To coincide with London’s Frieze Art Week, Lisson Gallery has opened a major exhibition new of work by one of the UK’s greatest living artists, Anish Kapoor. Just when it seemed that Kapoor had reached the limits of the art world’s highest echelons, perhaps quite literally with the Olympic Arcelor Mittal Orbit, he comes right back down to earth again with a new show, called “In The Shadow of the Tree and the Knot of The Earth.” In a recent tour of the work, Lisson Gallery director Nicholas Logsdail commented on the exhibition, saying, “Anish captures each phase of his work so fully, prompting us to ask ‘Can he go any further?’ But, always, with very perfect timing, he moves on. This is an entire body of new work, which is a remarkable achievement.”
“Merging his love for skateboarding, music, art and mayhem, Chad Muska has opened a conceptual art and studio space next to his store, Factory 413 on Fairfax. Flat425 reveals Muska’s prolific output as part of “Deconstructionism,” a constantly evolving installation comprising mixed-media vignettes with chaotic twists of oil paint, cement, found materials, shredded bills, neon vinyl, projections, and even a teepee. Challenging viewers to “decode the message,” Muska has created highly textured pieces from more than five years of sourcing materials and exploring the notions of destruction and creation.” – by Julie Wolfson
It’s always extremely exciting and fulfilling to discover a new artist who is both talented and well versed (pun intended) and at the same time refreshing to listen to. Detroit hip hop exists as a veritable alchemical cauldron of lyricism, producing juggernauts like Elzhi and Eminem along with scores of other talented artists many of whose names you may never know. The city’s music scene is fiercely competitive and the miserable local economy shows little love to all but a few artists. But every once in a while someone comes along with a style so unique, so ear catching, with that balance of traditional skill and innovative approach, that you can’t help noticing. SelfSays is such an artist. His lyrical reach is stellar, laying claim to the terrestrial and the astral, leaving no sacred cow unturned. His mouthy wordplay often leaves you scratching your head and wondering how he got all those words into one sentence without sounding contrived or pretentious. Indeed it’s the natural swagger and casual delivery of all this wordiness that lends Self such a likeable and down to earth presence. You feel like he could be telling jokes in your living room or perhaps pontificating on the finer points of Detroit bath robe lounge culture with his sometimes collaborator Doc Waffles. Self is a man of the people and the people should stand up and take notice, for another diamond in the rough is brought to you courtesy of the fine city of Detroit and it’s beautiful music scene. – db
The newest video from MC SelfSays (Directed by Matt Barth) features famed New York producer Blockhead on the beat. The feisty Detroit rapper has a few new projects in the works at the moment — saying you can expect a new flexi-disc single out on Insect Records just in time for SXSW.
Charles Vann, an ordinary man, is poised to be one of the most refreshing new voices in hip-hop. As SelfSays he makes music that balances quirky, off-kilter rhyme styles with more serious, straight-aced lyricism. Continue reading →
Wayne White is an American artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer and much, much more. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Wayne has used his memories of the south to create inspired works for film, television and the fine art world. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University Wayne traveled to New York City where he worked as an illustrator for The East Village Eye, New York Times, Raw Magazine and the Village Voice. In 1986 Wayne became a designer for the hit television show Pee Wee’s Playhouse and his work was awarded with three Emmy’s. After traveling to Los Angeles with his wife, Mimi Pond, Wayne continued to work in television and designed sets and characters for shows such as Shining Time Station, Beakman’s World, Riders In The Sky and Bill & Willis. He also worked in the music video industry winning Billboard and MTV Music Video Awards as an art director for seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Tonight, Tonight’ and Peter Gabriel’s ‘Big Time’. Continue reading →
Behind the scenes look with Los Angeles based artist Kenny Scharf as he expands upon some of his mural work and discusses art and commodity, and the value of street art as “not-for-sale” work.
From HBTV: In Volume 3 of the riveting art series Here Comes the Neighborhood, the spotlight falls on Los Angeles based artist Kenny Scharf as he expands on a piece he started in 2009. Continue reading →
OF artist/contributor Kero provided visuals for the latest Butthole Surfers Tour. All the video’s we’ve seen so far have looked amazing, the perfect accompaniment to the Surfers’ sound. Here’s the latest:
New M-nus Embed video from Christopher McNamara. This entry in the series takes a less edited, more intimate approach, featuring backstage and behind the scenes footage of Rich with his family and friends. Those familiar with past m-nus embed entries will note the departure from the heavily edited, artistically effected style of past embed videos.
From M-nus: MINUS-EMBED will invite creative individuals to become an embedded participant on a weekend trip with Richie Hawtin to catalog, document and then respond to the event in an artistic format. This creative response will then be exhibited on the Minus website and possible other platforms. MINUS-EMBED is open to all creative disciplines; video, sound, web design, photographers, fine artists, fashion designers, etc. Continue reading →
Chaz Ortiz shreds one of Woodwards amazing ramps in “While They Sleep”. Ramp music by D-Bit.
Camp Woodward is a premiere action sports training ground and youth camp. OF contributors D-Bit and RadioWar work with Camp Woodward’s Digital Media department providing soundtracks to some of Woodward’s hottest skate videos. Continue reading →