NAD (Kneaded Leger)

 

NAD (Bubbly Kandisnky)

 

These digital sculptures by Jon Rafman belong to his project ‘New Age Demanded’ – accompanied by an extract from Ezra Pound’s poem Hugh Selwyn Mauberly:

The age demanded an image
Of its accelerated grimace,
Something for the modern stage,
Not, at any rate, an Attic grace;
. . .

The “age demanded” chiefly a mould in plaster,
Made with no loss of time,
A prose kinema, not, not assuredly, alabaster
Or the ‘sculpture’ of rhyme.

There’s an obvious and magnificent sense of exploration that runs throughout Montreal-based artist Jon Rafman’s work. His other works include the project ’9 Eyes’ showcasing unbelievably awesome shots found in Google Street View’s recordings.

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In the Studio with: Klub7

I’m really excited to get started on this regular feature. Hopefully over the next few months I will be visiting various artist studios and capturing a little more insight into various creative processes. If you’re a Berlin-based artist or collective with a studio-space, and have interest in sharing insight into your creative process, drop me an email.

First up, the great Klub7 group – previously introduced here for their recent exhibition.

Earlier this week I had the privilege of sitting down with members Ingo Albrecht (aka Disko Robot),  Christian Heinicke (aka KidCash) to talk about the things that ignite their creativity and how they keep their work so fresh – hat tip to Mathilde Ramadier for helping make this happen.

The other members of Klub7 are Dani Daphne, Mike Okay, lowskii and Otto Baum  .

It’s not ‘Street Art’.

It’s hard to pin-point the exact type of work Klub7 does since it spreads across so many formats. For instance, the group might work on a huge mural one day, but then the next they’ll haul a load of scrap wood off the street to use as support for intricate designs.

Yet they’re quick to point out that the urban nature of their work doesn’t mean it has to be labelled ‘street art’. In fact, defining the constantly evolving state of this group’s work with such a flimsy label as street art is simply unfair (as a side note, I’d say the debate around this sort of categorizing is roughly equivalent labeling a band’s music as ‘indie’).

KLUB7 best of 2011

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FIN a short film by Craig Stecyk [C.R. Stecyk III]

This is a bit last-minute but here is a little glimpse into an exciting new short film by the one and only Craig Stecyk – whose life was famously portrayed in the film Lords of Dogtown and who co-wrote the award-winning documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys.

For this first installment in an evolutionary series of digital film shorts,  Stecyk joined up with the brand Hurley to present a film that investigates “artisan garage culture.  It will offer insights into an assortment of individuals who incorporate traditional do-it-yourself garage methodology into differing pursuits such as traditional modified vehicles, surfboards, skateboards, art, music and communications.”

Hurley is also releasing a limited edition of awesome t-shirts to go with the film.  A series of 4 t-shirts showcasing exclusive artwork and still photography captured during the making of FIN.  The film debuts on Feb. 8th at Hurley’s H-Space gallery.  The film will then travel to Hurley’s additional H Space galleries in Bali and Tokyo for international premieres.

Check out the trailer and more screenshots here.

A possible giveaway of one of the limited ed. t-shirts from Hurley is in the works – stay tuned.

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