Gothamist tipped us off to a new photo project from Brooklynite photographer Peter Ross that examines the metaphysical aura of stuff with a series of photographs of William Burroughs’ possessions. The series contains such iconic images as Burroughs walking sticks, hat and typewriter. All of which, are still sitting in his old apartment in NYC at the partially converted YMCA at 222 Bowery; the apartment which Burroughs affectionately dubbed “The Bunker”. You can see more of “The Bunker”, on Flickr or watch this short film entitled William S. Burroughs “The Bunker” by Rattapallax.
What: Fresh Geezers
Where: Fresh Factory
1053 Flushing Avenue between Morgan and Knickerbocker, off the L train Morgan Stop
When: December 10, 2009 – January 10, 2010
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Just in time for the holidays, The London Police and Galo team up for some brotherly love and gifts for you at Brooklyn’s Factory Fresh. After more than a decade creating art, Galo, a graphic designer who creates colorful, line based art and The London Police, three lads, on a quest to make really rad street art and travel the globe, will will be showcasing new canvas, some featured films and installation works created site specifically for Factory Fresh.
Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils creates urban art that is really unlike any other street art out there. He not only uses classical graffitti techniques but also manipulates the layers of actual city walls by pouring acid and bleach onto surfaces to unearth the layers beneath. Vhils art is poetic, complex, and ambitious, often focusing on the needs we have abandoned in favour of our wants, and the realisation that trading pleasure back in for happiness will be a less than straightforward exchange. You need to watch this for yourself.
This Thursday at le poissonrouge, come drag a toe and rage against the dancing wasteland at OFF THE GRID, a once-a-month event which focuses on dance music that you won’t hear on a typical Friday or Saturday night. It will focus on a collage of Mutant Disco, Punk Funk, No Wave, Early Electro and rare B-Sides.
Special guest DJ Dan Selzer of the infamous post punk label, Acute Records will share the decks with the Resident NY DJs Chris Alker and Monica Sharp . Need a break from the beats, check out David Ellis‘ exhibit, RECOLLECT, which will be on display through Feburary 12th 2010.
David Ellis continues his practice of record collecting as a process for making sculpture. Ellis presents three new wall sculptures in his ongoing “Recollection” series. The works will be constructed with more than 1,000 record sleeves systematically arranged by color and theme. The result is a resin-encased block of recorded history that seemingly levitates. His motion painting “Paint on Trucks in a World in Need of Love” was recently exhibited at MoMA.
Our friends at Tinyvices.com turned us onto some really great art from Istanbul based photographer Yusuf Sevincli. Yusufs photography provides us with a beautiful and intimate look into the life and times of everyday citizens of Turkey. Working often in B&W, without ignoring the benefits of color film, we’re presented with a stunning body of work. Check out some more of Yusuf’s portfolio on his webs here or at tinyvices
Not only the future of Bedford Avenue but emerging Brooklyn based artist: Imminent Disaster. ID’s work focuses on large scale street art installations and is driven by the ephemerality and decay of modern urban life and the vestiges of human narrative visible and becoming invisible within it. Disaster’s most recent works build on the idea that the gradual loss of memory is an inevitable part of human mortality. We just think it looks pretty cool. But you can read more about Imminent Disaster’s master plan and check out more of her art HERE on her site.
Hype aside, we”ve never been huge advocates of Vampire Weekend. While their new album, Contra is getting serious praise, their new seizure inducing video for the track “couzin”, totally rips off our friend Aakash Nihalani’s signature box art. When we first saw the video, we thought maybe Aakash had given the band consent to use his art but as it turns out he was never consulted and was never compensated. Way to steal another artists work guys! If you are interested in checking out Aakash’s actual work, click on some of the links below:
to check out the rip off press play:
Either New York’s “Posterboy” is back in action for a third time or there is a copycat offender out there cut and pasting subway ads with the same conviction. This is the latest ad spotted on the Church Avenue bound platform at Nassau Avenue. For more “Posterboy” check out these links:
This month, the MoMA is curating a Tim Burton exhibit that will run through April 26th, 2010. The exhibit examines Burton’s unique influence on popular culture and art and “explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film.” You can check out over 700 never before seen drawings, paintings, photographs, concept art, storyboards, puppets, and costumes from some of Burton’s weirdo dark and quirky-themed films like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Mars Attacks, Ed Wood and Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. The show will also feature a selection of amateur and student films, music videos and commercials influenced by Burton, and a complete set of Burton’s features and shorts. And all in time to get you in the weirdo mood before Burton’s newest film Alice in Wonderland hits theaters in March 2010.
