Archive for February, 2010
Vinyl toy fiend and diehard KAWS fanatic JEFF TOVERS went all the way and made his love eternal. Two more colorways to go, bro, send us photos when you wrap those up…
“MICHEL GONDRY‘S newest music video for Mia Doi Todd‘s ‘Open Your Heart’. After several years conceptualizing a video involving dozens of dancers wearing bright multi-colored outfits, Michel found a perfect fit with Mia’s tune. The music was produced and arranged by long-time friend and collaborator, Jon Brion and the video features the Riverside Community College Marching Band.”
The Midwest leg of ST buddy SHEPARD FAIREY‘s epic “Supply and Demand” retrospective opens this Friday at Cincinnati’s CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER (CAC), but in the meantime, our boy is out on the streets of Cin City doing what he does best (and we don’t mean getting arrested)…
Shep’s new CAC exhibition print available this Friday only at the opening…
What has to be the final nail in the “Street Art” coffin was driven in last weekend by none other than MR. BRAINWASH (aka: “The Christian Audigier of Street Art”) when he opened his massive, self-produced “Icons” show in a rented space (which, ironically, was once a real art gallery, pre-recession) in the heart of Chelsea. As the subject of Brit Street Art king Banksy’s recent docu-parody film, “Exit Through The Gift Shop,” MBW has been the focus of much hype and speculation as his presence finally seeps into the fairly muddy stream of mainstream consciousness. Last week’s Wall Street Journal article articulated this particularly well:Read More
Unsurprisingly, our man BANKSY didn’t show up:
“An apparent press conference by “Exit Through the Gift Shop” director, and mysterious street artist, Banksy was canceled in Berlin today. A subject of the film, which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival, Banksy remains an incognito artist. He issued a video statement that was shown prior to the press screening of his movie on Sunday at the Berlinale, in lieu of a press conference.
He started by saying, in a recorded message, “Unfortunately I can’t be with you today, so I am speaking from my home in England via satellite link.”
“I guess my ambition was to make a film that would do for graffiti art what ‘Karate Kid’ did for martial arts, a film that would get every school kid in the world picking up a spray can and having a go,” said a silhouetted figure, identified as Banksy, in a digitally altered voice on the short video message. He added, “As it turns out, I think we might have made a film that does for street art what ‘Jaws’ did for water sking.” Click HERE to continue reading at INDIE WIRE…
Has it really come to this?:
“Troubled music company EMI Group PLC is talking to potential buyers for Abbey Road Studios, the hallowed London facility where the Beatles did most of their recording, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The talks are the latest sign of distress at the world’s No. 4 music business, which has floundered since being acquired in a 2007 leveraged buyout by private-equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd.
Terra Firma is attempting to avoid default on a £950 million ($1.49 billion) loan backed by EMI Music, the company’s struggling recorded-music business. It needs to raise more than £100 million from Terra Firma’s investors to keep from defaulting on the Citigroup loan.
A sale of Abbey Road—which EMI hopes is worth tens of millions of pounds—wouldn’t have any impact on that effort, a person familiar with the matter said. The transaction is too small to make a difference, and in any case wouldn’t likely be completed in time to boost Terra Firma’s latest fund-raising effort.” Click HERE to continue reading at the WALL STREET JOURNAL…
Meanwhile, PAUL McCARTNEY told the BBC: “There are a few people who have been associated with the studio for a long time who were talking about mounting some bid to save it. I sympathize with them. I hope they can do something, it’d be great.”
French artist CELESTE BOURSIER-MOUGENOT has taken “rock art” to new levels in London with her installation for the BARBICAN ART GALLERY‘s new “Curve” series by enclosing live electric guitars in a room inhabited by a flock of birds. The results sound a lot like a Sonic Youth album:
“Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. Boursier-Mougenot’s installation for The Curve, his first solo exhibition in the UK, takes the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a random and captivating soundscape.
