As you may have seen mentioned on my Twitter, I’ve been working with a few artists that I admire to make a series of t-shirts.
Today, the first three in a line of Vandalog t-shirts are available online. All three are designs are artworks by people that I admire. These aren’t your standard artist collaborations though. There are a few things that make these shirts unique. Yes, Vandalog now has a clothing label, but nowhere on these t-shirts will you find the Vandalog name. This project was conceived as being about the artists as much as possible. Additionally, these aren’t the sort of thing that you’ll find 40 of in every Urban Outfitters throughout the world. There are less than shirts 40 with each design in the world. That was intentional. These t-shirts are screenprints, except that they were printed on fabric instead of paper and they aren’t signed by the artists. Luckily, all these shirts are significantly cheaper than screenprints on paper, at $30 each plus shipping.
Faro’s shirt is an edition of 34. Faro is a mummy-obsessed artist and graffiti writer who you may have seen around New York City. His graffiti is cool and it’s how we at Vandalog first heard about Faro, but his drawings are what really sets him apart, which is why Faro’s shirt is based on this drawing.
Labrona sent over some photos of what he’s been up to recently. Labrona have some work at Moniker next month in the Campbarbossa booth, so if we’re lucky, maybe he’ll be over in London for that as well. Oh and the billboard below was painted along with Other, who is one of the three artists to contribute a design to a line of Vandalog t-shirts that I’ll be launching soon (more info in the coming weeks).
I really do love art books, and not just because they look pretty on my shelves, but they are usually the only artist works I can actually afford to purchase. First up, is Aussie Anthony Lister, whose book release is the thirteenth installment of publisher Macmillan’s “Mini Art Series.” With gallery shows popping up left and right internationally from one of my favorite artists, Lister’s latest release comes out a perfect time. To buy it visit Metro Gallery
Photo via Metro Gallery
On a different note, the other new release this month is from Canadian graffiti artist Other. Experimenting with wheat pasting, photography, and collage, Other put together an incredible collection of his best work in one of the prettiest bound covers I have ever seen. To purchase, visit Anteism. To see a video flipbook preview visit Senses Lost.
Other has been pretty active on flickr recently, with a number of new outdoor and indoor pieces these last few weeks. Both paintings are for sale, so you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Every serious art show should have a theme, subject, or a suggestive title. This show does all that but it also makes an exception. The title doesn’t refer to a specific subject or theme, but tries to say something about the works of every artist who takes part in this show, about the strange gathering of a few people from different parts of the world, different backgrounds, experiences and styles, who want to meet and show their works and paint together. And it also tries not to say too much…
The works of each of the 8 artists in the show, have a more or less obvious magical, fantastical component or feeling: the geometrical, almost abstract fantastical characters of 1010, the intricate world populated by chubby cute creatures of Aitch, the paintings/collages of pop characters, crude colors, hyper realistic landscapes and potraits of Juan Carlos Noria, the expressionistic compositions of characters grouped almost like in magical processions in the works of Labrona, the delicious multi eyed/handed/faced monstrous characters of Noper, the magical mix of realistic portraits, intricate colorful patterns and grotesque members in Other’s characters, the dreamy/nightmarish characters or pencil drawn animations of Produkt and the colorful backgrounds, mystical graphical signs and the cute or grotuesque fantastical creatures of Saddo.
Also, the 8 artists are somehow connected to each other – either they met at some point in their lives, lived in the same city or worked together before in different formations;, but never all of them appeared in the same show, under this line-up – and now they are brought together not through the powers of hazard or fate, but almost…as if by magic.
You may have already seen this interview with Labrona at Bombing Science, but if not, it’s a nice read and after reading it, I thought I’d find a few photos of Labrona‘s work with his friend Other. They both paint portraits on trains, and although they have very different styles, I think they work well next to each other. For those who aren’t familiar with Labrona and Other, Labrona is on the left in these first two pictures, and Other is on the right.