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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

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...

NAO MATSUMOTO

NAO MATSUMOTO

NAO MATSUMOTO

NAO MATSUMOTO

NAO MATSUMOTO

NAO MATSUMOTO

NAO MATSUMOTO

"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
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