I recently went to see the Keith Haring exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and was blown away by the skill and patience behind the creation of these seemingly simple artworks. Watching the video of his performance “Painting Myself Into a Corner” I was reminded of the significant role that Process plays in creating these pieces.
After my Haring experience I decided to look back into the work of Luke Ramsey, a Canadian artist I have been following for some time. I first discovered Luke through his collaborative efforts with the clothing and lifestyle brand Lifetime Collective. His work, as I had correctly remembered, bears a strong resemblance to Haring’s.
Ramsey’s and Haring’s drawings are so pleasing to the eye but the idea that each line is a result of the movement of hand and arm leads me to believe they are more concerned with the Process of creating the drawings rather than the final outcome.
The playful repetition reminds me that I need to just doodle more and be patient and let things happen. Let the combination of movement and subconscious take over and decide what comes. It’s so organic and flowing, it’s hard to imagine it as planned in advance, rather one can’t help but think he makes it all up as he goes along. This is an approach I admire as it requires a great amount of patience and taps into meditation allowing the simplest joy of creating to come to the surface. Because that’s what its all about for me. As an artist, creation should bring me happiness. I look forward to experimenting with this in my own work.
Really stoked on this new Matthew Dear track that was released today, it’s like a huge breath of air after being held underwater. Black City is a great album but I found I could only really listen to it at certain times, very dark and muggy. If this track is any indication of what Beams has to offer I look forward to hearing a brighter record, more apt for the summertime. If you are in the NYC area on July 21st head over to the MoMA PS1 Warm Up party in Long Island City to catch his DJ set alongside Sepalcure and others, it should be a good one.
I was a bit disappointed when J. Tillman announced he was leaving Fleet Foxes for the “gaping maw of obscurity.” Any concern has since gone out the window. Fear Fun combines the harmonic howling of his one-time band with a bit of country twang and some old fashioned foot stomping roadhouse R&R. This is heartfelt music with a playful side that makes you want to hit the open road. “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” is a good introduction to the seasoned batch of tunes that make up his full length LP. Plus you get to watch Aubrey Plaza spitting flowers and blood and smoking weed out of an apple.
Further proving that Australia is among the weirdest/coolest/most beautiful places in the world is this great video for the Aussie disco-pop outfit Canyons. A few sunsets and countless interesting faces lure you through an intense visual experience that I can only imagine perfectly captures the essence of life down under. The breezy current of found and bespoke footage flows along nicely with the track, only to come to an abrupt end leaving you feeling as though you awoke suddenly from the best dream ever. Time to book my flight.
The brilliant photographer/director Neil Krug magically creates a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles in this clip for Sumach Ecks’ (aka Gonjasufi) The Blame. Somehow managing to evacuate every human being in the city, Krug ironically depicts Ecks as the lone Armageddon survivor despite his sinful confessions. Although there is a mild despair to be heard in his crooked croon, he seems to have found solace amid the burning stoplights and sand-filled streets. A brief moment of euphoria on an otherwise gloomy record, Ecks’ murky vocals are juxtaposed ably with chord progressions from cloud nine. MU.ZZ.LE (co-produced by Ecks) is out now on Warp.
So it’s a bit gloomy out and I’m sitting in my room with a glass of iced tea longing for summer and love songs. Fortunately I’ve been lucky enough to stumble upon TV Girl’s new mixtape “The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle” With a modernized, retro sound TV Girl are channeling the 50’s and 60’s through their drum machines and samplers while maintaining a unique and interesting style all their own. Full of catchy melodies and just plain old fun songs this California duo’s mix has brought a smile to my face and bit of sunshine into my day, I hope they can do the same for you.