26 January 2009

Subtext San Diego Grand Opening

Subtext has moved to a larger space at the corner of Kettner and Laurel. Frank Rogozienski had the pleasure of being the first show in the new location as he exhibited his new "Picture a Day" project. He took a photograph everyday for a grand (leap year) total of 366. The opening on Jan. 21st had everything an opening dreams of- wine, a keg of beer, a cool band, and plenty of hipsters contemplating art, life, and their outfits. The show is a must see and is up until February 15th.

23 January 2009

Fifty People and One Question

Fifty People, One Question: Brooklyn from Crush + Lovely on Vimeo.
Filmed in Brooklyn, this viral video will make you smile. The question itself is so disarming that people respond in perfect innocence and beautiful honesty. At certain points, its almost as if we have a lens into the very depths of their souls. Absolutely brilliant!

22 January 2009

Obey Makes the Smithsonian

Shepherd Fairey, or Obey, as he is known in the artworld, has finally made the big-time. His now iconic Obama image, which was seen much throughout our new President's grassroots campaign, was purchased by The Smithsonian Institue. Odd, however, that Fairey's  anti-establishment artwork has been so readily accepted by the establishment. Has the establishment become anti-establishment? The sheer irony.

Ron English

Ron English, creator of the iconic Obama/Lincoln image, has been extremely busy this past week as seen by these photos of a "liberated billboard" in LA courtesy of our friends at supertouch. This image has become an instant classic, exhibiting at several art shows from San Francisco to Washington DC's latest star-studded Manifest Hope show, curated by the one-time San Diego resident Shepherd Fairey. Fairey's own Obama portrait was just purchased by The Smithsonian Institue where it now hangs.

19 January 2009

Will Ryman @Saatchi Gallery in London

This monstrous bed is 26' long and is the latest sculptural installation at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea's art district of London. Will Ryman's lonely and self-indulgent piece is absolutely powerful in its message and medium. I love it, it resonates with me in a very deep place. Either that or it is actually me.

13 January 2009

You Are Beautiful

I just finished reading The Five People That You Meet in Heaven and this quote really popped out at me. "Silence was his escape, but silence is rarely a refuge. His thoughts still haunt him."
That, in turn, reminded me of Thoreau's quote, "the mass of men lead lives of silent desperation."
This is why I love street art- selfless acts of beauty, hoping to affect strangers in a positive way. It seems that a happy thought, or a smile- i know the world could use more of them- is what is hoped to be inspired. Sometimes the walls speak to you. These are photos of random graffiti in San Diego.

11 January 2009

Vhils Getting it Done

Even if You Win the Rat Race, You're Still a Rat- Vhils is having a solo show in lisbon until early Feb. I love the drippy faces.

Horses With Wigs

 It seems only too obvious that a photographer should indulge themselves with portraits such as these. It is also fairly hilarious. Julia Wolkenstein is an incredibly talented and witty photographer as seen by her photos of people in hamster cages. The message of these photos  seems to strike a chord with me, illustrating how people can sometimes build their own walls- and feel trapped inside. Check out julian wolkenstein, and prepare to be humored and amazed.