Sterling Ruby in his California studio
Art world darling Sterling Ruby’s just created some vividly coloured stage backdrops – not unlike those in his recent Hauser and Wirth show -for BasilicaSoundScape music festival, so Blouin Artinfo asked him to share his current studio playlist. A bit patchy, but good to see perennial LOL faves Chrome in there – listen below. Turns out Ruby’s introduction to the band consisted of him getting high in the back of a van with Helios Creed (one half of Chrome) in 1993. Nice for some.
As an aside, LOL’s just discovered the recent fashion collaboration between Ruby and his Belgian designer pal Raf Simons, featuring a rather outrageous $33,000 parka. You can view some of the collection here and below is a snap from the catwalk with some Ruby soft sculps in the background.
Raf Simons with Sterling Ruby at 2014 Paris Fashion Week
In 1990 when Sonic Youth released their album Goo (that’s the one with the iconic Raymond Pettibon cover), they asked a bunch of artists and filmmakers to produce the accompanying music videos. One of the contributors was a young Tony Oursler (the inclusion of a toy panda with a human mouth in the video above is the giveaway I reckon…). He chose Tunic (Song For Karen) “…for its classic SY sound and tragic subject: the self destruction of mega-popstar Karen Carpenter”.
Pervy photographer Richard Kern had a go too. That’s his video above, for the track Scooter and Jinx.
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…
Posted in Art, Artists, Film, Music
Tagged Black Flag, Charles Manson, Citizen Tania, Destroy All Monsters, Judgement Day Theatre: The Book of Manson, Mike Kelly, Mike Watt, Minute Men, Patti Hearst, Raymond Pettibon, Sir Drone, SST Records, Symbionese Liberation Army
Jay Z’s ‘performance art film’ for his new single ‘Picasso Baby‘ has now been released. The footage was gleaned from a 6 hour ‘endurance performance’ by Jay Z at New York’s Pace Gallery that included an audience of celebs, fans and art world heavyweights like George Condo, Lorna Simpson, Lawrence Weiner, Wangechi Mutu, Andres Serrano and the granddaughter of Picasso himself, Diana Widmaier. See if you can pick em out in the clip above.