DABS MYLA Signature Trekkel Paint Kit

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Based on the way they mix paint and use color, DABS MYLA worked together with Trekell to create a special set of acrylic paint and a custom brush for their own signature Paint Kit. Using only four colors plus white in their artwork, the custom set will allow your creativity to flow with the hopeful results of reaching the clean level of painting that DABS MYLA have achieved. Available through Trekkel.

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The Last Panda

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The t-shirt from Rob Pruitt’s show last year is now for sale in Gavin Brown’s Enterprise’s new webshop.

LET US ROAM – Greg Hunt

Leica continues their fantastic short film series about skateboarding lensmen with a 4 minute 20 second profile of Greg Hunt.

Almost Finished

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An online zine focused on the work of graffiti artists who ran out of time

Art Tonight (and this Weekend) in New York

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Walton Ford, Andy Rementer (pictured), Tim Barber, Fred Tomaselli, Mark Grotjahn, Keith Haring… the list goes on after the jump.

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Forever in Character: An Interview With Jaimie Warren

For the uninitiated, walking into the current show at The Hole gallery might be shocking and confusing, but give it a second and you’ll start smiling. Jaimie Warren’s brightly painted and Papier-mâché’d world of self-portraits and recreated celebrity internet memes is, on the surface, bizarre and silly (and maybe a little gross), but behind the both literal and figural masks are real ideas about fame, pop culture, art, and social mores. Take for example, her recreation of Fra Angelico’s High Altarpiece of San Domenico in Fiesole, a massive religious Renaissance painting Jaimie remade on video in a Kansas City gymnasium with what seems like hundreds of her friends dressed as her, her mother’s, and her grandmother’s favorite celebrities, singing along to Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For” off-key (which makes it that much better). You gotta see it to believe it. Because she approaches art from such an interesting and new perspective, her work may sometimes have the feel of outsider art, yet it’s anything but. Jaimie takes this silliness seriously, working unrelentingly with a smile on her face, and her art is the most fun I’ve had in a gallery all year. It closes May 4th, so hurry!

 
Christian Storm: Hey Jaimie, the show looks amazing! I was blown away the full Fra Angelico piece. I remember seeing it when it was only one frame. How long did that take you? 
 
Jaimie Warren: Thanks, Christian! The first frame you saw in last year’s VICE Photo Issue, which you edited, and that’s where the whole thing started. I was so incredibly lucky to have VICE‘s support to help me make that piece. It was such an ambitious project, compared to all of my prior work, with over 200 characters in the end. We handmade almost all of the costumes and wigs, and we also shot it not only as photographs, but as a 5-channel music video where all of the characters come to life! I had so much help in making the work, including a lot of my collaborators from the variety show I co-direct, Whoop Dee Doo. Lee Heinemann, Lindsey Griffith, Sara Haug, and several others helped create all of the costumes and wigs, and Matt Roche created a 5-channel audio masterpiece. Where as when you guys got it, it was a static single frame, the full piece is shown as a music video at the Hole, which is a really crazy way to see it. 

In total, it was five shoots and took a little over four months to complete. It was crazy to orchestrate all of these people, but it was made in Kansas City, which has a truly fantastic and supportive arts community, and this piece is pretty reflective of that.
 
 
What was the impetus to place it in the construct of classical piece of art, like a Renaissance painting? I know you tend to look towards pop culture for inspiration and influence more than to pure highbrow fine art, yet this sits squarely within an art historical context.
 
Well, in 2012 I started re-making all of these found Photoshopped images and re-creating them as self-portraits without using Photoshop. I would find them in these strange online contests that are sort of aimed at people who are bored at work. The outcome is often disturbing and/or incredible. I did about a dozen remakes of images where people altered images from art history, like placing Santa Claus in an ancient Egyptian painting or Yoda in a Bouguereau, or painting sexy bikinis on abstract women in a Picasso, so it stemmed from that. This remake of a 15th Century Fra Angelico painting is the first time I tried my own hand at it and created a parody composition on my own instead of using one I found. In the middle panel is myself as Missy Elliot in her giant infamous inflated garbage bag costume replacing the Christ figure dressed in all white. The outer panels have all of my favorite male celebs (including seventeen Michael Jacksons), and the 2nd and 4th panel celebs were chosen by my Mom and Grandma.

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Even Burn Outs Fade Away

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Bill McRight just finished up this deadly new print. It’s available now.

Art Goes to the Indianapolis 500

“Walk That Tightrope” is Slater Bradley’s 16mm film which follows driver Townsend Bell, who happens to be Bradley’s childhood best friend.

Will Look Great Hanging in the Playroom

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“Night Has Come” is a new print by Cleon Peterson

Big John

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DEER DANA’s latest t-shirt is a collaboration with Joe Garvey featuring the mug of the giant artist that is John Baldessari. Available for 25% off, if purchased by May 5th

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Installation View: If You’re Accidentally Not Included, Don’t Worry About It

Peter Saul’s entry into curation is on view at Zürcher Studio through May 3rd, 2014.

Dream (1989)

by Mark Sutherland

Flash Us: Fergus Simms

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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, Fergus Simms sent us the above. Fergus tattoos out of Melbourne Tattoo Company in Australia, and you can follow him here.

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Openings & Parties: The 80s – Past + Present

This show curated by Keith Miller features the work of CRASH, Ronnie Cutrone, Michael De Feo, Tom Slaughter, and Scott Kilgour. It is on view at the Bleecker Street Arts Club through May 31st, 2014.

Photos by Christos Katsiaouni

No Watering Necessary

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Paul Wackers recently worked with Editions Anaïck Moriceau on three new prints including this 12-color piece of plant life, Saint-Brieuc. On the very affordable side, each print is available in an edition of 20.

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Installation View: ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND

 
 

This Mission School show featuring Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri is full of dream clusters and rare pieces of art. On view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery through July 12, 2014, it’s a must see.

The Valley of Dolls

Well, this one’s weird.

Ayano Tsukimi (64) is living in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Not many people are still living there. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi is making lifesized dolls in their liking and puts them in places that were important to them. The dolls are scattered around the whole valley.

Be Original

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Mike Kelley’s Three Point Program, the t-shirt

Morning Dose of Ballerinas on Walls

Anthony Lister in Miami.

Film by Colin M. Day

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