Monthly Archive for July, 2009

There Is a Light that Never Goes Out

Hedi Slimane's Rock Diary (V Magazine)

Hedi Slimane's Rock Diary (V Magazine)

I had a nice lunch with a good friend yesterday and we had an interesting chat about some artists that currently move us. So we talked amongst others about the breathtaking work of Ryan McGinley. My friend is a real big Morrissey fan, I told him about McGinley’s series he did on Morrissey US tour concerts for two years (“Irregular Regulars” was the name of an exhibition back then). He did not know about this but then linked me to an issue of German ZEIT Magazin from November, 2008, which was done by the really cool editorial designer Mirko Borsche with some of McGinley’s work where he captured his view on the young America. So this might be a good addition to a previous post I wrote about the photographer.
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I Like This Tee Shirt …

Parra Likes the Tee Shirt ...

Parra Likes the Tee Shirt ...

Be sure to see Andy Gilmore’s work at Pool Gallery first but the next show is already coming up next month and this time it is the Dutch illustrator and designer Parra. The Exhibition is presented by Arkitip and Wood Wood who will set up a Pop Up Shop at their store in Rochstraße, Berlin with products of art by Parra.
Some time ago but not out of date is this nice Studio Visit by the San Francisco basedFecal Face, which is by the way one of the best resources for exceptional art anyway if you do not know them yet. A collection of work from Parra can be found on his site at Rockwell Clothing and watch this really cheerful animated music video he did for the band Le Le.

Pool Gallery Tucholskystraße 38, 10117 Berlin – Starts August, 27th

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A Boy, a Girl and a Bike

© Brent Humphreys / Izoard Fans

© Brent Humphreys "Izoard Fans"

Brent Humphreys is a photographer residing in Austin, Texas who is evidently really enthusiastic about cycling. It happens that he migrates to France every summer to attend Le Tour de France. He is taking pictures of this crazy circus as part of an ongoing book project.
Humphreys’ photos of people waiting along the route to catch this one moment of the cyclists flying by are awesome. The captures often have something of an arrangement. Watch his really impressive work about the race on Project Le Tour.

© Brent Humphreys "Jan and Porn" & "Rotisserie"

© Brent Humphreys "Jan and Porn" & "Rotisserie"

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The Dusty Cabinets Show – Part IV

@ 2009 by JB. / Photo by Rakaethe - www.rakaethe.net

@ 2009 by JB. / Photo by Rakaethe - www.rakaethe.net

With todays mix, JB. deals with the logical coalescence of different subgenres of UK “bass music” and modern, futuristic techno and house. Some people call it dubstep. It’s not the philosopher’s stone, but on a flooded market with standardized productions and less surprising releases, dubstep fills a need for refreshing and inspiring tunes. In the mix: not the grimey and less of the hollering and ripcutting macho movers… but the warm, dubby and bass-heavy breakbeat tunes at the edge of techno. With tracks by Peverelist, Scuba, Appleblim, Shed, T++, Clatterbox, Martyn, Kontext and more …

The Dusty Cabinets Show – Part IV
Download: In A Silent Way
Or just listen to it here
Mixed by Jenne in June, 2009

Come back for tracklist. A second part will soon be available here on JB. Magazine!

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One Year of Sub:Stance at Berghain

The Sub:Stance anniversary line-up

The Sub:Stance anniversary line-up

“One thing is for sure: there will be serious bass-music tonight!”
That’s what the info is saying and there is no doubt reading the line-up for the 1st anniversary party of the Dubstep night called Sub:Stance at Club Berghain, Berlin – the most famous Techno-club to date. Mala (Digital Mystikz) was the dude of the first paarty one year ago with massive tech sounds saturated in roots and dub music, Shackleton and my pal T++ also did great live performances.

This event usually takes place in Berghain only, but for this 1st Birthday party they have also programmed the Panorama bar for the completion of an insane line-up: Mala, Scuba or Loefah among others playing downstairs. John Osborn, Appleblim and two Detroit legends Dan Curtin and Stacey Pullen (!) are upstairs. Not to forget: the host himself Paul Spymania plays at Sub:Stance for the first time.

Preview: The next TDC Show will supply you with loads of Dubstep and Techno tunes. Be prepared!

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The Dusty Cabinets Show – Part III

© 2009 by John Osborn

© 2009 by John Osborn

Things are pretty busy at the moment and Part III is waiting for release. While preparing the new show that took ages so I put it off for next time, my friend John from Neonman and Studio Higgins responded pretty quickly to my request to do a custom mix for The Dusty Cabinets Show. So here is this powerful House mix exclusively recorded for JB. Thanks for this one, dude! A short interview with John is in the works, too. Enjoy a mix of really deep tunes alongside some heavily muscular floor-fillers. I would say: this guy is British! Welcome our first guest here at …

The Dusty Cabinets Show – Part III
Download: Yamaha Ride
or just listen to it here
Mixed by John Osborn in June, 2009

Check back for an interview with John Osborn within the next days … who knows; maybe he will reveal the tracklist.

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Where to Hang Out On the Dog Days?

Andy Gilmore / Le Corbusier / Urban Affairs / Tape Art

Andy Gilmore / Le Corbusier / Urban Affairs / Tape Art

What to do this month? Here are JB’s recommendations. If you have some spare time, don’t know what to do anyway, or you are an arty and unsettled Johnny, then you should broaden your mind with some challenging art. Requirement: being in Berlin this month!

Le Corbusier
This Thursday, July 9th the exhibition Le Corbusier – Kunst und Architektur at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Martin-Gropius-Bau will open its doors. Exhibitions here are always an experience, I guess this will mbe too. Le Corbusier was also a painter, writer and sculptor… that’s why he’s interesting to me. The venue of the exhibition was designed by the great uncle of Walter Gropius. Walter is right up there with Le Corbu in defining modern architecture. See below.

Modell Bauhaus
In 1919, the school which combined crafts with fine arts was opened by the founder Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany. As I will finally go to Dessau soon to see the Meisterhäuser, the exhibition Modell Bauhaus – also at Martin-Gropius-Bau – is another must-see for Bauhaus fans. The Bauhaus was formed when creative thinkers decided the arts needed a “breath of fresh air” after the creative dead-end of Gemany’s Grunderzeit period in which “kitsch” was invented.

Urban Affairs
The frequently so-called “Urban Art” has somehow a similar idea as the Bauhaus. At least both have an intersection. It is about urban living and art. It is communication and social interaction in the urban landscape. Stuff that’s made really well is improving, modifying or just messing up the questionable system. Some people who care about change show their work at the Urban Affairs in the Wedding district.

Andy Gilmore at Pool Gallery
This one is simply special: the Andy Gilmore show is starting on the 10th at the highly appreciated Pool Gallery at Tucolskystraße in Berlin-Mitte. Gilmore’s geometric art is of mathematical complexity, colorful graphics mostly on black background, infite layers of shapes and colors. The effect is simple and strong.

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