Interdisciplinary artist Ben Jones of celebrated East Coast art collective Paper Rad presents a solo show of between-media video sculpture, light painting, and “drawing in the digital age” at Deitch Projects Grand Street gallery. Entitled The New Dark Age, the exhibition explores new methods of pictoral storytelling through the drawn, projected, and sculpted line.
This is Ben’s second solo exhibition in New York and is adapted from his exhibition Celebrate the New Dark Age presented at AMP in Athens, Greece this summer. The exhibition is accompanied by a hardcover catalogue published by Picture Box and a new zine made by the artist. Ben will also be redesigning the Deitch Website in conjunction with his exhibition. The show will expand onto and infiltrate the site, debuting a new interface and realm for interactivity.
THE NEW DARK AGE
FEBRUARY 5 – FEBRUARY 28, 2009
@ Deitch Projects
76 GRAND STREET
31 January 2009
7 alleged members of L.A. tagging crew arrested -LA Times
Revok had this to say on the subject:
"WHILE CHILDREN ARE BEING ABUSED, WOMEN ARE BEING RAPED… THE SHERIFFS DEPT IS SPENDING YOUR TAX DOLLARS CHASING AFTER PEOPLE WHO SUPPOSEDLY PAINTED SOMETHING ON THE WALLS OF THE MOST POLLUTED, NEGLECTED, OUT OF THE WAY LOCATION IN THE CITY… THE L.A. RIVER (AKA THE ASSHOLE OF THE UNIVERSE).
MILLIONS OF $$$ TO CLEAN IT UP? -WHY?, WHATS THE FUCKING POINT!?… ITS NOT BOTHERING ANYBODY. CHILDREN NEED BOOKS AND COMPUTERS, TEACHERS NEED BETTER PAY, AND HALF OF THE CITY IS WITHOUT HEALTHCARE OR ACCESS TO DECENT MEDICAL FACILITIES… WHY WOULD YOU EVEN CONSIDER WASTING 10$ PAINTING OVER SOMETHING SOMEWHERE NOBODY CARES ABOUT….?"
30 January 2009
ESPO’s “street art” T shirt comes in a fetching rainbow colour scheme for that special Street Artist in your life that say's "Hey I'm a street artist and I don't care who knows it!"
The T shirt is for T-shirt Monthly magazine
By subscribing to T-shirt Monthly you get 1 fresh t-shirt every month for six months, each exclusively designed by a different artist Monthly.
29 January 2009
Book release and art show for Bay City Grafitti by Steve Rotman & Chris Brennan Bay. This is the first comprehensive retrospective of the SF's vibrant contemporary street-art scene. Rotman's colorful photographs are accompanied by dozens of artist interviews – with the likes of JENKS, ABNO, CHUBS, HARSH, NESTA, REYES, CYMES, APEX.
111 Minna Gallery, San Fran
Friday, February 6th 5-9pm
Bay Area Graffiti available now on Amazon.
Photo of book cover by funkandjazz
28 January 2009
Umbrella Today? is one of the best things I've heard of in a while. I signed up and now get a text message in the morning alerting me if it will rain that day. I still leave the house half awake and 10 minutes late, but at least I'm prepared for unpredicable New York weather. Ingenious!
27 January 2009
So far in Obama's first week in office he has:
Ordered all secret U.S. prisons closed immediately, and the detention center at Guantanamo Bay closed within a year; he stopped the torture of American prisoners; granted access to all U.S. detainees to the International Red Cross; ended the practice by which detainees could be sent to countries where they might be tortured; froze the salaries of all White House officials making more than $100,000; ordered all government agencies to “adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure” regarding Freedom of Information Act requests; ordered all administration appointees to take an ethics pledge; ended a government ban on funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad; and revoked Executive Order 13233, which placed limits on public access to the records of former presidents.
Obama, taking care of bidness.
Source: Harpers Magazine.
25 January 2009
Pimp Juice is a fully customized 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood low-rider by the Chicago-based artist Dzine. The car is part of Barrio Dreams, a project he did for Jeffrey Deitch’s 2007 Art Basel booth. Complete with 14 speakers, special chrome and 24-carat gold hydraulics that make it buck and hop. It's still on view now at the Deitch Long Island City Gallery.
Photos by Frank
24 January 2009
We stopped by Martha Cooper's place for coffee (really good coffee) and talked stickers. Her flat's view of the Hudson River was amazing. Oscar was super excited because he's a huge fan. I fell in love with Martha's elder cat Pancho who curled up nearby. I'm a sucker for orange felines. Frank took the pics.
Martha, who co-authored the seminal graffiti book Subway Art, has been documenting urban life and graf for decades. And she has been very busy lately. She released Tag Town last year and was organizing photos for her show Street Shots in L.A. Her new sticker art book, Going Postal, was just released this month.
Stickers for everyone!
From Martha's personal sticker collection: Faust
From Martha's personal sticker collection: Overconsume
Portrait of Martha and her camera by Os Gemeos
Pictures from THE PLAYGROUND @ The Puffin Room, NYC
17 January 09
Suzette Lee: T-Peace! Seriously, the best thing at the show. We showed Suzette's photos at the Upset art show last Spring and her stuff just keeps getting better! Check out the process here.
I see pube. I liked this puzzle idea.
When we left the line was down the block to get in. I almost got stuck in a bottleneck of people pushing in as I was trying to get out. E2 anyone??
