This January, sixspace presents Can’t See the Forest, a curated exhibition that explores the use and meaning regarding the depiction of trees by contemporary artists. The title is derived from a saying that means one is incapable of looking at the larger picture because he/she is too concentrated on one particular aspect comprising that picture. With Can’t See the Forest we are using the term literally by synthesis: examining these parts (trees) as they construct a whole (contemporary art).
Art history is full of artists utilizing landscapes as primary imagery; ranging from ancient Japanese wood blocks to the landscapes of Van Gogh and Cezanne, artists have been fascinated with nature and how it applies as both an aesthetically pleasing subject matter as well as an appropriate metaphor for nature vs. man. Artists of this century such as Robert Smithson, Georgia O’Keffe, Winslow Homer on up to Sam Durant and Christo have individually and uniquely utilized the imagery of this inspiring organic life force that is scientific, symbolic, and at times overpowering.
Although differing from the traditional landscape, contemporary artists continue to be intrigued by trees. The idea for this exhibition came about as I continued to discover the utilization of trees (branches, trucks, leaves, etc.) in artwork from a very diverse group of artists. This show will encompass photography, painting, and drawing as they relate to the enticing new ways trees are being appropriated and discussed by young artists. As trees are a part of our history, so it would seem that incorporating them into art seems, pardon the pun, only natural.
Participating artists are: Larissa Bates, Tim Biedron, Ernesto Caivano, Rich Colman, Jen Corace, Sarah Cromarty, Marcel Dzama, Echo Eggebrecht, James Franklin, Glen E. Friedman, Seonna Hong, Chris Patch, Chad Robertson, Roxene Rockwell, Randall Sellers, Pär Strömberg, Rachell Sumpter, and Megan Whitmarsh
france's famed invader has released his second invasion guide, "invasion los angeles: mission hollywood", presenting his tiled tags in the city of angels. maps, photographs, and documents fill 160 pages of bang-up work.
INVASION LOS ANGELES
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SPEND NEW YEARS EVE WITH EQUATOR BOOKS AND BEAUTIFUL LOSERS
December 31 - 8pm to 1am
On New Years Eve Equator Books will be presenting a series of silkscreen prints from the Beautiful Losers exhibit, created by Iconoclast Editions.
Each print in the Beautiful Losers Silkscreen Portfolio has been published in an edition of 200, numbered and signed by the artists. Iconoclast Editions is proud to offer prints by the following artists as of the Beautiful Losers Portfolio: Mike Mills, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, Jo Jackson, Tobin Yelland, Terry Richardson, Cheryl Dunn, Geoff McFetridge, Cynthia Connolly, Ari Marcopoulos, Rostarr, Craig R. Stecyk III, Glen E. Friedman, Evan Hecox, Andy Jenkins, Wes Humpston, Ryan McGinness, Henry Chalfant and others. Prints will be on sale, but as quantities are limited, plan on buying early.
The party will have the usual Equator Books elements, including an open bar-b-que pit, mind-numbing amounts of alcohol, some form of loud musical entertainment and more Venetians than you can shake a stick at.
The Beautiful Losers prints will be on display through January 2005. For more information, contact someone at 310.399.5544.
Artist Shepard Fairey has long been haunting consumer culture with an ambitious mocking street campaign featuring an omnipresent Andre the Giant. An astute student in the arts of persuasion, Fairey began his epic satire on the science of celebrity endorsements and the alchemy of suggesting desire back in 1989, while he was still a student at The Rhode Island School of Design. Since then his propaganda has been proliferated through stickers, clothing, skateboards, posters, stencil based graffiti and even a documentary film, to spread over the United States and the unsuspecting world at large. Currently based in Los Angeles, where his design firm Number One is landing high-level corporate accounts from companies eager to see how his commercial parodies can help sell their products, Fairey’s rising success has helped transform his once homemade Xerox style into lush multi-colored screen prints. There’s no telling what these images are selling, but whatever it is, it’s all so seductive that it’s hard to resist.
As an aesthetic consideration of the form and content of art itself, the case of Shepard Fairey presents a modest, almost trivial joke that has totally run amok, and as it gets ever grander in scope, it just will not play itself out. Rather, Shepard Fairey’s flippant prank continues to accrue greater intensity, complexity, ambition and sophistication. His ongoing “Giant” project has reached 14 years of unrelenting manic and remains as much of an utter provocation as ever, but by now the joke is dead serious and right on in it’s deconstruction of society and it’s signs, and by some totally perverse twist of fate, it has come to represent a validated consensus construct of truth. It’s still nonsense, yet real nonetheless.
On December 26th, the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake which struck Bam, another tragedy has hit - this time in Sumatra.
