Being up to no good entails a sort of madness and inspiration that often goes hand in hand with making great art. Sure nefarious leanings often lead to a fall in the wrong direction, but sometimes that’s half the fun. In celebration of things that go so wrong, they just have to be right, powerHouse magazine is hosting a show in conjunction with the release of their fifth issue entitled, Busted. The exhibit runs from May 26th until June 21st and features not so innocent, but certainly excellent work by the likes of Keiji Ando, ONE9 and Derek Erdman, amongst others; all of which take a peek at all the things that go awry when you’re not exactly operating with the best of intentions. If you find yourself aching to do something undesirable on May 28th, we suggest you curb that negativity by making it to the opening reception from 7-9pm at the powerhouseArena on 37 Main Street in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, but you might want to RSVP first to avoid any unnecessary confrontation. (Big poster after the jump.)
It took me about 10 never-ending minutes to figure out how the heck I should tackle this post. The subject’s too multidimensional, I thought, so I should divide the ideas into separate ones — but alas, they’d lose their connection.
Let me explain: I came across a Brazilian artist whom music critic Sasha Frere-Jones digs, a guy who goes by the name of Babe, Terror. He lives in the neighborhood across from mine and is getting some international hype for his psychedelic Animal Collective-ish weirdness, which is a must-listen if you’re into that type of stuff. Through him I bounced over to Alan McGee’s phenomenal, dewy new-music site (love the retro colors and feel, by the way) Too Cool To Die, where he’s featured in an interview. But then I found a post about some emerging garage bands written by the mighty McGee himself on the site, and consequently got deeper into the clicking. So before I find something else through that site I want to write about and consequently make this post even more layered than a lasagna, I’m going to stop and let you continue the fun. Too Cool To Die"”what a great name indeed"”will lead the way.
Another product to earn kudos for what it’s not (i.e. fattening or habit forming), Clear Magazine has become “100% tree-free” and is now being printed with YUPO synthetic paper. The Michigan-based design and fashion publication released its “fame underground” issue, including features on designers Arne Quinze and Martin Mariela and artist Kenji Yanobe, at Art Basel Miami Beach last month. A recently posted video with Clear‘s creative director Emin Kad explains that the paper is tear-proof and waterproof. Once purchased at fine newsstands worldwide, the issues can be put in recycling bins with other plastic items.
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It’s a scene that has played out many times before: the eyes of world are focused on the opening ceremonies, and the lighting of the Olympic flame effectively announces, “let the games begin.” Ever since the 1936 Games in Berlin, this tradition has enlisted the finest designers around the world to represent the host country in torch form. As the athletes get ready to go for gold in Beijing, The New York Times took a retrospective look at past torches and the newest flame bearer. This year’s torch, formed in the shaped of a traditional Chinese scroll, doesn’t credit one person with its design, but gives the distinction to Lenovo, the company that produces the IBM Thinkpad. Interesting.
Ever since Mad Men debuted we’ve been trying to pull off a slick 60′s ad man style. Either we’ve been wearing the wrong tie or we accidentally put on a trucker hat instead of a fedora, because it isn’t working. Thankfully the new men’s lifestyle site, Valet, has advice straight from the source. Their four part feature explores the style of each character on AMC’s hit show with the assistance of costume designer Janie Bryant. The article takes a look at which current designers are taking their cues from the fads of post-war America, and even lists vital accessories and tips to help you dress the part.
The Brooklyn Brothers‘ mission to cut through the crap that is any brand’s “intended image” is one that will inevitably cure the quarter-inch, 15-second attention span that most of us have formed to protect us from bombardment. Every one of the spots from the ‘Music Is…’ campaign for Fuse TV is conceptually simple, honest, and totally engaging visually. Ranging from film to animation, there is no strict stylistic theme within the collection aside from the tagline, yet each invokes a similar feeling of fleeting delight. My personal favorite is ‘Music Is a Time Machine’ (I’m a sucker for a tight beatbox).
Your Virgin Big Brother is watching. No, not Jeff (although you may want to add a second lock on your bedroom door). The Virgin Eye is a new interactive way for you (and more importantly Richard Branson) to keep an eye on everyone who’s talking about Virgin stakes around the world. From Virgin Atlantic, to Virgin Healthcare, to Virgin Online Dating Service, keywords are aggregated as links in a Milky Way of Web chatter, all scanned by a Dr. Evil-like “laser.” It looks hot, but methinks it smells a bit of the Spectra razzle dazzle.