'Concrete Alphabets' Group Exhibition at 886 Geary Gallery, S.F.

886 Geary Gallery is pleased to present “Concrete Alphabets”

The opening reception will be Saturday, May 16th, from 7-11 pm

the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through May 1st, 2015.

“Every victory of the young has been a victory over words. Every victory over words has been a fresh, young victory..” Isidore Isou

Concrete Alphabets is a group exhibition that brings together 6 contemporary artists working in the medium of analog painting, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of letter-based work from gestural, abstract, calligraphic, hieroglyphic, and more. The artists each create and reference personal narratives from their roots as graffiti artists, but also draw inspiration from historical letter based art forms. This fusion of historical and geographical art forms such as New York Graffiti, European Graffiti, West Coast Cholo Style Writing, Calligraphy, Visual/Concrete Poetry, Script and more has lead to a new emerging hybrid art form. Contrary to contemporary postmodern artists utilizing Letterform in art for mostly conceptual purposes, or Concrete Poetry that involves a form of Visual Poetry, Concrete Alphabets acts as hybrid where each artist defines his own work based upon unique personal narratives involving aspects of Letterform/Alphabets

An important aspect of this shared perspective is how each artist has maintained and utilizes analog painting as a medium, thus allowing them to keep their own signature mark making prevalent in the artwork. This hand painted nature of their work is a key component when deciphering their underlying history as an artist and also provides deeper insight into their artwork. Repetition through countless hours are inherent within each stroke of the brush, history, energy, expression, rhythm, gesture, are just some of what you witness in each individuals hand style. Because of differing backgrounds, formal education, geographic, cultural, differences a range of conceptual elements and aesthetics is established in this exhibition. Concrete Alphabets is an introduction to an emerging group of painters who bridge today’s generation with past generations of letter-based artists. Artwork ranging from purely abstract, deconstructed letterform, hieroglyphic, to polished handwritten script, we attempt to represent with this exhibition a spectrum that establishes a deeper perspective of language/alphabets then just a word or concept. 

Artists exhibiting: Defer (Los Angeles), Faust (New York), Niels Shoe Meulman (Amsterdam), Rostarr (New York), Stohead (Germany), Zepha-Vincent Abadie Hafez (France).

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JULY PRINT RELEASE ON ROSTARR SHOP


This month's print release:  "Deep Blue Sea"

Surfboard woodblock print on Shikoku Natural 80gm Washi paper 

20 x 79.5 inches (50.8 x 201.93 cm)

Edition of 15 prints, signed / stamped/ numbered 


Handprinted by master printer Keigo Takahashi 


*Available exclusively on the Rostarr Shop 


NEW WEBSITE & ROSTARR SHOP!

 

Welcome to the relaunch of ROSTARR.COM & introducing the ROSTARR SHOP

Starting today you will be able to view & purchase Screenprints / Limited Edition Items / Gear / Books and other Ephemera.

Please check weekly for new releases and special vintage Rostarr items. 

This week's release: the ROSTARR X CHARI & CO Capsule Collection, in association with United Arrows | Beauty & Youth, Japan

This collection features: Limited Edition Print / Sunglasses / 5 Panel Caps / Bucket Hats / T-Shirts 

for more information, go to: www.chariandconyc.com

LEILA HELLER GALLERY @ ABU DHABI ART 2013

LEILA HELLER GALLERY / BOOTH H2-11 at ABU DHABI ART 2013

NOVEMBER 20-23, 2013

UAE PAVILION and MANARAT AL SAADIYAT
SAADIYAT CULTURAL DISTRICT 
ABU DHABI, UAE 

Leila Heller Gallery is please to announce its participation in Abu Dhabi Art 2013, 
The Gallery will present a focused rendition of Leila Heller's iconic exhibition Calligraffiti 1984-2013

featuring works by artists: 
Ayad Alkadhi | Hadieh Shafie | Rostarr | Niels "Shoe" Meulman | Shirin Neshat |
Yasmina Alaoui | Charles Hossein Zenderoudi | Farideh Lashai | Rachid Koraichi | 
and sculpture installation by Richard Hudson 

