CLASSIC RECORDS RE-IMAGINED AS PENGUIN BOOKS

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Designer Huw Gwilliam has re-designed some classic records to look like signature Penguin books from his youth.  Check out some of the book covers below:

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Q & A WITH ARTIST SUSAN STOCKWELL AT CUCHIFRITOS

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This Wednesday, July 21 at 6PM, Cuchifritos gallery and project space is pleased to present an artists talk followed by Q & A with renowned artist Susan Stockwell who will discuss her recent projects in China, Taiwan and the US. Susan will touch upon her experiences of creating large scale installations made with recycled materials. She will also talk about the management of these projects, her collaborations with industry, how they see their role and how this varies in different countries.

Susan Stockwell lives and work in London, England. She exhibits in galleries and museums all over the world, including the V&A, London, The Neuberger Museum, New York and The National Museum of China, Beijing. She has taught extensively and taken part in residencies and projects in Europe, America and Asia. She was trained at Sheffield University and the Royal College of Art in London. Susan Stockwell’s work takes many forms from small intricate studies to large-scale installations, sculpture, drawings and collage. She is concerned with issues of ecology, geo-politics, mapping, trade and global commerce. She draws on everyday materials that are domestic, industrial and disposable, the products that pervade our everyday lives. These materials are manipulated and transformed into works of art that are extraordinary.

This event is FREE, donations are welcome.

Susan’s talk is happening during the exhibition Collected: Working Space 10 and her work aptly fits the theme of the exhibition curated by Erin Riley Lopez with artists participating on the Lower East Side-Rotating Studio Program, in Fall 09 and Spring 10, Martin Basher, Kate Burnet and Dan Woerner, Vidal Centeno,Blane De St. Croix, Natsu, Olek, Tamara Kostianovsky, Chris Yormick. The exhibition is on through August 7, 2010.

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Gallery / Project Space
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
Telephone: 212-420-9202
Between Delancey and Rivington
(Inside Essex St. Market, South Corner)
A Program of Artists Alliance, Inc.
www.aai-nyc.org/cuchifritos

Gallery Hours: Monday to Saturday: 12:00 to 6:00 pm

EAST MEETS WEST: ZANE FIX RIDES THE TSUNAMI OF HOKUSAI’S WAVE

Posted in discosalt, New Art

I first came across Jap Pop Art last year at the Holiday Fair in Union Square where a “David Bowie/Rebel Rebel print”, caught my eye as the perfect gift for my girlfriend at the time; a huge Bowie buff.  And well, hopefully, somewhere, i like to think she is still enjoying it, remembering  better times, and hasn’t ripped it up for the way things ended. The artist behind this print (which for sentimental reasons, i still find his best) as well as a slew of others, is Zane Fix. He has been a fixture on the Art Scene in New York for several years. His unique blend of Eastern Style and technique, with Western sensibility can be seen on the streets as Fashion-Wear, and on the walls of homes and businesses all over the world. His work conjures up the spirits of 17th and 18th Century Geisha, Kabuki Actors and Samurai, blended with his own 20th Century Rock Star, high fashion energy.  Zane’s work mends the bridge between Eastern and Western pop art. Now if only his prints could mend burnt bridges.

You can email stellazane@earthlink.net for information on a (by appointment only) gallery show at their Chelsea space on July 27th, 2010 @ 7pm.


DISCOSALT ARTIST JASON WOODSIDE’S BOAT TO NOWHERE

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Discosalt artist Jason Woodside takes you inside his world to talk a little bit about his process, inspiration and his new book project Memoirs Du Franc. And make sure to check back with us soon for our new merchandise section featuring some new Tee’s designed by Jason.


HABANASUCIA + SIMONE LUECK: LIFE IN CUBA

Two photographers explore life in Cuba in two very different photo essays, both of whom, manage to capture a unique and intriguing snap shot of life on the island. Habanasucia is a Cuban b&w photographer we came across on Flickr that caught our eye, while Simone Lueck is an artist based out of LA with a unique focus on old televisions in Cuba . Check out their photo diaries below. The island wants you to view them:

Habanasucia:

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Simone Lueck:

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M.I.A.: MAKING POP PROPAGANDA

M.I.A aka “The Tamil Tigress” seems to be spreading her pop propaganda everywhere these days, from a street art campaign on 13th street between Broadway and 4th Avenue, to the New York Times/Twitter drama over her political statements and most recent video for Born Free.

