2012 Philadelphia Pickup Truck Expo
June 2nd, 6-10 pm
The Icebox at the Crane Arts Building
organized by Timothy Belknap and Ryan McCartney

We are proud to announce the 2012 Philadelphia Pickup Truck Expo, to be held in the Icebox at the Crane Arts building June 2nd from 6-10 pm. Over a dozen pickup trucks representing artists, galleries and arts organizations will be parked in the Icebox on this evening. Each truck will house a unique artwork in its cargo bed, built specifically for the exposition. In addition, all hoods will be lifted to showcase various and handsome engines; attendees are encouraged to sit and daydream in the driver's seat of each truck.
Participants have been asked to work alone or assemble a team in order to source a pickup truck, then create and install a piece within its cargo bed for this exposition. Trucks will be allowed into the Icebox 24 hours before the public opening- each piece will be assembled during this time. In addition to the opening Saturday, June 2nd, there will be several truck themed events occurring, including a movie night May 31st at 8 pm and a motor oil/ transmission fluid leak monoprint show on Sunday, June 3rd after all trucks have departed.

Details to be updated at the Crane Arts website: www.cranearts.com

Participants include:

Philadelphia Sculpture Gym
Grant Cox
Ben Will
Katrina Chamberlin
Rebecca Saylor Sack
Jess Perlitz
Nick Lenker
Kali Yuga Zoo Brigade
Chris Vecchio
Kaci Crooks Vecchio
Matt Giel
Eric Miller
Fabian Lopez
Second State Press
Timothy Belknap
Erin Riley
Matt Brett
Jonathan Santoro
Shanna Waddell
Piper Brett
Shaun Baer
Ryan McCartney
Matt Belknap
Christopher Davison
Space 1026
John Roebas
Bryan Goodhart

Refreshments will be served!!


The Gladiators and Errol Thompson

Wack edit, Marantz mixing, and open source.


Future Colors

Future Colors of America
Collaborative works by: Albert Reyes, Matt Furie, & Aiyana Udesen
Jan 20 - Feb 11, 2012
@FFDG, San Francisco

With over 200+ individual and collaborative works, this year's Future Colors of America show is a visual blowout and the first full length show at FFDG's new space in the Mission... Comic/ street/ pop culture/ Lindsey Lohan/ horror/ illustrative influenced collaborations. Enjoy. There's a lot to see.


London anyone?

London: The Mystery of Appearance



Conversations Between Ten British Post-War Painters

07 Dec - 18 Feb 2012

Haunch of Venison London presents an exhibition of ten of Britain’s most important post-war painters, revealing the story behind their art.

'The Mystery of Appearance' is a fresh appraisal of ten artists - Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Patrick Caulfield, William Coldstream, Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Leon Kossoff and Euan Uglow - with a display of over forty paintings and drawings including works that haven’t been on public display for decades.

In the mid-twentieth century this group of artists revived portrait and landscape painting at a time when abstract painting dominated. Their continued influence on a younger generation of artists is demonstrated by the powerful hold figurative art has today.

The exhibition examines the influence of the personal relationships between these artists, some of which began in the late forties at the Slade where Coldstream, Freud and Hamilton taught and Andrews and Uglow studied; and then again at the Royal College of Art, where Auerbach, Caulfield, Hockney and Kossoff were students. Supported by a catalogue essay in which the curator Catherine Lampert discusses their habits and methods and introduces previously unseen writing by the artists, the exhibition will look at the way their conversations impacted on the development of their work, demonstrating that despite their wide-ranging styles they are each linked by a desire to catch what Bacon describes as ‘the mystery of appearance within the mystery of making’, and in doing so broke new ground in contemporary painting

The exhibition includes major works by each artist, several borrowed from public collections, among them Francis Bacon’s Pope I.1951. from Aberdeen Art Gallery, David Hockney’s Man in a Museum, 1962. from the British Council and others like Frank Auerbach’s Primrose Hill, Winter Sunshine, 1962-64, and Euan Uglow’s Nude, Lady C, 1959-60. which have not been seen in public for many years.

'The Mystery of Appearance' is displayed across the four galleries in Haunch of Venison’s newly renovated space. The first gallery shows a selection of nudes by Auerbach, Coldstream, Freud, Hamilton and Uglow. They range from the heavily worked and abstracted to the finely calibrated and delicate and offer varied approaches to the observation and description of nudity.

The second gallery presents landscapes and portraits demonstrating how the group experimented with the materiality of paint. This is followed by a room that focuses on the special significance of the Old Masters to these artists, most of whom selected one of the ‘Artist’s Eye’ exhibitions at the National Gallery. This section of the display gathers works which have an initial reference to an Old Master painting or museum object. The final gallery is concerned with these artists’ interpretation of space and lens-based imagery – in architecture, in the natural environment and in the human body – transformed into a two-dimensional image.

'The Mystery of Appearance' features large and small scale paintings and drawings with a focus on the artists’ varied approach to paint and subject matter and the connections between their work. Given only three of these artists are still alive the exhibition is timely and poignant, setting out to re-evaluate a group of ten connected and hugely influential painters, exploring the motives, conversations and stories behind their art.

Haunch of Venison Yard

103 New Bond Street
London W1S 1ST
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7495 5050
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10.00 - 18.00 Mon - Fri
10.00 - 17.00 Sat


Banks Violette

Would Dale Jr. be into it?



Killer Black Sheep.

Royal Baths - Black Sheep from Royal Baths on Vimeo.

Free Life Center

Mark Warren Jacques- Pender Island B.C., Islands Fold residency. Photo by Kris Khosrowkhani



Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer who was chief of design for the influential electronic devices manufacturer Braun for almost 35 years. Rams and his team designed many iconic devices ranging from record players to furniture to storage systems.

Dieter Rams is associated with the memorable phrase “Less, but better”. He used graphic design, form, proportion, and materiality to create order within his designs. His work does not try to be the center of attention, rather he allows his work to become part of the environment through precision and order.

Here are his famous "Principles of Good Design":

1. Good design is innovative: Innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.
2. Good design makes a product useful: A product is bought to be used and has to satisfy certain functional, psychological and aesthetic criteria.
3 Good design is aesthetic: The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being.
4. Good design makes a product understandable: Design clarifies a product’s structure and at its best, is self-explanatory.
5. Good design is unobtrusive: Well-designed products are like neutral and restrained tools that are neither decorative objects nor works of art.
6. Good design is honest: Good design does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.
7. Good design is long-lasting: Good design avoids being fashionable so it lasts many years and never appears antiquated.
8. Good design is thorough, down to the last detail: In good design nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance and it should show respect towards the consumer.
9. Good design is environmentally-friendly: Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment, conserving resources and minimizing physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.
10. Good design is as little design as possible: Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials.

Dieter Ram's work has been a big influence on others such as Jonnathon Ive, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple. Phaidon publishing released a new book on Dieter Rams in June, 2011 called Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible – with a foreword writen by Jonathan Ive.