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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.


Ricoh Roll: Leftovers

The problem with shooting film is that if you shoot with your digital the timeliness never really line up enough. In this case, we develop rolls essentially a week after shooting. This Ricoh Roll segment is leftovers from a couple places, shows and locations around the city that we hit over the past week or so. A few lingering shots of Toro Y Moi’s outdoor performance.

Someone’s really nice built up level. Even with the top tube pad, this this whip is going hard. Not sure if the fork is actually Columbus Genius though..

Something about building facades this week…

And a protest for Iran’s freedom in Dupont Circle. Man, was the weather awesome this week or what. Anyway, there’s your short recap, and be sure to hit us up again for next weeks rolls as we dig around for an older flash in the meantime.

Shop Visit: Art Under Pressure

We’re kind of no longer in that age of making off with cans from hardware stores, or jacking sharpies from office supplies stores, but at the heart of Petworth on Georgia Ave., the mentality of a shop serving its audience hasn’t died out. Art Under Pressure, a local shop serving the graff and skate community, not only keeps the area writers stocked, but also is a collective on a mission. We’re getting ahead of ourselves, first the cans.

Stacked high in a blazing array of colors and brands. Mtn. 94, Ironlak and what the owner told us, Aliens coming in soon. For a while there wasn’t a local hook-up for good cans, and for us, we just kind of had to wait around for specials.

Caps, cans and markers are stocked too, even though the shop’s formal opening isn’t till the 30th.

Although Art Under Pressure is serving many communities, we are ecstatic that there’s finally a spot outside of Utrecht that serves writers. However, this joint is about more than markers and cans….

…or featuring local streetware brands…

…or keeping local legends close at heart…

… or showcasing local craftsmen like CON’s baggage creations…

… or skate decks, trucks and supplies stacked to the roof…

It’s about that spirit of creation. Two featured local writers/artists here just sketching and writing away on a sunny weekday. At the same time, the shop shares that mentality of helping people within the community put their creative juices into bankable manifestations, may it be clothing designs or art collaborations. For a city that’s often deemed not as culture-rich, having outstanding shop presences to boost the creative juices helps the craft sustain itself.

Two local brands Grindstone and Durkl making a splash at the Art Under Pressure storefront. The display mounts and tables were all fabricated by hand and feature that corroded and worn industrial feeling that matches perfectly with the DIY vibe that is emanating from this local shop.The owner, Cory Stowers is the creative director for the DC program Words, Beats & Life, a program designed to foster that artistic energy in the local community.

What can we say, this place is dope. Again, catch the grand opening on the 30th, and although the site isn’t up, make sure to bookmark it for the time being.

Handpainted signage here. Definitely check out the shop at 4807 Georgia Ave. in DC when you get a chance, and we guarantee you’ll be blown away by the good vibes coming off this shop. Big ups guys, we’ll be back for the opening!

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.

A little Toro Y Moi on a sunny day

Yeah, yeah we’re slacking a little bit on posts today, a lot of stuff getting jammed together this past week, but here’s a ton of photos of a rad little show courtesy of the South Carolina hoodlum and his pals, Toro Y Moi.

These cats put together a little mini free show for the salad eaters and bystanders at ¬†Sweetgreen on P and 14th this afternoon. This has got to be one of the chillest crews we’ve ever seen, just noming froyo and setting up on a 64 degree DC day with not a cloud in the sky. Spring swag.

Oh yeah, bout to get heavy right here. There’s a Canon 7D behind all those bmx grips.

The neighborhood showed up in force for this one, from grannies to hipters and everything in between. Check these fly kicks.

oh yeah.Look at that smile.

This is Ennui reminding you to enjoy the weather when you still can. Also to bump Underneath the Pine whenever you feel like chillin’ real hard. Such an rad record.

Studio Visit: Kelly Towles

A couple weeks ago we hit up Kelly Towles for a little studio visit and interview (still editing, soon to come). Hopefully we can start doing these with a little more frequency; seeing an artist’s workspace in general is always sick. You get a sense of placement and wonder at how stuff gets done, ideas get implemented and in this case, the sheer amount of cans this guy has got stockpiled.

