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Jakob Kolding

Saturday March 27th, director Ann Goldstein of the Stedelijk Museum opened the exhibition Stakes Is High by young Danish artist Jakob Kolding at SMBA Amsterdam. Since the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, once one of the leading museums in modern art worldwide, has been closed for ‘major restoration’ for years, their project space Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, or SMBA, is as close as you’ll currently get to the Stedelijk’s feel. Where the museum is renowned for its quality collection of classic modern works, the bureau is more of a platform for contemporary art. It has organized exhibitions of Amsterdam-based art in an international context since 1993. Continue reading

Czer (UCA)

Today let’s take a quick look at one of my favorite street artists/graffiti writers: Czer, one of L.A.’s best. Here’s a high quality video brought to us by GraffHead of Czer (UCA) painting one of his awesomely disgusting characters larger than life.

New Works from Patrick Martinez

Patrick Martinez is a Los Angeles-based fine artist originally educated on the streets. As a graffiti writer in the early 1990s, he found his love for the creative process and began developing his skills.  After attending Pasadena High School of Visual Arts and Design, he went on to Pasadena Community College. While attending school, and for some time afterward, Martinez worked primarily in the hip-hop community that raised him–he served as Art Director for Concentrated Entertainment for two years, all the while freelancing for other labels such as Stones Throw and Divine Forces.

His own personal work stayed on the back-burner until 2001, when he felt it was time to move forward and got himself into Art Center in Pasadena.  Finally focusing on himself as an artist, he left his final schooling with a BA in Fine Art and found himself working on the things he had always envisioned: showcasing the scenes and people of Los Angeles, giving us examples of the everyday beauty we as Angelinos usually take for granted. Continue reading

Bearings Glocken

Here is an example of what I believe we all here at the Crossing are all about: music, creativity, and a do-it-yourself attitude. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Bearings Glocken.

Using steel ball bearings and computer-driven servos, this insane device can play it all. In this case, we are given a simple demo. Direct your way over to their site to see and read more about it.

RETNA: Desaturated

Tonight is the opening night of RETNA’s solo show at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles. RETNA is an amazing L.A.-based graffiti writer representing the well-known MSK/AWR/7TH LETTER crews. For those of you who are not yet familiar with his work, below are some helpful tools to prepare you for tonight’s event.

If any of you make it out to the show, please shoot me an email. I would love to ask you some questions and get my hands on any visual coverage you may have. Continue reading

The Kings’ War – Tonight in L.A.

Big party tonight in Los Angeles.  The Kings’ War, an all-night event starting at 3pm, will be held at 1018 Santa Fe Ave. in L.A. New works by Graffiti artists XPRESS, BASKO, NUKE, and nearly two dozen other Los Angeles-based artists. It sounds like an event not to be missed. There will also be a poppin’ battle with a cash prize of $200. Unfortunately, I don’t think my choreographed dance to “Chunk Blower” will win, but it might be worth a shot.

$10 at the door. Check out the flyer for more info. Continue reading

Gerhard Trimpin: Mad Scientist of Sound

Gerhard Trimpin, commonly known simply as Trimpin, is a Seattle-based kinetic sculptor and sound artist. Born and raised in Istein, Germany, he learned most of his trade from his father. A player of both wood and brass instruments, Trimpin took up the latter at a young age and soon developed an allergy to some of the metals used in the instruments, forcing him to quit playing. He then turned his attention to natural sounds and the relativity of sound in space. His father would take him into the woods and play him songs so he could walk around the surrounding forest, noting the subtle changes in his father’s playing.

After studying at the University of Berlin, Trimpin moved to Seattle in search of outdated technological components, which were more difficult to obtain in his home country. Throughout the early 1980s, he spent his winters fishing in Alaska to fund the coming year’s work. Before there was MIDI, Trimpin invented his own custom protocol, eventually transferring his works over when MIDI finally arrived. Preferring to use computer-driven components to the instruments themselves, he believes that loudspeaker design, which has remained the same for nearly 100 years, is unable to produce a high enough quality and range of tone to accurately re-create anything played in the traditional sense. However, he has broken his rule once. When he was commissioned by the Seattle Experience Music Project, he installed Roots and Branches: dozens of electric guitars wired in sequence to play only one note each, coming together to create a rich series of tunes. The sound is produced via loudspeaker and headphone modules located at the bottom of the contraption. Continue reading

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