The Land Between Here and Mountains is a London based collective of photographers held together by Jess Gough and Hannah Davis. Their photo essay project is about capturing the inbetween moments of their journeys rather than their destinations. Check out some of my favorite images above or click on their blog to see the entire essay.
It might be hard to hold a candle this month, but easy to get a hold of some new art from Pam Glew. Both a month of gathering together to gorge and a time of sowing and scattering abroad, Pam Glew is helping you out on both fronts, spreading her signature flags throughout London and Paris and giving you the perfect opportunity to come together, and stuff your face with a new piece at one of these great gallery shows this month. So slide over the mashed potatoes and leave room for some Pam.
First up, Pam Glew will showing alongside Nick Walker, Goldie, Mau Mau, Eelus, Beejoir & Jamie Reid at the uber hip The Lock Up London from 20 Nov – 10 Dec. The show will feature 3 new flag works (including Looking Glass above)
Still looking to get your paws on one of Pam’s flags? Drop by the UK Art Fairs where Liberty Gallery will have 3 new originals including Aoki. You can also purchase prints from 13-15 Nov at Northern Art Harrogate with Liberty Gallery Stand 21 at the Harrogate International Centre and then from 20-22 Nov at the Edinburgh Art Fair with Liberty Gallery Stand E8, Edinburgh Corn Exchange. For more e-tickets, and invitations for Northern Art & Edinburgh please contact email@example.com.
Nothing lasts forever…so make sure you jump on one of these opportunities to see Pam’s work before it’s too late or at least let Axle convince you.
34 year old Torino based Donato Sansone clearly has to much time on his hands. Leave it to the Italians, but the man is insane. His latest animation “Videogioco” is basically an elaborate flip book created with a full room-sized floor of drawings assembled in a way so that he can flick over folded pages to create an animated story. Time consuming to say the least and how he remembers which pages to flick around is amazing. I suspect some slick editing was involved. But its clever, absorbing and brings a simple old staple like the flip book into a contemporary light. That’s a spicy meatball. Cant wait to see what he will work on next.
Walk down the street, put on your headphones, turn on the tube, there’s an emerging trend in popular culture to remix culture. While artists have always recycled from their predecessors, there is something unique about re-mixing pop culture almost at the same time it is originally being created. From the music re-mixes of Girl Talk, who samples current pop music, pop culture TV about… current pop culture TV, to the crude cut and paste street art ad-remixes of Poster Boy ,this “Cut and Paste” approach to creating art is reinventing our perceptions of pop culture that we may have not even had the time to form an initial perception on to begin with.
UK street artists MissBugs are certainly at the head of this class. Miss Bugs is actually two artists. Miss, an anonymous artist born in 1979 Pencoed Wales, and Bugs, another artist born in 1979 Bristol. The two appropriate pop imagery and well-known pieces of street art like Shepard Fairey’s , Obama creation, so historically quickly and frequently, to create new pop and street art, that is something familiar and yet all together different and incredibly alluring. Their new street art “Cut Out and Fade Out” incorporates elements of the street background right into the piece, paying homage to the urban environment. We think its rowdy. Check out more of MissBugs HERE.
Bowie’s Aladdin Sane inspired street art on North 6th and Wythe in Brooklyn. Pretty freaky Bowie.
Matt W. Moore, the founder of MWM Graphics, a Design and Illustration studio based in Portland, Maine has designed fixed gear bikes, surfboards and now inspired by artwork from his MWM : 20/20 Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain come MWM : 20/20 Skateboards. The boards feature Matt’s signature “Vectorfunk” style and are now available at DeckPeck at $55 a board. Matt works across disciplines, from colorful digital illustrations to freeform watercolor paintings, and massive aerosol murals. Check out more From Matt HERE.
