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Mar142015

Sam Falls at Ballroom Marfa

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—01. Video still from Untitled (Now), 2014.

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Considering Marfa's size, there's always an inordinate amount of interesting contemporary creative expression happening in the tiny, out-of-the-way artist’s community made famous by Donald Judd. Ballroom Marfa, founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization and arts space, is currently involved in two such events. The first is an exhibition of new works from the multidisciplinary artist Sam Falls that feature sound, video, sculptural and wall works which address his consistent investigation of time and transformation. Falls states, in relation to the works he’s created, "I was taken by Donald Judd’s outdoor work Untitled (15 Works in Concrete) at the Chinati Foundation, impressed by how fixed and changeless the works appear compared to the landscape and passing time. As a result I have created several works based off of my love for minimal form but replaced its defiance of nature with an integration of the environment and change. It should prove to be an exciting visual experience to see these pieces in a dynamic relationship to Judd’s works.” Alongside the opening of this exhibition, the venue is also co-presenting the Marfa Myths Festival with New York-based label Mexican Summer from March 13th to 15th. In its second year, with the likes of Grouper, Dev Hynes, Steve Gunn and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma on the bill, the festival’s roster is impressive enough to warrant a spur-of-the-moment trip to this high desert art oasis.  

Ballroom Marfa

Saturday
Mar142015

Design Furniture from Italy

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01. Cover.
02. Interior spread.

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Highlighting a broad range of pieces from 1950 to 1980, including the work of Roberto Menghi and Mario Bellini, among others, Design Furniture from Italy is a re-edition of the catalog featured in an exhibition held between November 29th, 1980 and January 25th, 1981 at the Köln Stadt Museum in Germany.

Available from Table of Contents

Friday
Mar132015

Kamau Amu Patton at Callicoon Fine Arts

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Callicoon Fine Arts
49 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002
March 1 – March 29, 2015

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Another artist from the Callicoon Fine Arts roster will appear in the pages of our forthcoming twelfth issue, but the Lower East Side gallery's current show by artist Kamau Amu Patton is also worth bringing to your attention. Personally, I'm looking forward to returning to New York next week, after the intense magazine production schedule, and unwinding my mind by standing in front of glitches, canvases, wires, static, feedback and wall-mounted hardware. I've very recently embraced wiring as an art form. In a world of wifi and wireless, it's amazing how many things still require plugging in. And the desire by many to hide away the tangle of bright cords and power supplies surely says something about our ever-growing collective OCD. At home I've found myself staring at the wires coming from the stereo, snaking behind the television and admiring their unintentional sculptural form. Pretentious, I know. But with this in mind, Patton's first solo show with Callicoon offers another representation of technology as art.

Callicoon Fine Arts

Friday
Mar132015

PF Flyers 1965 Archival Reissues

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01. Natural All American 1965 High Tops.
02. Black All Court 1965 Low Tops.

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There is a steadily growing array of options available for those seeking classic 20th century vintage-inspired sneakers, and PF Flyers are certainly one of the more historically rich companies treading this ground. The release of American-made models for the spring have been hinted at for months, but these high and low top models, made exclusively in Japan from premium canvas, featuring the iconic Posture Foundation insole, are my pick of the premium PF Flyers models that are currently available.  

Available from Superdenim

Thursday
Mar122015

Richard Serra by Alfred Pacquement

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Hardcover
9.5 x 12 inches
296 pages

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I feel like I could share some exciting new Steidl publication almost every week. The German publisher has been having a banner 2015 so far, with books from Cartier-Bresson, Eggleston, Parks, and Teller. While all of these are photo books, this volume is something for fans of the brutal and humungous works (in both size and scope) of Richard Serra. "Instead of retracing Serra's career chronologically, as is usual in the artist's exhibition catalogues, this book comprises eight thematic chapters that do not aim to investigate all of his work. Rather, this organization facilitates a closer examination of the development of specific bodies of work and thereby a fresh understanding of Serra's overall oeuvre. Each chapter is built around the works shown at the QMA Gallery and Alriwaq Doha, as well as 7, installed in MIA Park in Doha in 2011, and East-West/West-East, installed in 2014 at a site chosen by the artist in the Brouq Nature Reserve near Zekreet."

Available from Artbook

Thursday
Mar122015

Bal Amazigh Long-Sleeved T-Shirt

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01. 100% Cotton.
02. Made in Japan.

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Based on what the youth appear to be wearing today, you might be under the impression that C.E and P.A.M. are the only brands producing acid trip inspired T-shirts, but you would be wrong. My favourite of the season is this long-sleeved iteration from Bal, because its wild design looks like it was inspired by Bruce Conner's work. Even though I'm sure it probably wasn't.

Available from Love

Wednesday
Mar112015

Island Knit Works Big Sweat

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—01. 100% cotton.

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While vintage versions of 3/4 sleeve football shirts are abundant, they generally aren’t this clean. It's a style of sports shirt that's been rolling around in my mind for a while now, but many feature some unappealing print or place name that makes it hard to pull the trigger. This option, however, available in three classic colours with a ribbed stripe detail on both sleeves, is one the best I’ve come across so far.

Available from Strato

Wednesday
Mar112015

Dries Van Noten Spring-Summer '15 at Mohawk Man

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—01. Select looks.

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Mohawk Man have now received their first Spring-Summer '15 delivery from Dries Van Noten. The collection is rich in colour and texture and quite varied overall, but the LA-based store have put together a very appealing edit.

Available from Mohawk Man

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