Alex Takacs is an LA based artist. His work is a fresh spin on current illustration. His use of minimal color and line detail work reminds me of retro magazine illustration but he puts his own little twist to them, making the viewers wonder the narrative story behind each piece. Not only is Takacs an illustrator but also is part of a collaborative group known as the Young Replicants. Young Replicant is a teenage directors label and design collective featuring Takacs as well as Joe Nankin, Adam Kauper, and Jackson Seidenberg. Recently, they won a fan video contest that was for M83 single “We Own the Sky“!
As part of their 2nd Annual Comedy Festival, Cinefamily recently invited Rich Fulcher to do a stand-up performance of his character “Eleanor, the Tour Whore.” Eleanor, a self-possessed, eccentric sailor-mouthed groupie was first introduced to audiences in Noel Fielding and Julian Baratt’s cult classic surreal comedy series, The Mighty Boosh. In the episode “Eels,” Eleanor hits on character Howard Moon with an affected cigarette wave, an exaggerated hello and a, ahem, vulgar come-on of wanting to pound him like yesterday’s beef.
The live show was more of the same sexually driven humor, delivered by kooky (and increasingly drunk) Eleanor. Set within the pretense of Eleanor reading excerpts from her latest “auto-biography,” Eleanor led us through her series of relationships with famous men, from her first unlikely conquest of “Colubmo” to her stint as Poison’s main backstage pass wielder. Indeed, her sexual liaisons, ranging from the outrageous to the disgusting defined the show. Interactive segments were also worked into the performance, including a video feature called “Taking the Mick,” interviewing famous “Micks” Eleanor has slept with. Of course, everyone from an impersonated Mick Jagger (who spent the entire time pouting his lips and shaking his rooster-head) to “Mikos,” Elenaor’s estranged kebab-making ex-boyfriend made an appearance.
“The show,” Eleanor stated at the outset of the performance, “is like a relationship. By the end we’ll all be sobbing and asking for each other’s Coldplay CDs back.” Eleanor’s statement may well be true of her past relationships, but by the end of her live performance, she was greeted by a standing ovation and electric cheers by a delighted audience. Cinefamily will be presenting their Comedy Fest through the end of June- a not-to-be-missed event.
Robert Tirado describes his artworks as “consequence to the experience of traditional art techniques, which sometimes gives it a perfect balance between the particular look of digital work and the expression of real life painting” This up-and-coming artist explores an array of different mediums for his illustrations. AEI.UO is his new experimental project that puts together digital illustration, painting and graphic design, which intends to “break through with patterns in so-called digital art.” Tirado also has an upcoming solo show in Valencia, Spain at La Booktique Del Diseño on June 18th! So if you so just so happen to be in Spain on June 18th check it out! His work is definitely something I would want to check out in person.
Designer Felipe Caprestano has recently launched himself into a project he titles “Face Couture”, an experimental project in which he designs, patterns, and sews clothing… for your face! His blog chronicles his creative process, successes, and failures, and there you can watch his ideas grow form concepts into fully functional masks, (if masks can really be said to be functional). Check out this video that summarizes Caprestano’s works!
Maxwell Paternoster is frequently asked to design characters for magazines (recently, Business Week and Dry UK). However, he has also slapped his graphics on shirts, skateboards, BMX bikes, and customized tennis shoes. Paternoster’s elaborate doodles are playful, but he often hides darker themes in his illustrations. (Check out the processed chicken graphic at the end of this post and see if you still want some chicken nuggets!)
Essentially, Black Sheep is a collection of photographs, stories, and reflections on family from the perspective of individuals involved in underground scenes, aiming to challenge the presumption that people involved in subcultures—be it hardcore, punk, graffiti, skate, tattoo culture, or whatever else–come from unstable homes or have poor family values.
There are over 100 contributors: everyone from Darryl Jenifer of the Bad Brains to Melissa Auf der Maur of Hole; Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins to brothers Dave One and A-Trak. In some cases I really felt like a peeping tom looking into a window at the lives of some of the icons who molded my youth. The book is about family values: how these people were shaped as kids, and what values they’d like to instill in their own children.
A big part of this book also seems to be helping people not familiar with underground scenes to break the negative stereotypes surrounding people who are in some way against the grain. Yes, you can be a tattooed hardcore frontman who takes his kids to the park every day and has Sunday brunch with his grandmother each week. This is really “The Osbournes” meets Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Not only is Black Sheep a great book but it was also compiled by Karyn Gray, one of my all time favorite B/D interns. Karyn moved to LA from Canada to work with us for a few months and it’s so great to see that she’s started a career in publishing. Congrats Karyn!
The Creators Project recently interviewed digital-installation renaissance man Karl Sadler about his role as both an artist & a director. The interview highlights his latest project, “The Sculpture of The Album,” made in collaboration with popular London-based band The XX. Through harnessing technology and art, Sadler gives visual form to the band’s music, creating a physical representation of the intangible. The piece sheds light on what happens when media and message are mixed, and, on a broader level, the creative process. Visit The Creative Project site to read the full interview with Sadler, as well as explore other creatives from around the world working across a broad range of media. If you’re in the NYC area, stay tuned for The Creators Project Launch Event June 26!
Harrison Roberts’ work combines vertiginous, mandalic quality linework, texture and patterns with a pop color sensibility. Harrison is near and dear to our hearts as he actually was a fearless B/D intern earlier this year! We’re really excited he’ll be part of our upcoming “Art Works Every Time” exhibition! Just 4 days away now…