How and Nosm at Levine

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Last week I was able to attend a private preview of the latest and greatest works from How and Nosm. This twin German power duo opened an exhibition at Levine last Saturday. They are also the artists currently holding down the famous mural spot on Houston and Bowery (they put it up while the power was still out from Hurricane Sandy). It was very cool to spend some time chatting with them and snapping their work. Incidentally, my other favorite twin brother graf artists, Os Gemeos were also at the event. Of course they were.

If you get a minute, definitely stop through Levine and check out the installation. Here are a couple of more looks.

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A rainy day with os gemeos

Os Gemeos published a pretty cool piece on their blog this week. If is a brief video of them discussing their sketch books. The talk about everything from inspiration, to what they use to draw with, to how they choose what clothing to give the figures they draw. Caveat: it is in Portuguese. The video is titled “Um dia de chuva,” which means “A day of rain” Check it–

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Mr. Jones gets the ‘last laugh’

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I’m really digging the ‘last laugh’ watch by Mr. Jones. I came across these gems on CH this week. Cool Hunting on the details:

Mr. Jones that sport hour and minute readouts on the bare teeth of human skulls. The hour marking on the upper teeth uses a “jump hour” feature that flips the time over on the hour while the minutes cycle clockwise below, a capability that is especially impressive considering that the watches run on 20 jewel automatic mechanical movements rather than batteries.

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Haroshi at Levine

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Over the weekend I dropped by the Haroshi opening at Levine Gallery. There is some really cool stuff in his latest exhibit. In a bit of deviation from his last show, some of the work was encased in transparent resin. It definitely made for cool effect. The piece below was my favorite. Check out the full gallery over here.

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‘moonwalk’ in yosemite

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This ridiculously cool vid was shot at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite. Mikey Schaefer used an 800mm with a 2x extender to get an infinite depth of field for the awesome “giant moon” effect. Meanwhile, Dean Potter solo climbs up to a high line strung between two rocks and traverses it as the moon rises over the peak.  The only thing that I could do without is Mikey breathing into the camera for the 3+ minute duration, hahaha. Watch it below–

 

 

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Illustrations by Leigh Viner

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Colorado based illustrator Leigh Viner is an artist that I discovered a few years ago. I can’t remember exactly how, but I think that I happened upon her blog for some reason. Anyway, I really like her work. It is a classic minimalist style using multiple mediums, including watercolor.

Being from the mountain west, myself, I guess that I am a little bit partial to Viner. I’m impressed with her presence and fashion clientele given her location. More than that, I just find her artwork very aesthetically appealing. If you also enjoy this style of illustration, her blog is definitely worth a flip through.

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New Shepard Fairey print “sedation pill”

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I’m into this new print by Shepard Fairey. It is titled “Sedation Pill.” The print is apparently inspired by hip hop legends Public Enemy. Fairey explains:

The “Sedation Pill” print is inspired by the title of my favorite Public Enemy album “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”. I think the biggest problem in America is the indifference and complacency about important issues that results from much of the population being perpetually hypnotized by conspicuous consumption, social media, entertainment, and self-medication. Using sedation and escapism for relief from the rat race might make us less aware (blissfully ignorant)  but also less empowered to improve our role within the rat race… a vicious cycle of cause and effect.

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Nowness on Rick Rubin

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Nowness ran a really cool piece earlier this month about Rick Rubin. Rubin is one of the original players in Def Jam records during the era of DMC and Beastie Boys. Says Nowness:

The mogul ruminates on living in harmony with nature, the importance of recreating its perfection in art, and the transcendental power of sound before leading us into a guided meditation, a practice he has followed since becoming fascinated with yogis as a teenager. His trademark beard, untouched since he was 23 years old, pays clear homage to their spiritual influence. The story of Rubin’s beginnings at Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons in 1984 from his New York University dorm room has become the stuff of legend. He has since become one of the most influential producers in the history of pop music, producing seminal hip-hop albums by artists such as LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C.

Peep the vid below:

Rick Rubin: Music and Spirituality
on Nowness.com.

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Paintings by Zofia Bogusz

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Zofia Bogusz’s name is almost as badass as her painting is. I discovered her work recently on Jux. There are several elements that strike me about her work. One thing that I particularly like is that a lot of her work ends up painted onto wood. I spent quite a while flipping through her website the other day. I was bummed out to discover that she recently had a solo exhibit in Chelsea, and I totally missed it. Browse more of her work over here.

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12 oz. Prophet in India

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True, we are only in January. But, this is hands down the coolest graff video of 2013, so far. I actually saw it posted on Os Gemeos’ blog. Watch Ise and Finok of the 12 oz. Prophet collective create free-hand roller and brush pieces in India, some of them while standing on a boat that is pushed against the wall. This video is as much about the craziness of India, as it is about putting up the art (in fact there isn’t a single frame of any of the finished work). Watch the mesmerizing vid below-

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massive sea turtle mural in Argentina by Martin Ron

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I don’t know much of the back story on this one. I pulled it from a post that Graff Art ran a couple of weeks ago. They pulled it from a Facebook page. Anyway, I really dig the piece. Apparently it is by Martin Ron, and it exists in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I remember the first time that I ever saw one of these turtles in the wild. It scared the living bejeebus out of me until I realized what it was. Since then, they have become one of my favorite amphibians. Check out more images of the work over on Graff.

Update: Checkout an interview that Martin Ron did with Buenos Aires Street Art, over here.

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photography of cody cobb

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I discovered Cody Cobb on OEN earlier this week. Apparently he is one of Daniel Benning’s fave photographers. The set most recently posted on OEN includes shots from Cobb’s trip to the Sierra mountain range. Says Benning:

Recently [Cobb] took a trip to the Sierra mountain terrain which is part of the peninsular ranges running along the pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico. The resulting collection, which is a highlighted in part here, is a breathtaking array of scenery that I’d never get to see otherwise. Particularly where we are based here there is very little land that is untouched and has remained untouched for thousands of years, so when nature is given the opportunity to grow and flourish it’s real fascinating to see.

Check the rest of the set over here.

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