“I paint an anxiety-ridden dystopia where corruption and injustice plague the social order. Deviance prevails, as desperate characters struggle for power and control over their environment. The individual is displaced and forced to navigate this brutal world alone, finding hollow bits of pleasure and meaning in violence, sex, religion and drugs. The crowd is an erratic mob-like authority bending outsiders to its will. It’s a gray world where lawbreakers and law enforcers are one and the same: a world where ethics have been abandoned in favor of what every individual believes he’s entitled to. ”
Anthem has a great interview with him here. And, if you haven’t done it yet, download his Sound Advice here
The new track from Massive Attack, Splitting the Atom EP, a very nice listen, Also check out Pray for Rain featuring Guy Garvey from Elbow Tunde, from TV On The Radio, a perfect song for today after the jump.
My collection of everything black. I recently moved and in the process items and objects began to group together, which made me realize I have a rather decent collection of black inspired artifacts. Here is my first stab at curating the lot. (I am not on a quest to add to the collection, meaning on the lookout for Black Flags Everything Went Black vinyl)
Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present The Last Thousand Years, an exhibition of new paintings and mixed-media works by the Denver-based artist Evan Hecox. This is Hecox’s first solo show with the gallery.
We’d been waiting until the Fame Festival opening was closer to report on the happenings but, this was too good to resist. One of these years we’re going to have to make it over to Puglia for the Festival. Puglia is the best part of Italy, the heel of the boot. Blu is amazing as well. Blu + Puglia = Paradiso. More at the Fame Festival’s website, and after the jump, a Blu timelapse from 2008’s festival.
The folks at Kia sent us a blurb about their Soul Collective tour, it features Jeff Staple’s car, RAIN CAMO. The tour on the other hand is nationwide event where they are spending 4 days in select cities, with live music from bands like MGMT, The Walkmen, Santigold, The Clipse, Against Me!, Major Lazer, Silversun Pickups etc,etc. If you’re in one of the select cities you should check it out. For more info on the event go here, and if you’re in Chicago this weekend check it out.
If you have mad hours to kill and want to lightly engage your mind, Nerve.Com’s feature I Did it For Science will do the trick. They should probably make this into a bathroom reader for efficiencies sake. May I suggest you read this one first.
In Domesticated, artist Amy Stein explores the archetypal motif of man verses nature. More specifically, her photographs explore the tenuous relationshp between man and animals as human civilization continues to encroach upon nature. Informed by actual newspaper accounts and oral histories from citizens of the small town of Matamoras in Northeast Pennsylvania, which borders a state forest, Stein’s photographs are inspired by true events.
This weekend in Los Angeles, be sure to catch Scion installation 5: Self Portraits. Over the past year, the company has been sponsoring some really great events, and this is the culmination of their efforts with an Auction on Artnet.
Here’s the brief:
SCION LAUNCHES “INSTALLATION 5 TOUR: SELF PORTRAITS” ONLINE AUCTION ON ARTNET.COM TO BENEFIT CREATIVE CAPITAL SEPT. 12 THROUGH SEPT. 30. The Collection Features Self Portraits From International Contemporary Artists, Including Blek le Rat, Mark Mothersbaugh, David Choe, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Angela Boatwright, Among Many Others Fifth Annual Art Tour Makes Final Stop At Scion Installation L.A. Gallery on Sept. 12
Heres the important info:
Sept. 12 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The reception is free with complimentary valet parking and an open bar. The exhibit will run until Sept. 30, 2009.
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