UPDATE: The first 200 orders of WE OWN THE FUTURE print will include “The Nation” magazine, January 2013 issue, as discussed in this post!!
As the next installment of my series of collaborations with Antonino D’Ambrosio I made the “We Own The Future” print as a variation on the cover I designed for the issue of The Nation that was guest edited by Antonino. The issue contains a fantastic essay called “How Creative Response of Artists and Activists Can Transform the World”. Check it out and pick up a copy of the issue. The issue largely addresses the role of creative response in tacking social issues. The “We Own The Future” print is about taking creative action to shape the future. Proceeds from the print go to the La Lutta Creative Response Think Tank.
“I’ve never read a better essay on artists, activism, and ‘creative response.”–Rosanne Cash
Join us tonight as we welcome legendary recording artist, Wayne Kramer, as he spends an evening in the Clive Davis Theater discussing his career as a musician, film and television composer, producer, guitarist and activist. The evening will also feature the West Coast premiere of Shira Piven and Adam McKay’s short film: The Beast and the Angel. This piece touches on Kramer’s journey from addiction to sobriety, and authentically captures the spirit of this iconic guitarist. Kramer first came to fame in 1968 as the teenaged founder of controversial Detroit rock band, the MC5. After releasing hit albums such as Kick Out the Jams and High Time, Kramer embarked on his own journey as a prolific solo artist. He not only produced emerging bands in Detroit and NYC, Kramer co-wrote an R&B musical, joined acid funk outfit Was (Not Was) as its original guitarist, started Gang War with NY Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders and, in 1994, signed with Epitaph Records and released four albums for its owner Brett Gurewitz in as many years. Kramer remains an influential modern music icon for not only his stellar guitar skills and original score heard in commercials, TV series and documentary and feature films, but for his commitment to service in the arts. Kramer was named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time and Kramer now devotes as much time and energy to his charity – Jail Guitar Doors with co-founder Billy Bragg — as he does writing and recording music. Hosted by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman, Kramer will engage in a rare interview and will perform an acoustic set.
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Los Angeles, CA 90015
Two of my biggest inspirations in music related art are doing a show together Feb. 2. If you are in the Bay area check out Winston Smith and Frank Kozik‘s show at Varnish. Winston did a ton of the great art for the Dead Kennedy’s and Alternative Tentacles, including the logos for both. Frank Kozik is one of the all-time most prolific rock art poster makers and did the “Houdini” cover for The Melvins. I’m sure the show will kick ass so you should pay your respects.
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If you are in the bay area this weekend, do not miss “By Way of the South” curated by our late friend Justin Van Hoy. The exhibition features collected works from influential peers, professors, and colleagues all connected to South Carolina. In addition, the Guerrero Gallery Project Room will display works from artists featured in Justin’s book Milk and Honey, Contemporary Art in California. Come out and please show your support!
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This week we’re premiering part 2 of our series on Shepard’s art show Sound & Vision in London from October. In this episode Shepard talks about the progression of his art from stickering to murals and his intentions with the work. We look at the progression of a street installation based on a Jamie Reid piece (most famous for his work with the Sex Pistols) and Shepard discusses the attention he gets while working now as opposed to the days when only the police seemed to pay attention to what he was doing. Click here to check out part 1 if you haven’t seen it yet.