Joyrich vs. Tupacca

January 4, 2010

A few T-shirts that have caught my eye.

Found these shirt on Joyrich’s blog.

Oh wow, so awesome!

Artist: Kevin Carpio

Buy (32,50 €) here


Watercolor Tea

December 22, 2009

Who is Nibbling at My House?

December 21, 2009

From the December 2009 issue of Vogue.  Annie Leibovitz shot the pop monster, Lady Gaga, for a spread inspired by Hansel and Gretel.  She’s a “Marc Jacobs–clad witch.

Push It

December 19, 2009

Using push pins, artist Eric Daigh creates these pointillism style portraits.

He starts with a flat 5 color cadence, all just rhythmic loops, then relationships form, a singularity shifts into subtle congress and depth and tones appear. We step back further and slowly, as if through the portal of some remote ship we suddenly recognize. That’s us. That’s me. His grids are pictoral DNA, a seemingly simple sequence that when sounded in its complexity reveals the honesty of the unreapeatable person.

Born in Orange, CA, he now lives in Northern Michigan.  Clich HERE for close ups of his work.

This reminds me Hideo Takeda’s pushpin reproduction of George Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. He spent 372 days inserting 867,251 pins with colored heads into a board in order to re-create Seurat’s work in what he calls “real” pointillism.

Vinyl Gets Its Groove Back

December 10, 2009

Best Art Vinyl 2009 Nominations: This year the 50 nominations have been chosen by Art Vinyl and a panel of experts, who have each contributed a selection of records they feel should be represented in this year’s poll.  Below are a few of my favorites.

Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It’s Blitz

The Hours:  See the Light

Massive Attack: Splitting the Atom

Smith Westerns: S/T

Gingerbread That

December 9, 2009

Here are a few samples from Creative Room’s first annual Gingerbread Competition and Charity Auction.   Houses are to be judged by a panel chosen from Vancouver’s pre-eminent Architects, Designers, and Artists. Entries will be made from edible materials, constructed at a scale to fit within a 16″ x 16″ box, and displayed at the Museum of Vancouver. An online auction featuring each team’s entries and background information will be available on the Creative Room website from December 3rd to December 10th. The winning entry will be celebrated at the Gingerbread Gala held on the evening of December 10th at the Museum of Vancouver. Entries will be auctioned off such that they may grace the living rooms of a select few Vancouver homes this holiday season. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Architecture for Humanity.

Hurry and bid!

Birds of a Feather

November 22, 2009

Awesome tattoo.

via fuckyeahtattoos

Interesting article in the NYT published on Monday profiling the work of the Gao brothers.

Exhibitions by the Gao brothers, whose work the authorities find politically challenging, have been shut down in the past, and their studio has been raided. So they keep the head of Mao hidden in a separate location — reuniting it with its body only on special occasions to show friends and colleagues. Normally, the body of the statue remains headless, unidentifiable and nonthreatening.

“It’s something I hope all Chinese people will one day be able to accept and understand,” Gao Zhen, 53, said of the work. “We wanted to portray him as a human being, a regular person confessing for the wrongs he’s committed.”

Removable heads and underground exhibitions are just two of the guerrilla tactics the Gao brothers have employed, often with the help of Melanie Ouyang, their broker, to enable fans and friends to view their work. The Gaos are part of a generation of avant-garde Chinese artists who are pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. In the increasingly open Chinese art world, nudity is commonplace where it used to be forbidden, and art parodying the Cultural Revolution has become so ubiquitous that it is passé. Still, the Gaos are a reminder that, especially as China celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Communist revolution, limits to expression remain: although artists are increasingly free to deal with social and political topics, works that explicitly criticize Chinese leaders or symbols of China are still out of bounds.

Many artists in China have learned to work political meaning and criticism into their art without being as obvious as the Gao brothers. Liu Wei, for example, in his recent work “A Lifestyle,” placed various pieces of Chinese exercise equipment, found in parks all over the country, in a giant iron cage that looks like a jail, suggesting the extent to which daily activity and freedom are circumscribed by state power.

Read the full article here.

Gao Zhen, left, and Gao Qiang in Beijing with their controversial, detachable sculpture, “Mao’s Guilt.”

“Execution of Christ” by the Gao brothers, in which Jesus faces a firing squad of Chairman Maos.

RIP Don Fisher

September 28, 2009

Donald Fisher, the man to thank for your 1969 jeans, has died at the age of 81, The Wall Street Journal reports. Fisher served as CEO of Gap for 26 years and remained chairman through 2004, when his company (which had grown to include Banana Republic and Old Navy) registered $16.3 billion in sales.

Only a few days ago, the SFMOMA announced the development of a groundbreaking relationship with Doris and Donald Fisher that would provide the Fisher Collection — one of the world’s leading collections of contemporary art — with a home at SFMOMA.  Mr. Fisher and his wife began collecting art around the time they co-founded Gap Inc. in 1969. The Fisher Collection includes more than 1,100 works by leading artists including Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Willem De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Anselm Kiefer, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, among many others.

“San Francisco is where we raised our family and opened our first Gap store, and we want to give back to the city we love by sharing the art that means so much to us,” says Don Fisher. “Doris and I share a vision with SFMOMA to enhance its collections and programs and we are prepared to make a substantial gift to strengthen the museum’s standing as one of the world’s great contemporary art museums.” via SFMOMA

A Love Letter For You

September 24, 2009

Love Letter is literally a love letter painted on the walls facing the Market elevated train. 40 local and international artists will paint the walls in august and the letter will be on view for one and all starting as early as Labor Day

The project will encompass 50 painted walls between 63rd and 45th street on Market Street, a documentary film with scripted elements, a sign school and shop that will provide training for area youth and free signage for businesses on the market street corridor, and 2 books documenting the project. One of the books will be a small paperback that will be distributed to area businesses free of charge, for them to sell to visitors. The other book will be a larger hardcover book that will document not only the artwork, but the neighborhood and the inspirations of the Love Letter Project.

Love Letter is an unprecedented public art project by Steve Powers and The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. It is funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative.

If you’re in Philly, be sure to keep an eye out.