Originally presented in 1984 at Leila Heller's former uptown gallery, and once again in September 2013 at Leila Heller Gallery in Chelsea,Calligraffiti explored a myriad of connections shared between the seemingly disparate styles of abstract expressionist art, graffiti writing, and calligraphy artists from the Middle East and is diaspora. For Abu Dhabi Art 2013, Leila Heller Gallery will focus its exhibition on a selection of works by Contemporary artists who push the boundaries of traditional Arabic and Persian script into a new abstract configurations, amplifying the bridging of cultures, nationalities and politics. The works included are a testament to the continuous negotiations taking place with the calligraphic tradition.

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for more information go to:
www.leilahellergallery.com 
www.abudhabiartfair.ae

"CALLIGRAFFITI 1984/2013" @ LEILA HELLER GALLERY NYC

CALLIGRAFFITI 1984/2013

September 5 - October 5, 2013
Opening reception: September 5, 5:30 - 8:30pm

LEILA HELLER GALLERY 
568 WEST 25TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10001

Leila Heller is pleased to announce Calligrafiiti 1984/2013, on view from September 5 - October 5, 2013. Originally curated in 1984 by Jeffrey Deitch (Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) at Leila Heller's former uptown gallery, Calligraffiti explored a myriad of possible connections shared between the seemingly disparate styles of select mid-century abstract U.S. graffiti and calligraphic artists from the Middle East and it's diaspora. 

By presenting an expanded and updated roster of artist including site-specific installations by emerging and established artists 30 years later,Calligraffiti 1984/2013 re-examines the global impact of street art and calligraphy as converging modes of personal expression, popular culture, and political dissent mutually grounded in arrogating the systems of language. Featuring more than 50 works by artist ranging from Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner; Hans Hartung and Cy Twombly; Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat; and Hossein Zenderoudi and Pouran Jinchi, the exhibition will also include site-specific installations by emerging and established artists. LA2 will be creating an installation in Leila Heller Gallery's front room visible from 25th street, while Tunisian/French artist eL Seed will be painting a mural in the 11th Avenue windows. 

An illustrated catalogue with an introductory text by Jeffrey Deitch will accompany the exhibition. 

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VIEW/DOWNLOAD CATALOGUE

HIDDEN CHAMPION 10TH ANNIVERSARY ART EXHIBITION IN TOKYO

HIDDEN CHAMPION MAGAZINE PRESENTS 

"LIBRARY"

A GROUP ART EXHIBITION COMMEMORATING HIDDEN CHAMPION'S 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY

AUGUST 2ND THROUGH AUGUST 5TH, 2013 
ON VIEW DAILY FROM 12:00 - 20:00
@ CREME DE A CREME
Fiction Building 2F, 2-22-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo / Tel: 03-6677-9155 

Featuring artists: 
ALESSANDRO SIMONETTI / ANDY MUELLER / ANTHONY ACOSTA / BNE / CRAIG "KR" COSTELLO
DISKAH / ERIC HAZE / HAROSHI / HITOTZUKI / IAN JOHNSON / JERRY HSU / KEN GOTO
KID ZOOM / KIM SONGHE / KIZM / KOSUKE KAWAMURA / MADSAKI / MARK DREW / MAROK
MASARU TATSUKI / MHAK / NAOKI ISHIKAWA / ROSTARR / SHANIQWA JARVIS
SAND NAOKI / SHANTELL MARTIN / SHOHEI / SHOHEI TAKASAKI 

LATEST PRINT RELEASE WITH PAPER MONSTER

PAPER MONSTER x ROSTARR DUAL PRINT EDITION / RELEASING TODAY 

We are excited to share with you two great prints, titled La Lune and La Lune (With Blessings), which will also be available to purchase at noon tomorrow, Wednesday December 5th.  Not only are these prints our first time collaborating with Rostarr, La Lune is our first circular print, which we are very excited about.

La Lune (With Blessings) is a beautiful smaller edition version that Rostarr has given what he likes to call his hand finished "blessings."  Check both prints out at Paper Monster now for full details.

