Images by Tobais Gremmler In what looks to us like a monumental task, Rem Khass has brought together an exceptional group of artists, designers, and creatives to contribute their formidable skills to the launch of his new performance work Sleeping Beauty Dreams , which will feature the renowned Russian ballet dancer Diana Vishneva. Coming to New York and Miami in December, SBD will combine dance, contemporary art, light art, and digital technology into an immersive performance that ponders the story of what Sleeping Beauty experienced during the 100 years she was asleep throughout the classic fairy tale turned Tchaikovsky opera. As a preview, or visual teaser, of what we can expect from the performance, award winning Russian filmmaker Andrei Severny has shot three short films that feature the work of artists who are contributing to SBD, including Digital Demons , which includes fantastical efforts from German-born designer and 3D artist Tobias Gremmler
Image by Ece Gurlu Atlanta soul crooner Matthew Johnson is indeed the Son Of A Bishop , which gave him the moniker under which he now performs. And though his inaugural single, “Love Left Me Lonely,” was just released this past Friday, his musical story goes all the way back to age nine – when Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey offered him a record deal. His surely sensible father put a halt to that, recognizing the pitfalls of child stardom.
Twenty years ago, Willard Hill was sitting in his small Manchester, Tennessee home recovering from an operation, where he began sculpting with the wire and masking tape that happened to be on the table in front of him. It’s been pouring out of him ever since. Now, at 84, his work has been exhibited in Paris and New York, and is cultivated by some of the most high-profile collectors, including renowned art patron and philanthropist Beth Rudin DeWoody.
Image by Andre Niesing The ability of music to evoke nostalgia for a specific time in one’s life cannot really be overstated – but the best music should also take you to places you’ve never been. Visceral troubadour Greg Laswell possesses just such a talent for thought-provoking evocation, painting visual and emotional pictures with his songs that are often like little journeys into more reflective…and thoughtful worlds. This is especially true of his absolutely stunning new album Next Time , released today, just as summer gives way to autumn
From Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover , to this year’s Crazy Rich Asians , a certain voyeuristic curiosity has continually driven our desire to view fabulous people being, well, fabulously decadent. And so it was when Dom Pérignon asked its current Creative Director, the inimitable Lenny Kravitz , to turn his lens on a dizzyingly talented group of his famous friends, gathered for a splashy dinner party at his home in Los Angeles. The resulting images, fittingly and collectively titled Assemblage , will be exhibited at the fashion-fave Skylight Modern space in Chelsea, from September 29 to October 6
You may not know their name yet – but it’s a good bet you soon will. Crush Club – the duo of the intriguingly monikered Le Chev and TC Milan – first came on the scene in just 2016. But they’ve already scored high praise from the likes of the BBC, Out and Billboard , the latter describing them as, “…somewhere between Pharrell and The White Stripes.” Imagine that.
Image by Desiree Pfeiffer Art rock brings people together in a special way. Indeed, Bay Area indie scenesters Bryan Garza, frontman of Scissors for Lefty, and Rebecca Garza-Bortman, vocalist-bassist of Happy Fangs and My First Earthquake, shared a love of Bowie and Jarvis Cocker, new wave and glam. And it turned into a love of, well, each other – resulting in their over-the-top “rock opera” of a wedding, which was filmed, lest no one believe it ten years from now.
The Lernaean Hydra was an aquatic serpentine creature of Greek mythology, who dwelled in the Lerna in the Argolid – which was said to be the entrance to the Underworld. “Hydra” also happens to be the name of the provocative new single by exotic LA songstress Trishes .
Last week Peter Verzilov, a member of the Russian punk/art/protest collective Pussy Riot , was arrested during a day of widespread protests in Moscow . It was later revealed that he was hospitalized in serious condition, in what appeared to be an incident of intentional poisoning
Though their name sounds more like the title of a book on multiple personality disorder, I, Us, & We are actually three mystery-shrouded brothers – Jordan, Evan and Aaron Doverspike – from the wine valley California town of Temecula. They released a debut single “Idol” this past spring, which exhibited their way with lush, electronic pop.