V Magazine Spain edition x photo by Matthew Williams for Dior- Film edited by Marie Schuller.
MATTHEW WILLIAMS PORTRAIT OF KENNETH ANGER FOR PURPLE MAGAZINE TAKEN AT MUSSO AND FRANKS. THE OLDEST RESTAURANT IN LOS ANGELES.
Leo GABIN (Lieven Deconinck, Gaëtan Begerem & Robin De Vooght, b. Ghent, Belgium, live and work, Ghent, Belgium), have worked as a collective since the early 2000's in a variety of media including video, painting, drawing and sculpture. Leo GABIN teaches as a collective at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, where they received their Fine Art degrees.
Leo GABIN take inspiration from the internet's proliferation of media images, particularly the wealth of information that uncomfortably straddles the private and public realm, and harvest content from this never ending morass. The work and methodology implicitly explores the transience and capriciousness that underpins youth culture. References to sex, violence and celebrity, nestle among a canny social critique that manifests through an aesthetic which combines the influence of the street art they were exposed to as teens with a consciousness of art world trends.
Not limiting their practice to one medium Leo GABIN's approach is indicative of a media savvy generation. Traditional barriers between mediums are broken down as they work across video, digital media, drawing, print, painting and sculpture. Their influences collide and fashion spreads become quasi-expressionist paintings, trashy headlines parade across canvases and 'It Girls' appear to mutate into sculptures.
Leo GABIN push romantic notions of artistic inspiration aside and create works that use aggregated social media content to provoke the imagination. In doing so, the works that emerge expose the often unsavory nature of the content that our colleagues, friends and teenagers are openly putting online.
Peres Projects will present Leo GABIN as part of ReMAP 2011 in Athens, Greece and a large solo exhibition at our Berlin Mitte gallery in early 2012.
From the album 'Crooks & Lovers' (Hotflush Recordings)
Video directed by Tyrone Lebon
It has been reported that DJ Mehdi has died following a fatal accident in which he fell from a roof at his home in France. The incident happened last night and has shocked the dance community. Two other people have also been hospitalised.
DJ Mehdi was a key part of the Paris based Ed Banger crew. He was greatly loved by fans and contemporaries alike.
News of his death came via a series of French news websites and Twitter today.
Scores of high profile DJs including Skream, Mr Ozio, A Trak, Chromeo and Felix Da Housecat have been paying respects via social media.
The Paris Social Club, a popular Ed Banger hang out, will close tonight out of respect to DJ Mehdi. The club posted on its Facebook: “We have made the exceptional decision to close the club tonight. An evening of silence in honor of the artist.”
DJ Mehdi was 34-years-old.
Our thoughts and wishes go out to Mehdi’s friends, family and the Ed Banger crew.
My favorite Ghetto Goth Salem group premiered their video of King Knight in NYC last night in a private screening at 75 Clarkson St.
Here it is
Director: Theo Wenner
Producer: Mariko Munro
Director of photography and cinematographer: Bobby Bukowski
Production design: Naomi Munro
Camera assistant: Julien Zeitouni
Grip: Colin Phelan
Apprentice: Jed DeMoss
Video courtesy of Purple
This is the world-famous Valentino singing Frank Sinatra's My Way at my friend Carlos Quirarte and Matt Kligmans night club Westway in New York City.
What an epic rendition!
Video courtesy of BFAnyc.com