Also included in the installation is a series of videos that feature close ups of hands playing electric guitars. However, the sounds that accompany the footage do not emanate from the guitars. Instead we hear an insect-like drone produced by the amplification of the video signal.
French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. Boursier-Mougenot’s installation for The Curve, his first solo exhibition in the UK, takes the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a random and captivating soundscape.
Also included in the installation is a series of videos that feature close ups of hands playing electric guitars. However, the sounds that accompany the footage do not emanate from the guitars. Instead we hear an insect-like drone produced by the amplification of the video signal.”
Supertouch buddy KAWS has just dropped a quick sneek peek of the installation of his eponymous new show of three large paintings in Madrid, Spain, at the esteemed GALERIA JAVIER LOPEZ opening February 17th (to coincide with the kickoff of ARCO Madrid). This show comes as a brief preview for what’s to come at the artist’s upcoming first ever museum show at THE ALDRICH MUSEUM opening June 2th. Meanwhile, here’s what the gallery has to say about the Jersey boy:
“The three monochromatic paintings in this exhibition mark the newest works on canvas by the artist, each using gloss line on a matte background. The two black works, “Nightime Office” and “Through the Door”, reuse the artist’s signature Kawsbob and Chum characters. Inserting them into claustrophobic compositions, these figures violently break through architectonic frameworks into the space of the viewer, pulling shattered material with them.
The largest work in the show, “Dead Wrong”, builds upon the rectilinear sections of the other works, yet combines both characters. Here, space becomes disjointed, conveying a stronger sense of collaged imagery. The fragmentation suggests a recombining and reconfiguration of separate paintings into an overall visual assault. A diminutive set of Kawsbob’s hands seem to pull the fabric of the canvas itself to cover his eyes from something imminent. The graphic Chum looms ominously in the background, rendered flat yet threatening.
By augmenting imagery whose origins are innocuous, Kaws subverts popular culture and presents a vision of panic and anxiety. Incorporating his signature “X”ed out eyes, the figures become premonitions of their own deaths, merging childlike imagery with abstract concept. High art strategies and popular icons become interchangeable. KAWS’ paintings at once recognize the way that popular images inseminate our lives and suggest the collapse of visual culture.”
Stephen Colbert has urged his Nation to download this poster now and plaster Vancouver with it. Just don’t call him to bail you outta jail…
Conservative talk phenomenon STEPHEN COLBERT is on his way to the as-yet snowless 2010 OLYMPIC games in Vancouver (home of the “Iceholes”) to watch his “Team Colbert” speed skaters careen towards victory, and former show guest and ST buddy SHEPARD FAIREY has been commissioned to commemorate the event:
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Sign Off – See You in Vancouver|
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
Colbert sticks it to the “Iceholes” in the street…
BOB DYLAN is the rare musician who’s late career output remains undiminished with some of his best albums of his oeuvre having been released in the last 10 years. We can’t quite extend that accolade to his fine art career, however, which makes the transition from drawings on paper (his “Drawn Blank” series) to formal paintings with the opening of his show, “BOB DYLAN ON CANVAS,” currently on display at London’s upscale tourist art gallery HALCYON. Ranging in price from $150,000–100,000 USD, the canvases depict everyday subject matter with titles like “Two Sisters,” “Staircase,” and “Motel Pool,” and illustrate the rock legend’s naive style that teeters somewhere in the netherworld between Impressionism and Expressionism. In spite of the heady pricetags, however, Dylan doesn’t seem to be taking his own work too seriously: “I just draw what’s interesting to me, and then I paint it. Rows of houses, orchard acres, lines of tree trunks, could be anything. I can take a bowl of fruit and turn it into a life and death drama. Women are power figures, so I depict them that way. I can find people to paint in mobile home communities. I could paint bourgeois people too. I’m not trying to make social comment or fulfill somebody’s vision and I can find subject matter anywhere. I guess in some way that comes out of the folk world that I came up in.” We at ST prefer to think of these paintings as sort of the visual equivalent of Jakob Dylan’s musical output. HAVE A LOOK: Read More