art & design, sports

My Guardian

I was flipping through the latest issue of Juxtapoz and nearly laughed out loud when I came to their coverage of For the Kids, a recent Salon 94 exhibition of the infamous late-1980s sports posters of brothers John and Tock Costacos. To refresh your memory, the posters took various basketball, baseball and football stars of the day, dressed them up as street toughs, security guards, urban cowboys and superheroes and placed them against dramatic yet slightly low budget ‘sets.’ The images played off existing personas, like the classic version of Karl “The Mailman” Malone dressed up like a mailman, somewhat violently stuffing a basketball into a mailbox labeled The Boston’s. Others spun off the decades’s greatest pop culture hits – films like The Terminator and Mad Max…TV shows like LA Law and Miami Vice. They were kitschy, but they were unique. And they sold like hotcakes.

As a young girl I was obsessed with basketball and the New York Knicks. At age 10 I purchased and hung this poster directly over my headboard in the bedroom I shared with my sister.

My mom complained about having to stare down a 7-foot stranger as she bent in for a goodnight kiss. My sister rolled her eyes and hung a Degas print, or something equally sophisticated, over on her side of the room. But I was unfazed. Patrick Ewing was my guardian.

As an adult I can laugh and appreciate the campy ridiculousness of these posters, but as a tiny-limbed, extremely passionate Knicks fan, I thought mine was the coolest, most badass image ever created.

The Costacos retrospective closed on August 7th – SO bummed I missed a chance to see Patrick framed and hung in a place of honor again. Full-circle life moment, missed. Oh well.

For a great look at all the posters, Lob Shots posted up an amazing collection.

Below are another few personal favorites, most of which have been chosen for the ‘best use of most silly prop.’

John Elway as “The Rifleman.” The football holster! Amazing.

Eric Davis as “Magnum.” Giant gun with baseballs in the chamber instead of bullets? Check. Plus this one is pretty much the visual equivalent of a local network tv infomercial. So good.

I have no idea who these guys are but the shorts and the tagline are winners.

James Worthy in LA LAW. So serious, yet so silly. Love his ‘sexy assistant’ and the office mini hoop.

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art & design, movies

The Future and The Hallway

Gearing up to see Miranda July’s latest film, The Future by poking around on her super entertaining personal site, which is filled with psychic interviews, random musings & jet-lagged video testimonials from her latest publicity tour…plus links, pictures and cool bits of info from some of her older art projects.

This 2008 piece called “The Hallway” was commissioned by the Yokohama Triennial. It made me laugh a lot.

Here’s the exhibition’s blurb:

A 125 foot hallway lined with fifty wooden signs, hand-painted with text. As the viewer/participant walks down the seemingly endless hall, weaving between the signs, the text acts as an internal voice, “It’s too late to go back now, but the end seems far away…” The “you” in text realizes that you’ll be walking down this hallway for the rest of your life. And like life, the hall is filled with indecision, disappointment, boredom and joy – and it does end.

 

The Hallway from The Hallway on Vimeo.

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art & design, photos

Hail Ye Travelers

RWFA Gallery has an excellent exhibition up called Hail Traveler! The Photographer as Tourist, and the Tourist as Subject.

Inspired by the writings of J. B. Jackson, the show’s photos look to expose the curious, visionary tourist that resides in every photographer traveling in search of a subject.

One of Jackson’s influencing beliefs was that tourism is largely the desire to know more about the world in order to know more about ourselves. As RWFA points out, “his ideology parallels the careers of many photographers, and the concept of finding one’s vision through the exploration of the unfamiliar.”

Beautiful works by Jehsong Baak, Sharon Harper and John Goodman stood out for me. There’s also a striking Avedon portrait that no ‘image insert’ could do justice – go see it in person!

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