Fans of Brazilian culture! There's lots of exciting news to share with you:
In anticipation of Brazil's iconic singer-guitarist Gilberto Gil's concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA tomorrow, hear a new interview with the Grammy-winning godfather of the Tropicália movement on Sergio Mielniczenko's radio show, Brazilian Hour (heard locally in LA every Saturday and Sunday on KXLU 88.9FM from 9:00 to 10:00am). Just recorded last week, the interview includes Gil talking specifically about this concert and the music he will perform.
KCET's "Arrival Stories" weekly column/blog featured Sergio Mielniczenko, the host/producer of the Brazilian Hour, just yesterday here. The engaging story is subtitled, "It Wasn't Like This in São Paulo."
Broadcasting since 1978, check out the Brazilian Hour in any of these 5 languages - English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Mandarin - on its new site, which just launched on September 7th and soon through its new app for iPhone/iPad/Android.
For a chance to attend Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil's show at Walt Disney Concert Hall tomorrow, leave a comment with your favorite Gilberto Gil album or song. A random winner will be picked today, at 5 pm PST, thanks!
Big bro Julian lives down the street on the Venice side of Dogtown. He's usually flying all over the world speaking at some something-or-nother conference, but lately, I've been seeing him check in on Foursquare at skateparks all over the country. Wasn't he just at the Venice Skate Park yesterday? There he is, documenting the variety of life that is living and breathing down by our oceanside, outdoor, skatepark capturing everybody: locals, tourists, old pros, next gen's top skater and their families. He's even shot us a few times, hanging out.
Julian's always got some awesome project happening and when he told me about Hello, Skater Girl I got really excited. I've always been a fan of thesport. Silvio was the lead artist for the blockbuster videogame, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Lulu's godfather is a former pro-skater, and much of our community including the one reading this post are life long friends and family from the sport.
It's no secret that I would love for Lulu to be an astronaut-pro-skater someday. She's got her first deck, so really, nothing can stop her, right?! I think the Hello, Skater Girl book would be a great addition to Lulu's bookshelf. I hope you enjoy this interview I put together with my photographer pal:
Tell me, what's this photo book you're working on?
I'm doing a photography book project. The subject is girl skateboarders. I told myself I was doing a book project because that was the easiest thing to wrap my head around. What I really wanted to do was understand skateboarding culture more than I already did, and I basically didn't really understand it at all — so the project was a way get to know what skateboarding was all about.
Why focus on girl skateboarder?
At first I naively convinced myself that no one else was trying to capture and document girl skaters through some sort of visual medium. That was stupid to assume, because of course it's not true. But — if you look at much of the core skateboarding communities and magazines and the big brands, you don't see much photography of girl skaters at all. That's just the way it is and I understand the systemic issues as to why, even if I don't understand why not — the lost opportunities.
That's what drew me to the project because I love creative projects that go against the grain — that do something that "no one" else is doing. And, of course I know that's just a creative start. As soon as you think no one else is doing something you immediately start finding all the people who are doing that thing. The creativity comes in finding a way to do what other people are doing in a unique, individual way. That's much more fun to be amongst a community of similarly motivated folks and find your own style and technique.
Okay, so..how would you describe your style?
It's easier to "see" than describe but — what I'm trying to do is a bit photo-geeky and technical but I try to set up portrait-like photos of this very dynamic, very kinetic sport. I'm shooting for a look that is studio-like — something with big, curated light and the background fall-off you might see in a portrait shoot. I think this is atypical in the canon of skateboarding photography where you often have very big compositions: the big skater/ultra-wide/fisheye look; or the landscape shot with a small skater amidst a big street/urban-concrete setting. I guess I was going for something different just to be different — a wide-ish lens with little distortion; no motion blur; strong visual separation between the skater and the background. That's geeky.
How'd you get into skateboard photography, anyway?
I moved to Venice Beach awhile ago. The town got a skatepark right on the beach a couple of years ago. Going there and shooting was a better way to learn about the history and culture of this place I'm now living in than reading about it or going to town council meetings.
