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
Sponsored by: OTHER PEOPLES CHILDREN
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...
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
STEADY TRAPPIN || By: MICHAEL KRIM The playful curation of nameless and faceless women twisted and tied up in amateur fantasy evoke an appreciation and longing for a time when the world of BDSM was still much further underground. These evocative images of vintage erotic rope play were hunted and gathered by Krim from various sources over three years.
EXCEL 1979-1992 || By: SHAUN ROSS & DANIEL CLEMENTS is a photographic chronology of the Los Angeles Hardcore Punk/Thrash band EXCEL. From the collections of Shaun Ross and Daniel Clements, it serves as an abbreviated document of the experience of growing up in Los Angeles during this time period.
SMILE ENHANCEMENT CLINICAL TRIAL (III & IV) || By: ADAM TULLIE
Paper Work NYC presents 2 new limited risograph prints of drawings by Los Angeles-based artist, Adam Tullie, entitled 'Smile Enhancement Clinical Trial III & IV'. Blurring the lines between high & low cultural reference points, Tullie utilizes a mark-making vocabulary that melds loose, yet controlled calligraphic hand-work with bold linear gestures to create stylized faces that seem to convey a duality of emotional responses into singular expressions.
Come join us October 1st, 2017 at Cultural Traffic driven by the punk ethic of self publishing, It’s where vintage counterculture meets with current DIY publication, creating an exciting dynamic marketplace. Cultural Traffic is committed to championing diversity whilst establishing a platform which showcases an inclusive global community. By bringing together pioneering contemporary publishing with vintage counterculture and out-of-print material, Cultural Traffic will pave an express connection between yesterday’s cultural artefacts and the latent collectables of tomorrow. We believe in the power of print as a catalyst for social change. We look forward to working with you and together building on this community. Cultural Traffic will be held at Delicious PIzza || 5419 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Cultural Traffic — A Print Publishing Arts Fair
In preparation for our upcoming book release with Iconic Venice Punk-Metal band EXCEL. PWNYC have released a small capsule collection of some of our favorite designs the band has used throughout the years. Artwork was created by legendary artist Rick Clayton and Alexis Ross.
New 28 page 6x9 zine by Heron Preston. "HONORABLE PROFESSION" Showcases Herons fathers photography and time spent on the force serving for San Francisco Police Department. "As a officer it is deemed upon us to be lenient and have some compassion for the less fortunate in our society. But on the other hand, you have to drop the hammer, only because some people think kindness is a weakness in law enforcement. In conclusion, I do not condone excessive force, I.e. Shooting and killing unarmed civilians. We are their protectors" Barthlomew "Shaka" Johnson"
PHOTOS BY LIV HOFFMAN