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Posts Tagged ‘Jesse Spears’

Partying with NADA, ANP and the Return of the Re-Run

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After swigging several dozen Stefan Sagmeister-tinis over at the Wolfsonian, we zig-zagged over to the Paris Theater where NADA (that would be the New Art Dealers Alliance) and ANP Quarterly hosted Nike’s “Re-Run” vintage running exhibition for the final stop on its four-city tour. The mystery musical act Car Clutch? It was actually ANP’s Brendan Fowler (who up until now we knew as BARR) and Ethan Swan. We caught Gang Gang Dance thrashing away while a packed-to-capacity crowd went wild in the orchestra pit. Unhappier hipsters waited in the lines that stretched outside until last call.

The installation snaked two stories high into the gorgeous Art Deco interiors, where Aaron Rose gathered work from a group of artists we’d like to call the next generation of Beautiful Losers: Scott Campbell, Tracy Nakayama, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Kime Buzzelli, Steven Harrington, Jesse Spears (who we’re still loving for her tattoo booth at Swerve), Eric Mast, Mike Pare, Jo Ratcliff and Alexis Ross, who painted the killer portrait of legendary long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine below. Photos are by Dan Monick and Jeaneen Lund. Graphics on the over 300 panels are by Keith Scharwath, with more images here. More Miaminess shots from Ed Templeton at ANP’s blog.

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Giant Pinwheels, Talking Trees and Not-So-Temporary Tattoos: Swerve Festival Photos

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We spent a few breezy moments sitting beneath a pinwheel designed by Mike Mills as it spun over Hollywood at the first-annual Swerve Festival. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

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Festival papa Jonathan Wells opens the first night’s screening of Surfwise.

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Aaron Rose does a sound check at the BARR Listening Tree; art by Jesse Spears.

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Spears also manned the highlight of the festival, a Sharpie tattoo booth.

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Crowds swelled to both observe and receive Spears’ awesome semi-permanent artistry.

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More Awesomeness Announced for Swerve Festival

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Just when we think, surely Jonathan Wells and his merry gang can’t squeeze any more action into these three days of joy, they hit us up with yet another announcement. Here’s the latest news from the Swerve Festival, taking place next weekend in LA.

Remember we told you that Aaron Rose would be curating the art show? Well here’s what Rose has to say about that: “Looking at art in galleries is dead. I didn’t want to have a little art ghetto in the middle of this dynamic festival.”

So, artists like Mike Mills, Terry Richardson, Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson and more were given instructions for how to build 15-foot high pinwheels that will dot the Barnsdall Art Park grounds.

25 trees will be transformed into “Listening Trees” where you can put on a pair of vintage headphones and hear musicians and performing artists like Animal Collective, No Age, Tommy Guerrero and BARR.

Plus, poke your face into novelty backdrops with cut-out head-holes by graffiti artists, check out the murals by Sage Vaughn, Chris Pastras and Jesse Spears, and should you want to take the art home with you, Jesse Spears will even grace a selected body part with a Sharpie tattoo.

Tickets and details here. And we will see you there.