Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Entourage HBO: Ari Gold says F*%K by Eclectic Method

Entourage HBO: Ari Gold says F*%K - Eclectic Method

"Video remix artists Eclectic Method cut and paste music videos, movies, current events, and video games into a danceable stream of sound and heady stretch of images. It's fun to watch them "scratch" DVD's live, and their recorded work makes for great YouTube fare" (thanks Boing Boing)

Euro Rave 4 Photos (final installment)

Final installment of Euro Rave 4 photos. Sorry this took so long, click on link below. Enjoy!

That's it That's All Official Poster

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Save Me From the Gallup Poll - Buried in Screens - Eric Gallippo solo noise part 2 of 2

Okay and here's part 2. If SMFTGP's first solo release didn't significantly melt your bowels, Eric Gallippo made a second one to finish the job, just in case. The shrill vociferation of the apocalyptic harbinger is drowned in the gelatinous mire of brown note explosions. A joyous synthesis of dooms.
Get it here.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008


In this drawing, the great Saul Steinberg captures different lives in their journey from birth (A) to the end (B).

It's hard to imagine a simpler reduction of biographies to plastic form. I suspect you know some of these people. To understand the discipline that line imposes, you might try distilling your own life, or your own relationships, this way.

Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once wrote,
What can't be said can't be said and can't be whistled either.
But as Steinberg repeatedly reminds us, sometimes it can be drawn.

Thats it thats all snowboard premiere

"Amid the never-ending mission to find the next adventure comes a snowboard film that opens doors to the possibilities. Dedicated to everything snowboarding, Travis Rice and a dream team crew set out on a seek-and-destroy operation for the new zone, the new trick and the new perspective on the sport. Special showing at Higherground Wednesday, October 15th. Doors at 7pm. Film starts at 8pm. Music provided by Lotus Entertainment's DJ Russell and ZJ.
tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Higher Ground Box Office.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Finishing off the Flesh Series

Found at Rebel:art among other (excellent) participants of the International Sticker Awards (to be announced on October 3) is this wonderful example of product sabotage, by Thomas Judisch. The sticker simply says "free sample". You can agree with the ideaology or not, but you have to admit it's ingenious to say the least.
This can also be a vengeance of the vegetarians after all the flesh-fuss that has been appearing on New Art.

Save Me From The Gallup Poll - Eric Gallippo solo noise 1 of 2

If he's not blowing your mind on guitar in either Man at Arms, Fields of Industry or A Paschal Circus; or doing any number of things in the Arts vs Entertainment Ensemble, Eric "Gallup Poll" Gallippo is probably literally going to make your brain explode into gory chunks all over your wood paneled room with his solo noise jams. Just a man, a mixer, and a stupid long string of effects pedals.
Get it here.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


I'm sure there's a technical name for those squiggly black lines that artists put in the background to complete a picture.

Frank Godwin

Stan Drake

Unfortunately, I have no idea what they're called. More importantly, what rules govern their use? How does the artist know what shape to make them? How large or small should they be? What kind of lines work best in a particular situation?

Feliks Topolski

The great William Oberhardt (below) explained the rules about as well as they can be explained: "I follow only my feeling of harmony."

William Oberhardt

It's fun to watch the most tightly controlled, "realistic" artists use totally abstract splotches in order to round out a picture.

John Cullen Murphy

Al Williamson

I often think artists use this device the same way many animals use a tail. A tail provides counterweight and balance for animals, enabling them to walk along tree branches or make sharp turns at high speeds. It keeps the animal stabilized and on target. Similarly, once an artist has completed the primary subject of a drawing, he or she sizes it up and often adds whatever abstract shape or weight is necessary to keep the picture in balance. When the artist finds that the demands of content and realism have tugged a picture away from a good design, those little black squiggles often restore what Oberhardt called "harmony."

Plus, a tail often serves another function: when a dog (or an artist) is happy or proud, a tail is something to wag.

Body of Flesh: Pinar Yolacan's portraits

Age is violence. It is violence as in: power, and it is violence as the inevitable overpowering.
The women on the pictures from the Perishables series (2004) by Pinar Yolacan wear this age in a way that brings about strong feelings. Disgust? Humiliation? But why? Why is wearing meat so shocking? We do get it - the meat is just a continuation of what we are, it is as sacred or as profane as we wish to see it. So why does it seem so intensly profane? Why is it revolting?
The women on the pictures don't seem embarrassed. To the contrary - they know who they are. And they know how deep is skin-deep. And possibly because of their incredibly stoic stance, we reach another point - of acceptance, of peace.

