If you’d like to spend a lovely Saturday morning in the company of drag queens on the set of any early 90′s public access children’s show, please watch Pickle Surprise by Tom Rubnitz. Tom was a video artist most often associated with the New York East Village drag queen scene of the late 1980s. His video tapes were mainly inspired by pop culture and Las Vegas style shows. A number of his works featured RuPaul and members of the B-52′s. He also made the 1987 documentary Wigstock: The Movie about the annual drag queen festival. He unfortunately passed away in 1992 from an AIDS related disease, but left behind some great cinematic works.
Coming straight out of Cologne, Germany, design studio Lichtfront are working their magic all over the European electronic music scene. Their super-slick VJ work has been featured in events like Fib Benicássim, Monegros Desert Festival, Nature One, and Mayday. I don’t know anything about these events because I don’t really care for most electronic music, but they seem like a pretty big deal, with huge audiences and famous DJs.
The Kopeikin Gallery
Chris Jordan: “Running The Numbers… Again”
Laura Ball: “Boundary of the Interior”
September 12th through October 17th, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 12th from 6:00 – 9:00
Estelle Hanania has taken some really crazy photos. Her work is fun, strange, and diverse. From crazy body painted models to wild grass monsters, Estelle has shot it all. check it out.
I’ve noticed this with many Japanese photographers: the simplicity yet complex compositions, familiar yet abstracted subject matter, and their ability to bring me back to a moment from a movie where I think definitively, “I’ve felt this before”. Photographer Ryo Kawanishi is no exception to this. Looking at his site, I feel almost like I’m listening to a Happy End soundtrack (oh wait, I am) in some Asian suburb. Without really using any mentions of locality in his work, he is able to take me there. He seems to be represented by the webgallery TRYNOME which houses other talents.
Erica Magrey is an New York based artist and musician exploring the ways in which fantasy shapes reality and identity. Much of her work takes a cue from sci-fi and kids’ TV shows, employing costumes and handmade miniature sets to portray alien worlds and beings. There’s some humorous writings on her site that would give you more insight into her idiosyncratic and wild videos but I couldn’t post them here but they’re all graphic images…so go to her site and read ‘em!
Tal Drori is an illustrator, an interaction designer and a graphic designer. She is based in Milan, where she works as a consultant and teaches design. Make sure to check out the Love Story series of work on her site. It’s my favorite.
The guys over at HunterGatherer do some pretty cool stuff. Here is a behind the scene look at how Todd St. John and Gary Benzel work their creative magic.