Texas, NYC is a new web project/magazine by this photographer Jake Rowland. The insane Les Krims (second photo) and the strange and lovely Dustin Wayne Harris (first photo) are up there right now. As are writers Richard Foreman, of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and Tim Davis. Go look.
And this is a photo blog by Swedish photographer Sannah Kvist.
I first saw/met the Daughters of Houdini at a Valentine's Day event at Artists' Television Access in San Francisco. They were sewn together, facing each other, with messy red yarn. It was barely loose enough to allow them to sit next to each other, shoulders smooshed together. I thought they seemed really exciting. The Daughters, Zoey Kroll and Carolyn Ryder Cooley, held performances and events around town but I was sort of too shy to go to them so instead I bought all their zines. They made these little photocopied items with stories and scratchy drawings. Their interests included: rats, bees, medical stuff, accordion, circus-y stuff, hysteria, witches, blood, pee, bodies, sex, childhood games involving rope and swimming holes and horses and funny feelings in certain places. Some of my favorites are the Daughters of Houdini Medical Series. For your viewing enjoyment, I've scanned 7 pages of Naughty Nursie, My Bloody Sister #3.
Carolyn Ryder Cooley is making art and has relocated to New York. Go look at her site and keep an eye out for any events she might have. Zoey Kroll, I'm not sure where you are, but if you're making stuff, let us know!
Continue Reading Daughters of Houdini
This company called The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company Limited makes stationery and related goods out of dried, odorless elephant shit. This is the best thing I've seen all week. From their site: "We can make about 25 large sheets of paper from a single piece (or turd) of elephant poo poo!!! That translates into about 10 standard sized journals including the front and back covers! Neat, huh!?!?!?" Omg, I have to buy some right away. What a good gift!
(link via BoingBoing)
The Crease Magazine Rack is made from a single sheet of recycled plastic and can be unfolded flat when not used. I'm feeling this more for an office or bathroom (if you have a large one). Designed by cute Scotts who specialize in eco friendly furniture and housewares, Blue Marmelade. Around $62.45 from this UK store.
If you live in or around NYC, I'm here to help with your plans for the evening of Thursday March 22nd:
Inside Job art opening at An Earnest Cut & Sew
821 Washington Street
Btw Little W 12th & Gansevoort
Wooooo #4 Launch & Inside Job afterparty
310 Spring Street
Btw Hudson & Greenwich
(P.S. I'll have more on this magazine after I actually see a copy)
And here is and excerpt from the press release for the event at Earnest Sewn:
An Earnest Cut & Sew & Wooooo magazine proudly present ‘Inside Job’, and exhibition consisting of works produced by artists from Ohio to Berlin employed by galleries/museums as receptionists, art handlers, registrars, and directors. All included artists help bolster the established while quietly breaking tradition and reinventing the future of contemporary art. Their works inspire optimism and a fresh sense of narrative. Exhibition curated by Carlos Quirarte and Jason Crombie.
Years ago I borrowed this book called Street Art: The Punk Poster in San Francisco 1977-1981 and the lending roommate disappeared before I had a chance to return it. Lucky me! The book is amazing and there are tons of fantastic posters in here. Some advertise shows, some have political messages, and others are just pieces of odd/beautiful/shocking street art. The book was organized by Peter Belsito, Bob Davis, and Marian Kester around an exhibition of 500 posters that took place at Valencia Tool and Die during the Western Front Punk Festival in 1980. Valencia Tool and Die was a San Francisco Mission District punk club in an old hardware store. I don't know too much about it except for seeing its name on posters in this book and hearing old SF punx reminisce about it. Sounded like fun though.
The introduction to the book is 15 theses on poster art. This is #1: The Poster is a thoroughly modern thing. One of those eminently practical stars in what the late Dr. McLuhan called "Gutenberg's galaxy." Compared to the newspaper, book, magazine or the mighty miracle of the imprinted check, the poster may appear to be one of the lesser lights in the print universe, yet it remains as enduring as any of these and, indeed, if form can truly be said to follow function, perhaps the most consistently bright.
Below are 8 pages from the book along with the names of the bands and designers and any information I can find on them. There is so much great stuff in this book, I'm going to have to post at least one more installment. Enjoy!
Continue Reading PF Collection: Street Art, Part 1
Time actually gets designed.
Everyone is talking about founder of Wallpaper Tyler Brûlé's new magazine Monocle like it's not only business relevant - but artistically and journalistically important. As though he's some kind of magazine Jesus sent down to save us from all the mundane print. Personally - I am totally disinterested. Wallpaper ceased being of note after it's first year, when issue by issue it became ever more a caricature of itself. Reading Monocles "concept" mission statement my initial reaction of boredom is vindicated - It's as though the opening paragraph from a business plan aimed at clueless investors had been copied and pasted. It's a completely vapid concept that doesn't actually say anything other than it will be great and smart for people who are bored with everything else. I'm afraid a "need for a new brand" is not enough. I'll be waiting for copy sighted in the trash before I get to this one.
Brian Ralph was one of the first people I met in Providence when I moved there. Imagine my surprise when I wandered into a cute store called Doubledutch Boutique in Baltimore yesterday only to discover that the shop was owned by his wife, they have a kid, and he teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
I bought episode number one of his comic Daybreak, which I'd seen some of on the group comic blog New Bodega. I love it. His comics seem to mostly take place in and around piles of rubble and his heros are marooned humans, bored monkeys, cavemen and robots. I don't really know how to describe his style of drawing, except that I find it immensely satisfying to look at. It's warm, and charming, and mysterious, and there's a lot of fantastic looking broken wood pieces everywhere.
Buy his comics at cool stores, from his website, or from Bodega Distribution. P.S., Baltimore is fun. I met a bunch of goofballs who live in old houses with layers and layers of wallpaper and collections of thrifted items, and they have dogs, and they do things like stage human pyramids and water ballets, and I had a pretty decent smothered burrito (don't worry Denver, it wasn't as good as yours). I want to go back and take more photos, meet more people. Atomic Books and its sister store Atomic Pop have tons of zines and comics.
I'm a fan of being playful in home decor, no matter how old you get. Of course you can use these colorful rubber wall straps from NL architects to strap other things to the wall, but I especially like them as an alternative magazine rack. Your magazines become wall art without taking up much space - perfect for a slim New York entrance hallway.
Lately I've been going on about how bored I am by all the millions of bro-y skater painter dudes in the art world, so I think it's only fair that I come clean here: I too, like many California kids, grew up skating/being obsessed with skating/following my cousin and his friends around trying to learn the tricks they did. My dad also had a friend who worked at Thrasher sometimes and would give me Skate Rock tapes, and stickers and posters and things. I wish I still had some of them. Actually wait, I think there's still a Bones Brigade sticker on my parents' bird feeder. Anyway, so I was perusing Fecal Face this morning, maybe having a bit of a homesick for SF moment, when I saw Andreas Trolf did a studio visit with the god of skateboarding graphics himself Jim Phillips. Whoa. In the words of Andreas, he is "the man responsible for pretty much all of the most recognizable and iconic skateboard graphics pretty much ever." In the late '80s, he was head of the art department of Santa Cruz Skateboards. This is the dude responsible for the slime balls wheels logo, that screaming blue hand, the independent trucks logo, and many many other awesome things which feature lots of drool and big teeth and eyeballs and skulls. Cool! The 12 year old me is super excited to see this. According to Fecal Face, Jim Phillips has a new book coming out but I can't find any information about it. So keep a (winged, fanged, and drooling) eye out for it.
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