There is a wisdom in these wrinkles that seems unbearably right. And beyond the purity of light, may I add - there is also pain.

The exceptional thing is - this pain is distinguished. And if you think it's because the subjects were WASPs, see Pinar Yolacan's the Maria series (2007).

Here are women from the Bahia region in Brasil, which was colonized by the Portuguese. And here, the flesh changes its value: it is not about age any more, but rather, about distinction and pride, but also submission and humiliation, about the color of skin and the heaviness of the-object-that-thinks. Maria is the most common Portuguese name - and in Brasil nearly every woman has Maria as one of her names. It is also a reference to the Virgin Mary, a reference that here challenges our thinking about holiness. Look at this raw, dark flesh, and see the purity.

It seems to me Yolacan does not really have a statement that guides her work (interview with the artist here). Vanitas. Possibly. But I'd rather see her as a researcher - she investigates what the matter - the flesh - can tell her, where it can lead her. And this very intuitive, "non-rational" way of working is something I cherish. Because if you listen carefuly, your own sensitivity will embrace the matter in such a way that, once it is done, the work might speak the thousand words you never knew you had.

First Installment of Euro Rave 4 Photos

As promised, here are the first installment of photos. More to follow. All photo credit goes to Laura Austin for Laustin Design.

Euro Rave 4 photos coming soon

Thanks to everyone who came out! Hope you had as much fun as we did :) Photos coming soon

Friday, September 19, 2008

DJ A Dog on tour with Mix Master Mike

Our good friend A Wizzle aka A DOG (Lotus Entertainment DJ) is going on tour with Beastie Boy's DJ Mix Master Mike! Congrats homes and let em all know how we gets down Vermont style yeayeahhhhh

On blogging, the power of images and misbehaving

Here we are, now, entertain us.
In a comment to my last post, Matka wrote: Please, add a new piece soon! My internet explorer opens with your page and this work makes me seek [sick?] for a couple of hours.

Independent on whether this particular request should be executed or not, a serious issue creeps up behind: can we speak of a more or less bloggable material? Should we?
At first, there seems to be no doubt: a blog is personal by definition, right? The author decides what to put on it, and that's it?
Not quite.
1) Any reader of art blogs will notice blogs have formulas and tend to stick to them (this is not just the case of art blogs, obviously). So there is a topic, an approach, a way of writing and really, a "strategy". This can be a personal strategy, but it remains one.
2) In the case of art blogs, strong images work. That is, if you're looking for an audience, don't spend so much time writing: find attractive images. They can be shocking, but they have to be instantly rewarding for the spectator. And that's disgusting, dear Matka.
There's the rub: A blog is like a light version of a magazine. You drop by, take a glance, and in case of picture-filled blogs, if the image is not appealing, you move along. I see it in the stats, I know it (mea culpa) from autopsy. An art blog is, to a great extent, a mini-gallery. To a neophyte observer it might seem like people only take a glance and then leave. But after all, isn't it about those few that stay a while and dwelve deeper?

It's nice to be visited. And appreciated. And the more popular you are, the more, humm, popular you are.
The point is, it influences the choices you make. And all of a sudden, you know what sort of images work on the blog. And those are the ones you choose. Fast art consumption. It's nice, it's clean, we get it. Good, effective art.
Then the next step might be thinking about not offending Matka's tastes. And that's scary if you write a blog, (a personal page). But then, even if you don't go that far, the blog, the site, gains a life of its own. And thenyou start listening in on what it wants.

Come to think of it, it's not necessarily horrible. After all, it's also the wonderful feeling of an object coming to life, gaining an identity. Indeed, in the case of this blog this life has been continuing even during my absences. And that's a beautiful sight.
Yet it is still mine. Heheh...
And hopefuly, the lapse in Matka's text did make sense: beyond making her sick, the image also makes her seek for a couple of hours.
And in case it doesn't, here are a couple of replacement images. If anyone here can handle Japanese, please go here or here and let me know who is the artist, and what is going on, these sites seem creepy as hell...

O, that this too too solid flesh would melt
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Oh, that this too, too solid flesh should melt

Not fit. (As if fit actually still meant fit for something). Too much body in the body. Too much flesh in the flesh. Too little shape. Too little containment. The form is amorphic. It isn't even interesting in its lack of shape.
Someone once told me he kept surprizing himself by how profoundly average he was.
What argument against it? Self-awareness? That's pitiful. I say, tie him up with a thin red line. Make him dance like a ham. Make him squeek, make him laugh. Now, cut the line.
And see how the marks fade away.
Ever so slowly.

