The title of the show could not be more appropriate.
While I've only become a fan of her work in the last 10 years, this retrospective shows her output over some 40 years. Interestingly, the work I was most drawn to today were the early photorealist paintings ones from the 70's & her most recent images. The 70's ones show incredible skill, & I had no idea that she was making works such as the couple of floor studies I show below.
My normal posts of artworks show them in frames with a little wall showing too for scale, but these are all unframed, & I feel some work better here cropped to the edge.
The 2 rooms with videos are truly mesmerizing, Pretty & Dirty. Its on till April & well worth a visit to the museum!
As with the last five years of "Best of" shows, the name is simply a hook to get you in. Music, like all forms of art, is purely subjective and I feel like terms such as "best" or "worst" should not be applied to it. This is simply some of the music that has inspired me over the last 12 months.
In typical Blurring Radio fashion, it is an eclectic contemporary feast of indie and electronic things, some in the mainstream, and some more obscure, that I hope you will enjoy the discovery of
Being a lover & collector of ephemera, it warms my heart to know there are others out there with the same obsessive gene. Old friend & New York DJ legend Stretch Armstrong, with partner Evan Auerbach have produced a book focusing on club flyers, "No Sleep : NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999". When I learned about the the project, of course I was excited to see it, & that was before I learned that I was to be featured in it. Stretch came to my office & scanned flyers from my scrap books. Thrilled to be included in a publication along side such visual heroes of my own, such as HAZE & Haring!
A mixtape that spotlights the ability of producers and musicians to remix, or create a version from an original, that transforms a piece of music or a song into something that is completely different, and sometimes even better than it once was. For humor, I threw in a couple of early and very cheeky mash-ups also.
TRACK LIST BELOW
Tame Impala - Let it Happen (Soulwax Remix)
Thom Yorke - And It Rained All Night" (Burial Remix)Nouvelle Vague - Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Normally weekends are reserved for time with the family but today the family had their own plans, so I took the opportunity to take in some art & culture! It was also partly an attempt to escape everyones post election mood & the relentless conversations.
I met up in Chelsea with Garrett, a recent transplant from LA, who's energy to absorb NYC's culture is energizing. While heading to Printed Matter to see if they had any inexpensive Tom Sachs zines or stickers we saw big signs for a ROTHKO opening today. I remembered reading something about PACE showing some incredible private collection. As I told Garrett, when I was 14, Rothko opened my mind to abstract art & how color is emotional. The exhibition is stunning. We then hit Printed Matter & I scored a NASA shirt for $20 & a TEN BULLETS sticker for $1.
We then headed down to Hauser & Wirth for Paul McCarthy which is hillarious & amazing!
From they had to rush over to Williamsburg to hear old friend, & NY legend, DJ Stretch Armstrong give a talk on his new book. "No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999" Nice surprise to find out I have no less than 6 pages of my own club flyers in the book! Also nice surprise to see that Eric HAZE was on the speaking panel too. HAZE is majorly important to me visually & was huge contributor to my own tome "Stickers" Coincidently Stretch is confirmed as a writer for Vol 2 of Stickers.
Just a few of the MARK ROTHKO'S at PACE. (iPhone pics should be illegal, they do not do these works justice!)
Just a few of the PAUL MCCARTHY'S at Hauser & Wirth. (They are about 5' high)
Old skool NYC crew..
A mixtape of mostly dark groove-based productions.
TRACK LIST BELOW
Massive Attack & Azekel - Ritual Spirit
Chrome Sparks - All Or Nothing
Pional - The Way That You Like feat.
Empress Of Tensnake - Desire
The Internet - Just Sayin/I Tried
Johnny Guitar Watson - A Real Mother For Ya
Sampha - Blood On Me
MrSanka- Midnight Air
Tiga - Blondes Have More Fun (Extended Alternate Mix)
GILA - Don't Chirp
Dark0 - Heal
Kaytranada - WEIGHT OFF (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)
James Blake - Radio Silence
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX - My Cloud
Radiohead - Separator (Four Tet RMX)
SOFI TUKKER - Johny
Nicolas Jaar - Three Sides of Nazareth
Jagwa Ma - O B 1
Holy Fuck - Neon Dad
Classixx - Faraway Reach
SpectraSoul - Glimpse feat D. Bridge
Powell - Big Keith ['Ok Ok' Mix]
Massive Attack & Burial - Paradise Circus
In an effort to distract myself from recent events & the ongoing pain in my back & leg from a pinched nerve, I asked Gary Pini if I could tag/limp along with him the the press preview of "Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers". I fell in love with Leckie's work after seeing his very first film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, & to this date I think it's still my favorite piece of "video art". Leckey is a UK artist that has been making works since 1999, mostly dealing with memories & images, a lot of which are connected to British youth subcultures. He also references imagery from TV or pop culture & repurposes them in very strange & emotive ways. I don't necessarily understand a lot of the academic & history based "Containers and The Drivers" he's showing us but the the effect is emotionally powerful, ranging from exhilarating & ecstatic to heavy & morbid.
The exhibition, which is massive, includes huge rooms full of soundsystems, oversized inflatables,16mm projectors, & a motorway underpass. They all come to life on Sunday Oct 24th & runs till March 5th. To understand better, see the MoMA PS1 description HERE.
One of many of the video works.
One of the most emotive pieces for me was this sculptor mashing the head of a Cyberman with something that looks like it was found in the tomb of Ting Tut (Except its florescent pink). Cybermen regularly drove me to hide from the TV during Dr Who as a kid, & still occasionally show up in unsettling dreams.
Two great vintage stickers used as details in a bed piece. One of them a Dalek, also from Dr Who & my childhood fears.
We got to hear an intersting 45 minute talk with a bit of a Q&A. Leckey in the middle. (Eve-"it was so boring")
If you cant get to PS1, do yourself a favor, give yourself 15 mins & watch Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore.
What a fucked-up 18 months. First dad, then mom, now saddest & most unfair of all, my beautiful, funny, talented smart sister.
Trying to appreciate & find joy in the little things, like the my wife & kids smiles.
Sarah, we miss you. xx