Friday, 30 September 2011

Keepin Up With... Dave The Chimp


--- NEW SCREEN PRINT ---I'm happy to announce my new screen print release"There's A Party On MC Escher's Grave Tonight"This re-working (blatant rip-off!) of a classic wood block print bythe master of optical illusion, MC Esher, is my dedication toskateboarding, and is full of references to classic skateboardgraphics and movies, and is also littered with graffiti from Berlinand Hamburg crews and writers. An instant classic if I do say somyself!The artwork was hand-drawn with brush and dip pen, no computersinvolved, and printed by Bera at La Raclet (so you know the quality istop-notch!)Two colours, black and a pale turquoise grey, on 300 gram paper. 50cms x 50 cms. Limited to just 25 pieces.120 euros, plus shipping.

--- NEW EXHIBITION ---My latest solo show "The Search Continues" is now open at ViciousGallery in the freak-infested neighbourhood of St. Pauli, Hamburg.Featuring further experiments with my "one line" work, and morecomplex drawings and paintings mixing skatepark architecture withgraffiti, characters, and yes - more skateboarding!I'm very happy with how the show turned out, check it out if you're inthe area.Vicious Gallery, Kleine Freiheit 46, St. Pauli, Hamburg--- OLD SHOW ---There's still three weeks left to check out the group show "DO   NOTTHINK" at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin, the result of thesix-month BISAR artist residency program.I'm showing a collection of black and white ink drawings, re-shapedskateboards, a wall collage, and an 8 ton skateable sculpture titled"Papa und Ich".Legendary skateboarder Natas Kaupas was so impressed by the BISARproject he flew over from California to see the show and skate thesculpture with us (and watch East Eric get tattooed with one of my"one line" drawings in Pete's kitchen!) Life is crazy!Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin. Daily12 til 19hr, until October 23rdThe sculpture "Papa und Ich" will stay until the end of October(Halloween Skate Jam 31st October!) and then will be demolished(unless local residents get their way and the council allow it to remain...) so go skate it while you can!!!

--- NEW/OLD SHOW ---Stop press! I just found out that "DO   NOT THINK" will be moving toWroklaw, Poland, in December, then touring through Europe in 2012!More news when I have it...

And with that I wish you all a great weekend. 
Go skateboarding!
Greetings from Berlin


Flesh Cut Fridays With Luci Westphal

RDC:  Another informing and well edited vid from our correspondent in New York.

Red Hook is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, where I went twice this past week: for the wonderful wedding of Karen and Kyle at St. John's restaurant Fort Defiance and another day for shopping at Ikea (to get ready for all the upcoming Berlin visitors). Scott and I also managed to squeeze in lunch with Caitlin (see "Caitlin Revisits Bremen") and family and of course some filming.

Red Hook is a harbor neighborhood with cobble stone streets and views of Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Manhattan. It's also known for it's housing projects but is getting more and more gentrified - as seen by all the new establishments opening up. What has been keeping this neighborhood slightly off the grid and safe from intense over development and raising rents is the fact that it doesn't have a subway station. The only way to get there is by car, bus, the Ikea ferry (water taxi) from Wall Street or as we've done many times: by bike.

The song is "Warships" by Jason Matherne.


Hang Outs... New York


 Opening Reception: Thursday October 13th, 6pm - 9pm. Music, Drinks, and Awesome Art. Johannah O'Donnell will be present. Free Admission.   
Florida based artist Johannah O'Donnell creates vibrant collage-like paintings, inspired by equal parts pop culture, nature, mysticism, heavy metal, legends, and human behavior. 

"The goal of this new series is to illustrate our connection to, and fascination with the natural world. I've always enjoyed the worlds of fantasy art, fantasy film, and fantasy fiction, worlds that celebrate the mystical elements of nature. Therefore, I decided to incorporate fantasy elements into these pieces in order to more succinctly express that message of connectivity. The man/animal hybrids (based on Egyptian and Native American gods) create a link between the human characters and the landscapes behind them (these landscapes were inspired by both the Hudson River School and 18th century portraiture, in which subjects were often pictured in a natural setting). To these "traditional" portraits, I added graphic iconography that supports and/or contrasts the main elements of the pieces in an attempt to create a deeper, more complex message. Each piece was created with the last piece in mind, so that the entire show creates a sense of continuity, a flowing narrative, for the viewer."

