Monday, February 1, 2010

dirty pretty things

Directed by Tyrone and Jamie Wood (sons of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood), Scream Gallery has carved a unique niche for itself within the contemporary art world, bringing to light the more hidden talents of some of the biggest names in music and pop culture.

Opening Thursday February 4th, Scream is featuring the new series by Warholite artist, photographer, and music video director Russell Young. The collection focuses largely on Marilyn Monroe and Kurt Cobain, two of the most influential figures of pop culture who share similarly tragic, yet brilliant, legacies. In this new set of haunting paintings and screen prints, Young utilizes his signature technique of infusing his pigments with 'diamond dust,' adding "a magical glittering effect that imbues the images with an ethereal quality."

Dirty Pretty Things
February 4-March 13
Tue-Fri, 10:00-18:00; Sat, 11:00-17:00

34 Bruton Street
W1J 6QX London
Tube: Jubilee, Victoria, & Picadilly at Green Park

Kurt Cobain "I will let you down, I will make you hurt" white+suicide pink
acrylic paint, enamel and diamond dust on linen
62 x 48 in

Marilyn Crying
acrylic paint, enamel and diamond dust on linen
62 x 48 in

Mick Jagger "Reggie Kray, do you know my name"
acrylic and enamel screen print on linen
62 x 48 in

Lou Reed "Shooting Star"
acrylic and enamel screen print on linen
62 x 48in

Patty Hearst
enamel and diamond dust screen print on linen
62 x 48in

Iggy Pop "Search and Destroy"
acrylic and enamel screen print on linen
62 x 48in

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

rosson crow

It’s hard not to be nostalgic for when 315 Bowery was the home of underground rock and not upscale menswear. Now the neighborhood that used to house the monumental CBGB’s is home to John Varvatos, Blue and Cream, and a Daniel Boulud restaurant. The Bowery has lost some of its dangerous edge, but there is delicate irony in the small way it is preserved; its fashion. The skinny black jeans and leather jackets that used to be seen as red flags of the misfits of society are now mass produced and sold in the windows of stores like Blue and Cream and John Varvatos.

‘Bowery Boys,’ an exhibition of paintings by Rosson Crow, explores the way that culture and art have been influenced by these groundbreaking ‘bad boys’ of days past. One painting pairs trendy nightclub Boom Boom Room with a gritty sex club of old NYC, Plato’s Retreat. The juxtaposition is off-putting, but in the same way that the old Bowery and the new Bowery would look if they were superimposed into one singular picture. Rosson, interested in the manifestation of masculinity, focuses on the iconic and alluring ‘bad boys’ – those who were written off as dangers to society and yet were still celebrated by their cult followings and who are remembered even today. Rosson’s paintings explore the lawless and exciting NYC that was thoroughly laced with rebellion. By paying homage to those who paved an unthinkable way, Rosson’s exhibit provides inspiration for current artists and a fascinating look back into our city’s often-misremembered punk culture.

Rosson Crow
Bowery Boys
March 04 — March 27, 2010
Deitch Projects
18 Wooster Street, New York

Crow's previous work:

Rosson Crow, in the flesh

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Friday, November 20, 2009

camille vivier

Jenny Hanivers look like devils, angels and dragons and may have started the legends of Mermaids.

Fashion photographer Camille Vivier’s work lays out a curious narrative of different women in stark scenes like the editorial sets she’s shot for Purple and Dazed and Confused. Set to heady rock music, it almost reminds us of the Virgin Suicides. The girls encounter the abrasions of Mother Nature and in the end are defined in sailor terminology.

See more work from Vivier at her website, and look out for her upcoming commercial for Maison Martin Margiela’s 2010 fragrance.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

czech it

Don't miss Czech films currently playing at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, as part of the film festival titled The Ironic Curtain: Czech Cinema since the Velvet Revolution. Classics like Ecstasy (1933) and new films from fresh directors like Petr Zelenka will be screened, with discussion with the filmmakers themselves, actors and other guests including the Czech Ambassador to the UN.