Towles’ studio and pad is nestled among DC’s historic rowhouses a few blocks from Rhode Island Ave. and 1st St.

In one phrase, Kelly Towles is on his grind. Pulling in mural jobs, personal contracts and gallery gigs across the board. Mtn. cans in the bedroom…

Kelly works heavily with a lot of found materials, and his small workspace/studio is crammed with salvaged wood, tools, doors, boxes, paint and even his own screen-printing set up. Now put all that in about a 12ft. x 12ft. space.

These old gloves are sick. While the area might seem cluttered at first glance, everything has its place, and instead of items being placed haphazardly, shelving, tables and self-built racks keeps everything organized.

Kelly manages several murals sponsored and paid for by the city. While keeping a mural up might be difficult, he told us he’s got the necessary cans earmarked three times over… and then some.

Keeping it old school… you just don’t see the Mac Pro under the table.

In a city like DC, space is definitely a commodity, especially when your working on the scale that Kelly has been for the past years. But this is what being on your grind is all about. There is a hardworking, blue-collar aesthetic to his work area, from the foamed floors to the projects that are strewn throughout the room. Drills, hammers, saws and just a huge variety of tools, brushes and pens keeps this guy truckin’.

Check out Kelly’s work at his website, and expect a new landing page dropping in the near, near future. In the meantime, we dig the perspective that this cat brings to a city that people seem hard-pressed to rep. Towles definitely kept it real with us in terms of talking about his own experiences and how such a transient city provides opportunities for art and culture to flourish.

Keeping watch. Kelly, thanks for the tour and the words. We’ll be putting up a short video soon on Kelly’s thoughts and experiences.

Shop Visit: Durkl

The beltway isn’t just about business and politics. You wouldn’t think it, but nestled a few blocks from Massachuesetts Ave. and 4th St. is the studio, warehouse and storefront of one of DC’s premier streetwear and workwear brands: Durkl.

Whereas New York, The Bay or Tokyo each have their own streetwear tone and vibe, Durkl relishes in keeping their collections and aesthetic innately DC. Their storefront and warehouse area is a converted taxi hub, and the older style garage doors, protruding pipes and corroding blue brick, combined with the modern, minimalistic branding, really adds layers to the whole experience.

The foyer area was recently converted into a chill-ass sitting room, with comfy couches, skateboards and some fine photography. Wires, piping, and whitewall give it that 1970s DC feeling. Walk down any side street in Chinatown and you’ll get the same vibe.

Perhaps one of the biggest boons for the brand and recent collections is the tight-knit relationship between DC messengers and bike culture, and Durkl. Their recent collaboration with Ortlieb produced one of the sickest messenger backpacks yet. Swag. Peep the floor space and product:

Durkl recently introduced their denim line, featuring raw selvedge in a classic fit. Let us pitch you the collection like this. American workwear is a huge part of streetwear whether you’re going east or west coast, and Durkl does it right with tasteful pieces, attention to detail, and choosing strong, rigid designs that are meant to be worn and thrashed. Hell, the selvedge denim cap that we nabbed for the rainy ride home was just what we needed on an ugly day.

When you work closely with messengers, style sometimes comes after utilitarianism. All these pieces, from this spring’s rain jacket to the new denim line betrays that mentality- an attention to detail, and articles meant to be used and abused, but still stylish and swaggin’ hard. And of course, it’s produced 20 feet from where it’s displayed.

But let’s take a step back, because we aren’t necessarily about the fashion, the end product or the aesthetic. In the future, we’ll hopefully be taking a deeper look at Durkl’s process and bringing you a more intimate perspective into the mentality behind this brand and collection.

In the meantime, shout-outs to Malcolm for the warm welcome and dialogue, and the whole Durkl family for bringing a DC take to workwear and streetwear. Big ups guys, and we are killin’ em with that denim camper cap. Hit up the Durkl shop if you’re in the area for some fine handmade goods.