Play & Fluo is a personal project launched by Pablo Alfieri, a graphic designer and illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2007, Pablo has been working in local design studios like RDYA Design Group and Punga Visual Consorcio. Play & Fluo is a little preview of Pablo’s new website and brand of PLAYFUL that will debut in the middle of November. The website will feature work with Nike, Coca Cola, MTV, Gancia and Motorokr / Nextel. Pretty cool stuff.
Art Direction, Graphic Design and Installation: Pablo Alfieri / Playful
Photography: Cecilia Moledo
Model: Roxana Carnota.
“Der Zeit ihre Kunst – der Kunst ihr Festival”
Street art is getting some real recognition and appreciation in the Imperial City this month. The “Black River” festival is Vienna’s first Street Art Festival and features the work of NYC local and Discosalt favorite Aakash Nihalani. On my trip to Vienna this past July, I had one of the best days I can remember strolling along the underground art covered stretch of the river Danube that passes through the city. Great company, great city and great art. The banks now display some of the festival art as part of the festivals street projects starting in mid October and there is also a film series and a group exhibition to follow. Wish I could hop a flight back to check this out before it’s over…
Sweatshoppe, a multimedia project from Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy allows artists to “paint” video onto any surface with LED paint rollers. “In an effort to establish new platforms for public art and performance, SWEATSHOPPE has developed a new interactive technology that enables them to explore the relationship between video, mark making and architecture. “
The LED paint rollers are tracked by video control software where once the drawing commands are created, the strokes can then be textured with video images. Nerd Alert! But damn, this is pretty cool stuff. You need to check out this video, shot live in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. So sweet.
Here are a couple of “Live Drawings” from Draw Your Face Off, presented by Pine Haven Collective at Portland ME’s Space Gallery. Draw Your Face Off is a rally of live drawing by local artists, with all work for sale for $20 at the end of the night. The Pine Haven Collective was founded about a year ago on a beach in California by four artists, with really diverse styles and interests: Joseph Conway, Jenny McGee Dougherty, Peter Jackson Hussey,and Katrine Hildebrandt. You can check all of their work out here.
Pam Glew might be one of the hardest working artists we know. She is consistently churning out one amazing piece after the next and her latest work: “Wonderland” is the latest edition to her family of flags that will be featured at AAF London in Battersea Park. Here is what Pam has to say this month: “October means many things to many people; the return of the roast dinner, colder nights, zombie costumes, x-factor…but most importantly its Art Fair season…I will once again be showing with Art-file Gallery and have given them some of my best work yet…”
In keeping with the spirit of October, check out some of Pam’s spray paint on horror fiction prints for sale in the discosalt MERCH section. (more to come…so check back soon)
AAF London – art-file stand i8
• Thursday 22 Oct 11.00am – 5.30pm
Drinks Reception 5.30 – 9.30pm
• Friday 23 Oct 11.00am – 6.00pm
• Saturday 24 Oct 11.00am – 6.00pm
• Sunday 25 Oct 11.00am – 6.00pm
New York City based Photographer Christian Patterson, is now selling four images from his forthcoming second project “Out There” as limited edition prints. The proceeds from these print sales will be used to produce large-scale exhibition prints and book maquettes. Patterson’s first project, “Sound Affects” was a collection of color photographs exploring Memphis, TN as a visual and musical place. This new project ,”Out There” is a strikingly different project that is loosely inspired by the true crime story of real life Natural Born Killers Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate, two teenagers who killed ten people in three days as they traveled across Nebraska in 1958.
Check out Christian Patterson’s “OUT THERE” here.
Cardboard is an animated film from Netherland graduate student Sjors Vervoort. All of the animation and design was created by Sjors Vervoort and the sound and SFX by Steven Aerts. With some serious imagination, the simplest medium and idea make for a really eye catching visual experience. You can also check mysoti for some cool shirt designs based on the film characters and more artwork from Sjors.