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Most recently, M.I.A. has a new photo spread, brilliantly shot by renowned Dutch photographer Ruud Baan in the Art Magazine  Spread , created by, for, and about cultural instigators. Check out some of the shoot images below:

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HOSPITAL CLUB TOP 100: BRAVE NEW FUTURE ARTISTS: LEONIE MORSE

New British portrait photographer, realist and Discosalt Artist Leonie Morse photographs very cool, gritty settings bringing beauty out of them and has now been nominated in the Hospital Club Top 100 ‘Brave New Future’ shortlist this year, in the category of ‘Emerging Artist’ (above Tyrone Wood even!!!).  We love Leonie’s work so spare a minute of your time and show your support for Discosalt artists by voting for her! here is the link: http://www.thehospitalclub.com/100/vote.php

Check out some more of Leonie Morse’s work right HERE

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Leonie Morse: Rockers
Leonie Morse: Rebel Rebel

THE CREATORS PROJECT: LIVE MUSIC, DJ SETS, ART EXHIBITS, FILMS IN NYC

Posted in New Art, Photography

The Creators Project event series is a roving global celebration of creativity which launches this summer on June 26 in NYC, featuring groundbreaking live performances, art exhibits, discussion panels, and screenings by some of the world’s leading artists.

Some Highlights:

Live Music from Interpol, Neon Indian, The Rapture, Gang Gang Dance

DJ Sets from N.A.S.A, XXXChange, Lemonade, Tame Impala

Films from Spike Jonze, Danny Perez

Art Exhibits from MOS Architects, Legs, Graffiti Research Lab, XX, Radical Friend

Admission is free. Please register here to qualify for passes to the all-day event.

Registration is open until 11:59 p.m. on June 14.

The Creators Project is a collaborative initiative from Vice and Intel that brings together leading innovators who use technology to push artistic boundaries.

ANTHONY GORMLEY: BREATHING ROOM III

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Standing in the center of artist Anthony Gormley’s art installation “Breathing Room III” at the White Cube gallery in London, you feel as if you’re walking through a digital grid from some early 80’s computer aided drawing, or are amidst some wayward set dressing from the movie Tron.

Once the lights are turned off, you are immersed in a matrix of Photo-luminescent frames and the gallery space is bathed in a soothing blue glow.  As the tubular blue lights gradually dim, the viewer is lulled by an increasingly moody, seemingly limitless space. Their fading glow recedes until it becomes a gentle hum; then the lights are turned back on and the tubes recharge for the next round of guests, creating the perfect locale for Tron Guy to have lunch.

Click below for some more images from the installation:

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-David Jackowski

GIVE MEMIORS DU FRANC/BOAT TO NOWHERE SOME LEGS

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Discosalt artist Jason Woodside and his wife Amy still have a ways to go in their pledge drive to make their new project a reality…and they have some extra rad incentives to give.  Posted on the kickstarter site is a quick video they made for the project.

Following this video clip will be a longer documentary about recent works and projects that should be posted in the next week or two. Check out the video clip or some more of Jason’s work on Discosalt right HERE

Memoirs du Franc follows the story of Frank, who sets sail from the USA to France to find his long lost brother, Franc. Frank logs his journey across the Sea of Lewis in Scowla, a boat gifted by a gypsy. The book is mainly composed of pictures, with a small amount of text. My paintings are based on Frank’s travels; illustrating who he meets along the way, his struggle between dreams and reality, fear and hope.
Jason has the head and the heart of this beast already. What he needs is your help to give it legs.
51 Days to go!

AAKASH NIHALANI: STOP POP AND ROLL IN BROOKLYN

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New York based street artist Aakash Nihalani’s new project “STOP POP and ROLL”. Shot in Brooklyn, NY by Keith Haskel with music by Quantic. Check out more of Aakash on Discosalt HERE

CT’S URBAN STREET ART

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CT is an Italian street artist with a really distinct new urban signature style he is developing in his hometown of Turin. CT takes a very bold  vector approach to characters using right angles, bubbly curves and bold colors, oversimplified to exaggerate their peculiarities and create something entirely new that resemble skate company logos.  You can check out an interview with CT at ekosystem or browse some more images below:

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THE HIDING GALLERY: IN MY PARENTS BASEMENT

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Remember the days of slacking off in your parents basement? The Hiding Gallery in Brooklyn wants to bring back some of the nostalgia in a new exhibit: In My Parents Basement– a collective of “adolescent works of art,” curated by …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead’s Conrad Keely. The exhibition opens this Friday, May 21st  from 9 to 11 P.M. and will feature rcokers, artists and weirdos. Joe Jorgas will premiere his new animated piece, along side work from Tao Lin, Avi Spivak and others, with music performances by the Gardens and Electric Flowers (with members of Tyvek).  The Gallery will be covered in wood panels and the roof trampoline is open for business all summer.

