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GraffHead put together this dope video re-capping their year of graffiti coverage. I recommend watching in slow-mo (or frame-by-frame) to catch the vast number of thangs they highlight.

Above: Seeking Heaven by Swank.

After a Slight Hiatus, the Seeking Heaven blog is back in bidnezz. Check it here.


This wall was a collaboration in Spring 2008 by Seeking Heaven, Modern Art Kids, and Kill For Pride at the old home of Bicycle Junkies in Downtown Los Angeles. Big props to Cache for organizing! (The wall lasted a very short time, as Babylon felt the word "Kill" didn't belong in the ironically-named "Arts District.")

Roll call: Biser, Cache, Dsrup, Eyeone, Kozem, Mandoe, Modem, Neo, Noek, Panic, Precise, Size, and Toons.

A big "Yo!" to the homies that rolled by to kick it, including Bash, Skilow, Stag, Besk, Hugo, Wram, Owen, Siner, Aybon, Jimer, Art and everyone else my fume-censored memory can't recall right now.

Larger flick of the entire wall here.


So with all this hoopla about 'street art,' I figured I'd scour the city for some art on the streets. These are some examples that caught my eye.



Eriberto Oriol and Angelica Gonzalez Oriol are awesome people and fervent supporters of graffiti. Their Forbidden Art LA website showcases their photographic documentation of Los Angeles graffiti culture. This week they posted up nice flicks of wall painted earlier this year by Cache, Kofie, and Eyeone (that's me!) dealing with immigration and racism.

You can check out the full feature here.



I have been trying to recover data from one of my dead hard drives for quite a while now. (Maybe I should have enlisted Tron to give me a hand?) Every so often, the scouring leads to some interesting results from long-dead files.



LeHumanBeing and I time-travelled to 1400 BC (not really) last weekend to see the Olmec exhibit at LACMA. The exhibit presents a good overview of Olmec artistic manifestations, from massive sculptures to reproductions of their vibrant murals. Definitely worth a visit.

From the LACMA website: "Olmec architects and artists produced the earliest monumental structures and sculptures in Mexico, including enormous basalt portrait heads of their rulers. The colossal sculptures in the exhibition weigh between 7 and 10 tons each. The exhibition also includes small-scale jadeite objects that embody the symbolism of sacred and secular authority among the Olmec. Olmec artists were unsurpassed in their ability to work with this extremely hard stone, using elementary tools like chert, water and sand."

Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico
LACMA | Resnick Pavilion
October 2, 2010–January 9, 2011

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles California 90036
lacma.org | 323-857-6000


Residents of L.A. County get free admission to the museum after 5 P.M. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Go!

More exhibit info here.


The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Everything With You


The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Young Adult Friction


The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Higher Than The Sun


The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Say No To Love

I'm now a contributor over on design resource site Designspiration.

Site link here.
My contributions (so far) here.


New Day at Macondo, ca. 1995

These are the last batch of flyers from hardcore shows at Macondo. Our last show was in 1996, but you never know, don't call it a comeback...



January 1, 1995
Avail | Jara | Embassy | Pawn
(I can't believe we had a show on New Year's Day -then again, I guess I can!)



January 7, 1995
Iceburn | State of the Nation | Whirlpool
(Bubblegum Crisis image downloaded from an anime BBS, old school style!)



(Teaser flyer for our March 1995 shows. xThe Beatlesx !!!)
March 5, 1995
Still Life | Jara | Pawn | Crack
+
March 10, 1995
Lois | Tummy Ache | Go Kart | Connect 4
+
March 11, 1995
Sensefield | Cult Of Eugene | Lidsville | Smile



March 5, 1995
Still Life | Jara | Pawn | Crack
(Very 'shopped image of Jordy from Star Trek... I don't know why I used it since I've never liked that series...)



March 10, 1995
Lois | Tummy Ache | Go Kart | Connect 4
(Alita Battle Angel is the rippin'est grrrl!!!)



March 11, 1995
Sensefield | Cult Of Eugene | Lidsville | Smile
(More Star Trek? I may have used Jordy 'cuz I liked Reading Rainbow...)



May 6, 1995
Evergreen | Seesaw | Los Cincos | Crown For Athena
(I believe that image is Priss from Bubblegum Crisis.)



May 13, 1995
Bloodlet | Focused | Frown | Refuge | Excessive Force
(Juggernaut from the X-Men likes to mosh it up.)











