Archive for February, 2008

Miracle Half Mile: 10,000 Paintings (2001)

February 29, 2008

From December 1, 2000 to January 28, 2001, Steve resided at the Santa Monica Museum of Art for a painting performance and exhibition of his work entitled Miracle Half Mile: 10,000 Paintings. Steve set up camp in the center of the main gallery space, and painted throughout the day. Museum patrons could watch, ask questions, and drop cash into a box in exchange for paintings. Steve covered the museum walls with his brightly colored work, much of it depicting Los Angeles landmarks such as the Capitol Records Building or the Hollywood Bowl. By the end of the two month residency, all the paintings made had been sold. Daniel Akst’s review of the show for The New York Times can be read here.

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If anyone has SK artwork hanging in their homes, studios, offices or barns we’d like to see it, and then share it with everyone else too! Email pictures of SK art sightings to SKSKBLOG@gmail.com and they’ll be posted shortly. Thanks ahead of time!

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Over 36,000 Sold (1998)

February 27, 2008

Here’s something of an addendum to last week’s post on Fresh Art Daily, the documentary about two guys wandering around looking for Steve. I’m pretty sure he’s listed, but without these oversights, we wouldn’t have any documentaries about guys wandering around in search of stuff, would we? Good luck guys, wherever you are…

This amazing little documentary below finds SK early and stays with him. It’s a short film, in the cinema verite tradition, that follows the painter through a typical day of art-making. It’s really very good and gives us a glance into Steve’s creative process, circa ’98, which apparently included White Zombie. There are a ton of beautiful images and moments throughout as well as some very insightful comments by Steve. Over 36,000 Sold was directed by Brett Vapnek, who’s made videos for bands like Spoon and Sleater-Kinney, which you can watch here. Watch the video in full screen here, it’s worth it. Enjoy!

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.vimeo.com posted with vodpod

Fresh Art Daily / Linden Show

February 22, 2008

Fresh Art Daily, the 2004 documentary on SK, directed by Andrea Geiger and Thomas Schlottmann, has an imdb page, though not apparently a release date. It sounds fascinating, here’s hoping they find a way to get that thing out there and into our homes. If you’re located near a film festival, check the line-up (though I’m pretty sure it’s no longer on the festival circuit). Here’s the link to the Berlinale Internationale Filmfestspiele’s archived page for the film’s 2004 screening. For more information on this feature film about a pilgrimage to SK Art, download der Katalog at the bottom of the Berlinale page.

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Digging deeper into the scattered SK web archive, here’s a great and informative page for Steve’s 2002 show at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art in Victoria, Australia. A nice looking site with tons of great pictures, including the one you see above.


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Little Write Up

February 11, 2008

on a village voice blog. There’s a nice picture of one of Steve’s pieces and some kind words tossed his way. It’ll lead you right back into this blog or the main site.

SHOPPING IS NOT ART…

February 10, 2008

unless you’re shopping for SK art, that is…

For those of you who missed it, the SKSK store located at 85 Wythe St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is sadly NO MORE. Happily,
you can still get your brightly painted, printed and jigsawed artifacts of Steve’s ongoing journey toward the end of paint and wafer board at the NEW LOCATION, 93 Guernsey St in Greenpoint. It’s just a few blocks away from the old place. The store is open for business on Sundays from 2 pm to 6 pm or by appointment. Please direct further curiousity to this well-crafted, educational page at the mother site, and please stop by to buy buy buy and buy some more. Get ’em quick, before the market crashes, Obama/Clinton declare martial law and we’re using Steve’s work as Road Warrior style armor.

In other time-soaked jams, you may have missed Steve’s starring role in the music video for 80’s Aussie mopers the Triffids’ 80’s mopefest (with truly uplifting chorus) “Save What You Can” from their 1987 album “Calenture.” Directed by Braden King and released in conjunction with Domino Records’ reissue programme of the this under-appreciated band’s albums, the video features footage of SK painting a Scandanavian lady, or rather, her portrait. Enjoy…

Here’re a couple of bonus 90’s throwback’s featuring SK’s inimitable set designs:

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And, in honor of Matt Pinfield’s upcoming CW reality show, “Wrinkled Cueball Looking for Love in the City of Angels”:

This one’s just for fun (while I’m posting videos):

ODDS and ENDS:

Here’s a site featuring some pre-2000 shots of Steve in the studio as well as some good photos of old paintings. All else is mysterious regarding this primo google find. All queries will be recieve the same answer: “Wikipedia. Panacea.”

Don’t tune us out, there’s an epic interview in the pipeline for this week, when I get a minute to spruce it up.