Follow this explorer into an unknown world that is new but somehow familiar. By Malcolm Sutherland.
Celebrating 10 years of making music as YACHT, Jona and company played to a sold out crowd at LA’s Echoplex on December 8th, 2012 playing songs from their whole oeuvre. With DJ Jacques Renault warming up the crowd (or was it angering… chants of YACHT could be heard from the first few rows) with an ear shattering, extremely long set.
With YACHT starting almost an hour late, the excited crowd (myself included) got right into dancing as soon as Jona took the stage, with Claire L. Evans and the rest of the band following shortly after. The celebratory performance was a best of set that included crowd favorites The Afterlife, Utopia, and Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire). Let’s hope YACHT has another 10 plus years in them. Check out YACHT’s new single and video, Second Summer in collaboration with ADHD.
Over a decade before Lady Gaga thought about wearing bizarre costumes, collaborating with artists, and being a walking sculpture björk was busy creating work that was challenging both to your eyes as well as your ears. It’s great to see that she’s still as quirky as ever in her new video for Moon,complete with red afro (with a chinstrap) and a harp belt. Watch the full video for Moon after the jump.
Shortly after his first son was born, artist Jonathan Viner naturally had fatherhood and his own childhood on his mind. As children, Viner and his twin brother spent hours visiting the robotics lab at the New York Institute of Technology, where their father taught and worked. Faded memories of “computer nerds” playing Dungeons and Dragons, sharing ideas, and celebrating on New Year’s Eve came back to him as the artist shuttled between infant care, painting and conversations with artists, critics and enthusiasts over Facebook.
Inspired by the stunning impact these unlikely heroes from his childhood have had on the world, Viner began hunting online for class photos of computer science majors from the 1970’s. Those old photos, mined through Google on an iPad, became the starting point for “COMPUTER SCIENCE.” Further influenced by great portrait painters from the canon of art history, including Ingres and Currin, Viner set out to recreate these symbolic figures from his youth, infusing them with all of the idiosyncratic humor and thoughtfulness from his memories. Google, Facebook and Apple are blended with hog hair bristle brushes, oils and turpentine. By merging contemporary content and high tech resources with the centuries-old tools and methods of oil painting, Jonathan Viner pays homage to his own father and to the prophets of Computer Science from his childhood who went on to shape the world in which his own son will grow up.
See Jonathan Viner’s Computer Science exhibit in New York at Sloan Fine Art from March 31st- April 30th.
Artist Christian Jendreiko will present the incredibly epic sounding Gottesrauschen God’s White Noise: Action for Players, Guitars & Amplifiers this Saturday at Baer Ridgway exhibitions in SF. Taking his cue from experimental composers like John Cage, Jendreiko’s compositions push the boundaries of classical musicality, with some clocking in at up to 7 hours, and performed by amateurs and professional alike. Their main focus is on documenting the body’s movement through space in unusual ways.
The conceptual installations of artist Ole Ukena have a certain subtle humor. However, the installations don’t seem intentionally funny as much as the surprising innocence of a young insight. Each installation seems to pose a simple question that isn’t easily answered. Appropriately, Ukena is also the founder of a foundation that organizes collaborations between artists and youths worldwide. Ukena says of his process;
“I am not limiting myself to one medium. I simply can’t. It’s a constant adventure, finding new materials in the countries in which I travel, encountering objects or phrases that can be transformed into specific, meaningful pieces. While my work often displays a strong conceptual nature, I am also very drawn to the intuitive.This balancing energy forces me to step out of my mind and just create. These forces are like my left and right hand. My works try to create a map of the human mind, in an attempt to tell a tale about the very nature of it with all its possibilities, limitations, irritations, and hopes.”
Matthew Stone is an artist based in London who has practice in photography, performance, video, drawing, and sculpture. Stone is also a long time friend and collaborator with indie-favorite-carnal-lust-inducing fashion designer Gareth Pugh, providing soundtracks to his shows and films. Recent exhibitions and performances have taken place at the Baltic, the Royal Academy, the ICA and Tate Britain.
To celebrate the launch of our latest Spring 2010 apparel line, we organized a weekend fashion shoot, on our very own rooftop of the B/D offices here in beautiful downtown LA. The result was our Spring 2010 lookbook, which has been getting some great reviews amongst our fellow bloggers! So, we’ve decided to round them up here and send some of the love back for all the great things they’ve been saying. Check out some quotes after the jump!