The Beatles are credited with being the first to do many things such as printing lyrics on a pop album, creating music videos and holding a stadium concert, but most bizarre is their role in the “devil horns” hand gesture taking off. John Lennon’s cartoon figure on the Yellow Submarine cover is apparently the first time the symbol was on the cover of an album and is one of the earliest instances associated with a rock band, ever.
Here’s another exhibit that we checked out on a whim during last Thursday’s very rewarding art crawl, only to have it end up as one of the highlights of the evening: Blue Jean Blues by Korean contemporary artist Kim Joon. For his newest series of digital prints, Kim uses porcelain as his digital medium, putting him at the forefront of the new-media movement.
Playboy By Kim Joon
In Blue Jean Blues Kim, who is based in Seoul, Korea, explores themes of desire, memory and youth. Using porcelain, Kim fabricates compositions out of tableware, fragments of idealized nudes and icons of Western pop culture; including musical instruments, cars and guns. Showcasing his fine skill with the computer software 3D Studio Max, Kim coats the white backgrounds and surfaces of objects with pop-culture imagery. He successfully juxtaposes old and new, traditional Asian motifs and new media.
Rebel Without a Cause
Reality and fantasy collide as tiny sculptures of blue jeans take on a life of their own and inhabit their virtual surroundings – perching on an oversized guitar in Blue Jean Blues – Jimi Hendrixand a classic car in Blue Jean Blues – Rebel without a Cause – alluding to society’s desire for material objects as well as nostalgic obsessions and attachments. The cultural symbolism associated with jeans is also the artist’s lament for the fading memory of his social resistance – expressed in earlier work through a fascination with tattoos.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Plate
Rocky Horror Picture Show Bowl
My favorite part of this exhibit is a series that the artist calls “Rockers” — each of which features a cast porcelain wrist and hand (sometimes backed by a plate or bowl) in the act of “throwing metal.” Each hand is decorated with a band’s name along with member likenesses or song titles made famous by that specific band. Unbelievably cool! Any one of the Rockers series would be a fabulous addition to a collection of contemporary works.
Rockers: Sex Pistols
Rockers: Pink Floyd and Jefferson Airplane (Click on any Image to Enlarge for Detail)
Kim Joon’s Blue Jean Blues will be on Exhibit Through October 6th, 2012 at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Located at 547 West 27th Street, Street Level, New York City. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Metal maestro Ronnie James Dio – commonly considered to be the “inventor” of the Devil Horns / Throwing Metal hand sign that is so popular in the heavy metal community – was born on this day, July 10th, in 1942! Metal! \m/
A guy in my office just turned me on to Quiltsrÿche Dot Com, a completely insane company that makes custom designed heavy metal bed quilts. “Quiltsrÿche turns traditional quilting on its ear with modern heirloom quilts that look like they were made by your metal-loving, half-blind Grandma. Bold designs, eye-popping color combinations and a touch of evil are the hallmarks of Quiltsrÿche quilts. A one-of-a-kind rock quilt won’t match your curtains, but it will have enough character and craftsmanship to captivate you year after headbanging year.” Oh my god, I want one so bad. Check out these designs:
Remember that Iron Maiden poster that was so scary you had to hide it in your closet? Did you lay awake at night expecting Eddie to come to life? When I sleep with “Skullfucked” on my bed, I’m kinda scared — in that good way. This quilt reinterprets a traditional “half-log cabin” design with sinister results. Run to the hills!