The charming picture is by Alison Brady.


Laser Harp by Jean-Michel Jarre (thanks Trizzy)

Not really sure what to think of this haha but its safe to say that zJ wants his shades!

Monday, September 15, 2008

'PLAY' Lotus Entertainment womens tee

'PLAY' is the first installment of the women's t shirt line coming this Fall. Design by Lotus Entertainment art director Nate Cousins

BLEACH - part 1

Free Image Hosting At ImageCows.NetIchigo Kurosaki, 15 years old high school student, had special ability. He could see ghosts, even can touch and speak with them. He lived normal life as a high school student and as oldest son, until he met a Shinigami (Death God) named Kuchiki Rukia and he must fight a monster called Hallow which attacking his family. Rukia trying to protect them, but she fatally wound and the only way to save Ichigo and his family is Ichigo must become substitude Shinigami and from now on, the long battle begin.


Free Image Hosting At ImageCows.NetIchigo Kurosaki - He had biggest Reiatsu (spirit power) in his family. He lived with his father and two sisters, Karin and Yuzu. Karin has big Reiatsu but she didn't believe in ghosts, so she think as they're not exist. Ichigo's father always did ridiculous things, but who knows he had big secret.

Free Image Hosting At ImageCows.NetKuchiki Rukia - She work as Shinigami. Shinigami jobs are to send 'plus' spirits, known as ghosts to Soul Society and slay Hollow. Slaying Hollow means clean its sin and send it to Soul Society. Rukia had step brother named Kuchiki Byakuya.

Free Image Hosting At ImageCows.NetInoue Orihime - Ichigo's classmate. She loved Ichigo, but he didn't notice that. Someday she will help Ichigo in battlefield.

Free Image Hosting At ImageCows.NetTatsuki Arisawa - Ichigo's classmate and childhood friend. She's tomboy, and always protect Inoue because she had karate ability (Dan 2nd).

Free Image Hosting At ImageCows.NetYasutora Sado (Chad) - He had giant power, but he use his power to protect other peoples. His first met with Ichigo was when he beaten because he is too strict Ichigo felt the same way because his hair so he help Sado and call him Chad. Since that, Chad very loyal to Ichigo and sure to help him anythings.

Former Enemies

Free Image Hosting At ImageCows.NetKon (Kaizou Konpaku - Modified Soul) - He is the only one who survived from Soul Society. At the begining, Soul Society make a research to modify soul to fight hollow. This soul was prepared with special ability. But then, Soul Society ordered to destroy all of modified soul. Because of luck, he survived after exchanged with other pills. He can't let others die because of his experience. He loved girls, because he is Ecchi, but he always kicked because of his Gigai ^_^ .

Free Image Hosting At ImageCows.NetIshida Uryuu - He is the last Quincy clan. He hate all of Shinigami, but that's not because the old story from the clan. It is because his teacher both his grandfather died of hollow attack, and Shinigami too late to help. He still doesn't like Shinigami, but he sure to help Ichigo when he needs help.

to be continued ...

Friday, September 12, 2008


The last king of the Ashanti empire, Assantehene Agyeman Prempeh, was surrounded by victorious British troops clamoring for him to come out of his palace and surrender. The gods had abandoned Prempeh and all hope was gone. But before he went out to face his conquerors, he commissioned one last work of art.

Colonel Baden-Powell described the surrender in his memoir of the African military campaign. When Prempeh emerged, the soldiers commanded the defeated king to grovel before them:

It was a blow to the Ashanti pride and prestige such as they had never suffered before. Then came the demand for payment of the indemnity for the war.... The king could produce about a twentieth part of what had been promised. Accordingly, he was informed that he, together with his mother and chiefs, would now be held as prisoners, and deported to the Gold Coast.
Prempeh was marched off to jail. Behind him, soldiers plundered his palace and burned down the sacred Burial-Place of the Kings of Ashanti.

In those last days before Prempeh surrendered, he ordered his royal artists to prepare a glorious tunic for him to wear at the surrender ceremony. They worked long and hard to make a "regal robe of mourning" approximately 7 feet by 10 feet, covered with graphic symbols illustrating the culture and history of his people.

The cloak was organized in a series of squares, with ideograms depicting the legends, proverbs and histories of the Ashanti.

For example, the following design symbolizes the king encircled and protected by ancestors, warriors, and helpful spirits who support his reign:

This next symbol, called "hen's feet," relates to the Ashanti saying that "a hen treads upon its chicks but does not kill them," meaning that the powerful king stands on his people in a gentle, protective way.

