Yesterday afternoon, I found myself at the [Alexander] Calder Jewelry Exhibition held at the San Diego Museum of Art. Upon initial approach, it was really hard to tell that the work was made by the same hands behind the mobiles that most of us relate him to. Across the hall, the museum featured Calder’s more recognizable brushwork alongside paintings by Picasso and Joan Miró. Personally, I’m much more the fan of some of the later-mentioned works.
I went to the museum’s bookshop (bad idea) just to look. Lo and behold, I run into KAWS’s C10. The book has been long sold out and here it was, 7 years after being published, waiting to be bought. There were so many jewels in this bookstore. I’ll definitely be back.
The book is a cardboard showcase of various animated icons including Astroboy, Michelin and the Simpsons (Kimpsons); all painted in KAWS form. It was published by Alex Calderwood’s Neverstop Agency, the same group to bring you the Ace Hotel and Rudy’s Barbershop chains.
My friend Nicole got these socks for me as an early Christmas gift. Thankyou!
I spent a good three years working next-door to San Diego illustrator, Chris Bilyeu. In between the dead hours of his shifts, he would always fetch over some of his sketches for feedback. Here are a few of his finished pieces.
Music in Photo: Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles at the Belly Up Tavern, Heavy Hawaii and Nude Boy at Soda BarNovember 13, 2009
Here are some of the photos that I took during some of the shows that I went to this week. Roll over the images for textual content. Enjoy. Click to listen.
Jide from RVCA sent over a stack of their latest issue of ANP Quarterly. Directed by Brendan Fowler, Ed Templeton and Aaron Rose, the large format, ad-free, art-publication takes upon an unadulterated approach in covering subjects that they find interesting. If they like it, they cover it. Its as simple as that.
The latest cover is graced by a Todd Cole photograph of Will Oldham, the folk-tuned musician also known through his Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy outfit. The issue also features the work of C.R. Stecyk III, Noah Davis, Black Dice and Miranda July.
For those of you in San Diego, you can pick up the issue at BLENDS in Downtown and Off the Record in North Park. And for those of you elsewhere, click here.