Beijing based fraternal pair Gao Brothers have been collaborating on nstallation, performance, sculpture, photography works and writing now for three decades and shocking museums around the world with their guerrilla tactic art, one such featuring an apologetic Chairman Mao on his knees with a detachable head. Exhibitions by the Gao brothers, whose work the authorities find politically challenging, have been shut down in the past, and their studio has been raided. So they keep the head of Mao hidden in a separate location — reuniting it with its body only on special occasions to show friends and colleagues. Normally, the body of the statue remains headless, unidentifiable and nonthreatening.
Visual artist Sonmi Heglund revisits pop-culture creatures of the past and presents many new characters and stories of her own, in an intricate and graphic illustrative style. Dracula, Jiminy-Cricket, and weeping eyes… oh my!
Christian Montenegro some beautiful illustrations on his site that fuse idiosyncratic line work, unexpected compositions & figurative elements and bright, saturated color palettes. I am totally in love with his silkscreen above, “Glam Rock!” that seems to fuse the act of head-banging with a swirling color wheel calling to mind Kenneth Noland’s color paintings.
Are you ready for love? Are you prepared for savage, unbridled, intense, ultra mega romance? Then you might be suave enough to handle this “one of a kind way to spend the evening.” Photographer Robbie Augspurger (who was featured in Book 3) sent us a DVD of The Original Video Pizza. Needless to say, Ziggy and I were excited to enjoy “the soothing sound of sizzling” in a pizza-filled hour of pure retro rawness. The DVD case is just as amazing as the actual video, featuring a quote from Rope McCord, who simply states that he loves pizza movies. Not only does Video Pizza add “the perfect ambience to any party experience” but also, there are “no pizza boxes to clean up” and “no waiting for it to be ready”. The party of a lifetime is waiting for you… after the jump.
Alva Bernadine is a British photographer, so dedicated to his craft that he risks his freedom… literally. He has a new book called Gratuitous Sex and Violence: My Favourites. The images investigate the violent nature of sex and the sexual nature of violence. The images make you feel uncomfortable, but command your attention. Alva is a seasoned veteran, having worked for 25 years as a photographer for many publications like GQ, Elle and Vogue. Get mesmerized by Alva’s erotic surrealism!