DWR Beverly Boulevard Studio and Artworks Gallery (http://www.artworksgallery.com/) invite you to join us as we showcase the black and white photography of subject Muhammad Ali by National Portrait Gallery artist Michael Brennan. According to Artworks, “The original image [“1977”] resulted from a unique intimacy between Michael Brennan, and Ali, who wanted to be helpful to the young photographer.” At the time, Ali was training in Deer Park, Pa., for his come-from-behind win against Earnie Shavers at Madison Square Garden, and Brennan’s report with Ali allowed him to capture the session on film. Cocktails and light snacks will be served.
I support the skateboarding community, young women, and my big brother Julian who launched this Kickstarter campaign to finish a photobook about women and skateboarding. Kick in some change and help Hello, Skater Girl get published.
More about the project:
"Hello, Skater Girl" is a photo book that captures the spirit, determination and playfulness of girls skateboarding over a year in 2011. It mixes image, illustration and text to document the lives of several skaters doing what they love to do: skate — at competitions, alone and together at parks, backyard pools and favorite skate spots.
Keep an eye out for our exclusive in-depth interview with photographer and tinkerer, Julian Bleecker soon!
Le Cercle By Mark Gonzales & Benjamin Deberdt NY Launch and Signing Friday, September 9th, 5-7 PM
Printed Matter is pleased to announce a launch for Le Cercle, a recent publication from artist Mark Gonzales and photographer Benjamin Deberdt. Please join us for a reception and signing with both artists on Friday, September 9th. Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Avenue, between 21st and 22nd Street.
In 2009, artist and professional skateboarder Mark Gonzales revisited his project the 'Circle Board' - a sequence of nine skateboards joined end to end to form a complete loop. Benjamin Deberdt photographed Mark riding his creation before dawn in front of the Eiffel Tower producing grainy black and white prints. These photographs were then shipped to New York City and drawn directly upon by Mark in his idiosyncratic style. His poetry, familiar characters and some new themes can be seen, much of these inspired by the photos themselves and the city of Paris.
The publication is a limited run artist book conceived by the artists and Izrock Pressings. It includes a mix of 4-color cover and 2 color Risograph printing throughout, with printing by Blood and Thunder press in Sydney, Australia.
Le Cercle is risograph-printed perfect bound book with a belly-band. It is 52 pages and measures 20 x 25.5 cm.
Printed Matter Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists'' books and other artists'' publications.
Printed Matter, Inc. has received support, in part, through grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City, Department of Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Schoenstadt Family Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Gesso Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary, Arts, the Morris B. and Edith S. Cartin Family Foundation Inc., the Mondriaan Foundation, Shapco Printing Inc., and individuals worldwide.
Etnies' founder/owner, Pierre-André Senizergues' ambitious plans to build a completely skateable home in Malibu are under way. I've seen a few skate-centric homes before where parts of the house were skateable. But I've never seen a home that was 100% built for skating. More info:
Imagine a city of the future where skateboards are used as the primary form of transportation and recreation – in and out of your home. A utopia city for skateboarders would mean that a skateable path, like a ribbon connecting everything together, links each building in an unending ability to keep in motion on your board. The PAS House takes this concept and brings it to life through an architectural project mixing a modern single family home with a skateboard ramp structure – all from an environmentally-driven perspective.
I can't believe we've been hosting our summer kick off barbecue for nine years now! But there you have it. Nine years of post-E3 fun. The crowd has changed from electronic entertainment industry folks-only to a big ass party for our creative cabal.
Thanks to Toby and Michael for hosting our party for the third year in a row. Thanks to Kiino and Matt for hooking us up with tunes. And thanks to all our friends that made the day fun and special. We are looking forward to the 10 year anniversary party, next year! See you then.
Tennis Hall-of-Famer, Stan Smith signed this shoe for me in 2003, or thereabouts. I know it'll sound weird, but I often look at it for inspiration. When I met the legend, he rocked a really great smile and was kind. Of all the pro-athletes, I've had the great opportunity to meet, he's the classiest. Yeah, Stan's my man.
Hawaiian native, artist, designer, and pal Todd St. John sent Lulu one of his magnificent Wave Fade prints for her Dogtown-inspired bedroom. The big wave is crazy perfect with the bright blue colors and clean design. I especially love the message he inscribed to her... we should all inspire to stay young!
Produced in an edition of 220, the signed and numbered 1-color blended silkscreen is printed on white paper. More deets below.
Wave Fade 2008 (based on a design originally printed in 2003) Silkscreen on paper 26 x 26 $165