History comes alive in Partisan, a dynamic collaboration between Shepard Fairey and Gary Baseman, featuring Ben Baseman – a freedom fighter who fought in the woods of Poland for over three years during World War II. Ben Baseman survived the mass murders that took place in 1941-42 in cities across Eastern Europe, including his hometown of Berezne. After losing his parents and many loved ones, he fought for freedom and miraculously survived. Ben Baseman lived to the age of 93, having raised four children in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles that includes the artist Gary Baseman.
Michelle shared this "Hello Kitty In Space" video with me knowing our family would enjoy the video tremendously (we did). While it's near identical to last year's "A Toy Train In Space" video, it's just as fascinating to see an every day object in near space propelled by a child's imagination and doing.
Lauren Rojas, a 13-year-old Californian sent Hello Kitty up into the atmosphere to test the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature for her school's science fair. More about the video:
Cornerstone Christian school 7th grade science project. The effects of Altitude on air pressure and temperature. Cameras: GoPro Hero2 video footage. Edited By: Eddie Lacayo firstname.lastname@example.org Flight gear: High Altitude Science. Flight computer / Data acquisition: High Altitude Science. Tree Climber: Woodpecker Arborist.
I can never watch enough "process" videos of creative friends doing their thing. Here's a great video directed, shot and edited by Jason Miller documenting Steven Harrington's art-making and thinking process from his latest exhibition 'Insideout' at Known Gallery. Big ups to Generic Surplus for their video support!
WITHOUT ORDER NOTHING CAN EXIST! WITHOUT CHAOS NOTHING CAN EVOLVE!
This eponymous mantra resounds throughout the incredible breadth of work in CYRCLE.'s second solo show, opening to the public on November 30th at 6608 Lexington Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90038. The "ORGANIZED CHAOS!" theme binds the entirety of the show and defines the creative process that brought the art collective to their philosophy, relying on the metaphor of intertwined relation between bee and flower to illuminate the symbiosis between art and society.
It is interactive. It defies the boundaries of the archetypical gallery show. It showcases a tactile experience and encourages participation.
The "ORGANIZED CHAOS!" show is the embodiment of what CYRCLE. has come to represent in the Los Angeles art community. Refusing to constrain themselves to a particular definition, as street artists, graphic designers, or traditional fine artists, the collective is interested in what the function and form of the work itself demands.
Artist Shepard Fairey, best known for his work on the 2008 Obama Hope campaign and his Andre the Giant OBEY propaganda, says:
"People frequently ask me who the new upstarts are in street art… I'd say CYRCLE., but that would be underselling the diversity of their talents and the depth of their conceptual process. CYRCLE. work in many mediums and techniques, utilizing whatever approach most powerfully delivers the concept and aesthetic. CYRCLE. are surprisingly focused and rigorous for some young punks."
JR, a 2011 TED Prize winner, who is currently expanding his Inside Out Project in Japan states, “CYRCLE. bring back the Power of working as a colléctive.”
In a physical manifestation of CYRCLE.'s signature brand of chaos, the viewer will be encouraged to become the bee and to initiate order within the chaos of the human movement occurring within the show, therefore creating a type of performance art within the actual pieces of the show itself.
The show is produced by Fatima Robinson and Rhea Scott, in association with Black Dog Films.