AMAZING PHOTO SERIES OF HITCHHIKING, RUNAWAY TEENS
This is one of the most compelling street photo series’ you’ve ever seen. That much can be pretty much guaranteed. A huge collection of legal and not-so-legal images captured by Mike Brodie has been put together into a book of the series, after he ran away with his teenage friends and found a discarded Polaroid stuck behind the seat of a car. Once he picked it up, he knew that he had to document the adventurous hitchhiking that would take him across the country and back, through 46 states and over 50,000 miles.
We’ve rarely seen photographs with such character and soul. There’s a rawness to Brodie’s work, a reflection one would think on the ramshackle nature of his environment. The images below were shot using 35mm film, providing a rich tapestry to his exhilarating and unique journeys.
You can see more from Mike’s compelling collection via his website or better yet purchase his book A Period of Juvenile Prosperity which contains the entire series.
11:38 am • 8 May 2013 • 27 notes
MOCA ARCHITECTURE SHOW COULD BE CANCELED, GEHRY COULD WALK
While other museums contemplate an LA that never was, and in much cheaper fashion, the Museum of Contemporary Art continues its financial troubles, getting assistance from yet another art institution and exhausting the funds without following through on purpose for its show that focuses on the last 25 years of Los Angeles architecture. There is a chance the show will still happen, but it seems as though it will at least have to be pushed from its promised June 2nd opening night. There are also talks that the show may be moving from the MOCA Geffen location to the Ace Museum on La Brea.
Worse yet, star player in the show Frank Gehry has had some harsh words to contribute about his experience in the planning of the exhibit.
“I didn’t feel comfortable in it,” Gehry said. “It didn’t seem to be a scholarly, well-organized show.”
He added, “I’m subject to misunderstanding about the seriousness of my work. People assume I am just crumpling paper, and so forth. This was feeling a bit that way, a trivialization.”
Check out the full story from the LA Times.
1:01 pm • 7 May 2013 • 1 note
WBR | SHAM(E)LESS SELF-PROMOTION AND EXPRESSION
Whole Beast Rag, whose two founders Grace Littlefield and Katharine Hargreaves are collaborative artists at Think Tank, hosts Mondays on the Think Tank blog. WBR is a print and online publication and project label working to bring together stimuli that fertilizes the brain.
Have you ever tried to throw an event for 300+ people in a major metropolitan area after living in said area for only like five months or so while simultaneously trying to figure out CADD, SketchUp and InDesign minutiae at a new job (as a writer at a design firm) and are struggling to find a place to live with a cat sans energy for bourgeois party animals at an AirBandB?
I am in the midst of that shit show right now.
It’s hard to find the time to think holistically about and trust people involved with something so personal to you when your world is suspended and also somehow heavier than you can bear. Event planning, especially for something like my magazine’s upcoming Heart of Darkness: Ball of Shadows
event on June 1, is never quite the gravy train you expect it to be. As Kat, my co-editor, and I have repeatedly encountered in conversation recently, the solstice is in full swing as we try to ride out this tumultuous month and make the event a success—creatively and otherwise.
But who knew that ticket sales would be stagnant until one week before the show? Who knew that bar permits were about as much as the fine
for public drunkenness in California? Who knew that two living situations would be ripped from beneath us after we gave notice to leave a preferable (though a bit cramped) living situation? I’m grateful to have a job and also be doing things with Whole Beast Rag
, but where do I focus my energy when basic needs are unstable?
The past few weeks have been rough (the past eight days, in particular). And there is only one way for me to feel halfway decent—I talk to people I encounter about what I’m going through as frankly as possible (usually with Kat, because when are we ever apart). Then I laugh. Really hard.
There are great things happening, too, and for Christ’s fucking sake I know that. And I know that “things are never as bad as they seem” and that “we’ll figure it out.” I’m not an invalid or otherwise unaware of these things, but that’s not what I want to hear when lay some real talk on someone—I just want reassurance that this is all part of a larger struggle for balance (which sounds like an oxymoron, but that’s just life smacking you in the face and growling).