Between 12am and 7.30am GMT, a series of earthquakes occurred in the area of the western coast of Northern Sumatra, Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands. The two strongest earthquakes had the magnitude of 8.9 and 7.3. The earthquakes caused tsunamis impacting nine countries in the region leaving more than 23,000+ dead and a further 750,000 forced from their homes.
For me the most shocking news of this event deals with the lack of communication between warning systems. The New Zealand Herald reported that the head of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said US officials who detected the undersea quake tried frantically to get a warning out about the tsunami. But there was no official alert system in the region, said Charles McCreery, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's center in Honolulu.
"It took an hour and a half for the wave to get from the earthquake to Sri Lanka and an hour for it to get ... to the west coast of Thailand and Malaysia," he said. "You can walk inland for 15 minutes to get to a safe area. We tried to do what we could, We don't have contacts in our address book for anybody in that part of the world."
As with previous natural disasters Architecture for Humanity was contacted by a number of regionally based NGO's for assistance. This morning we have set up a reconstruction fund, via the AFH site, specifically to deal with rebuilding issues.
We are appealing to our newsletter readers not only for funds but local architectural and engineering contacts for possible consultation work. As with all our disaster relief operations we are committed to zero overhead and admin. costs.
All design/consulting services are being donated pro-bono and we are communicating with potential partnerships, like we did in Bam, with locally based NGO's that will use locals in the rebuilding process.
i know the holidays are for stuffing your face with no remorse, but man...my jeans are fitting kind of tight! having only just recently arrived and stranded without any kitchen gear, we made lots of lunch and dinner dates to catch up with local friends and holiday visitors. looking back at the last couple of weeks of photos, i realized that i've been eating my way through los angeles' westside. next, the eastside. gracias to friends who flipped the bill.
i love coloring books. because i could never draw quite as i imagined, i could at least excel as a colorist. i coveted my first crayola 64 set with built-in sharpener. i was a stay-in-the-lines kind of kid. and i made sure the outlines were always darker than the fill-space. a long time ago, i used to get lost for hours pushing boundaries. two coloring books recently caught my attention:
kozyndan's "lactaid dreams" coloring book is an adventure in coloring. i dare you try to stay in the lines! to fully appreciate the detailed images, i suggest coloring in an altered state. experience firsthand the controlled chaos the creative duo illustrates so well. available for $8.00.
wooster collective have combined powers with sherbert magazine to bring you "sherbert & wooster collective coloring book", a limited edition compilation of drawings by 37 artists worldwide. intended for the professional kid, the book offers original art inspired by children's coloring books. available for $5.00.
this year for the holidays, i give myself a luxurious imaginary present -- the mini cooper s mc40! to celebrate the mini's first rally race win at the rallye monte carlo, 40 years ago, mini cooper has released a limited edition updated version of the winning pocket rocket. for $27,500, you can own one of 1000 individually numbered s mc40s. deets available here. pshaw limited edition anything else! large, no longer in charge, indeed!
happy everything everybody. wishing you a healthy, joyful, and prosperous 2005! hoping all your dreams come true. and super thanks for the all the kind words and support this past year. it definitely keeps me trucking...
i'm not sure if you've noticed...i've made a few minor changes to hustler of culture in preparation for the big 2005 overhaul/relaunch. the biggest change is that i've combined my two blogs ("me, we" and the now defunct, "what we play is life") because i'm tired of posting event listings separately. for those of you who come to read the more personal entries, you'll have to sort through the announcements now. apologies if this bothers you. peeps who come for party invites, look around, you might find something else to read. cheers.
Low Gallery announces a solo exhibition titled "Quantum Reality" by San Francisco based artist, Mars-1 which opens on Saturday, January 8, 2005 (6-10pm) and runs till January 30.
Over the last 5 months, Mars has created a new body of work featuring distant subconscious universes. Using wood, paper, ink, water colors, pencil, oils, these mixed media works dive deep into a world that only Mars can envision.
For years Mars has been creating mainly character driven pieces. "This new body of work illustrates where these characters might come from", says Mars. "After I finish this body of work, it'll make more sense to me… being able to see it from outside my own head". Through the idea Quantum Universe, there is no start or end to it. Once the universe dies, it is reborn again on imaginary time. Mars's created reality could potentially exist. "The title of the show helps the viewer open up to the possibility of it being an actual place", he says… "Very psychedelic but also based on the scientific possibility of its existence. It adds another element to the universe within."
Mars mixes elements of graffiti art, American Indian culture, Japanese animation, even the drawings of comic book legend Moebius in his work. "I like (combining) different ideas," he says. "I have a deep interest in space and the possibility of extraterrestrials. It opens my mind to different, deeper possibilities of existence. That plays a real big role in my art. We have the ability to bring our imagination into existence. That's how I view my (artwork). All of this stuff comes out the creative end and reforms into something new, but you still see remnants of (the inspiration)."