June + July 1995 mini-zine
(This zine featured characters from DarkStalkers a.k.a Vampire Warriors, a list of all the bands that had played at Macondo, an attempt at a statement of purpose, and some show listings. And nonsensical Japanese writing, i'm embarassed to admit...)



June 18, 1995
Still Life | Roaring Judies | Far | Casperspook | Soonest Mended
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June 23, 1995
Still Life | Palefire | Daredevil | Contagen | Nuclear Winter
(2-up flyer featuring Bishamon from DarkStalkers.)



July 11, 1995
Los Crudos | Turnedown | Galaxy Bee
(All I remember is that I had lots o' fun at this show.)




July 28, 1995
Lois | Phranc | Tummy Ache | 151 | Misery | Sleater-Kinney | + more!
(All the dudes at Macondo got sent outside while the womyn got their self-defense demo on during this show. Interestingly (and perhaps tellingly,) the females who worked at Macondo were NOT asked to stay inside to participate in the self-defense demo... Anyways, Felicia from DarkStalkers kicks a$$.)




July 29, 1995
4 Walls Falling | Eyelid | The Q Factor | 1134 | Palefire
(Demitri from DarkStalkers up top, Hobbes' true self on bottom. Time changed for this show, hence the two flyers. We also added more bands.)





August 18, 1995
Shades Apart | Sensefield | Casperspook | Whirlpool
(I made a two-up flyer and 4-up postcards for this show.)



October 7, 1995
Nuzzle | Emery | Strictly Ballroom | Surface
(I resorted to Halloween clip-art for this flyer. 'Tis the season...)



October 28, 1995
Strife | Eyelid | Far | 1134
(More Halloween clip-art, this time featuring Charlie Brown and punkin.)



November 12, 1995
Farside | Game Face | Texas Is The Reason | Shift
(Amazing show, as a dancing Snoopy can attest.)



March 2, 1996
Suppression Swing | Eyelid | Stickfigure Carousel | Frown
(The last hardcore show at Macondo, a means to an end.)


More Macondo flyers here (1992), here (1993) , and here (1994.)



Today on Flashback Mondays we time-travel a whopping four days back to December 9, 2010. The links below have good coverage of the Dreams Deferred art exhibit opening. Give 'em a visit and you can say you were there...



Brandon Shigeta Flickr set here.



Chicharon Adventures coverage here.



Dan Rawe Photography Flickr set here.



Take Over L.A. coverage here.



Tim Jieh Flickr set here.



UPDATE: Juxtapoz opening night photos here.



In the words of KRS-ONE: "You must learn..."


Full shot of my second piece for the Dreams Deferred exhibit currently on view at the Chinese American Museum in L.A.

The Proletariat - Options

Bend My Ear
Twist My Arm
Tell Me The Options
Tell Me The Options
Military Service
Factory Employment
Welfare Assistance
Tell Me The Options

Catch My Eye
A New Slogan
Tell Me The Options
Tell Me The Options
Military Service
Factory Employment
Welfare Assistance
Tell Me The Options
Options
Options
Options
Options




Full shot of one of my pieces for the Dreams Deferred exhibit currently on view at the Chinese American Museum in L.A.

Langston Hughes - Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?


Or to put it another way, sometimes one is just the dreamer, not the dream (to paraphrase Bobby Wratten...)



I have some artwork in Dreams Deferred : Artists Respond to Immigration Reform currently on view at the Chinese American Museum.

Dreams Deferred : Artists Respond to Immigration Reform
December 9, 2010 through December 18, 2011


Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles Street
(at Arcadia)
Los Angeles, 90012
(213) 485-8567
camla.org


Featuring works by Shepard Fairey, Patrick Martinez, Eyeone, Augustine Kofie, Cache, Slick, Swank, Ernesto Yerena, Tempt, Eriberto Oriol, LeHumanBeing, + more!

MUSEUM HOURS

Tuesday-Sunday
10am-3pm.
Closed on Mondays and the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day

SUGGESTED ADMISSION
$3 for adults
$2 for seniors and students

More info here.



Dreams Deferred : Artists Respond to Immigration Reform
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 9, 2010 | 6-8:30 PM


Featuring works by Shepard Fairey, Patrick Martinez, Eyeone, Augustine Kofie, Cache, Slick, Swank, Ernesto Yerena, Tempt, Eriberto Oriol, LeHumanBeing, + more!

Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles Street
(at Arcadia)
Los Angeles, 90012
(213) 485-8567
camla.org







G_H_Studio presents DUALITY
Open during ArtWalk Downtown L.A.
Thursday, December 8, 2010 | 8 - 10 pm


Featuring work by Retna, Kofie, Tanner, Sharktoof, Hacer, Eyeone, Saber, + Shepard Fairey

CB Gallery
408 S. Spring St. at 4th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
g-h-studio.com




Live bloggin' LeHumanBeing's crew of Zapatistas from the Chinese American Museum in L.A., awaiting the opening of Dreams Deferred. Info below:

The Chinese American Museum + El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument present

Dreams Deferred : Artists Respond to Immigration Reform
December 10, 2010
- May 22, 2011

Opening Reception: December 9, 2010
6-8:30 PM
| Free to the public

Featuring works by Shepard Fairey, Patrick Martinez, Eyeone, Augustine Kofie, Cache, Slick, Swank, Ernesto Yerena, Tempt, Eriberto Oriol, LeHumanBeing, + more!

Co-Sponsors: Self Help Graphics, The UCLA Labor Center, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, + Mid-City Arts.

Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles Street
(at Arcadia)
Los Angeles, 90012
(213) 485-8567
camla.org




Juxtapoz has a preview of the upcoming Dreams Deferred show. Peep it here.

Show info below:

The Chinese American Museum + El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument present

Dreams Deferred : Artists Respond to Immigration Reform
December 10, 2010
- May 22, 2011

Opening Reception: December 9, 2010
6-8:30 PM
| Free to the public

Featuring works by Shepard Fairey, Patrick Martinez, Eyeone, Augustine Kofie, Cache, Slick, Swank, Ernesto Yerena, Tempt, Eriberto Oriol, LeHumanBeing, + more!

Co-Sponsors: Self Help Graphics, The UCLA Labor Center, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, + Mid-City Arts.

Chinese American Museum
425 N. Los Angeles Street
(at Arcadia)
Los Angeles, 90012
(213) 485-8567
camla.org




Back in May 2008, Meltdown hosted the Lost Ten Years book release and exhibition. My previous blog coverage did not survive the Blog 1.0 apocalypse, but after some diggin' in the crates, I recovered a bunch of flicks from the show.

The show rocked by all accounts and featured art by a bunch of awesome peeps including Adikt, Asylm, Atlas, Cab, Codak, Eyeone, Friend, Geoff Oki, Hael, Iker, Jorger, Kozem, Luna, Modem, Neo, Panic, Patrick Martinez, Precise, Sherm, Swank, Tommy Ruets, Unit, Vyal, Worth, and Yem.


Music by Trembling Blue Stars, animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson, and dancing to this song with LeHumanBeing!





Carry Nation
Face The Nation 1985-1989 EP
Workshed
1989

I first saw Carry Nation in 1989 at the now-defunct Country Club in Reseda. Their guitarist Gavin Oglesby (previously of Southern California straight edge hardcore legends No For An Answer) is one of my graphic design heroes. His early black and white work really inspired me to get more serious about my own practice. There's a good overview of his stuff over at Silence Lies. Go!



I had no idea this wall was that popular of a skate spot (as previously seen here.) The December 2010 issue of Thrasher confirms it. (F@ckers should spring for some touch up paint, just sayin'!)

Thanks for the lead Jimmy!


Past Objects
by Scott Jordan | Photography by J.K. Putnam
markbattypublisher.com


A good friend of mine brought me a brick a few months back that he pulled out of a river in Sleepy Hollow, NY. I immediately ascribed a back story to the brick, most of it conjecture, but some of it based on the research and experience of finding it that my friend recounted. Past Objects by Scott Jordan brings to mind that brick.

In this meticulously photographed and annotated volume, the author documents objects found digging around New York City that speak of a past literally buried underground. The objects found are filled with memories of function and importance now gone. Once unearthed, documented, and presented as lavishly as they are in the book, the things found by Jordan demonstrate an aesthetic value that speaks both of times past and the present.

From the press release:
"In the space between archaeology and history stand men like Scott Jordan, a New Yorker who has been digging around the city’s soil for the better part of four decades. What began as a childhood hobby searching for treasure evolved into a way of life that has resulted in Jordan haunting building sites throughout the five boroughs, attempting to recover history before it is forever paved over. Using shovels, mesh sieves, canvas rucksacks, ingenuity and an incredible amount of determination, Jordan has amassed a staggering collection of antique bottles, china, toys, shoes and other items that creates a patchwork historical narrative of New York City and its earliest settlers."

More info here.