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Kaws Interview

Posted in News with tags , , , on September 2, 2010 by wallkandy

KAWS’ collaboration with Dos Equis has become one of the most talked about partnerships in recent months. KAWS’ who rarely gives video interviews has given this 2 part interview while the New York based artist visits Mexico City for the launch of his exclusive Beer packaging.

Via Slamxhype

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Interview with Faile – Deluxx Fluxx New York City

Posted in Art, Artist Interviews, News, Shows, Events & Venues with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2010 by stuey09

Take a walk down Allen Street in New York’s lower East Side and you might just reawaken nostalgic memories from a misspent youth.  Brooklyn based artists Faile, in a joint collaboration with Bast, have put together Deluxx Fluxx, a neon feast of video arcade machines and images that transcends back to the days when this area was immersed in its graffiti culture.  Faile took some time out to discuss the inspiration for this show.

The inspiration was really just 80’s arcades. I would think we wasted many years popping tokens and zoning out to 8-bit graphics but now it somehow feels the circle is complete. We had the chance to do a small show at Laz’s space with only a few months notice and we immediately thought of collaborating with Bast. It had been 5 years since our last show together so it really felt like time to create something together again. The idea came about very organically. It was really only supposed to be a small show but the idea grew and we went for it.

The show at Lazarides in London was well received, but had they learned anything from that event which may have influenced any changes for the NYC show?

After doing the show in London, we learned a lot and had so much of the groundwork built to do the show again. There was a real sense of joy in seeing people interact with the work in this way and that was the whole point of the show from the beginning. We wanted to bring it to NYC and it was something we wanted to do on our own. Just to make it happen, much like our street art. We knew we wanted to create new machines here, to make it a new experience but the same style show. One of the main changes was the neon. We went with something a little brighter for NYC. Other than that we built on what we already knew.

The installations offer visitors an opportunity to interact with the artwork, not only via the arcade machines, but also with a neon football (foosball) game.  Furthermore a completely new set of machines have been used for the New York exhibition. However a couple of images appear similar to art from previous works.  How did Faile feel about the notion that using older images isn’t offering up anything significantly new or progressive?

I think in terms of the machine there is only one classic Faile image, being the Monster. The Fashion Chimps really never had a full image of their own so that is something new we’ve worked. But in a broader context, I think it’s very akin, as much of the work is, to the visual tapestry of New York City. There are bits and pieces that you associate with, relate to and come to love on a variety of levels. All these little elements help define your relationship to the city. In a way, this is how the Faile images have become to us. It’s something that has a time and a place in our work. It’s like a character in a story that is slowly unfolding. You don’t quite realize its place until you start to see its relationships with others. The images act as icons within this context and are central to the long-term work of Faile, evolving and growing within its relationships to the newer works.

Also, we don’t release these images as prints anymore they only appear as bits and pieces in final works. Classic images do still show up in the tapestry of installations but these are not pieces for sale. I will say though we are still exploring older images in the way of sculptures as this is a medium we are serious about and feel it relates to our vision of the images and icons that are created.

To coincide with the Lazarides Deluxx Fluxx show in Greek Street, the gallery also showed a retrospective exhibition of Faile’s work at Rathbone Place, which showed the breadth of Faile’s work over the previous 10 years.  However looking forward, Faile are as enthusiastic as ever and revealed the following hints for what’s coming up in the near future

A large sculpture project this summer and a painting show later this Fall with Perry Rubenstein in NYC. There are a few other projects we’ve been working on that we will show through the web and offer an exhibit online before showing it physically. We will be releasing a book of prints and originals that span a decade of Faile this Fall.

All New York City photos with thanks to Patrick/Faile

Further London set up and show pictures here

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Black In Black Show – Mark Jenkins & Tim Conlon

Posted in Art, Artist Interviews, Artists, Shows, Events & Venues with tags , , , , on April 23, 2010 by wallkandy

Mark Jenkins Interview


Tim Conlon and Mark Jenkins are currently collaborating for an exhibition of paintings and installations at Washington DC’s The Fridge.  They’ve fused their intelligent take on humour to produce some tidy artwork that demands appreciation.

We caught up with Mark to discuss this latest venture and asked how the collaboration came about?

Tim is a graffiti artist who is a good friend of mine. We’ve talked about doing a gallery collaboration for the past couple years but hadn’t found a good time/venue until now. It was a great experience. Merging our styles I learned a lot about color and form and working out ideas with another artist. I used to play in a band and so this was for me like going back to that. I think we’ll do more projects together in the future.

Mark is renowned for his street installations such as the Storker Project and Embed Series, which make full use of their settings in order to maximize effect.  The same satisfaction must be much more difficult to achieve within the restrictions of a gallery setting perhaps?

It’s never quite the same because the gallery is devoid of inherent context. There is nothing to integrate to, nothing to become a part of…which is what my work is all about. So this time, to create some tension we developed a character “The Blaster” to react to the art by puking pink paint on it.

The show has been well received by critics and enthusiasts, with positive reviews supporting the show’s efforts. However, it’s always interesting to establish how the artist feels about exhibiting their work and their personal experience of a show.  Mark attended the opening night and revealed his deep rooted enthusiasm for health and safety.

I went to the opening and my family and friends and people I’d never met before seemed happy enough about it. There was one large tongue sculpture on the ground that a lot of people were tripping over. The gallery owner wanted it to be moved but I thought that having this piece become a hidden surprise was good for the show’s energy even if it spilled a few drinks. So I was happy about all of it.

Black in Black

Tim Conlon & Mark Jenkins

April 10 – May 9, 2010

Location:

The Fridge DC

516 8th St SE (Rear Alley)

Washington DC 20003

www.thefridgedc.com

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