Tinyvices.com is an online gallery and image archive founded by Tim Barber in the spring of 2005. His most recent TV blog post which documents a trip to Vancouver really caught my eye for its laid back feel. I shared some of my favorite images below but you should check out his whole trip HERE. If you’ve also got the bug to plan a trip out west, you can also check out Vancouver based discosalt artist Shane O’Brien’s work HERE.
The much anticipated and mysterious multi-media project/album involving Danger Mouse , Mark Linkous , and David Lynch entitled “Dark Night of the Soul ” featuring Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse along with the Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Frank Black, the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, Jason Lytle, and James Mercer of the Shins, has apparently been canned.
Dark Night of the Soul is a treatise written by Spanish poet and Roman Catholic Mystic Saint John of the Cross. It has since become an expression used to describe a phase in a person’s spiritual life, a metaphor for a certain loneliness and desolation. The Lynch Project has proven just as cryptic and while the Dark Night of the Soul book has been released along with an art installation at L.A.’s Michael Kohn Gallery this summer, the album official release “has been either scrapped altogether or put on indefinite hiatus” according to Billboard magazine, “due to unspecified legal issues with EMI”. Whether or not the installation has plans to reach New York, is still shrouded in mystery but luckily the album is out there if you snoop around. I picked up a copy at a record shop on East 3rd Street and you can stream the entire album HERE.
While discosalt.com is in the process of getting a serious face-lift, the new look might not suggest our appreciation for minimalist design…well at least not just yet. So if the site starts to give you a seizure, just try to focus on this new installation work from Ester Stocker which transforms space using minimal elements. Stocker uses black electrical tape and foam core to successfully create space that shifts our perceptions. “Stocker’s work demonstrates a fascination with human perception and cognition, and judging by the title, “What I don’t Know About Space”, she doesn’t claim to understand how it all works, which is a refreshing to hear from an artist.” Stocker has installations running in London, Vienna, Brussels and Eindhoven.
Hey everyone. Discosalt artist/writer Maya Pindyck wants to invite you to some readings she has coming up to promote Friend Among Stones, her latest collection of poems about politics, otherness, pain, beauty, and living intensely and the Middle East. Check out any of these events below:
Wednesday, 9/30, 7pm
MFA Alum Reading
Sarah Lawrence College
with Rachel Simon, Hila Ratzabi & Lis Von Uhl
Monday, 10/5, 7pm
Solas Bar: 232 E. 9th St.
with Robert Minhinnick & Breyten Breytenbach
*BOOK RELEASE PARTY
Wednesday, 10/14, 7pm
Mixer Reading Series
Cake Shop: 152 Ludlow St.
with Danit Brown, Farrah Field, Darin Strauss & Uninhabitable Mansions!
Sunday, 10/25, 2pm
Four Way Books Reading
Bowery Poetry Club: 308 Bowery
with Patricia Carlin, Christina Davis, & Dale Neal
Wednesday, 10/28, 7:30pm
Guerilla Lit Readings
Bar on A: 170 Avenue A at 11th St.
with Yvonne Garrett & Elizabeth May
Ever the fan of vintage, antique and old materials, Discosalt artist Pam Glew has taken an old illustrated French Dictionary from 1919 and embarked on a project to to fill all 791 pages with a drawing. Some of these drawings will become large flags in the future and some will remain a one off drawing.
Currently these drawings are only available from Etsy, at : www.pamglew.etsy.com . Check them out.
LA born David Choe, who has been featured in Hustler, Raygun, Vice and Juxtapoz magazine is known for both “his exaggerated vulgarity as for his aesthetic sense.” An art school drop out, and self proclaimed homeless street/graffiti artist, Choe wanders around making good art and bad music. He has a penchant for Vietnam, Israel and New York City and has dabbled in just about every medium and form of self expression from comics, murals, toys, prints, movies, music, magazines, books, t-shirts, commercials, posters, shoes, fine art and live demos. On his website, he says he “wants to retire early and illustrate the entire bible and paint the entire great wall of china. But who knows anything with this guy.”
