Lightbox, episode deux of Love Kills Demons, a twelve-part film portrait of Chris Rubino by Jim Helton. Chris is an Ace NYC artist — he was there right at the start making huge canvases for some rooms that still count among our favorites. You can see more about him from the early days of our blog.


The story and art of Moondog née Louis Thomas Hardin, born in Kansas in 1916, embodies the radical possibilities in the exchange between a person and their environment. “The Viking of 6th Avenue,” just like the streets of the New York where he made his home in boxes, basements and borrowed crannies for three decades, was unexpected, anti-conformist, multicultural and modernist. Often cited as a predecessor to the minimalist movement by fellow New Yorkers Phillip Glass and Steve Reich, he astounded, and continues to inspire awe, by embracing his blindness and deeply rooted idiosyncrasies — composing vocals and song direction in Braille and creating his own instruments from scraps — with nearly unprecedented creative output. This is a man who was true to his inner creative and spiritual compass to the extent that he was entirely unemployable by the capitalist world. Not only is it remarkable that Moondog music is the work of one individual, but also that his songs still read as wildly inventive and inspiring today as they ever were, originating from one very beautiful mind more than six decades ago.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the release of Moondog and His Friends on Epic, and above is one of our favorite tracks. Godspeed, and to your own brain be true.


Kim Ann Foxman performs this weekend at MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013 in Queens, NY. Keep an eye out for our interview with Kim — for now, enter to win a pair of passes to Warm Up as quick as you can. They’re gettin’ snapped up.

KIM ANN FOXMAN “CREATURE” from KIM ANN FOXMAN on Vimeo.

Kim Ann Foxman performs this weekend at MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2013 in Queens, NY. Keep an eye out for our interview with Kim — for now, enter to win a pair of passes to Warm Up as quick as you can. They’re gettin’ snapped up.

KIM ANN FOXMAN “CREATURE” from KIM ANN FOXMAN on Vimeo.


Malcom Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins are about to blow your #$%^ing mind.


LONDON
Recent Central St. Martins graduate and fashion designer Mingki Cheng summons the otherworldly, futuristic and nostalgic in his creation of unprecedented textiles. London-based director Jeff Metal shot him at work in his studio on a collection that incorporates animal defense structures, sportswear and battered plastics.

LONDON

Recent Central St. Martins graduate and fashion designer Mingki Cheng summons the otherworldly, futuristic and nostalgic in his creation of unprecedented textiles. London-based director Jeff Metal shot him at work in his studio on a collection that incorporates animal defense structures, sportswear and battered plastics.


Ace Hotel New York artist Greg Lamarche created this huge collage-based mural with our other friends at Colossal Media.


Last November, we celebrated Gay Pride, vogueing and NYC ballroom culture in Palm Springs with Miracles Club, Mike Q, Total Freedom, Beyondadoubt, Isaiah Esquire, Raja and the House of Xtravaganza at our annual Hands On queer music and arts festival. We’ll be reveling in underground queer culture, film and art this fall at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during the first weekend in November — save the date, and keep an eye out for more details soon.


Video by Mariah Garnett.


Be that guy. Today is Go Skateboarding Day 2013.


Sneak peek: our Thinking Cap series launches June 24. Slightly altered Ellen Gallagher work as our North Star. Stay tuned.

Sneak peek: our Thinking Cap series launches June 24. Slightly altered Ellen Gallagher work as our North Star. Stay tuned.


Erin Garcia : Whatuuuup professorevans.
Lucy Rose: Oh hey.
Erin Garcia : It’s Erin.
Lucy Rose: I figured as much — ha, Professor Evans.
Erin Garcia : PHD status
Lucy Rose: I like it.
Lucy Rose: I know this is the laziest way to do an interview ever, but it just makes editing so much easier — besides, we get to erase all the umms before we even say them. It makes us both sound so much more intelligent.
Erin Garcia : haha
Erin Garcia : Works for me.
Lucy Rose: (I’ve done this before)
Lucy Rose: Ok, shall we start?
Erin Garcia : Let’s do it.
Lucy Rose: Ok, so you’re from Ohio, right? Tell me a little about where and how you grew up.
Erin Garcia : I’m actually from North Carolina.
Erin Garcia : ha
Lucy Rose: Forgive me, I’m from New Zealand and am still working out the whole US geography thing.
Erin Garcia : I grew up in Winston — Salem which is a med-small city in the middle of NC.
Lucy Rose: What was life like there as a kid? What did you spend your weekends doing?
Erin Garcia : As a kid it was rad, lots of riding bikes and playing in the woods.

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