Come out and check it out

The Hiding Gallery

292 Ellery #4 Street,

Brooklyn, NY 11206


YUSUF SEVINCLI: GOOD DOG PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

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Starting May 26th and running until June 15th, 2010, Discosalt artist Yusuf Sevincli will be showing his work at the Fotograf Sergisi Photography Exhibition in Istanbul. For a preivew of Yusuf’s work, check out his portfolio in the Discosalt Artist section or click HERE

BOAT TO NOWHERE: A NEW T-SHIRT PROJECT FROM JASON WOODSIDE

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Discosalt artist Jason Woodside is launching a new multi faceted project with no limits, to inspire people through art…and with some fun incentives – check the link below for details HERE
To be inspired by art, you have to be able to take something from it. So Jason has created something that everyone can relate to. That everyone can be a part of.   Jason has created a series of paintings and a book, Memoirs du Franc, alongside a collaborative project with his new wife ‘Boat to Nowhere’, a t-shirt company featuring design surrounding the concept that we are all looking for something. Boat To Nowhere will launch as a t-shirt company with designs hand drawn and silk-screened by Jason.

Memoirs du Franc follows the story of Frank, who sets sail from the USA to France to find his long lost brother, Franc. Frank logs his journey across the Sea of Lewis in Scowla, a boat gifted by a gypsy. The book is mainly composed of pictures, with a small amount of text. My paintings are based on Frank’s travels; illustrating who he meets along the way, his struggle between dreams and reality, fear and hope.
Jason has the head and the heart of this beast already. What he needs is your help to give it legs.

To see the development of the project so far and examples of his work, click HERE

ALESSANDRO ZUEL SIMONETTI PHOTOGRAPHY


New York City based photographer Alessandro Zuek Simonetti was born in Italy and grew up parallel to the urban street cultures of the early 90’s.  Developing his own distinct photographic language reflects his deep interest in young niche cultures. Quite often each project stretches beyond the photographic medium which serves as a sign of his maturing expression as an artist. After his graduation from the Accademy of Fine Arts of Venice in 2001 he became a professor of Photography at The Institute of Arts in Padova, Italy. His works have been published in important national and international magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Warp Magazine Japan, Tema Celeste, Vice and Theme. He has also collaborated with brands such as Carhartt, Zoo York, 55dsl, Lee, Bijules, Still Life NYC, Redbull, Evisu, Sartoria comunication and Slam Jam. (http://www.zuekphotography.com/?q=bio)

RALPH LAUREN ART STARS SHOWCASE: FEATURING PAM GLEW

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Polo Jeans Co. is presenting a showcase of work from 50 of Europe’s most recognized up and coming contemporary artists called ART STARS. Inspired by the iconic American Star Spangled Banner and synonymous with the Polo Jeans Co. brand, the artists will create 3D pieces on stars made from the finest American denim. These will be displayed in select Polo Jeans Co. stores in key cities across Europe, before coming together in a public exhibition in London in late 2010. We were really excited to learn that Discosalt artist Pam Glew was selected as one of the featured artists! We love Pam’s work which you can check out more of right HERE or browse the last of her spray paint on horror fiction prints available in the Discosalt MERCH section. These move fast, so grab it!

Need more Pam? We’ve got you covered. CLICK HERE

Watch the Pam Glew spotlight below:


BRAD ELTERMAN: LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY




So many photo portfolios to get excited about this week.  The latest is Brad Elterman’s photo career which started way back in 1974, when the 16 year old Brad borrowed a friends camera and snapped a shot of Dylan performing on stage.  Since then,  he’s been riding the gravy train on cheese wheels;  one sex, drugs, and rock and roll infused photo feast, where Brad has had the amazing opportunity to photograph just about  every rock/ punk/ pop legend to grace the stage and my highschool bedroom walls.  From The Faces with our man Rod,  David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Sex Pistols, Devo, Talking Heads, The Runaways, Joan Jett, Kiss,  Blondie, the Ramones, The Who, even Sean’s favorite band Abba…the list goes on and on. This guy has serious cred. Dipping his beak into just about every rowdy Hollywood party, Brad has made stellar contributions to magazines like Rolling Stone, Creem, Circus, etc. He was eventually hired to do official publicity photos by major record labels before forming one of the first Los Angeles-based photo agencies, California Features International, Inc. which specialized in providing celebrity coverage to magazines and newspapers worldwide.

Brad’s photos provide a rare, often raunchy glimse into rock and roll history where it seems Brad is always at the right place at the right time, camera ready. There is even a  photo of  Dylan posing with a young Deniro at The Roxy in 1976! and Brad, by some alignment of the planets, was some kid with a camera. There might be a better chance of quadruplet albinos being born under a solar eclipse, than a cosmic opportunity like that happening again in a young photographers career.