What:13th Annual D.U.M.B.O. Art Under The Bridge Festival
Where: D.U.M.B.O …duh
When: September 25 – 27, 2009
You might not see Anthony Keidis running around with his shirt off, but at the now teenage D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival, you will see touchable, accessible, and interactive art, on a scale that makes it the nation’s largest urban forum for experimental art. In addition to the 80+ projects throughout the historical post-industrial waterfront span, visitors can tour local artists’ studios or check out the indoor video dumbo, a non-stop program of cutting-edge video art from New York City and around the world.
Check out the new iPhone Festival Guide application at dumbo.walkabit.com.
You were thinking about it too… Couldn’t resist. (PS- Gus Van Sant directed this):
“How it would be, if a house was dreaming”
Art Direction: Daniel Rossa – rossarossa.de
Technical Director: Thorsten Bauer
3D Operator: David Starmann shineundsein.de
Sound Design : Jonas Wiese
Realized with mxwendler.net mediaserver
A extended version of this documentation can be found here: vimeo.com/5677104
What: Pandemic Gallery X Abztract
Where: 37 Broadway (In Brooklyn)
When: September 25th, 2009
A pandemic is a world wide epidemic. The Pandemic Gallery seeks to create a showcase for artists, friends, and patrons to meet, collaborate, and present their work…. expanding the global awareness of a new breed of art and artists. Now with the self-titled, opening show under their belt…Pandemic will be partnering up with their friends at Abztract, an art and design collective with the similar aim of exposing original artists’ work locally and internationally, to kick off their second show this Friday, Sept. 25th from 7-11 pm. The latest exhibition will run through the month of October, and present slick hand-painted, silk-screened, stickered, or stenciled limited-edition skateboard decks created by the diverse crew of NYC and Brooklyn natives. Artists featured will include; Billi Kid, Chris RWK, Darkcoulds, JMR, Jordan Seiler, Justin Emerson, Veng RWK, Philip Lumbang, Keely, JustinK, Royce Bannon, Shai Dahan, and Temple7e.
So come on by, and be part of the epidemic.
– Josh Amos, Sept. 22, 2009
Pictures above: #1 Invite, #2 Pandemic Sign, #3 Darkclouds, #4 Keely’s fish, #5 Billi Kid’s Obama, #6 Royce Bannon and Chris RWK collaboration, #7 Shai Dahan’s Dog Skateboards
Pictures #2,#3,#4 Courtesy of Derrick Noh & Picture #7 Courtesy of Abztract
It might look like an awesome sci-fi movie, but its actually just a photo essay from downunda, taken this week right after a dust storm “swept across eastern Australia, shrouding Sydney in a dramatic red glow.”- Mail Foreign Service
Not to be confused with the 50 year storm at Bells Beach but equally as impressive and you can read all about the storm HERE. While the storm seems to have caused some serious health and transportation problems, looks like it hasn’t really stopped people from hitting the beach…or taking these really surreal photos of the red sky. Thanks to Mail Foreign Service for the pics.
Last week, I checked out the Moma exhibit, Looking at Music: Side 2; a first floor exhibit that catalogs NYC’s stripped-down, hard-edged, anti-establishment, experimental art and music scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s. The exhibit chronicles a time period in NYC when art and music were cross pollinating, when downtown artists plastered city walls with art, played in bands, squatted abandoned buildings in the east village and turned vacant garages into makeshift super 8 theaters and performance spaces. The punk ethos was alive. That energy seems to have been lost… but you can revisit it all through 120 photographs, music videos, drawings, audio recordings, publications, Super 8 films, and punk-film screenings from September-November at the Moma. This is a really great collection of punk rock memorabilia here but I just wish the exhibit had been a little longer. It was a bit of a tease and the two small rooms were just too small to leave me walking home satisfied. The photography by Dan Graham, Nan Goldin, and Jimmy DeSana and the record covers designed by Kim Gordon did make the trip worth it though. Not to mention my teenage bedroom wall fantasy. Some images i snapped from the exhibit above but check it out for yourself. Check the Looking at Music: Side 2 website for film details and show times.
