Musician Jun Seba, also known as Nujabes passed away late last month after a fatal car crash at age 36. Why it took almost a month later for everyone to catch wind of it, I’m not sure but, pest in peace. You were so young and so amazingly talented. This video above was circulating the web for a bit- “Luv (sic) pt. 2″ Nujabes featuring Shing02 and directed by Sou Ootsuki. Doesn’t watching it makes you feel alive? In a really breathtakingly normal way?
In his third solo show at Team Gallery in New York, Ryan McGinley continues his exploration of youth. Known for capturing spectacular and adventuresome moments, McGinley shifts his focus in “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” to stark, intimate portraits. Photographed in his New York studio over 2 years, the hand-picked subjects are shown bare in black and white portraits.
Chris Duncan is a fabulous Oakland based artist that I have had the pleasure of spending some time with over the past year. His installations, performance, drawing, painting, book making, sculpture and print-work are not only ambitious, but easy to get lost in, and most importantly, totally gorgeous! One of the hardest working artist in the game.
Sasha: Gladys Rodriguez won my heart when she gave Mr. Zigglez a knitted sweater, with a hoodie and fur. He really looked like a sensitive little guy in it. In a good way. However, puppy clothes aside, Gladys is also an amazing designer who has contributed above and beyond to B/D in the last 3 months. I remember in her interview I was particularly struck by one of her advertisements for a new phone that basically positioned the phone as a sensual soul-mate. I mean, what woman doesn’t want a sexy man(/phone) presented to you on beds of luscious crimson silk, or eagerly awaiting tucked inside a box of decadent chocolates. Genius! Gladys, we’ll REALLY miss your help. I kind of won’t miss your keyboard with Hello Kitty stickers blocking all the letters and number though. Too hard to use. JK! Thanks again!
Fei: PS, You’re leaving too soon…I just started to master your keypad & the laptop track pad! Gladys, please keep us updated with what you’re doing, come by in a UHAUL art gallery if you do that again!
I am curating, along with lovely cohort Megan Daalder, a video/performance titled Videos Collide in Real 3D Space (probably the most apt title ever) art show debuting at Los Angeles loft space Five Thirty Three Gallery next weekend. What does a video/performance art show consist of, you ask? First off, we’d like to pose this question: when any and all media is available online, what added value, if any, do physical exhibition spaces offer? The artists (coming to LA from as far as Berlin, Canada, and Colorado) participating in this LIVE (!!) event offer their bodies as a mode of communication between media, the audience, and performance. There will be choreographed large-scale projected animations, a projector used in a way that you’ve never thought, 7ft tall cacti sculptures, the augmented reality “future of theater”, a tribute to Karl Sims though body slamming imitations, video-game playing taxidermy animatronics, and general havoc breaking and re-building of general theater conventions. The relationship between you and screen will have never seemed so real and and so much of an experience. I’ll be putting up some interviews with the artists soon, look out for them!
Check out the details after the jump, as well as artist Jeremy Bailey’s promo vid above.
Gavin Nolan has an uncanny ability to take images of historical figures and unveil their darkest desires and inner ugliness in some weird kind of anti-spirit aura portrait. Macabre and seductive all at once. He’ll be showing at Charlie Smith london from March 19 ro April 24th.
Kit Webster challenges the conventional use of space in a gallery with his installation, Enigmatica. Using light to create an illusion of mass, Kit breaks up the room and reconfigures the environment with this digital sculpture. I’d definitely like to see this in person.
Remember that one time you visited a haunted house and you swore the painting’s eyes were following you? Or perhaps you can recall the last time you saw a painting that was so convincing, you couldn’t believe it was a painting? Alexa Meade is an installation artist who bridges that gap. She paints on anything from found objects to live models for her installations. She has a show opening at Postmasters Gallery in NY on April 2.