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French outdoor installation artist (call it “street art” if you must) extraordinaire JR continues his epic 28 MILLIMETER: WOMEN project with the unveiling this week of his most recent series of street-level installations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In town to photograph local women in the country’s capitol city, JR continues on his mission to portray the unseen and unempowered women of the world in and around the streets of their own neighborhoods. Reproducing the resulting imagery on a massive scale underscores the importance of these marginalized citizens and is intended to draw the eyes of the world to their often-unseen lives. A participant in the upcoming “Stages” art show to benefit LANCE ARMSTRONG’s anti-cancer LIVESTRONG charity, JR continues on with his next stop in Delhi, India before rolling into Paris in July to celebrate Tour de France and the biggest art project cycling has ever seen. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
We've said it many times before on ST: We don't do streetwear collabs here, but this one's bulletproof (and guaranteed to leave a nation of young sneakerhead zombies scratching their heads wondering who LOU REED is). Too bad the old man’s not still in his "Transformer" period...
The eyes of the world are on Kenya... French outdoor installation artist (call it “street art” if you must) extraordinaire JR continues his epic 28 MILLIMETER: WOMEN Project with the unveiling this week of his most ambitious stage yet in KIBERA, KENYA. Reconnecting with the subjects he photographed over a year ago in the city—one of the largest slums in Africa—at the start of his mission to portray on a grand scale the unseen and unempowered women of the world, the reunion was an especially poignant moment for the artist. With the help of enthusiastic residents, JR managed to cover 2,000 square meters of local rooftops with photos of the eyes and faces of the women of Kibera, giving them a monumental voice and presence in a city where their own existence is often marginalized.Read More
French photographer and public art (notice we didn't say "Street Art") phenom JR has had a busy couple of months trekking through Brasil nd India on his way to Cambodia for the PHOTO PHNOM PENH FESTIVAL that opened late last month where he installed a massive succession of images from his "28mm: Women" series, many of which were captured along the way. In commemoration of the event's inaugural year, the artist wrapped, very appropriately, the French Embassy in Phnom Penh with 20 sets of women's eyes culled from his recent photography portfolio that portrays ordinary women around the world—many of whom work as prostitutes in war-torn countries. JR shot this series using a wide-angle 28mm lens that forces an extreme close-up between photographer and subject, resulting in portraits marked by their uncanny intimacy and extreme detail. A truly egalitarian artist whose career focus has been bringing art out of the gallery and onto the streets for the average person to appreciate, often in impoverished areas where local interaction with formal art is nonexistent, JR remains guarded when pressed about the true meaning of his work: "I put [my work] on the street, and sometimes people try to find the exact meaning, but there isn't one. They have to think about it. Most of the time, [my subjects] have to explain the project much more than I do. After all, they are the ones posted up in the street. They are the real heroes of the project." While in Cambodia, JR continued his series by photographing local women and plans to return to the country in February 2009 to install the images guerilla-style across the city, continuing his ongoing dialogue with the streets and his subjects. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Supertouch nerd rock—excepting ladykiller guitarist BRIAN BELL, that is—homies WEEZER are alive and kicking and today dropped the second video off their recent "Red Album" for the brat anthem "Troublemaker." Highlights include dodgeball matches, the largest air guitar ensemble, and the longest Guitar Hero tour marathon, as well as head nerd RIVERS CUOMO in full cholo and OC "punk" guise. It's all for the kids, man, god bless em...
REMAINING 2008 WEEZER TOUR DATES:
Oct 9 Portland OR Memorial Coliseum
Oct 10 Vancouver, BC GM Place
Oct 11 Seattle, WA Key Arena
Oct 13 San Jose, CA Events Center
Oct 14 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Oct 17 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Oct 18 Phoenix, AZ Arizona State Fair
Oct 20 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Oct 21 Dallas, TX Nokia Theater
Oct 23 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
Oct 25 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Arena
Surfer, confirmed hair farmer, and biochemist turned artist (for reals) KELSEY BROOKES is on an endless global quest for inspiration and the ultimate wave. Last month took him to EL SALVADOR where the pace of life is a little more laid-back and toilet seat cover construction is a fine art. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Buried deep in the great white north to photograph his upcoming new collaborative collection with SF-based sneaker spot HUF (more on that soon), Supertouch’s own DARREN “DR” ROMANELLI (with legendary artist & taxidermy addict NATHAN "NACHOS CABRONES" CABRERA in tow) has now piloted a helicopter to a remote Alaskan dog sledding village where the pair—particularly señor Cabrones—look and smell a lot like dinner to the local inhabitants. Will they make it out alive? Will the duo crash & burn in a two seater helicopter that looks more like a remote control toy than a gasoline powered vehicle? Will Romanelli come back planning a thermal underwear streetwear line? Only time will tell. Stay tuned loyal readers. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
One of our favorite upcoming artists, LOUIE CORDERO calls the Philippines home, where he’s recently mounted his most ambitious solo show to date, “Absolute Horror,” (until July 27th) at MO SPACE in Bonifacio Global City. Deeply influenced by the flatness and graphic style of local self-taught painters in his country and the pervasive influence and iconography of Western trash culture—particularly B-movies, heavy metal, Garbage Pail Kids, and pulp horror—on society (particularly adolescent minds) Cordero has paid tribute to both in his latest series of inspired paintings and sculptures. Of particular interest is the large-scale statue of rotten-faced twin zombie boys and Cordero’s paintings that bisect (and use as stands) life-sized sculptures of young Beavis & Butthead-type boys lying on their backs on the gallery floor, making it one of the most fun shows of the summer. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As we mentioned previously, perennial ST homeboy KAWS teamed up with Chinese Pop Art god YUE MINJUN to create a special figure for the MUSEUM OF TOMORROW’s “fine art toy” show titled “Art For The Masses” that opened last week in Taipei. Featuring new sculpts displayed alongside original artworks by ZHOU TIEN HAI, LIU YE, JING YU, ZHOU CHUN YA, the show is the first to address the genre for a Chinese audience incorporating domestic modern artists. All figures have been produced in runs of 100 pieces for sale in complete sets only at the museum and are not being distributed domestically. And yes, they’re expensive. HAVE A LOOK: Read More