“A minimalist sculptor, Larry Bell first created shaped canvases and then turned to sculpture in the early 1960s. He was part of an avant-garde southern California group that included Robert Irwin and Craig Kauffman, and his primary materials were coated glass and plastics.”
Quoted from“ Dictionary of American Artists”
Raphael Boguslav “works entirely on the Mac, continues to pursue a lifelong interest in classical piano and builds radio controlled model airplanes.”
He also has quite a hand for the pen.
We normally get a good amount of promo material around here from publishers and record labels and I do a horrible job of passing the “good cheer” along, but this will change, starting now. This week we got in a very nice package Stones Throw. The previous package they sent us was nothing-less-than-amazing, custom LP covers hand drawn and sprayed by Jeff Jank himself.
This latest package included Dam-Funk’s Rhythm Trax V4 which is a collection of boogie space synths over some galactic beats. Dam-Funk is someone you should find more about, amazing talent and a strange guy… in a good way. He needs to get booked in Minneapolis.
If “Afrodelic Kraut Funk” sounds like something you could get into, check out Karl Hector & The Malcouns. Its really a flawless lp that should be getting more attention. If you like this, also check out the Heliocentrics who recently hooked up with Mulatu (Broken Flowers soundtrack, etc). Also for sure check out Now Again Records for more of that “clean” sound.
Since this month is Dilla Month, you should check out what is going on over at Stones Throw. They just posted a new Obey poster featuring J Dilla.
Whew. Never a dull moment.
Leslie Miles is an online curator of sorts whose mission is to not be everyone’s tenth favorite blog, but rather ten people’s favorite blog. From what I’ve seen so far I think he’s put together some gorgeous image collections that he bases around a single word. While he’s not my favorite blog I do think I put him in my top ten. :-)
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I will start off by saying, I think Shepard Fairey’s work is good, and of course top of the tops in that genre he is in. Ironically, I am wearing an scraggly old Obey shirt right now, more so because I like the shirts fit. We have also sold his book releases on our site and sold a lot of them too. Honestly, not making us much money. I am sure he made out better from the publisher than we did. So, yeah, Shepard Fairey is good, but he is also a bit ridiculous and is slowly loosing credit in my book (if that means anything). Last year he went after some kid who posted a Dope spoof of his Hope poster. I have had my share of kids jacking my work online, but you know what, who cares? I was a kid once and did some stupid shit too, in the end no one got hurt though. That Dope poster did nothing to hurt the Hope poster. As well, I am sure that kid made nothing on that Dope spoof. As well, the story unfolds even more..
Fairey is now taking the AP to court (as a quick jump on them) saying it is legal and OK for him to use their image, without paying them. I got this article this morning in email and I just started laughing. The insanity of this is out of control. There is not even a need to make a big discussion on this post. Simple, you used some guys original photo (who is apart of AP), poster got famous, and now you are selling it as art and prints. Give the guy his share too, I mean what the fuck? Its one thing to pull from old resources, books, and make it your own. But to take another modern day fellow artists work (even if photo journalistic) and say your not going to pay them!
The concept of OBEY is all but starting to make sense now. OBEY ME
Please come out and support SWINDLE Magazine art director Justin Van Hoy at Lit Lounge, 7 – 10pm Sunday, Jan 18th. Following a Leukemia relapse, Justin is currently searching for a bone marrow donor match, which he desperately needs to survive. Please come out to get the simple “mouth swab” test and find out if you have the rare ability to save the life of this incredibly talented artist and beloved friend. Read more here.
Probably my last post of the year so thought I would go out in style. This week Travis introduced me to Earles and Jansen and it pretty amazing. For sure worth a listen if you are into prank calls and off humor. The Bleachy series and the Ditchweed one are my favorites for sure.