ArtBattles returns to New York after a tour through France and Spain with the ArtBattles Pop Up Gallery NYC. The gallery is open for free to the public for a limited time from Thursday, January 12th through Saturday, January 14th and located at 159 Bleeker St. in the West Village.
This exhibition of one of a kind originals will feature a live and silent auction starting at exclusive pricing that can only be found at the ArtBattles Popup Gallery. ArtBattles will not only showcase large-scale works created by rising stars and painters from the US, France, and Spain, but also Live Art and a video installation. Art enthusiasts will be able to learn about the artists’ process, history and style. This unique collection of work represents a range of painting from fine art to street art that will be showcased in a floor to ceiling exhibition of epic scale.
“We are excited to bring back a collection of work that accurately reflects the unique artistic cultures found all over Europe and the US. These pieces, which were made in a series of battles over a course of 6 months, show the dynamism of live art today. It’s fresh, it’s frenetic, it’s liberating,” said Sean Bono, founder of ArtBattles.
ArtBattles Pop Up Gallery brings famed European artists to the New York stage. All featured works were painted live, on stage, in front of hundreds and sometimes thousands of viewers. ArtBattles curated all 300 pieces from the most innovative artists who participated in these international, competitive, creative presentations in 2010 & 2011.
All pieces are available for sale on site and can also be found in the ArtBattles Gallery.
US: Andre Trenier, Max (Mega 330) Bode, Zito, Don Rimx, Max Neutra, Michael Pukac, Beast, Ben Angotti, Sean Bono, Lexi Bella, Marthalicia Mattarita, Dirty Duke, Yatika Starr Fields, Kevin Ragnott, Gia Gutierrez, Erin Cadigan, Gregory Siff.
Spain: El Niño de Las Pinturas, Kram, Japon, 3TTMan, Paria,Daniel Thomas, Pichi & Avo, Sakristan.
France: Deuz, MattB, Kouka, Shane, Skio, Titi from Paris, Michael Beerens, Monsta, Move.
Artist canvas will be supplied by Fredrix for Live Art each day of the Art Battles Pop Up Gallery.
Exhibition space has been provided by PopUpSpaceNY.
Photographer Davis Ayer can’t get enough analogue. He shoots most of his projects on film and his photo essay series called Time Travel, combines two forms of film photography: vintage photographs of cityscapes and forests projected on nude models. The arcs of bridges and trunks of ferns hug the hip lines of partially lit girls. Autumnal foliage wraps around the curved back of a model, warping and blurring, as if frozen mid a caressing motion. Scratches dotting the film become indistinguishable from beauty marks. It all seems quite effortless and light.“
Re-mix culture is also invading the underground art scene. In the UK, Miss Bugs, an anonymous graffiti artist duo, has been rapidly appropriating pop imagery and well-known pieces of street art, like Shepard Fairey’s, “Obama”. Their street art exhibit, “Cut Out and Fade Out,” incorporates elements of existing pop imagery with the street background, to transcend both. So at once it pays homage to – and mocks – its original influences. >>>
Nerd Alert: French illustrator Grégoire Guillemin delves into the golden age of superheros to create this new retro poster series. The posters are part of a larger Exercise in Style, a slice of which, is available online at Society 6 store, including his papercraft designs aka. Paper Heroes.
Maybe if the United States started printing rock legends on our dollar bills, the economy might pick up. Over the great pond, the Brixton district in London has been experimenting with it’s own alternative to the sterling pound to promote local commerce. The newest, and hands down, the most fun to funky cycle of this British currency features David Bowie, wearing ‘Aladdin Sane’ makeup from the 1973 album following up ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’. Bowie is the first musician to be included on the currency and we are excited to see who Brixton will come up with next. Keep the ch-ch-ch-change.
LA based artist Doug Aitken is most known for his innovative fine art installations but not limited. In 2007, Aitken’s “Sleepwalkers” exhibition at MoMA was able to transform a whole city block into an expansive cinematic experience. His work, which utilizes a wide array of media and artistic techniques, ranging from photography, sculpture, film, and sound can be seen on display in London, in a new solo exhibition in London taking over both floors of Victoria Miro. The exhibition includes a specially reconfigured presentation of his acclaimed multi-channel film installation Black Mirror, alongside new wall-and floor-based sculptures and light box works. Check out more HERE.
