NIKE SPORTSWEAR took the hipsters to town at this year's ART BASEL in Miami on Friday nite when their AARON ROSE-curated "Art Damage" party broke open in conjunction with the NADA art fair. Featuring visual displays drawn from the label's "Being True" photography campaign, video portraits of NSW athletes by acclaimed artist ROBERT WILSON, and elements of their recent alliance with the "Beautiful Losers" documentary film, the party shifted into overdrive when the evening's real entertainment kicked in courtesy of musical guests THE SADS, NO AGE, and PANDA BEAR. Needless to say, heads were rocked, sweat was poured, and art was damaged by all. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Despite dire sales predictions, this year's seventh annual installment of the hedonistic visual extravaganza known as ART BASEL is off to a well-paced, if not running, start with eye-popping offerings from artists like BARRY McGEE, TONY OURSLER, SHEPARD FAIREY, SWOON, OS GEMEOS, KARA WALKER, BASQUIAT, KEHINDE WILEY, and FENG ZHENGJIE, to name a few, around every turn. And when you can't possibly look at another painting? Just head out to the beach for the real freakshow that is Miami. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Inimitable art provocateur and Cremaster Cycle mastermind MATTHEW BARNEY isn't shy about his love for dirty black metal. A fact that guests at his house party and pig roast featuring live performances by such delicately named bands as Copremeis, Inquisition, Dagon, Krallice, and S.M.E.S., couldn't have been happier about. Master chef Barney kept his metal militia satiated by roasting and carving up several suckling pigs, providing a suitably decadent buffet for the occasion. Of course, Supertouch's own metal casualty/toothless wonder STUNTBOY (aka: Erik Foss) was on hand to divine some swine and pop some shots. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
The American onslaught of the new "Beautiful Losers" documentary film kicked off with the inaugural screening in NYC last week on Friday, 08.08.08, at the indie-centric IFC CENTER, hosted by director AARON ROSE. The usual cast of art freaks and downtown hipsters turned out in full force to take in the flick before repairing back to the East Village hotspot that is ERIK FOSS' venerable LIT LOUNGE for a late nite of celebratory god-only-knows-what, obligatory scandalous photo ops, and loud sounds by DJ CHRIS JOHANSON. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As we previously reported, New York artist STEVE POWERS (aka: ESPO) has been working on a torture-themed art project for a while now and in conjunction with CREATIVE TIME as part of its national public art initiative "Democracy in America: The National Campaign," he’s just opened the Guantanamo Bay-themed “Waterboard Thrill Ride” on Coney Island in the shadow of the legendary Cyclone roller coaster and Nathan’s hot dog stand in an empty storefront on West 12th Street. When a dollar is fed into a machine standing outside Powers’ mock jail cell installation featuring paintings by the artist inside and out, viewers can climb a short flight of steps to peer through cell bars and view an animatronic torture scene of a hooded jailer pouring water down the throat of an orange jumpsuit wearing Gitmo detainee...Read More
Nothing like a NECK FACE "Eat Your Baby" van sighting to brighten up an otherwise hot, humid, sunny Brooklyn afternoon...
When someone says the words "Mermaid Parade" one can't help but imagine a street full of hot, young, half-naked women in forgivably bad costumes. Unfortunately, such was not really the case at the costumed perp walk that was last month's 2008 CONEY ISLAND MERMAID PARADE which instead looked like the movie version of a Vice "Don't" column. Featuring a staggering array of art-damaged revelers in various states of creative undress, the annual event once again proved to be one of the best people watching processions of all time. Technically the country's largest art parade, the parade is actually an homage to Coney Island's long forgotten Mardi Gras that was staged religiously from 1903 to 1954 and invites a stunning array of like-minded exhibitionists to converge on the boardwalk to display their pound(s) of painted flesh. Pour yourself a drink, smear some Vaseline on your computer screen and HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Just when you thought tattoos (or rock, for that matter) couldn't get any lamer, along comes this masterpiece to restore our confidence in man. Randy Rhodes will live forever in this Mt. Rushmore of Jailhouse inking, and we see a few pieces of prime real estate still open and ready for a nice vintage Van Halen logo to drop in...
Belgian artist BENJAMIN VERDONCK has taken the usually verboten medium of performance art to new heights of greatness with his new NEST installation titled “The Great Swallow” in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Perched 50 meters above the city square on the side of the 13th floor of the Wenna Tower (aka: “The Pepperbox”), Verdonck’s windy new home is, according the artist, constructed of “the crowns of 23 silver birches, two straw bales, one bucket of spit, three bags of sand, twelve buckets of glue, and nineteen cans of polyurethane foam.” Residing in the perch since its construction a week ago, the artist has seen a lot of debris float down to his numerous fans at street level including feathers, a giant egg, and copious amounts of bird shit. No word yet on how long the installation will remain or what the artist’s final stunt will be, but we’re guessing it could quite easily include a caravan of ambulances. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
ZZ TOP's own Rev. BILLY F GIBBONS (with wifie Gilligan) paid the good DR ROMANELLI a housecall when he dropped by the private DRx studios to dream up some new collabo ZZ stage gear. Keep your eyes peeled for the incredibly kool kustom results coming soon...