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Chris Ware on Tumblr

By Tom Ran

Published: April 3, 2013 under Art

An unfinished painting by Chris Ware.

Photo: Chris Ware

There’s much to be admired about Chris Ware’s illustrations and storytelling. Whether it’s his non-conventional narrative, his meticulous illustrations, or the anti-hero characters he’s created, Ware’s gift is unique to his own. Though his work exists in the comic book realm, his audience stretches well beyond this genre. He’s been praised by the literature and art world over. Now Ware has given something for his admirers to ogle over. He’s launched a tumblr mostly consisting of sketches from previously published work. This gives us a new perspective on his illustration – in its raw but still refined state.

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Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent

By Tom Ran

Published: March 11, 2013 under Art

Corita Kent, <i>come alive</i>, 1967, serigraph.

Photo: Corita Art Center

Artist and teacher Corita Kent was ahead of her time during the 60’s. Her vibrant work was embraced artistically and commercially. Since Aaron Rose shed light on her work several years ago to a newer generation, Kent’s popularity has grown. We visited her solo exhibit at the Tang Teaching Museum Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs several weeks ago. Kent’s serigraphs are as fresh as ever. The vibrancy hasn’t lost its radiance or the subject matter of race, war, and politics. The show, though modest in size, is a substantial representation of her career that spans from the 1950s to the 1980s. “Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent” will be on view till April 18th.

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Chris Gentile

By Tom Ran

Published: November 9, 2012 under Art

Chris Gentile from The Scout on Vimeo.

The ocean is serene as it is unsettling. There’s no better example of its power than the super storm that came through New York City last week, unleashing havoc that left a wake of destruction along its path. The beaches at Rockaway that we New Yorkers were so familiar with over the summer is no longer what it used to be. It’s a chilling reminder that when faced with nature’s force, we are not in control. Yet, even with its destructive power there is beauty in the ocean and for a surfer and artist like Chris Gentile, one can find the parallels between the two.

In July we went out to Rockaway Beach to shoot our latest film on Gentile. As the owner of Brooklyn’s Pilgrim Surf + Supply, many people know him as a surfer but to others, he’s an established artist represented by galleries in New York and San Francisco. Gentile, who received an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill was initially apprehensive about the negative connotation a surfer had and how that would reflect upon his work. He kept the two identities separate. But in recent years, Gentile came to terms with these two important facets in his life and embraced them. His artwork is a melding of sculpture and photography – playing on scale, social interactions and with the viewers’ perception. His sculptures are created for the sole purpose of being photographed.

Pilgrim Surf + Supply is doing their part in the relief efforts. They are mobilizing volunteers to Rockaway on the weekends for the next several weeks. See more details here to find out how you can be a part of it.

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Shank Shack by Chen-Williams

By Tom Ran

Published: October 17, 2012 under Art

Shank 7/30

Photo: Chen Chen and Kai Williams

Product designers Chen Chen and Kai Williams have devised an ingenious way to kick it off the launch of their online shop. For thirty days the duo will be selling an edition of primitively designed and constructed knives and tools. Dubbed the Shank Shack–a new shank will be unveiled daily for thirty days. They’re on the ninth day today. The shanks are purely an exploration of form and scale, say the designers. It’s up to you to interpret them the way you want. Treat them as art, daily instruments or protection for when you find yourself in harms way.

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Street Art Auction at Doyle New York

By Tom Ran

Published: October 12, 2012 under Art

Left: Margaret Kilgallen - "Natadora" Right: Barry McGee - Untitled

Photo: Doyle New York

During the 1990’s an art scene emerged in the Mission District of San Francisco that consisted of graffiti, hand signed paintings, folk art, and found objects. It was derived from an urban street culture and grouped together to what is known today as the Mission School. Participants of the scene included the late Margaret Kilgallen and her husband Barry McGee. Together they were a creative force that influenced numerous other artists in fine art and graphic design. Though the school became enveloped into the broader street art movement, the two artists consistently stood out amongst its peers as the leaders of the scene. Next Tuesday, Doyle New York will be hosting an auction on Street Art featuring 46 works by artists including Kilgallen and McGee along with their contemporaries, KAWS, Banksy, Stephen Powers, David Choe, Shepard Fairey, and others. A three day preview will on view from October 13 through 15.

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MOCAtv

By Tom Ran

Published: October 4, 2012 under Art

MOCAtv

Photo: MOCA

Jeffrey Deitch’s tenure as the director of MOCA has been a rough one. There’s no dispute that he’s brought a lot of attention to the museum, his knack for showmanship has not disappointed. But it hasn’t translated into more funds and people are displeased with the direction he’s taken the established and respected art institution and turned it into a pop scene. Adding to this “pop” MOCA announced on Monday the launch of MOCAtv, a YouTube channel that is described as “a new contemporary art video channel for the expanding, international, online audience interested in visual culture.” The description is very broad but the series mentioned in the press release gives a better idea of what the channel will provide. Videos by and about artists like Spike Jonze, Raymond Pettibon, Chris Johanson and series like CINETHESIS a program about the merging of artists and musicians. Bjork’s video for Mutual Core will premier on the channel next month. We’re excited about the development of MOCAtv and hope that this will be a long and concerted effort from the museum.

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FEATURES

Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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