With the help of two additional musicians, Heather Woods Broderick and Laurel Simmons, the songs sounded extra lush. The added harmonies and a slowly grooving crowd were just what I needed to get lost in his hypnotic voice and electronic soundscapes. Check out the video for I Am Haunted and see why the Village Voice calls him, “Denmark’s Bon Iver“.
Artist and designer Jay Shells is behind the twitter feed @TheRapQuotes. He dispenses daily notable rap quotes as tweets. He has since taken the idea to the street. Shells creates street signs of hip hop quotes that mention specific places, then posts the signs at their mentioned locations. Many of the lines are from iconic songs and legends of the genre – easily recalled. Adding the context of an actual location with the signs adds further depth the memorable tracks they reference.
The murals of graffiti artist Peeta definitely, and nearly literally, stand out. Peeta uses a a familiar style peculiar to street art murals and tags. However, using careful perspective and shading, he’s able to create the illusion of depth. His work seems to twist and wind just above the wall’s surface. While Peeta does also create sculptural versions of his street art inspired work, the images featured here are entirely two dimensional. [via]
As the up-in-coming comix publisher, Drippy Bone Books, puts it:
“ Victor “Bald Eagles” Cayro has been working in the field of comix for several years. His work has been seen in various anthologies including, Kramers Ergot 6, Project Superior, Typhon, Rub The Blood, and several others… but he has yet to create his own stand alone comic. Until now… ”
Bittersweet Romance is that stand alone comic, and it can be ordered here. It is a color blasted journey.
A good deal of contemporary art blends characteristics from disparate practices: sculpture and painting, painting and photography, video and installation. However, the work of Alex Schweder is a rare mix. Much of his work is equal parts architecture and performance art. Schweder investigates the way people interact with living spaces, and the way these spaces interact with their occupants. The result is often a playfully surprising structure. Some structures balance or rock depending on the movement of the inhabitants. Other structures are photosensitive, their inhabitants leaving stronger impressions the longer they linger. Regardless of the ‘performance’, his work encourages approaching ideas of the home and its occupants as almost a living relationship.
Evan Nesbit lives and works in Nevada City, CA. He has just opened his first solo exhibition with Ever Gold San Francisco entitled Light Farming / Heavy Gardening. From the press release: “A recent graduate of the Yale MFA program, Nesbit’s recent body of work includes mixed media paintings, perceptual objects, sculpture and interactive “space blankets”. Through exploration of painterly materials, visual process and participation from the public, this new body of work will explore the imbrication of patterns and experience that structures ones vision, suspended in doubt, sometimes cured in paint. Through the use of constructed “space blankets”, Nesbit challenges the viewer to interact with this exploration by taking refuge beneath their comfort, only to be immersed in the stereoscopic images produced by pin hole camera effects.” The exhibition is on view through April 26th.
Cristina De Middel brings a striking beauty to space travel in her series The Afronauts. Her series is based on the aspirations of Edward Makuka Nkoloso – a 1960′s Zambian school teacher who wanted to land his countrymen on the moon before the United States or the Soviet Union. Nkoloso was openly mocked, even by journalists. Through his story, the series’ pleasant imagery gives way to more serious underpinnings. De Middel says:
“The images are beautiful and the story is pleasant at a first level, but it is built on the fact that nobody believes that Africa will ever reach the moon. It hides a very subtle critique to our position towards the whole continent and our prejudices.”
Justin Krietemeyer lives and works in Southern California. His often tie-dyed iconography always emits unbridled glee. Color drenched acid house smiley faces, peace signs, and uplifting text are common in his mixed media pieces. His work has been described as: “…a recontextualization of mid-’90s rave, surf, and street culture presented as paintings, drawings, and mixed media pictures.” The artist himself acknowledges the optimism inherent in his work stating: “It’s important to remember to have fun, I want the experience of standing in the gallery to be so strikingly bright and positive that our guests can’t help but talk about good times and leave with a positive charge.”