I’ve had so many great ideas today that the light bulb that pops up above my head with each idea got injured in the process … just kidding. This installation piece is art by How & Nosm, from a February exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC. How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) are identical twin brothers known for their large scale graffiti based murals that adorn city walls around the world. The brothers were born in Spain, but German in heritage, and currently residing in New York. For more info on their exhibition and work, check out the LeVine website.
I’m still on my Rammellzee kick, listening to his music on Spotify while trying to do some work – which is not easy, since it’s like having a madman yell at you. Check out this video interview with Rammellzee – I like it when, at the 30 second mark – he says “I’m just an average Joe,” while wearing one of his zany masks. Love it.
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When I made a brief visit to Bridgeport, CT recently in search of an “Arts Adventure,” I saw this building, covered in graffiti. The graffiti was a visual feast, but I’m posting this long view because I like the sign’s message above the graffiti: “Pardon me while I change into something more fabulous.” I can understand that the owner of the building wants it to be something “more fabulous,” but I think the graffiti in its current state is pretty fabulous.
I seem to be randomly encountering the work of Rammellzee through his music, which leads me back to his art and then more music. Even though I was vaguely familiar with his name from my interest in the 1980’s art scene, it was his passing in 2010 which brought the numerous stories and obituaries that put him on my radar again. But then I forgot about him for a while, until I happened upon an old rap album which had a song called “Beat Bop,” which is by Rammellzee and K-Rob, and is widely considered a hip-hop masterpiece. But the interesting thing (to me) about Beat Bop is that it was meant to be a rap duel between Rammellzee and Basquiat, initiated by Rammellzee because he told Basquiat “I can do what you can do (make art), but you can’t do what I can do (rap).” When Basquiat came to the studio with his notebook filled with raps, Rammellzee said they were so bad that he cut him out altogether and just did the song with K-Rob. Below left we have Rammellzee with Basquiat, photographed by Stephen Torton. Below right we have “Hollywood Africans,” a painting by Basquiat, with a depiction of Rammellzee in the middle (with goggles) and Basquiat at right.
Anyway, I’m here at my computer working today, listening to Rammellzee’s 2004 album titled “The Bi-Conicals of the Rammellzee,” when I hear the following song come on, titled “Jamin Zabar, Jamin Zabar.” It floors me with its intensity, so I just had to share it with you here. (Note – added later – I found a different version of the video which shows footage inside of Rammellzee’s studio, called “The Battle Station,” which shows some of his sculpture and other artwork – much more interesting than the previous video which just showed the album cover)
What’s the likelihood of looking through a varied collection of pictures, and finding that last blog post’s picture of a girl at a swimming pool with a bear watching on, and then looking at a collection of graffiti pictures in Bridgeport, CT, and finding another image of a girl with a bear …? Is this some sort of unknown-to-me but common theme in art?
So after this coincidence and asking myself this question, of course the logical thing to do is Google-search it, and sure enough, as odd as it may seem, it appears that plenty of people think about girls and bears together. Maybe it’s based on the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears? Here’s a selection of images that I found:
Does anyone know who took this photograph? I saw it at the 2009 Armory Show but didn’t make a note of the artist’s name. It has a Joel Sternfeld feel to it, but I don’t think it’s his. The girl is pretty calm for having a 6 foot black bear staring her down. The fact that I don’t know whether this is real, or just a guy in a bear suit is what makes it appealing.
I would be very curious to know the mindset of the artist who one day woke up and thought, “I need to make a sculpture of a silver goat wearing a red sweater,” and then proceeded to make this. It does look good on him, though … just kidding. (seen at the 2011 Armory Show, artist unknown)