Just listen to me, and let’s level with each other.
Heart of Darkness Ball of Shadows
Time: 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Date: June 1, 2013
1:01 pm • 6 May 2013 • 2 notes
INTERVIEW WITH PSYCHO DE MAYO CREATOR EVAN HAGEN
OC Weekly recently sat down with resident Think Tank artist, Thief Presents founder, all-around trippy dude and first-time festival creator Evan Hagen to discuss his venture from overwhelmingly successful concert series into the world of festivals. The creator brings together some of the most respected performers in psych-rock - a ton of them his own personal friends - this weekend on May 5th in a four-stage festival that promises to fill fans with an inclusive feeling with any one of the large number of bands included.
…Hagen’s eyes were opened to the far-reaching power wielded by the psychedelic scene. “When [Dead Meadow] walked onstage, Jason [Simon] just rolled out this solo. He was frying—he did an eighth of mushrooms before he walked onstage—and there were 5,000 people there,” Hagen says. “It took my breath away.”
Check out the article here and get your tickets here.
11:54 am • 2 May 2013 • 14 notes
NOSEGO FEATURED IN HUFFINGTON POST
We have known Yis Goodwin, also known as NoseGo, since our show Dude, Monsters! took place way back last summer. The artist has been killing it ever since, and we are extremely excited to check out his show this weekend at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, where he is showing with a few other artists of equal talent. The street artist recently featured in the Huffington Post to speak on the totemic qualities of his work and what got him into the style in the first place. Check it out here.
8:14 pm • 1 May 2013 • 19 notes
WBR - SUFFERING FOR LIGHT AND OTHER OBSERVATIONS
Whole Beast Rag, whose two founders are resident artists at the Think Tank, host Mondays on the Think Tank blog. Their audience flirts with fringe, and you can find a link to their editorial at the bottom.
The irony of riding the bus with a VIP pass for an international photography exhibition is not lost on me. As a broke artist and first-time attendee of Paris Photo, the fact that I was there at all was enough to celebrate. But thanks to the generosity of Eric Kim
, street photographer and friend of the gallery, Whole Beast Rag was given the chance to get inside the guts of this event and see what’s up.
To say it was a surreal event skims over the actual meat of the subject. Sure, the giant wall of sky in front of more sky was like standing in front of the world’s largest Magritte painting, and the New York set made for an interesting juxtaposition given the choice of location. However, it can be hard for the casual observer to navigate events of this scale. The first question for me is usually: where do I begin? Some pros come prepared with a schedule of things to see. I, on the other hand, drifted around, entirely alone, listening to conversations and waiting for that moment when I realize why I’ve come.
It wasn’t until after I stood in front of Alex Webb’s incredible photos that something inside me moved—or rather, coalesced. Sure, I stood in front of Gregory Crewdson’s
gorgeous 6 ft photo of a boy alone at the edge of a lake, and I finally had the chance to see John Divola’s
work on a wall and not my tumblr dashboard. I stalked Alec Soth
until I grew dehydrated (I’m a fanboi okay), and then finally wandered into one of the fake New York’s storefronts, where on the wall in front of me several men were being frisked in a field of sunflowers. It was one of those images that stop you completely. Even with hundreds of attendees, I was the only audience for several minutes as I took in his photos, surrounded by classical music the gallery was playing. Everything slowed.
Alex Webb is by no means a new photographer to the field, but he was new to me, and his photos spoke deeply about things that aren’t easy. A photojournalist who blurs the lines between documentary and fine art and arrives at a space in between, his work is not easy to categorize. The title of his book, The Suffering of Light, seems to capture it best, for as Alex noted in an interview: color comes from tension. The friction between light and dark is tangible in Mr. Webb’s images and while many photos document lands I’ve never visited, he captures a human resonance I understand. On the surface, these photos do the opposite of most flat images: they release you into the moment happening. This isn’t about detached witness—and there is a difference. Mr. Webb makes no attempt to shield us from the grit of life here and in this I found relief.
