Takuro Kuwata is a young artist who works in ceramics. He has developed his own style originally starting from traditional techniques. His focus is to push the potential of his materials, while referencing traditional forms and making functional objects.
He is known for a number of experimental procedures, including adding stones to his clay mix so that when fired, they burst or puncture the clay structure, or using needles to catch the glaze of a vessel so that it creates a bumpy texture when fired. He thus leaves the final form of the work to chance, but is careful to ensure that each piece is still functional.
The legendary, visionary, and Gothic Futurist, Rammellzee (RIP) just had an exhibit open of his Letter Racers at Suzanne Geiss in NYC. If you don’t know, Rammellzee was a man of mystery, creating his own language and visual language that is beyond original. It comes from another planet. The exhibit is up through April 21, 2012.
“In the 14th Century the monks ornamented and illustrated the manuscripts of letters. In the 21st and 22nd century the letters of the alphabet through competition are now armamented for letter racing and galactic battles. This was made possible by a secret equation know as THE RAMMELLZEE.”
“Suspended in the interstice between the metaphysical and the material, the 52 Letter Racers displayed in this show are poised to activate and attack. Constructed from urban detritus – Canal Street perfume caps, spray can triggers, and king’s crown air fresheners – they are objects of human experience refracted and reconfigured to create a revised language of urban existence.”
David Choe was just in London for the Lazarides Gallery underground special show, The Minotaur, and now he is going to have a print ready today, October 13. Its nice and menacing.
Artist David Choe
Dimensions 42 cm x 29.7 cm
Material One colour screen print
Comments Printed with a signature embedded into the artwork
And because he loves Bob Newhart so much, here is a full interview from PBS American Masters that Newhart did in 2005. . . Here is a little exchange…
Q: You do up to 40 stand-up dates a year. Where do you get the inspiration for your material?
A: The same place: the newspapers, television, just watching people. Comedians are never really on vacation because you’re always at attention … that antenna is always out there. You could be on vacation in Hawaii and all of a sudden you’ll see someone do something funny and you’ll say “Oh, I gotta remember that” or the waiter will have a funny accent. I suppose your source of material is the world. You never know when you’ll come upon something and it’s going to be fodder for new material.
Q: What was your reaction when you heard the recording of your earliest comedy routines unearthed by AMERICAN MASTERS?
A: One of my friends had a copy and AMERICAN MASTERS was nice enough to make me a copy. I didn’t even know it had existed. I listened to some of the bits and to hear Ed Gallagher’s voice, back to that place in time, which was probably 1957, and then to be considered for AMERICAN MASTERS from those humble beginnings, it just really is “you’ve come a long way baby.” Let’s just say that.