Adam Sachs’s recent article in T Magazine on Marin County, CA, “the most beautiful, bucolic, privileged, liberal, hippie-dippie place on the earth,” is worth a read. An excerpt: On the way around a dock we pass a line of big happy seals, bellies up in the sun. Some of the houseboats around here are repurposed [...]
Artists Space‘s elegant retrospective of the too-little-known Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez is mesmerizing. From AS: Her paintings have regularly taken on a modular character, comprised of two or more abutting parts. This seriality has become a cornerstone of Sánchez’s work: she continues to rework and add to paintings begun as early as the 1970s, considering each [...]
This summer Crown/Random House is publishing The World in the Curl a new book co-authored by Peter Westwick and Peter Neushul about the history of surfing. According to the press release: The thinking-person’s guide to surfing and the world it has created. Among the most popular courses at the University of California at Santa Barbara is [...]
Matt Paweski, Tulip Lamp, 2013, steel, acrylic, enamel, copper rivets, electrical components, 27 x 7 x 2″. On view at Atelier de Troupe , 3418 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90039.
Surfing Magazine recently posted an interview and some uplifting figures from one local organization involved with Sandy relief: Waves for Water. Waves For Water Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort Statistics $1.1 MILLION in monetary donations $3 MILLION worth of essential supplies 250,000 people helped 33,000 Volunteers 5250 Homes and businesses worked on 39 Grants given to families and businesses 18 Homes and businesses currently [...]
An excellent way to get involved with (or continue to work on) Sandy recovery efforts in Rockaway is to join this Kickstarter campaign for an environmentally sustainable, pay-as-you-can community kitchen providing access to healthy, local food. Check it out! Only 24 more days left to help!
Rail: Do you think of your paintings as being derived from nature? Frecon: Oh, I think nature is a given. It’s impossible to say we aren’t from nature. To me, nature is everything and I don’t put it in those terms where you say they derive from nature but—I was always trying to figure out—I [...]
An excellent piece by Julia Langbein about her participation in (and critique of) “Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art,” an exhibition held at University of Chicago’s Smart Museum last year. (The show is traveling to the Blaffer Museum in Houston (August 31, 2013 — January 5, 2014) and SITE Santa Fe (February 2014 — May 2014). A quick teaser: Alhäuser asked the staff (aided [...]
Props to DVF for highlighting surfers Monyca Bryne-Wickey and Kelia Moniz for a recent DVF Loves Roxy ad campaign. More photos from the Malibu shoot here. The boards are kind of great?
Via MoMA PS1: In an effort to foster the creative debate on urban recovery after Hurricane Sandy, MoMA PS1 and MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design are calling out for ideas to create a sustainable waterfront. Artists, architects, designers, and others are welcome to present ideas for alternative housing models, creation of social spaces, urban [...]
A thoroughly enjoyable piece by Claire Hoffman about what David Lynch has been up to recently: Lynch, 67, has the plain-spoken demeanor of an old cowboy actor, a posture that masks a lifelong fear of public speaking. When his quietness got uncomfortable, Kaplan announced the start of a short meditation. For 10 minutes, the soundproofed [...]
Ed Ruscha’s work has profoundly influenced countless modern artists, but his artist books – such as Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles, and A Few Palm Trees – offer a unique opportunity to trace that influence directly to the near and far corners of the modern [...]
The iconic noise-pop band My Bloody Valentine released a new album on their website this month. Kitty Empire observes in The Guardian: There’s a trademark unsteadiness to all of the Valentines’ music, often transcendental, sometimes actually sickening, from their breakthrough EPs to their 1988 debut Isn’t Anything, via their last blast, 1991′s Loveless, to this nine-track reiteration-cum-rejuvenation [...]
From the NYT: But while the footage that Mr. O’Keefe and others collected during Sandy and its aftermath will probably be making its way into movies for years, festival directors from Austin to Toronto, from TriBeCa to San Francisco are already getting completed Sandy films, less than three months after the fact. Advances like digital [...]
From Photograph magazine: To explain wave phenomenon, Abbott adapted photogram techniques she had learned as Man Ray’s assistant in the 1920s. Combining a glass-bottomed ripple tank with an overhead flash, she projected shadows of oscillating waves onto unexposed photographic paper. The strong graphic black-and-white lines in Wave Pattern with Glass Plate lucidly reveal how energy pulses through water.
As previously reported on the Harmony Blog, MoMA is screening Warhol’s San Diego Surf…this week! From January 23–28, 2013. Andy Warhol’s San Diego Surf concerns an unhappily married couple (Taylor Mead and Viva), new parents who rent their beach house to a group of surfers. Filmed with two 16mm cameras by Warhol and Paul Morrissey in May 1968, this [...]
As a device, the mirror beckons a panoply of critical formulations. A mirror can be seen as the symbol of vanity (the Narcissus myth), the site of the ego’s formation (Jacques Lacan’s mirror stage), or the mind of the perfect man (Chuang Tzu), to name just a few famous metaphors. But none of these feels [...]
Culling from LACMA’s permanent collection, the exhibition takes as its starting point Gabriel Orozco’s sculpture Lost Line (1993-1996). Orozco describes the piece as “the opposite of a static monument,” in effect a “sculpture as a body in motion.” Lost Line uses Orozco’s fragile and mutable form as premise to bring together works from the collection, including large-scale sculpture [...]
At the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Nov. 10, 2012–March 11, 2013. A review from the Los Angeles Times: The show pairs Swallow with painter Lesley Vance, who also happens to be his wife. The two have never shown together, but it is an inspired pairing. Swallow’s sculptures — which are bronze, in fact, [...]
This week the New York Times devotes its “Character Study” column to an intriguing character indeed: Now that beach weather has finally rolled round, Banshidhar Medeiros, 59, a factory worker from Queens and a lifelong surfer, can be found paddling out at sunrise on almost any day the surf is up. “There are a lot less [...]
Sam takes canvas and dyes it with India ink, folding and creasing the treated fabric and laying it out to dry outdoors. Thinking, in her words, “like a sailor,” Moyer relies on the weather to work with her, though surprises—whether more or less happy—are always part of the process. –Naomi Fry.
This retrospective is the definitive exhibition to date of the work of Jay DeFeo (1929-89), one of the most important and innovative artists of her generation, but one who has still not been given her due. At the outset of her career in the 1950s, DeFeo was at the epicenter of the vibrant Beat community [...]
Following up on Deborah’s posts, there’s a fundraiser this Sunday at the Queens Museum of Art. More details below and here.
Need I say more? From the New York Daily News: If you love surfing, or at least want the body of someone who does, a slew of new gym gadgets simulating the feel of open water have been making waves. But perhaps the biggest new contender on the scene is SurfSET, a surf simulation technique that [...]