Talking Heads eclectic front man, and NYC bike advocate, David Byrne has used a bicycle to get around New York for the past 30 years. Last year, he designed a series of bike racks for the city and next week, has a new book out called the “Bicycle Diaries”. Convinced that urban biking opens one’s eyes to the inner workings and rhythms of a city’s geography and population, Byrne’s book is a journal of his observations and insights, what he sees and whom he has met pedaling through Berlin, San Francisco, Istanbul, Sydney, Buenos Aires, New York and Manila. Byrne is completely fascinated by cities and has a lot of ideas on the way art and music and urban planning interact with one another.Recently, Byrne collected his thoughts for the Wall Street Journal to outline the perfect “livable city”. So what is the perfect city?
“There’s an old joke that you know you’re in heaven if the cooks are Italian and the engineering is German. If it’s the other way around you’re in hell. In an attempt to conjure up a perfect city, I imagine a place that is a mash-up of the best qualities of a host of cities. The permutations are endless. Maybe I’d take the nightlife of New York in a setting like Sydney’s with bars like those in Barcelona and cuisine from Singapore served in outdoor restaurants like those in Mexico City. Or I could layer the sense of humor in Spain over the civic accommodation and elegance of Kyoto. Of course, it’s not really possible to cherry pick like this...”
– Read the full story on David Byrne in WALL STREET JOURNAL
Just in case all this David Byrne talk has you craving the giant suit…here ya go…(I think I used to wear a suit like that in college…its like 60 minutes on acid)
There’s Still Life is an International exhibition taking place at Art London in October and Scope Miami in December that will feature Discosalt artist Pam Glew. A select group of contemporary artists from the US and Europe have been given a simple brief – to take the traditional discipline of Still Life and produce contemporary paintings, drawings and sculpture.
Pam used the ‘hybrid tea rose’ flower as a starting point and has created 2 handmade ‘hybrid’ flags, part american flag, part Union Jack. The cross -fertilisation of the flags echo this idea of a flower being a hybrid.
British Rose is a handmade Union Jack, made from a vintage American flag and vintage denim with a blooming rose, Hybrid Rose is part British Ensign, part American flag, made from a very old Ensign Flag, denim, red stripes from a vintage American flag and embroidered linens for a nod to English Tea. Using my dyeing and bleaching technique, the Hybrid Rose is particularly distressed with drips of bleach giving off a naughty decadence.
You can preview the works in a show on Saturday 19th September in the Bath Gallery.
Mauger Modern Art, Bath
6 Bartlett Street
Bath, UK BA1 2QZ
g: 0044 (0)1225 315 110
m: 0044 (0)7590 527 332
Saturday 19th September
Photographer Colin Dodgson, one of the Avantguardians from Surface has a new exhibit “Just because it’s in your head, doesn’t mean its not real” opening Wednesday September 9th 6-9 pm @ 243 Broome Street (Corner of Ludlow)
Sunday nights with AMC’s Mad Men just can’t get here fast enough. I’m completely hooked on the vintage 50’s/early 60’s vibe, deep in the juju. Mad Men aren’t the only ones bringing vintage style back to life though. Rockabilly has always been a massively vibrant and active subculture in both the US and the UK, with love for both recordings by artists from the 1950s as well as vintage style aesthetics. Rockabilly culture is the antithesis to current trends, embracing it’s roots in “old school” societal fringes from the past.There is something undeniably alluring about those curvaceous women pin-ups, flip up dos, slicked back hair and nostalgically simpler times. You can always take a look back at this old school style, from the present through a new photo exhibit from Leonie Morse, a photographer based in East London whose work includes portrait and music photography that has previously been commissioned by The Face, X Ray Magazine and Sleazenation. She is currently exhibiting a photo project on the UK rockabilly scene called ROCKERS that includes 25 intimate portraits sometimes evocative and gritty documentary style photographs, taken over the last seven years on the UK rockabilly scene. While the exhibit contains contemporary photos, they can transport you to another time like a time machine. It will take you back and forward… to a place where you ache to go again. Its not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. Wait…what? Too much Draper for me. Make the scene 10th Sept – 29th Oct 2009 at Filthy McNasty’s 68 Amwell Street, London . While you are here, cast an eyeball at some of the images on display above and lay on some love for Leonie.
