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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

HENNESSY x FUTURA LIMITED EDITION VS

Congratulations to my man FUTURA on his most recent project... arguably one the most high-profile graffiti artist/ brand collaborations in history, following KAWS on the limited edition HENNESSY COGNAC artist series, FUTURA has added is own signature flare to the bottle with an awesome result.

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Check out the videos documenting the whole process here:

FUTURA IN COGNAC:



FUTURA IN NYC:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

LEGO LETTER RACER: THE SIGMA (TRIBUTE TO RAMMELLZEE)

2 years ago today (28th June) is the day that THE EQUATION: RAMMELLZEE passed.

By way of tribute, I have completed the LEGO LETTER RACER ..."SIGMA". In the ALPHA'S BET, as I am D-ONE and KOOL KOOR is B-ONE, RAMM is Σ-ONE...THE SIGMA. Without going into the etymology, there is significant reasons for SIGMA replacing the "E"..but I will leave it up to you to decipher...for more read GOTHIC FUTURISM.

Stay tuned for three dimensional motion animation, full mechanical & engine detailing on the LEGO SIGMA sculpture shortly...this one moves!

LEGO LETTER RACER SIGMA

LEGO LETTER RACER SIGMA

TAKEN OFF THE BI-CONICLES OF THE RAMMELLZEE ALBUM: Purchase. Listen. Learn



RAMMELLZEE LIVES ON...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

YEEZY2 LAUNCH VIDEO feat. DR.ZVLV

Check out the official NIKE AIR YEEZY 2 launch video at SHELFLIFE STORE featuring yours truly, documenting sneaker culture in South Africa with interviews by prolific sneaker heads discussing NIKE and KANYE WEST'S second iconic sneaker release.

produced by "Freditor" of HYPE MAGAZINE...make sure you pic up Aug/Sep 2012 issue of HYPE for the full scoop!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RIP STAY HIGH 149

The graffiti community lost one of the most influential member and true pioneer in Wayne Roberts aka Stay High 149, who passed away at the age of 61 yesterday . Stay High 149. His legacy will not be forgotten. RIP STAY HIGH. THE "VOICE OF THE GHETTO" WILL NEVER DIE!

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

DOZE GREEN: LUMINOSITY IN THE DARK RIFT

DOZE is preparing for a new solo exhibition called "Luminosity in the Dark Rift" at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC.
Check out this video clip taken at his studio..some very interesting pieces in production there.



DOZE LUMINOSITY

DOZE LUMINOSITY

"Luminosity in the Dark Rift"
DOZE GREEN
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
May 19 – June 16, 2012

More info:
http://www.dozegreen.com/

Sunday, May 27, 2012

MÉLANGES WITH KOOL KOOR

Check out Koors new exhibition at the new Blan-K gallery in Brussels...

CHRISTINE DEGRAEVE introduces — MÉLANGES with KOOL KOOR — blank, Space dedicated to color



Thursday to Saturday — 13:OO - 18:OO; Sunday — 11:OO - 15:OO; 9, Rue de la Régence — 1OOO Bruxelles · melanges@blan-k.comwww.blan-k.com.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

RIP ADAM "MCA" YAUCH

A small tribute as cancer claims another legend, MCA. Rapper. Beastie. Humanitarian. Budist. All round funky white brother. One of the individuals that has helped shaped me and my generation. A positive role model and a constant source of inspiration...I hope his life will become a legacy that lives through the next generation and long into the future. The world will forever be more colourful and tolerant because of my man MCA "...whos got a beard like billy goat!" RIP ADAM "MCA" YAUCH!

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Check out the first & last time I saw the Beasties live, thanks to some randomly (& divinely) acquired tickets in 2006. Was at a small venue called Hiro in NYC for a small ASPCA benefit concert. I was with two of my favourite people, Peter and Dianne Fahey while we were on the US Sneaker Pimps tour. We were close enough to the stage to high five the band members as they literally showered spit on us as they rapped all the classic Beastie Boys joints.



My top album of all time, PAULS BOUTIQUE.



