Posts Tagged ‘Cool Shit’
Graphic design & fine art powerhouse GEOFF McFETRIDGE is a force of nature, consistently pulling off incredibly compelling installations in an oftentimes-static art scene. Such is the case with both of the young artist's current exhibitions (in radically different scales) at Seattle's OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK and the fantastic MOLLUSK SURF SHOP in San Francisco. Creating a massive landscape of sculptural and printed works for the long-term installation "In The Mind" in Seattle that opened late last month, McFetridge's bold imagery creates a playful environment—the centerpiece of which is a huge and amazing blue trumpet/bicycle sculpture—that is daunting in its scale. In contrast, the artist's exhibit "Bury Me in the Sand" in San Francisco is a much smaller-scale but equally compelling one nonetheless. Featuring a large array of hand-drawn and printed works along with custom skateboards, McFetridge's Mollusk show is a very intimate, personal affair, with the artist's hand evident in all the works on display. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
We’ve said it loudly before and we’ll say it again, the toy game is dead, but it’s refreshing to see a nice art figure being made from time to time. This month brings us “Jeremiah the Innocent,” a vinyl incarnation of a drawing by legendary outsider artist/musician and 2006 Whitney Biennial participant DANIEL JOHNSTON. Created by AT ARMS TOYS, the 12” figure representing Kurt Cobain’s favorite DJ image (see below) is available in three colorways: white (edition of 350), green (edition of 250), and orange (edition of 250). All figures are individually numbered, stand 12 inches tall, and are housed in a collectors case. Order yours HERE, and learn more about Daniel Johnston HERE. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Summer is almost here and after becoming a more scarce sight in recent years it's nice to see that the infamous "ROCKABILLY DANCERS" of Tokyo's YOYOGI OLYMPIC PARK are back in full effect. Convening in the park as a weekly Sunday ritual, for years these cartoon rockabilly heroes have set up camp in full gear complete with a throng of period-attired betties, custom cars, and a portable sound system pumping out high-octane vintage rockabilly to power their day-long Sha-Na-Na-worthy dance performances. Needless to say, it's a sight that must be witnessed in person to be believed. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As part of their ongoing celebration of the upcoming 2008 Olympic games NIKE has pulled yet another trick out of the hat by projecting images of some of China's greatest athletes onto the sparse sides of superstar Dutch architect REM KOOLHAAS' new governmental CCTV building in downtown Beijing. Transforming the city's sleepless skyline into a nighttime multimedia event, the projections highlight one of the country's most significant architectural endeavors and their greatest hope for Olympic greatness at a time when the eyes of the world are all focused on the rapidly developing Red giant...
Just when you thought the world had shrunken to its smallest possible proportions and there was no place left on Earth left uncorrupted by the scourge of modern culture the BBC has reported that an as-yet totally uncontacted tribe of indigenous peoples has been documented living in Brasil's dense rainforest. We're officially packing our bags and moving there tomorrow. The sad reality, however, is that these incredible people will probably be photographed drinking Coke, listening to iPods and wearing T-shirts tomorrow. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
As we reported earlier on Supertouch, downtown NYC-based street & gallery artist ESPO is currently living & working in Dublin, Ireland on a Fulbright Scholarship where he's been keeping himself very busy steadily turning the city streets into a museum of his artistic handiwork. The past several weeks have been especially prolific with more giant pieces popping up at every turn. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
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
...and by sea.
In China, BMX is an obscure sport at best, a fact NIKE aims to change. Last week the 6.o squad including riders MIKE SPINNER, MAXIME CHARVERON, and NIGEL SYLVESTER rolled out to China and proceeded to set up shop in the Eastern equivalent of Thunderdome as designed by Richard Serra for a demo in honor of freestyle BMX pioneer BOB HARO called "Lightning Bolts." Transforming an abandoned water tank—that was full of two feet of stagnant, standing water up until the day before last Tuesday's event—into a BMX paradise in the round was no easy feat but when all was said and done a former Communist industrial wasteland was converted into one of the world's most incredible street courses. Of course, it wouldn't be a Nike event without an art component and Hong Kong toy designer Michael Lau stepped to the plate, creating a huge painting and special toy for the occasion. Also on display were a series of original-style Bob Haro BMX number plates as customized by an array of young artists to be auctioned off in benefit of The Land of Plenty foundation that introduces at-risk youth to the world of BMX. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
That's right, as promised, NINE INCH NAILS frontman TRENT REZNOR has released the next NIN record "The Slip" as another free download available with no strings HERE. Unlike the band's recent free release, "Ghosts I—IV," however, this one doesn’t suck. Where "Ghosts" sounded like an odds 'n' sods collection of rejected atmospheric soundtrack bits, "The Slip" is a banger of a rock record in the recognizable NIN style we've all come to know and love. Yeah, there's a few throwaway instrumentals in there but it's nothing a delete key won't handle. In the words of Mr Reznor:
"'The Slip' is licensed under a creative commons attribution non-commercial share alike license. We encourage you to: remix it, share it with your friends, post it on your blog, play it on your podcast, give it to strangers, etc."
Also, unlike "Ghosts" which had allowed users to voluntarily pay for the download in whatever charitable denomination they deemed appropriate or purchase a limited-edition hard copy of the record with additional tracks, this album is simply free, and is available for download in a variety of audio formats including the superior Lossless and Wave files. Maybe Trent felt so guilty about making over a million bucks on a crappy album he felt the need to give away a good one for free. If so, that makes us feel better after wasting $5 bucks on the last one. GET IT NOW...