PAPER WORK NYC presents “THIS IS FOR YOU,” a Valentines Day pop-up at the Helmut Lang Melrose storefront this Saturday, Feb 10th. Photographer Sean Maung will be showcasing photos and taking live portraits in a V-Day themed backdrop. New limited-run Kelsey Niziolek risograph zines exclusive to the show will be available. First 50 guests will receive a very special complimentary gift bag from Paradiso Gardens .. 7-11PM
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1. So after all you went through in the last two years, who is THE LONDON VAGABOND since coming home this past September?
The London Vagabond has come out as a reformed character! Nah, in all honesty I've just been settling back into reality and have got straight back to shooting as much as I can! I'm sure a few people will say I have come out a little bit more screwed up than before, perhaps they're right...
NIGHT MOVES || By: JORDYN RYLIE is a colorful and raw collection of photos taken over time to document her life in Australia in and out of the strip club. Uncensored and unapologetic the photos offer a tunnel vision into back rooms and bedrooms and everything in between.
These days through social media it's easy to make a whole persona with no authenticity and big branding buys into that without fact checking the artist. Can you talk about the importance of having an authentic body of work and what changes you would like to see in how culture is being showcased to the main-stream audience.
SEAN MAUNG - That's a good and important question. My body of work is my soul. It will be the spirit that transcends my body after I die. All I ever wanted since I picked up a camera was for my work to be dope and official. That's all I can do, and the rest is out of my control. As for how art and culture are being showcased, who are these "gatekeepers" aka creative directors, gallery curators, art-book stores, etc? Most are so disconnected from the street, from everyday life, from the communities where movements are being born. They live in lofts and eat at spots in Echo Park and chill with people who are all their same age and background. There is no cross pollination. So they are isolated and they turn to social media and they follow the hype that has been created artificially. That's what I see when I see these "gatekeepers." Isolated from real-ass people and communities and relying on social media to find what's hot. There ain't nothing original about that and it shows.
PAPER WORK NYC teamed up with ADIDAS to create a Zine to promote their new PROPHERE sneaker that released in Brooklyn last night. The idea was to create something handmade on location during the event. The zine was given out for free in an edition of 400 with no resale value.Read More
COAST 2 COAST || By: MICHAEL KRIM
Paper Work NYC presents 3 new limited risograph prints by bi-coastal artist, Michael Krim, entitled Coast 2 Coast'.
"For me the rope was learning about my boundaries of intimacy and communication. I was drawn to Kinbaku by its visual aesthetic and sexuality. But quickly once I had the pleasure of tying with June, I realized the sex element had much less to do with my enthusiasm for it. It was the connection and friendship that formed with June through the rope. She made it clear to me, that even though she was doing the tying, ultimately, that I was in control. Through that control I was able to explore my boundaries while feeling vulnerable with someone I trusted"
PHOTO: MICHAEL KRIM