Found Photos (pt. 17)

Unearthed and collected by Dave Schubert while digging through dead people’s stuff at garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets.

Installation View: Todd James – Secret Garden

Italians love busty blondes!

On view at Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan through August 1, 2014

Faile Goes Cat Crazy

In their latest body of sold-out work, Faile add some new feline friends to their cast of characters.

The Lost Flamingos of the Cloud Forest

A surreal series set in the mountains of Costa Rica by photographer Pat Swain

via, jux

Babes of Yore: Emma Samms

Emma Samms is an English television actress who’s still holding it down in the year of 2014.

Snot Hatch

A collaborative zine between GIANT and JOKER that was published by The Skullz Press back in 2001.

Installation View: Jayson Musson – Exhibit of Abstract Art

Without a doubt one of our favorite shows on view in New York right now, Jayson Musson’s Exhibit of Abstract Art takes its inspiration from the Modern Art set-pieces created by American comic illustrator Ernie Bushmiller for the comic strip Nancy. On view at Salon 94 Bowery through June 21, 2014.

In the Studio of Hiro Kurata

 
How long have you been in this studio?

Since October last year (2013).
 
Why did you pick the location?

It’s sort of close from my apartment and the rent is quite cheap compared to other studios in the city. Red Hook still has the atmosphere of everything not being so gentrified, so I’m in love with this neighborhood. The down part is the convenience of transportation isn’t too good. It’s a problem when it rains or snows because I bike here.
 
How does it rank in comparison to your previous studios?

I’m still figuring that out. I like the fact that I’ve separated my studio and my apartment since I’ve always worked from my apartment. It was really convenient to live and work in the same spot because of many reasons, but I guess it was time for me to separate the two. The winter we had here in Brooklyn this year was pretty horrible and this studio here gets really cold because it’s an old concrete building. I was wearing layers of clothes while I was here, thinking how nice it was working from home. The spring is becoming much easier to work and I’m staring to like this place more.
 
What’s your favorite attribute of the space?

The lighting from the window is perfect. During the day, I usually don’t turn on the lights and work with natural light, which feels good.
 
How often are you in here?

3-4 days a week. I have a few part time jobs with some weird schedules so whenever I have time, I escape here.
 
Can you explain the full capabilities of the studio? What kind of things do you make?

Mainly a painting studio. Since I have three clean walls, I can work on three different paintings at once. The best part of having a studio is I can do messy things and not care about it.
 
Do you have a refrigerator? If so, what’s in it?

I don’t have one, so I keep few bottles of water and bring my own tea from home.
 
What kind of sound system do you have?

Headphones, or raw sound from computer speakers.
 
Have you ever slept here?

I’ve taken a nap here, but never a serious one… yet.
 
 
Hiro has a new book which will be released next month from Anteism, and in conjunction with the book release, he will be in Victoria, Canada to exhibit in their truck gallery and paint the exterior of the truck. For more information on Hiro’s artwork, visit his website www.shiloku.com/

25 Grams: Matt Jones

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Matt Jones is a fashion photographer currently based in NYC.

He can be followed on instagram at @theonlymattjones

The Art of Michael Gaughan

While not new to the website, Michael Gaughan has recently opened up a webshop featuring affordable prints of his humorous, highly-skilled watercolors. Head over here for a laugh and a purchase.

Bidding for the Position of Dr. Dre’s Personal Art Advisor

In an ideal world, the extremely wealthy would let me buy art for them. Equipped with no vested interests, no time for back rubbing and preening, only just an eye for nice pictures, it’d be a fantastic fit. With this in mind, I’ve selected 11 works of art from tonight’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Sotheby’s for Dr. Dre, hip-hop’s first billionaire. Lord knows he’ll need some decoration for that house he just bought.

