It’s Leg of Lamb’s fourth birthday today; woah. Thank you for your visits x
LOL’s just discovered a suite of early films by Raymond Pettibon, all shot by the artist in 1989 using home video equipment. The tapes address various elements of West Coast American subcultures from Charlie Manson and The Family (in Judgement Day Theatre: The Book of Manson) to the kidnapping of Patti Hearst by militant group The Symbionese Liberation Army (in Citizen Tania). The last of these videos, Sir Drone (above), focuses on the emergence of the American punk movement, to which Pettibon was intrinsically linked though his work with Black Flag and SST Records. In it, Mike Watt of the Minute Men and the late Mike Kelly (formerly of Destroy All Monsters) play teen punks trying to start a band. Pettibon himself also makes an appearance, as a character called Vomit. Shot over two days, Sir Drone contains a rambling script read awkwardly from cue cards. Despite their crudeness, Kelly later claimed that “Raymond’s tapes are strangely moving: he is a brilliant script writer”. LOL leaves you to be the judge of that…
Couldn’t help but break my current radio silence with this little doozy. What you’re looking at above is a Kusama-ified George Clooney, who’s been ‘self obliterated’ by the Japanese artist for the December/January Art Issue of W Magazine. While Kusama reputedly had no idea who the star was, she covered him with dots anyway. “My idea is to send the message of ‘love forever’ to all the people in the world through the polka dots, which are all about the universe and human beings and living things” she says. “ Your sex, being famous, being a star has nothing to do with it.”
All works from the exhibition, Linder, at Blum and Poe until October 26th.
Mark Rothko was born 110 years ago today. To mark the occasion, here’s Simon Schama’s episode on the painter from his 2006 documentary series, The Power of Art.
The 6 finalists for this year’s round of the Fourth Plinth commission have now been announced. Marcus Coate, Hans Haacke, Liliane Lijn, Ugo Rondinone, Mark Leckey and David Shrigley are all in the running, with the two successful proposals set to be determined by the Fourth Plinth committee in early 2014. Included in this year’s line up is a horse skeleton covered in stock exchange prices (Haacke), a pair of dancing robotic cones (Lijn) and LOL’s personal favourite, a 10 metre high ‘thumbs up’ sculpture by David Shrigley entitled ‘Really Good’. The winning works will go on display in Trafalgar Square in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Read more about the finalists here.