John Coltrane sketch drawing by Atlanta Georgia Artist Corey Barksdale. “Coltrane is at the top of my list when it comes to jazz musicians,” says Barksdale. A Coltrane recording he particularly enjoys is Africa. “Coltrane is improvisational in the piece, but he has structure in his sound. I like the freedom that he has when he’s playing Africa. It’s rhythmic and free.” Barksdale admires Miles Davis with equal measure for his rawness. “Davis was into experimenting and trying different things with his sound. He was a catalyst for other musicians and he was a pioneer in his time, all without commercializing the music.” So what is it about jazz that inspires Barksdale’s creativity as a painter? “I love the improvisation of jazz musicians from the ’50s and ’60s. There was a lot of experimentation going on. In much the same way, I want to create something totally new with my paintings each time to be different in the way I portray certain subjects.
An encyclopedia of street culture for those who love Banksy or Irvine Welsh and want to know about the cutting-edge artists, past and present, who have shaped urban cool. This eye-catching insider's guide includes the avant-garde graffiti artist, designers, writers and poets who have influenced urban culture. From the ground-breaking New York artists of the 1980s to the unique work of modern-day Iranians - this book shows how street culture has penetrated every aspect of modern life. Street Knowledge includes work and exclusive interviews from some of the world's most famous artists, such as Banksy, David LaChapelle, Kelsey Brookes, Hush, The KLF, Shawn Stussy, Irvine Welsh, Vincent Skoglund and Benjamin Zephaniah, as well as lesser-known and up-coming talents.
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present Streichelzoo, a solo exhibition featuring the artwork of German street art duo, Herakut. The occasion will mark Herakut's first solo show in the United States. Artwork featured will include a combination of spray paint with charcoal, watercolors, and other paints on a variety of media, including wood, canvas, and paper. The gallery will be transformed into a work of art in itself, as Hera and Akut run wild and create a large scale installation in the space. Streichelzoo will be on view April 12 through May 4, 2008, with an opening reception held on April 12, from 8 p.m. to Midnight. They're German! They're hot! and they're covering the walls of Carmichael Gallery with an insanely stylish graffiti installation. Saturday night's opening is FREE with an open bar! Cost: free! Official Site: http://www.carmichaelgallery.com/shows/april122008.html