Posts Tagged ‘Feature’

NYC///ART HYPE///MR BRAINWASH PERFECTS THE ART OF TURD POLISHING WITH THE OPENING OF “ICONS”

February 17, 2010  |  art, Art Crimes, Art History, Art Stunts, Banksy, Feature, Graffiti, News, NYC, Shepard Fairey, Street Art  |  Comments Off

4363964574_0f10031e70_o 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:

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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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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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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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NEWS///STREET LIFE///BANKSY PAINTS NEW ORLEANS AS KATRINA MEMORIAL

August 29, 2008  |  Banksy, Feature, Graffiti, New Orleans, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

banksyopener.jpg One wouldn't normally expect to find the world's most Googled street artist lurking among the ruins of the lower ninth ward in NEW ORLEANS, but that's just where renegade stencil artist BANKSY has been holed up for the past week, covering the desiccated city with art to commemorate the anniversary of KATRINA, the hurricane that killed 1800 people when it struck the coastal city in 2005. Said Banksy of the operation, "Three years after Katrina I wanted to make a statement about the state of the clean-up operation,” and attested that the city's levee wall offered "the best painting surface in the state of Louisiana.” In the art world, timing is everything, and as the anonymous bomber wraps up his project, the city once again braces for the onslaught of an oncoming tropical storm. Hopefully, once residents realize what's been painted on their doorstop, a quick sawsall session and a little eBay savvy will net them enough to build a mansion in the French Quarter. HAVE A LOOK:

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BEIJING///SUPERTOUCH AT THE OLYMPICS…

August 13, 2008  |  Feature, Graffiti, News, Olympics, Street Life  |  Comments Off

bjp44.jpg With all the mainstream news outlets presenting the "official" view of the 29th OLYMPIC GAMES in Beijing (including computer-generated fireworks and lip-synching 6-year-old body doubles), Supertouch brings you a street level look at the real haps around town from the back alleys to the 798 Arts District, you won't see anywhere else...

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LA///HYPE 2.0///”MR BRAINWASH” KILLS HOLLYWOOD’S FEW REMAINING BRAIN CELLS…

June 20, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Feature, Graffiti, Hype 2.0, LA, News, Street Art, WTF???  |  Comments Off

mr-bwash.jpg To call last nite's opening of newly minted and ridiculously named "artist" MR BRAINWASH an "art show" would be a disservice to artists everywhere and even Mr Brainwash himself. Instead, let's call it what it really is: a grand art prank of epic proportions. A heist. A spoof. A joke. Or maybe just the biggest, funnest, sloppiest high school art fair of all time. But let's not call it an "art show." Unfortunately, the majority of the Hollywood zombies lined up around the block for the better part of four hours awaiting entrance didn't quite get the joke...

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CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///CLIMBING THE GREAT WALL…

May 23, 2008  |  China, Cool Shit, Feature, Road Trippin, Worldwide  |  Comments Off

l1000958.jpg One of the most memorable experiences in life has to be climbing the legendary GREAT WALL OF CHINA. Built between the 6th century BC and the 16th century, the 4,000 mile Great Wall was constructed to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties. The area pictured here is closest to Beijing, the former capital city of the Ming Dynasty which was responsible for building the most strong, fortified, and enduring segments of the wall. At its peak, the Ming Wall was guarded by more than one million men and historical records indicate that around two to three million Chinese died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall. Now, the colossal structure is a modern tourist trap where American, Euro, and native Chinese travelers mingle to gawk at each other and the monumental gigantitude of the twisting path before them. HAVE A LOOK:

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