The Average Human Sheds 40,000 Skin Cells Per Hour, Which Makes You Wonder: How Are Tattoos Permanent?

This video answers everything.

Installation View: Eddie Martinez – Neanderthal Jeans

 
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.
 

Art Tonight in New York

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Tis the season of group shows.

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Sex Pixels

UTE is a computer game by Lea Schönfelder that features a woman character whose goal is to sleep with as many men as possible.

Journeying Through NYC’s Subterranean Maze

 

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.

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There’s Nothing Quite Like Marina Abramović’s Take on the World Cup

Work Relation 2014

GUILTY PARTIES

 

A quick flip through Larry Clark’s new 184 page softcover book with Japanese label Wacko Maria.

Available here

Design has Been Driven by Technology Since the Stone Age

Stefan Sagmeister is profiled in WeTransfer’s series The Creative Class

Installation View: OSGEMEOS – A Ópera Da Lua

 

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.

Flash Us: Cody Piotrowski

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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, Cody Piotrowski sent us the above. Cody lives and works in Riverside, CA.

Zio / @zioxla

The World’s Earliest Examples of Penis Graffiti

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Dating back to the 5th century BC, these large dick drawings are carved into limestone outcroppings on the Aegean island of Astypalaia.

Openings & Parties: Make Love To The World

 

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

How to Draw a Phish Song, Man

Mike Hamad’s “Setlist Schematics”

Cali Thornhill DeWitt – Grave Yard

 
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.

What’s It All About?

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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
 

Drawings Made Absentmindedly

The higher purpose of doodling… it’s all about learning through visual communication

And This One Goes Out to July Weather

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Maurizio Cattelan’s “L.O.V.E.” Snow Globe

In the Studio of Faile

 
Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
 
How long have you been in this studio?

2 years.
 
Why did you pick the location?

The studio found us.
 
How does it rank in comparison to your previous studios?

We would give it a blue ribbon at the State Fair if there were a category for studio ranks.
 
What’s your favorite attribute of the space?

The openness of the space, its functionality and the ability to handle large-scale works.
 
How often are you in here?

Five days a week.
 
Can you explain the full capabilities of the studio? What kind of things do you make?

We handle everything in house with the exception of molten metals and toxic resins. Most of the work in studio is focussed on printmaking and painting. Many assemblage works and a variety of sculpture.
 
Do you have a refrigerator? If so, what’s in it?

Yes we do. A few random beers and some forgotten lunch items from the staff.
 
What kind of sound system do you have?

We have a nice little Decco amp in the main studio – forget the speakers offhand. In the smaller office/image making part of the studio we have a great set of Orb speakers that work well.
 
Have you ever slept here?

Yes on several occasions.
 
 
On July 2nd, Faile presents a new body of work titled Fuel, Fantasy, Freedom at Gallery Hilger NEXT in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition will continue through September 6th, 2014. Faile can be followed @faileart on twitter and instagram

Nu Liife

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Some long weekend inspiration by Andrew Jeffrey Wright / @ajw4ever

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