Opening Reception: Thursday October 13th. 6pm - 9pm. Free admission. Open to the public.

BOLD HYPE GALLERY | 547 W. 27th St. 5th Floor  New York, NY 10001 | T. 212-868-2322

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Lockdown Aftermath...

Westfield Centre, Derby... 
Part 1, The Set Up

The Collective turned up as the Tri- Slackliners were draggin their gear up from the dingy depths of the car park to the well lit and cozy ambiance of the Westfield Shopping Centre.

This was another first for the centre (we were involved in organising a skateboard comp which Westfield courteously allowed on another Lockdown event,  a couple of years ago) and this time the Slackliners were able to introduce this sport to an enthusiastic, thrilled and exhilarated audience. 

 The final set up for Two Seasons was underway, with a balance board, mic, music system and iPod plugged in, it looked like it was a go!!

The Collective warmed up their camera, broke out the Relentless Energy Drink and waited for the fun to begin.

Look out for Part 2 real soon...


Keep um glued... Part 2 coming soon.

Flesh Cuts With Dizzi

Energy Juiced Crew

Our friend Dizzi from the Shift Crew sent this edit over for us to show you.
Made to impress the Monster Energy Drink moguls, this was written and choreographed by these talented movie makers.

We watch um throwin down some mad urban moves on city curbs. All powered by an energy drink - give us more of this!

Speaking of more...  look forward to a mini movie from the crew coming in future posts

Thanks Dudes

Hang Outs... London

We are really excited to be presenting the next solo show by the renowned Urban artist Dale Grimshaw. Dales bold and emotional style has attracted a lot of attention from press and buyers alike. His latest solo show promises to be his most powerful to date. 'Semi-Detached' explores what goes on behind closed suburban doors. Having experienced living with a violent and unpredictable father as a child, these works call on his own painful memories. However many of the new works find a mix of delicate melancholy as well as a fair splattering physically threatening imagery.

Prints of key works in the show will be available to buy at the opening. Also we are delighted to announce that our fine art printers, Harwood King, will be demonstrating the silkscreen process at the Private View. They will be printing a piece of Dale's work, 30 copies of which will then be given out at the opening. Dale will be signing them at 8pm and after that they will be given out on a first come first serve basis.

If you'd like to attend the Private View on the 6th October, 6 - 9pm please let us know via email. If you'd like to be sent a buyers preview shortly before the opening please let us know.

Many thanks.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Off The Shelf... Out in the UK Now

Art + Culture Magazine

October 2011

Hold onto your hats, October proves to be another epic issue for Juxtapoz Magazine! 

For the inside story go...Here

Monday, 26 September 2011

Off The Shelf

     KFT 2

Hitting from the heart of Graffiti, in a British way, this magazine is for the purist in all of us.

Mainly concentrating on the age ol art of train bombing, you have to give it up to these guys, they are definitely taking their life into their own hands for their art.

Train yards have changed since the 1970s. Over the years infar-red cameras, heat sensitive image cameras and not so sensitive security guards with slavering dogs and cattle prods have been introduced. So we have to take our hats off to um, cus sooner or later they're going to have a stint behind the metal bars, for sure!

This title takes us on a trip over the railway lines and into the hoodied life of spray, intent on getting their work out there no matter what it takes. Even though it could be erased before the morning rush hour, with their images lasting hours rather then days or weeks.

Contents include:

British Rail Bomb 1, 2, 3
London's Underground 1, 2, 4, 5
Action... The Adrenaline Section
A Rat's Tale... with Tunnel Taggers and much more...

Time to duck behind the cover...

Time to get on board, click the brand to embark now

Westfield Derby... Student Lockdown 2011

Students Could Be Slackers?
Westfield Shopping Centre, Derby, UK

thanks to Tri for supplying the poster

Student Lockdown
27th of September starting at 7pm.

If you're a student and wanna have a go at Slacklining, then we have lessons for you...
If you're a student and wanna watch Slacklining done by the Pro's, then we have a space for you...

If you wanna know more go... Here

If you can't make it, or just wanna see if you were caught by the lens on the night. Keep um peeled for the "Lockdown Aftermath" post on The Collective.

Maverick News

The Maverick folk sent over this vid of the fun times had on Saturday 24th September.