You can go back to where it all began… Like it was yesterday, and browse through the past few decades in music on Brads website or check out some of our favorites below:

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ANA CABALEIRO…JUST THE TIP

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We don’t know too much about photographer Ana Cabaleiro, but we really dig her photostream on

Flickr . We do know, Ana has a blog (www.calmintrees.blogspot.com) and in an interview with freckledcup.com she professes her love of music, travel and taking photos in very open, arid and spacious spaces. We have so much in common. (call me?) She uses the words “freak, psych, weird, folk”  to describe her work which often focuses on the tips of heads, mountains, and trees and is inspired by American/Indian mythology, other Flickr photographers, the sun, mountains mountains mountains, trees, people free and running naked, tropical breeze, tribal drumming and people’s backs, always.  Ana’s photographs capture landscapes and people in Northern Spain, Las Bardenas Reales,  Navarra deserts, and las Médulas, amazing old ruins in León. Some images to peruse below:

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EVERYTHING CAN BE BROKEN DOWN INTO SIMPLE GEOMETRIC SHAPES


After attending Art Center College of Design in LA, photographer Nicholas Alan Cope has worked for a number of commercial and editorial clients as well as some personal projects. His most recent work focuses on abstraction and viewer perception. “The Cope’s” images, emphasized by stellar composition and all shot in black and white, play upon the idea that everything in the world can be broken down into simple geometric shapes. Great images here. Some more goodies for you all below:

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REN ROX PHOTOGRAPHY


Lately, I’ve been really digging London based photographer/artist Ren Rox. She has a serious CV under her belt, being featured in publications like The Face, Dazed & Confused, Dazed Digital, BlackBook, Oyster, Neo2, Fader, NME, Clash, Stella (The Telegraph), DAMn, Magnificent, Artrocker, Calle 20, LaMilk, Lamono, Dirrty Glam, Prim, Soko, etc. But what’s more impressive, her photos have this really recognizable cool dreamlike psychedelia to them that we love.  While, Ren’s online portfolio is fashion minded, she also documents art, music, travel, and herself. And if she ever gets bored with photography, her self-portraits show she is just as good in front of the camera as behind it.  A great mix of personal, high fashion and rock n’ roll and in her music collection, Ren has had the amazing fortune to work with a solid crop of some of Discosalt’s favorite musicians like: Crystal Castles, The Kills,  Peaches, The XX, Art Brut, Von Bondies, Late of the Pier, Camera Obscura, Lightspeed Champion, Be Your Own pet, The Datsuns, and Vivian Girls, to name a few. You can check out the Complete list below. We are really looking to seeing more of what Ren has in store in the coming future.

So many great photos to choose from, but here are some of Discosalt’s favorites:

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JAMIE NELSON PHOTOGRAPHY



Jamie Nelson is a New York based fashion photographer with work shown in numerous international publications, ad campaigns and billboards. Her work is really remarkable, taking inspiration from textures, people, sounds and places. You may have come across some of her work in Cosmo, Elle (Russia), Harper’s Bazaar En Español, InStyle Germany, Lula, Nylon, Oyster, Plaza, Vanidad and Vanity Fair (Italy).  Nelson recently participated in a New Museum/Chandalier art exhibit in New York as well as a collective exhibit in Rome. Take a peek at some of our favorites:

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EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE



Everybody knows this is nowhere, is the latest gallery exhibition from American photographer Ryan McGinley at Team Gallery in New York. The show runs only until April 17, 2010, so get over there before its gone. McGinley’s last exhibit featured a photo series of carefree teenagers playing in the American desert but for this new exhibit, he has taken an extensive series of nude black and white studio portraits of 150 hand selected subjects.  While Neil Young’s album by the same name took 2 weeks to record,  McGinley, has spent the last 2 years composing this exhibit. “The result is a surprisingly restrained, open-ended study of black and white portraiture. Here we see McGinley not as a chronicler of youthful adventure, but as an engine for an almost scientific cataloguing of a kind of emotional optimism.” They kind of remind us a little of Hedi Slimane’s photo diaries.  Check out some of the images from the exhibit below:

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Team is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm and located at 83 Grand Street, cross streets Wooster and Greene, on the ground floor.

“I gotta get away from this day-to-day running around, Everybody knows this is nowhere.”- n. young

MR. BRAINWASH: “ICONS” (EXTENDED)

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The somewhat questionable Mr. Brainwash, whose “Icons” exhibit has been on displays in the Meatpacking since Valentine’s Day has been extended through the end of April. Regardless of your thoughts on Mr. Brainwash, the exhibit is worth checking out. Yes, it’s a lame version of Banksy and yes it subsists on the tired and played out icons such as Warhol’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe portraits, but the vinyl portraits alone are worth checking into and even the Banksy stuff shows that while the underlying ideas aren’t entirely novel, they are fun and display at a minimum the talent of replication and derivation.

