So this is my last post for 2008.
It’s been an interesting 12 months to say the least. What an amazing situation we all are in for 2009.
It is like when you wake up from a bad dream to only realize that in fact you were in a coma, the house was on fire and you were rescued right before it collapsed but you have severe burns all over your body and will need at least 2 years of therapy before you will be able to leave the hospital. Hopefully the worst part is behind us but we got plenty to do.
Sometimes I feel that art is kinda trivial in relation to the tough world out there but then I know that without it what would I talk about. I would end up being another guy who just talks about skateboards and…well I guess I am that guy but still I would talk about it even more. Well lets get to this weeks list of artists that I like. Just a quick side note i originally thought about making this list like a curated art show, I may still do that so bite at my displeasure, but for right now I like the randomness of how this is shaping up. So here it is, the last of 2008……….
Rammellzee in the Battle Station, 2004 via Powerhouse
When I first saw Beatstreet I remember being blown away by the style of Afrika Bambaata and the Soul Sonic Force. These dudes looked like african chiefs stepping out of the mother ship. The first time I saw Rammellzee’s artwork i felt that same level of “Holy shit what is this?” I had known of him from Wildstyle, and own the Beat Bop 12″ with the Basquiat cover, but had no idea that this dude was this deep into the math of the universe. A must read for anybody that is interested in street art or writing graff is his treatise “Iconic Panzerisms”. Rammellzee is truly multi media using video and sculpture to create fantastic characters costumed in a post consumer armor. Really you just need to see what he does. Thank god for youtube:
rammellzee with dj toxic and basquiat
C.R. STECYK III
C.R. Stecyk III 1985 via Arkitip Magazine
Stecyk is legend. His ability to marry concepts and reality is what every curator, art director, designer, musician, street performer, skater, etc. dream of having. He had foresight to document and then define for the people the true renegade nature of skateboard culture at it’s birth. His dystopian vision has influenced a generation of artists who look at the mess we are in and decide to shine it and start creating something fresh.
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The economic crisis is creating some odd opportunities. With all of the foreclosures there is a surplus of empty backyard pools getting skated in California. (via TWBE)
Did you know that Bo Diddley was once the Sheriff of a small town in New Mexico? Here is a great big pile of his music to enjoy. (via Houndblog)
Graffiti on Grand Theft Auto billboard raises questions about black on black crime. Pisses off gamers on WIRED Blog.
Good Times Robert Hardgrave 2008 via flickr
Mantis Project recycles cigarette filters into knit caps and other wearables. Never mind the smell it goes away with time. En Espanol
Painting with permission in Australia:
Washington DC based sculptor Mark Jenkins answers a few questions for the folks at Wooster Collective. They have a great collection of these interviews from who they consider influential artists in the street art world
A site specific installation at an abandoned Canary Farm/ Weed growhouse in south Florida (via artlurker)
Video of Jason Atomic sketching master of Gothic Futurism, Rammellzee (via what you write)
Robert Williams lecture at Oakland Museum was saved for posterity. Access it at Arrested Motion
Natural Abilities : (via Fixpatrix)
Omnipotent Darin Shuler 2008 (via Soil)
I really like the NYC band Kudu though I haven’t heard much about them lately. Here is a cool interview from a while back with The Deli Magazine plus a day in the life video short with Kudu singer Sylvia .
Brooklyn based artist Mu Pan is all kinds of good. Hooked me with the origami but the whole body of work destroys.
I should tell ya Mama on you:
Nasty NeckFace 2008 (via The Art Collectors)
I like that the most effective way to publish a zine today is basically doing the internet thing.
Heart Shaped NYC Subway Map Zero Per Zero (via Kottke)
One of the best, truest to form ways of doing this is with a PDF zine. The format is basically the same and if somebody really likes it they can print it out. Graffito from Chile, 1984 from Czech Republik, and Fixed mag ( they also make a hard copy version) are some that have just put out new issues. enjoy.
Warhol was right, everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes but only the lucky ones will get ad revenue sharing. Magibon interview ( via Pingmag)
Exploring the impact asian art has on the conciousness of American artists. (via artdaily)
A favorite NY moment for myself was the time I had just seen Sun Ra’s Arkestra and as i slipped into a cab to go back to our friends pad I hear Eartha Kitts purr tell me something about NYC . Her recorded voice activated as we got in the cab. A perfect topper for an inspiring time. Rest In Paradise Madame Kitt
Swoon on Artnet TV:
Get ready for the new year with my man Johnny Otis:
I-Man Nah gwaan post pon de Blog fe nex’ day an ting. be back pon de control Friday.
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New York Daily News brings us a pretty interesting where are they now of professional wrestlers from the eighties
The Citrus Report comes with a new issue featuring articles about OG lowbrow artist Niagara Detroit, photographer Boogie, and skate artist extraordinaire Todd Bratrud amongst other goodies.
Steve Powers aka Espo talks about his show at Paris’ Colette boutique “L’attraction De La Boue” Part 1 & Part 2 (via What You Write)
C-Monster lays out 10 things from ’08 she hopes to see less of in ’09. What she doesn’t know is my ltd edition Obama mustache wax video featuring a mural painted by the seventh letter crew is dropping in early march.
I ain’t snowed in I’m just a hermit:
Millenium Falcon Origami illo. by Josh Cochran via Wired