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Wednesday
Mar182015

Scugnizzi by Brett Lloyd

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First edition, 2014
Softcover
6.75 x 9.5 inches

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The thought of summers on the Mediterranean often seem dreamy and romantic, but Brett Lloyd's Scugnizzi, published by Dashwood Books, presents another perspective. Focusing on the beaches of Naples, the London-based photographer captures a different kind of beauty, paying particular attention to colour, the region's youth, and the richness of southern Italian culture.

Available from Dashwood Books

Tuesday
Mar172015

Lunge Adagio

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—01. Made in Germany.

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I feel like I’ve professed my admiration for predominantly grey running shoes enough that it probably goes without saying. In spite of that the internal dialogue remains, with the consistent question rattling around in my brain: "But do they come in grey?" Enter Lunge, the German shoe manufacturer, whose simple but technical runners come in a number of variations of almost every grey colourway, as well as other colour options for the more adventurously inclined. The Adagio style, designed for long distance running, features signature details such as premium suede, a distinct high traction sole unit, and the graphic use of venting on the sides and toe box.

Available from Branch

Tuesday
Mar172015

Our Legacy Eyewear

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—01. Embrace.

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This spring Our Legacy have become the latest brand to add a range of eyewear to their offering. Handmade in Portugal, the glasses feature an anti-scratch coating, Carl Zeiss UV400 lenses and Italian Mazzucchelli acetate frames.

Available from Our Legacy

Monday
Mar162015

Martin Wong: Painting Is Forbidden

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The Wattis Institute
360 Kansas St.
San Francisco, CA
March 13 – April 18, 2015

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Even though Martin Wong will be returning to his birthplace by the bay for his posthumous show Painting Is Forbidden, to me he will forever be a New York artist. Both stylistically and conceptually, you would be hard-pressed to find an artist whose work embodies the turmoil of '70s and '80s New York more than Wong's. With an approach that sits somewhere between Philip Guston, Rick Griffin, and Jacob Lawrence, everybody is sure to find something they admire in the decade-spanning body of work presented at this show.

The Wattis Institute

Monday
Mar162015

Maharam Frame Bag

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—01. Made in USA.

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Made with ripstop nylon, the Frame Bag is designed by Konstantin Grcic for Maharam. The deep indigo colour gives the bag a dark, minimal look allowing the details of the lattice frame structure to be the focal point. The large, self-lined holdall style also features a useful interior pocket and a durable vinyl base.

Available from Several;

Sunday
Mar152015

Jealous God 06

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01. Pre-order exclusively through Mount Analog.
02. Special edition package, limited to 300 copies.

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Jealous God is run by Silent Servant, Regis, and James Ruskin, arguably the three most celebrated, multi-faceted producers in the history of techno, and the output very much reflects that in both quality and diversity. The latest installation is a split 12-inch that has New York-based noise artist Lili Schulder, aka 51717, joining Silent Servant on what might be the label's most disconcerting release yet.

Pre-order from Mount Analog

Sunday
Mar152015

Weekend Viewing: Stop Making Sense

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—01. Directed by Jonathan Demme, 1984.

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Stop Making Sense is arguably one of the the best and most universally acclaimed concert films ever released; the only other options I would personally single out for top honours are Don’t Look Back and The Last Waltz when taking into account the scope and innovation that all these films exhibit. This fresh take on the somewhat worked over concert documentary owes a huge debt to the filmmaking mastery of director Jonathan Demme, but Talking Heads are equally responsible for steering this document, comprised of three separate nights of concerts, to entirely unique and interesting places. The film starts with David Byrne bringing out a boom box, announcing "I've got a tape I wanna play," and then launching into 'Psycho Killer.' Subsequently adding a band member and more set pieces to the stage over the next few songs, it's an entirely individual introduction to one of New Wave’s most distinct acts. Complete with cinematic nods to Dr. Strangelove, Breathless and Japanese Noh theatre, Stop Making Sense even includes some delightful continuity errors that were unavoidable due to performances being edited down from the multi-night takes. Keep your eyes out for Tina Weymouth’s transforming bass guitar and a beach ball that never touches down.

Palm Pictures

Saturday
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

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