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heres a cool Beastie Boys fansite tumblr to follow...http://itsthenewstyle.tumblr.com/

Adam Yauch interview with Dalai Lama here...

http://babylonfalling.tumblr.com/adam_yauch_dalai_lama

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Monday, April 16, 2012

SPITTING INK DOCUMENTARY FEAT. RAMMELLZEE

RAMMELLZEE SPITTING INK


In an attempt to capture the essence of the poetry, as well as the poets who define the streets of New York, Spitting Ink follows eight spoken word artists as they traverse the streets, perform in situ, and talk about their motivation to write.

Rammellzee and six other contemporary poets talk about their love for words, why they write, and what inspires them to continue writing. They depict why poetry is still a vital written and oral tradition. Graffiti covered New York streets and bars are their stages. A stylized portrait of a worldwide underground phenomenon shot by a 3-man crew with a beat-up DAT recorder and a 40 year old 16mm camera. (Check out Ramm from 26:30)

Spitting Ink from ralph de haan on Vimeo.


RAMMELLZEE SPITTING INK

RAMMELLZEE SPITTING INK

RAMMELLZEE SPITTING INK

RAMMELLZEE SPITTING INK

Also starring: Beau Sia, Roger Bonair Agard, Bonafide Rojas, Celena Glenn, Beans (Anti Pop Consortium), Mike Ladd, The RammEllZee, BangBang

Directed By: Ralph De Haan & Lars Siemens

Synopsis:
In the United States, a poetry subculture has grown up around a group of young, spoken-word artists. Although the work they produce is widely diverse, it tends to have a strong affinity with contemporary social reality and urban culture. The poets’ work is not aimed at a mass audience, and they perform in small clubs. Each of them has found his or her own way to focus the power of the spoken word. Spitting Ink is a portrait of some of these artists. Interviews and live performances are interspersed with images of the streets of New York — not the orderly, well-to-do neighborhoods, but their lively and sometimes dilapidated backstreet counterparts, with their graffiti-covered walls, subway trains, and bars. Spoken-word artist Mike Ladd speaks about this poetry’s origins and background (its roots in gospel and other forms) and about how it reached a turning point with the arrival of rap. Beau Sia creates poetry both to impress the girls and to rebut prejudices about his Asiatic roots; Celena Glenn only writes once a year, when her head is full to overflowing and dozens of poems suddenly stream out.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

ARTIST PROFILE: NAO MATSUMOTO

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If you are in New York this April/May, you will be able to see some works by one of my new favorite artists NAO MATSUMOTO. A highly versatile Japanese artist based in Brooklyn, who made a recent splash by handing out hundreds of "middle finger" candles at the "Occupy Wall Street" Movement and the Nuclear Protest in Japan.

hpgrp GALLERY NY announces an exhibition of new works by Nao Matsumoto. "4", Consisting of four mixed media sculptures made in the past year, the show is a continuation of themes that Matsumoto has been working on for most of his career. In them, he explores the natural world, and makes work that depicts the duality and the irony of his observations.

Check out his works and a small description by NYAB of some of them below...

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"In Chainsaw Blue, Matsumoto created a fiber re-enforced plastic sculpture of a Sawfish, a creature with a jagged sword-like snout. In the work, this appendage is replaced by an actual chainsaw, which both mimics the natural shape of the fish, as well as makes a play on its name. Matsumoto, who has always been fascinated by animals that have illogical phenotypes, painted the work sky blue and white, to counterbalance the fear evoked by the menacing creature. Coupled with the pun on its name, Matsumoto’s sawfish is marked by his characteristic wit and interest in latent violence, the boiling tension that pervades much of his work.

In 100, one-hundred individually cast resin ant heads are mounted on the wall in a precise, square grid. The installation—a continuation of Matsumoto’s earlier work, in which he associates insect heads with numbers—compares the systematic nature of the decimal system with the efficiency of the social structure of ants. For the artist, the number 100 signals a certain aesthetic completeness, and affords him the opportunity to observe synchronicities with events that occur in his own life.

In SAMF-V, Matsumoto created a vehicle out of mud tires mounted on a steel frame, with long, vicious wooden spikes pointing horizontally in both directions. Reminiscent of something a character would drive in the post-apocalyptic film Mad Max, the work channels both primitive violence and industrial strength. Inspired in part by the wood carvings of the Makonde tribe, which Matsumoto saw when he was living in Tanzania, as well as gargoyles and the wooden stakes hypothetically used to kill vampires, the work serves as a kind of demonic form, to ward off evil spirits. Using both modern and primitive materials the vehicle is at once intimidating and enticing, as is any other kind of lethal weaponry."