Great looking park, with Smedley shreddin it as usual 

Hang Outs... San Francisco

White Walls Presents:
Style of Eye
New Works by Casey Gray
Opening Saturday, October 1st, 2011

White Walls is pleased to present Style of Eye, an intriguing collection of new stencil works by San Francisco-based artist Casey Gray. This will be Gray’s second solo project with White Walls, after participating in multiple group projects at both White Walls and sister space 941 Geary. The opening reception will be Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through October 29, 2011.

Shooting Gallery Presents:
Just For One Day
New Works by Ferris Plock
Opening Saturday, October 1st, 2011

The Shooting Gallery is pleased to present Just For One Day, a solo exhibition by San Francisco-based artist, Ferris Plock. This new collection expands upon the artist’s captivating use of ukiyo-e inspired design and vibrantly unique characters while exploring the images that shaped his childhood. The exhibit is the artist’s second solo show with The Shooting Gallery and will include over twenty pieces utilizing a mix of acrylic, gouache, gold leaf, and spray paint on wood panel. The opening reception for Just For One Day will be held at The Shooting Gallery on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be on display through October 29, 2011 and is free and open to the public.

Sneek Peek!
941 Geary Presents:
60/30, New Works by Blek le Rat
Opening Saturday, November 19th, 2011

941 Geary is pleased to present 60/30, a new collection of works by Blek le Rat, the French artist credited as the Godfather of stencil art. The exhibition will be the largest show Blek has put on, and one of the most historically significant the street art community has seen. There is an opening reception on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 6-9 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through January 7, 2012.

White Walls Gallery

835 Larkin St, San Francisco 94109


The Shooting Gallery

839 Larkin St, San Francisco 94109


Saturday, 24 September 2011

Flesh Cut Fridays With Luci Westphal

Prospect Park, the 585-acre Brooklyn park designed by Central Park creators Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, is my sanctuary. It's one of my favorite places in New York.

I've been living in a multitude of apartments near it and have many fond memories of times spent in the park alone and with friends. Over the last dozen years, as NYC has become safer and more desirable, there have a been many wonderful improvements in the park. A few years ago I started running in the park. It's become my regular place where I can take a deep breath, stretch my legs and let my thoughts wander.

While the park is a great place to visit year-round and is the place to be on weekends when it gets super crowded and whole families and big parties use it as their backyard (for big BBQs, sledding and ice skating, playing baseball, etc.), my favorite times are the more subdued off-season weekday late mornings - like when I was filming... when it's the park of only a few runners, dog walkers, cyclists, filmmakers, hustlers, parents and the birds, bees and squirrels. No matter when you go though, you get the sense that these are the lungs of "the borough of neighbors", a wonderfully diverse place where people from all cultural backgrounds live together.

It's been a very busy week - so it was a special treat to come to the park on Tuesday to shoot this video.

As so often there was so much more I'd like to show you that I filed but didn't make the cut (Quaker / Friends Cemetery, Bachelorette film crew, etc.) or that didn't get filmed this time (women strolercizing, chipmunks, hawks, Muslim women in full hijab playing Frisbee, Orthodox Jewish women jogging in long skirts, etc.).

Unfortunately on Tuesday the weather was weird - it was humid and hazy with the sky greyish but very bright, which led to less ideal shooting conditions and some strange colors and contrasts in the video.


Friday, 23 September 2011

Westfield Derby... Student Lockdown 2011

Students Could Be Slackers?
 Westfield Shopping Centre, Derby, UK

thanks to Tri for supplying the poster 

27th of September starting at 7pm. 
If you have a student card then you can have a go at Slacklining. 
Two Seasons, The Rad Dad Collective and Tri- Sports and Fitness are just some of companies/groups featured at this year's Lockdown Fest. 

What's it all about... if your a University student in the UK (basically if you have a NUS card) then you are eligible for an evening in the Westfield Shoppnig Centre. 
With support from Derby University, over 4000 peeps attended last year and with over 70 stores and stalls taking part with celeb performers/hosts/DJs - it should be a right ace Party!

Rad Dad Collective will be near the Slacklines. Come say 'hey' and grab yourself a free tin of Relentless Energy Drink, (while supplies last).

Two seasons, Derby... Here
Tri-Sport and Fitness... Here
More from Relentless... Here
More info on Student Lock down go...     Here

Keepin Up With...Phlegm

Out on the spray in Croatia, London and London, in that order

thanks to phlegm for the images