The exhibit is taking place at 415 W 13th street New York, NY 10014 and is open (and Free) from noon until 9p (Mon-Thurs), 12a (Fri-Sat), or 7p (Sun). Admission is free & cameras and video are being allowed.

For more on MR. BRAINWASH, check out these links from Discosalt:

The Cult of Mr. Brainwash

More Brainwash

Banksy Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Some images from “Icons”

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CARINE BRANCOWITZ: ILLUSTRATION

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Carine Brancowitz is a French illustrator who began her career as a junior art director in fashion.  She uses simple lines and few colors (mostly blue, red and black) to create some really interesting compositions. Check out some of Discosalt’s favorite images from her portfolio:

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BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL 2010

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The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates the bicycle.  The Festival hits New York City June-16-20 to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. The good folks behind the fest have been doing it for the past 9 years and are doing it and doing it and doing it well.  The BFF hits 30 cities to celebrate the bicycle lifestyle through art, film and music, featuring all styles of bikes and biking from Tall Bike jousting, Track Bikes, BMX, Alleycats, Critical Mass, Bike Polo, Cycling to Recumbents. Bringing together all aspects of bicycling together to advocate its ability to transport us in many ways, and ultimately the Fest is about having a good time. Past BFF’s have featured work from artists like Jorgen Leth, Mike Mills, Jonaas Mekas, Blonde Redhead and Michel Gondry. Its also where we first learned about “encuclopaedia”. Google it.

For those who are still interested in submitting a film. The deadline for submission has been extended so you have 3 more days.

EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE 27/3/10

The Bicycle Film Festival screens films and videos documenting, depicting, promoting and supporting bike culture in all it’s forms. Films can be any length, but to be eligible for their shorts programs, they prefer films under 10 minutes. Just shoot them an email to let them know if your submission will be late at :  info@bicyclefilmfestival.com

How do I submit my film? Download the submissions form here and send it to:

Bicycle Film Festival
70A Greenwich Ave. #307
NY NY 10011

along with your film on either DVD or miniDV, NTSC and PAL are accepted by March 27, 2010. There’s no submission fee.

Check out this pretty cool photo-stream shot by Lorenzo Fariello,  featuring some action in front of BFF Headquarters in New York today.  Austin Horse stopped by with a flat on the Samurai Messengers cargo bike. As well a BMW hit a cyclist out front. He looks to be alright.

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While we have you here, if you are looking for some more BIKE PORN. Check these Discosalt links out:

ROGER WEISS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Some stunning new work from Roger Weiss, a Swiss born photographer who studied in Milan at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. Since an early age, Roger has always experimented with photography and his curiosity with the human form led him towards an artistic approach. He continues as an artist, as well as a fashion photographer. Check out the rest of Roger’s portfolio HERE or scroll through some of Discosalt’s favorite images from Roger’s photostream below:

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RAID71: MOVIE POSTER REMIX

Posted in New Art

Yesterday, we posted a series of classic Comic Book Covers re-imagined by UK graphic designer Chris Thornley, aka Raid71 that we thought were pretty sweet.  If you are interested in Raid71’s work, he has also lent his artistic eye to a series of film posters which he remixed in his trademark simplistic style. Their simple design is both expressive, easier to understand, and yet still manages to keep the identity of the main movie.  Check out some of the prints below:

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LOGAN WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted in New Art, Photography

Being inspired by everything from mystical nuances, the female psyche, and the southern gothic, to crumbling wealth, sexuality and death, Macon (GA) based Logan White creates fantastic photography that can’t be put into just one category. Her work ranges from lifestyle and fashion, to more artistic photography.

Check out the rest of her work here.

or scroll through the images below:

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RAID71: CLASSIC COMIC COVERS REMIX

Posted in New Art

Chris Thornley aka Raid71 , a graphic designer from the UK who has worked with Gola, NME, Levi, Threadless, MacUser, has redesigned a series of Amazing Adult Fantasy Comic covers for Warren Ellis’ cover challenge.  This contest is art only. No pen-portraits, no photo-manipulation “art”. It’s up to the artist/designer what kind of company they’re at. What kind of comics they make. How they translate the comic cover. What era they’re in. Who they are, even.

