This week, by far our favorite Instagram discovery has got to be the beautiful geniuses over at FoolsDoArt, two Squarespace employees who spend their free time recreating classic artworks with office supplies and raw determination. If we had our druthers, we’d just do an entire thread of their works — “Girl With a Pearl Earring” and “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” are especially priceless — but we’ve got a whole seven days of phone-snapped artistry to catalogue, and holiday-ish artistry at that. See, below. (And meanwhile, thank you, Washington Post, for devoting virtual column inches to this well worthy phenomenon.)
In the Air – Art News & Gossip
Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category
“Portlandia” returns for its fourth season on January 8th, and though you may well have heard from some other source — friends, Tumblr, artisanal semaphore — we got our news courtesy of photographer Catherine Opie. Opie, who was first and perhaps best known for her no-holds-barred portraits of the queer and kink communities in the 90s, chose to photograph starring duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein first in a more subdued, classical style (below), then also played on the idea of Portland’s worldliness rather literally with an electric-blue globe-themed shot. “My portraits are so quiet and so still, and they’re also really serious, that I was a little bit surprised at first that they wanted to go for my style,” said Opie in a video interview, noting she’s been a “Porlandia” fan since Season 1. “But they wanted that style actually because as a comedian, you don’t need to make comic-looking images.” Check out the full posters, below — and join us in crossing our fingers that next the “Portlandia” marketing team commissions a commercial from Kenneth Anger.
In the strangest actor-musician news since Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Underground, A.V. Club is reporting that Vincent D’Onofrio (of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” fame) is now part of an experimental spoken-word duo whose first single is called “I’m A Hamster.” (Dana Lyn provides jittery string accompaniment. There are also some horns.) “I’m a hamster with a chip on my shoulder. I don’t like metal, it’s the wrong color,” D’Onofrio snarls. “I like browns and off-whites. Let’s not talk about the wheel!” The most shocking thing about this 1:34 slice of weirdness? It’s not half bad. The single is from a full-length album due March 3; Detective Robert Goren and Lyn play Joe’s Pub in New York on December 20.
It feels only appropriate to start this post off with a rousing “1-2-3-4!” — the same rallying cry with which Dee Dee Ramone began so many of his seminal punk group’s crash-bang minute-plus tracks. As appears to be the case with many musicians these days (see: Neil Young’s car watercolors), the Ramones bassist who penned “53rd & 3rd” and “Rockaway Beach” also had an art career before his tragic demise in 2002. His cartoonish, neon-backed paintings — self-portraits, band portraits, lengthy comic fantasy sequences about Sid Vicious — are now on view at the Hotel Chelsea Storefront Gallery through January 1, mere doors down from the building he and fellow ’70s scenesters once called home. And to add to the Dee Dee of it all, facing his art is a wall of photographs showcasing his signature smirk and dark mop of hair, from the red-backed Mick Rock photo that became the cover for The Ramones’ “End of the Century” to candid concert shots by Bob Gruen, Ed Perlstein, Stephanie Chernikowski, and Stanley Ryan Jones; a set by Keith Green in which Dee Dee poses on a Hotel Chelsea balcony seems particularly fitting.
Miami Art Week — AKA, #MiamiArtWeek, #ABMB, and/or #helplolwhatishappening — has finally drawn to a close, but not before the myriad art-worlder attendees had a chance to catalogue their experience on Instagram. Above is rapper Brooke Candy (brookecandy)’s good morning salute to the city — and below are a few more choice snapshots from throughout the week. (Note: We recommend playing Will Smith’s “Miami” on repeat through the duration of this post, also probably hitting yourself over the head several times with a Nerf bat, and you’ll just about approximate the experience of having been there yourself.)
Last night at SELECT, Rashaad Newsome presented his video “The Conductor,” 2013 — a stylized supercut of hip hop music videos, with special focus on the artists’ hands — projected on the interior walls of a special black-box booth, with a little help from rapper-cum-performance-artist Mykki Blanco. “This piece is for me a portrait of hip hop culture that’s informed by the public,” he told the audience by way of introduction. ”This installation I built, it’s like a house that’s based on this information, so it’s a portrait of hip hop culture and all of its flaws. And what I’ve done is invited who I believe to be the future of hip hop to come in and dismantle this house that I built.” And Blanco, clad in a sleek pink silk pajama set and a curly blonde bob, proceeded to do just that — laying down a chunk of the “If music be the food of love” soliloquy from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” before launching into a slew of verses, surrounded on all sides by the twitching, disembodied hands of Newsome’s work.
Rashaad Newsome (rashaadnewsome) captured a video of protestors taking to the New York City streets following the grand jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson — “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” (sounds like he also contributes an affirming “woo!”) — as did Klaus Biesenbach (klausbiesenbach), while Awol Erizku (awolerizku) posted the above photograph.
Collector Stefan Simchowitz (stefansimchowitz) posted this shot of model Emily Ratajkowski (of “Blurred Lines” fame), who was apparently pouting because she couldn’t keep this Zachary Armstrong piece — or at least, that’s how we’ve chosen to interpret the caption, “This is what happens when you can’t get something you realy [sic] want,” lest we realize this “wanting” isn’t necessarily directed toward the artwork at all. Armstrong (z___a), meanwhile, regrammed with the caption “#careerpeaked.”