Category Archives: art

Setting up with d[NASA]b

Yesterday we dropped in to Irvine Contemporary to help with the installation set up of d[NASA]b‘s show entitled Dataklysmos, opening on Saturday April 30.

You wouldn’t believe the amounts of tubes, filaments, zip ties and wire liner that comes with this set up. d[NASA]b goes HAM on some really vibrant and organic looking video monitor/fibre glass/silicon installations. When the ambient music and video begins to kick in they really almost mimic natural creatures floating in space.

These pictures don’t really do these things justice, as the size and free-hanging nature really makes their placement and setting pop. They seem like large floating coral formations that are just radiating light, color and most cases, some sort of video.

The plastic nodes warp the video content underneath it.

There were also these photographic prints mounted on fiberglass, shot on a beach with one of the smaller sculptures floating with the tides. Low shutter speed shots in dead of night.

Yeah this is really seeing that intersection of digital information and organic lifeforms. Some really awesome work. Come check it out in person at the opening on Saturday. via Irvine Contemporary.

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Kelly Towles video

During our studio visit with Kelly Towles, we recorded some questions and conversation about making it in DC and the unique nature of the city. Our buddy Mauricio put everything together into a quick introspective on Towles‘ thoughts about DC, his own style and projects in the future.

Revok’s Art in the Streets web curation

source: Revok1

The beef that people have toward art blogging is often not adding value to the actual works produced by the artist. However, the reason that Ennui covers Art in the Streets, at least through Internet curation and telling you about who to hit for what kind of perspective,is to bring the jumbled, often enclaved curatorial style of art’s in-crowd, like Art in the Streets curators Jeffrey Deitsch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose in sharper focus, especially for readers wanting to see the significance, not just exhibit shots or production videos.

And don’t get us wrong, no disrespect to Deitsch and company for their awesome, awesome contribution to this genre and setting, but art that was borne from bystander fascination and cover of night deserves to be covered by every outlet, in whatever way possible. In this case, check out LA graff legend and blu collar self-starter Revok1‘s own curation of Art in the Streets coverage.

source: Revok1
source: Revok1
source: Revok1

Wow, that last one is LA at its finest. Revok‘s selections of photos in that post definitely lean more toward LA’s graff inspirations, as those works are closest to the heart of the writer’s career and style. From Revok1:

Here are a few photos from the incredibly overwhelming experience that is ART IN THE STREETS…

Some photos stolen from OS GEMEOS and ARRESTED MOTION

More photos soon when I get the chance to sit down at a computer and upload my own…

As we sift through the thousands of photos swamping the Internet right now, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the unique perspectives that the artists and documenters are presenting at this show.

Banksy @ Art in the Streets

source: Arrested Motion

Part of absorbing some of the context behind Art in the Streets, especially as a remote viewer, is finding the sites that cover it best. In this case, Arrested Motion has got the straight coverage on lock.

Banksy seems to be a no-brainer inclusion for this show, but his appearance was largely unannounced before the show opened on the 17th.  Well, now the UK artist and director is back, pulling out the heavy equipment for Geffen.

source: Arrested Motionsource: Arrested Motion

source: Arrested Motion 

From Arrested Motion:

Banksy brought many top notch pieces with him from stencils of his classics to versions of many of the outdoor works such as Crayon Shooter & Chalk-lined Living Room. We were also happy to see inclusion of some of his animatronics and sketches. Perhaps one of our favorite pieces was a large painted version of the Los Angeles Rodney King incident as seen through the eyes of the clever artist. If you missed his legendary museum show in Bristol, do you yourself a favor and go to the MOCA.

Just from pictures alone, Banksy’s selection of stencils and newer pieces seem really biographical/historical almost in the context of the exhibit. Street art and graff benefit explicitly more from playing on process as well as meaning/presentation/composition.

Art in the Streets via Geffen’s Cameras

We wish this was just a little longer or got a few more shots in, but the idea is pretty cool, especially with Art in the Streets reaching critical mass in the last couple of days. Getting an inside view really shows how differently writers and artists approached their respective “walls,” this time, tailored for a gallery setting. Check it out here:

From Juxtapoz:

There was a lot of secrecy involved in the preparation of MOCA’s “Art In the Streets” exhibition. We are quite sure if you were an artist in the show, your mother couldn’t come see what you were doing until the press preview. That said, it also provided an opportunity for those setting up the entire show and documenting it to have a bit of fun, and MOCA created a film using the Geffen’s security cameras.

Art in the Streets is going to be riot, so as remote viewers and curators we’ll keep an eye peeled for interesting bits and pieces around the show, and leave the actual coverage to the local and embedded sources.

HOW & NOSM get some friends

source: Revok1

HOW and NOSM get a little company for their LA mural. This time from DABS & MYLA. Now it’s a party. Check out these shot pulled from Revok1.

source: Revok1

source: Revok1

So sick.

Gaia’s Chicago Wrap-up

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Gaia finished his recent double solo show in Chicago with Maxwell Colette and Pawn Works, entitled Resplendent Semblance. One deviation we’ve seen is a greater concentration on the painting and fine art aspect of these street to gallery pieces, stepping away slightly from his more isolated figures and compositions to more expansive backgrounds, colors and strong tonal and realistic subject matters. From seeing Gaia’s progression over the past couple of years he’s really been expanding his repertoire and subject matter. So sick.

source: Gaia

source: Gaia

These are shots from the State and Adams Installation. A slight variation on the rabbit lion is going to be featured in run of prints for sale.

source: Gaia

I remember that lion that Gaia did at the Monseratt House in DC last fall; the colors are vivid but not overly saturated. This guy has skill behind the can and the brush.

source: Gaia

source: Gaia

source: Gaia

Bombing the street as a run-up to the actual shows. Gaia was just in DC last week for a panel discussion at Irvine Contemporary, one that we unfortunately missed due to a combination of laziness and raininess. Never again.