DIVINE FITS My Love is Real (Official Music Video)
Directed by Alexa Gerrity and filmed in Los Angeles.
Inspired by the cool menace underpinning “My Love is Real”, with its unsettling refrain of “until it stops”, I present the band as an ambiguous presence––to convey the uncertainty that threads through the song in a California setting, a setting restrained, but with something darker beneath the surface. The refrain of “until it stops” threads through the song, propelling the visuals, gathering momentum in a slightly unnerving arc.
Inspired by The Swimmer (1968) starring Burt Lancaster based on a short story by John Cheever (1964), I present a honed, focused and surreal narrative. The video unfolds from morning to dusk, blurring fantasy and truth, presenting a strange allegory of life, a surreal take on the hero’s journey where the discovery is the tragic nature of life. As one member of the band observes, the other members appear, dive into the pool, emerging out the other end before moving on their way. The last time around, “until it stops” doesn’t stop, leaving that word — “stop” — like Boeckner’s double, floating, ambiguous.
Robert Rauschenberg, 1971. Photo by Hans Namuth. “With his move in 1970 from New York to Captiva, an island off the Gulf Coast of Florida, Rauschenberg cleared his palette. Retreating from urban imagery, he now favored an abstract idiom and the use of natural fibers, such as fabric and paper.”
Poor Bubbles the Chimp has had a rough time. Sure he was immortalised alongside his former owner Michael Jackson in a work by Jeff Koons, but for years he also toured with MJ, surviving on a diet of candy and sleeping in the singer’s bed. These days the 26 year old ape resides at the Center for Great Apes in California and has turned his hand to painting. The Bubbles original above is about to go on sale in an exhibition at the Miami Club Rum Distillery timed to coincide with Art Basel Miami. While Bubbles’ works don’t demand the same prices as Koons’, he’s still managed to pre-sell a canvas, for US$1,500 no less.
Yoko Ono’s Fashion Line for Opening Ceremony... For Men Who Want Hands, Any Hands, On Their Balls.
More Art and Commerce! Yoko Ono has collaborated with Opening Ceremony on a fashion line for men that is hilariously unwearable even by Opening Ceremony’s standards. Yoko Ono’s line for Men 1969-2012 “is based on a book of hand-drawn illustrations that Yoko presented to John Lennon on the occasion of their wedding.” It mostly concerns itself with emphasizing things like shoulders, nipples, inner thighs and crotches. Prices range from $250 (for the LED jock strap) to $400 (for the transparent Bell Chest Plaque Bralette.)
The Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco is currently enjoying a mid career retrospective that in 2011 made stopovers at MoMA, the Tate and the Pompidou. How has he chosen to mark the occasion? With… 400 commemorative bottles of tequila! Orozco has lent his famous checkerboard skull motif (from his 1997 work ‘Black Kites’) to limited edition bottles of Casa Dragones, the tour’s official beverage. Available just in time for the holidays, the Orozco-branded luxury tequila is selling for US$1,850 a pop.
If that’s a bit steep, you can always crack open a Lemon Fizz, the American soft drink featuring branding by Richard Prince. The artist is a big fan of the AriZona product, and states: “My latest work has embodied the use of tangible items, such as cans, to create installations. As a fan of AriZona’s Arnold Palmer line, it felt natural to collaborate. The outcome is Lemon Fizz, which is a fantastic beverage and one that I can employ in my own craft.” Ah marriage of art and commerce! Lemon Fizz will be launched at this year’s Art Basel Miami.
The short film was made by Lance Acord for LACMA’s second annual Art+Film Gala, a fundraising initiative to make film more central to the institution’s programming. This year’s gala paid tribute to Stanley Kubrick and self described ‘linguistic kleptomaniac’ Ed Ruscha.