The wrinkles in this new publication from Mikael Kennedy are not intentional, I foolishly left the once-pristine 32-page, 9″ x 14″ zine full of beautiful landscapes on my dining room table next to an open window and an empty bottle of red wine. It rained that night, and this is the unfortunate effect of humidity on newsprint. You could say that this zine now has a “well-traveled” look to it, and that would be great, because starting tomorrow night, Mikael and his wife, Folk-Singer Melaena Cadiz begin their month long tour across America. Celebrating the joint release of their respective album + photo collection—both titled “Deep Below Heaven”—the duo’s first stop is at the Westerlind Showroom in Nolita for a performance accompanied by photo-projections. Stop by at 7pm and wish them well on their journey through the heartland.
Aug(De)Mented Reality by Marty Cooper
Using 1200 cans of spray paint, Os Gêmeos recently finished a commission to paint the Brazilian national soccer team’s airplane. A can’t miss sight on the tarmac, the plane will carry the players and personnel from city to city during the World Cup.
GROTESK’s ‘SNOW BEACH’ sculpture edition through Case Studyo is a tribute to the Lo-Life culture that has spread across the globe, and of course, Raekwon.
The letter “Y” by Erik Foss.
Italians love busty blondes!
On view at Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan through August 1, 2014
BICA presents: art_spaces by Dan Shapiro
In their latest body of sold-out work, Faile add some new feline friends to their cast of characters.
Forever a rule breaker, Banksy made a video about his Residency in New York City as his acceptance speech for The Webby’s Person of the Year, .
Chris Johanson, Alicia McCarthy, and Ruby Neri give some background on this awesome show at The Grey Art Gallery in NYC. Aligning with their involvement in supporting the ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND, RVCA has released two limited edition t-shirts (here and here) to commemorate the show, with proceeds benefitting charities chosen by the artists.
Thug: A Life of Caravaggio in Sixty-Nine Paragraphs by Stephen Akey
They tortured him of course.
More precisely, they carved up his face – “sfregio,” it was called, a ritual disfigurement intended to inflict permanent and visible dishonor on one who had disrespected the wrong people. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was no stranger to this code of vendetta. In his earlier Roman years, he had run with whores who were known to take the occasional blade to the face of a rival. Now in Naples, towards the end of his strange and violent life, it was his turn to be branded.
Without a doubt one of our favorite shows on view in New York right now, Jayson Musson’s Exhibit of Abstract Art takes its inspiration from the Modern Art set-pieces created by American comic illustrator Ernie Bushmiller for the comic strip Nancy. On view at Salon 94 Bowery through June 21, 2014.
For our series, “Flash Us,” we ask some of our favorite tattoo artists to create a design based on a classic theme—naked ladies. This week, Louie Rivers sent us the above. Louie tattoos out of Glorybound Tattoos in Exmouth, UK, and you can follow him here.
In 2013, Barcelona-based artist duo Llobet & Pons created a series of work that involved engraving the tattoos of specific celebrities (Kate Moss, Johnny Depp, Melanie Griffith, and Mike Tyson) onto the steel surfaces of various cooking pots. The works were then placed on view at Fundació Tàpies in Barcelona for permanent contemplation.
How long have you been in this studio?
Since October last year (2013).
Why did you pick the location?
It’s sort of close from my apartment and the rent is quite cheap compared to other studios in the city. Red Hook still has the atmosphere of everything not being so gentrified, so I’m in love with this neighborhood. The down part is the convenience of transportation isn’t too good. It’s a problem when it rains or snows because I bike here.
How does it rank in comparison to your previous studios?
I’m still figuring that out. I like the fact that I’ve separated my studio and my apartment since I’ve always worked from my apartment. It was really convenient to live and work in the same spot because of many reasons, but I guess it was time for me to separate the two. The winter we had here in Brooklyn this year was pretty horrible and this studio here gets really cold because it’s an old concrete building. I was wearing layers of clothes while I was here, thinking how nice it was working from home. The spring is becoming much easier to work and I’m staring to like this place more.
What’s your favorite attribute of the space?
The lighting from the window is perfect. During the day, I usually don’t turn on the lights and work with natural light, which feels good.
How often are you in here?
3-4 days a week. I have a few part time jobs with some weird schedules so whenever I have time, I escape here.
Can you explain the full capabilities of the studio? What kind of things do you make?
Mainly a painting studio. Since I have three clean walls, I can work on three different paintings at once. The best part of having a studio is I can do messy things and not care about it.
Do you have a refrigerator? If so, what’s in it?
I don’t have one, so I keep few bottles of water and bring my own tea from home.
What kind of sound system do you have?
Headphones, or raw sound from computer speakers.
Have you ever slept here?
I’ve taken a nap here, but never a serious one… yet.
Hiro has a new book which will be released next month from Anteism, and in conjunction with the book release, he will be in Victoria, Canada to exhibit in their truck gallery and paint the exterior of the truck. For more information on Hiro’s artwork, visit his website www.shiloku.com/