“In the upper gallery Aitken’s film installation Black Mirror explores the story of a nomadic individual, set in a modern wilderness: a geography constructed of calls, electronic messages, and virtual documents superimposed over the physical world. It is a portrait of people who are the products of a society that has lost track of information and is saturated with change. The characters move in shorthand, they communicate in quick pulses, they travel long distances for short meetings. They depart quickly. The protagonist, a young woman played by American star Chloë Sevigny, exists in the borderless world of Black Mirror where people live fast lives in the shadows. These are the people you pass and don’t identify at the airport terminal, the hotel lobby and the car rental kiosk. Black Mirror explores modern life accelerated. Like a river of light moving on the highway, we’re all on this road, but this is the story of those for whom the road is existence; those who don’t step back to breathe the air, those who never stagnate or stop… this is “the now.” (http://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/_425/)
Meet Elodie Chapuis, the newest member of the discosalt Artist Collective. Since she began photography in 2006, Elodie has contributed her music and fashion photography to a slew of culture magazines and fashion projects. In 2007, she spent 4 days covering the Roskilde Festival in Denmark; the first step towards a personal artistic project to photograph live performances and off stage portraits. Elodie’s work in music, has lead her to several solo and collective exhibitions and she is constantly looking for new upcoming artists and bands to photograph. Some of her work includes The Kills, Franz Ferdinand, The Drums, Razorlight, Florence & The Machine, The XX, Iggy & The Stooges, Cold War Kids, PJ Harvey, The Strokes among others. For updates, check back soon to find more of Elodie’s work in the collective here.
At just 20 years old, revealing little background information, English photographer/ graphic designer Dan Mountford has created a professional portfolio which already includes clients like EMI Records. His series of portraits titled The Worlds Inside of Us, is a surreal visual journey into the minds of his subjects, using the process of double exposure and photoshop to create thoughtful, captivating and superbly composed images. You can purchase prints through Dan’s shop or see more of his work on flickr.
Johnny Lyon, the shaggy haired kiwi guitar player of the surf pop revival band, The Psychs, flexes his vibrant artistry in the world of digital illustration with a distinct visual style that is an “eclectic mix of candy-pop surrealism; featuring plenty of skulls, mullets and Davide Bowie.” See more of Johnny’s work here: johnnylyon.tumblr.com
Before immigrating to Europe and studying at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Algerian Driss Ouadahi studied architecture. His paintings of the ubiquitous high-rise, the legacy of Modern Architecture’s failed promise to improve the human condition, are renderings of impenetrable boundaries of steel, glass and concrete.
Ouadahi’s exploration begins with images of the enormous public housing developments in Algiers that had been modeled on France’s habitation à loyer modéré (housing at moderated rents). In North Africa, these monoliths accommodate displaced rural populations; in Europe, they house immigrants from former colonies. They are symbols of the politics of class, religion and ethnicity. Reminders of otherness.
In addition to the permutations of cityscape which Ouadahi has been exploring in the last few years, his work consists of two new types of paintings. The first are rigorously formal renderings of chain-link fencing that are both minimalist abstractions and a signifier of separation. The second are depictions of tiled passageways, akin to subway systems like the Paris Métro. Fluorescent-lit and grimy, they are labyrinthian and claustrophobic. Ostensibly their purpose is movement from one place to another. But they feel more like blocked escape routes or morgues. They speak to restricted mobility in a supposedly global culture.
Before she heads over to Auckland, NZ to speak at the amazing We Can Create conference series, a 2 day conference for creatives, discosalt artist Sara Blake is sharing some new work. Not only can you can see more of Sara in the new issue of DISCOSALT Magazine, but she has been busy preparing new work for a side event exhibition with several incredible local artists as well. The exhibition will be the first installment of a year long project called 100 Girls—a personal exercise and exploration in creating a large body of work of one of her favorite subjects—pretty ladies. And Sara also has very hush hush top secret collaborations coming up as well, which you can sneak a peak at.
Below are some process images and sneak peaks of the 100 Girls series.
Here are some sneak peaks at Sara’s top secret project…shhhhh:
Magazines play an essential role in skateboarding’s heritage, documenting the culture. 43 is a free, independent, non profit, bimonthly skateboard magazine, with a clean art book feel, dedicated to quality, photography and arts devoted to the unfiltered portrait of real skateboarding. The magazine has been in development for well over a year now with New York City skateboard photographer Allen Ying carefully building it thoughtfully from the ground up, questioning every detail to result in a magazine that is as inspiring as the skateboarding featured in it.
If you like this project, head over to kickstarter to give some support. Funding is still needed to cover the paper, printing, distribution, and contributors. with your support, this will be a special 1st issue with minimal or no advertising. moving forward, we will fund future issues with advertisements on no more than 38% of the magazine’s pages.
Video Mapping on the tennis ground of the French Masters series in Paris Bercy / 2010 from 1024architecture. This is their third consecutive mapping on the tennis ground. Running realtime, activated with a PS3 controller, powered by MadMapper software. More info on 1024architecture.net or their blog on 1024d.wordpress.com
For an urban artist, “CT” tells us that he didn’t grow up in a big metropolis. As a result, he “wasn’t directly in contact with the more common writing dynamics, which at the beginning of 90’s established themselves in all European cities”. CT’s environment took him in a different direction; influencing his way of thinking and contributing to a different approach to “Graffiti” art. Without any stylistic references in his small town, he grew curious about the world of graffiti art in cities like New York and Berlin. CT soon discovered a group of artists who were starting a stylistic/formal/conceptual revolution, able to lead Graffiti to a new level. This lead him to create urban art that has an old school spirit but also expresses his subjective vision of contemporaneity.
