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Our friend and soon-to-be-collaborator Mike Leavitt just wrapped up his excellent show, “Art Army Royalty,” at New York City’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery. To say it was a success would be a mild understatement, as Leavitt sold almost all of the 20-some original pieces he created for the occasion and received tons of press from the notoriously fickle and difficult-to-impress New York media community.
One piece of noteworthy love was his placement atop New York Magazine’s infamous “Approval Matrix,” which each month designates different tangents of popular culture into four categories: despicable and highbrow, despicable and lowbrow, brilliant and highbrow and brilliant and lowbrow. (The second-to-last — top right — houses Mike and his Chuck Close action figure.)
Congrats, Mike. I’m vicariously checking off appearing on the Approval Matrix from my bucket list. Wait, is that allowed?
Bernie Hou of Alien Loves Predator spent five months watching movies and three weeks drawing to create this cinematic cartography of Manhattan, complete with 91 film references.
Hou is giving away a free copy of the 18×24″ poster to the first person who sends him the names of all 91 movies. [Here’s a high-res version of the map with each movie numbered from 1-91.] He plans to release the full list of the films after May 11th.
If that’s keeping you on the edge of your seat, you can purchase the poster for $16 here.
Metro Cards are becoming the new canvas. Guatemalan-born, New York-based artist Juan Carlos Pinto makes Metro Card mosaic portraits of cultural icons like Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Baquiat, John Lennon and Louis Armstrong. If you’re in New York tonight, you can see Pinto’s Salvaged Perspectives at Phantom Audio from 7-10PM. Hopefully the MTA won’t show up to crash the party. Read the rest of this entry »
Making art out of everyday objects isn’t everybody’s bag (groan), but I tend to find it fascinating. Los Angeles-based company, Cast of Vices, is offering a luxury remix of common (free) New York City plastic grocery bags. Cast of Vice’s lambskin leather totes are hand sewn and hand embossed in LA, where perhaps they go over as something of an upscale novelty vs. NY’s WTF? In actuality, Paris is the place to grab these bags. Colette is offering three designs in two sizes starting at ~$250 USD here.
When searching for inspiration, one of my favorite activities is looking at pictures of other people’s apartments (especially people of the creative persuasion). Exciting then is New York Magazine’s article “The Perpetual Garret,” which offers glimpses into the living quarters of some of New York City’s most famous starving artists — people like William S. Burroughs, Robert Rauschenberg, Patti Smith and Terence Koh.
Above: Artist Keith Haring’s shared railroad apartment at 325 Broome St. in Manhattan.
It’s hard to believe I was just 9 years old when “South Park” first came on the air. 15 years later I can’t think of another television show that defines my adolescence more than Matt Stone’s and Trey Parker’s crudely brilliant diorama of life in a tiny Colorado town.
To celebrate the show’s 15th anniversary, artist Ron English has hand-picked 14 of his contemporaries to join him in interpreting “South Park” for a traveling art show, which will feature works by artists Tristan Eaton, Greg Simkins, Travis Louie and others.
Quoth Comedy Central’s official press release:
The “South Park Art Gallery” will be on display at Opera Gallery in New York starting next Monday, March 28th (runs through April 10th). It will then travel to Comic-Con in San Diego for Comedy Central’s “Ultimate South Park Fan Experience.”
Click here for information about submitting your artwork for inclusion at the Comic-Con stop of the show.
Leo Fitzpatrick, best known for playing Telly in the 1995 film Kids, makes art. Members-only contemporary art print site Exhibition A is offering a festive appropriation by Fitzpatrick entitled “Kill Me I’m Irish”. The most interesting thing about this work is Fitzpatrick’s use of buttons to sign and number the editions.
Exhibition A has a Q&A with the actor/artist in which he says:
Indeed. Check out the print and the buttons after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »