Ian Francis is a talented UK-based painter who surfaced a couple years ago and unfortunately got umbrella’d into the whole ‘urban art’ genre. We recently checked out his blog, and fell in love with his whole process, from photography and sketches to finished work. Above is one such set of photographs, of the creation of Stepper V.
We asked photographer Julia Chesky
for her interpretation of Artorialust, much classier than our own.
On view at the Park Avenue Armory
, that great exhibition in support of Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong
. The bikes that are being previewed will go up for auction at Sotheby’s
November 1st, the art that is on display is on sale through Deitch Projects
. If you’re in NYC, you should definitely check it out through October 22nd.
Our friend Luke Martinez dropped by Rich Jacobs’ Move 19 the other night and brought back some pictures and words. Enjoy…
Rich Jacobs opened his curated show Move #19 at Upper Playground last Thursday night, showcasing an unusual assortment of artists who are tied together through Jacob’s personal admiration for each. Listening to him talk of his longtime friendships with artists such as Jordin Isip and Melinda Beck, his childhood fascination with 80′s skate photographers Pete Diantoni and Mofo, and his drive to give his friends Andrew Scott (owner of Needles & Pens) and Brian Flynn (Founder of Super 7) some artistic attention of their own, help to bring the individual aritsts together in the show, and actually give a great insight into the curator himself. own work in the show is highlighted by a piece by his father, a drawing done from way back in the day. Its another glimpse into the curator himself, a man who is at a point in his life that he is more interested in showcasing his friends and loved ones, in bringing his own inspirations to light, than about highlighting
himself. It’s admirable, and its a bad ass show. Check it out and you’ll walk away knowing a bit more about Rich Jacobs, and about those artists that have influenced him, and continue to influence him.
Yang Ya-ching is a 27-year old blogger from Taiwan, living in Paris. She has this project where she wants to kiss 100 strangers in France and have each photographed. She’s well on her way but, what I’m wondering is…why does she have to go and be such a tease? I mean, maybe these strangers are like ‘whoa, cute little asian girl wants to kiss me, maybe we can slip on down to the Seine and really spice it up?” Or maybe not.
Read more here, and peep her blog of Poetic musings here.
Vancouver-based photographer Jonah Samson has won us over with his photo series Pleasantville
, a place where violence and debauchery run rampant. Have a look at some of the selections above, and check out Jonah’s site for more
Unfortunately, we cannot always afford the books we like and see, and only the really smart book publishers send titles our way. So, to deliver you an inside look at really great books, we decided to go renegade and just photograph them in Book Stores. Above is Nollywood, a fascinating oversized photo book by Pieter Hugo, published by Prestel, and available at The Strand.
We are totally impressed by the soft, portrait work of Australian artist Jodie Anne Candy.
Julia Chesky is passionate about department store windows. So much so, that she combined a borderline obsession with her background in photography. The result? Really fresh, beautiful photographs that are deep on may levels. Have a look at a sampling above, and be sure to check out her own blog, Modelizing.
Well, now that I know who Drew Struzan
is, I will never forget him. Actually, I will worship him.
I did a little Q&A in March with Artist/Sculptor A.J. Fosik about his awesome Beer Sweater Collection. Now that we’re in Sweater weather, I felt it was the appropriate time to unleash it.
“It’s true, my beer sweater collection has reared it’s ugly head.” ~ A.J. Fosik
These ads for Guess? were beautiful. And before Anna Nicole Smith kind of went cuckoo, she was too.
Lickshot is Ben Watts’ photo scrapbook and travel diary, converted into hardcover. We were first turned onto Watts’ photography through his monograph, Big Up, that featured photographs overlayed with blasts of primary colors. With Lickshot, Watts lets the reader into his own world, complete with celebrity, exotic locations and pure grit. A definite addition to any library, and for your pleasure a sampling above and fresh promo video after the jump.
Available October 6th
I have been diggin’ the work of Japanese photographer Yasumasa Yonehara ever since I saw his exhibition at the Reed space ages ago. It might have something to do with the subject matter (pretty Japanese girls) but, his juxtaposition of images really enhances it all. Apparently he has a blog up on Hypebeast
, where you can see these images (above) and more. Also check out his own site CexWork
Book a Flight, sto-away in a boat, do whatever if you must to get to Rome to see this show. (Above is just a taste)
I guess you could call it a challenge? I popped into Chelsea at 430pm on Saturday looking to kill a bit of time, galleries close at 6pm. There you have it, 90 minutes of Art.
updated his website and some of his work is so sharp. Have a look above for a sampling (Simon Cowell x Degas’ish? Tight), and on his website
for the complete story.