Eric Nyffeler has some sick new prints available at doe-eyed posters. Two gigposters for Iron & Wine and Mogwai, as well as a really sweet Lost Highway art print for a David Lynch show at the Phone Booth Gallery. Check out some of his work below or stop by his web shop and pick up a print.
Pam Glew’s forthcoming show features icons from the Roaring 20s, from silent movies to the golden age of cinema. The next generation post-urban pop artist uses her signature style of dyeing and bleaching vintage materials to create poignant portraits of the beautiful and the damned.
‘Beautiful and Damned’, the shows title, is of course taken from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1922 novel, which explores the listless lives of moneyed society during the Jazz Age. This captivating era, drenched in glamour yet tinged with tragedy is the decadent setting for this extraordinary series of work. The exquisitely beautiful movie starlets, society icons and characters on display capture the spirit of the age all who are caught in the unforgiving glare of the limelight and some sadly burn out before their time. As Pam states, “the tragedy amongst the beauty is what has inspired this show, the sharp contrast between a blessed life and one that ends in scandal, hedonism or destitution”.
For this latest series, the artist uses found materials from the same period. This is the first time she has incorporated antiques into her work. Each piece is deconstructed, dyed, and repeatedly bleached until a portrait emerges from the cloth. Rather than add pigment, Glew takes away the pigments in layers, creating ghostly figures, which appear almost woven into the cloth. This technique, mastered by the artist, can also be seen in the ‘Flag’ series and ‘Circus’ series, these prolific luminaries’ faded portraits are not only responsive to the vulnerability of the characters but are also loaded with connotations of the fragility of all human life and the transcendent nature of all our lives. However, in this new body of work Glew explores colour and pattern as a contemporary re-invention of found materials. The vintage materials and antique techniques used, such as crewelwork, further highlight and bring to the surface the precious and tenuous lives of the characters featured.
Household names of the time feature in this ever so evocative exhibition, such as world famous vaudeville performer Josephine Baker, sultry screen goddess Marlene Dietrich and the pioneering aviators of the time Amelia Earhart the first female pilot to fly solo over the Atlantic, who went missing attempting to fly around the world and Charles ’Lucky Lindy’ Lindberg, whose child was notoriously kidnapped and murdered in the ‘Crime of the century’. These highly iconic figures, each with their own personal distressing life stories, represent the true spirit of the age.
Glew acknowledges the influence of some of the great Pop artists like Johns and Warhol while we also see a nod to women’s installation art and post-modern film theory allowing her to comment on contemporary society in a more poetic and subtle way than we usually see in the urban scene. Her gentle and feminine approach to a sensitive subject matter could be the reason why she has been picked up by the likes of the actress of the moment
– Gemma Arterton.
Check out the work from the newest member of the Discosalt Artist Collective: Sara Blake aka ZSO.
Sara is an illustrator and fine artist living and loving in New York City who mixes traditional illustration with digital techniques to create these amazing vivid and textured pieces. After spending the last few years as an art director, graphic designer, and freelance illustrator, Sara is now a full-time illustrator, with some impressive projects under her belt; she has collaborated on campaigns with Marc Jacobs, Hurly, TedX Brooklyn, Nike House of Hoops and designed some really sick skatedecks with SGCNY.
Two years ago, Sara was featured in Yen Magazine as one of the the 120 “most exciting female graphic designers and illustrators” from 39 countries around the world and now a member of our collective, we are excited to follow her career and looking forward to some bang-up collaborations real soon! Follow her on her blog right here: http://www.hellozso.com/blog/
Discosalt artist Jeffrey Capossela recently added some finishing touches on a rowdy new four panel project which draws influence from the 2nd floor bar window at New York’s live music venue The Bowery Ballroom. Channeling the work of post-impressionist artists, Jeff creates his familiar aesthetic images by building layer upon layer of acrylic paint in brilliant pure colors to create simplified structures of form, in a ‘dream like’ manner.
Discosalt recently caught up with Jeff in Hells Kitchen to talk about the idea behind his new work “Bowery & Delancey”. Here is what he had to say:
JC: I really came up with the idea from just going to see live music and really loving the venue and how it makes me feel when I’m there. Warm ambient surroundings, amazing sound and just an all around arousing experience every time I step foot inside the venue. The first painting “Bowery & Delancey” is from the second floor bar and is an abstract impression of the inside atmosphere of the second floor and a peak of the downtown New York City street at night, traffic lights, cabs, neon, but all in all a controlled chaos. Below, you can see the actual window Jeff drew his inspiration from, the work in progress and the final painting.
