The crew and I came out to Miami a little ahead of Art Basel to redo my Wynwood Walls mural as a tribute to Wynwwod Walls creator Tony Goldman, who recently passed away. I spoke to Tony’s wife Janet and discussed his inspirations in art, music, and politics. Many of his heroes are my heroes too, so I created a mural to celebrate Tony and our mutual inspirations. That’s Tony with the cowboy hat in the center warmly greeting visitors as he always did. The Goldmans have been an incredible support not only to me, but to many artists. The Wynwood Walls have a ton of great murals. Check them out if you come to Miami.
The old mural was wheat-pasted, but the new mural is painted, so it should last! Legendary photographer Martha Cooper documented the process and the final piece, here are a few of her photos. Thanks Martha!
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This just in! Miami DJ gig number two… The Garage grand opening. Stop by if you like good music and happen to be in Miami.
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My long time friend Sean Bonner has been working on a great project called Safecast to measure and report radiation in Japan. The methodology of the project demonstrates that grass roots “do it yourself” ingenuity can accomplish what slow moving governments cannot. Sean comes from punk rock, so he knows the time when it comes to making things happen outside the system. The project is a noble effort, and more exposure is very beneficial. Please take a second to check out the 3 minute doc. Thanks.
V1 GALLERY PROUDLY PRESENTS
TONIGHT WE WONT BE BORED – 10 YEARS OF V1 GALLERY
A celebratory exhibition with works from:
André, Andrew Schoultz, Anika Lori, Ari Marcopoulos, Asger Carlsen, Ashley Macomber,Barbara Kruger, Carl Krull, Clayton Brothers, Dash Snow, DearRainDrop, Eine, Erik Parker,Evan Hecox, Faile, Futura, Geoff McFetridge, Hesselholdt og Mejlvang, Henrik Vibskov, HuskMitNavn, Jakob Boeskov, Jacob Holdt, Jamison Brosseau, Jenny Holzer, Jes Brinch, Jesper Dalgaard, John Copeland, Julie Nord, Kasper Sonne, Katherine Bernhardt, Kenny Scharf, Kim Gordon, L. Fong, Mads Lynnerup, Matthew Stone, Misaki Kawai, Misha Hollenbach, NeckFace, Peter Beste, Peter Funch, Pica Pica, Richard Colman, Rory McBeth, Ryan Schneider, Shane Bradford, Shepard Fairey, Steve Powers, Søren Behncke, SørenSolkær Starbird, Thomas Campbell, Thomas Øvlisen, Todd James, Troels Carlsen, Ulrik Crone, Vincent Szarek & Wes Lang.
OPENING: FRIDAY NOVEMEBER 30. 2012. TIME: 17.00 – 22.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: NOVEMBER 30. – JANUARY 12. 2013.
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Bloomberg News was the first to report on our long awaited campaign to end the auctioning of our elections: “A new coalition, including former Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter, Republican lobbyist-turned-convicted felon Jack Abramoff, Theodore Roosevelt IV, and representatives of both Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party have launched a campaign to push Congress to overhaul campaign finance laws. The twist? The group, Represent.us, first plans to get 1 million signatures endorsing the proposals, and then plans to wage campaigns against incumbents in 2014 who don’t sign onto the legislation.”
After more than a year of planning, Represent.Us: the campaign to pass the American Anti-Corruption Act, is off and running. Take a look at the campaign website, watch the two-minute video, and check out the details of the Act. (Links to other press coverage can be found at the bottom of this post.)
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This is my friend Justin Van Hoy holding my daughter Vivienne’s hand in 2007. You can tell she is miserable and that Justin is a mean person. I might feel less bad right now if that were true. Justin passed away yesterday and I’m not sure why. I know why literally… but what I mean is, why?, when there are so many despicable human beings who thrive by causing suffering and live to old age, do kind and good people leave us too young? The only explanation is that karma just has faulty calibration sometimes. I met Justin through email or maybe old fashioned mail in 2002. He was going to Winthrop University in Rock Hill S.C. where my grandfather had been president in the 70’s, but Justin did not know there was a family connection because my grandfather was my Mom’s dad whose last name was Davis. I was intrigued by the connection. Justin sent some artwork samples and asked if he could intern at my studio. I liked his stuff so I invited him out to LA to intern and he lived at our house. Justin was a pleasure to be around, he did some great art and design, and worked hard, sometimes staying up to help me cut stencils in the garage until the wee hours. I encouraged him to move to LA after he graduated. We did not have enough work at our design studio to hire Justin, but he had made some friends and connections and soon had steady work in LA. He was a frequent contributor to Swindle Magazine and often did graphics for Obey Clothing. He also worked with Mark The Cobrasnake. Justin always reached out to meet up at Tip’s House Thai by our Korea Town office. One day over lunch he told me that a chronic cough he had was caused by a tennis ball sized lump in his chest. It turned out to be cancer, which he fought and beat with chemo once, only to have to go through the process again 18 months later. He and his fiancé Holly got married immediately, just in case the cancer did not go away the second time. Through it all he maintained a great attitude. After beating cancer, Justin helped to start THIS Gallery http://thislosangeles.com where there are always great shows supporting emerging artists. Justin was as much, or more, about incubating the art community as he was about advancing his own art career. The art community will miss you Justin, and Amanda, Vivienne, Madeline, and I will miss you as a good friend. We will meet up again at Tip’s House one day.
Check out Justin’s art and design at http://work.thedutchpress.com He’d love to know that you stopped by.
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