As far as I know, this 9-minute black and white instance is the first in its kind: modern Chinese film-maker Yang Fudong has collaborated with the huge international fashion brand PRADA to produce a beautiful and dreamlike look book that evokes timeless-ness despite (or because of) it’s old Shanghai setting. First Spring is inspired by a Chinese proverb: “The whole year’s work depends on a good start in spring,” lending itself perfectly for the Mens Spring/Summer line. Yang Fudong works predominantly with 35mm black and white film, harking to black-and-white prewar films of the 1930s and 1940s and postwar avant-garde film noir.
There is something eccentric, smug, cranky, entitled, curious, and charismatic about Brad Woodfin’s little goat-guy that I can’t help but compare to my little pug, Ziggy. He has a habit of jumping on the B/D ottoman to look out the window whenever something is “going on” downstairs, and this is pretty much what he looks like when he does it. Wonderful paintings of fauna by Brad Woodfin.
I recently got an email from Skinner, one of my fave heshin’ heavy metal artists and also B/D Book 3 participant, about his show at White Walls gallery this Saturday. It read: “There will be over twenty of my new works, mystical hand crafted masks, and twisted and intricate sculptures, all of which will most definitely rock your world.” ‘Nuff said. Wish I could be there in person, but if you’re in SF, this is not to be missed!
Rui Pedro Esteves has a way with illustrating people. His loose, sketchy quality gives these 2-dimensional portraits a lively sense of personality. I find them quite charming….yet I’m a little frightened by the stares. He lives in Lisbon, Portugal surfing, illustrating and making short films for us to enjoy.
It was hard to just pick a few of Christian Northeast’s works to post. This talented illustrator and animator work reminds me of a more contemporary Terry Gilliam mixed with Margaret Kilgallen’s folk art. He has worked with many publications like the New Yorker and Esquire to name a few. His work has much more than aesthetic appeal to it, its clever and you get a good sense of Northeast’s sense of humor.
A man of many talents, Craig Redman is a New York based illustrator, typographer, pattern artist, installation artist, sculptor, animator, designer, and art director. A list worthy of comparison would be his equally long list of well-known clients, such as, MTV, Louis Vuitton, Nike, Apple, Vogue, Converse, and The New York Times. And this may be overkill, but Craig not only has exhibited in various parts of the world, but he also exhibited at the Louvre, Paris (every artist’s dream!)
While we have many reasons to envy Craig Redman, we can also take solace in the fact that all of his accomplishments are well deserved. Craig’s diverse talents are immediately visible in his vibrant, smart, and secretly optimistic work.
A while back we did a tribute shirt to one of my favorite bands Bad Brains. They have been a constant staple on my playlist as long as I can remember. Not only were they one of the first African American punk bands to become well known, but they were also one of the most influential bands in the last 40 years, inspiring everyone from Janes Addiction to In Living Color to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. There’s something about the stripped down energy and versatile range that I always found refreshing in a sea of bands that sounded and looked alike.
Bad Brains never got the recognition that they truly deserved. Especially since they influenced many bands that have gone on to become some of the biggest acts today. Since I’m such a fan of the underdog, I thought I’d share the following mini documentaries and music videos with you in hopes of reminding those of you who are fans, and those of you who have not heard of them, about how ground breaking this little band from Washington DC really was. PMA!