Mars has exhibited work across the United States with shows in Detroit, New York, Toronto, Portland, and Los Angeles. He created his own toy figure for Strange Co… Along side other artists, Damon Soule, David Lee, and Nome, Mars is featured in the book "4 Words". He has been interviewed and featured in Juxtapoz, Staf, Mass Appeal and many other magazines and web sites. He lives and works out of San Francisco.
"The evaluation of our perception of mathematical reality causes a new sense to develop, which gives us access to a reality that is neither visual nor auditory, but something else altogether"
i'm a subscriber to yahoo! picks, a daily compendium of "The best sites on the Web, chosen and reviewed by Yahoo!'s crack team of editors." i have always wondered, how does a site get picked? i don't have an answer, but after nearly three years of global jumping, my goofy fakefunk jump project finally made their list. yay!
when in santa monica...hey, i've been slacking big time. i finally edited photos from justin's 30th birthday mixer. i'm way late posting. but better late then never. please check justin, robin, and brian's sites for real posts. dude, justin, happy birthday. glad you were born.
walking through ocean park, i say hello to dozens of people daily. it's not forced. in fact, it's something incredibly natural for everybody in my neck of the woods to do. we find ourselves exploring our old hood to see what's new. a lot has changed. it's too early to tell if it's for better or worse. every day has been incredibly beautiful since our arrival. people tell us that we're lucky to get this awesome weather. i respond with, well this is the only weather i remember! but yes, chilling in tees in mid-december is a welcomed change from long johns in new york.
we've done a whole lot of nothing in our first week in los angeles. we've hit the beach several times and lazily gawked at surf traffic. don milvio got a hair cut. we celebrated hannukah with family filling our bellies with yummy latkas. we sipped wine and chit chatted with old cali friends at the venice canals. lindsey, visiting from new york, made a welcomed guest appearance. only a few weeks earlier, she dj'd at our going away party. we mockingly checked out the venice boat parade. if you find time this holiday, go see the uninhabited mansion at the end of the canal. it's berserk in decor -- flooded with millions of lights, moving animatronic santa clauses and elves, and disneyesque plastic giant decorations. it's so bad it's good. you'll know what i mean when you see it for yourself. here's to many more days of living the life of leisure! cheers.
an East Village USA Public Program at the New Museum of Contemporary Art / Chelsea
Thursday, December 16, 2004
New Museum of Contemporary Art / Chelsea
556 West 22nd Street, NYC
(Program is free with museum admission, always free for New Museum members)
Dan Cameron leads a panel discussion on the East Village gallery scene with former Interview music writer Glenn O'Brien, gallerist Magdalena Sawon and Lia Gangitano, Director of Participant Inc. Panelists will discuss the similarities and differences between the 1980s East Village scene and the present-day gallery scene in Chelsea, Williamsburg and the Lower East Side. This panel discussion will also examine the current nature of the gallery business as well as the continued importance of the bar/club/storefront scene.
Get your party shoes on! Our Kidrobot LA Store Grand Opening Extravaganza is TOMORROW! That's right- Wednesday, December 15th, from 8-11 pm. Gary Baseman will be there signing exclusive Dumb Luck figures and Deph of To Die For will be presenting original artwork. So come get your exclusive figures and enjoy complimentary drinks by Bossa Nova.
the past two weeks has been ill na na! before i start celebrating the new digs, i gotta pay respect to the peeps we played with in new york city. thank you all for don milvio's birthday dinner, crabfest, hookah lounge, deanne & andre's birthday bash, DC, and our last night in new york. merci for the last four years.
so when i used to live in socal before, i listened to tons of kcrw. several times annually, for a couple of weeks, they would beg all day and night for listeners to contribute to their subscription drive. my family, all supporters, coined the weeks of fundraising as "the begathon". in my last year in santa monica, i listened to kcrw 365 days a year and so i became an "angel", someone who contributed a dollar a day, $365. kcrw claimed that for less than what a cup of coffee costs a day, i could help support them. and i bought that logic.
i'm starting my own begathon. i don't have advertisers. i don't ask for donations. i don't get paid to write this blog. i do it because i love sharing information. no, please don't buy me something from my amazon.com wish list, but please, if you do find yourself holiday shopping online this season and buy something from amazon.com, use my associates link so that i may get a small percentage of your purchase. it's not a lot. but it adds up. enough (i hope) so that i can buy myself something with the credit like a nintendo ds. if you enjoy reading hustler of culture you can support me this way. it doesn't cost you a penny. but it will throw a few into my account. also, you can access my associates link all year round in the upper right hand corner under my "me too" list. i won't beg for credit for another season. thanks amigos.
and oh yeah, kcrw's winter begathon is currently in full force. please support them until i can afford a cup of coffee daily. cheers.