Amsterdam based Stefan Glerum’s style is like a melting pot of illustration heritage. While its subconscious familiarity has universal appeal, his work is also a study point for those with knowledge of graphic design history. His work is inspired by early 20th Century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, which he combines with popular themes, executed in a handdrawn style reminiscent of the clear line.
A good show we saw this weekend in NYC, and whatever your preconceived opinions are of Shepard Fairey’s work, in a slick gallery in Chelsea like Pace Prints, the work looks outstanding.
Pace Prints is pleased to present Harmony & Discord, an exhibition of new works by Shepard Fairey, created in the Pace Editions studios in New York. This is Shepard’s first exhibition with Pace Prints and premiers his first works in handmade paper as well as the largest screenprints he has done to date.
Harmony & Discord references the global dichotomy of politics; what forces it creates on the grand scale and how that reflects on the actions and awareness of the individual. Responding to the energy of New York, Fairey worked on this technically complex body of work in a series of sessions at the Pace Editions studios. During this residency he also went out on the streets and made a number of large murals.
On view will be a number of silkscreens done with collage and spraypaint, as well as handmade paper, embossment and relief prints, and large metal plates with screenprint. Though Shepard approached the work in the same way that he does in his studio, Pace Editions provided the opportunity to scale the work to a larger size. Relating to the surfaces of his street work, the hand painted multiple (HPM) works in this series have backgrounds of stenciled pulp, collage, screenprint and embossment, allowing the image to pop off of its vintage, layered surface. This exhibition also marks the first time Fairey presents metal relief plates as art pieces, layered with silkscreen, furthering spatial extent within the work.
Opening this Friday in Copenhagen, Ari Marcopoulos’ Here and Now: Marcopoulosʼ practice these days is very much about what he sees on a daily basis. Composing and distributing work in the form of publications is a constant part of his public output, so the most recent work is always what is focused on. In Here and Now he wanted to just show his work from 2012, and most of the prints, as can be seen from the date stamp in the lower-right hand corners, are from March this year.
He still works on film, so there is some separation between the time the photo is taken and the time the result is seen. So much imagemaking now only exists on a held-hand device or only disseminated electronically. Marcopolous does not record and store imagery this way—he continues to look, feeling a constant slow change of where he stands. He no longer judges the work from an aesthetic point of view. Here and Now contains an image of Tyson Chandler, the center of the NY Knicks basketball team, on the court at Madison Square Garden. Marcopoulos has access to Chandler, but instead took a picture anyone could take at a public event. This image crystallizes the idea behind the show: everything is squarely photographed as is, without much consideration for emotion or compositional guidelines.
Here and Now is a selection of 23 recent color works. V1 Gallery is additionally showing a selection of older works, putting the new work in perspective and introducing a bit of history here, at Marcopoulosʼ first exhibition in Denmark. Among the older works are a portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a self-portrait with the actor and skater Justin Pierce, a group of street photos, and a large collage of contact sheets from Marcopoulosʼ seminal ʼ90s New York skateboarding series.
A reminder that even if he wasn’t the hottest basketball player on the planet and the best story the image-scarred NBA has had in decades, Jeremy Lin was born in the Bay Area and went to Harvard. Proving that the Bay Area makes the greats.
In one of those moments where you realize a sacred part of you is owned by Disney, there is a Joy Division inspired shirt with the image of Mickey on it being sold on Disney’s site. The Disney store actually reads “”Inspired by the iconic sleeve of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album, this Waves Mickey Mouse Tee incorporates Mickey’s image within the graphic of the pulse of a star. That’s appropriate given few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!”
We were looking around the old Internet today, and saw this image of the never-to-be-topped Nike Air Jordan IV. These were the first pair of Jordans we ever owned, being all of 8-years old in 1989. Our feet couldn’t handle anything before. Brilliant shoe, beautiful photo.