Another symbol, the ram's horn, depicts strength but also corresponds to the proverb, "when a ram is brave, its courage comes from its heart and not its horns."

The soldiers were clueless about the meaning of these symbols or the significance of the cloak. However, one of them took a fancy to it and "obtained possession" of it. The king watched through jail bars as his conquerors walked away with the legacy of his people.

What in the world was Prempeh thinking? The beauty of his cloak couldn't possibly protect his people or their culture. Why did he go through the trouble of creating art whose message wouldn't be understood? And why put one more precious thing in the hands of his enemies to steal or destroy?

One obvious answer is that people sometimes reach out to art when they have nothing else left. In moments of ineffable sorrow, when our five senses can't piece together the world in a way that is bearable, art sometimes helps us bridge the gap. This kind of art might fortify Prempeh even if his enemies didn't understand its meaning.

But I suspect there was more involved in this case. Friedrich Schlegel once wrote,

Through all the noise of life's multi-coloured dream,
One song sings to the secret listener.

It seems to me that a lot of art is created like a message in a bottle. We hope it will someday find its way to a secret listener who understands us. The Ashanti empire, with its rich cultural tradition, would end when Prempeh surrendered that day. It was quite possible that Prempeh's cloak would be carelessly destroyed by infidels. But if the cloak survived, there was a chance it might someday come to the attention of some secret listener, and they would know the Ashanti for what they were, and maybe even take pity for something that once was, but is no more.

Every day you and I walk unknowingly on multiple layers of such sadness-- desperate songs from previous generations of singers who never found a listener. But in Prempeh's case, his gamble paid off. After many years, his cloak was discovered and rescued. Now it is in the inventory of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Intergalatic Love In A Hi-Tech Fairy Tale

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Directed by : Takahiko Akiyama
Cast : Kanata Hongo, Masatoshi Nakamura, Mikako Tabe, Maki Horikita, Ryoko Kobayashi, Yuta Murakami
Company : Golden Village, Shochiku Films
Release Date : September 15th, 2005

Whose say robots has no feeling? Well... at least, this robot have that, because it is a super robot which controled by a boy for exchange it socialization in a touchful drama directed by Takahiko Akiyama. Saturo (Hongo) is a elementary school student who had a difficult fate in his young age. In a car accident, he lost his mother where that happen. And his father, Kaoru (Nakamura) and he survived although he get fatally broken and must be sit on a tire-chair. Since that happen, he like to be alone and won't go came out from his room. Also for his school and his playing. All days belong in his room. His relation to his father geting worst because he still blame his father for the accident. The caused, he never communicate again like usually father and son.

Sad seeing his son, the father who scientic then created a super robot that can controled by Satoru for replacing he to go to school and playing, because Satoru can ordering that robot everything only from a set of computer integrated in his room without go away from his room.

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"what is it to be alive?"

The super robot that looks like Honda's Asimo named Hinokio, based by the name Pinokio, the connection between Satoru and the outside environment. So send Hinokio to school as Satoru's stunt man. For the begining, the come of the robot for study very strange and pay attentions. So make naughty kids at the Satoru/Hinokio's school often disturbing and make play it. Also rarely do a phisical attack to that robot. But Satoru/Hinokio faced that calm, more because he interested in one of that kids named Jun (Tabe), who looking sweety, first time Satoru unsure is Jun is a boy or a girl because the phisically before he order Hinokio see Jun's underware.

From that, the deep relation made between Satoru/Hinokio and Jun. As a weird couple, they spent the time together. Fishing, see the stars in the sky, also talking about everything like life; death; and love. By Hinokio eyes, all seem really real for Satoru.

When Satoru feel everything gone to be perfect, although only enjoy from monitor and sensor, Jun leave the town and exchange school without saying good bye. Once again, Satoru feel the world unfair to him. Plus the relation with his father more worst, Satoru then send Hinokio for suicide mission. By the way, that is have a incredible sensitive sensor connected to his brain taht can caused fatal to Satoru body if Hinokio really do "harakiri".

