Art AIDS America

After the  reality of the AIDS epidemic dawned upon us in the 1980s, how we perceived sexuality was irreversibly shook. Art AIDS America examines 30 years of artistic production made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Chronologically exploring art made since the 1980s to the present day, the works show the angrily political, the private grieving and the personal explorations of diagnosis. Besides from the immediate information that the exhibition offers, it will also examine how themes of politics, class and autobiography came into play more strongly within art as a side effect of this catastrophe.

This new exhibition, which opens this evening at the ONE Gallery and the West Hollywood Library is a part of One City One Pride, and it will be presented in two parts. This iteration of the exhibition comprises a select preview of the larger show opening at the Tacoma Art Museum in October 2015.

The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow and will carry on until September the 6th 2015.

Presented in two parts at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum and the West Hollywood Library:

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069 West Hollywood Library
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

 


The noise art of ryan jordan

screams of white noise automatically reloading the onslaught continues as possession trance is manifest. Believe you are possessed by a god or deity. Something other has entered you, nonhuman. It is the nonhuman we are now in communication with.

Noise artists and contemporary experiments in audiovisual performance offer us a means to communicate with the nonhuman, entering a world of hypnosis or ‘possession trance’. Audiovisual catharsis is achieved via light shows and noise, exploring what can be created with DIY electronics, technology, physical performance and strobe lighting.

Ryan Jordan (ryanjordan.org – his website will greet you with a blinding strobe, intense even in this screen-bound format) is a UK based artist working with such materials and concepts. I will admit now that I have never seen Ryan perform, so I cannot speak about his work from experience. However watching footage of his noise art performances gives us some idea of his work, albeit incredibly diluted – darkened rooms, black except for bursts of bright white strobes, flashing on and off with the piercing noise:

Live Ryan Jordan set @ Noise Corruption II London, on 07/09/2013

Noise art can be made in many ways, however Jordan specifically uses the direct amplification of electrical signals given off by objects and materials such as processed metals, derelict technology (old computers, microwaves etc), earth, rocks, and more. Wires are connected to these objects and materials, hooked up to speakers, and when an electric current is sent through them, noise bursts from the speakers. Other noise artists such as Merzbow (the name inspired by the  dada artist Kurt Schwitter’s work Merzbau, meaning ‘art made from rubbish’) have explored numerous other composition processes, such as amplifying very quiet sounds to extreme volumes so as to distort them, etc.

Almost uniformly, [...]


Medieval Torture

‘Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only who finds the torture and death of his fellow creatures amusing in itself’’

– James Anthony Froude

The Medieval torture devices that were created and  frequently used are incredible in both their brutality and aesthetic, here are a few of the most inventive ones.

The Mask of Infamy
The mask of infamy brings about two different inflictions: a spiritual one and a physical one, the victims were both staked out to public ridicule and at the same time physically tortured. The masks sometimes had inner devices, such as a ball, which were forced into the victims nose or into the mouth, thus preventing him or her from wailing or shrieking. The masks with long ears represented a silly ass person, while the one with a snout or with a pig face symbolizes the animal, the human being considered dirty.

 

The Pear
Its name came from its shape. This instrument that had a screw mechanism by which it progressively expanded to the maximum aperture of the two or three elements it was made of. The instrument was forced into the rectum of male victims and into the vagina of female victims. The oral, rectal or vaginal pear was inflicted on people guilty of sodomy, on women guilty of adultery, people guilty of incest or sexual union with Satan, and it was also inflicted on heretical preachers and blasphemers. The torture itself was meant to inflict the punishment of the crime one had been charged with.

Witch Hunts
The world was a much tougher and yet mystical place. Mystical in the sense that religion, magic, witches and curses were true fears and beliefs and governed law, crime and punishment. There are so many incredible woodcuts depicting torture as [...]


An interview with a fetishist – Women’s office foot wear placed in water and desserts.

