Posts Tagged ‘Avant-garde’

n+1 #9

Published April 8, 2010 by Molly

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In an age when the print media appears to be coughing its final loogies into a bloody handkerchief, it is worth paying attention to the few magazines that stick around. For a print publication to do well in this freaky climate is no small feat, and n+1 is not only alive, but practically fist-pumping.

If you’re not familiar with the magazine, it can be summed up as a controversial and whip-smart journal of everything that might matter to the contemporary young man or woman: video games, the internet, sex, zombie novels, avant garde food, narcoterrorism in Mexico, parties in Miami, cave painting, hedge funds, and more. Contributors include WLYS favorite Sam Lipsyte (whom we covered here), Benjamin Kunkel, Juan Villoro and more.

The newest issue is hot off the press, and we recommend nabbing a copy before it sells out!

Ephemera Assemblyman

Published February 24, 2010 by Molly

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Ephemera Assemblyman is exactly what it sounds like and four times as cool. Curated by a twenty-six year old Californian named Joel, the website is a repository of well-chosen, odd and beautiful images images posted with tidbits of information designed to tease out their subtleties.

What sort of image, you ask? The kind of image that looks like it emerged from between the pages of a university library book that hasn’t been checked out in sixty years and stands gathering dust in the stacks. Or maybe the kind of image dug up in a box in the attic, or acquired on eBay or…who knows? That’s sort of the point. Joel excavates the images so that you don’t have to.

Among the best include illustrations from The Annotated Dracula, the collages of Wilfried “S├Ątty” Podriech, Slovenian film posters (above), theater posters, hypnotist posters, avant-garde stationary, and Russian Revolutionary periodicals. But honestly, you could spend hours tooling around the site. Be a pal and share it with your friends.

Yayoi Kusama

Published June 25, 2009 by Molly


The Yayoi Kusama show currently exhibiting at New York’s Gagosian Gallery a is either a splendidly appropriate birthday present to the 80-year-old artist or a free public service for the masses. Either way, it’s worth a pilgrimage to pay tribute or just ponder the void.

A staple of New York’s avant-garde scene in the 1960s, Kusama is known for her psychedelic repetitions and floating dot patterns, both of which originated in hallucinations from a neurotic disorder that Kusama first experienced at age ten.

The exhibit’s crown jewel, the above “Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity”, is a dazzling installation of white lights draped from the ceiling and reflected on four walls. A shallow pool of water on the ground completes the illusion, and taken in total the installation is an apt expression of infinity (a concept dear to Kusama).

If you can’t get to the exhibition, sate your curiosity with a peek at Kusama’s MySpace.

Ostwald Helgason

Published June 9, 2009 by Molly


The adjectives you’d use to describe Ostwald Helgason clothes are the same ones you’d use to describe space photography or Tilda Swinton’s bone structure: well-formed, aesthetically-pleasing, mysteriously compelling.

The label is the brainchild of Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason, a pair of Europeans who sound like Olympic lugers and whip up garments with strongly transformative powers. Investigate the current collection if things like narrative prints, architectural silhouettes and men’s tailoring ring your bell.