NEWTHINGS presents Edwin Bolta’s FOOL “Out of Nothing” exhibition at AMO Studios in New York on Friday, May 16th complexities of the daily life of an artist through the character, FOOL. Bolta’s FOOL is based on the Shakespearean idea that fools were usually clever peasants or commoners that used their wit to outdo people of higher social standing. These fools were jesters of their time, but their characteristics were greatly heightened for theatrical effect.
Further expanding on this notion of fools being more than just clever peasants through their use of theater, Bolta compares these fools to artists in today’s society. Within the many sub-cultures that exist, the term “artist” does not always have a positive connotation. The exhibition provides a rare glimpse inside the FOOL’s work and living space while exploring the ideas of creativity, sexuality, passion, religion, confusion, self-worth, self-doubt, procrastination,over abundance of futility, consumerism, and an appreciation for the unknown.
The concept “Out of Nothing” is derived from the Latin term Ex nihilo, which when translated literally means “out of nothing.” It often appears in conjunction with the concept of creation. The phrase ex nihilo also comes from the classical philosophical formulation, which means, “out of nothing comes nothing.” Here, nothing represents a blank canvas from which an idea comes to fruition. Read more »
The Innovative Line Features Neoprene and Jersey Mesh
BROOKLYN, New York, September 16, 2013 – NEWTHINGS, a Brooklyn-based avant-garde art collective, launches their F/W ’13 collection. The brand’s third collection, appropriately titled “Collection C,” focuses on the idea of NEWCLASSICS, which are classic silhouettes reworked in innovative materials. Unlike traditional companies, this season they experimented with supple calfskin leather, neoprene, a synthetic rubber material most commonly used for wetsuits, and jersey mesh, most commonly used in athletic uniforms, to create the collection. The juxtaposition of these three unlikely materials, further expand on the notion that everything is and can be intertwined. The result is NEWCLASSICS.
The collection features the following gender-neutral items: a black reversible calfskin leather/neoprene shopper; a black calfskin leather/neoprene clutch; a black neoprene/jersey mesh t-shirt; a black calfskin leather/neoprene snapback baseball cap; a black leather NEWTHINGS embossed key fob; a white 100% organic cotton ILIKENEWTHINGS t-shirt; and a 14” X 14” screen print of painting, Limon,by artist Edwin Bolta.
The digital campaign brings to life the concept of NEWCLASSIC by depicting three young, New York City-based, classically trained artists in their respective fields of visual art, music and dance. Each artist uses one of the products for everyday use, showing the reinvention of classics. It features visual artist, Victor Payares; opera singer, Jeffrey Palmer and ballet dancer, Daniela Schiliro. It was directed by NEWTHINGS and filmed and edited by Original Content.
Our good friend, Yussef Agbo-Ola, recently visited Africa for a month. He sent us some amazing photos of him in Nigeria wearing our BLK/WHT T from our S/S 2013 collection:)
It is an artist’s ode to illustration and typography and the ability to get lost in the beauty of both.
Artist, Erik Sommer, recently invited us to his studio in Harlem to check out his new work. If you aren’t familiar with his work, you will be pleasantly suprised by the forthcoming photos. He is an amazing man inspired by the juxtaposition of urban landscape’s imperfections and unconventional beauty. We would like to thank him for reaching out to us and allowing us into his world to see first hand how truly captivating his work is.
JOIN US ON THURSDAY FOR MY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION @ BLIND BARBER! SHOUT OUT TO MY GOOD FRIEND G*LEE of LIAISON FEMME AND BLIND BARBER. HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE:)
Grab a hand full of Yves Tanguy, a generous amount of Salvador Dali and a splash of Max Ernst. Then, go on Craigslist and find a guy with a pick-up truck. Fill it with things that you would find in the dumpster after Hurricane Sandy. Grab all of the cartoons from the 90′s and mix it in with episodes of All That. Dip it in a bowl of the Interweb and mix it with a hands-free head set and all the BOSS by IG Design you can find. It is still not even close to the enigma that is Artist Victor Payares.
I caught up with artist/ friend Victor Parayes at his studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We spoke about everything from his sense of style to what inspires him. I hope you enjoy:)
Anyone who knows me knows that I love the work of Nina Chanel Abney. So when she invited me to her studio, it was truly a dream come true. If you’re not familiar with her work, make sure you check it out. You will not be disappointed. For those of you in the New York area, be sure to stop by her new solo exhibition, I Dread to Think at Kravets/Wehby Gallery opening tonight at 6pm. The show goes on until November 24th. Hope you enjoy the Q&A : )
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I’ve had the opportunity to meet some really amazing people for this ONE ON ONE series. This interview is focused on the man behind my favorite one-eyed monster; no, not that one but Craig Redman of Darcel Disappoints. Craig gave me the tour of his Lower East Side studio and we spoke about some projects he’s been working on along with a bunch of other things. Enjoy!
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Dustin Yellin is one of the most original and talented artists of our time. I recently had a chance to meet with him at his amazing studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn or what I would like to call it, DUSTIN RANCH. Enjoy!
I recently had the chance to interview Sandra Gering at her gallery in the historic Crown building in Midtown Manhattan. She spoke to me about everything from opening her first gallery over 25 years ago in her house in Oyster Bay, New York to her morning routine and everything in between. She also gave me and every up and coming artist out there some words of wisdom! Sandra Gering has an amazing eye for art and an equally amazing out look on life. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did working on it, it truly is one of the best I’ve had so far!
Eli Klein Fine Art is committed to exhibiting the work of China’s most promising emerging as well as highly-regarded established artists. They wish to stimulate inter-cultural dialogue and to promote an academic approach to China’s most ground-breaking talents. I had a chance to speak with Eli Klein about the current group exhibition at his gallery titled, Material Object. Mr. Klein also spoke about the work of Artist Liu Bolin and his last exhibition at the gallery among many other things. I hope you enjoy!
I recently had an AMAZING interview with Artist, Awol Erizku! “Why was it so AMAZING?” You might ask…. Other than him being such a great artist it’s also because he is such a nice dude. After knowing him for a couple of minutes I felt like I knew him for years, that’s just the kind of vibe he gives out. He spoke about everything from his recent acceptance to YALE to his first upcoming Solo Exhibition at Hasted Kraeutler Gallery to the special women in his life. I hope you enjoy!