If you like any of Raid 71’s work, Chris is available for commission at:  chris@sourcecreative.co.uk

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SGT SALT: FOTO OCH FILOSOFI

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Check out this really great photostream from Swedish photographer, SgtSalt. You can find more of  SgtSalt’s photography and philosophy HERE, or you can view some of Discosalt’s favorite images in the gallery below:

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DISCOSALT IN “LOOK AT THIS F*CKING HIPSTER” BOOK

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Check out Discosalt’s review photo from last summer’s  unapplified accoustic BBQ at Fort Tilden in Brooklyn, in the book version of Look At This F*cking Hipster (LATFH.com), which hits stores on March 30.  LATFH takes its hipsterati photo format from the web to your fingertips, providing a coffee table friendly slice of hipsterdom that will sit nicely next to your helf-empty PBR cans. Now you can ironically hate your coffee table book too.  You can win free copies of the book by checking out The_Real_LATFH on Twitter on March 30.

Check out the rest of the Discosalt photoshoot here.

BAND OF HORSES: INFINITE ARMS

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Band of Horses: Infinite Arms

Label: Brown Records/Fat possum

Release date: May 18th, 2010

After nearly 2 years, virtual bankruptcy, five states and a dead falcon to get there, the Low Country’s premier rock n’ roll outfit, Band of Horses release their third full length LP, Infinite Arms. The album is very much a product of a band doing things on their own terms and finally learning to enjoy the results.

Recorded over a 16-month period, the songs on Infinite Arms project the essence of the different locales across America that became the setting for the recording and songwriting process behind the album.  The rich musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, AL, the sublime beauty of Asheville’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the glamorous Hollywood Hills and the vast Mojave desert all influenced the sounds on Infinite Arms and helped yield the group’s most focused and dynamic recordings to date. The serene woods of Northern Minnesota and the band’s native Carolinas inspired the songwriting,  lending the compositions an air of comfort and familiarity.

As a whole, Infinite Arms reflects a genuine spirit of creativity and freedom.  A freedom that feels as big as the country and landscapes the songs are written about and the way this album was  recorded. Those familiar with the bands strengths; twangy country-rock balladry, Beach Boy-esc choruses and Ben Birdwell’s twangy and achy croon, won’t be disappointed with Infinite Arms.  In many ways, this album is a progression from 2007’s Cease to Begin even though lyrically, the band shows little maturity. Lines like “I was thinking it over by the snack machine/ I thought about you in a candy bar” and “if Bartles & Jaymes didn’t need no first names, we could live by our own laws and favor” had me scratching my head, wondering if I had heard the lines correctly. But after repeated listen, these moments are transcended by the album as a whole to reveal a collection of exceptionally well crafted and catchy country-rock tunes that you will be humming the next day. Standouts for me; “Dilly” and “Laredo” which not only  steer the album away from the more luke warm territory of  songs like “Compliments” but provide the perfect desert camping soundtrack or would comfortably sit on any wilderness road trip mix.

At its strongest moments, Infinite Arms seems to ponder whether true love exists out in the expansive country. Love, in whatever form… pain, forgiveness, survival,and explores desire and forgiveness, memory and home, decay and grief. Through touring together in support of Cease to Begin and during breaks in the Infinite Arms recording process, the band have become a cohesive force with all members making invaluable contributions to the unmistakable sound that founder Bridwell has crafted since the band’s inception. As Bridwell himself concedes, “in many ways, this is the first Band of Horses record.”

KATHERINE SQUIRE: THINGS ARE BEAUTIFUL IF YOU LOVE THEM

Posted in New Art, Photography

Discosalt came across this flickr photo stream from Austin based photographer Katherine Squire via www.booooooom.com.  Katherine says that her photos are “rushed attempts to capture something inspiring.” In an attempt to live with awareness, photography allows her to capture moments that inspire her as she lives them and share them with the world.  She likes good hugs and the open road and we can’t argue with that. Check out some of our favorite photos in a sneak peak below:


ANTHONY AUSGANG: MGMT COVER ART REVEALED

Posted in New Art
last week, we announced that MGMT’s much anticipated new album, Congratulations, will be available in the US and Canada on Tuesday, April 13. Today, we have learned that the band have teamed up with artist Anthony Ausgang for the cover art.You can see more on Ausgang’s art and how the collaboration came about below at:
Pre-order Congratulations now at: http://www.sonymusicdigital.com/mgmt/pages/5451837
To download the album cover art go here:

BANKSY DOCUMENTARY: EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

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Keep on the look out in theaters this March, for the new Banksy film: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.  Billed as “The World’s first street art disaster movie”, the film is narrated by Welsh film star Rhys fans of “Knotting Hill” fame and stars the anonymous international renowned artist Banksy, himself, who has never spoken on film before. The soundtrack features some pretty cool artists as well,  like The Bristolians,  Roni Size and Geoff Barrow.