How often do you sit around your boring job, wondering how many other productive ways you could be better spending your time? Like building a miniature Death Star replica out of recycled yogurt cups in your underwear while watching re-runs of Roseanne. OR, maybe you just need more time to focus on your art or photography….
Either way, now you can join a world-wide open call to artists for self portraiture, awarding a Grand Prize package that includes One Year of Your Life, Paid For! Winning! Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, before you start washing those yogurt cups, go to Artists Wanted or Click Here for details how to Participate.
From Picasso to Bruce Nauman, Frida Kahlo to Rembrandt, Giacometti to Alice Neel – the self has been subject of endless exploration by the world’s greatest artists, allowing the discovery (and re-discovery) of artists’ personal identities and artistic styles. By entering this competition, you will be submitting your story and images to the world, getting feedback, recognition and the chance at what could not only be a serious life changing experience but to become the envy of your friends and colleagues.
Check out some previous winners & featured artists…Jealous?
Meet Discosalt Artists Yusuf Sevincli. Born in Zonguldak, Turkey in 1980, Yusuf graduated from the Communication Faculty at Marmara University in Istanbul in 2002 and gained experience as a photographer for various newspapers and magazines between 2000 and 2004. In 2004, he completed a masterclass on documentary photography in Nordens Fotoskola, Sweden and now lives and works in Istanbul. Check out more of his work HERE.
Discosalt Artist Jason Woodside has been hard at work making some new updates on his website which you can check out HERE. You can watch a new video in the media section filmed by Philip Mansfield which shows some of his more recent work. Also, there’s a series of limited prints up online in the store. Each print is $100 and comes framed. They’re in the new line of work Jason has been doing and are cool if you want some of the artwork without having to buy an actual piece. Check out more of Jason’s work in the Discosalt Artist Collective and watch his new video after the jump.
We are excited to welcome Ana Cabaleiro as a new member of the Discosalt Artist Collective this month!
Escape the city, to a washed out world of never ending sunny days, clean air and overwhelming natural beauty. In these spaces there are things to smell other than car-exhaust and there are textures to feel other than concrete or brick. Being there, photographing these types of areas simultaneously engages all of Ana’s sense in a pleasurable way, something that happens infrequently in the crowded and noisy urban environment.
Check out more of Ana’s work HERE.
Aussie born/New York-based street artist Ian “Kid Zoom” Strange has been making some big moves in the urban art world. Last month, under the mentorship of Ron English, Strange put together his first international solo show: “This City Will Eat Me Alive…” at pop-up gallery in New Yorks Meatpacking district. The short run space was filled with a collection of work ranging from massive sculptures to even more massive paintings. Strange also put together a time lapse video this past summer overlooking NYC that you can check out after the bump.
Check out more of Kid Zoom here: kid-zoom.com
London based photographer/ motion image designer Chloe Rose Hayward’s work is very broad, encompassing elements of design, directing and creating unique visual effects. Her “photographs are enveloped by a sort of nebulous periphery. Simply put, they seem more like snapshots of daydreams.” You can check out some of Chloe’s photo portfolio above or watch Hello Mexico ‘Five Twenty Seven’ from Chloe Rose on Vimeo.
“The photographs in FULL BLEED introduce the characters who would personify and capture a culture: There’s the aspiring artist Neck Face and a young videographer named Spike Jonze; a bundled bridge-and-tunnel teen-ager who would become skate icon Mike Vallely; and Harold Hunter, a prominent skater and L.E.S. personality, picked by director Larry Clark to star in the movie “Kids.” The book captures the sensation of flight and movement within heavy, confining spaces, and the sweeping colors of the boards, the graffiti, and the riders as they fly between the gray sky and grayer pavement. “(THE NEW YORKER)
Join Clic Gallery, Christiane Celle and Vice Magazine on Tuesday, December 14 for book signing of FULL BLEED: NEW YORK CITY SKATEBOARD PHOTOGRAPHY by Alex Corporan, Andre Razo and Ivory Serra.The book collects thirty years of outstanding photos of skaters from over sixty photographers, including Larry Clark, Ed Templeton, Ivory Serra, and many more. In addition, Clic Gallery will be displaying and selling their amazing selection of Supreme skateboards, including rare collector’s editions designed by Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, and Damien Hirst, and displaying skate photography from Clic artists. (clicgallery)
Discosalt recently caught up with cult icon/flag obsessed UK based urban artist Pam Glew, to discuss her new show “Circus”, the glitter of celebrity, the joy of old cinema, future fashion collaborations and the cherry on the cake.
DS: You use some amazing portraits in your work. Where do they come from and how do you select images that inspire you?
PG: I watch a lot of old movies, and as a result some of the images stem from screen stills of films, I take about 200 photos from a film and then deconstruct the image in Photoshop, I might morph a few photographs morphed together, I do a lot digitally to the images before I start painting. I choose faces that seem to have a kind of beauty that’s also slightly painful; like Micheal Jackson as a youngster, Hunter S Thompson, and Edie Sedgewick, they all have a certain pain that balances out their success; slightly tortured souls.