See the Schedule

Ecstasy, Gustav Machatý, 1933

Daisies, Vĕra Chytilová, 1966

The Karamazovs, Petr Zelenka, 2008

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

veilhan versailles

Last year, Jeff Koon's 'Balloon Dog' hung out in the Salon d'Hercule. This year, 'The Large Carriage' by Xavier Veilhan stands in the Court of Honor. Veilhan's trademark is his representation of mechanical objects and animals. The French artist's nine piece exhibition focuses “on the relationships between scale, equilibrium, and observation points” and is inspired by the space and history of Versailles.

This exhibition is a part of a project begun last year; Versailles has committed to showcasing “outstanding artists of our time” by inviting one artist per year to use the former home of France's royalty as an exhibition space.

Now until December 13, 2009
Veilhan Versailles

Some of Veilhan's past work:

See more of Veilhan's work at

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Friday, September 25, 2009


Deciding between the Met and La Esquina? Decisions no more, since artists Lisa Sigal and Paul Ramirez Jones have created an unlikely but winning combination of art and free tacos in their new collaboration Specials.

In a collaboration that makes you wonder why hasn’t anyone done this sooner, they’ve created a new exhibit called Specials that combines free food with art gallery.

Their mobile art exhibit is a two-sided 10 x 4 foot wall. One side displays the work of various artists, while the other side serves complimentary homemade tacos. Each time this exhibit is presented, they change the artists and the type of tacos, as an homage to the idea of ‘daily specials.’ Their mission statement is to “evolve following a desire to go beyond tired dichotomies of inside/outside, art audience/non art audience, viewer versus participant. It is not This or That; it is This and That.” This Thursday, the tacos will be squash, mushroom and homemade hot sauce, and the artists will be those who participated in the 1993 Whitney Biennial. See you there!

Thursday October 1, 4:00 - 8:00 PM

On the
High Line in the 14th Street Passage (between 13th and 14th Streets)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

festival la route du rock

Afternoon on the beach, evening at Palais du Grand Large’s casino stage and the rest of the night in an 18th Century castle—this is the itinerary La Route du Rock, the three-day music festival in Saint-Malo, France this weekend, has in store for concert-goers. It definitely beats camping out in Tennesee humidity. Headlining are legendary names like My Bloody Valentine, Tortoise and Peaches, supported by bands responsible for some of the big new releases of the past year, including Deerhunter, Crystal Stilts, the Horrors, St Vincent, Camera Obscura, the Papercuts, Telepathe, Grizzly Bear, Mark Kozelek and more.

Saint-Malo, located on the Brittany region’s Emerald Coast is accessible from England by ferry with possible discounts for festival-goers. 27 bands will play in three locations:

Le Fort de Saint-Père (showcasing the bulk of the bands each night)
Le Palais Sony Ericsson (aka Le Palais de Grand Large, a casino with a few bands each evening on a reputedly intimate stage)
La Plage Bon Secours (meaning ‘the Beach of Good Help.’ Only one opener each afternoon)


Friday, August 14, 2009

Le Fort de Saint-Père

The Horrors, A Place To Bury Strangers, My Bloody Valentine, Tortoise, Deerhunter, and Crystal Stilts

Le Palais Sony Ericsson

Marissa Nadler and Mark Kozelek

La Plage Bon Secours

The Delano Orchestra

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Le Fort de Saint-Père

Four Tet, Peaches with Sweet Machine, The Kills, Camera Obscura, St. Vincent, and Papercuts

Le Palais Sony Ericsson

Forest Fire and The Present

La Plage Bon Secours

The Patriotic Sunday

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Le Fort de Saint-Père

Autokratz, Simian Mobile Disco, Grizzly Bear, Dominique A, Andrew Bird, and Bill Callahan

Le Palais Sony Ericsson

Gang Gang Dance and Telepathe

La Plage Bon Secours

That Summer


Thursday, July 30, 2009

little people left in the world to fend for themselves

Slinkachu, Crappy Christmas, Old Street Area in London, 2008.

