Kelly's work has been some of my favorite over the last couple years. I'd suggest hitting your favorite googles to see more. As sad as this is, 92 years creating is one hell of a life lived. I remember chasing a building he painted and added a sculpture to in LA two summers ago. I waited an hour for a truck to leave just to get a clear photo of it.
There's all these great and detailed things you can read about Ellsworth's prolific life and career. Here's a couple of my favorite:
This is great. On some dope question and answers, you know? This upcoming election is especially important to me and I might start making more of a big deal about it.
This whole part here is so money:
You've had a front-row seat for the gridlock here in D.C. dogging President Obama. What chance do you see of getting your agenda through Congress?
If we win this election, it will have said that the political revolution is moving forward. In other words: I will not get elected unless there is a huge increase in voter turnout. That's a simple fact. And I will not get elected unless there are a lot of working-class people, who have turned their backs on the political system, now getting engaged in the system. Young people now getting engaged. And I will not get elected unless there is a significant increase in public consciousness.
The Republicans get away with murder. They cast horrendous votes with the full expectation that most Americans don't know what they're doing. If I am elected president, the American people will know what [Republicans] are doing. And here's the good news: The Republican agenda is a very unpopular agenda.
If people really understand what goes on here in Washington, and the power of big money and the power of corporate America and the power of Wall Street, then we will be able to get that agenda through.
How would you keep your supporters involved from the Oval Office?
Look, politicians respond. If the people are asleep and not involved, they respond to the lobbyists and donors. But when people speak up and fight, if you want to survive [as a politician], you have to respond. My job is to activate people to fight for their rights and to force Congress to respond to the needs of working families.
What the president can do is to say to the American people, "OK, if you think that it is important that public colleges and universities are tuition-free, and that that program be paid for based on a tax on Wall Street speculation, well, on March 15th there is going to be a vote in the House, and let's see if we can bring large numbers of people here to Washington to say hello to members of Congress. Let us make every member of Congress aware that millions of people are involved in this issue. They know how you are going to vote." Of course we'll win that.
First full project ever on iTunes. First time fucking with a label. First time with a little $ to play with for beats/sample clearances, features etc. Songs recorded in New York & LA over multiple trips back and forth.
Famous All My Life Phantom (Redux) Vanity Fair 7 Billion People Let It Go (Feat. Nina Sky) 100 Years (Bonus)
Say what you want about this kid but I think he's one of the more interesting movie stars we've ever seen. Until you're making millions from dumb shit yet still dedicate yourself to this level of discipline in your art, please chill.
LaBeouf: I can’t articulate how big this was. I don’t even know yet. All I know is I feel the weight of it. I’m walking through the streets and I’m smiling, like a cartoon character…I felt extraordinary support…Once you press play on your life and you open up and there’s that vulnerability and not only are people getting the artistic side of you but they’re getting the human side of you, watching that, you’ve shared everything. And the fact that you can walk out of there and people are still nodding at you and giving you a thumb’s up…it’s something else. I really don’t even know what it is yet, because I haven’t sat on it or done any writing or thought about it at all. I just know if I can explain a feeling, I feel lighter today. I feel love today. It’s as simple as this: I used to order my coffee and when they’d say, “Hey what’s your name?” I’d say James, because I didn’t want them to say my name. Turner: Someone walked up in the gallery we were in today and said, “Hey, are you Shia?” and normally every time we’re together it’s like “no no no.” But for the first time ever today, “Hey are you Shia?” “Yeah.” LaBeouf: I would never claim my name. And today it’s just something different, it’s as simple as that. And it’s not through thought it’s just “that’s me” and I’m cool with that. It’s the first time really in my life, before the other shows, because all of the other shows never changed my coffee order name. This shit changed my coffee order name, which in turn, changed my sense of self.
Words From My Chick (Produced by Krak) Cuba (Produced by United Crates & Bass Estrada) Bengal Tiger (Produced by United Crates) Turning 17 (Produced by TC & Cheatcode) Theory (Produced by High Frequency) Attitude Tupac (Produced by Steel Tipped Dove) Chuchi & Jujo (Produced by Springtime Carnivore) Friends Like Family (Produced by Supreme Breed) All Season (Produced by Goodson) Make Me Come (Produced by DJ Dahi) No Records Sold (Produced by 20th Letter) Top Of The Whitney (Produced by San Holo) EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY SHIRT & DARVIN SILVA RECORDED IN QUEENS, NY
Was able to get my hands on one of these early and couldn't even believe how beautiful and important the shit is.
