Late Friday afternoons in the Summer are a pretty chill time to look at art in Chelsea. Although if you’re not careful, you’ll end up missing a bunch of stuff as some galleries really adopt a relaxed schedule after the 4th of July. It’s summer though, so take it easy.
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, David Schiesser sent us the above. David tattoos out of a private studio in Offenbach am Main, Germany, and you can follow him here.
Years tattooing: 2
Tattooing out of: Private studio in Offenbach am Main, Germany
First tattoo I ever did: “First tattoo I ever did was on myself—at the same time it was my first to get—it ́s a boring symmetrical piece of two quadrangles. Looks very OK today, mentioning that it was my first one.”
—Zio / @zioxla
Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn
How long have you been in this studio?
Since October 2013.
Why did you pick the location?
I was in Philly and my building was being shut down by L&I and this space was opening up. It was my excuse to move to Brooklyn finally. I’m glad I did because the Philly studio was locked for months.
How does it rank in comparison to your previous studios?
My previous studio was twice as big and 4x less expensive. Haha. It ruled, huge windows, nice view. My studio before that was tiny in Chinatown in Philly so I shared it with lots of little mice, and before that I was in grad school. I’ve been to a bunch of residencies and nothing compares to those studios. Currently on the hunt for a new space.
What’s your favorite attribute of the space?
I like the location and it’s quiet.
How often are you in here?
I am here every day.
Can you explain the full capabilities of the studio? What kind of things do you make?
I have two floor looms here, I spend most days hand weaving tapestries on them. Other days I dye yarn, set up the warp, do hand sewing, drawing or a million other in-between tasks.
Do you have a refrigerator? If so, what’s in it?
In the summer I am all about ice, for ice coffee and water. So tons of ice, lunch for the day, fruit, some almond milk, tons of snacks.
What kind of sound system do you have?
I don’t have a sound system I just use my laptop with earbuds. My studio mate has one but I don’t use it. My looms make noise when I’m actively weaving but are quiet when I’m just sitting so having earphones helps the sounds get straight to my ears at the most appropriate volume.
Have you ever slept here?
Yep, if I am there late enough and have to be back early the next day.
Erin will be showing new work this Thursday (7/17) in the Summer Mixer 2014 at Joshua Liner Gallery. You can follow her on twitter and instagram at @erinmriley
The Average Human Sheds 40,000 Skin Cells Per Hour, Which Makes You Wonder: How Are Tattoos Permanent?
This video answers everything.
What are “Neanderthal Jeans” and how can I get a pair?
Probably baggy acid washed, or a dockers hybrid.
How did you come up with the title?
It just came in the air, poof. You can just reach out and grab these things. I let myself act as primal as I need to be in studio…
The show features a lot of sculpture, it’s a fairly new medium for you. What made you take the leap from painting to the third dimension?
I had a painting block that went from a normal amount of time to a depressing amount, so I started making small table top sculptures outta beach finds and other materials.
You’re incorporating a lot of found objects into the work, some seem nautically inspired while others seem to reference tennis. Am I completely out of my mind or is that a keen observation?
Both spot-on observations, it’s that #islandstyle.
How is your tennis game these days, btw?
Fine. I want it to be much better, but it’s such a great sport.
In the tradition of many greats before you, you’re spending the Summer working out East on Long Island. Do you notice any shifts in what you’re making out there as opposed to Brooklyn?
I don’t know. I think if I were to notice, it’ll happen once I am working in the city again in the fall. Things are really opening up in the images now though.
After this show closes, what’s next for you?
A show in LA and then one in London…
“Neanderthal Jeans” is on view at Half Gallery through July 15th, 2014.
Tis the season of group shows.
UTE is a computer game by Lea Schönfelder that features a woman character whose goal is to sleep with as many men as possible.
Beneath The Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York’s Subway System is a new book out by JURNE and Matt Litwack that explores New York’s underground through the artistic lens of a graffiti writer. We caught a couple moments of the co-authors time to find out more about the book and life below the city that never sleeps.
How did the idea for Beneath the Streets come about?
Matt Litwack: During my high school days, I would explore the NYC subway tunnels. I became fascinated with the graffiti, the history, and the general danger of the underground. JURNE and I wanted to create a book that was able to examine the subway system from a sociological, historical, and artistic perspective. We wanted people to be able to see what it’s like for graffiti artists to explore these environments.
Jurne: We’ve been drawn to these hidden or tucked-away city environments for nearly 2 decades, exploring and painting them. The New York City subway tunnel system is one of the most expansive and oldest public transportation systems in the world. With that comes a lot of history, and a lot of potential stories to tell about experiences inside the subway tunnels. There’s a tradition of folklore or story telling that goes hand in hand with graffiti writing. Capturing this story of the New York city subway tunnels, exploration, and graffiti writing inside them was something that Matt and I talked about doing for a long time.
Can you describe your first journey underground into the subway tunnels?
Jurne: I remember stepping off the platform into the dark tunnel, and feeling like I was crossing a threshold into a dangerous place, with dim red light illuminating the 3rd rail, and the slow hiss of air coming from pipes over head. It was pretty terrifying. I was immediately fascinated.
Matt Litwack: The first time I ventured underground was with a much older, established and experienced individual. I was fortunate to have someone with such knowledge show me the ropes. Regardless, I was still terrified and didn’t know what to expect or what I might encounter.
Work Relation 2014
A quick flip through Larry Clark’s new 184 page softcover book with Japanese label Wacko Maria.
Stefan Sagmeister is profiled in WeTransfer’s series The Creative Class
This newly opened exhibition by the brotherly duo is proof that there is more going on in Brazil right now than the World Cup. The “Opera of the moon” is on view at Galpão Fortes Vilaça in São Paulo through August 16, 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, Cody Piotrowski sent us the above. Cody lives and works in Riverside, CA.
Dating back to the 5th century BC, these large dick drawings are carved into limestone outcroppings on the Aegean island of Astypalaia.
Torrential rains and flash floods couldn’t keep the crowds away from Cara Stricker’s pop-up show at The Hole last week.
Photos by Christos Katsiaouni
Mike Hamad’s “Setlist Schematics”
Cali DeWitt’s recent show Grave Yard packed a lot of image into the little fragment of time that it was on view at MUDDGUTS.
Santiago Mostyn shares with us the story behind his photograph Susa in the Fog, 2014
Summers can be cold in Stockholm, and sort of rainy, but when a warm day cools off into one of those nights that never gets dark there’s a cinematic fog that rises over all the waterways in the city. I’d spent the night before this photograph riding around with a sound system and a few good friends looking to start a street party, but when that didn’t work out we ended up at a Jazz club after closing hours drinking with the chef and a bartender we knew. Late night turned into early morning and we all rode bikes through the deserted, echoing centre of town before climbing a fence onto a concrete jetty and jumping into the water.
The woman in the photograph makes up one half of SW, a dreamy new music project releasing their first tape this month (check their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Tougher than the Rest here). The two of us have become close collaborators since this photo was made, and when I first saw it on the contact sheet it really felt like a prophecy of all the exciting things to come. It’s great when an image seems to show you the way forward like that.
This photo is available as an edition through Absolut’s art initiative
The higher purpose of doodling… it’s all about learning through visual communication