The Sharpie is the one tool that every graf writer and artist has used, and Crewest Gallery in L.A. is bringing it back to the basics. Curated by renowned graffiti artist Man One, all artwork in the show is created using Sharpies by some of the best known graffiti artists, tattoo artists, and illustrators in the country.
WHAT: The Sharpie Show with DJ Phyz Ed and live printing by Two Rabbits
WHEN: February 7th, 6-9 pm
WHERE: Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles
It's rare that you can go to an art show and actually afford what is on the walls. That's why we love the idea behind this show being held at Breeze Block Gallery in Portland, OR. All artwork is priced no more than $100. Don't go home empty handed!
WHAT:: 2nd Annual 100 BONES Show- featuring 9 artists from Oregon and Cali
WHEN: February 6th, 6-10 pm
WHERE: Breeze Block Gallery, Portland
23 January 2009
Who can resist gals with heels on their vintage bikes riding the streets of New York or Coopenhagen? Yes, it's the middle of winter, but who cares.
More hot wheels here.
Posted by: Heather
22 January 2009
Some ILL joints from Revok's Blog that redefine going large.
TIE tribute -Shot dead in the back of the head by William Porter while trying to run from a failed painting effort… he was 18 years old. Rest In Power.
FATE, MQ, AND BENET(BNE).
Gkae And SABER
SKREW and NEXT
STEEL (each letter is on a single freight car)
MTA crew LA. Pretty sure you can see this from space!
Source: Revok's Blog
21 January 2009
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18 January 2009
Check out some mid-eighties Bristol graffiti and b-boying.
This is the original promo for The Wild Bunch Crew. The video, cut by Steve Haley, with several scenes shot by Julian Monaghan, shines a light on the vibrant early hip-hop scene in Bristol (UK) and features many of the city's unsung heroes, without whom their would never have been a 'Bristol Sound'.
'I put the video together in 1985 at the request of Nellie Hooper, who realised even then the potential of what was starting to happen in Bristol. The video helped to secure a trip for TWB to Japan which arguably marked both the start of their individual international careers and the begining of the end for the crew. At this time they were still a chaotic DJ crew and did not release their own tunes until the Friends and Countrymen E.P. in 1988, by which time the crew were already in the terminal meltdown which led to the transformation of Soul to Soul and the formation of Massive Attack.' -Steve Haley - Oct 08
View The Original 1985 Promo: youtube.com/The Wild Bunch
17 January 2009
A preview of the short film by John Carluccio that explores branding, addiction, sneaker culture, and legal infringement when artist/designer Ari Saal Forman mash-ups the lively Newport cigarette brand into a cool Nike-like sneaker.
Director John Carluccio is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker whose work documents under recognized pockets of urban society.
16 January 2009
15 January 2009
United Styles New York City
5 on 5 crew battle Grand Prize:$2500.00
This event will be hosted live on Karmaloop.tv
Hosted by: Ken Swift
Judges: Smerk, El Nino and Abstrakt
DJ Lean Rock, DJ Shame and DJ Forest Gump
Special Performances by The New York Rock Alliance
Date: January 18, 2009 - Martin Luther King Holiday
Where: Sky BallRoom Lounge
125 St. Ann's Avenue
Where it all Began Bronx NY 10454 (between 134th Street & Bruckner Blvd.)
6 Train To Brook Avenue. walk 5 blocks
Time: 7pm - 2am
Damage: $15.00 with Flyer
"The Insecurities of Time" by Israeli Street Artist Know Hope
January 16th through February 15th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th 7pm-10pm
For the past 4 years, Know Hope has been showing his work in galleries and exhibitions worldwide, but most of his work has been on the streets, in their natural urban settings. Know Hope deals with the ephemeral aspect of street art not only as a genre in itself, but also as a subject, exploring the need of momentary connections in everyday reality, and the common denominator that is the human struggle.
Know Hope’s recent work has been revolving around the story of an unnamed figure, following it and creating some sort of lifeline through its observations, mishaps and eventually its commentary. The figure is the visual manifestation of the human vulnerability addressed in all the pieces. The use of cardboard makes the content of the pieces physical, underlining the urgency of creating temporary art for the street, and the liability and rough fragility of the struggle.
You can read a recent discussion with Know hope on his artwork @: my love for you is a stampede of horses.com
On New Years day a Rapid Transit Agency police officer shot and killed 22-year old Oscar Grant at a BART subway station in Oakland California
Johannes Mehserle, the officer responsible for the shooting, was arrested this week and charged with murder.
Mr Mehserle resigned from the rapid transit unit on January 7, hours before a protest in Oakland turned violent and resulted in more than 100 arrests.
R.I.P. To Oscar Grant and our thoughts and prayers go out to his 4-year-old daughter.
14 January 2009
6-9pm 435 Broome Street, NYC
Opening January 17th, in collaborative effort, 20 international artists will transform The Puffin Room into The Playground; a beautifully unconventional and fictitious utopia where the artists will lead its audience through a subliminal journey of self-consciousness and exploration in regard to their reluctance and personal struggle to the surrendering of their childhood.
Continuing its mission of showcasing the talents of socially conscious and foreword thinking artists The Puffin Room is pleased to present The Playground, an extraordinary exhibition of photography, installation, sculptor, painting, and various mediums whose creators are reexamining and exploring the notion and concept of making the momentous transition from childhood to adulthood.
04 January 2009
Kane is one of my favorite current artists/designers. I went to his show at Montana Gallery in Oak Park a few years ago and I thought it was some of the most interesting work I had seen in a long time. I just stumbled across this video from that show.