DS: Where did the idea of calling the show “circus” come from?
PG: I’m interested in the idea of all kinds of performers. I think of ‘show business’ as abit like a kind of travelling circus; artists, musicians, actresses, writers all having some kind of dark side. I worked in theatre for a few years, it was quite rustic and not very glitzy. I’ve always been drawn to the chaos of backstage, and the Terry Gilliam-esque eclectic montage of costumes, props and ephemera. I think its fairly important in this celebrity obsessed world to get a grip and realise that people are just people, and there is always a possibility of tragedy in the most glittering lifestyle.
DS: Your work mashes two things we seem to worship here in the US: the flag and celebrities. Are you consciously raising celebrity to a higher status or bringing the notion of patriotism to a superficial level?
PG: I think we salute flags like we salute celebrity, I’m not raising them, but am interested in how we look up to individuals that have achieved something. Its hard graft that gets recognised a lot of the time, especially when we look at authors, painters, performers that work on a stage, a platform. People like to think of performers as having very glamourous lives but I’m sure it has its flip side. So I painted Twiggy, Françoise Dorléac and Kate Moss with the idea of the Pierrot clown, with a certain kind of beautiful melancholy in their eyes.
DS: There is an element of film noir in your work. Do you have a favorite?
PG: I love Double Indemnity, and the scripts back then were awesome, so well written, witty and each line is so well crafted. For the ‘Circus’ show I watched a lot of films from the 1960s though; and loved ‘A Dandy in Aspic’, the painting called ‘Wonderwheel’ is loosely based on Mia Farrow in that film, I still have no idea what happened in that film, but that’s half the joy of cinema, being left confused and slightly unsettled.
DS: What projects would you like to work on in the near future?
PG: More shows! I also really enjoyed the Ralph Lauren commission this year (I made the first ‘art star’ for Polo Jeans & then they have commissioned over 40 more artists from all over Europe & Middle East. That was interesting as I realised there actually is quite a lot of freedom in working to a brief and it makes you approach your work in a new way. It was challenging in a very healthy way. So more things that can make me look at the work in a new and interesting way. Fashion collaborations or furniture & interiors would be a great direction to get my teeth into. Looking at fabric and cloth in new ways that promote innovation.
DS: Any plans in the works for a solo show across the great pond in New York?
PG: Funnily enough, yes, there are possibilities of a show in NYC. I would LOVE to show there, that would be the cherry on the cake.
You can also watch a great interview with Pam from Crane.tv below:
Brad Elterman’s golden rule of concerts?
“There’s always a party.”
And if anyone is an authority on this, it’s Elterman.
Around a curtained corner in the posh Le Parker Meridien hotel on Manhattan’s West Side, under a neon burger sign, I sit down with prolific rock photographer, Brad Elterman. The Burger Joint is a crowded hole-in-the-wall in the middle of this luxury hotel. Elterman has suggested this place for dinner, which turned out to be apropos for the man himself.
Elterman is a sort of Everyman – a completely unpretentious, quality guy, who just happens to seat himself in the middle of decadence. At sixteen, he borrowed a friend’s camera and snapped a shot of Dylan performing on stage, launching a whirlwind career that has given him backstage access to just about every rock/punk/pop legend to grace the stage and my high school bedroom walls. He has partied with the best, and he has spent his life chronicling these adventures.
As we talk, I realize how genuinely interested Elterman is in hearing my perspective on his photos: why do I like them and what do they mean to me? He talks about music, his disgust for today’s pop culture, why he likes Lindsey Lohan. He appreciates a good burger, a good beer, a good whiskey. He just also happens to be good friends with Cherie Currie, used to party with nude girls at The Mega Mansion in Beverly Hills four times a week, and still has dinner with the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones.
Elterman’s new, limited-edition, signed, seventy-two page book, Like It Was Yesterday, which has graciously included Discosalt in the intro, is a personal collection of fifty-five provocative black and white and color glossies. Pop culture aficionados are transported back to the long gone, but not forgotten, rock-and-roll renaissance of the seventies and eighties. It’s a collection of raw, candid, often intimate snapshots of celebrities at a point in time when celebrity meant something very different than it does today. Brad’s unadulterated images manage to capture and transcend something beyond the guise of the lens: a loner slacker Joey Ramone in a parking garage; a workaholic David Bowie hustling to his car at 6am; Steve Jones showing off his “sex pistol” in a swimming pool. These are moments that can never be reproduced in a studio.
As we chew the fat about his prolific career and the book, I realize that Brad’s rule for concerts, doesn’t only apply to concerts. It’s sort of his life mantra. There is always a party, if you are looking for one. And Brad is always looking, thankfully right behind a camera.
