“...This is vintage G&G, a seamless demonstration of the act — or the life, or the ongoing artwork — that they have honed and polished since 1967, when they met at Central Saint Martins, or perhaps since 1970, when they put on suits, painted their faces and became ‘living sculptures’, singing along to Flanagan and Allen’s ‘Underneath the Arches’ performing The Singing Sculpture in the Nigel Greenwood Gallery. Their art and their joint persona is indivisible and thrives on contradiction. They are buttoned-up exhibitionists; straight-laced gays; globalists who embrace Brexit; monkish moralists who decry religion; conservative iconoclasts. If it’s a pose, it long ago obliterated whatever the drab ‘reality’ of their life was, and if it’s a joke it’s an excellent one, and it’s on us (one of their pictures, Sex Money Race Religion, sold the day before our interview for nearly £1m). Even at its most childlike or scatological, their work touches on truth, including The Beard Pictures...”_____ Nick Curtis, Superstar artists Gilbert & George celebrate 50 years of working together, EVENING STANDARD, Wednesday 8 November 2017
A collaborative design by Portland and LA-based artists Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson fabricated by the immigrant and refugee women of Cincinnati's Welcome Project (Angele, Fabiola, Lourdes, Zoila, Bibi, NarMaya, and Sarmila), Welcome Edition No. 1 is available early December. A wearable and collectible piece of art in an edition of 75, the cape comes in both a blue and a white denim, with an all-over stamped iconic design in corresponding blue or white ink, in adult sizes short and long. 50 capes feature the basic design in both colors of denim, 20 capes feature added string drawing by Chris and Johanna and 5 capes feature the string drawing as well as hand-painted mermaids by Chris and Johanna. As a one-off, 50 prints on paper with the same stamped design and string drawing by Chris and Johanna round out the edition. For more info, contact email@example.com
Welcome Editions (WE) are limited edition art objects designed by nationally recognized artists and fabricated by the refugee and immigrant women of the Welcome Project, Cincinnati, OH (www.welcomecincinnati.org). Often functional, affordable and always collectible, the editions appeal both to collectors of contemporary art and those seeking to support refugees.
The first Welcome Edition is a collaborative design by Portland and LA-based artists Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson. Johanson and Jackson emerged from the late 90s San Francisco-based skater/surf/graffiti scene, known to many as the Mission School, with portfolios of charged, figurative drawings and immersive three-dimensional environments. As a husband and wife team, the two collaborate often on projects. Their Welcome Edition will be an edition of 75 woodblock printed denim capes with a sliding scale of special artist details and price ranges from $250 - $1000. As a one-off from the edition, a series of 150 prints on paper incorporating the same woodblock print as the capes will be made and will sell for $50 - $100. Slated release date for this edition is December 2, 2017. It will be available for purchase on this website.
Attached Image credits:
ChrisandJoDrawing.jpg, drawing by Johanna Jackson, Draft Sketches for Welcome Editions, 2017
ChrisandJoPortrait.jpg, photo by Andrew McKinley, Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson, 2017
“...As an artist and a brand, Louise Bourgeois was a force of nature. She was a prolific if not obsessive maker of art — sculpture, drawings and especially prints. ….But for many viewers, her art is beloved simply for demonstrating with special force that the child is mother to the woman, as well as to the artist...”_____By ROBERTA SMITH, Louise Bourgeois: Imagination Unfolds in All Dimensions, New York Times, SEPT. 27, 2017
Alternative Dreamers at Ascent Private Capital Management, Cincinnati
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Alternate Projects is pleased to announce Alternative Dreamers, an exhibition presented by Ascent Private Capitol Management, Cincinnati in association with Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon and Alternate Projects, Cincinnati. Alternative Dreamers, installed throughout the private offices of Ascent Private Capital Management, is a show organized by Linda Schwartz, Director of Alternate Projects, featuring the work of five Cincinnati-based artists.
This exhibition is by appointment only - please schedule a time to view it by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
The book is a compilation of found newspaper images showing every type of fighter aircraft currently in service anywhere in the world. 170 in all, the names of these planes are each listed on the front and back covers of the book. The clippings along with the aircraft images are presented in a variety of shapes and sizes and at times with fragments of text whose captions suggest a narrative context. A tension is created between the book's everyday low-tech contents of the banal newspaper clippings with that of its subject- the latest high tech killing machines. The images of the aircraft, always caught in action, and often placed floating against a white ground begin to look like fantastic mechanized flying creatures.
“The more affected will declare that there is “nothingnew under the sun,” as in the Old Testament. As for myself, in this textament Iwill objectify that, beyond pornography and eroticism, the body emergestriumphantly. Not the massacred body of earth's people. Not the sculpted bodyof the myths. Not only the physical body of poets. Another body. In the lineageof Sade and Duchamp: a body-poetry, an energy-writing, or any other name youwish to give it.” - Eduardo Kac, "Rebelde sem Calça", 1984.
…..Displaying her hallmark aesthetic of cut-and-sew tailoring, the latest program further investigates the delicate balance between “the intent of the creator and the subjective interpretation of the receiver,” according to a press release from Sacai. By taking clothes from the everyday and elevating them, Abe forges an entirely new context altogether.
An example of such artistic repurposing is the typographic artwork of American artist Lawrence Weiner, seen on all-over prints rendered on select pieces….
But his interest in rhythmic patterns continued. In “Drumming,” he said, a piece composed for a nine-piece percussion ensemble with female voices and piccolo, “We’re playing in unison and I pull away slowly, as slowly as I can, until I get one 16th note ahead. And we hold. And what you hear are basically canons, or rounds, like ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat,’ except instead of a tune you’re hearing a pattern.”
Different people, depending on where they’re sitting, will hear different patterns, he said. “It’s like looking at a complex rug, and saying, ‘Hey, do you see that pattern over there?’”
Murakami, who has brought his playful, anime-inspired characters to fashion collaborations like Louis Vuitton and limited edition Vans, says his fascination with anime started early on. “I am part of the first generation to watch ‘Star Wars’ real time, so I’ve naturally been influenced by the series. As such, I believe the influence has seeped into my self expression...”
“The objectification of materials that most people have never noticed. The objectification of phenomenon in relation to human beings. It is equal and consistent with relations to human beings. It is based on the art is made by people and for people. Otherwise, there is no reason for it to exist. I make complicated movies sometimes, I make things but in fact I can explain it and when I make it I don't have to explain it any longer. That's the whole point of what already is, already is an objectification of something that you are trying to communicate with a culture. It's that tiny little thing that you don't want to fuck up someone's day but the purpose of what you are doing is to fuck up their whole life.”_______Lawrence Weiner, on describing his work