It’s the ultimate result for a DIY bootleg job. Initiated on Twitter by Trent Reznor, fans attending the one-off live show where NIN were set to play the whole of The Downward Spiral in its entirety. Faced with a problem with the venue not allowing an official film crew in left Trent no choice as the event had to be documented. The magic came later though when all of the video streams were collected and worked on team of fans to produce a down and dirty, but ultimately a very professional, version of the show. It’s super-gritty but it perfectly suits the album and captures the volitile energy of the performance… and it’s all a completely DIY affair; amazing. So, download and enjoy Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral: Live. [via]
It’s great to see that Christian Hundertmark, aka C100, is marching on strong with his Part of Rebellion series with Publikat. In the third installment of the series the attention shifts to one of street-art’s finest; Erosie with Part of Rebellion #3 – Erosie. The format of this book is the same as the previous two so it’s simply (and perfectly I should add) a collection of art from the selected artist with some small accompanying texts to explain each section. To refer to Erosie as a street-artists is a bit lame really and he puts it best himself by saying that he tries to “look for the parallels between, and the nuances of the graffiti-codes, the illustrated image, commercial visual language and the traditions of art, since all of these fields belong to my background and my present-day interests”. He just happens to use the streets as a major medium in his work.
I love how understated and subtle Erosie’s work is (errr, maybe not that one above!) and the art that’s been chosen for inclusion in this book is a great testament to it. There aren’t many artists that can shout so loud with so little effort but Erosie manages to without hurting out ears or eyes. Words play a major role in what he does as you can see by the examples here but he’s not all about words. Simple imagery makes way for some great story telling too. One of my favourite images is his is a cat shitting out his name with the writing above saying “a daily exercise”! It’s pretty profound really when you think about the reasons that this kind of artist does what he does. It would appear that, like many artists, it’s in him and it needs to come out. An almost constant stream being involuntarily created and then forced out at a convenient time. It’s a perfect metaphor; especially seeing as it’s also a brilliant painting too. And the other things he can do with his name… I don’t think I’ve seen an artist who can write the same letters with so much diversity. It’s it’s not made from the cat’s excreta then you may find it in a man’s facial hair or it may also be made of houses or even a tag that looks like a cycle that he’s so famous for painting. He’s one of a kind. So, nothing is too heavy with most of his work being quite light-hearted, which in these crazy times can only be a good thing. In fact, the main experience when reading this book is simply happiness. You’ll see and smile like I do when I study the pieces in detail.
I urge you to head over to Erosie’s website to check out his work if you’re not already familiar with it; you won’t be sorry. Neither will you be if you get this book for your collection. Like the others in this series, Erosie’s book weighs in at 128 great ages and can be purchased direct from Publikat or from all the usual places including AmazonUK.
The final version of The Ghostvillage Project has finally been uploaded – “The Ghostvillage Project was created over 3 days on the west coast of Scotland. 6 artists – Timid, Remi/Rough, System, Stormie Mills, Juice 126, Derm – were given free reign to paint in an abandoned 1970s village. Working together on huge collaborative walls and individually in hidden nooks and crannies all over the site the artists realised long held dreams and were inspired by the bleakness and remoteness of the site. Drawing on the history of the village the artists’ stated intent on completion of the project was to populate the ghostvillage with the art and characters that it deserved.”