DISCOSALT: Do you have an all time favorite photo you have shot over the years?
BRAD ELTERMAN: Probably the photo that I took of Bob Dylan backstage at The Roxy in 1976. It wasn’t just the photo, it was getting to meet Dylan, shaking his hand, chatting with him and to take his photograph with Robert DeNiro. It was really something.
DS: Craziest Party you’ve ever been to?
BE: Warner Bros Records threw The Faces with Rod Stewart a party at The Green House in Beverly Hills. That was probably around 1976. I was invited by Rod’s colorful publicist Tony Toon and at one table sat Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, David Blue, Cher with Greg Allman and Paul and Linda McCartney. I did not own a wide angle lens so I just zoomed in on Dylan at the table. Floating around the party was Jimmy Page, Rod with Brit Eklund and best of all Bryan Ferry. I will never forget that evening as long as I live.
DS: How is Celebrity different today than it was back in the 70’s and 80’s?
BE: Celebrity today? There is no real celebrity today. I had Dylan and The Ramones and today you have Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga. No interest to me. Pop Culture today is created in an attorney’s office in Century City. In the office is a lawyer, manager, publicist and a booking agent with some hand selected overproduced starlet. Let’s see how they are remembered in three decades.
DS: Are you still in touch with any of the musicians in the book and have you gotten any of their reactions to the photos today, looking back?
BE: I see Leif Garrett once in a while. Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols lives up the street from me and we dine from time to time. Steve adores the photograph of him jerking off in my pool in 1978. We talk about it all the time! I just saw Bebe Buell in New York last week.
DS: Who would you love to shoot today?
BE: Lindsay Lohan. She is a photographers dream and she is loaded with controversy. That’s what makes a great photograph. I am sure that I will photograph her one day, but I refuse to pay her for a photo session. Instead I will share with her all of my stories and sign for her a copy of my book! I will photograph her with a roll of black and white film just like it was yesterday.
Like It Was Yesterday is officially out this Decemeber 2, in all its signed, 500-limited-edition, seventy-two page glory. Can’t wait until December? We found two hard-cover copies available on Amazon for $150 here. This is sure to become a collector’s piece, so grab one!
Strange things happen in the dark and photographer and Cargo Collective artist, Trinh Huynh has a new photo essay that chronicles her night time adventures. “There is something so intriguing about non-descript night time shots of people, places and things during an adventure outing. Maybe it’s because it stirs up raw, almost adolescent emotions that make you want to recapture your youth; or perhaps it makes you pause and think of your own foolishly awesome adventures. Either way, Trinh Huynh’s series of photographs seem like quiet reflections of amazing escapades.” Sick Of The Radio
Exciting news from Discosalt Artist Pam Glew. Her long awaited second London solo show is coming to town. Eddie Lock and Death by Daylight will present the ‘Circus’ exhibition at Red Bull Studios.
The exhibition will showcase 15 brand new pieces. This is her most iconic series of work to date and includes European flags, a ‘love series’ made from deconstructed stars & stripes and new distinctive portraits of cult figures.
Where: Red Bull Studios • 155-171 Tooley Street • London • SE1 2JP
Nearest tube London Bridge
When: Friday 26 November – Thursday 2 December
Opening hours 11-7 weekdays • Sat 10-5pm • Sun 12-5pm
Matt W. Moore has been hard at work in his Portland, Maine studio on a bunch of new projects. His most recent collaboration is with his friend James Chiarelli. 3 hand-painted Telecasters and 9 effects pedals. The Guitars are available completed with Fender standard series necks, Jason Lollar pickups, and vintage style Fender hardware. All of which are hand-painted by Matt in his signature vector style design. Contact for pricing and availability.
Matt has also released volume #1 of his new book series: MWM : Diagonal Thinking. An 88-page softcover book filled with Black & White images, Art, Design, Illustrations, Murals, Graffiti, Patterns, Adventures, Discoveries, and Studio Process.
This week,Sick Of The Radio turned us onto Australian photographer Jackson Eaton. ” Eaton takes a unique approach to chronicling life through the lens. It is, more often than not, determined by his life experiences. Establishing a rough chronology of his life and love with his Korean lover, Eaton sets out to illustrate the power of the subject in the photograph and that person’s relationship with the photographer.”
Eaton “mainly documents the quiet moments between himself and friends or lovers in an intimate view privy only to the populace due to his unique position as the pictorial storyteller. The connection he feels with in his relationships is felt through the photograph and directly to us. Some may say the strong relationship between the photographer and subject, the personal experiences shown to us, may dilute the artistic merit of the image but here it enhances it, strengthens the resolve and spirit of the experience. Eaton’s images cannot simply be passed off as pictures of friends one might find in a Facebook album; instead they tell a story that we can relate to.Eaton’s other projects include music and fashion photographer, as well as a unique album of portraits entitled “New Portrait’s for No One.” Though Eaton’s strength as a photographer is in his ability to capture subtle, hushed moments in his life and relationships, his fresh take on portraits is just as strong. Each pose looks calmed, nonchalant and purposeful.”(Sick Of The Radio)
Join Band Of Horses photographer Christopher Wilson and Filter Magazine at the Lomography Gallery Store LA in West Hollywood on Saturday from 5-7pm for a special photo exhibition. The event will showcase the winning photos from the BOH Lomography contest, and those who attend will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Greek Theater show. Visit lomography.com for full details!