La Lune (framed in picture above)
Dimensions: Circular @ 26.5 Inches Diameter
Screenprint on Archival Paper
Signed - Rostarr 2012

AGNES B PRESENTS REDUX GRAPHIC SERIES: ROSTARR, INSIDE THE WORKSHOP

THE REDUX GRAPHIC SERIES : ROSTARR, Inside the workshop from Collectif Combo on Vimeo.

agnes b. presents THE REDUX GRAPHIC SERIES
First episode with ROSTARR, inside his workshop. www.rostarr.com

The Brooklyn artist talks about his work and his ways of inventing new forms.

Related interview published on paper in REDUX#38. www.redux.fr

Directed by Erwann Lameignère.
Image : Raphaël Hache.
Edit : Maxime Pozzi-Gracia.
Interview : Olivier Dezèque.
Music A CITY GAME by Sayem, courtesy of Disque Primeur.
Production : Collectif Combo for REDUX. www.collectifcombo.com

THE REDUX GRAPHIC SERIES introduces you to the creative world of international artists coming from the graphic design. Made possible by agnès b. www.agnesb.com

"KILL THE EGO" IS NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES FOR IPAD BY COLLECTORSERIE

I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MY FILM "KILL THE EGO" IN COLLABORATION WITH SOUNDWALK IS NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES BYCOLLECTORSERIE TO VIEW IN FULL HD QUALITY FOR YOUR IPAD DEVICE! 

USA / 2008 / video / 40 min / color
Video available to download for 14.99 €

 

LINK TO GET THE COLLECTORSERIE APP TO PURCHASE THE FILM HERE

Exhibitions & Press
Screening @ Centre Pompidou 2010 
Screening @ Hors Piste Tokyo 2011
Screening @ Venice International Film Festival 2010
Vice Magazine / The Creators Project w/ KTE Producer Eric Dalbin
Juxtapoz Top 100 Moments of 2009

 “Kill the Ego” began as a song, as an epic 40-minute-long poem composed of 10 years of sound recordings made in New York between 1998 and 2008. The fragmented memories of poets and dominatrixes, of pimps and prophets, of visionaries and lost children – the gamut of stories from the street: of the most obscure corners, of underground unrest, intimate and universal biographies of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx – Soundwalk has captured and woven together the sounds, conversations, and songs of urbanity. The double-ended candle of decadent Lower East Side rock, the sharp-witted, ironic hip-hop of the high-numbered streets, cinema, art, form one soul, one body: New York, worn-in like baseball glove leather, its scrapes and tears reminiscent of the ear that René Char called “the passage of whispers.” So it is that Soundwalk’s sound design creators Stephan Crasneanscki and Dug Winningham have captured, in the street and the studio, the hope and sadness of the soul of New York.

At the beginning of the film “Kill the Ego”, the artist Rostarr meets with Soundwalk, thanks to the Dalbin label, for an exposition at the cultural institution MAC Créteil. Rostarr, who lives and works in New York, has been invited to create a visual interpretation of Soundwalk’ sound recordings. 

After the meeting, Rostarr listened to the soundtrack on loop, split it into parts, and scripted each part before launching it into an art series documented by directors Jim Helton and Ron Patane. Inspired by the technique used in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s masterpiece “Le Mystère Picasso”, as well as the work of experimental filmmakers Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon, the directors sought to give life to the creative process during the filming and editing.

Living in the spotlight, Rostarr is a warrior, armed with paint and ink. His mastery of movement and the boldness of his undertakings, an explosive fusion of broad, fluid strokes and streaks of reckless abandon, yields work that shows a full spectrum of creative inspiration and process. Each modulation in the sound composition is reproduced in his painting, which evolves before our eyes as a moving work of art. The stories surface and sink away, swelling and changing from representation to emotional reaction; from something heard to something felt. During the filming, the soundtrack was played ceaselessly – the sound merging with the painting in the artist’s studio. Later, during the editing, sound and image were formally mixed and gave birth to the aural and visual work that is the film “Kill the Ego”.

