For our new series, “The Novel Idea,” we are asking artists to re-create the covers of their favorite books. Last time, Mark Mulroney chose 120 Days of Sodom, and this time Devin Troy Strother selected Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. “The reason why I picked Island of the Blue Dolphins is because my parents have it on one of their bookshelves that faces the room I grew up in,” Devin explains. “So I’ve been staring at the front cover of that book for years. I didn’t even read it; I think I read the CliffsNotes version. I don’t really remember what the fuck it’s about, all I know is that there’s no fuckin’ dolphins in the book, and it was a huge let down! Honestly, when you asked me to do this project, the first thought that came into my head was like, I wanna paint some fuckin’ dolphins tho. Fuckin’ island of the blue nose dolphins, man it’s going down.”
For our new series, “The Novel Idea,” we are asking artists to re-create the covers of their favorite books. To start this series, Mark Mulroney chose 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade. “This is not a great book,” Mark says. “The characters are not developed very well and there is absolutely no arc to the story. In fact, I have never read the entire book but that is why I like it. It requires no commitment whatsoever. You can pick it up, flip to any page you like, and just start reading and then stop wherever you like and flip backwards or forwards to another part of the book and start reading again. This book is an exhaustive list of imaginary scenes of human sexuality and cruelty. Sure, it’s often yucky and horrific, but there are not many books out there that describe how some cruddy old man likes to drink wine after it has been poured out of a whore’s filthy asshole.”
New York has The Newsstand, but now L.A. has its own pop-up newsstand at Greene Gallery in Culver City. Summer Issues Cooperative is a two-week exhibition that features current and archival art magazines from more than 20 international publishers. The best news? All the magazines are free.
15 Minutes is a new book by ILK and KENO, which features 100 international graffiti writers such as 2SHY, ASKEW, BABS, DEMS, DIZE, ERBER, GOREY, HORFEE, KUMA, REVOK, ROID and TOMEK. What makes this book unique is that it features a Polaroid of each writer next to a throw-up or piece that he created within 15 minutes. Plus, the design is impeccable.
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