To kick off our month of music on Purple TV, we have invited Brooklyn-based musician Oneohtrix Point Never, aka Daniel Lopatin, to curate this months TV Takeover. Lopatin is the creator of experimental music, transcending synth soundscapes into space with the occasional bits of drone and silence. He doesn't conform to the minimalist music of today. Never compromising, his albums, R Plus Seven (2013) released on Warp and Replica (2011) released on his own label Software, each showcase Lopatin's expanding artistic vision.
His visuals that accompany his 'cyberdrone' sounds are just as uncompromising, tapping visual artist and filmmaker Jon Rafman to create a video that presents the disturbing world of internet subcultures for the single Still (Betamale) and working with frequent contributor artist Nate Boyce to create digital universes to compliment his music on stage. In 2011 he published his own zine Cool Drool, with written and visual features from Jon Rafman, Cory Arcangel, Megazord, Laurel Halo and more. Last year saw him work with Brian Reitzell to create the score for Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. And now fresh from opening the Nine Inch Nails North American tour, Lopatin will select a series of 7 videos for our August TV Takeover. Photo Timothy Saccenti
Officially titled Warby Parker Presents Beck Song Reader, the CD’s release ties into the debut of limited-edition Black Cherry Carmichael eyeglass frames created by Beck, and a new edition of the Song Reader book with two new prints from artist Marcel Dzama. Song Reader can currently available on Amazon.com. and the Carmichael eyeglass is now available at Warby Parker.
For L'Arlesienne Jebb was commissioned by Lacroix to portray the Arlésienne woman and has produced 47 new works following the theme of the exhibition, absence. The theme of the exhibition L'Arlésienne is taken from a novel written in 1869 by Alphonse Daudet. Lacroix plays on this literary term meaning someone or something which does not appear.
After a car accident in 1991 that paralyzed her right arm Jebb resolved the inability to hold a camera by employing machines to make life-size images, primarily self-portraits lying herself down on a high resolution scanning machine. Progressively, she diversified, posing subjects and objects, exploring the medium in parallel with the expanding possibilities in digital technology. Jebb proceeded to remove parts of the scanner to facilitate maximum extension of the subject.
Jebb's work has since flourished from its photographic origins, proceeding to disrupt the boundaries between mediums. Her photography has made way for video art, installations and sculpture. In her work, Jebb considers the human condition with arrant sensitivity, offering the viewer a depiction of women that rejects the normalized, commercial female role. This can clearly be seen in her film series Simulacrum & Hyperbole, which premiered exclusively on purple.fr. Twelve insightful videos, each a comment on advertising, illusion and utopian dreams, parodying contemporary consumerism.
The first video in this takeover is Kienholz On Exhibit by June Steel, a film that documents Ed Kienholz's "Back Seat Dodge 38" that was on show The Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1966.
Launching tonight from 7pm and coinciding with the 4 day exhibition at Honoré, with 2 other London based publishers Hannah Watson (Trolley) and Alix Janta-Polczynski (ADAD), is the limited edition book from Aron Morel Books: William Blake's "One Thought Fills Immensity" with prints by Patti Smith. This limited edition, 35 copies of the book all printed on paper over 100 years old, comes in a box set sold at €1000.
Blake was in all poet - painter - printer/publisher - dissenter - and undoubtedly a visionary rebel - a punk from bygone days! Blake is as relevant today as he was 200 years ago- be it his social dissent down to his D.I.Y ethic in the midst of the industrial revolution. This series is the closest the average person will ever get to one of William Blake's original self-published illuminated books - hand printed from acid-burnt coper plates, simply bound - these are essentially self-published artist books/zines echoing down the centuries. Blake's visionary work has spilt across culture influencing artists, writers, poets, musicians, publishers for 200 years - and to celebrate this link we have the honour of the Godmother of Punk, Patti Smith including two different photographs of a life mask of William Blake! Watch the video on the books printing here.
The book launch and exhibition opens tonight from 7pm at Honoré, Galerie rue Visconti 17-19, 75006, Paris. Text and photo Aron Morel