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Wednesday
Jul292015

Sam Prekop – The Republic

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For anyone familiar with Sam Prekop’s work as part of the seminal post-rock group, The Sea and Cake, this record may seem like a bit of a departure. Produced entirely at home, it sees the American musician trading his customarily crystalline guitar sound for that of modular synthesizers. The first half of The Republic features tracks composed to accompany a video installation by David Hartt, while the second half is built around ideas that worked best on their own. The album essentially picks up where Prekop's previous solo effort, Old Punch Card, left off in 2010. This time though the tones are hazier and less glitchy, making for a more minimalist and ambient listen with some decidedly rhythmic patterns laid beneath. Prekop's output, alone and as part of The Sea and Cake, is sophisticated and precise, encapsulating what the Thrill Jockey sound is all about.  

Available from Thrill Jockey

Wednesday
Jul292015

City Choreographer: Lawrence Halprin in Urban Renewal America

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320 pages, 105 B&W photos
8.5 x 8.5 inches
University of Minnesota Press, 2014

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University press books on specialized subject matter are probably not widely recognised as captivating reads, but I absolutely love their in-depth approach to a solitary theme and the information to be gained from reading them. Alison Bick Hirsch's volume on Lawrence Halprin fits that description perfectly. The landscape architect was at the forefront of '60s and '70s West Coast experimentalism, and if more people took notice of his ideas about participating in our created environments, the world might be in a better ecological state than it is today.

Available from University of Minnesota Press

Tuesday
Jul282015

Viberg Black Unicorn Rough Out Hiker Boot

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When the Fall-Winter season rolls around I always welcome the appearance of more substantial footwear styles. Viberg collaborations are something I particularly look out for and The Bureau has just received a nice selection of custom models, all of which ring true with Canadian company's hardwearing origins. The Hiker boot, born out of an exchange of patterns with Danner in the 1970s, is one of my longtime favourites and this almost all-black version is especially appealing. Built on a Vibram Gloxi-Cut sole, it features a rough out moose hide upper and gunmetal hardware for something a little more unique, yet no less functional.

Available from The Bureau

Tuesday
Jul282015

John Chamberlain at Inverleith House

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Inverleith House
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Arboretum Place/Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR
July 25 – October 4, 2015

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Inverleith House, located within the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is currently hosting the first UK solo show by John Chamberlain as part of the Scottish capital's annual art festival. The innovative American artist is renowned for using automobile parts and other salvaged materials to create intricate sculptures, and the gallery is exhibiting a series of important early and mid-career works, while some of his later twisted metal foil pieces are on display around the grounds.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Monday
Jul272015

Inventory Soundcloud: Journeymann Trax – Water Mix

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We recently launched our own Soundcloud page and have since posted two mixes put together in-house by different members of the team. The third edition comes from outside of Inventory, courtesy of Vancouver-based producer Bobby Draino. Created under his Journeymann Trax moniker, the disco-influenced collection is perfectly suited to the height of summer, evoking relaxing beach days and cool dips in the water.

Inventory SoundCloud
Journeymann Trax

Monday
Jul272015

Nike Air Max 95 Triple Black

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There are no shortage of desirable trainers hitting the market these days, especially from Nike. The brand's recent Air Max 95 push is a welcome one, as long as they keep producing colourways like this. Featuring a mix of Black and Anthracite materials to create subtly contrasting textures, the 20-year-old design continues to feel quite modern.

Available from Caliroots

Sunday
Jul262015

America Is Hard to See

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Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
May 1 – September 27, 2015

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The Whitney Museum of American Art is currently holding the inaugural exhibition at their new building on New York City's High Line. It runs until September 27th and is bound to resonate with anyone who has an interest in 20th century painting, sculpture, photography and filmmaking. Acting as an historical survey of the major events in American art during this period and a record of the Whitney’s acquisitions, there are more than 600 works on show, separated into 23 distinct chapters which group together like-minded artists from concurrent eras. As is often the case with such ambitiously assembled exhibitions, not everything on show will be to everyone's taste, but it does feature important pieces from all movements and a number of lesser-seen works. The Scotch Tape chapter particularly appeals to me, with contributions from Bruce Conner and Al Held, as well as Jay DeFeo’s more than 1500 pound sculptural masterpiece, The Rose.

Whitney Museum of American Art

Saturday
Jul252015

Agnes Martin Monograph

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Hardcover, 272 pages
8.25 x 10.5 inches
Published by D.A.P./Tate, 2015

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Agnes Martin seems to be having a well-deserved moment in the sun with a retrospective at the Tate Modern, which runs until October 11th before heading to Dusseldorf, Los Angeles and New York. To coincide with the exhibition, the renowned London-based art museum has released a definitive monograph, featuring early works, Martin's striped and gridded paintings, and a series of her final pieces. The publication also includes a selection of drawings, watercolours and critical essays, creating a wonderful overview of one of 20th century art’s most enduring icons, as well as a testament to a strong female figure who made a name for herself in the veritable boy’s club of minimalism.

Available from Artbook
Tate Modern

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