NYC///STREET LIFE///DAN WITZ’S “KILROY VARIATIONS”

November 26, 2008  |  art, Brooklyn, Feature, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

5-east-village-nyc-2008.jpg One of Supertouch’s favorite promising Brooklyn-based artists is DAN WITZ, a classical painter who straddles the very disparate worlds of “fine” and “Street Art” with incredibly unique and separate bodies of work. Coming to prominence recently with a series of photorealistic “mosh pit” oil paintings, Witz has also made a home for his work in the streets with an incredible ongoing series of trompe l'oeil -style mixed media painted photo appliqués that depict his renditions of people imprisoned behind immovable grates and vents that are applied to the sides of, in Witz’s words, “ugly new buildings” as a sort of personal commentary on the dismal state of modern architecture and gentrification throughout the rapidly changing landscapes of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan.

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CUBA///ROADTRIPPING///FINDING OS GEMEOS IN HAVANA

November 24, 2008  |  art, Cuba, Feature, Graffiti, Os Gemeos, Road Trippin, Street Art  |  Comments Off

osgcuba2.jpg A few years back Supertouch buddies/Brasilian art phenomenon OS GEMEOS (literally "The Twins" in Portuguese), along with fellow artist NINA visited Cuba and left their indelible mark throughout the streets of the city where time stands still. Our man on the road JASON NOLAN just got back from a slightly illegal run to the island nation where he found most of the murals still intact. HAVE A LOOK:

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THINK PIECE///LEGENDARY DESIGNER PETER SAVILLE WEIGHS IN ON PORN

November 24, 2008  |  Editorial, Feature, Think Piece  |  Comments Off

savilleporn5.jpg A FEW THINGS I KNOW ABOUT PORNOGRAPHY by Peter Saville Pornography and Narrative There is something very mercenary about pornography. It's astonishingly to the point. The notions of narrative engagement don't really matter in serious pornography. Attempts at them are always inept. Actually, it's better to not bother. If I want to watch a film, I'll watch a film. I'm not looking to pornography for a narrative experience. Beginners tend to. But anyone with any intelligence can't really bear the ineptitude of the filmmaking.

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FEATURE///ED TEMPLETON: THE SUPERTOUCH INTERVIEW

November 14, 2008  |  art, Beautiful Losers, Feature, LA  |  Comments Off

25eta4.jpg 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:

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FEATURE///POLITIKS///SHEPARD FAIREY ON OBAMA: THE SUPERTOUCH INTERVIEW

November 3, 2008  |  art, Feature, News, Obama, Politiks, Shepard Fairey, Street Art, Street Cred  |  Comments Off

shepfobammma1.jpg Having provided the main image for the OBAMA campaign now recognized around the world, the influence of street & graphic artist SHEPARD FAIREY cannot be overstated. Having transcended the traditional boundaries of his chosen medium to create an image that united and inspired voters (and the presidential candidate himself) across lines of class, race, gender, and party, Fairey has achieved a truly monumental task in this race and inspired a generation of young people to become politically active in the process. A key element to the success of Obama's visual campaign was Fairey's mostly illegal dissemination tactics of wheatpasting posters on private and public property without permission, a sweet little twist in the side of the political machine that proved the artist's steadfast adherence to his streetwise principals remained intact. In doing so, he single-handedly inspired a nation of supporters to do the same and the Obama campaign has seen an outpouring of viral aesthetic support at a level never before realized by a political candidate. On the eve of tomorrow's presidential election, we spoke with Shepard about the relevance of his work for Obama and his thoughts on the shape of political things to come.

