In case you haven’t heard, Neck Face and New York based Fuck This Life will have an exhibition in Santa Monica starting tonight (Sept. 18th) and will be displayed until October 14th at New Image Art Gallery. Check out some of the artwork here. ***NOTE: Space has changed, do NOT go to the address on the flyer. Correct addy below:
New Image Art
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
Abel Tesfaye’s moniker The Weeknd has released the follow up to the “House Of Ballons” mixtape with a special guest on one of the tracks. The 21 year old Toronto RnB singer gets a little help from Drake in “The Zone”, an anthem for pole dancing strippers who’ve had their hearts broken more than a few.
Check out the album on their soundcloud shown below and if you like it, well you can download it here for free.
The City Of Hawthorne has been the center of attention lately in the South Bay. Just earlier this week, there was an art show that featured great visuals by many artists as well as music performances from both Narc and Damedas . This Saturday those forces will team up with other artists to perform at the first ever “All Welcome” event at The Den in Hawthorne. Be sure to also check Capitan Fantasma, the solo project of our LA River Swim Team friend, Tony Diaz.
I leave you with “El Verano 2011″ (Summer of 2011), a new Damedas tune to start your day off right with an upbeat mood. An article was written about him on The Daily Breeze and I can’t agree anymore when the writer compares his music to the sounds of Panda Bear and El Guincho. Good job Felipe Delgadillo! Check out the article here .
This Friday, the 5th annual Crazy 4 Cult art show opens in Los Angeles at Gallery 1988. The show is a celebration of cult movies and pop culture. For a movie geek like me, this is an absolute must-see. I’ve included a few examples below to show what the show will be like, but it is definitely worth checking out in person if you have the chance. You can find more information about it at www.Gallery1988.com.
After attending MOCA’s (via The Geffen) “Art in the Streets” exhibit my friend and I had been discussing graffiti and it’s role in art as a means of expression, a movement, and as the exhibit had showed, part of our history. Not only that, but also how there are some pieces of street art that are being preserved (i.e. Banksy) and whether this crosses a boundary of street art. Whether it belongs to the streets, to be painted over and re-tagged/stenciled/wheatpasted by whomever. Although isn’t a new question -or debate rather- as there are now several documentaries that point out how street art is viewed and treated among many cultures; it continues to be discussed. “Graffiti Fine Art” attempts to figure out where that line between “Graffiti” and “Fine Art” is, and whether the two can coexist.
The documentary takes place in São Paulo, Brazil and shows the work of 65 graffiti artists from 13 countries for the 1st Biennial International “Graffiti Fine Art” Exhibition at the MuBE Museum. You can read more in-detail of the makings of this documentary here. The cherry on top of this all? Documentary music provided by Pretty Lights.
Death Cab For Cutie teamed up with Shepard Fairey and Nicholas Harmer to create the video concept for “Home is a Fire”. Harmer writes, “It was a logical step in my mind to take a song about redefining familiar space and connect it to the visual artistic expression of street art, which also, to me, is rooted in artists redefining familiar spaces. So I called Shepard and asked him if he would be into figuring out a way to do this and also make it compelling.” Their hope is that the songs lyrics will come alive through the images of street art. “We all have fears and insecurities about ourselves and our circumstances, but if we have the courage to take risks and participate we can adapt and embrace the flux, rather than fear it. ” – Fairey. The full list of brains behind the collaboration include: Shepard Fairy, Benjamin Gibbard, Nicholas Harmer, Jason McGerr, Christopher Walla, Aaron Stewart-Ahn, Tarin Anderson, Todd Mazer, Justin Micthell and Christopher Hills-Wright. Click here to read more from Fairey and Harmer.
Banksy has been in the news a lot lately making a push for his incredible documentery Exit Through the Gift Shop to win an Oscar. Well, he’s at it again leaving his mark across Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, one of which I just so happened to drive by yesterday not even realizing it was his. Check it out below along with some other pieces that are being found. He is also posting them to his website so stay tuned for more.
If We Don’t, Remember Me is one of the strangest blogs on the internet. It’s a collection of bizarre and hypnotic animated GIFs from famous movie scenes, coupled with quotes from the film. The scenes that they choose to animate, and the very specific ways that they animate them is fascinating. Check out some of my favorites below and after the break. Mini quiz: without cheating, try to name all the movies included in this post