(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.


12 August 2011

Layna Lopez Wears Blue Well

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Photo Credit: 1.M.Y.O.B. 2.Vivian Luxx 3.Vivian Luxx


Oh, she dances, too!


SHOES!

Photo: Janet Gonzalez

11 August 2011

Miguel Ovalle: Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series in Partnership with Rush Philanthropic Foundation

VOTE FOR MIGUEL OVALLE HERE

Dizmology by Miguel Ovalle: Biomorphic Glyphs completely hand made of foam cord.

The direct link doesn't work.It takes you to some stupid Facebook page. So, you have to hover your mouse over the Artisan Series banner found HERE . Click "SUBMISSIONS." Select a State: NEW YORK and click Highest Rated. You'll see his! Vote for him or upload your own entry!

Shepard Fairey’s Feeding America Poster in Greenpoint, Brooklyn



Revok: PERSEVERANCE

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10 August 2011

EL EMPLEO

Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993

Please pardon my obnoxious blue iPhone case in the reflections. I was thoroughly impressed not only by the photographs, but also the curation. If able, check out the show before it comes down this weekend. Ai Weiwei is able to show you the city when it still had its grit through an uber specific lens and shares the intimate lifestyle of Chinese expatriates in NYC.
[Information: ASIA SOCIETY]At the age of 24, Ai Weiwei left China for New York. He had already shown his work in the now famous Stars exhibition in Beijing in 1979, the first avant-garde exhibition after the end of the Cultural Revolution. He studied for a time at Parsons while living in Brooklyn and then the East Village and Lower East Side. During his decade in New York, Ai Weiwei took nearly 10,000 photographs. This exhibition is the first occasion in the United States to see a selection from this previously unknown archive.

Although Ai Weiwei may not have been well-known to the New York art world at the time, he was a central figure for the Chinese artistic community. At the time there was little or no interest in contemporary Chinese art, yet it was a period when an increasing number of expatriate Chinese artists and intellectuals arrived in new York. Ai Weiwei’s apartment became a meeting place for this growing Chinese artistic diaspora. Academy award-winning composer Tan Dun, film director Chen Kaige, and fellow artist Xu Bing all appear in his photographs. These leading Chinese figues would return to China only after establishing their international reputations.











09 August 2011

Frances Bean Cobain Photographed by Hedi Slimane

via PAPERMAG

This photo is absolutely beautiful and ghostlike.


Tottenham Riots - Fires Over North London

"I can understand them." by Hannah Nicklin

via Hannah Nicklin
I can understand them.

I shouldn’t have to couch this in apologies about not condoning of course. But I will.

Because there is a difference. I wouldn’t do it. But I can understand it.

Because actually I think the most important thing is trying to understand it, and the reason this is happening is because people don’t or can’t try to understand people; they’re just ‘mindless’ ‘scum’ ‘youths’ ‘black’ ‘pigs’ ‘anarchists’ ‘protestors’ ‘chavs’ ‘lazy’ ‘stupid’ ‘fuzz’ or one of any number of words that means ‘them not us’.

Every day in many ways you are told about what you should have. What you should wear, the kind of phone, the brand of trainers, the size of TV. But not you. You don’t have the money. We’ll give you the aspiration. The one for the stuff, mind, not skills or education, we don’t want you thinking about it. And we don’t tell you that it’s an empty addiction, that it’s never enough. And every now and then we flash a golden ticket in front of your eyes, a game show, a talent contest, a lottery. Take a chance, they say, life is just a game of snakes and ladders and you may just hit the ladder that takes you all the way to the top.

Brands aren’t people. They’re massive. There are no real people behind that.

And there are whispers of people getting something for nothing

And then it’s a corner shop, not a chain, it’s someone’s livelihood. But after you’ve broken one window, why not another, what’s stopping you? And it feels so good, it makes you feel strong, you’re having an effect. Mostly people look down on you, you can see it in their eyes. Now they’re afraid of you. Scared. You’re on the news. On TV, it’s reality tv where you dictate the camera angles.

You don’t hear or feel the fear of the people in the houses, not out on the streets.

You just feel the pounding of the blood and ringing of the alarms in your ears and your body feels like it’s vibrating. You feel strong. You feel like you could do anything. So you do.

‘you’re just trashing your own community’, so what? No one else gives a fuck about it, why should you. (Ever heard of self harm?)

Looting is an act of aggression against the rules of capitalism. A rejection of the label ‘have not’.