This past week I’ve struggled to overcome a series of obstacles and when I arrived at Paris Photo I was feeling a bit raw for public consumption. Standing next to photos of people in far more desolate places, I tried to place my issues within a larger context. Those men in the field in between two lives—is this art to them? The woman we witness just moments after her husband’s murder in a bar—is this beautiful? It feels to me like something more. Maybe there’s not even a word for it yet—what we feel when the small and large collide inside us. The architect Le Corbusier said that we need both “light and shade to see form” and I agree, for it is only when we have the interplay that an entity—or image—emerges.
What I remembered leaving Paris Photo: art is not an antidote to reality. It doesn’t erase the space around us. It will not protect you from what happens in the world. In the end, art is not enough. But I say this with the conviction that it still holds a power over our response—we are shaped by shadow and light both. When a struggle surfaces, we must listen. As Mr. Webb eloquently demonstrates, tension points the course toward color.
Writing by Katharine Hargreaves
2:28 pm • 29 April 2013 • 2 notes
GRAFFITI ARTISTS TURN TO TATTOO ART
Graffiti and tattoos are naturally two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, graff is the most temporal of all art forms, with each piece pretty much guaranteed to not exist at all sometime in the near future. Tattoos outlast even their wearer. But both are lowbrow art forms that have recently gained popular acceptance, and thus tattooing has become an easy transition for some of the biggest names in graff. It’s difficult to make a living on graffiti, and while tattooing is competitive enough to ensure it’s no cakewalk, an artist with a name that precedes him, even if it is four capital letters, might have a good chance to break into the tattoo industry by carrying his fans along with him.
In Skin Graf: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo, being published by Prestel on April 25, one of these graffiti writers, Michael “Kaves” McLeer, and producer/director Billy Burke compiled the work and stories of some of these graffiti-to-tattoo artists. This Wednesday, Kaves is giving a talk at the New York Public Library with Burke on this crossover culture.
Check out more here.
1:01 pm • 26 April 2013 • 2 notes
KENNY SCHARF ON HIS RECENT ARREST FOR TAGGING
World-renowned graffiti artist Kenny Scharf was recently let out of jail after serving 20 hours in Brooklyn booking, with “vomit and shit everywhere.” This was the artist’s second arrest for tagging, though this time around he wasn’t treated quite so harshly. Hyperallergic interviewed him about the incident and his views on graffiti’s illegality:
“The weird thing about things done in the street is that it is an outlet for things to get out and there are no sanctioned ways for most people to express themselves, and this is what people need for self-expression. It’s going to happen no matter what, people will never be able to keep from being controlled,” he says. “Graffiti is a big expression of not being controlled. And we’re not puppets like the government wants us to be … I think they should let it happen, and if an owner of a wall on a building or gate don’t like it, they can paint it or give it a protective coating which let’s them rub it off later. Writers will know they can’t do that again without being erased. The artists don’t want to put effort into something that will get cleaned off … [The cops] should concentrate on real crimes. It’s all the walls that no one cares about that are getting tagged up. I felt like I was improving the way it looked,” he says.
1:01 pm • 25 April 2013 • 6 notes
OLD VISIONS OF WHAT LOS ANGELES COULD HAVE BEEN
The Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles is putting together an exhibition of a lost utopia that Los Angeles - often criticized for its lack of urban and social planning - could have been. Never Built: Los Angeles opens on July 27th, and provides viewers with an experience of the sometimes misleading power of architectural ideas provided through blueprints, renderings, and models, as well as the lost art of hand drawing.
Ideas for an off-shore highway system, advanced monorail from Downtown to LAX, and plenty of Lloyd Wrightisms make up a fraction of this interesting, alternate reality.
1:01 pm • 24 April 2013 • 15 notes
sleepyinzomniac asked: I really want to check out the gallery, the Paul Santoreli installation looks beautiful. I was wondering which days and times the gallery is open to the public. Thanks in advance.
You know, we aren’t actually hosting official gallery hours this month, but you have a couple of options.
1.) You can set an appointment by emailing email@example.com, or
2.) You can come to our next party on May 9th! Keep an eye on our FaceBook for details.
2:06 pm • 23 April 2013