Expect next week’s link-o-rama to be a big one. It’s mid-term week at school. Speaking of school, I’m organizing an artist residency for young artists at my college. If you are between 18 and 24 and could use $350 to do something creative, I hope you’ll consider applying for the Haverford College Undergraduate Artist Residency. Here’s what has been going on this week off Vandalog:
Remember that beautiful Barry McGee piece in Sydney that we mentioned two weeks ago? That wall of tags? Turns out he wasn’t supposed to paint that, so it’s getting removed. He was meant to, and did, paint another wall, but not the wall that he tagged. Officially, this was an honest mistake and an unfortunate case of confusion on McGee’s part, but if you had a cherry picker or a scissor lift and some extra paint, how would you spend your nights?
Dalek & Delta is the latest show at Elms Lesters in London, and of course it is a two person show with James Marshall aka Dalek and Boris Tellegen aka Delta. It’s open now and a great show for lovers of geometry.
I’ve got a book about Dalek sitting on my desk and just a few weeks ago saw some very cool work from Delta in Paris, so I’m glad to finally announce that these two artists will be doing 2 person show at Elms Lesters later this month. Dalek’s progression from graffiti to Murakami like precession and his ability to create new worlds is rivalled in street art only by perhaps KAWS, and Delta’s work just needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. The detail is too great for any jpeg to ever explain. This show should be a real treat.
Here are all the details from Elms Lesters:
28 August – 26 September 2009
Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm, Thursdays ’til 8pm
This exhibition brings together two International painters of magnitude.
James Marshall, aka DALEK, who currently lives in Carolina, and Amsterdam based Boris Tellegen, aka DELTA, are both masters of their handling of colour and texture.
Marshall, who spent a year as an assistant to Takashi Murakami, has developed and honed a technique of meticulously applying flat blocks of colour, whilst playing with shapes and exaggerated optical perspectives.
“Two changes in technique have recently allowed DALEK to ratchet the spatial complexity up a notch. In linear terms, there’s an increased overlapping between forms whilst, in colour terms, subverting the light-to-dark or conversely dark-to-light build-up of tonal depth by interjecting chop-change colour values at will across the picture plane to break up conventional recession “ Ben Jones – art historian
Conversely, Tellegen is constantly experimenting with his his complex ‘architectural’ paintings, collages and 3D sculptural wall pieces, discovering, through his use of colour and references to urban decay, how to play with perspectives through the build up of textures and shadows.
“There’s an openness in DELTA’s practice to organic breakdown which might at first seem antithetical to the precision of his work’s apparently precise graphic underpinning. Thinking back to one of his street pieces, with the moss proliferating and gradually covering the relief, helps point up in a rare natural example a key conceptual theme for DELTA throughout: the organic system and its threat to subsume the man-made.” Ben Jones – art historian
Private View: Thursday 27th August between 6 – 9pm
Went to Elms Lesters on Thursday for the opening of Ron English’s first UK solo show, and I was pretty impressed. Although I’m not as big of a Ron English fan as some people, there were definitely a few pieces that stood out for me.
Christmas is only days away, and I know I’ve still got shopping to do. If you’re like me and you’ve got street art fans that you’ve still got to buy gifts for, look no futher.
1. The Elms Lesters Book – £175: Elms Lesters has released this giant book just in time for Christmas. They’ve been working on it for years, and I can see why. There are photos from all their major exhibitions over the years, and interviews with some of their best known artists conducted by art historian Ben Jones.
2. Keith Haring – $63: Another mammoth street art book. A team including Jeffrey Deitch of Deitch Projects have made the definitive book on Keith Haring.
3. Bomb It – $19.95: I’ve actually put this on my Christmas list, so I haven’t seen it yet, but everybody I’ve talked to has said this movie is great. This documentary goes through the history of graffiti, from cave paintings in Pompeii to the modern day.
4. Style Wars – $24.99: The original graffiti documentary, and a must-have for any fan’s collection. This film helped to define 80’s graffiti.
5. Subway Art – $14.96: Like Style Wars, a classic book on graffiti. Martha Cooper’s photographs influenced a generation of writers.
Tonight, Elms Lesters Painting Rooms is launching their 502-page behemoth of a book as part of a group show featuring the artists in the book. So far, I’ve only had a chance to skim through the book, but expect a full review this weekend.
Artists with work in this show (which runs through December 20th) include Dalek, Futura, Anthony Lister, Adam Neate, and others.
If you’ve never been to Elms Lesters before, this is the time to start. What I’ve realized about this gallery is that whether you like the artists’ subject matter or not (and usually I do), everyone shown at Elms Lesters is an amazing painter.