That’s, ahh… that’s a surfboard all right! A series of surfboards actually, designed by Matt dubbya Moore, founder of MWM Graphics, a design and illustration studio based in Portland, Maine. These boards might not fly with Warchild but we still think they are pretty radical and would get Johnny Utah’s stamp of approval. They are certainly an upgrade from that ’57 chevy sled he was sweet on. Even Rick Kane might make Chandler proud with one of these designs, Barney. It’s like Barno… Barnyard… a haole to the max, a kook in and out of the water. Yeah? MWM recently collaborated with ALMOND surfboards and the CORDUROY gallery to create this unique series of Almond Lumberjack Long Surfboards that feature WMW’s own signature retro design. The perfect fusion of form meets function. Matt works across disciplines, from colorful digital illustrations in his signature “Vectorfunk” style, to free form watercolor paintings, to massive aerosol murals and more functional art like hand-painted bike frames, tees and cycling caps. These boards will make their maiden voyage at CONVERGENCE, a collaborative painting series by: Kate Cleaves and Matt W. Moore , on September 4th at 6:00 pm at the Corduroy Gallery,59 Market Street, Portland, ME. Surfing’s the source man… swear to God. Stay loose, haole.
Wrap your legs ’round these velvet rims and strap your hands across my engines…Bryan Derballa from Wired put together a striking photo essay capturing some rowdy images of a growing trend in Brooklyn: Moped Gangs.
The Orphans are Greenpoint’s “fearsome” two-stroke contingent (super easy) riders, and they’re obsessed with abandoned retro pedal-start bikes. While this 12 member low speed gang, certainly stir up an outlawish individualism vibe that we think is pretty sweet, at 30 mph from an engine displacement of 49 cc, don’t expect the Stones to hire these guys for crowd control anytime soon. These gangs are more like a social club, where rivalry with other bike gangs, like Bushwick’s Mission 23, is all in good sported fun.
The camaraderie of these gangs is more about bringing old bikes back to life, a task which requires constant tinkering and riding together as a social outlet. And aside from looking pretty sick, these retro bikes are also growing in popularity in part because they don’t require a special motorcycle license or insurance like riding a motorcycle or Vespa. But, just tell that to the cops, who according to riders don’t seem to know what a moped is or what the law is on riding them. Can’t swing a break out there from the Fuzz! Seems the “scene” just can’t seem to get any good press lately either. Wired’s unflattering tongue in cheek article “Rebels Without a Hog” has made the “gangs” an easy target at websites like DieHipster.com….Mo peds, Mo problems.
If Gary Simmons is synonymous with the 90’s art scene in New York, Robert Longo epitomized the 80’s. The ultimate stereotype of yuppie greed, Brett Easton Ellis’ fictional character Patrick Bateman in the film version of American Psycho prominently displays Simmon’s “Men in Cities” work in his apartment, a testament to his stamp on pop culture. Longo directed a bunch of music videos, including New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle”, Megadeth’s “Peace Sells…” and REM’s “The One I Love” and designed the front cover of The Replacements’ 1985 album Tim. If that’s not mixing it up enough for you, he directed Keanu Reeves in the cyberpunk movie Johnny Mnemonic. One for the trivia night. The current group exhibit at Metro Pictures in New York featuresimages from Robert Longo’s “Bodyhammers” and “The Sickness of Reason” collections.
Gary Simmons defined 90’s art by rejecting the video art installation trend and returning to basics. Inspired by American pop culture, cartoons and architecture, he cited youthful brashness as the norm for any artist at the beginning of his career. ”You start off trying to kick some shins…and then after a while you say, ‘O.K., let’s slow things down here.’ ” Now well into his career, Simmons does not seem to be slowing down in the least. His “Erasure Drawing” installation is currently on display at Metro Pictures where he has turned three gallery walls into giant painted blackboards like the ones you had in highschool which he has then drawn onto in white chalk. Its like a really creative chalk board punishment exercise. The single striking images are smudged, resulting in a strange mix of luminous clarity and gradual disappearance. Despite their expansive scale, the hovering forms appeared to be fading from view, making it seem that one approached them through a screen of faltering memory.