Christopher Wilson has worked with Band Of Horses as their Artistic Director throughout their career. Not only have Chris’ photographs taken front and center on their most recent release Infinite Arms (as well as all the other Band Of Horses albums!) but they are also projected behind the band at every concert.
Saturday, September 25, 2010; 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Lomography Gallery Store LA
7998 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Monday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Discosalt artist Leonie Morse has a new website up and running for you to check out.
“Leonie is a portrait and fashion photographer based in East London, UK. She had her first solo exhibition in London in September 2009. Entitled Rocker the project consisted of intimiate portraits and gritty documentary photographs, taken on the UK rockabily scene. Since her adolescence, Leonie has always been drawn to subcultures. once a die-hard mod, she then became fascinated by the colorful characters and vibrancy of the rockabily scene and has been able to enter their world, photographing intimate portraits of them. Currently she is working on a personal project entitled Rebel Rebel, photographing 12 achingly cool teenagers in their bedrooms, capturing their private worlds. Leonie has previously been commissioned by The Face, X Ray Magazine, Sleazenation, You Magazine, Virgin and Time Out Australia. Leonie was nomiated in The Hospital Club Top 100 list in 2010, under the category “Emerging Artist” “(http://www.leoniemorse.com/about.html)
You can also check out some of Leonie’s work here on Discosalt.
Our friends at Sick Of The Radio have posted another great photo blog that reminds us of the Penelope Spheeris ’84 cult classic Suburbia. Three years after her groundbreaking doc The Decline Of Western Civilization, and pre-dating Wayne’s World, Spheeris traced a bunch of suburban punk runaways, including a very young, and then unknown Flea from The Chili Peppers, who squat out a minimalist, punk lifestyle in an abandoned tract home and display some, well, “DIY” after school special acting chops. Worth dropping in the netflix queue for the live footage of D.I. performing “Richard Hung Himself” and True sounds of liberty performing “darker my love”…and of course mini Flea putting a rat in his mouth.
In a similar vein of Suburbia, “Irish Photographer and filmmaker Niall O’Brien followed around an photographed south-west London punks for four years compiling his “Superhero” series which showed a few months back entitled “Good Rats”. In a quote from a recent interview Niall said,”I walk around with these kids and the noses that are turned up are unbelievable, people are disgusted by the kids and they think of them as rats, people think they’re despicable, but I feel, in my heart of hearts that they are good kids. Hanging the show has been easy, Art Works Space is a really beautiful gallery, I saw it and just thought yeah, perfect. It’s a massive space and I’ve had to fill it, I’ve never done things by halves, (laughs).” (sickoftheradio.com)
Check out some more images from “Superhero” below”:
And here are some scenes from Suburbia. Seriously, check out mini Flea:
“Man with the Beautiful Eyes” is one of my personal Bukowski favorites. This short 5 minute abstract animated film from director Jonathan Hodgson (1999) is both visually complementary to the beat-poem narrative and completely engaging. Four young friends are drawn to a strange house that their parents tell them to avoid, leading the narrator to believe his parents are trying to kill beauty. He is ultiamtely forced to accept the gray and uptight world of adulthood and fear anything strong and beautiful. Thanks mom and dad. I kid. Really stunning little adaptation to watch though, that kind of catches you off guard, if you have’nt already come across it.
This post comes from our friends on the West Coast at Sick Of The Radio:
“Elizabeth Weinberg lives in Brooklyn, New York, with two cats, a bicycle, and a moped. Her work spans many themes including portraits, and fashion and documentary photography. Elizabeth has also done commercial work for Nylon+Casio, and Sony. She is also working on 3 different projects entitled Abigail, Of Recklessness and Water, and Rattland, check out her website here for more info.”
Check out some more of our favorites below:
discosalt is really excited about a new website called Camerabag.tv. The site toasts both emerging and established photographers, adding a new photographer profile each week and giving an intimate glimpse into their work spaces and tools of the trade.
This week, the site features a really cool piece on BuzzFoto founder, legendary rock photographer and discosalt fav and friend, Brad Elterman; a photo guru whose edgy, often raw and raunchy photos you’ve most likely been subliminally consuming in books, magazines and TV since you were born. Now, Camerbag.tv gives you the opportunity to peep Brad’s workspace through videos and stills, learn about his arresting life as a photographer, his camera arsenal, favorite photos, the “Golden Rule” of concerts!, and get a really neat preview of his new limited edition book project which we are anxiously awaiting the birth of some time this fall. As always, check back with discosalt for updates on the release.
CLICK HERE to watch the interview with Brad, or check out some photos from Camerabag.tv below and remember, there’s always a party!:
Arcade Fire’s third full-length album The Suburbs, recorded in both New York and Montreal, drops Monday (Aug 2), with eight different covers designed by Caroline Robert, Art Direction by Vincent Morisset and photos by Gabriel Jones. You can check out versions of each cover, front and back, on the bands website or in the image viewer below and pick a fave:
The new albums 16 tracks will also be released on vinyl, mastered to a 12 inch lacquer and then transferred back to digital format so that the CD and digital version of the record sound just like the vinyl. We have also been hearing some buzz that the band is also working with Spike Jonze on a mysterious short film. But, while we wait for news on that front, check out a track for “Ready to Start” and a pretty sweet fan made music video. You can also stream the album in it’s entirety on NPR right HERE
a note from the band:
West coast photographer Anthony George Noceti has just assembled a new series of landscape photo narrative’s on his website Esoteric Traveler. The images are taken from within vehicles along Anthony’s travels with a low resolution digital and 35mm camera. Read what Anthony has to say about his work:
“Conveying a detached and voyeuristic presence, the mode in the Esoteric Traveler is that of a passenger moving through an every changing landscape where the notion of reality is blurred. An onmiscient sort of being, the passenger is more of an implied character who does not take part in the narrative, but only relates it to the viewer. In this sense the narrative takes on a feeling of esoteric projection, wherein the traveler leaves the physical to explore a greater realm.”( Esoteric Traveler)
Check out some of our favorite images below:
Jeremy & Claire Weiss are far and away my favorite husband and wife photography team (ok, maybe the only one i know of) but they are two of the hippest photographers on the West coast with an amazing portofilio that dips into portraits of musicians, directors, actors, friends, hipsters and the girl next door. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, the couple, who also go by the name of their photo studio Day 19, have put together a really amazing portfolio for you to check out. They work on composition using light and shadows to create simple, highly stylish images that can take you right inside moments of real comfort or high energy. Their work has been featured on the covers of Nylon and Paste and they have shot portraits of a slew of musicians, film makers and actors from David Lynch, Jack Black, No Age, Slash, Devendra Banhart, The Black Keys, Rivers Cuomo to Billy Corgan. The list goes on and on.
Visit their website or check out some more of our favorite images below:
Since pro-skater/artist Chad Muska’s x Element “Street Art” decks were so successful in February, hes put together a second round of 10 limited edition decks to be released sometime in the near future.
You can take a look into Chad Muska’s world and his New York City apartment via filmmaker Kirk Dianda’s four-part documentary about the iconic skate brand element and his complementary 200 page photo book, which features photos of Chad working in his New York City apartment. The book and DVD will be available via Element.
Check out this new series of photographs by Jason Travis in the pretty self-explanatary photo project “What’s in your bag?”. You can visit Jason on Flickr or read an interview with him on Dashboard Co-Op. Who would have thought that guy would have a sandwich in his bag?
It seems as if there’s a grandiose game of hide n’ seek being played in NYC and no, I’m not talking about the kind played by grade school children in summer camp (although that’s fun too). Since July 2nd 2010, pedestrians and subway riders have been pleasantly surprised to find limited edition “Bobby Hill Multiple Original Art Prints” during their commute throughout the city. Each of these unique works of art is conservatively valued at $50 apiece (not considering prices increasing over time), which means Bobby Hill is dropping over a cool $50,000 in total on the unsuspecting folks of the 5 boroughs.
Internationally known visual artist Bobby Hill has created 1000 limited edition Multiple Original art prints to celebrate his one-man show, “BHILLBOARDS” (pronounced: billboards), which opens this upcoming 9/11, for two nights only in NYC during Fashion Week. The exact location will be announced August 31st via Resetuniverse.com and to those who RSVP. The original prints, which currently features images of Bob Dylan, Bob The Builder, and a special one of Muhammad Ali, were individually handcrafted by Mr. Hill on found corrugated cardboard. These pieces will continue to be strategically placed throughout NYC until September 10th, 2010.
The lucky few that find one, will have a unique work of art that lasts a lifetime and the opportunity to bring it to the Bhillboards Artshow to get it signed. In addition, the first 250 guests to the arrive at the show will receive a NYC 9/11 inspired “Bobby Hill Multiple Original Art Print.” For more info, visit www.resetuniverse.com or www.youtube.com/resetuniverse.
BHILLBOARDS is never resting on your laurels, never living off yesterday’s victories never taking anything for granted and always pushing the envelope by putting your best on display for the world to see. Bhillboards is determination multiplied by vision. Bobby Hill, Resetuniverse.com, NYC… Bhillboards.