Archive for October, 2010

LA – Day 4

October 25, 2010

Day 4, and my search for a reasonable cup of coffee in America continues. After I was here the last time I sought advice from the guys at Nude Espresso. They’re based on Hanbury St right around the corner from my studio and I think they possibly do the best coffee in London. They’re one of the leading lights in the 3rd generation of coffee shops in London, taking a more boutique and specialized approach to coffee after the years of caffeine rape by the unmentionable high-street chain cafes (I take this shit seriously).

Anyway, when I got back from the Eurotrash show in June,  Sasha at Nude recommended I check out  Intellegentsia Coffee and that I did.

We reached their Venice spot on Abbott Kinney with a short que in front of us. The coffee didn’t disappoint.

They also recently collaborated with Madlib to develop his own blend of espresso.

And on to the beach for a lil nature before the show opens.

There’s always going to be food involved.

Opening time. Get your game-face on.

Chloe and the Budman.

A Letter to America – Your Coffee is Shit

October 25, 2010

For a country fueled on caffeine, your coffee is pure shit. I’ve been here 6 times and every time I order a coffee all I get is a mug of hot coffee-flavoured water. Even in posher places where I think yes, this will definitely be good. No. Just black shit. There’s always bubbles too. Coffee shouldn’t have bubbles. It should have a nice crema coating the surface of the silkiest black gold.

LA – Day 3

October 24, 2010

An army marches on its stomach and all that. Brekkie at John O Groats on Pico (widely regarded as best breakfast in LA). It didn’t disappoint. Sounds strange but one of the best things about America is the French toast for breakfast.

Some last minute spit ‘n polish.

And over to Blum and Poe for the amazing Dirk Skreber show. We’ve been fans of his for quite a while. These mixed media pieces were stunning, he uses strips of foam tape to describe the figure.

We visited Shepherd Fairey’s Studio 1. I didn’t take any photos as I didn’t feel it appropriate to photograph another artists space and put it online so I took this random shot from the web. Thanks of course to Dan for the tour (and the goodies).

Mmmm more food. Masa’s in Echo Park.

Back on the road. These photos accurately describe my blurry mindstate.

LA – Day Two (Day One was fly fly fly, sleep sleep sleep)

October 24, 2010

Pulled up at the printers to see Chloe’s prints. Nice work on the outside by London Police and Buff Monster.

And on the the gallery to see how the show is looking.

Happy girl.

All they do in LA is drive.

Interesting photo thingy in the lift in our hotel. This city loves filming itself.

And then on to dindins. This was special. One of Jose Andres’ restaurants, he trained at El Bulli in Spain so you know this is going to be ridiculous.

Making Chloe’s nitrogen cocktail.

Chloe in LA

October 19, 2010

We’re off to LA tomorrow morning – sweeeeeeeeeet! –  for Chloe’s show at Corey Helford (already sold out). I get to go along as her +1, nice nice.

The piece above is a banger – Silver-Tip Symphony, at a whopping 6ft x 8ft.

I hear its raining at the moment, LA sort it out.

Modern Painters – The Gangster

October 19, 2010

There’s a nice feature in the current Modern Painters about Steve Laz and the gallery. Thats not me on the cover but thats me on the bottom right.

Achtung Baby

October 19, 2010

Just as the bold and the beautiful of the art glitteratti descended on London for the annual Frieze circus, I took Chloe away to Berlin as a surprise for too nights (what a guy). It was her birthday so she got to follow me around cold and wet Berlin while I took photos of graf.

We stumbled across this fantastic Mac and Kofie collab piece up by Prenzlaur Berg. I’d seen it online when it was done during the summer but nothing beats seeing the real thing especially when you’re not expecting it.

These Blu pieces were down the road from our hotel. East Berlin was made for Blu.

And we also popped in to catch Jaybo‘s new show at Circle Culture.

The Holy Smoke Quintet – Views

October 12, 2010

Thanks as always to Ian for the photos, Steve laz for the idea and support and everyone at Lazarides for pulling it all together (especially Vic).

The Holy Smoke Quintet

October 12, 2010

These are the 5 pieces I did for Hell’s Half Acre. Our general brief was Dante’s Divine Comedy. We could take from it what we wanted. Given its strong Catholic tone I was quite keen to look at Christianity’s relationship with Islam. I was in Bethlehem and Jerusalem earlier this year and it looks like the Middle East/US/West/Terrorism/Gihad  saga is going to go on for ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever so i thought this was the right time to stick my oar in (I might just have solved everything. Through oil paint. Go me). I’ve also been reading up a little on the Crusades, so these paintings are something to do with them.

Also, The Crusades were cooked up by Pope Urban II. I have been called an ‘urban’ artist, so really it was a no-brainer.

Anyway, there are 9 circles in Dante’s vision of hell, each one for various naughty deeds. The 7th Circle is for Violence but the Crusaders would have had to do a fair bit of that, so there you go, a contradiction in the church, who’d a thought. But the figures in these paintings aren’t Crusaders, they’re from a few century’s later. The Knights Hospitaller were a religious military order, originally set up to defend The Holy Land from the Muslims and later became known as the Knights of Malta to do the same job with the invading Ottomans in the 16th Century.

There’s also been a touch of Avarice (greed – 4th Circle) involved in the church over the years, hence my Golden Armada.

I called the series The Holy Smoke Quintet as a light-hearted counter to all the heavy religious business. Sounds like a jazz band. Its also a reference to the Middle East Quartet, a consortium involving the UN, Europe, US and Russia. I think they’re supposed to sort everything out.

The show opened last night and is running for the week. All the allocated time slots are full but keep an eye on the site for more details as its definitely worth coming down to see.

60×1 (choo choo!)

October 12, 2010

Reeeeally nice vid here from my boy JJ in Japan. He’s a Cork exile, stationed in the far reaches of the globe to see if there really is life outside of Cork (there isn’t). We used to spend a lot of time together in the pub. Now he lives in Japan and isn’t allowed to drink so he spends all his time on trains by the looks of things.

The music is done by my boy Rory who’s rather good at this sort of thing. He goes under The Chuckle Demographic. I’ve painted Rory before, should dig those flix out. Rory’s in another band called Freezerroom with my friend Graham. I’ve painted Graham loads too.


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