British artist Slinkachu has been placing miniature train set figurines in public places since 2006, witty street installations that evolved instantly into an ongoing photography project. The thirty year old artist finds his characters from model shops, paints them and sometimes alters them with modeling clay before placing them in action with found objects and props from eBay. He had solo exhibitions at the Cosh Gallery in London last summer and most recently at the Andipa Gallery in a show called Whatever Happened to the Men of Tomorrow? that was accompanied by life-size blow ups of his work on billboards around London. The installations find Slinkachu’s little people in ironic, tragic and funny situations that emphasize their tiny size and make them seem more pathetic and helpless. As the artist intended, they embody the loneliness and disillusionment that characterize city life. An old woman walks home, arms crossed to keep warm, dwarfed by a giant bag of potato chips next to her; a lady of the night propositions a miniature super hero from the entrance to her house of ill repute--the mouth of a drainage pipe.

Slinkachu, The Lair, Whatever Happened to the Men of Tomorrow? 2009.

Slinkachu’s gallery shows presented magnified photographs of the many scenes he has set up on the streets of London and left for passers-by to ponder or overlook, as well as new little sculptures on the floor and in corners of the gallery. He also published a book of his photographed street installations called Little People in the City this June.

Slinkachu, Pigeon Carnage, Ground Zero Solo Show, 2008.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Creepy Teepee Festival

As the 2009 GASK Art Fest's musical counterpart,
the Creepy Teepee Festival is about to start in Kuntá Hora, about 45 miles east of Prague. Put on by the DIY Czech art collective, A.M. 180, the six-day concert series features thirty bands, mixing local Czech, Austrian and Slovakian acts with a dozen names from North America, plus New Zealand, Portugal and Sweden. The bands will play on a stage in the courtyard of a Jesuit student dormitory, at the GASK Gallery. Celebrating artistic independence and progressive culture, the GASK Art Festival starts this weekend before the concert series and will hold free film screenings, art workshops and other events during the day and after parties every night at Klub Ceská at 11 PM.

day 1: Aug 4 2009
Afterparty features Isobutane and Teapot.

day 2: Aug 5 2009
Afterparty features AM 180 and Fettkakao DJs and Bohemian Like You.

day 3: Aug 6 2009
Afterparty hosted by VICE Magazine.

day 4: Aug 7 2009
Afterparty features
Marcus Nyke of Swedish group Tar...Feathers.

day 5: Aug 8 2009
Afterparty hosted by Creepy Teepee, featuring Mahjongg.

day 6: Aug 9 2009
C (CZ)

Creepy Teepee Festival
August 4th - 9th, 2009
4 - 10 PM Tuesday - Saturday, 2 - 4 PM Sunday.
GASK Gallery / The Central Bohemian Gallery
Barborská 53/24
Kuntá Hora, Czech
Admission to each show: 200 Czech Koruna


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

chaotic colors from brazil

Born in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, when Carlos Dias (aka "ASA") was fifteen he moved to the latin country’s biggest city, São Paulo, where he became one of the 1990s artists (like Herbert Baglione and Vitché) to put the metropolis on the map in the art world for graffiti and skateboard art. Still a member of two bands, Polar rock and Caxabaxa
, he began by making concert posters for São Paulo’s underground music scene, and then handmade stickers (or adesivos). His childish imagery gained popularity in Brazil, and soon France and the UK, but it was jail time in 2002 that served as an impetus for his artistic growth. This “deep and needed rebirth” brought on an expressive, dark series of paintings, but his work has since regained its childish flair in bright colored drawings, large paintings and installations.

ASA’s art has always been a form of personal expression. Self-taught, rejected from art classes, ASA funneled his rage into painting and coloring whatever he could find, and he will still work with whatever he can get his hands on— acrylic paint, markers, crayons, or spray-paint. Often the subjects are detailed, single iconographic monsters or large collage-like scenes of thickly doodled characters.

Skating, swimming and biking have also always been a part of ASA’s life in Brazil, but one of his biggest influences (besides caffeine—the artist has said, “espresso is the best partner when it comes to producing in large scale”) is music. In Juxtapoz Magazine he named his top 5 albums as Johnny Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, anything by the Descendents, Teixeihinha and Mary Terezinha’s Desafio das Perguntas e Respostas, Jorge Ben’s O Bidú Ou Silêncio No Brooklyn, and Check Your Head by the Beastie Boys.

