Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Los Angeles,you weirdass beautiful trash town..

As I've repeated a million times,to every body's disinterest I'm originally from Los Angeles..and yes,I hate it,and love it..


  For the same reasons as everybody else..L.A has the power to make you feel so lonely when you're living in a town populated by 3,833,995 humans..people are quite often fake but if you dig deep I guess you can find a sweet crab or two..not too opportunistic..sometimes..


Anyways,I'll stop my Bukowski BS and tell you what I do enjoy about it..
well obviously the sun,but also the street art..


I was checking out this website www.lataco.com which has some nice pictures of it,
and I'm so sweet(I give cavities I know) that I decided to include them in this post..



Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.


“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”
 Andy Warhol quotes


Los Angeles is a large city-like area surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel


Pick your enemies carefully or you'll never make it in Los Angeles.









And an extra treat I love,a little video of Charles Bukowski..just to inspire you a bit, it's about people,
so real it comforts:)

Monday, January 17, 2011

stuff,as promised..

I don't clearly remember when,but recently,I told you I'd post up some watercolors and such..
eh...Well, to tell you the truth I just have to face the fact that I ain't no good with them..I started to do one and then backed up(literally) and just thought "this is shit" but being fair,and so thoughtful, I shall share my shit with the world(like so many do)..
I just think watercolors agree more with me when I use them for children's illustrations,as I've done before..I'll show a future post on children's books then and now.
Sooo,I've continued a couple of pencil scribbles,because pencil is my friend and color is the enemy..






I'm starting a series of portraits,well continuing because I already began,looking for interesting faces,pretty,ugly,boring anything..so let me know if you're in for it..I'll be in London for a little while more then off to Paris..email me at Avasfez@gmail.com

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dennis Hopper



                   






Of course you all know Dennis Hopper,right?
little resume:

Dennis Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker and artist. As a young man, Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors' Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1954, and appeared in two films featuring James DeanRebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). During the next 10 years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films.
He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award forBest Original Screenplay as co-writer. "With its portrait of counterculture heroes raising their middle fingers to the uptight middle-classhypocrisiesEasy Rider became the cinematic symbol of the 1960s, a celluloid anthem to freedom, macho bravado and anti-establishmentrebellion.Film critic Matthew Hays notes that "no other persona better signifies the lost idealism of the 1960s than that of Dennis Hopper."
He was unable to build on his success for several years, until a featured role in Apocalypse Now (1979) brought him attention. He subsequently appeared in Rumble Fish (1983) and The Osterman Weekend (1983), and received critical recognition for his work in Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, with the latter film garnering him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He directed Colors (1988) and played the villain in Speed (1994). Hopper's later work included a leading role in the television series Crash. Hopper was also featured in the 2010 animated film Alpha and Omega as an Alpha-wolf named Tony. This movie was his last as he died of Prostate Cancer before its release in September 2010.
Hopper was also a prolific and acclaimed photographer, a profession he began in the 1960s.
I wanted to focus today on his photography which I find amazing..there have been many publications of his work,the Taschen book is quite good actually..
What's funny is that he's mostly known as an actor,but I'm more a fan of his photography..the only role I truly loved him in was in "blue velvet" anyways,enjoy these little pictures I found that were taken by him in the 60's..
just beautiful













Video—Art Installation that Looks like Burning Building is Not Actually Burning


M
aybe we are insensitive to real burning buildings, but this installation from Montreal-based artist Isabelle Hayeur is very interesting and one of the better pieces of art we have seen this weekend. This could lead to a boy cries wolf scenario, but we are in the business of showing you art, not telling you what to do. Well, sort of, just not now. 

