Brooklyn Museum recently hosted a life drawing session with a twist. Organised by artist Jeremy Deller, the subject was Iggy Pop. On the 21st of February a diverse group of arts students including retirees, undergrads, postgrads and practising artists aged 19-80 assembled at the Museum to draw the leathery one. The resulting works will be exhibited as part of the gallery’s Autumn exhibition program. Describing his choice of subject Deller said: ““For me it makes perfect sense for Iggy Pop to be the subject of a life class; his body is central to an understanding of rock music and its place within American culture. His body has witnessed much and should be documented.”
And if you’re in Melbourne and fancy attending a life drawing session sans Iggy check out Life Drawing Brunswick, run by artist Ruth O’Leary (who creates rad posters like the one above for each session). From 6:30pm every Tuesday night, 33 Tinning Street, Brunswick.
Dr Dre has announced that all royalties generated from the sales of his forthcoming album Compton will help fund a new performing arts and entertainment facility in…Compton. Dre’s been working with Compton Mayor Aja Brown and her office to realise the project. He says; “I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was. She actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, ‘Boom, this is what we should do.”
Kanye West’s new video for All Day, directed by Steve McQueen has finally been released. Well, sort of. The double-header video for the aforementioned single as well as new song I Feel Like That recently had a four day run at LACMA in Los Angeles. It features West bounding through a London warehouse filmed in tight close up in a single take.
On Friday West participated in a Q & A about the work at LACMA with McQueen and LACMA director Michael Govan that you can read more about here. It was a rambly affair typical of Kanye, in which he described his decision to work with McQueen as “elevating his palette” as well as his desire for his work to exist in an art context (West did go to art school after all).
No word yet on a general release for the video, so in the mean time check out the clip above of Kanye performing All Day at this year’s Brit awards.
“My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater.”
So says the ever modest Kanye West, in his recent guest lecture at Oxford University. Read the whole rambling thing online here, including the rather juicy revelation that the video for Kanye’s next single, ‘All Day’ has been shot by none other than film maker and artist Steve McQueen.
The late Mike Kelly was known for his work with Destroy All Monsters, a band he formed in 1973 in Detroit with Jim Shaw, Niagara and filmmaker Carey Loen, but audiences might be less familiar with The Poetics, an art rock band he played in with fellow artist Tony Oursler. The loosely assembled group kicked around between 1977 and 1983 and worked on various projects including a radio show, a sound track and a dance piece involving mop poles entitled ‘The Pole Dance’.
During that period Oursler kept notes from each of the Poetics brainstorming sessions, later used as inspiration for The Poetics Project Installation created by Oursler and Kelly in the late 1990s at Metro Arts in New York that went on to tour internationally. Together, they re-examined the projects they’d begun in the 70s, re-mastering and releasing old tracks, re-executing The Pole Dance and creating an installation that was hailed by the New York Times as the ‘most irritating show in New York City’ (to Mike Kelley’s delight).
Both artists were interested in exploring the conventions of documentary video and ‘rockumentaries’, and one element of the installation was Synesthesia, a suite of videos by Oursler featuring interviews with twelve legendary underground figures of the downtown New York art and music scene in the 1970s and 80s. Participants included Genesis Breyer P Orridge, Lydia Lunch, Kim Gordon and Suicide’s Alan Vega. Sadly difficult to watch online!
There are however some great texts about the project written by Kelly and Oursler respectively that you can read here and here. And you can watch Tony Oursler talk about The Poetics Project in situ in its 2013 incarnation at the Pompidou Centre here.