Still a big name in Sáo Paulo’s galleries, he now lives by the beach in Florianópolis with his wife, who makes Veraneyo bikinis. Check out his flickr account for more pictures of his work.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

lo-fi showcase at bowery

Lo-fi showcase not to miss...Wavves, Woods, Popo, and Real Estate are not on tour together, but will unite for one special night in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom, July 15 at 7 PM.


popo band

Popo are a trio of brothers from Philadelphia who sing, shout and mumble their way through weird, fuzzy songs about alienation and violent fantasies. In the past they have released a self-titled album from Buddyhead Records, and claimed to be a post-hip hop band who went by the names Pops Ghostly, Fullscreen, Blue Bishi and Hamstar. After evidently losing one band member, Hassan, Zeb and Shoaib Malik recently signed to Diplo’s budding label, Mad Decent and released a 7” for “Kill Tonight,” a catchy lo-fi anthem of frustration and destruction that has brought comparisons to the show’s headliner, Wavves and opening slots for Philly’s Spank Rock. Heavy bass and drums keep the song and its b-side, “Feel Good Song of the Year” dark and foreboding. Check out their interview with the whole Mad Decent family in this month’s Fader, and Popo’s archives of live performances here

Real Estate

real estate band

Real Estate are a band that no one seems to know about, but at the same time, everyone is talking about. This summer they’ve showed up all over the New York City club circuit, turning heads at the fourth of July Woodsist/Captured tracks festival, and opening for Titus Andronicus at the Whitney plus lining up several other shows in July. Perhaps that’s because their music is the perfect soundtrack to summer—soothing and layered like so many tides crashing in on a beach. They have several 7” out whose songs about chilling out, drinking and swimming are featured on Real Estate's MySpace.


woods band

Jeremy Earl’s falsetto crooning helps to neutralize and in a sense calm down the wacky distorted guitar licks and jangly psych-folk silliness of Woods’ latest Songs of Shame (Shrimper/Woodsist). The album is primarily a collaboration between Earl and his Menenguar bandmate Jarvis Taveniere, who brings more country to the table from his work with Wooden Wand. Lo-fi and hazy nonetheless, Woods’ music is warmer and more rustic than many of their Brooklyn peers. Their ‘songs of shame’ range from melancholic to melodic, but are always full of soul. This show is an early stop on their tour with Swedish folk-rockers Dungen and Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile.


wavves band

Nathan Williams, who goes by the musical moniker Wavves, is a character. This spring the eccentric San Diego-based musician/party animal suffered a breakdown in Barcelona that spurred the cancellation of the rest of their tour in support of Williams’ (sort of) eponymous sophomore album, Wavvves (Fat Possum). Personal problems aside, it’s a great piece of music; a frenetic collection of hazy noise-pop tunes with possibly the most intensely fuzzy lo-fi production out there. This show marks their return to the stage before they play the Pitchfork Festival on Saturday.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 @ 7 PM
Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York City NY 10002
(212) 533-2111
18+ $13/$15


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

dan graham & indie music take over the whitney

Dan Graham performing "Performer/Audience/Mirror" at P.S.1 Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, NY, 1977, photo courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art

A critic and theorist, Dan Graham has become a central figure in contemporary art. “Dan Graham: Beyond” charts where Graham started, with conceptual ‘zines and photography to his later pavilion installations that question the public versus the private, while blurring the boundaries between sculpture and architecture, complete with his signature two-way mirrors. Graham worked with every medium imaginable, from writing to performance art, often infused with scientific and philosophical perspectives. He pioneered video and film installation and musical collaboration as well, and has worked with Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca and Japanther.