Here is a kaleidoscopic assemblage and poetic history of New York: an unparalleled and original homage to the city, composed entirely of quotations. Drawn from a huge array of sources—histories, memoirs, newspaper articles, novels, government documents, emails—and organized into interpretive categories that reveal the philosophical architecture of the city, Capital is the ne plus ultra of books on the ultimate megalopolis.
The kid dropped this up top yesterday, and just announced on a new album Nike Adidas Records dropping tomorrow at 9am.
THEORY, is a musical collaboration between MoMA's first poet laureate, founder and editor of UbuWeb, Kenneth Goldsmith, and New York rap artist Shirt. The beat is produced by the UK's High Frequency.
Each of Shirt's lyrics were taken from Goldsmith's book THEORY, which he printed on a 500 sheet ream of paper and published this past July (http://monoskop.org/log/?p=14834). This video features photos of 31 pages from that book.
On Soundcloud too
"When you do six shows a year, there’s not enough time for the whole process," he explains. "Technically, yes — the people who make the samples, do the stitching, they can do it. But you have no incubation time for ideas, and incubation time is very important. When you try an idea, you look at it and think, Hmm, let’s put it away for a week and think about it later. But that’s never possible when you have only one team working on all the collections." "Also," he goes on, "what people forget is that when you do a runway show, it eats time away from your schedule. Just the prep time before a show is six or seven days, especially when you are showing abroad."
"So you’re constantly creating," I say, "with no time." "But I have no problem with the continuous creative process," he says. ‘Because it’s the reason I’m in this world. It’s always happening. I just did a show yesterday. Just now, while waiting in the car, I sent four or five ideas to myself by text message, so I don’t forget them. They are always coming."
Had an idea out the blue and now there's 6 new joints on my Soundcloud in just as many days. Mad love to the producers who reached out. Not just those that paid the $250 and were excited to pay, but even the kids who kept it real and told me they were broke but still wanted to bless my inbox. As usual you listen to some of these guys from around the world and hear the love for this rap shit seep through everything they make. I'm convinced Top 10 rappers we think fell off or never had a classic can make just that fucking with the kids I got.
Say what you want but the island girl forever got the magic.
“I always see the best in people,” she says. “I hope for the best, and I always look for that little bit of good, that potential, and I wait for it to blossom. You want them to feel good being a man, but now men are afraid to be men. They think being a real man is actually being a pussy, that if you take a chair out for a lady, or you’re nice or even affectionate to your girl in front of your boys, you’re less of a man. It’s so sick. They won’t be a gentleman because that makes them appear soft. That’s what we’re dealing with now, a hundred percent, and girls are settling for that, but I won’t. I will wait forever if I have to … but that’s O.K. You have to be screwed over enough times to know, but now I’m hoping for more than these guys can actually give. “That’s why I haven’t been having sex or even really seeing anybody,” she says, “because I don’t want to wake up the next day feeling guilty. I mean I get horny, I’m human, I’m a woman, I want to have sex. But what am I going to do—just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night and then tomorrow I wake up feeling empty and hollow? He has a great story and I’m like … what am I doing? I can’t do it to myself. I cannot. It has a little bit to do with fame and a lot to do with the woman that I am. And that saves me.”
People hate this guy. I think he's a treasure. Long live Marcel Duchamp!
Goldsmith’s book “New York: Capital of the 20th Century,” which will be published this month, is a portrait of New York City. It is based on “The Arcades Project,” Walter Benjamin’s portrait of nineteenth-century Paris, assembled mainly during the nineteen-thirties. Benjamin relies heavily on passages taken from other writers. “New York” is half a million words long. Goldsmith spent ten years in libraries copying sentences, which he organized into two categories, concrete and abstract. Concrete subjects include Times Square and the World’s Fairs of 1939 and 1964. Abstract subjects include “grid” and “loneliness.” Baudelaire is the protagonist of Benjamin’s book, in the sense that he seemed to typify the period. Robert Mapplethorpe is the protagonist of “New York.” Whereas Benjamin wrote commentaries on the passages he copied, Goldsmith did not add a word of his own to “New York.”
Need to get back out West if just for this. You gotta fucking love shit like this. The collection is unmatched by any standard and even works not up for display are in a special room able to be viewed by the public.
P was one of the first guys I found through Nahright and really fucked with. I always thought to get a little bit of money up and reach out to do a record. For all the guns and bully talk the man brought you into his Brooklyn world masterfully. This hurts.
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