In need of some visual stimulation while getting your learn on? Wired.com is doing a big wrap up of the most popular science related stories of 2009. There are some amazing shots that you need to geek out to.
The merciless crunch upon the magazine industry still heard via an echo of unemployment this past decade seems to foster two very distinct points of view among readers: Going digital is either a sign of failure or the new frontier. Though there’s nothing like glossy pages and heavy cardstock covers under your fingers, mags are turning out to share a similar destiny as vinyl — there will always be a craving for them in certain circles, but the mainsteam trend points at those three little w’s.
This brings us to Self-Titled magazine, a New York-based online publication with six digital issues under its belt featuring the likes of Jay Reatard (RIP), School Of Seven Bells, Florence & The Machine and more. It comes out dukes-up on its social media profiles, claiming to be “reinventing what it means to be a music magazine in an age of blogs and half-baked writing.”
That kind of statement’s got some bite to it, but in a way that makes you want to know more.
On it’s Facebook page: “Self-Titled is a music magazine that has nothing to do with music. At least not in the traditional sense of self-important ‘criticism’ and profiles that read like regurgitated press releases. Yes, we print reviews and full-on artist features, but we also pride ourselves on answering the questions others don’t ask.”
Now, this is all kind of interesting because they also run a blog, but damn if this didn’t make us want to crack open an issue (virtually, of course), the latest of which you can read here here.
Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist, Kenji Hirata’s artwork in form and color is strongly inspired by nature, billboards, and hand painted signage of Southeast Asia, and futurism. His use of shapes and colors create a language that has been presented across a number of different mediums of all sizes. His pieces project a language that is always in motion and with this special language Hirata is created, we are all given a glimpse into his universe.
Hirata is also a core member of artist New York & Japan collective, Barnstormers alongside Doze Green, David Ellis, and Chulo. His work (along with collective members David Ellis and Maya Hayuk) had caught the eye of Absolut Vodka, which then asked Hirata to help with the launch of their Raspberry Campaign. Check out the video here.
Hirata has been featured by Cool Hunting, Juxtapoz, and has seen pieces on exhibit at everywhere from Southeastern Center for contemporary Art (North Carolina) and Zeit Art Gallery (Hamburg, Germany) to Reed Space (Brooklyn, NY) to New York’s Levi’s store. Hirata just finished a solo exhibit at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York.
To fully appreciate Hirata’s magnificent world, you need to see it in person. For more information on Kenji Hirata and for upcoming exhibits, visit kenjihirata.com.
The year 2005 was a year of inflection for Om Records for different reasons but one of the most remarkable ones was the Om residency in Ibiza hosted at El Divino presenting probably one of the most exciting,innovating and interesting line ups that the Mediterranean white island had seen to date.
During those magical 3 months, Om Records moved it’s headquarters to a magnificent Villa situated in the middle of a forrest between Ibiza town and Santa Eulalia del Rio and apart from enjoying some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, eating Bullit de Peix (a very unique and delicious fish Paella) and organizing endless after hours until the morning light, we had the chance to meet with a big part of the crazy summer fauna that inhabit the island from April till October.
Apart from all the promoters, disc jockeys, go-go dancers,club owners, wannabes, yoga teachers, taxi drivers, millionaires, opportunists and old hippies who we met with we also got in touch with an small group of visual artists who live there all year around. Peculiar characters who tend to hide from the crazy angry British tourists and who spend their time swimming naked on secret beaches (mainly by the north of the island),painting; creating beautiful pieces of art of all kinds.
One of the most remarkable ones is without a doubt is Jesus de Miguel also known as “Jesidi” or simply “Jesu” for the close friends. An artist born and raised in Guardo (a little Village in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula) who studied Art and New Visual Media in Salamanca (one of the most historical cities in Spain and where the oldest University of Europe is located) and whom after a few years working for big different important companies in Madrid ended up as the head of the art department of the Pacha Emporium (probably the biggest brand in Lifestyle/Night Entertainment in the world).
Since then, Jesu hasn’t stopped his frenetic activity as one of the most solicited artists on the island developing concepts and imagery for parties, clothing brands, record labels, clubs, and organizations such as the International Ibiza Film Festival or HOVI (International Home Video and Multimedia Ibiza Festival).
