There are few gallery directors that I could name off of the top of my head, and the three I can think of don’t work at museums, they were at small independent galleries. Jeffrey Deitch is one of them with his now famous gallery Deitch Projects. His gallery was started back in 1996 and since then has featured works by artists such as Barry McGee, Steve Powers, Os Gemeos, Swoon and Ryan Mcginnes. These artists were once considered to be “low brow” but Jeffrey Deitch showed them for the true geniuses they are and helped launch their more mainstream careers.
But times change and now he’s decided to switch coasts and become the gallery director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. This presents some very exciting opportunities for Los Angeles, which really excites me. Unfortunately it also means that he will no longer have anything to do with Dietch Projects. From what I read it’s a conflict of interest for him to run an art gallery that makes money while working for a donor based gallery. Nonetheless I’m extremely excited to see what he does with the MoCA. I can’t say that I’ve ever been to an exciting show there, so hopefully he revitalizes the museum and brings in some really interesting artists, like the ones I mentioned above.
My last, and most important point, though, is suck it New York, haha…
I’m a sucker for a certain kind of photography. I like long exposures, saturated colors and foreign locations and the photos of Kevin Cooley definitely fit all three criteria. Kevin calls Brooklyn his home base but he takes beautiful photos from all over the world. He has this amazing way of catching light streaks from airplanes and fireworks that seem to light up the night sky like I’ve never seen before. Definitely be sure to check out his Iceland and Svalbard sets, they were two of my favorites.
Found through Ben Pieratt
I’ve seen Christopher Bettig’s work before, but the other day I realized that I’d never posted about him, so this is here to remedy that. Chris is a Los Angeles based designer who got a degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has since been making lots of rad stuff. The guy does a little bit of everything, from CD covers to apparel and even dinnerware. My favorite bits of his work are the mixed media pieces he does that you see above. I love all the random shapes and textures and the colors, man oh man, the colors are beautiful. Lots of fun stuff to look at.
My friends over at Gama-Go sent me a little email yesterday saying that they’ve released a new set of floati pens with their trademark characters. You might remember floati pens, those cheesy pens you’d see in the 80′s that most of the time would reveal a naked ladies boobs. These pens however feature the Gama-Go characters like the Yeti and Dirty Bird. Totally adorable and I’m sure your co-workers will totally try to steal them.
I love meat. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s delicious and I’m never going to stop eating it. If you don’t eat meat, that’s cool too, one of my best friends hasn’t eat meat in 18 years (he’s 30). One of the reasons that people choose not to eat meat is the cruel treatment of animals in regards to factory farming. I don’t really want to get into that aspect of it, what I do want to talk about is the people who do treat animals with respect.
The video above is a butcher named Vadim Akimenko who is butchering a 211 pound pig. After all is said and done, he’s left with only 1 pound of meat that he doesn’t use. To me that’s the ultimate sign of respect to an animal that was raised purposefully to feed us. I don’t know where the pig in the video above was raised, but my guess would be a local farm as the pig is pretty fresh. And while the video is quite intense, I don’t think it should be viewed as graphic. Going to McDonald’s is not the natural way, there’s nothing natural about any of it.
I also keep reading a lot about butchers lately, especially how it’s starting to become more mainstream. I think this is something that we need to start embracing and learning more about. It goes along with the idea of growing your own food and raising chickens. Even in big cities or stretched out suburban neighborhoods these are small changes we can make to do things differently, and more importantly, better.