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EXCESSORY BAGGAGE

Just when you though LV appropriation was over…  Meryl Smith is amazing.  She made these ‘bags’ out of metal screen, paper mache, leather, gold paint and zipper as part of an exhibit where artists were required to create pieces to fit within the carry on baggage requirements.   



 

5 QUESTIONS WITH RICHARD PRINCE

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The controversial artist talks to Dejour about his most recent project, a collaboration with Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. By Gabrielle Swan.

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WARHOL DENIED


Stacked is the culmination of the two most recent series by Charles Lutz, “Denial & Acceptance” and “Sold”. The sculpture refers to Warhol’s box sculptures of the 1960’s as well as the trunks of the luxury manufacturer Louis Vuitton. These references could not be more contradictory, luxury versus domestic, mass production versus hand crafted, utilitarian versus decorative. Warhol’s box sculptures raised the everyday objects to the level of high art. Lutz takes the works a step further by raising them to the level of luxury, highlighting the absurdity of a Brillo, Heinz, Kellogg’s box becoming a status symbol. “Stacked” will be produced in a series of 7 plus one artist proof, each with it own unique color scheme and monogramming.

Interesting new work from Brookyln artist Charles Lutz.  He takes the classic LV trunks and turns them into boxes of blue collar commercial products.  Now I know his whole thing is working with Warhol’s peices but this seems like it’s been done 1000 times before.  I mean working with the LV monogram was done to death 5 years ago, but maybe his combing of the two brings an interesting aspect to it.
WARHOL DENIED (via WE ARE THE MARKET)

NEW FROM TINY VICES…

Coming soon from Tim Barber and tinyvices.com is TV Books.  Look out for monogrpahs, books and zines.  You know to expect great things from Tim and Tiny Vices so keep your eyes peeled

TVBOOKSHOP.COM 

CLO$ING DOWN $ALE

 

Checked out the opening of Nate Lowman and Dan Colen’s new show at Maccarone.  Pretty awesome collection of found objects/junk/retro/ironic imagery.  Typical downtown art crowd meets uptown art buyers.  A lot of the stuff seems to have already been bought but what’s interesting to me is that all the kids that want to buy this can’t afford it, so it’s old mid life crisis art dudes buying this stuff up.

 

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FALLEN RAPPERS IMMORTALIZED AS PEZ DISPENSERS

 

Michael Durham is an artists who does a lot of interesting work, often making some sort of statement on politics or the state of society.  He’s done a lot of cool projects, but my favourites is his Pez Dispensers featuring Norotious B.I.G., Tupac and Eazy-E.  He sculpted and molded the designs himself and even attempted to sell them to PEZ (they shut him down - “our audience is geared to 3 to 6 year olds”). 

READ THE FULL CORRESPONDENCE WITH PEZ AND CHECK OUT HIS OTHER WORK HERE 

DEJOUR PAPER

I just finished up Dejour Paper and I’ve realized I need an intern (oh wait, I have an intern…). Anyways, the first batch is done and if you want a copy just let me know and I will mail you one for the cost of postage… 16 Pages, B&W featuring:
Waris Ahluwalia
The Virgins
UPSO
Mordechai Rubinstein aka Mr. Mort
Richard Prince
Opening Ceremony
Ollie Smith
Gabrielle Swan
Shark VS Bear
Jack Siegel (the Skullset) and more…

They will be avaliable soon in various spots in NY, Miami and Toronto - more info as it unfolds…

GET TO KNOW: TAUBA AUERBACH

Tauba is a Williamsburg based artist/designer/typographer.  I am a big fan of her work, but what makes it even more cool is that she does almost all of her work by hand with pen/gauche/ink.  Take a look… 

 

TAUBA AUERBACH

SICK OF: CONEY ISLAND SHOTS

It’s pretty easy these days to dish out hate, but I’m getting pretty sick of seeing Coney Island shots.  Sure it’s fun to check out all the retro/ironic/weird/kitschy signs and make the trek all the way out, but it seems that every cool guy or lifestyle blog or photo blog etc. has a set of the same Coney Island signs.  Enough is enough.  Are taking photos of those infamous signs that hard to resist?

WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2008


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The Whitney has been posting photos of the set up process for on of the most anticipated shows of the year.  The show opens on the 6th, but get a sneak preview in this flickr set

2008 WHITNEY BIENNIAL  

A-RON’S BACKDOOR PROJECT

If you used to check out the aNYthing Glob and now NY Glob, you would notice that A-Ron used to snap pictures of his friends - artists, musicians and weirdoes of the downtown scene.  Anyways, he has compiled them and put them together as book, which you can probably get at the Wreck Shop.  Thanks to Hisao Ebisu for the photos.

 

GET IT HERE   

Related, here is a video of A-Ron’s new space, The Wreck Center. 

GET TO KNOW: CASS BIRD

I’m expecting one of my favourite photogrpahers to blow up soon, so here is your chance to get in before she does.  Not to be over shadowed by Ryan McGinley or big name Danny Clinch, Cass is shooting for the GET CHUCKED campaign for John Varvatos and Converse.  Remember that huge story about Dash Snow on the cover of NY Magazine last year?  Well, she shot those photo of Dash and Co. and she has some more in her bag.  She also shot the lookbook of another fav, Sophomore NYC, featuring The Virgins, Cory Kennedy and Bijou Phillips.

ARI MARCOPOULOS - THE CHANCE IS HIGHER



Fresh off the release of Ad Rock, Ari is back at it again with a hardcover Xeroxed book featuring a bunch of black and white photos.  The book is available at Colette now, but for those who can’t make it to Paris, Dashwood has it for pre-order, amongst others by Dash Snow and Boogie.

TREND REPORT: POINT AND SHOOT CAMERAS

These days everyone’s a DJ (thanks, Serato!), artist, musician and a photographer.  Digital SLRs have become more ubiquitous than skinny jeans and it seems as if they are being worn more as an accessory than a photo taking device.  (See this aptly title shirt, Fairfax and Orchard by Cosby).  As anyone trend gets too big however, those who started it turn to something new, and then it takes a while for the heard to catch on.  Soon expect to see those who have shunned their wayfarers and skin tight jeans to turn to point and shoot cameras.  This time around it actually makes sense however -  They are much smaller, and much cheaper than Digital SLRs.  The Yaschia T4 (pictured above) is a simple, affordable camera used by some of my favorite photographers: Terry Ricahrdson, Jurgen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans.  Also, these cameras come in digital versions, but stick to the film ones for the organic, raw photo quality.  Expect these to star popping up soon as people start trading in their SLRS and Poloraids for simple points and shoots.  Below, Terry Richardson talks about his Yaschia T4.M

FIREWORKS by MIKE MILLS

  
 Just released by Nieves, one of my favourite publishers, is Fireworks by director/designer Mike Mills. “Some things that may or may not relate to these drawings: A professional suggested I take anti-depressants. I declined. About the same time I started drawing fireworks. I didn’t know what they meant or why I was drawing them. I was confused and embarrassed by this lack of meaning, but they kept coming. I could draw them no matter how I felt. I read that fireworks were first used in China in the 12th century to scare away negative spirits. I envied a world that not only recognized spirits, but scared the negative ones away with small man made explosions. About the same time, I read in a magazine that antidepressants have a hard time performing better than the placebo pills they are tested against. Scientist cannot explain it, but almost as many people who take the fake pills say they feel relief from their depression. The blood flow in their brains actually changes in the same positive way that it does for the people who take the real pills. I felt a connection between the Chinese fireworks and the placebo effect, and some relief in all the things we don’t understand. At some point the fireworks grew more and more abstract, and messy, and complicated, and I became if not content then at least willing to make things that didn’t have any apparent meaning.” -Mike Mills 

Always a steal from Nieves at $16 for 20 pages. 

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