 

A pair of women’s feet wearing the most mundane heels patiently sit in clear boxes of water in a hotel room, a business woman in a polyester suit sits on the side of the bath and submerges her heels in the shallow water while reading a report, nylon clad feet in tastefully safe court shoes sabotage desserts. This isn’t some form of contemporary art critiquing our modern capitalistic society and the place that women have in it, rather they are images created from the depth of an online fetishist’s mind.

Missshoeadventure is a Flikcr account which shares image of business women erotically flaunting their feet to the dream of the most specific fetishists. As we all know the foot fetish is hardly that surprising, and if anything is one of – if not the most popular sexual ‘deviances’ in existence. 

However what Missshoeadventure excels in is his truly original juxtapositions of where he places women feet in his photos. With a huge online following and endless images, I’ve been speaking anonymously to this man about his fetish and how he goes about creating these mind blowingly original images.

 

Hi rebasangbleu! misadventure0142 has sent you a message on Flickr. Subject: Re: Interview
Date: May 27th, 2015 Hi Reba,
No problem and thank you for your nice complements! I like to think so too. Taking a somewhat unexpected person and situation and turn it into something more on the erotic side or at least a bit more sexy is what I am after. Hence, going from the mundane to…imagination. I may have noted it before but I like to create the erotic in a non-traditional aspect. What I mean not the first thing that probably comes to mind where the subject are bound in leather and or they are nude. [...]

TRUST LTD. – the new venture from Sang Bleu and Primitive opens in Berlin

Trust Ltd. is a Berlin-based centre for events and commerce focusing on limited term collaborations with designers, artists, and corporations in order to create unique conditions to encounter works related to an expanded notion of “the interior.” Founded by Andrew Grüne, Darryl Natale, and our very own Jeanne-Salomé Rochat and run in conjunction with Sang Bleu and Primitive London, it consists of a 100 sq. m. physical location in Berlin Schoeneberg as well as an online entity.

Inspired by the 16th century idea of the Italian salon (from the Italian word salone, itself from sala, the large reception hall of Italian mansions), the centre functions as a private space of debate around the idea of the product in contemporary culture and serves as a progressive model for exhibition, communication, and sales.

Trust Ltd. is interdisciplinary and embraces the old and the new, the local and the international. The physical space is private, discreet, and has no opening hours outside of its official events. Outside of these events, it will exist only as an online entity.

Working with existing networks of research, production and diffusion (universities, labs, factories, stores, galleries, artists, designers, collectors and buyers, media), Trust Ltd. will develop limited edition products with each collaborator. These objects will be made available for sale exclusively through our online entity.

All images are from our first event by designer Martin Niklas Wieser entitled Pink or Blue which was on April 25, 2015.

Beanbags created for the event will be available to purchase very shortly.

Follow TRUST LTD. ‘s Instagram here for future updates and events.


SCRIPT – SANG BLEU X LE MONDIAL DU TATOUAGE 2015

This months post focuses on script and lettering tattoos we came across at Le Mondial Du Tatouage. It’s interesting to see how these types of tattoos conflict or are cohesive with the rest of a persons body art. Scripts and lettering are so diverse in style and substance. We come across scripture that is religious, historic, romantic, nostaligic, comical and forever enigmatic, as we ask why that word or phrase in particular? It also seems that our photographers captured mainly men with script and lettering tattoos, is there a sense of self-assurance bound to this type of tattooing on the body?  Here are some of our favourites captured by photographers Amaury Choay and Maxime Ballesteros.

 

http://www.mondialdutatouage.com/


Sang Bleu X Le Mondial Du Tatouage 2015

In March the Grande Halle Da Villette, Paris was home to Le Mondial Tatouage. Sang Bleu X Le Mondial Du Tatouage is a 12 month photographic series, we collaborated with photographers such as Maxime Ballesteros and Amaury Choay to document the event, people and tattooist of the convention.

On this occasion we bring you a series of portraits and behind the scenes shots of some of the convention tattooists in action.

Photographer: Amaury Choay