Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn’

Hisham Akira Bharoocha

Published June 7, 2010 by Molly

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Recognize the name? Hisham Akira Bharoocha is known for his legendary status as founding member of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice. But oh, he’s so much more: a photographer, an image-melter, a collaborator with Doug Aitken and Boredoms and Gang Gang Dance on sound pieces, and a creator of works “that show the absurdity and logic of how each mind works, what kind of relationships it creates between experiences and images that we absorb through our senses moment by moment.” (That’s from his artist’s statement.)

At the moment we’re particularly enthralled by Bharoocha’s photography. As the old cliché goes: every picture tells a story.

Luca Dipierro

Published June 2, 2010 by Molly

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Among the standard bits of information embedded within artist/filmmaker/writer Luca Dipierro’s biography is the sentence, “His life is based on a true story.” Cool! We love ontological riddles as much as the next guy/girl, and Dipierro’s work is studded with them in the darndest places.

There’s a lot to explore on Dipierro’s website. We recommend starting with the ART section, moseying on over to the FILM segment, and ending up with a tour of the WRITING archive. Neat stuff abounds—and it’s always refreshing to stumble upon a genuine polymath.

Jillian Tamaki

Published May 27, 2010 by Molly


How do we love Jillian Tamaki? Let us count the ways. The Canada-born and Brooklyn-based illustrator/artist illustrates for a huge variety of publications (everything from The Atlantic to Esquire), produced Skim, a graphic novel co-created with her cousin, and updates a delightful process blog whenever the inspiration strikes, which is (thankfully) often.

We love spying on Tamaki’s projects as they develop, including the tiny paper quilts made of rainbow squares which mingle with her thoughts on color theory and her spectacular, surreal collages. Check out the process blog here and don’t come crying to us if you get inspired to start your own!

Espen Friberg

Published April 19, 2010 by Molly

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Norwegian-born and Brooklyn-based artist Espen Friberg is a wizard of various mediums. We like his collages and amazing collection of papercuts for the Helsinki Biennale, to start, but there’s also the captivatingly “primitive” animation piece, the tee-shirt designs, the incredible posters, the fanzines, the adorable children’s book published in collabration with Øystein Dolmen (too bad we can’t read it), and, last but not least, a tumblr called Pimple Zoo which collects various digital shots by Friberg, because why the heck not?

A nice selection of Friberg’s work is available here, and we especially love the limited-edition silkscreened tote bags. Perfect for toting your colored pencils around the city.


Published March 10, 2010 by Rubin


BRAHMS is the new project of Brooklyn based Cale Parks and Eric Lyle Lodwick (Vulture Reality.) I first discovered Cale Parks through his percussion, piano and vibraphone duties in the band Aloha (who just released a new record yesterday.) Since that band he’s released two solo records and played with one of my Ohio favorites White Williams.

BRAHMS are fairly new, have only recorded a 4 song demo, played a slew of shows around New York the last few months and are playing somewhere around 10 times at SXSW in the next week but somehow seem like they’ve been around a long time.

You can grab their 4 song demo (for free and that I listened to non stop all weekend) from the band by signing up to their mailing list at their website. Visit them on myspace/facebook, follow them on twitter or visit their blog. (they’ve got it all covered.)

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MP3 >> Brahms – Another Time

Magazines We Love: A Public Space

Published February 22, 2010 by Molly

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It’s like some essential law of nature: as long as amazing people exist, there will be amazing magazines to collect and codify their thoughts and projects. Such is A Public Space, the Brooklyn-based magazine of literature and culture founded in 2005 to bring essays and fiction and poetry of all kinds to the reading public. Issue #9 features Nicholson Baker, Ichiro Suzuki, Love Letters, The Third Street Promenade, and a whole bunch of other stuff, all wrapped up in a suavely-designed package of goodness.

Also not to miss: The magazine is hosting an event on February 21st in Santa Monica, CA featuring the great raconteur T.C. Boyle, Carla Gugino, Joel David Moore and miscellaneous performances. Start arranging your carpool!

Chris Ballantyne

Published January 19, 2010 by Molly

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Chris Ballantyne’s paintings communicate a specific brand of serene, solitary joy. It’s a little like riding an endless left alone at the beach: slightly spooky, slightly amazing. Ballantyne’s work has its own rhythm and its own emptiness. He’s definitely comfortable with the void.

Floating on muted fields of color, the islands, waterfalls, jetties, pools and buildings of the artist’s work adopt a weird significance that is alternately touching and alienating. It’s the kind of work you want to look at all alone, with no one else in the gallery. Possibly it has something to do with the birds-eye perspective of the paintings, or the fact that his subjects are the stuff of everyday life—the kind of stuff we gloss over in the course of our routines. Nice to see that someone’s giving it a closer look.

Justin Valdes

Published December 17, 2009 by Molly




Impressive-looking art is often unimpeachable. Think of that massive topiary puppy by Jeff Koons or certain sculptures by Tom Friedman or anything by Dan Flavin: these things are beautiful and imposing and they do not look as though any human had ever touched them.

On the other end of the scale lies impressive-looking art that is somehow imminently approachable. Justin Valdes fits into this category, or maybe even exemplifies it. His drawings are intricate and calculated while offering the deception, at first glance, that anyone with a set of pencils and ink might eventually produce something so good. No one could, of course, but that’s part of the pleasure of taking in his work. He makes it look so easy.

Oh So Pretty

Published November 19, 2009 by Molly

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We’re suckers for letterpress. There’s something about the old-tymey (15th century!) process that lends a sense of craftsmanship to what otherwise would be produced on shimmering machines in sterile conditions. You can feel the handwork involved, even in something as simple as a notebook or thank-you card.

Brooklyn-based outfit Letters Lubell prints their cards on an antique press, and the teeny imperfections that result lend to the charm of the paper goods. We especially like this card, which exists at the unexpected four-way intersection of Tetris, Navajo textiles, Space Invaders and Rorschach blots.

Bryan Derballa and Lovebryan

Published July 30, 2009 by Molly


Bryan Derballa is a young freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, traveling New York and the world at large to shoot everything from car dealerships to charity galas to swimming holes in Colombia to chick-lit authors for venerable institutions like the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.

As a side project project Bryan maintains Lovebryan, a curated group of blogs by eight young photographers with keen eyes and adventurous spirits. You could spend a pleasant decade or two roaming through the archives, scrolling through photographic investigations into subjects as diverse as holistic Caribbean cruises, abandoned nuclear missile silos in Kansas, street parties in Luxor and little kids biking in Oakland.

Needless to say, the mix is exquisite: you never know what you’ll encounter next. Credit to Bryan for assembling the talent and providing a forum for their projects. This must be what the internet was intended for.