Os Gemeos

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 29, 2010 by Gesamtkunstwerk!

Os Gemeos (Portugese for “the Twins”) were born in 1974 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. There style of street art has evolved from American style graffiti to character based wall murals that have seen them become the world kings of urban fine art. Isolated from the world wide explosion of traditional graffiti during the early eighties Sao Paolo developed its own style and techniques. The brothers, who telepathically work in tandem have created a mythical set of characters and a imaginative world called Tritrez based on both there own ideas and Brazilian folklore.   They were recently exhibited at The Black Rats Press in East London alongside Keith Haring, John Michel Basquaite, Banksy and Shepard Fairy as part of there “Nows The Time” exhibition.

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Kenneth Anger

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2010 by Gesamtkunstwerk!

Recently popped into Sprueth Magers uber-cool gallery on Grafton Street W1. They had a Kenneth Anger exhibition on and it was pretty mind blowing. Anger is a pioneer in avante-garde cinema, devoid of dialogue his films are pre-occupied with homosexual imagery, occultist symbolism and bright opulent colours that give the viewer a heightened feeling of sensuality.

The particular film showing in the main room was the 1969 “Invocation for My Demon Brother.”  Focussing on the dark side of the 1960s images of Vietnam and the hippy movement are jarringly edited into a hypnotic montage featuring Aleister Crowley, Anton LaVey and a synthesised sound track by Mick Jagger. To put it quite simply Anger is a visionary and watching his films is like taking LSD only more surreal.

Baker Overstreet

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2010 by Gesamtkunstwerk!

Totally cool New York artist with breathtakingly hip name Gesamtkunstwerk! loves Baker Overstreet.

Day-glo colours and a mixture of Aztec symmetry and space-craft like shapes and patterns: its futuristic for sure and yet quite clearly has its roots in a more ancient form of expression.

Fantastic Planet

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2010 by Gesamtkunstwerk!

Last night on sky arts I stumbled across this trippy piece of animation from 1973 called Fantastic Planet or, in its home tongue “Planete  Sauvage.”  Directed by French artist Rene Laloux – who had previously made films designed to measure the attention span of schizophrenics – and production design by Roland Topor the film depicts a future in which human beings known as Oms have been bought back to the Draags home planet where they are kept as pets, in collars.  The Draags are an alien race, like the notorious Greys of ufology they are humanoids but they are a hundred times larger than humans with blue skin and huge saucer shaped eyes.

Although the Oms are kept as pets some have escaped and live wild and are routinely exterminated by the Draags as if they were vermin.

The film, I guess, is an exercise in surrealist imagery and to this end it is simply incredible, especially for its time. It is beautifully conceived and coupled with the sound track is simply hypnotic. The Draags meditate throughout the film and overall the general mood of the film is one of  otherworldliness.

Thematically perhaps it shows us how things might look if the tables were turned and humans were superseded by a more intelligent or powerful life form. Stephen Hawkins has recently stated in the press that he has no doubt whatsoever that aliens are out there and, based on the way human beings have treated lifeforms less powerful than themselves, he hopes to  God they never find us.

Russell Young

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2010 by Gesamtkunstwerk!

Russell Youngs screen prints have been called derivative but theres no denying the fact that strong iconography and bold colours capture peoples attention. Somewhere between pop art and kitsch Young’s Warhol inspired diamond dust images aim to capture the dichotomy of Rock and Roll, Hollywood and Fame.

Its thought provoking stuff, aesthetically pleasing one minute then stomach churning the next. An intrusive shot of Kurt Cobain’s corpse taken by journalists from a tree outside his home  probably best explains what Russell is trying to say about the role of the modern celebrity  and it s seedy underbelly and the reality of the Rock n Roll Dream.

Mark Evans

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2010 by Gesamtkunstwerk!

Mark Evans is unique among artists in that he carves iconography into leather with knives. Its primal, extremely time consuming – each image takes between two and three months to execute – and incredibly photo-realistic. He discovered the technique whilst removing blood from his biker jacket with a blade. Epiphany over Mark then set to work creating images steeped in masculinity and reeking of cool Americana.

Celebrity collectors aside Mark is best known for his million dollar commissions for Russian Oligarchs. It was recently reported in the Telegraph that Mark charged $17’500 per square foot to deck out a certain someones yacht in floral leather wallpaper.

His first London show “Skin Deep”can be seen at Scream Gallery, Mayfair until the 8th May.