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

WeSC In Store Party

WeSC Launches with Bloomingdale's
Thursday, September 18
6-8 pm -- In-store Party at Bloomingdale's 59th st, Metro Level (basement)
"We're giving away 500 pairs of headphones made exclusively for this event, along with t-shirts in collaboration with NYLON mag"-WeSC

Side Note: Our good friend Mckenzie sent us this invite via email. Wish we could attend. If you happen to be in the area, be sure to check this out. WeSc headphones are quality and the clothing line is dope too!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mike Device-Stereo Warmup Vol.2

Lotus Entertainment's DJ Mike Device just posted his newest crazy crunk sweaty balls dance mix titled Stereo Warm up 2. Hell yes. Dont forget to check out Mr Device this Sunday night for the Bonjour-Hi series plus Euro Rave 4 Friday September 19th!

01 - Treasure Fingers - Cross The Dancefloor
02 - Adam Tensta - My Cool (UMYO RMX)
03 - Neighborhood - Marvelous
04 - Villains - Rock It
05 - Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire (Calvin Harris RMX)
06 - Claude Vonstroke vs. Too $hort - Blow The Whistler (Hookerz & Blow RMX)
07 - Kid Sister - Pro Nails (Gant-Man’s Jackin’ RMX)
08 - Jokers Of The Scene - Y’all Know The Name (Flosstradamus RMX)
09 - Busta Rhymes - Don’t Touch Me (Bird Peterson RMX)
10 - Dave Nada - Kick Out The Jams
11 - Tittsworth ft. Kid Sister & Pase Rock - WTF
12 - The Count & Sinden ft. Rye Rye - Hardcore Girls
13 - Hervé and A-Trak ft. Cadence Weapon - Roll With The Winners
14 - Dead Prez - Hip Hop (Mike Device RMX)
15 - Young MC - Bust A Move (Don Rimini Ravekid Extended RMX)
16 - Kid Cudi - Day’n'Nite (Crookers RMX)
17 - Dizzee Rascal - Flex (Dave Spoon RMX)
18 - The Count of Monte Cristal - Dibby DJ
19 - Smalltown DJ’s - Party Like A Punk
20 - Kazey & Bulldog - Sweet Harmony
21 - Bird Peterson - The Jump Off
22 - Hercules and Love Affair - You Belong (Riton RMX)
23 - Mike Device - Bombs Over Casbah
24 - B.O.B. - Ur Love
25 - Mike Device - Beat Him Up
26 - DJ Class ft. Pase Rock - Roll It (Fully Fitted Mix)
27 - Muscles - Ice Cream


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Dakota Fanning Brings Animated 'Coraline' To Life

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Child actress who released the film, Dreamer : Inspired By A True Story, Dakota Fanning had been sign a contract to be dubbing of a film animation by Laika Entertainment production that based in Oregon, Coraline.
Coraline (Fanning) is a young girl who found another version of life after walking by a secret door in her house. This paralel world look same with normal life, but just everything gone to be better.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Euro Rave 4 Online tickets

Its been brought to our attention that some of you are experiencing difficulties with our online ticket system. For whatever reason, if anyone should experience this again, please report it to us via email: lotusentertainment1@gmail.com

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Thursday, September 4, 2008


The great French impressionists did not have plastic raincoats, so when Monet or Renoir wanted to study the reflections of light on translucent surfaces, they had to visit La Grenouillere, a local riverside spot, and paint the surface of the water.

By the 1950s, plastic had been invented and clear plastic raincoats became a fashion trend. Many illustrators were drawn to the challenge of capturing light reflecting on this new, translucent material:

Austin Briggs

Al Parker

Robert Fawcett

Monet brilliantly captured the essence of light on water by using bold daubs of fresh paint, rather than painstakingly blending and smoothing the colors.

Briggs brilliantly captured the essence of light on plastic using the same bold approach.

Briggs and Monet each realized that carefully blending with smooth brush strokes would have stripped the painting of its vitality without improving its accuracy. You have to be very, very good to get away with painting this loosely.

One other point about the illustrators who chose to paint translucent raincoats when it would have been far easier to paint a nice wool overcoat: Artists who produce art in exchange for food and shelter always develop tricks to be more efficient, save time, and (most of all) conceal any gaps or shortcomings in their skills. For example, artists who are not good at drawing hands tend to draw people holding their hands behind their backs. Artists who have trouble with perspective tend to draw pictures with a narrow depth of field. And of course, heavy shadows have long been a favorite technique for concealing a multitude of artistic weaknesses.

So I have special admiration for artists who, while working under a deadline, look for tough and interesting new artistic challenges. The centerpiece of the Al Parker illustration above is clearly the plastic raincoat. The same with the Austin Briggs illustration. These were not commercial choices, they were aesthetic decisions motivated by the same artistic ambition, pride and curiosity about the world that motivated Monet.