Banksy has transcended cult status to become a legitimate  icon in the art work, whose  politically  humorous, often anti-establishment street art installations have attracted a storm of media attention.  The movie chronicles the guerrilla art movement but then takes a satirical look at celebrity, consumerism and the art and film making world. The film began as a project from Thierry Guetta,  aka Mr. Brainwash an eccentric French film-maker/graffiti artist, who videotapes everything in his life . Mr. Brainwash was an assistant of Banksy who began filming the artist, who according to Banksy is “maybe just someone with mental problems who happened to have a camera.” The footage was then re-cut by Banksy who took control of the film creating an interesting  film within a film. While the film touches on a broad spectrum of conceptions/misconceptions about street art, the message is a bit ambiguous and towards the end of the film Banksy confides ” Maybe it means art is a bit of a joke”. Check out the trailer below:

WAD LUND PHOTOGRAPHY

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Wad Lund is the Scandanavian love-child of two photographers, Bjørn Wad and Elisabeth Lund who have teamed up with makeup artist and fashion stylist Mari Nes. Together, the team specializes in music, fashion and advertising photography. Check out some of Discosalt’s favorite images from their portfolio below or check out their website to see all their work.

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PIERRE DAL CORSO PHOTOGRAPHY

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Pierre Dal Corso loves you…or we love him…maybe both. The under-rated fashion photographer has channeled his kavorka to create a portfolio of incredibly striking photos with uncanny use of color that beautifully capture the sex appeal of the female form. We have no idea why his work isn’t more well known…but now you know and can spread the word. Check out some of his portfolio below or scroll through his full portfolio HERE.

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THROUGH THE PAST, DARKLY: 70’S NYC GRAFFITI WRITER TEAM

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In this short featured interview from Upper Playground’s Walrus TV,  Ricky Powell interviews his longtime friend, 70’s New York graffiti writer “Team”. Take a little nostalgic tour of Avenue C, hang at Team’s East Village apartment and learn the origin of his name and his attraction to painting and installation art.

ANDREW KUYKENDALL: SHE’S A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, A LITTLE BIT ROCK N’ ROLL

New work from Andrew Kuykendall worth checking out.  After getting kicked out of art school in LA, Andrew started working professionally and has been at it for a little over two years now. Based out of LA and New York City, his photos have a washed out, vintage american dessert feel,  drawing inspiration from “Egon Schiele, David Lynch, Tom Waits, Eastern Europe, road tips, Sushi, , the California/Nevada desert, Milan Kundera, pugs, hot sauce, Devo Lucien Freud, Henry Miller, vintage clown paintings, Glen Luchford, Scandinavian Black Metal, etc.” Most recently, he has been getting into video projects working with New York stylist, Discosalt friend and secret/not-so-secret Discosalt t-shirt muse Julie Williams.  You can also check out more of Julies really sweet fashion styling at Dripbook. Andrew has completed a photo-shoot for Spanish Moss which is entitled ” She’s a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll” that you can check out at www.spanishmossvintage.com or peep some images from the shoot below:

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or explore some of Andrew’s other shoots:

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Video projects:

gothic americana from andrew kuykendall on Vimeo.

dramarama. from andrew kuykendall on Vimeo.

ANIMATED SHORTS FROM DATDATDAT

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Animated Shorts called “Palatine” and “Drone”, created by Datdatdat.org. Datdatdat is the moniker / online presence of Andreas Fischer, artist, designer and director from Berlin who is also a member of the We Are Chopchop collective.


NATIF NATAL:BENEFIT SHOW FOR HAITI


On February 25th, Partners in Health, in collaboration with Svedka Vodka and Discosalt are throwing a benefit show to raise money for Haiti at  Grasslands Gallery in Brooklyn. We are really excited to participate in this event which will feature art on auction from Discosalt Artists  and performances by Annie and the BeeKeepers, Apollo Run, Kenji Urada, Lost Coves and Social Hero.

The cover is $5.00 and suggested donation is $10.oo but the money gets you a Svedka open bar from 8:30-9:30.
Here is a rundown of the band performances:

8:30pm – Lost Coves http://www.myspace.com/lostcoves
9:15 – Kenji Urada http://www.myspace.com/kenjiuradatheband
10pm – Social Hero http://www.myspace.com/socialhero
10:45pm – Apollo Run http://www.myspace.com/apollorun
11:30pm – Annie and the Beekeepers www.myspace.com/annielynch

DJ Miles Michael Morris in between sets and late night Emcee Jay stone

Doors 8pm, 21+
Load-in for bands 6pm

If you cannot attend the show, pease learn more and help us reach our goal by making a contribution at: http://act.pih.org/page/outreach/view/haitiearthquake/brooklyn4haiti Thank you!

It’s for a really great cause so we hope you come out and show love the Brooklyn way. See you all there!