You might not phrase it like that

“I’m hungry, I come and I ask for food, I say please. Every day. I come and I see you’ve got lots of it, more than you need. Days, years, decades I come by. Keep on saying please. Year’s we’ve been asking the government. One day I’m just going to take it.” (paraphrasing an interview from the streets of Hackney http://boo.fm/b433800)

People will get hurt. Houses and goods and livelihoods will be broken. People will be jailed, mothers will lose their sons and police officers’ families won’t sleep, wondering if they’ll take another brick or bottle to the face.

And a thousand more horrible things I couldn’t possibly really understand.

But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try.

A broken society is built on the failure of imagination of both government and people.

Stay safe.

Edit, this has got a bit of attention, glad it struck a nerve, even if it was just my half murmured thoughts about a small aspect of it (the looting). If you want to do something (and in general for a good ‘there is such thing as community’ feeling) check out the #riotcleanup hashtag on Twitter. @Artistsmakers is trying to organise community led cleanups.

London Riots

Darcus Howe, a West Indian Writer and Broadcaster with a voice about the riots. Speaking about the mistreatment of youths by police leading to an up-roar and the ignorance of both police and the governement.

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Anatomical Fashion via JUXTAPOZ

Dress designed by Taiwan's Shih Chien University’s fashion students.


08 August 2011

My Favorite Blue Shoes

Photo: Ian Kuali'i

I LOVE TRASH: HIPPIE SHIT

TRAILER via HUFFPOST ARTS


WATCH WHOLE FILM HERE

Underwater Art Exhibit Debuts In Florida Keys

via HUFFPOST ARTS
KEY WEST, Fla. -- An underwater art exhibit has debuted on a former Air Force missile tracking ship sunk in the Florida Keys.

Austrian art photographer Andreas Franke is exhibiting a dozen digitally composited images 93 feet underwater on the weather deck of the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg. The exhibit is at the National Marine Sanctuary.

Officials who spearheaded the 2009 scuttling said Sunday that Franke photographed the wreck last year and added other elements to create the artwork.

One picture depicts a girl wielding a butterfly net to capture fish shown in an original underwater image of the wreck. In another, kick boxers compete adjacent to one of Vandenberg's iconic tracking dishes.

The 20-square-foot images are encased in Plexiglas and mounted in stainless steel frames on the artificial reef.

Rioting in Tottenham

Images via NY TIMES





07 August 2011

Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs - Exhibition Open June 29 - Aug. 14

Image and Information via Asia Society

“The New York I knew no longer exists. ... Looking back on the past, I can see that these photographs are facts, but not necessarily true. ... The present always surpasses the past, and the future will not care about today.”
— Ai Weiwei, 2008







[PRESS RELEASE]

ASIA SOCIETY MUSEUM PRESENTS
OVER 200 PHOTOGRAPHS ON VIEW
FOR THE FIRST TIME OUTSIDE CHINA

June 29 through August 14, 2011


Asia Society Museum presents an exhibition of 227 photographs taken by Ai Weiwei, capturing the history, culture, and atmosphere of 1980s New York from his unique perspective. The exhibition marks the first time Ai Weiwei’s New York Photographs series is being shown outside of China.

Before Ai Weiwei became internationally recognized as an artist and activist, he lived in a tiny apartment in New York’s East Village, and was a prominent member of a community of expatriate Chinese artists and intellectuals in the neighborhood’s then burgeoning avant-garde scene. Throughout those years, from 1983 to 1993, the artist used his camera to document his life and work, his surroundings, and the atmosphere of the time. The photographs document a distinct era in New York, as seen through Ai Weiwei’s eyes, tracing the beginnings of his conceptual art practice. They depict East Village poetry readings, riots in Tompkins Square Park, drag queens at Wigstock, and well-known artists and intellectuals from China, such as filmmaker Chen Kaige, composer Tan Dun and artist Xu Bing.

“Ai Weiwei is one of the most provocative and influential conceptual artists from China today, and in recent years he has become an increasingly iconic figure,” says Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu. “As an artist, his work has stood for individual expression and we hope his recent release, following nearly three months in detention in China, has delivered a new promise of creative potential for him and other artists there. These photographs are a poignant and powerful chronicle of Ai’s artistic vision and emerging political consciousness during his time in New York.”

The New York Photographs series comprises a selection of 227 photographs from Ai’s archive of 10,000, selected by the artist. It is conceived as a single unified installation that reveals Ai Weiwei’s personal experiences, thoughts, and attitudes at the time the photographs were taken.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 316-page comprehensive catalogue with plates of all the photographs, along with essays and interviews, published by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. The exhibition is organized by Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing in association with Asia Society Museum.

Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212-288-6400
Fax: 212-517-8315
Email: info@asiasociety.org

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