LIFE photographer Gjon Mili visited Picasso in 1949. Mili showed the artist some of his photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights affixed to their skates jumping in the dark—and Picasso’s mind began to race. The series of photographs that follows—Picasso’s light drawings—were made with a small flashlight in a dark room; the images vanished almost as soon as they were created.
My good freind Jan Urant gave me a heads up regarding this incredible singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Sweet Tooth Nelson will definitely be one to watch over the coming months and years. Below is a video by Bryan Derballa for Nelson’s song, Daddy Knows About Death.
French design group A.P.C. - famous for their high quality selvage denim - are soon to open a UK flagship store located at 35a Dover Street in London. Situated down the road from Comme des Garçons’ world-famous Dover Street Market store, the new store may open as early as next month, and will stock the 2009-10 Autumn/Winter Collection. Here are some photos from the forthcoming Spring/Summer 2009 collection…
Nike SB have today made the video for their amateur team, entitled Debacle, available in full in HD format via their website. Really clean, high quality shots, staged violent debauchery and hella tight skills make for an extremely entertaining twenty three minutes. Daryl Angel and Grant Taylor have standout parts. Horrendously good.
Since the mid 90’s, Maurice has produced paintings, prints, collages, sculptures and installations that reflect the spontaneous and informal nature of graffiti writing and have explored the recurring themes of energy, growth patterns and cycles in nature.
This collection of new paintings, small-scale sculptures and installations, take these themes forward into new realms – to consider theories regarding the spirit world, the physical and metaphysical, consciousness and death.
Using a mix of abstraction and cartoon elements, many of Maurice’s paintings appear on old silkscreens and transparent silkscreen mesh, echoing their transient, ethereal subject matter. His works collectively attempt to create a layered narrative, each is a fragment that forms building blocks for a larger universe, holding theoretical ‘spirits’ that inhabit each work.
Influenced by wide ranging sources, from Blake and Alchemic theory, to the nostalgia of 1930’s cartoons, Maurice’s works are unsettling and humorous depictions of a world inhabited by roaming spirits.
“Does letting go of your darkest thoughts through writing and singing give you any sort of outlet or comfort from those very thoughts themselves?
The new Blacklisted album has a line that says “No one will ever come for me, No one will ever comfort me”, I feel as though I am included in that “No one”. I see myself as just a man behind a curtain. I may be on stage, being loud and really upfront and emotional, but the reality of it is, that is the only time I am like that. Blacklisted is my machine and it always has been, when I am playing I am controlling it, but if you get to know me, or know anything about me, I am just a small scared man behind it. So I never feel comforted by it, if anything it just hinders me emotionally because at one point everyday there was this 20 minute window where I was a machine and then the other 23 hours and 40 minutes of the day I am someone who swims around in their head all day feeling like everyone hates me and I am the most disgusting person on the planet…”
John Joseph of Cro-Mags fame is soon to release his second book. Entitled ‘Meat Is For Pussies’, the book gives ‘advice on health, fitness, longevity, and cooking healthy, gourmet vegan dishes’. The following is an excerpt from the book’s introduction:
If you’re tired of being an Atkins’, Jenny Craig, or Weight Watcher-type diet pussy, man up because this book is for you. But, on the other hand if you’re happy with your yo-yo diets and calorie counting like a fat chick in her Curves calorie class, return my book and continue on with your chronic pussy-ism.
The book is scheduled for release this summer through Punkhouse.
Tickets available @ Banquet Records Tickets for the show sold out in under half an hour. Congratulations to those of you who managed to get hold of tickets in time and good luck to those who didn’t! The remaining UK dates are as follows:
17th August - Academy 2, Birmingham 18th August - Academy 2, Manchester 19th August - Electric Ballroom, London