This linoleum cut print, Speed Trial (1932), was inspired by Bluebird, a race car that reached a velocity of 246 miles per hour at Daytona Beach, Florida in 1932, breaking the land-speed record. Artist Cyril Edward Power (1872 – 1951) used rhythmic, repetitive curves to conjure the rushing motion of the aerodynamic vehicle. He printed the image using three layers of color: light blue, dark blue, and green. He stipulated that the dark blue should be printed “dark on bonnet, paling to tail” — a graded passage that emphasizes the engine, at the front of the car, as the source of its power.
Geoffrey and I went out on a massive Art Crawl this past weekend and we saw the above-pictured posters up everywhere in the Chelsea Gallery District. Apparently, they are adverts for Adrien Brody’s new print series, Hooked. As you can see, it is a parody of the Starbucks brand logo, with the coffee merchant’s familiar Siren mascot holding a pistol to each of her temples. Lovely.
The prints debuted at David Benrimon Fine Art booth at the Art New York fair, which ran from May 3rd to 8th as part of Frieze week.
We saw them again on 20th Street, just outside the tunnel entrance to the Comme des Garcons Boutique. Here, street art/graffiti legend Hektad has already left his mark.
Hektad Is So Funky When Wet!
Anyone looking for an art bargain should get to peeling one of these suckers off the wall straight away, otherwise you can buy a proper print for just $25,000 (not a typo) at This Link!
Wow, how often do you get to see such a great and globally famous work of art? Well, if you’re me it happens all the time. But maybe you are not so lucky, so The Gig brings famous art to your face, for free! You’re welcome! Under the Wave of Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave, by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) comes from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei).
The breathtaking composition of this woodblock print, said to have inspired Debussy’s La Mer (The Sea) and Rilke’s Der Berg (The Mountain), ensures its reputation as an icon of the art world. Hokusai cleverly played with perspective to make Japan’s grandest mountain appear as a small and triangular mound within the hollow of the cresting wave. The artist became famous for his landscapes, created using a palette of indigo and imported Prussian blue
The Great Wave is Part of the Exhibit Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and The Met, Galleries 223-232, Second Floor, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
“I decided to make flags for each game of the World Cup I watched this Summer. I wanted to spread my support for different countries and feel more like a global citizen, without any political or geographical ties. That’s the greatest gift football and other sports can offer, they can genuinely bring disparate people together for play.
I re-imagined flags of different countries, adding a playful reference to that country within the design of the flag. America has one of the best flag designs there is, I really love it, and it was a lot of fun to work on. The first edition of this flag was with a burger and fries but the fries didn’t quite look right in red, so I turned them into bacon. Everyone seems to love bacon.” – Jon Burgerman
On Friday, April 18th at 12 Noon EDT, this amazing color print of Darth Vader as Jesus by the LA-based artist Sket One goes on sale at 1xRun Dot Com. Purchase of the limited edition print (25 copies only) includes a set of matching Darth Vader Prayer Candles: one Red and one Blue (pictured below). The print set with candles will sell for only $85 (unbelievable!).
The print is limited to an edition of just 25 posters.
The Prayer Candles (limited to an edition of 150 of each color) can also be purchased separately for $25 each. Seriously, it’s almost not worth it not to buy the entire set. Please note that the Our Father print comes unframed but framing is available for an additional fee. Read more about this run, including an interview with artist at This Link.
Judith Supine Art from the Door of Mecka Gallery. (All Photos By Gail)
The bright pink and neon green-painted wheat paste collages and sculptures of street artist Judith Supine are well known to street art aficionados, but Supine’s work has also infiltrated the galleries. Using his mother’s name as his artist persona, Judith had kept his face hidden and true identity a secret until last week, when a Video shot by Animal NY went viral on Arrested Motion and other various art blogs, in which Judith, who is an extremely handsome man, gave a candid and liberally swear word-peppered interview about his life and art.
All this was in anticipation of last Saturday’s opening of Supine’s latest exhibit, Golden Child, at Mecka Gallery, located way the hell out in an industrial area of Brooklyn, where Manhattanites fear to tread.
At this event, it was promised, the mysterious Judith Supine would openly show his face in public for the first time. Despite monsoon-esque weather conditions and travel directions that necessitated the use of a map, Geoffrey and I put on our Big Girl Panties and headed out.
Judith creates his art starting with images culled from discarded magazines, which he then pieces together to create what I call “familiar mutants”: creatures that are part human and part inanimate objects. Undeniably the focal point of the evening, the imposing Twins sculpture in the photo above hangs from a ceiling beam in the center of the Mecka Gallery space with the remainder of the Golden Child exhibit hidden in a tiny back room (the doorway to which can also be seen in the above photo) that we originally mistook for a store room or “back stage” area before summoning the nads to finally check it out. Here’s what we found inside.
Judith seems to favor integrating images of cigarettes and alcohol into his works. Discuss.
Does this look like Miley Cyrus to you?
This Limited Edition Print of the same Image seen on the gallery door was On Sale for $150 at the opening.
Geoffrey mentioned he thought somebody told him Judith’s real name might be “Brent” or something, but who knows.
Likewise, no one seems to be able to confirm whether Golden Child was a one-night-only affair or if the art is on display at Mecka for a few weeks, and you won’t find out by looking at their Website. It’s worth checking out though, if you’re up for an adventure!
Mecka Gallery is located at 65 Meadow Street between Bogart St. and Morgan Ave. in Brooklyn, NY 11206.