Os Gemeos explodes in Los Angeles

An Explosion Of Os Gemeos

An Explosion Of Os Gemeos

An Explosion Of Os Gemeos

An Explosion Of Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos have brought their magical realistic high art street art to Los Angeles, in a show that opened this past weekend at Prism. The artist duo have completely transformed the space from any other white-walled gallery space to a bright red, orange, and yellow world of disembodied heads floating around, rising from the floors, glittery sparkles popping out of paintings, drum based music pumping from various mysterious locations, and even a face that sits above the building, watching traffic.

The show sees new paintings, sculptures, and even a few knitted pieces by the artists, which they have sewn into the space, somehow opening a wormhole from our world into theirs. It’s a phenomenal show. If you are in the Los Angeles area or traveling through here in the next month, you have to stop by to see it since it is just batshit insane. Check out more photos from the show here.

KYLE FITZPATRICK

February 29, 2012 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Always With Honor and Jolby

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Always With Honor and Jolby

Always With Honor and Jolby

Yesterday I posted about the Triforce Tribute, an upcoming art show put together by Always With Honor and Jolby. Today we’ve got a very special wallpaper from them titled Trouble in Lost Woods, which is pretty bad ass. They’ve combined their lofty talents to create this image, which will eventually be a print, I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available.

This is exactly what I think of when I think of Legend of Zelda. There’s the endless woods with scary characters lurking around every corner. All you can think of is getting more of those damn gems. Brilliant work, gang. You can learn more about the Tribute Triforce show by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

February 29, 2012 / By

Musashino Art University guide booklet, design by Daigo Daikoku

Musashino Art University guide booklet, design by Daigo Daikoku

Musashino Art University guide booklet, design by Daigo Daikoku

Musashino Art University guide booklet, design by Daigo Daikoku

Musashino Art University guide booklet, design by Daigo Daikoku

There’s a simplicity to good design, which I think Daigo Dakoku has embodied with these guide booklets for Musashino Art University. When I first saw these I kind of gasped. There’s something so mystical and ethereal about these pieces, like there’s a vibration to them. The colors he chose for the “dots” are so bright and vibrant, slowly fading out to a muted, opposite color that surrounds it. What’s funny to me is that these are just the covers, there’s more information inside, but the covers seem so perfect and flawless. I would love to have all of these image as large prints, they’d look amazing.

Bobby Solomon

February 29, 2012 / By

Photographs of the ‘Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale’ by Shane Lynam

'Contour Exotica' - A Photo Series by Shane Lynam

'Contour Exotica' - A Photo Series by Shane Lynam

Photographs of the 'Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale' by Shane Lynam

'Contour Exotica' - A Photo Series by Shane Lynam

I hadn’t heard of France’s Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale until discovering the work of Paris-based photographer Shane Lynam. Originally opened in 1907, the gardens were once home to a colonial exhibition, an international event which hoped to boost trade with France’s colonial empires.

It was here that six distinct villages were built – one from Madagascar, one from Congo, one from Sudan, and others from Tunisia, Morocco and Indochine. These villiages were horrifically populated with inhabitants, monuments and product all taken from these territories. In another words, the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale was a ‘human zoo’.

It seems shocking to think that this sort of thing existed, but colonial exhibits were a big part of early 20th Century European history. Indeed, it’s said that one million people attended the 1907 exhibition in Paris, and French historian Pascal Blanchard estimates that one and a half billion people visited universal or colonial exhibits throughout the world from 1870 to 1930.

Today, the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale is a different place. Over time, parts have become vandalized and burned. The French authorities simply neglect it. Buildings remain abandoned and the exotic plantations have disappeared altogether.

Despite what you might feel should be done to a place like this, it’s understandable that France has it’s hands tied. If they restore it, many would say that they were paying service to a part of their history that doesn’t deserve to be commemorated. Yet destroying it would feel like they were attempting to cover up their past. And so, for now, it remains. Standing as a ghost town, haunted by the spirits of it’s past.

More photos from Shane’s series can be viewed here.

Philip Kennedy

February 29, 2012 / By

Banksy on advertising

Banksy - Fox and Colonel Sanders

I saw this excerpt of Banksy’s thoughts on advertising earlier today, so I thought I’d share.

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.

- Banksy

Bobby Solomon

February 29, 2012 / By

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