New York Cops catch Poster Boy?

 

Poster Boy subway art
Poster Boy subway art

 

 

 

The forces of law and order have apparently finally caught up with a maverick NYC street artist famed for his subway art mashups.

At an art event in New York’s SoHo, plainclothes cops caught up to and unmasked a man thought to be Poster Boy.

The New York Times reports:

“While most other street or graffiti artists concentrate on adding their own imagery, illegally, to parts of the subway system, Poster Boy, a kind of anti-consumerist Zorro with a razor blade, a sense of humour and a talent for collage, has made his outlaw presence known all over the city by cutting and pasting the images that are already there in the form of ads.”

Sounds a bit like Banksy 2.0 to me. If you’ve got any investment nous, snap up his works now. In a couple of months time they’re likely to be on sale at Sotheby’s for tens of thousands of dollars.

NB. “Poster Boy can be anybody.”

Learn more about the Poster Boy concept from the man himself:

Paris crowns Jeff Mills king of the DJs

Was having a chat last night with Boy about whether it’s possible for Euro DJs to make it out of the underground and be commercially successful in the mainstream.

With the exception of Daft Punk and the Chemical Brothers I struggled to think of any who’s blown up in the pop charts and still managed to bring their original underground audience with them.

Even the Basement Jaxx who I was wild about ten years ago left me cold with a number of their post Rooty albums although more recent tracks like Nifty and My Turn are trés hip.

He cited the example of David Guetta, who admittedly has done well for himself. While I’ve never seen Guetta DJ, I really am not a fan of his tracks. Love is Gone, for example, makes me want to projectile.

All this preamble goes to explain my pleasant surprise to read in today’s Figaro that Jeff Mills is exhibiting at the Pompidou Centre in Paris as part of an exhibition on Futurism in Paris.

An American DJ, heralded by the French??

Well yes, although being Gallic the Pompidou has managed to make Mills’ work sounds sufficiently artsy:

A visual and sound installation by the artist Jeff Mills offers a contemporary extension of the works presented.

The visitor finds himself immersed by a giant mechanical hive made of many videos which accumulate themselves in a frantic and pulsating rhythm, as a reference to the machine cogs that the Futurists praised and glorified.

The installation includes a soundtrack and videos specially created by Jeff Mills.

 

Critical Arrangements is on view at the Pompidou from October 15 2008 – January 26 2009

The Future Can Wait

 

The Future Can Wait, Truman Brewery, London
The Future Can Wait, Truman Brewery, London
 

 

 

It being my week of lates I thought I’d take the opportunity to get my fortnightly dose of culture. Today’s destination was art show The Future Can Wait housed at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.

The show had become a bit of a sensation even before its launch as artist Marc McGowan has staged an exhibition featuring himself lying on his back on the street with a knife sticking out of his blood-soaked chest.

Why? To highlight the senselessness of knife crime of course. But newspapers like the Telegraph to got their knickers in a twist over the apparently insensitive show.

To be honest I took a pretty speedy tour of the show and didn’t even notice the McGowan installation but there was one exhibit that seriously turned my stomach.

 

Which surprised me. When it comes to art I’m a total libertarian. I mean even dated a conceptual artist for a year so my patience when it comes to out there, boundary pushing, challenging art is pretty extensive.

But I found Angela Bartram‘s video installation of her snogging a dog was grim. I like being challenged about my perceptions of art but to put your tongue in a dog’s mouth? I guess I should be impressed that she was willing to go that far for her art…

The Future Can Wait is open from 11am-6pm, 15-19 October at The Truman Brewery.