If you guys want to watch a video of the installation
I think it's quite interesting:)

and to check out the artists' website

Saturday, January 15, 2011

"Turning the world upside down"

So, as I've told you,I think?I've been in London for a little over a month and I have to say it's a wonderful place but unfortunately as it is well known,has the shittiest weather I've ever seen,similar to Paris but a little darker to my taste..
you see Paris's grey is know as Anthracite grey


but London's grey is more like this:


So after this interesting display of vibrant colors,I wanted to tell you about Anish Kapoor,The Royal Parks and the Serpentine Gallery present a major exhibition of large scale outdoor sculptures by acclaimed London-based artist Anish Kapoor in Kensington Gardens. The free exhibition will showcase a series of major recent works never before shown together in London. Constructed from highly reflective stainless steel, the giant curved mirror surfaces will create illusory distortions of the surroundings and will be visible across large distances, creating new vistas in this famous and much-loved setting. The sculptures will be sited to contrast and reflect the changing colours, foliage and weather in Kensington Gardens. Despite their monumental scale, the works appear as pure reflection of their surroundings: the sky, trees, water, wildlife and changing seasons. The distortions in the works' mirror-like surfaces call into question the viewers' relationship to both the work itself and the surrounding environment.
What I do enjoy about these works is the reflection of a world we've almost forgotten.We're constantly exposed to advertisement,stores,street lights,peoples' faces and crap,these are beautiful installations that remind us of the world we're in( I can already hear in the background the famous song from Disney's Aladdin"whole new world")I'll be checking this out this week and suggest you do too if you're around these parts.
for more info:
WHO: Anish Kapoor
WHAT: Turning the World Upside Down
WHEN: 28 September 2010 - 13 March 2011
WHEREKensington Gardens
Kensington, London W2 3, United Kingdom
These are a couple of pictures of the famous sculptures..









Banksy's Disney 'execution' tops $120,000 at auction



  Baloo, Mowgli and King Louie of the Apes from Disney film "The Jungle Book" all feature in a print by anonymous graffiti artist Banksy that sold for over $120,000 at auction Tuesday.
The work, "Save or Delete Jungle Book," went under the hammer alongside works by other urban artists as part of an Urban Art sale at Bonhams auction house in London.
 

The image was originally commissioned by Greenpeace for a poster campaign highlighting the problem of deforestation, with the characters transposed onto an image of a devastated forest. But the posters were never circulated due to copyright issues with Disney.
"Save or Delete Jungle Book," the start lot, achieved £78,000 ($122,000), the highest sale price at the auction. The other notable sales were both Banksy pieces, "Portrait of an Artist" (1998) which went for £60,000 ($93,500) and a canvas depicting a tanks that sold for £42,000 ($65,500).
Street art is an ephemeral art form, disappearing as quickly as it appears -- urban art is an attempt to redress this by leaving a more permanent legacy--Auction house specialist Gareth Williams
These high prices indicate Banksy's continuing popularity. The anarchic street artist, who numbers Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp among his many fans, is famous for stenciled graffiti on buildings and walls across the globe, including the controversial West Bank barrier in Israel.
Bonhams contemporary art specialist Gareth Williams says the high prices also show the healthy state of the market for urban art, which he defines as a more permanent version of street art.
"I think when the recession kicked in, it was a difficult time for all contemporary art, but urban art, because it was such a new market, was badly affected initially," Williams said. The market has "found its feet, it's got steadier" since then,     according to Williams.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Barbara Kruger









Barbara Kruger finishes rotunda at Schirn in Frankfurt


Barbara Kruger just finished a massive installation at the Schirn in Frankfurt, Germany. Kruger will have her work on display at the Schirn through January 30, 2011.
One of the phrases visitors will find when they enter the rotunda is: GEWALT LÄSST UNS VERGESSEN, WER WIR SIND. (IN VIOLENCE WE FORGET WHO WE ARE.)

This isn't the first time Kruger has shown at Schirn. For 
Shopping. A Century of Art and Consumer Culture in 2002, Kruger covered the façade of the Galeria Kaufhof in Frankfurt, Germany’s shopping mile and major pedestrian crossing.
All photos courtesy of the Schirn.








Barbara's an American conceptual artist. Much of her work consists of black and white photographs overlaid with declarative captions—in white-on-red Futura Bold Oblique. The phrases in her works often include use of pronouns such as "you", "your", "I", "we", and "they".
some of her earlier works I've picked up online to show you..