September 8th, 2010
“The oldest promising young artist in the Pacific Northwest.”
“Contemporary art should be relevant to our lives and experiences,” Krafft has said. “The time we live in produces curious and splendid souvenirs of the events we live through.”
Charles Krafft embodies the spirit of a 16 year old anarchist thriving inside of the shell of a 60 year old man from the pacific northwest. Working for over 30 years as an artist Krafft has dabbled in a variety of mediums, and has always taken the same youthful approach regardless of the materials at hand. He manages to tastefully juxtapose contrasting mediums and messages in a way that confuses, insults, and stretches the imagination of innocent onlookers. Part of my enjoyment upon stumbling across Krafft was the journey that ensued, leading me down a rabbit hole filled with poems, paintings, ceramic dishes, and secret societies… Charles has lived every minute of the past 30 years as an artist… and for me there is little else in life that is more inspiring.
June 30th, 2010
“Ravi Zupa is Denver’s rare resident poet-painter, sculptor, film artist, activist & intellectual. Ravi self identifies as an anarchist, and these humanist ideas are at the center of all his work and DIY ethos. He is fully self taught and draws lessons from movements and artists who came before him. His works are as varied as his visual inspirations; the German Renaissance, Flemish primitives, Japanese Block art, Religious Iconography from Europe, Asia and pre-Columbian South America, & 20th century revolutionary propaganda. Ravi uses all these old myths, styles and imagery to tell the tale of modern “man” and his condition.
Ravi rejects academia and all pretensions and seeks to celebrate the “everybodyness” of art. With his work he aims to induce the same sense of frantic inspiration which inspires him when he sees a piece. He believes that art should be inclusive, and he puts this idea into practice. Ravi’s work goes beyond art, and he lives the epic battles of ideas found in his pieces in his every day life. It’s rare to find a visual artist with the mind of a poet, that draws from such a rich well of history & creates such a diverse body of work.” ~Tim Holland (Sole)
The Pyre, an exhibit of new works by Zupa, is directly inspired by a collaborative book project by the same name between the artist and renowned hip hop musician, Tim Holland, better known as Sole, founder of the Anticon record label. Though the work in this exhibit exists outside the narrative within “the Pyre” book, as Zupa puts it, “they are the direct result of the same fire and seek to convey the same skepticism, want, desperation, and optimism”.
“The Pyre” New Works by: Ravi Zupa
OPENING RECEPTION : FRIDAY JULY 2, 6PM
Illiterate Gallery : 82 S. Broadway : Denver, CO 80209
January 28th, 2010
I honestly never thought I’d see or potentially ride a highspeed rail in the US but from the sounds of this article and so many similar ones popping up lately, we have a strong chance of this becoming reality. I must also admit that hearing that Florida (of all places) would be one of the first to receive said trains and that Texas would follow there after. What does make me smile on the inside, is how many people are not only behind such plans for tracks to be laid across the US, but how much momentum these plans are gaining thanks to the Obama administration. Undoubtedly, this will be one of the most important and crucial periods of American development in our lifetime.
Read more here.
Illustration by Paul Rogers
June 28th, 2009
I was introduced to these brilliant works of art a while back now but wanted to share them with those unfamiliar with Polish film poster artwork. In a nutshell the state-owned nature of the film industry in Poland meant that its poster makers were freed up from the usual constraints – resulting in some outstanding work, far removed from their big budget counterparts.
Just a couple I’ve chosen from a huge collection (from left to right): Harry and the Hendersons, Eyes Wide Shut, The Fly, Weekend at Bernies
May 15th, 2009
There is an interesting article up on the NPR website covering “Dark Night of the Soul” a collaboration between Sparklehorse, Danger Mouse, & Director David Lynch. There are a handful of other people involved in the project, which I am listening to as I write… the article is interesting and definitely worth a read… makes you think about all the rad shite that may never see the day of light due to bureaucracy.
As it turns out the album may NOT ever be released… there is a link to listen to the album for free online for now via NPR. Drop by and caress the play button while you still can. Hoping to be able to pick this album up and drop it into my playlists sooner… fingers crossed.
March 2nd, 2009
cypher13 drops some knowledge for this GOOD competition explaining to us how this mess of a financial crisis came about. Word!
November 4th, 2008
Today’s the day, get out and vote. Find your polling place at maps.google.com/vote
October 31st, 2008
Behind The Candidates is a slick and simple interface that gives a quick and concise peek into those running and shaping the administrations on both sides of the ticket. These are the people that will be guiding our next President along with our future.
October 29th, 2008
Interesting little motion piece referencing the costs of war that the public don’t get a chance to see. Collaborative project between GOOD and Athletics.
October 7th, 2008
Barack Obama tees now for sale on teebama.com.
October 2nd, 2008
Anyone in the Twin Cities who doesn’t know where to go to catch the VP debates should check out the Riverview Theater tonight at 7PM. The Riverview will be showing of the live debates in the theater. Admission is free. There should be even more action and drama in this round of debates than the last Rambo movie, so don’t miss ‘em! Check the Riverview Theater for more info.
September 6th, 2008
From the looks of it, Scot has some great new posters up for sale on his site. The posters are limited edition of 75, two-color screenprinted on thick stock. Swing by his site to make a transaction or peep them close up. Hit up JoyEngine for more información.
September 5th, 2008
Rich Silverstein created a large poster documenting the Bush years and laid it out for all of Minneapolis to see. Watch video here.