"4" NAO MATSUMOTO
2012.04.05 ( thu ) -2012.05.12 ( sat )
hpgrp GALLERY NY
Address: 529 W 20th St., 2W, New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-727-2491 Fax: 212-727-7030
Between 10th and 11th Ave. Subway: C/E to 23rd Street Station

Friday, March 30, 2012

LEGO LETTER "R" MECHANICS

Here is a small video clip of my recently constructed Lego Letter "R" Ikonoklast Panzerism sculpture, highlighting some of the design elements including some of the motorized mechanics and ultra violet glow in the dark feature...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

AGNES B « FUTUR ANTÉRIEUR » EXHIBITION

If you are in Paris this April...make a turn at the Agnes B Galerie Du Jour!

AGNES B Exposition Futur Antérieur

"The intense fascination for the future revealed by certain past works is reciprocated by the equally intense appeal that these past works have for contemporary artists, notably through the historical form of modernism. From the way in which we previously imagined the future, and the retrospective gaze that the present era levels at the past – particularly at its vision of modernity and its often naive or fantastical anticipation of the future – come the questions behind the exhibition FUTURE PERFECT.



Structured around the themes of retrofuturism, steampunk and archeomodernism – a concept developed by the academic, critic and curator Arnauld Pierre - the exhibition FUTURE PERFECT aims to create a dialogue between past cultural output that imagined the future – what is
essentially our postmodern era – with work from contemporary artists, which in both form and substance refer to the past by revisiting and reviving certain visions of the future or of modernity, generated mainly between the last third of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition takes a transversal approach, intersecting different aesthetic and temporal veins. A selection of work from contemporary artists will be grouped with older work and documents – each giving perspective to the others. In addition, one section will be edicated to cinema and another to the various accessories, devices and artefacts developed by the steampunk community. In a separate section, the exhibition will also include the first French retrospective of the American magazine Retrofuturism, in the form of an installation designed by its originator, the artist and editor Lloyd Dunn"

FUTURE PERFECT: RETROFUTURISM / STEAMPUNK / ARCHEOMODERNISM
GROUP SHOW

GALERIE DU JOUR AGNES B.
March 24 to May 26 2012 - 44 rue Quincampoix, Paris 4

Part of the exhibition will take place from April 4 to May 4 2012
at 15/17 rue Dieu Paris 10

AGNES B Exposition Futur Antérieur

AGNES B Exposition Futur Antérieur

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

THE LETTER 'R' IN PROFILE

My most recent creation & commission work...the Lego Letter Racer "R"/ Ikonoklast Panzerism. Pictures below in profile with (& without) UV light exposure. I will post the full 3D images, animated clips, mechanical examination and accompanying certificate of authenticity later this week...stand by!

LEGO LETTER RACER R

LEGO LETTER RACER R

Sunday, March 25, 2012

LIVING IT OUT...(remix)

I randomly found this track on soundcloud.com yesterday...and have had it on repeat since. It's a remix of a song by PLANNINGTOROCK by a group called WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE Maybe you will also enjoy it...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

ARTIST FEATURE: WALTER VALENTINI

Someone I recently discovered, and now consider a major source of interest, WALTER VALENTINI. Learn something about him below or check out the links for more...you might be as impressed as I am.




According to Bronzidorati Gilded Bronzes Museum, he was born in Pergola, in the province of Pesaro, on 22 October 1928, he trained in Rome, Milan (where his teachers were three of the great protagonists of abstract rationalism, Luigi Veronesi, Max Huber and Albe Steiner) and Urbino, where he attended the Scuola del Libro and where Valentini developed his interest in engraving and the art of book illustration. Among his many illustrated volumes are “La città del sole” by Tommaso Campanella and “I Canti” by Giacomo Leopardi.

In Valentini’s work, the poetry of painting and engraving are founded upon several common elements: the artistic culture of the Renaissance based on harmony and equilibrium; the sense of space and proportion to be found in architecture itself; the abstract research of the Russian constructivists and of great masters (such as Hans Richter) who have greatly influenced him ; his interest in music; the need to represent the flow of time, of the cosmos and of memory ; the influence of, and his great sensitivity towards, the materials used (from paper to the surfaces of wood and walls - the artist has created works of art on old and modern buildings in Italy and in the USA).

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