In lieu of a traditional interview, I got permission from Elbow Toe to go back through his Twitter and paint a portrait of his life while he was preparing for the Ways of Seeing Show at Black Rat Press in London. His work is all collage but it looks more like paintings than anything else. Standing ovation for that.
He can be found on twitter here
on flickr here
and ultimately on his website here
Our friend Michael Slenske got a couple moments of Vhils’ time and sent this interview over our way. Enjoy.
In his new 25-piece show at Lazarides, Scratching The Surface, Vhils (aka Alexandre Farto) deftly explores the historical decay of the Lisbon streetscape (from post Carnation Revolution political hotbed to modern day ad repository) via demo’d walls, chiseled wooden reliefs, and acid-and-bleach-etched billboards . We talked to the Portuguese street star about the show on a break from his next conquest: Grottaglie, Italy for the Fame Festival.
MS: So did you alter the gallery walls in anyway (pneumatic drill, etc) like you did at the Outsiders show?
AF: Yes, I did several site specific installations in the gallery. I went to a building site in London and just took some wooden reliefs and walls and worked on them.
A pearl of wisdom in this interview from Material Interest
“You know, it’s him getting all “man in black,” trying to put on this rock-star attitude, that sets him back. The moment he got so consumed with this image of himself as a famous person, Mr. Not-To-Be-Fucked-With, that was when he lost his fastball. I think you see that a lot—when a person stops focusing on whatever it was that made him famous and starts thinking too much about just being famous, it’s all downhill. Kenny’s definitely absorbed in all the trappings.”
Mike Ferraro telling stories… Check out DoubleCross for a “back-in-the-day story” from Mike Ferraro from Judge. Very cool site, you can get your straight edge fix.
credit: Mike and Jimmy with Judge at CBGB’s, Photo: Jeff Ladd
For their Expatriate Issue, Stop Smiling magazine asked Geoff McFetridge “to offer his impressions on the differences between living in California and his native Calgary.” Everything is drawn and there are some great responses, above is the answer to “WHAT ONE IMAGE SUMS UP THE WEST COASTS OF CANADA AND CALIFORNIA?”
via, the scout
Every once in a while I go through my old stacks of magazines and find a little gem. This one from T. DEE’s Under Cover magazine from the Nineties.
Here, he interviews KAWS at the age of 21
KAWS – STRAIGHT OUTTA JERSEY
KAWS HAS FOR A FEW YEARS NOW BEEN A PERSONAL FRIEND, AND AN EFFECTIVE PARTNER. BUT THAT’S NOT THE REASON WHY I WANTED TO DO A FEATURE ON HIM. I FEEL THAT HE HAS IN A SHORT TIME DEVELOPED A VERY INFLUENTIAL STYLE, AND HAS BECOME A VERY WELL RECOGNIZED WRITER. WHAT FOLLOWS IS AND INTERVIEW KAWS GAVE UNDER COVER ON FEBRUARY 25, 1995.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Jersey City, New Jersey
WHAT’S THE SCENE LIKE THERE?
It’s very slow. There’s mostly just a bunch of kids that bomb. Not really doing that much as far as piecing. There’s not that many kids doing walls period. There’s a few kids here and there, but they come out like once a year. Besides the kids I paint with, that’s about it.
Jersey City is definitely a cool place to live. It’s kinda out of the spotlight, and rent’s cheap. (laughs)
J.C. is about 20 minutes away from Manhattan by train, and with no traffic a 5 minute car ride, and that’s pretty much where the scene is at. Most kids I paint with are there.
HOW, AND WHEN DID YOU GET STARTED?
What’s…your work all about?
An allegory of my contemporaries…
Click here to make sense of this.
As she is interviewed in Interview
Here’s a link to a nice interview with Patrick Gildersleeves, at Ardentees site.
I have never really known anything about Sixeart, so this interview did its job and piqued my interest. He has a show opening up with Antoine Bouillot and Olivier Kosta-Théfaine tonight at A.L.I.C.E. in Brussels.
If you feel up to it…this is tonight.
“American-born pop artist Jeff Koons will discuss two recent publications documenting his works: Celebration records Koons’ October 2008 exhibition at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie and Versailles explores Koons’ September 2008 exhibition at the Palace of Versailles–the first contemporary exhibition ever held in the apartments of the king. Both books display Koons’ penchant for the marriage of childhood nostalgia with more adult themes and sensibilities. Glenn O’Brien will interview Jeff Koons.”