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PARIS///TOM SACHS’ CRYING KITTYS AT THE TOWER OF EIFFEL

October 28, 2008  |  art, Feature, News, Openings, Paris, Tom Sachs  |  Comments Off

sachsparis3.jpg Following his two awe-inspiring solo shows in NYC earlier this year, Supertouch buddy & perhaps today's most visionary artist TOM SACHS brought his troupe of crying HELLO KITTY sculptures first exhibited at Lever House in Manhattan last month to the Paris to be displayed at the base of the fashion capital's most iconic sight, the Eiffel Tower. Exhibited in conjunction with his show of new works at GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC that debuted in the City of Lights on October 23rd—the centerpiece of which was an epic half pipe sculpture composed of two fully-skateable life-sized bronze quarter pipes alongside other bronze castings and wood burned plywood pieces—Sach's menagerie of Sanrio sculptures appear to be constructed of the artist's favorite material, foamcore, but are actually giant bronzes cast and painted to resemble the cheap material that is the hallmark of the New Yorker's oeuvre.

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ROADTRIPPING///M.I.A. IN MARFA, TEXAS

October 17, 2008  |  art, Feature, Lance Armstrong, Road Trippin, Texas  |  Comments Off

marfablog17.jpg Roadtripping in Texas with cycling legend LANCE ARMSTRONG a few weeks back ultimately landed us in the remote and unlikely art culture hotspot of MARFA, TEXAS. Known primarily as the land that time forgot and the setting for iconic films "Giant," "No Country For Old Men," and "There Will Be Blood," the sleepy town of 2,000 people is actually one of the nation's best kept creative centers and is home to an amazing array of talent, including the legendary Christopher Wool, and art world émigrés who fled the confines of NYC for the wide open spaces of the West. The migration was started by so-called "minimalist" (though he hated the term) artist DONALD JUDD when he relocated to the area in the early 1970s, and single-handedly instigated the migration of like-minded heads to the former military town centered around the abandoned army barracks he was now using as his own private museum and studio space.

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FEATURE///AN INTERVIEW WITH ROSTARR

October 16, 2008  |  Dr Romanelli, Feature, Interview, Miami  |  Comments Off

rostarr_01.jpg Following the opening of ROSTARR's retrospective "Wreckless Abandon" exhibition at Miami's newly-inaugurated O.H.W.O.W. GALLERY on October 11, Supertouch's own DARREN "DR" ROMANELLI (aka: DRx) caught up with the nomadic artist to get the real story on the last ten years of artwork that constitutes the show and a look at what's on his horizon in 2009.

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NYC///BANKSY’S “VILLAGE PET STORE AND CHARCOAL GRILL” OPEN FOR BUSINESS

October 13, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Crimes, Banksy, Feature, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art, Video  |  Comments Off

banksypets5.jpg Street art aficionados and cynical phenomenologists (we don't know any of those) have been long awaiting SIR BANKSY's official New York debut but surely even the most imaginative punter couldn't have guessed that the Bristol Bad Boy's first show in the Apple would come in the form of a mock pet store with nothing inside for sale. That's exactly what the "street art" king's adoring public got, however, when the doors to "The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill" opened at 89 7th Avenue (between Bleeker and West 4th) last Thursday, October 9th, revealing what seemed from the outside to be a small West Village pet shop stocked not with purring kittens and wiggly puppies, but a more sinister menagerie. Inside, animatronic chicken nuggets, porno watching monkeys, coexisted alongside ageing tweety birds, swimming fish sticks, and suggestively writing caged hot dogs, in what can only be described as an entirely unique visual critique of the state of animal husbandry in the modern world.

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LONDON///MARC QUINN UNVEILS SOLID GOLD KATE MOSS SCULPTURE: MEN EVERYWHERE SUDDENLY APPRECIATE “MODERN ART”

October 6, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Stunts, Feature, Kate Moss, London, News  |  Comments Off

goldkate3.jpg In what is surely the single event that turned even the most aesthetically impaired men of the world into modern art lovers, renowned British sculptor MARC QUINN unveiled his solid gold KATE MOSS sculpture at the BRITISH MUSEUM this weekend as part of the "Statuephilia" show that also included works by DAMIEN HIRST, RON MUECK, NOBLE & WEBSTER, and ANTONY GORMLEY. Titled "Siren," the piece is made of solid 18K gold and cost nearly $3 million USD to fabricate, with nearly all the cost going to the price of gold. It is the largest solid gold sculpture made since ancient Egypt.

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