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Jun212015

Deviate From Balance by John Wiese

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Softcover, perfect bound
64 pages, 6.5 x 9 inches
Edition of 500

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John Wiese is probably most recognized in music circles for his participation and collaboration with Sissy Spacek, Wolf Eyes and Sunn O))), as well as releasing records under his own name. He's by no means given this up, but a lot of his present endeavours revolve around sound installation, video, collage, photography, typography and graphic sound scores. On top of this array of activities, Wiese is the co-founder of Hesse Press, the small publishing house that issued this monograph. Deviate From Balance catalogues his latest art practices in a beautifully designed edition of 500. It should also be noted that to coincide with the book's release, Gilgongo Records put out a companion album of the same title which would give you a complete picture of Wiese’s multitalented explorations.

Hesse Press
Gilgongo Records

Saturday
Jun202015

Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics by Alex Webb

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Hardcover
96 pages, 12.5 x 10.8 inches
Published by Thames & Hudson, 1986

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Some photobooks are just so rare that you have to shell out a couple of hundred bucks to get your hands on an original copy. Having never been reissued, Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds: Photographs from the Tropics is one of those volumes that makes me contemplate doing so. Alex Webb is a member of the Magnum Photos stable, a long-running photographic cooperative originally established by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymour in 1947. The photographs in this book – shot in Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, Africa and Asia – feature an astoundingly rich colour palette and convey the reality of each location through exceptional, seemingly off-the-cuff compositions of daily life.

Available from Magnum Photos

Saturday
Jun202015

Wacko Maria 50s S/S Shirt

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While Wacko Maria has definitely been on my radar over the years, it is only this season that I got my hands on something from the brand. I think the floodgates are open, and the Japanese label is one that I am certainly paying a lot more attention to. In fact, I may have found the next piece on my wish list in this outstanding 50s-inspired bowling shirt. Although the style might look a little throwback, there is nothing outlandish going on and all of the details are impressively handled – from the silky cotton/lyocell fabric, right down to the dual deployment of chain stitch embroidery.

Available from Haven

Friday
Jun192015

Grafted: Plants by Kohei Oda | Pots by Adam Silverman

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Hardcover
160 pages, 8 x 10 inches
Published by August Editions, 2015

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Kohei Oda, the owner of the Qusamura plant shop in Hiroshima, and the LA-based potter, Adam Silverman, have now presented two installations of their collaborative art project, A Tale of Plant & Pot. The parameters were quite simple: Oda created 100 grafted cactuses that meld two distinct specimens which come to resemble far-off alien lifeforms, and Silverman produced the slightly more restrained but still entirely unique and complementary receptacles they dwell in. A book, aptly titled Grafted, has been put together to chronicle these events and does so beautifully, with all of the plants and pots being photographed by Shuji Yoshida and Joshua White to form an interesting document of an equally fascinating cross-cultural collaboration. 

Available from Amazon
Qusamura
Adam Silverman Studio

Friday
Jun192015

Jimagraphy Photo Print Pocket T-Shirts

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These T-shirts featuring the New York-based imagery of Japanese photographer, JIMA, would be an outstanding choice for summer. The photos are heavily detailed and make for a unique, high contrast treatment on such a ubiquitous item. The fact that they are also printed over the T-shirt's chest pocket adds a layer of oddity that one has come to expect from a Nepenthes-related product, as well as heightening the texture of an already uncommon design.

Available from Second Stage

Thursday
Jun182015

Safe Crackers presents Future Days

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356 S. Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Thursday, June 18 at 7pm

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As part of 356 Mission's Summer Screenings Series LA-based artist Oliver Payne presents the latest installment of his ongoing Safe Crackers project: a night of trip-hop, krautrock and science fiction. A seemingly random yet perfect mix of all things futuristic, the first of the aptly titled Future Days events takes place tonight, Thursday June 18th, and will feature a screening of the 1972 film Silent Running followed by a DJ set by Eli Diner and Oliver himself.

356 Mission
Silent Running trailer via YouTube
Summer Screenings Series

Thursday
Jun182015

Nike Air Force 1 Hi Retro QS

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It's hard for this shoe to not immediately evoke memories of Just for Kicks, and the tales told by Grandmaster Caz and Bonz Malone. Storied history aside, it's a great sneaker with a timeless design, not often available in the Hi version, especially in such a classic colourway.

Available from Livestock

Wednesday
Jun172015

#Rawhide at Venus Over Manhattan 

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Venus Over Manhattan
980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075
May 9 – June 27, 2015

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Certainly one of the more high-profile exhibitions of the summer, this star-studded group show, co-curated by Dylan Brandt and Vivian Brodie, aims to chronicle the trajectory of cowboy themes in art. Artists themselves may not be as much like cowboys as they used to be, but that doesn't mean they've stopped looking to their rugged existence for inspiration. Featuring the work of oddball favourites such as Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger and Mark Flood, as well as popular figures like Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon, there is a good chance that thanks to this show you'll never view the cowboy aesthetic in quite the same way again.

Venus Over Manhattan

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