Babes of Yore: Talitha Getty

Talitha Getty was an actress and style icon who made her way through the swinging sixties with husband, oil heir John Paul Getty, Jr.. Sadly in 1971 she died of a heroin overdose within the same twelve-month period as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Edie Sedgwick and Jim Morrison.

DUNKS

We picked up a rare copy of Eric Elms’ 2011 zine featuring “a collection of images cut from old NBA posters highlighting the fans staring in unison at the slam dunks” when we visited his studio last week.

Turn of the Century Luxury Portable Fire Vessels

Or as they were known back then, matchsafes.

Installation View: Ryan Travis Christian – Check please!

On view at Western Exhibitions in Chicago through June 6th, 2014

25 Grams: Chris Buck

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Chris Buck is a celebrity portrait photographer splitting his time between New York and Los Angeles.

He can be followed on instagram at @the_chris_buck

Board Ideas

For all the young skate fanatics out there, unused sketches for skateboard decks by Mark Mulroney.

Selfish Selfies: An Interview with Nick Sethi

The cool thing about Nick Sethi is that he’s not fucking around. He might trick you into thinking he is, as his photocopied zines full of gritty, funny snapshots employ the same visual language as the guy at the house party with a tall boy in one hand and a camera in the other. But there’s more there; He’s trying to make the drunk skater kids think. Whether he’s photographing poverty-stricken kids living under a freeway in New Delhi or himself posing for the camera at Hollister in the mall, he turns that vernacular aesthetic into a vehicle for deeper concepts about art, identity, and truth, using the style to break down the wall between artist and viewer while retaining all the fun that comes with it. His recent show at Ed. Varie continued these ideas, displaying found self-portraits of women in tanning beds, further blurring the distinctions of authorship and curated individuality. I caught up with Nick to see what was up.

—Christian

 
 

Christian Storm: Your recent show at Ed. Varie was all about “selfies” and your own work, especially your crazy instagram account and your zine, HCO, includes a ton of selfies of you own. What is it about selfies that interests you so much? You seem to both celebrate and also question the ideas they project.

Nick Sethi: Selfies are the highest form of art. Art is the most personal and selfish thing one can create, and selfies embody this to the fullest. Like art, they are put out for others to view, but they are created for the self. They are totally accessible to most people and constantly being created and they ride these lines between self-expression and self-reflection, exhibition and voyeurism, and the true self versus the ideal self, all carefully created yet made to look effortless. To me, they blur art and life and turn it into one constant performance. I love thinking about it because it’s so deep and crazy.
 
Yeah, a lot of your work seems to be about those ideas and the ways in which we choose to outwardly display ourselves and define who we are. Selfies of course, but also tattoos and patches on jackets, et cetera. Often, even your own identity as the artist is apparent, since most of your stuff includes a shot or two of yourself, further blurring the lines. Can you talk a little bit about the role that the concept of identity plays in your work?

I don’t believe there is any sort of objectivity in art. The same way people create and project an identity that they want the world to recognize, all artists inject their views into what they are creating. I am present in everything I create, and choosing to physically put myself in the work avoids any sort of confusion, and allows me to be super blatant about what I’m trying to convey. It’s the easiest and truest way for me to be honest with the fact that I’m commenting on myself, as well the world around me.
 
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Openings & Parties: 2014 CREATIVE TIME Spring Gala Honoring Kara Walker

Last night, over 700 high-profile guests enjoyed a sneak-peek of Kara Walker’s A Subtlety, her first large-scale public project that sits inside Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory. Supported by Creative Time, attendees to the gala danced to a set by the legendary DJ Afrika Bambaataa and sipped Absolut Elyx cocktails out of tin bottles inspired by the space’s industrial past. With the goal of supporting the New York-based nonprofit, over $1.3 Million dollars was raised, ensuring a continued legacy in the arts. For those wishing to see Kara Walker’s enormous homage to the sphinx, A Subtlety goes on view to the public beginning this Friday, May 10th 2014.

Photos by Christos Katsiaouni

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