Public nudity is the new empanada. This month, nyc artists and activists alike have been pushing the boundaries on acceptable nudity in public space. Maybe you checked out our blog last week featuring the “striphanger”, the photographer, Zach Hyman who took some steamy 30 second shots on the L train of 19-year-old actress Jocelyn Saldana pole dancing in her skinnies. Or you wandered through National Go topless day in Central Park on Sunday, where throngs of topless women marched side by side with Raelians, a cult “descendant from sexy aliens” to promote free boobage. Breast day ever! Then yesterday, Zach was at it again, photoging a completely nude 26 year old model, Kathleen Neill at the MET. This video was conveniently captured for NBC NewYork here. While Neill clearly had no panties, the stunt had some panties in a bunch. Neill was busty and busted in the Arms and Armour exhibit and arrested for public lewdness, raising the question, why and when is nude… lewd? How can a topless parade fly one day, and a form of nude art be illegal the next…and in a museum building full of nudity! The debate, like our obsession with nudity, is out there and will most likely continue to create controversy, hopefully dialogue. Free your beasts,free your mind.
If you are browsin’ yer local book or record shop, try and find a copy of Artist Music Journals – Edition 03, out now. Artist Music Journals is a limited edition small book series curated by Soundscreen Design, focusing on the inseparable connection between music and art. So, each month, a visual artist or musician will be asked to create a 24-page book of artworks, drawing inspiration from their connection to music. The different ways in which each artist chooses to represent their connection to music is what makes this ongoing series so intriguing and diverse and to ice the rink, each book is limited to 1000 copies so they are collectors items. Very cool indeed. The third and latest installment features the work of Daniel Higgs, a musician (Lungfish / Pupils) and artist from Baltimore, Maryland, who has been a contributor to the independent art and music community for nearly 3 decades. Ask your mom, she will know him. His artistic work ranges from musical records to books of poetry to visual collections. Higgs has always worked in the mediums of music and art simultaneously, and for his Artist Music Journal he mined over 10+ years of his archives and notebooks to compile a diverse and inspiring collection of drawings, paintings and collage works.
Two Birds Fly is a San Francisco surf board company green on surfboard building and strong on the arts. Fly Fly! Each board is hand made, hand drawn and hand glassed by local artists and craftsmen. More than just art on surfboards, their sleds are designed to be ridden. The current family of artists and shapers are a talented flock that include Marc Andreini, Thomas Campbell, Jeff Canham, Manuel C. Caro, Amy Jo Diaz, Kyle Field, Rachel Kaye, Alex Kopps, Geoff Mcfetridge, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Lana Porcello, Nathaniel Russell, Johanna St. Clair and Mason St. Peter. We are really digging this Darth Vader board. Impressive (heavy breathing)…most impressive(heavy breathing). Unique artwork thats completely functional. The force is strong with this one.
Some new work from Matt W. Moore. Matt is the founder of MWM Graphics, a Design and Illustration studio based in Portland, Maine. Matt works across disciplines, from colorful digital illustrations in his signature “Vectorfunk” style, to freeform watercolor paintings, and massive aerosol murals.
Over the weekend, MOMENTUM, a show based in Somerville, Massachusettes celebrated 5 of Matts most recent pieces of work, 5 Hand-Painted Bike Frames, a mega mural and some pretty rad originally designed tees and cycling caps
Check out more From Matt HERE
Brooklyn Artist Judith Supine’s latest creation “Above the City in a Summer Night Dream” On Top Of The Williamsburg Bridge. Supine continues to impress us with his surreal combination of old engraving art mixed with hand-drawn and painted image wheat pastes in, around, and now on top of the city.
Check it out: Magkinetic Drawings.