VERBAL AND YOON’S AMBUSH
Two of Tokyo’s premier style icons and founders of Ambush Design, Verbal and Yoon are known in both the fashion and music spheres by everyone from underground kids to presidents of multi-million dollar corporations. A hip hop artist and graphic designer respectively, together they have featured in global Louis Vuitton and Doc Martens campaigns and have collaborated with the likes of Sacai, Colette, Kitsuné, A third generation recording artist, Verbal is also a music video director and record producer who debuted as a member of the hip hop band m-flo.
DAVID GARIBALDI SPEAKS
Garibaldi had always combined his passion for music and color, or rhythm and hue, in his artwork. But it wasn’t until viewing performance painter Denny Dent’s portrait of Jimi Hendrix that Garibaldi discovered how his passion for paint and music could be an inspirational experience for more than just himself. He discovered music-driven art, and in some ways it discovered him, revealing a portrait of passion and purpose.
ADIDAS ORIGINALS: “YOUR FUTURE IS NOT MINE”
Adidas Originals has launched its new global Spring/Summer 2016 integrated campaign, under the creative direction of Johannes Leonardo, New York, co-led by Aussie expat Leonardo Premutico. “Your Future Is Not Mine,” a 75-second film that’s the centerpiece of Johannes Leonardo’s latest Adidas Originals campaign which features a new squad of eight upcoming artists and cultural influencers from around the world who are shaping their own path through their craft: Luka Sabbat, Kyu Steed, Aleali May, Ikwa Zhao, Reese Cooper, Design Butler, Yuki Matsuda and Iman Shumpert.
WILLIAMS, ARSHAM AND BOKAER TEAM UP FOR THE GUGGENHEIM
It’s a Saturday in late winter, and Bokaer, a celebrated modern dancer and choreographer, is seated at a nondescript table in an airy workspace in Long Island City, Queens. This was once a gallery home for dealer Jeffrey Deitch—artist Matthew Barney apparently does Matthew Barney things next door—and now it’s the studio of visual artist and scenic designer Daniel Arsham, Bokaer’s friend and frequent collaborator. Late-afternoon sun pours through a string of skylights. A small documentary crew huddles over a shot. And at another table, taking a break and eating a quick fast-food lunch, sits Bokaer’s and Arsham’s co-conspirator: Pharrell Williams.
A crucial element of the project is its sweeping score, composed by Williams and arranged for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra by David Campbell, who has worked with Adele and St. Vincent, among many others. The final pieces of the score arrived overnight in Bokaer’s in-box close to 2:30 a.m. Today, Williams, Arsham and Bokaer are listening to the most recent arrangements for the first time, which explains the doc crew and the palpable ripples of anticipation in the room.
T.O.P CURATES THE ART OF OUR TIME FOR SOTHEBY’S HK
A special contemporary art evening sale guest-curated by Asian pop icon T.O.P, was a triumph, realizing a total of HK $136 million / US $17.4 million with multiple auction records set. Exceeding the pre-sale high estimate, this sale is also the highest-value sale of Western contemporary art ever held during a major auction series in Hong Kong. A portion of sale proceeds will benefit the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) to support emerging Asian artists.
ADIDAS ORIGINALS’ FUTURE CAPSULE TAKES OVER NY
LUCIA SANTINA RIBISI
As one of the ten young artists tapped by Adidas Originals this year, Lucia Santina Ribisi helped unveil a collective body of work titled ‘Future Capsule‘ at the New Museum in New York City. The artists assisted in building the Future Capsule concept by offering their personal interpretation of what a better future could look like for the world through their artistic lens. The Future Capsule art installation played host to media, consumers and local tastemakers – an event that conceptually displayed different art forms including photography, painting, digital art and soundscapes.
The 18-year-old Ribisi also gets high praise from Hedi Slimane on their collaboration and whose Spring 2016 Saint Laurent men’s collection has left fans talking for months.
LEAVE A MESSAGE
Yung Jake wants to text. This is how he wants to be interviewed for his Complex feature. He won’t talk in person, over the phone, on Skype, or even via IM. He’ll text. That’s it. But Yung Jake – who’s already performed at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sundance Institute’s New Frontiers program, and South by Southwest – isn’t most artists. Or people. Or artist personas of real people. Because Jake the artist, who is the persona of a real person, refuses to have any of these things viewed separately from one another.
THEDA SANDIFORD AT THE LA CENTER FOR DIGITAL ART
Digital art defines the contemporary. The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated to the propagation of all forms of digital art, new media, digital video art, net art, digital sculpture, interactive multimedia, and the vast panorama of hybrid forms of art and technology that constitute our moment in culture.