunning array of pop culture demigods in his 20+ year career including...Read More
Supertouch buddy AARON ROSE opened the doors to a little show he curated at the venerable CIRCLECULTURE GALLERY in Berlin this past Saturday, titled simply "McGee, Templeton, Pettibon." Bringing "Zee Germans" a healthy dose of American street culture, the show aptly surveyed the recent work of all three of these iconic artists (all of whom also took part in Rose's previous "Beautiful Losers" exhibitions), and included photographs and paintings by Barry McGee and Ed Templeton and a nice display of recent ink drawings by elder statesman Raymond Pettibon alongside a large array of neatly framed examples of his ultra-seminal Black Flag photocopied gig flyers (whose ever-elusive matching original artworks remain the ultimate holy grail for Pettibon collectors). HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Wow, take a trip in the way back machine to when the old New York was the only New York, the subway looked like a rolling art gallery, and FUTURA (then known as FUTURA 2000) and MADONNA were coupled up big time...
As a director of some of the most acclaimed highbrow B-movies of all time, Supertouch amigo JOHN WATERS needs no further introduction. Quietly working the night shift as a fine artist for years now, the Baltimore-bound obsessive's hard work has finally landed him a spot in the most hallowed hall of the modern art world, namely, the GAGOSIAN GALLERY, where the artist's solo "Rear Projection" show opened to a throng of Hollywood players, weirdos, fanboys and girls, and well-wishing lookie-loos on Saturday nite. Comprised largely of C-prints of photos Waters has taken of TV screens bearing his favorite stills from movies of all kinds, the works pulse with the raw humor and dry wit that is Waters' hallmark...Read More
Josh Hartnett with Scott Campbell on opening nite...
Supertouch's own tattooing god and master of low culture SCOTT CAMPBELL brought the thunder to Miami this weekend when his "Make it Rain" show opened this weekend at AL MORAN's venerable O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY where A-listers JOSH HARTNETT and SERENA WILLIAMS rolled in to show their support. The proprietor of New York's most premiere tattoo studio (that also doubles as an artist's social club and illegal shooting range), Campbell brings the full scope of his authentic inkslinging influences to his first major solo show and the results have "wow factor" to spare. The highlight of the diverse collection of work are a series of laser-cut dollar bill pieces that feature imagery cut deeply into stacks of 100 single dollar bills with shockingly precise—and aesthetically pleasing—results. Equally impressive are Campbell's beautiful monochrome ink paintings of tattoo-themed imagery. The real showstoppers, however, were the artist's "implements of death" pieces which consisted of an actual ice pick, box cutter, and broken bottle all etched with decorative filigree, dipped in 24k gold and inlaid with rubies, garnets and sapphires. The results are killer bling—literally. Topping it all off, was the pièce de résistance: a real granite headstone that read "Wish You Were Here." HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Beijing-born and Queens, NY-based Chinese artist YI CHEN is a rising force in the world of modern figurative painting. His newest show "Beaut-Esque" that opened its doors at Culver City hotspot HONOR FRASER GALLERY this Saturday nite was full of gorgeous, color-dense examples of his playful and expert signature style full of playful references the modern masters (Picasso and Hockney spring immediately to mind), and loads of painting chops to spare. The artist uses culturally mediated images from advertisements and fashion magazines as inspiration for his work and sees his paintings and collages as metaphors for hybrid, mutated concepts of beauty borne from a global popular culture. This concept of hybridization and mutation formulate a tense balance in his work, combining enticing beauty and repelling grotesqueries that result in magnetic paintings. Chen begins his creative process by assembling collages of human (and sometimes mammalian) facial features cut out from popular fashion magazines. These collages of perfect/imperfect specimens are the foundation of his work. Like an artistic scientist, he disregards race, gender and age and selects individual characteristics and reconstructs them to form a new human species. These collages then become the figurative models for his lushly rendered oil paintings. All art-crawling denizens of the Southland should consider this essential viewing. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
LA might not be ground zero for the next visual renaissance (at least not from how things are looking as of late), but it is home to some solid decorative art. Enter SYLIVA JI who's been painting for some time now in a fun style that might be best described as Nagel Vs. Gustav Klimt on Dia De los Muertos. Her solid new solo exhibition "Haute Eopch" at Culver City's COREY HELFORD GALLERY featuring Ji's usual array of painted doomsday femme fatales opened to a packed house on Saturday nite where the looks made it worth the drive and the ratio of lovely ladies to men was advantageously high. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Anyone who's read a newspaper this year knows that the economy is in the toilet and the MEXICAN DRUG WARS being waged just across the border in direct relation to the massive consumptive habits of American drug users are every bit as deadly as a real war. THE BOSTON GLOBE recently ran an amazing photo essay chronicling the impact of the drug wars from both sides of the border fence featuring eerily beautiful images that could easily be printed and installed in an art museum. Click HERE to have a look...