I happened upon Dmitri Deragtchev’sThe New Icon (2022) while vacationing in Vancouver BC. As you can see, the piece is quite visually striking and has a lot to unpack. I felt it would be an appropriate feature choice for this column given the current political world climate, and it being Halloween and all. The artist’s statement follows:
I’ve never seen one of these symbols in any colors other than white or blue, so of course this Pink Handicapped Accessible Sign caught my attention immediately. This symbol was spotted at The Ace Hotel on 29th Street just east of Broadway.
I was on a Street Art Safari when I came upon this big game; a mural of Prince (RIP), located on the side of the Graffiti Room restaurant at the corner of Kenmare and Mott Streets in downtown Manhattan. It looks like they are also having an Instagram contest:
So, head on down to the Graffiti Room and get to snapping and ‘gramming!
Update: Sadly, this video is no longer online. However, you can still download the album for free at the updated Bandcamp link, below.
While there are what feel and sound like Eastern European sensibilities in the music of Post-punk/electronic artist Prevrat (aka Ric Gordon), he is actually from right here in the US – Kansas to be exact. I like the arty, sci-fi images in the video for “Abandoned” that complement the music’s mix of techno elements and melodic, soft rock. At it’s core, “Abandoned” is an exercise in minor chord moodiness that reminds me favorably of 80s post-punk bands like Tears For Fears.
“Abandoned” is from Prevrat’s sophomore album, Symbols, which is available for Name Your Price Download from Bandcamp.com at This Link. Enjoy!