Colors so bright they remain glued to your retinas – Mr. in Paris (via We Make Money Not Art)
Visionary artist Alex Grey will be closing his Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in NYC at the beginning of the year according to the NY Times (via Two Coats…)
Handselecta is an online Library of different Graff writers ‘handstyles”, the individual style that they use when tagging. Of particular note are the submissions by Phillys best “Kad” demonstrating that citys long tradition of unique styles.
An investigation into the western traditions of shoe flinging ( via Socyberty )
Kinetic video rendering of a SKEME quote (via What You Write)
Regino Gonzales 2008
When I visiy NYC I am constantly looking at everything. From the gum blackened sidewalks to the strange, ancient looking cornices I often wonder if anybody else spent time seeing what I do. Apparently this film scout does every day.
Brazil’s Alexandre Orion makes art utilizing the filth we breath in every day.”It is through a process of subtraction, scraping off layers of soot from vehicle exhaust built up on tunnel walls to produce….” (via Hrag Vartanian)
David Choe has a new print available Today so go here and cop one. Watch his infomercial as well. (via TWBE)
Imagine living in a city that is a poisonous disaster zone. No not Detroit.( via We Make Money…)
Nike teamed up with the folks from the Beautiful Losers film/exhibition to create some amazing workshops with the artists featured in the movie. Finally the video footage is available from all of these sessions so you can virtually sit in on a character design seminar with Kaws. (via Juxtapoz)
David Ellis is having a discussion tonight regarding his experience during his residency at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory: (via Wooster)
San Narcos Blu 2008
Let’s get right to it with this weeks edition of 5 Artists I like.
Anthony Lister is an artist from Brisbane, Australia who currently resides in NYC. He is part of the current generation of artists that have used doing graffiti work in the streets as part of their arts education. Listers work is a meditation for him on the effects of popular media on youth, shared memories, and the distortions that are created by the manipulation of pop culture by corporations.
god has a plan to kill me 1/2 Anthony Lister 2008
Stuart Davis(1892 -1964) is the truth. His Jazz influenced paintings from the 40’s and 50’s laid the groundwork for pop art while still maintaining the modernist edge that he first acquired from Picasso and Brecht thirty years prior. I have always enjoyed the elements of realism he incorporated in his paintings; the cigarette packaging and sparkplug advertising are standouts. I just really dig his work.
Percolator Stuart Davis 1927
Like alot of folks who came of age in the eighties my first exposure to Raymond Pettibon was through album art. Maybe it was a Black Flag sleeve, definitely Sonic Youth’s Goo. Regardless his work has always had a coolness that I aspired towards. The feeling that you might as well live now because who knows whats right around the bend, we live in a harsh world in dark times. As I have become aware of Pettibon’s body of work I see an artist who confronts and challenges the notion of American exceptionalism by holding a mirror up to our collective faces revealing the ugly beast we are.
Raymond Pettibon 2007
Margaret Kilgallen (1967 – 2001) is a defining artist of a moment. That moment has not passed but without her continued presence it is hard to imagine it being nearly what it could be. Her work alongside that of her husband, fellow artist Barry Mcgee embraced the rustic aesthetics of hobo monikers, graffiti, vintage typography, and the folkart of the southwest. This approach to work has been called “The Mission School”, comprised mostly artists coming primarily from San Francisco, most notably Clare Rojas, Ruby Neri, Jo Jackson, and Chris Johanson. Tragically Margaret Kilgallen died in 2001 ,a few weeks after she gave birth to her daughter Asha, from breast cancer.
Let It Ride Sloe Margaret Kilgallen 1999
Rene Mederos Pazos is a master designer in the Cuban revolutionary tradition. I know the concept of a revolutionary tradition sounds absurd but I don’t know if there are any better ways to describe the amazing poster design movement that has been rumbling along in the island nation for the last 50+ years. Senor Mederos is one of the most acclaimed artists to come from Cuba creating works that show the people, Campesinos and soldier alike, working in solidarity to create a proletarian paradise without Yankee intervention. In his vibrant colors you can almost smell the sugarcane being cut and feel the conga rhythms being pounded out as you prepare camp in the Sierra Madre. I mean really whats not to fall in love with when you can see that in a poster advertising a movie.
Viet Nam Will Win Rene Mederos Pazos 1972
XMAS came early today with the release of the premiere of season 2 of Flight Of The Conchords on Funny or Die.
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Hacking outdoor advertising space to create public art space (via Animal)
EL Mac and Retna are a team of dedicated visual agitators. Milan knows this better than most. (via CCTV)
Are European street artists really frustrated animators? Parisian man about town Mr. Andre gets into the act. (via Supertouch)
Nicolai Howalts photographs of young boxers pre and post fight is an interesting study of the spirit of youth. (via Guardian)
Jonathon Jones asks Was Rauschenbergs death the big art event of the year?
There is an ongoing war between NYC’s graffiti writers and the “street artists” they feel are stealing their swagger. In Miami during Art Basel this war heated up to direct confrontation with WK Interact getting knocked out and Shepard Fairey getting dissed in a big way: (via Bombin’)
Wheelie Spray J. Martinez 2008
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Rusko merking ’em pon de road . download mix(via Prolly)
“This room slowly evaporates every day.” 50 years of Yoko Ono,Artist. (via Gaurdian)
A couple of good interviews with artists Josh Petker and Chris Ryniak (via The Citrus Report)
Really Kanye? Really? (via Dlisted)
Whats there to do about Scratchiti (via Whatyouwrite)
Giant Robot recently hosted a show of artworks on Post It notes. I guess I didn’t get the memo
Ouroboros by Sam 3 (via Ekosystem) Vodpod videos no longer available.
Yisa from Chile 2008