Dan Graham, still from "Rock My Religion", 1982-84, single-channel video, 55:27 min., black and white and color, sound, image courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

Dan Graham, "Figurative", 1965, printed matter, collection Herbert, Gent, Belgium

Dan Graham: Beyond
Exhibiting now until October 11, 2009

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
General Information: (212) 570-3600

Wednesday–Thursday: 11 am–6 pm
Friday: 1–9 pm (6–9 pm pay-what-you-wish admission)
Saturday–Sunday: 11 am–6 pm
Monday & Tuesday: Closed

Adults: $15
Senior citizens (62 and over): $10
Students with valid ID: $10
Members, NYC public school students with valid student ID, and children under 12: Free

In conjunction with their retrospective on Dan Graham, the Whitney has booked some of the best new bands in the world of independent music to perform every Friday in July.

The concerts are part of the exhibit and start at 7 PM. That means they’re essentially FREE if you get there after 6 PM (admission to the Whitney is “pay as you wish” from 6 to close on Fridays), but there are no reservations and space is first-come, first-served.

Live performances every Friday include:
July 10: Titus Andronicus / Real Estate
July 17: Abe Vigoda / Grooms
July 24: Woods / Yellow Fever
July 31: Vivian Girls / These Are Powers

Titus Andronicus

Glen Rock, NJ’s Titus Andronicus are almost as discipline-defiant as Graham.
Their debut album, the 2008 indie favorite The Airing of Grievances (re-released this year in the U.S. on XL Recordings) brims with literary and artistic allusions (to Hunter S. Thompson, Albert Camus, and Shakespeare before you even get to their lyrics), all while being an innovative work of wailing and ethereal punk.

Real Estate

Also from New Jersey, Real Estate make drowsy psych pop songs with contemplative riffs, surf rock slides and titles like “Pool Swimmers,” “Beach Comber,” “Black Lake” and “Let’s Rock the Beach.” In “Suburban Beverages” (mp3 available here) their voices chant the song’s only words, “Budweiser, Sprite, do you feel alright?” in echoing harmonies. Their 7-inches from Woodsist and Underwater Peoples could make a lazy summer day on the Jersey shore out of any time of year.

Abe Vigoda

L.A. punx Abe Vigoda’s thrash and no wave roots don’t keep them from generating the sort of tropical ambience popularized by this same showcase of bands, with layered guitars and lo fi production. But, jagged, percussive guitar parts add to the noise on their 2008 album, Skeleton and less tropical 2009 EP, Reviver. Singer Michael Vidal shouts in frantic rhythms, always receiving a high boost of energy from ex-drummer Gerardo Guererro (since traded for a Dane Chadwick).

Grooms (formerly Muggabears)

The male-female vocals of Grooms immediately switch on a Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore-shaped light bulb. Layer them over the sonorous electric guitar picking and spacey feedback on the Brooklyn band’s forthcoming LP Rejoicer (Death By Audio) and you have a revival of Daydream Nation-era Sonic Youth, and when is that ever a bad thing?


Psychedelic folk rock with the tie-dye to prove it. Their quirky, layered vocals and warm, distorted guitar solos are refreshing like no other self-described jam band could be, possibly since they keep the jams dirty with tons of feedback. Singer Jeremy Earl also heads Brooklyn label Woodsist that put out the band’s album Songs of Shame.

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever is Jennifer Moore from Voxtrot, Luis Martinez and drummer Adam Jones, a minimalist art pop outfit from Austin, TX. Moore’s voice is clear, straightforward and lovely, following or floating above the simple beats and strumming on their Culver City and Cats and Rats EPs (Hugpatch, MP3s here). This is one of five shows they’re playing in New York this month.

Vivian Girls

This surf-punk Brooklyn trio with ghostly, three-part female harmonies awash in Shangri-las and Beach Boys nostalgia writes songs that are equal parts dreamy and gritty. Their lo-fi, shoegazey records from In the Red and Woodsist have created a resounding buzz in music media that will send them to Japan and Australia this fall after they finish their US tour.

These Are Powers

These Are Powers bring tough electronic beats based on a Brooklyn-Chicago connection between members Pat Noecker, Bill Salas and Anna Barie, whose sultry vocals teeter between singing and rapping à la grime superstar M.I.A. Always fun live, tracks on All Aboard Future (Dead Oceans) are dark and debauching with bright guitar hooks and samples to light the way.

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