The love for the bizarre, a masterly use of the color in big canvas, surreal characters, subliminal and acid messages and an strong disobedience for the established rules are some of the characteristics of this genius artist who will shortly exhibit in San Francisco.
David Maisel is a visual artist from the Bay Area. You may have scene many of his pieces from his works titled, The Lakes Project. He most recently finished a residency at the Getty Research Institute. While going through Getty’s archives he discovered the museums old X-rays. These were taken by the museum to conserve the art pieces. The ghostly images lead David to create his most recent work entitled History’s Shadow comprises of these photographed and scanned X-rays.
“Through the x-ray process, the artworks of origin become de-familiarized and de-contextualized, yet acutely alive and renewed.”
For more information on David Maisel visit davidmaisel.com
Alex McLeod’s digital, yes digital, works have been the talk of our digital community. You can find out about his images everywhere from juxtapoz to theriotclub to Kayne’s blog.
When I first looked at these images I thought they were photographs of actual installations, meticulously detailed installations at that. They are in fact 3D digital works crafted via several softwares, which makes it all the more unique and interesting.
Mcleod has achieved an imaginary realism that is very inviting. If I could only go home to that at the end of the day…
The collectible art toy movement has been an increasingly growing market thanks to folks like Kid Robot, Giant Robot, and many other supporters of the movement. These cleverly crafted characters are the subjects of, California based artist, Brian McCarty’s photographs. What started as a examination of culture through it’s toys became a unique perspective in story telling using these mostly vinyl or plastic figures.
Brian McCarty’s unique ability to take one artist’s piece and create his own high impact story is why he’s attracted a huge international following. Recently featured in publications like Vogue, XLR8R, and High Fructose, it really is no surprise that McCarty is as respected as he is. He was also one of the select artist to participate in the Manifest Hope: DC Gallery. The gallery spotlighted artists who use their voices to amplify and motivate the grassroots movement that carried President-Elect Barack Obama to victory.
His upcoming book, which is a collection of his art-toy works, is being published by Baby Tattoo Books and is slated for an early 2010 release date. Brian will also have an accompanying exhibition at the LeBASSE Projects Gallery in Culver City.
California-based artist, Nathan DeYoung has a great talent for exploring the human condition using explosions of shapes, colors, and subtle uncovered figures. His bio reads like this: Seeking to better understand those around him, Nathan DeYoung offers an inquisitive exploration into the human condition. Using the intimate observations of others as a muse, he creates characters that allow him to fully analyze and interpret those to whom he is closest. By revealing and destroying his characters in frenzies of shape and color, he ventures to grasp, uncover, and expose the often hidden, with the hope that insight into others and their actions will enable a deeper understanding of himself. Nathan DeYoung currently works and studies in San Diego, California.
“O’ Intimacy and the Aftermath”
Displayed here are pieces from Nathan’s series called “Windows & Mirrors”. Painted with acrylick paint on large wood canvas, these pieces are visual interpretations of Nathan’s journal entries with each piece in the series accompanied by a poem. The poems allow Nathan a voice to say everything the paintings couldn’t.
“Conversatwins With Mirrors”
Nathan DeYoung is definitely an artist to look out for. With recent galleries at LA’s Thinkspace, spotlight in Juxtapoz Magazine, and pieces featured in the upcoming Aqua Art Miami in December, DeYoung is continuing to build a name for himself.
Click Here To Read An Interview with Sour Harvest And Nathan DeYoung.
Click Here To Read An Interview with Juxatpoz Magazine and Nathan DeYoung.
To view the full “Windows & Mirrors” series & to find out more about Nathan DeYoung visit his website www.nathandeyoung.com
Nothing will ever replace good old illustration. Japanese born Yuta Onoda has re-established our love for a beautifully illustrated piece. His Asian influenced pieces flow like Japanese calligraphy with hip colored western inks. Despite how fluid the pieces feel there is a unique distinct presence of strength and power.
Yuta Onoda has been shaping his art aesthetic through various forms of media, hoping to find new avenues to express himself. If you are in Portland Oregon, check out his upcoming show at Compound Gallery.
“Textbook History” at Compound Gallery
Dates: September 3rd – 27th.
107 NW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209