How to Block a Surveillance Camera: A DIY Art Tutorial from Ai Weiwei by Maria Popova

A wine opener usage George Orwell would approve of.

“When things get tough,” Neil Gaiman advised on in his fantastic commencement address on the creative life“this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art.” One could easily extrapolate, “Big Brother on your ass — make good art.” Amidst recent outcries against the present-day surveillance state we live in, what else is there to do but make good art? Cue in celebrated Chinese artist, provocateur, and human rights championAi Weiwei. From Do It: The Compendium (public library) — the fantastic collection of famous artists’ wide-ranging instructionals for art anyone can make based on 20 years of legendary curator and provocateur Hans Ulrich Obrist’s project of the same title, which also gave us David Lynch’s tutorial on how to make a Ricky Board — comes this antiauthoritarian creative project from Ai Weiwei, a DIY way to stick it — spray it, rather — to Big Brother:

Babylon Falling

because for some reason I can’t repost from this tumblr.


Superchief Gives L.A. Its Culture Fix

Superchief Goes West | VICE United States

Superchief Goes West With a Truckload of NYC Culture - ANIMAL

Superchief Gallery is proud to announce the GRAND OPENING and group show at its brand new Downtown Los Angeles location, opening May 15 and running through July 31. This is Superchief’s west coast debut, largest group show yet and most ambitious undertaking since curating 52 week-long shows on the Lower East Side in New York last year.This year, the gallery has gone bi-coastal. As we continue curating exhibitions in the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn, Superchief Gallery is bringing it’s unique community of New York artists to Los Angeles. Like in New York, the DTLA space will host a wide range of community based events against the backdrop of art exhibitions, such as screenings, lectures, parties, artist residencies, releases and more. We’re excited to bring Superchief Gallery’s brand of visually engaging art to a Los Angeles audience, many of whom will be seeing our our community of artists’ work for the first time. Superchief Gallery L.A. is based in an enormous 4,000 sq. ft warehouse which presents the opportunity to go bigger and better than ever before.Additionally, the May 15 opening will feature an exclusive print release with work from The Yok & Sheryo, Alexander Heir, David Cook, Ron Wimberly, Lee Trice, and Metro Zu.We’re excited to be presenting the work of some extremely talented and upcoming artists including:SWOON – One of the most acclaimed NYC-based street artists, she just opened her solo exhibition Submerged Motherlands at the Brooklyn Museum in April. She is best known for her delicately crafted and detailed prints which she has been wheat pasting and collaging into the urban landscape around the world for over a decade. She is also well known for her Swimming Cities project that took her around the world with her friends on sculpted art rafts. The voyage is documented in photos in Superchief’s L.A. debut by NYC-based photographer Tod Seelie.COBY KENNEDY - Assault rifle vending machines and Brooklyn street signs re-appropriated into weapons are staples of the afro-futurist narrative Coby Kennedy develops with his work. He also spent six years in Japan designing concept cars for Honda before returning to the United States to begin making art for a living. Superchief Gallery’s L.A. debut will feature an 11 foot wide painting as well as new dystopian street weaponry from the artist.MIGUEL OVALLE - With work ranging from 3d interpretations of graffiti to photographic experimentation of light and distortion, Ovalle’s wide range of work reflects his brilliance in the field of design. He even built himself a custom mutant fixed gear bicycle that blends seamlessly with his distinct brand of typography and aesthetics. This year Miguel Ovalle’s talents were appreciated professionally when he was hired as art director for fashion brands Alife and Supreme.Located at 739 Kohler St (btwn 7th and 8th Street in Downtown LA)We have a massive Warehouse in Downtown LA and we will be showing the work of:Alexander HeirAndrew PonerosBen PierBill DunleavyBill McRightBrock FetchCameron MichelCoby KennedyDavid CookDennis McNettDilek BaykaraEdwin De LaRosaEd ZipcoEddy SegalEsteban De ValleJane ChardietJasmin BellJohn Felix Arnold IIIJosh FredikisJoygill MoriahJustin SmithKat DeeLee TriceLofty 305Lil KoolLuke MontesLucien ShapiroMarlin PreussMax EisenbergMiguel OvalleMike DianaNate Igor SmithNathan Alexander BrownPaul KwiatkowskiPrettypukePoshgodRon WimberlySerra Victoria Bothwell FelsSergio Barrios El HaseSuga SlimSwoonTodd FisherTod SeelieTony BonesVashti WindishVinnie Smith

Palace Guard detail | Ludwig Deutsch

Hey estrellavega…a painting (one of many) of a black moor by a “19th century (Austrian) German” …jew.

A Window, Not a Mirror -

"How much does the cash-drunk New York art industry care about racism, neocolonialism, wanton consumption, persistent sexism, environmental spoilage or any other global realities? Next to not at all. How much does the same industry care about big, superbly made objects that pleasure the eye? Hugely.

For the past decade and a half, the artist Wangechi Mutu has been combining both elements — unpopular content and desirable form — in a series of magnetic, salon-size figurative collages that are as politically nuanced as they are visually ravishing.”

Blogging My Art Through the Years with Ron Husband: Early days at the studio...

"…Though other Americans of African decent had worked at the studio, Mike McKinney and I were the first to be on track to be animators, and Disney was making sure the world knew it.  This publicity shot went to magazines and newspapers across the country.  

The article is from this February 1978 issue of Ebony Magazine. “