The Avant/Garde Diaries presents Transmission LA: AV CLUB, curated by Mike D, an interdisciplinary festival featuring the work of 16 contemporary artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, and chefs, including Peter Coffin, Jim Drain, Will Fowler, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Takeshi Murata, and Tom Sachs. The presentation will include the international debut of the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé and an evening concert and DJ series featuring performances by many special guests, including Santigold.
The 17-day festival will illustrate how audio and visual art forms complement and influence each other, through various exhibitions, concerts, DJ nights, performances, and installations,. The event’s logo embodies Mike D’s artistic concept, depicting the letters A (for audio) and V (for visual) as inextricably fused.
Phil Frost is an artist's artist. He taught Shepard how to wheat paste. He is legend. To get to peek his studio, I want to weep (can you tell I ♥ him)?! More about this clip:
In celebration of the upcoming release of MARLEY, Kevin Macdonald's epic feature length documentary on the life of Bob Marley, artist Phil Frost (who's known to be incredibly reclusive) participated in an terrific short video in which he for the first time talks about how his work and life has been influenced by Marley. MARLEY hits theaters and all the digital outlets (including Facebook) on 4/20 and includes never before seen footage and music.
Eames Demetrios shared this short film with me earlier today. I was excited for its launch. I've never seen a rapper/actor talk about mid-century modern design with so much gusto. Of course, the local knows what's up.
Ice Cube walks around Case Study House #8 aka the Eames House dropping knowledge about the dynamic Eames duo. Classic. I love his remark, "Each freeway [in LA] has its own personality... the 405 -- "bougie" traffic. The 110, haha, that's gangster traffic right there!" Ice Cube comparing music sampling to how the Eames built is fantastic: "You know taking something that already exists and making it something special -- you know, kind of like sampling."
Have you guys had a chance to check out sweetheart singer, Brandon Schott's new music video, "Satellite"? Wait no further and transport yourself to director Matt Barrios' magical wonderland of pretty images and soothing sounds.
Like what you are hearing (ahem, Beatles)? Consider spending your hard earned dollars on Brandon's newest record, "13 Satellites" (I did). It's such a joyful musical adventure! The album is now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.
**César Awards 2011 - Best Actor, Best First Film**
**Tribeca Film Festival 2010 - Best Actor**
Renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Gainsbourg evolves from a precocious child in Nazi-occupied Paris, to small-time jazz musician and finally international pop superstar. Along the way, he romances many of the era’s most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). With a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack showcasing many of the musician’s greatest hits, the film is a sensual delight and a quintessential time capsule of the eras he enjoyed.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Serge Gainsbourg's death. His extraordinary legacy includes the re-interpretation of his songs by numerous musicians including Marianne Faithfull, Beck, Sean Lennon, Kylie Minogue and Arcade Fire. (A Music Box Films release)
Directed by Joann Sfar. Stars Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Sara Forestier.
The generous promoters of "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" have five pairs of tickets (10 tickets total) to giveaway to you (awesome Hustler of Culture readers)!
For a chance to win, please leave a comment with your favorite Gainsbourg song and random.org will select the five winners on Sunday, September 4th at 9 pm PST. Winners will be notified via email so please be sure to submit a working email address.
Please note: Each pass is good for two people, to any Monday through Thursday screening next week. If a screening is sold out, you will not be able to attend that show (however, there are plenty of shows to choose from)!
Records (After Ed Ruscha) + Arcs Circles & Grids (After Sol LeWitt)
By Eric Doeringer Launch and Signing Thursday, September 8th, 5-7 PM
Printed Matter is pleased to present a launch and signing for two new works from artist Eric Doeringer —Records (After Ed Ruscha) and Arcs Circles & Grids (After Sol LeWitt). Please join us this Thursday, September 8th, 5-7 PM. Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Ave, between 21st and 22nd Street, New York.
Over the last ten years Doeringer has built a body of work recreating the seminal works of the early conceptual artists. The sly, deadpan facsimiles fall short (often intentionally) of a total faithfulness, and as the core principles of reproduction veer into the inventive, his books become artworks in their own right.
For Records (after Ed Ruscha), Doeringer has tracked-down and re-photographed all 30 records contained in Ruscha’s original 1971 artists' book, the left page of each spread showing an album cover, with the corresponding vinyl LP on the right. In an attempt to replicate the book totally, the two inevitably diverge--Doeringer’s records show different patterns of wear, price tags, markings, and other variations.
For Arcs Circles & Grids (after Sol LeWitt), Doeringer offers his version of Sol LeWitt's 1972 book Arcs Circles & Grids. The book features drawings of every possible combination of arcs (from the corners and the midpoints of sides), circles, and grids -- a total of 195 permutations. Because Doeringer’s book is slightly smaller than LeWitt's (7.5" square vs. 8"), the arcs, circles, and grids intersect in different places. And so, although the two works stem from a common place, Doeringer’s take on "Arcs from one corner and two opposite sides" is something that unfolds into a unique form all its own, a kind of LeWittian permutation on the level of the book itself.
Records (after Ed Ruscha) is perfect bound, 72 pages and measures 7 x 5.5". It retails for $35 and can be purchased at Printed Matter or online here.
Arcs Circles & Grids (after Sol LeWitt) is perfect bound, 208 pages and measures 7.5 x 7.5". It retails for $35 and can be purchased at Printed Matter or online here.
Fifteen years ago, I used to attend semi-regular dinners with my uncle Mike and his two best buds, legendary music manager Andy Gould and Rick Sales, my former employer and Slayer's manager. I used to sit quietly and listen to the three rock industry vets shoot the shit and talk about "the good old days". They regaled me with industry lore, drummer jokes (mainly aimed at Tommy Lee), and stories that seemed too-crazy-to-be-true. My 39-year-old-self regrets that my 24-year-old-self had not recorded the dinner conversations -- there was definitely enough material for a comic industry tell-all.
Anyone who cares about attending a masterclass with someone who's worked hard, for a long time, in an ever changing media industry should carve out 45 minutes of their day and watch this interview by Ian Rogers for This Week In Music. My two favorite takeaways:
"I want new music to succeed more than ever."
"I never really managed anyone that I didn't like."
These are semi-serious thoughts from someone who's always made me laugh.
It was especially cool to stumble upon Andy's interview, considering I ran into Nigel Grainge yesterday at Uncle Mike's house (Ian, you should interview him too) and there's something to learn from all these guys.
I'm looking forward to following this video series... very, very cool!
So I was watching this nicely shot new Spike Jonze video for Jay-Z and Kanye and it was making me feel funny inside. Simply put, I don't believe or buy Jay-Z, the dapper don, hanging out in the desert in a t-shirt and jeans. Seriously. It's too disturbing. Where's his tailored made European suit? And Kanye? Who cares about Kanye.
I did love the opening. But that's about it. I need to hear more of this album.