MINIMAL TV POSTERS

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Vienna, Austria is home to a lot of really interesting graphic designers and artists. Albert Exergian, a Vienna native, recently created a simple poster project to visually capture the essence of 27 TV series ,through very minimalist design.  We think he did a really great job but surprisingly there aren’t more Hasselhoff series in the mix.  The Hoff is huge there. We want to see a poster for Baywatch!

Scroll through the images and find your favorite show.

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BETWEEN THE SKY AND THE SNOW

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Last November, we shared a photo essay from the  Land Between Here and Mountains, a London based collective of photographers held together by Jess Gough and Hannah Davis whose goal is to capture the in between moments of their journeys rather than their destinations. They recently updated their site with some new wintry mix of images from their travels in the past few months which you can check out above or just click on their blog to see the entire essay…in progress of course.

VANISHING POINT: VIDEO ANIMATION

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My friend Cory at Backseatsandbar linked me to this really sweet video animation from Bonsajo, a visual performance unit in Japan. The film was created using AfterEffects Cinema 4D by Takuya Hosogane with music composed by cubesato.  You can watch the animation below or click on the thumbs for some high resolution stills from the video, found here on flickr :

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MWM : CRYSTALS & LASERS

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New solo exhibition from Matt W. Moore at Upian Gallery, Paris starts next Friday. Click HERE for details.

KILLER VAN, MAN!: JOE STEVENS ONGOING PHOTO PROJECT

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Joe Stevens, a filmmaker and photographer whose work has been featured in the MoMA in New York, Creative Review and the Guardian, has created a curious ongoing project called Vans and the places where they were: A photo documentary which chronicles surviving custom and conversion vans on the west coast from the 70’s and 80’s. Originally started over a decade ago in 1996, the project now includes hundreds of images shot on 120 mm film and “examines the dialogue which exists between a van’s design aesthetic and that of its surrounding environment.”

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While discosalt and chicks equally share love for these shaggin’ wagons, they have been dying a slow death in favor of more  fuel-efficient transportation and will surely be erased from the road entirely (tear).  Luckily for all of us, Joe is carefully chronicling these 4-wheel rock and roll dinosaurs that once reigned supreme as the ultimate self-expression vehicle.  For Joe Stevens, “the goal of the project is to one day shoot the last remaining van on the final frame of photographic film in existence. Then the project will be finished” . Check out more of this insanity (to date) HERE.

…and if you are on a van kick now like I am, you should peep some more vintage vandemonium found HERE.  Just mentally insert yourself into these pictures and feel the awesome power of the van.

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FIXIE PHOTO EXHIBITION + THE REVIVAL FILM PREMIERE

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Photographer Brad Serls recently joined Perth’s bike crew to showcase a photographic exhibition that features fixed gear bike messengers. Here are a few snap shots from the exhibit but you can check out more of his work on his facebook page or ProllyIsNotProbably.com

In other fixie news: Back in August, Discosalt featured a film teaser for a new documentary on fixed gear riders called The Revival. You can learn more about the filmmakers and the riders featured in the film on their website but no word on the next screening or whether the film will be available to purchase on DVD.  The film first premiered in Vancouver last November, was later shown here in New York through an event put together by ProllyIsNotProbably.com, and Post Bike Shop in Brooklyn and has been working its way around Europe. If you missed a screening in your hometown, you can check out this video from the screening in New York posted by Skitch clothing:


EXPERIMENTAL FILM FROM ROBERT SEIDEL: _GRAU

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Robert Seidel created this really beautiful impressionistic award-winning experimental film called _grau which is based on memories that surfaced for the animator during a car accident. Not only visually powerful, the animation is also really effective on an emotional level. “Past events emerge, fuse, erode and finally vanish ethereally … various real sources were distorted, filtered and fitted into a sculptural structure to create not a plain abstract, but a very private snapshot of a whole life within its last seconds”. Watch the film below:

CHORA: A MEDITATION ON THE IMPERMANENCE OF FORM

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All things appear and disappear eternally and infinitely. But from what does form appear and disappear and who observes this? Interactive Chicago based artist Brett Ian Balogh explores the impermanence of form through a new multimedia installation called Chora.

For the project, Balogh combined audio data generated from the seismic activity of Mount Etna in Italy which is blasted through four speakers, with a moving abstract white filament image that renders an ever-changing wire based structure. The visual component, was developed using CAD (computer-aided design) and Blender (an open-source video-game engine). The most unique aspect of this piece is that it’s not a loop.

“The piece is generative, meaning it is computed in real time and therefore has no fixed duration. It can run indefinitely. The piece is meant to create an environment where both sound and image reference form and activity, but the abstract nature of these references create a space that is always changing, asking the viewer to envision new forms/spaces.”

A three-minute, quicktime screen grab is available here. Check it out.