A tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan @LeQuivive Gallery, Oakland

Last Friday, September 26th, Oakland's own LeQuivive Gallery and founder Michael Broberg hosted an epic show that covers a group of different disciplines around one very influential concept. Champagne Tigers, curated by Hunter De La Ghetto, is a tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan and all of the ways that they have influenced culture as we know it.  And Oakland definitely showed up for this as the gallery was packed out. Tattooer Dana James (Eye of the Tiger Tattoo) brought in an amazing series of paintings done in a traditional Japanese back piece fashion that incorporated each member of the Wu with their own specific iconography as well as legendary traditional Japanese symbols and images. 

John Felix Arnold III (whose solo exhibition "No Destination" opens this Friday at FFDG) created four conceptual sculpture pieces and one a full blown installation, ranging from a Bullet Proof Wallet (see Ghostface Killah's 3rd solo album) to the the Wu-Tang logo done in his signature found food assemblage panelling style, to a replica of the instruments in the actual Torture skit on "Enter the 36 Chambers".

Ken Davis, prolific sign painter and Bay Area artist, brought 8 masterfully painted and hand made signs that truly blew the crowd away, one an homage to the timeless track "C.R.E.A.M." that is still played at pretty much any party you will go to to this day.  And Sean Gillespie (Old Crow Tattoo) absolutely killed it with nine beautifully rendered illustrative paintings of each of the original members.  The crowd response was amazing and just in time for the Wu's Saturday night performance at the Warfield in SF.  Talk about a Wu-Tang Weekend.  Go see this show before it comes down if you couldn't make the opening, especially if the music of the Wu-Tang Clan has played any part in your life.  These artists will continue to cook up some marvelous shit to keep your mouth watering.  Show runs through October 18th. -The New Dirty Bastard

LeQuivive Gallery
1525 Webster St. Btw 16th&17th
Oakland, CA

 

Studio Visit w/ Carl Krull

Copenhagen --- Our buddy Henrik Haven swung through the attic studio of Dutch artist Carl Krull last week before the opening of his solo show "Seismic" at Copenhagen's V1 Gallery.

The studio, atop an accent building in downtown Copenhagen, overlooks old rooftops, towers and the inner harbor of Copenhagen. Many other artists have throughout the history lived and worked here, for example Emil Nolde. Great studio and even better works.


10/3 - John Felix Arnold III @FFDG

Here's a little taste as we gear up for John Felix Arnold III's opening at FFDG on Friday, Oct 3rd.

John Felix Arnold III, solo show
“No Destination”

October 3 – November 1, 2014
Opening reception: Fri., October 3rd (6-9pm) 

Preview inquiries: info@ffdg.net

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Paintings by Amy Bennett

Love these paintings by Amy Bennett who works with Richard Heller in LA. Born 1977, Maine. 2002 MFA New York Academy of Art. 

Bennett’s paintings of fictional narratives explore themes of fragility, isolation and vulnerability. As a still life for each painting Bennett builds a detailed 3D model. The paintings are representations of a miniaturized world playing at reality, depicting suspenseful scenes in which something meaningful could happen at any moment.

Inside Amy Bennett's studio.

Inside Amy Bennett's studio.


The Miami Marine Stadium Mural Project

This weekend Miami Marine Stadium Mural Project has a painting session with Crash, The London Police, Ron English, Tristan Eaton and Logan Hicks.

The goal of the Miami Marine Stadium Mural Project  project is to raise funds for the restoration of the Miami Marine Stadium, creating a park-like space for visitors and locals to enjoy, without the agenda of a corporate sponsor.

Located on the Virginia Key in Miami, Florida, it was the first stadium built specifically for powerboat racing in the United States. The 6,566 seat stadium was built in 1963 with passive design principles, using strategic shade that cooled 100% of the seats naturally by shade, on land donated by the Matheson family. It was designed by Hilario Candela, then a 28-year-old recent immigrant from Cuba.

In 1992 Hurricane Andrew struck the Miami-Dade County area. Engineers for the City condemned the structure. Since that time the Stadium has been allowed to sit with no attempt at maintenance. Graffiti artists have been drawn to the stadium and its architecture. Architect Candela has embraced the fact that artists have found a new use for the stadium he designed and has welcomed the art that covered it's walls. 

On February 20, 2008, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium was formed, a group supporting the restoration of the stadium. Since then, much progress has been made, including the designation of the stadium and basin as a historic place by Miami’s Historic Preservation and Environmental Board in 2008. It has also been recognized as an architectural masterpiece by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and World Monuments Fund.

Estimated cost to renovate the stadium is $30 million dollars.

One of the many approaches for raising funds is to include artists who have used this stadium as their canvas over the years. While the city forgot about the stadium, artists continued to embrace it, illegally painting while the city left it to decay. Artists who occupied this stadium are an integral part to the history of the stadium, so before the restoration process begins  they will open their doors to selected artists to paint. Artists have been chosen on a local, national and international basis.

Doze and Risk

Doze and Risk

Doze Painting

Doze Painting

"The Otherworldly" by Evan Mann

A few years ago FF published my film Real Ethereal, which later went on to win Best Experimental Short at the Slamdance Film Festival as it screened at film festivals internationally. You were the first blog to share it and I wanted to thank you for this:)

I recently let my latest film, The Otherworldly, go public and wanted to share it with you. -Evan Mann

Thanks for emailing, Evan. Another great short and appreciate the kind words.

Urban Nation's Project M/5, Berlin

BERLIN --- Last month we showed you some pics from behind the scenes of Berlin's Urban Nation and forgot to show you the completed murals by Above, David Walker, Klone Yourself and Don John plus indoor walls/pieces by Anders Gjennestad aka Strøk, James Bullough, 45rpm, Yohnagao, Eli Troinin and Bosoletti. Better late than never. Photos: Henrik Haven