Started in 2008 and finished in 2009, the first 20 minutes of “Kill the Ego” was presented at the international festival Exit in Paris and then screened at the 'Frying Pan' as part of the Fountain contemporary art fair in New York, and screened for the first time in its entirety on February, 26th 2010 at the Pompidou Center, Paris, as part of the Hors Pistes festival, followed by viewings at the 37th Edition of Paris’ highly renowned Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain known as la FIAC, then premiering in New York at the reknown Anthology Film Archives, In São Paulo, Brasil at the MIS Museu Da Imagem E Do Som for the Rojo Nova month-long exhibition, Circuito Off / Venice International Short Film Festival and in 2011 was selected by the Pompidou Centre as an International Film selection at the Hors Pistes Tokyo Film Festival. 

Full Film Credits

"QUARANTE PAR TRENTE" EXHIBITION @ GALERIE L.J. PARIS

Forty By Thirty / Quarante Par Trente Group Show
March 15 through April 7. *This show has been extended until April 28! 
Vernissage on March 15, 7pm - 9:30pm 

GALERIE L.J. 
12 rue Commines 75003 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 72 38 44 47
Map & Facebook Link

For its first show of 2012 and in conjunction with the Month of Drawing in Paris, Galerie LJ has invited more than twenty artists to produce original works on paper on the standard european size 40 x 30 centimeters. 

Featuring works by artists:
ALLYSON MELLBERG | ANNE GEOFFROY | BRENDAN MONROE | EVAH FAN | HONET | JENNY HART | KORALIE | POCH | SUPAKITCH | ANTOINE CORBINEAU | CHEN HANGFENG | IRINA DAKEVA | JEREMY TAYLOR | KARIN CYRÉN | LITTLE MADI | MOTOMICHI NAKAMURA | RAGNAR PERSSON | RAYMOND LEMSTRA | SUN LEE SIEW LOO | YUE WU | ROSTARR

"CASA DE EMPEÑO" EXHIBITION @ ANONYMOUS GALLERY MEXICO CITY

"Casa De Empeño" Group Exhibition 
Anonymous Gallery / Mexico City
Zacatecas 173 Col. Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc
Ciudad de México 

Opens February 9  – March 31

Opening Reception: February 9, 8 – 10 pm 

Casa de Empeño is a group exhibition based conceptually on the function of a pawnshop and serves to examine current systems of economy, currency and exchange.

featuring the artworks of:
Balám Bartolomé, Katherine Bernhardt, Kadar Brock, Clayton Brothers, Melissa Brown, Miguel Calderón, Marcos Castro, Alex Dorfsman, David Ellis, Erik Foss, Munro Galloway, Gabriela Galván, Orly Genger, Till Gerhard, Evan Gruzis, Maya Hayuk, Ryan Humphrey, Todd James, Matt Jones, Misaki Kawai, Richard Kern, Greg Lamarche, Matt Leines, Keegan McHargue, Chris Mendoza, Carlos Alvarez Montero, Edgar Orlaineta, Iker Ortiz, Diego Pérez, Pablo Power, Néstor Quiñones, Mösco, Lucy Raven, José Luis Sanchéz Rull, Kasper Sonne, Bill Saylor, Kostas Seremetis, Shelter Serra, Dash Snow, Judith Supine, Peter Sutherland, Chuck Webster, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Romon Kimin Yang, Brenna Youngblood, and more...

GROUP EXHIBITION "F*CK ART" @ THE MUSEUM OF SEX

"F*CK ART" Group Exhibition 
at the Museum of Sex, New York City
233 5th Avenue @ 27th Street

Opens February 8 – June 10, 2012

In response to the growing anti-institution sentiment pervasive in our culture, the Museum of Sex has engaged a group of 20 select street & contemporary artists to occupy the third floor gallery at the Museum of Sex. Showcasing work that pushes the boundaries of our relationship to sexuality in public space, F*CK ART invites a dialogue around the power of visual provocation in the urban environment.

This installation is a combination of existing pieces and site-specific works created for the run of the show.

F*CK ART is curated by Emilie Baltz and Mark Snyder.