Jakob Theileis is an artist and engineer from Berlin. Currently based in New York City. He is part of the collective goat solutions and Antagonist Movement. jakob-theileis.com
filmed by Ethan Minsker
7 states. 45 days. A backpack trip.
Result: A documentary on Indian Truck Art
Horn Please is a documentary that encapsulates various aspects of an age-old folk art form of India — the Truck Art, an art form that makes journeys through the dusty highways of India, incredible in more ways than one. With a kaleidoscope of bright paints, motifs, typography and some unique couplets, these Indian trucks take you on a rather colourful journey of diverse cultures and beliefs of the country. The designs painted on the trucks do not merely stand for aesthetic purposes, but they also attempt to depict religious, sentimental, and emotional viewpoints of the people related to the truck industry.
This documentary focuses on the origin of truck art and its evolution since then. And also how it influences not just the world of art, but also the lives of its artists and the truckers who interact with it on a daily basis. Largely, it investigates on whether the once-accepted type of art as a unique form of expression, will survive the test of time in this era of capitalism.
Four generations deep, Lodge Cast Iron is still going strong. They are the last American cast iron manufacturer. The metal chemistry and other aspects of the production process are monitored by workers during melting and and throughout the rest of the process. Cast Iron is one of the few things left in this era that can be a family heirloom, seasoned with generations of family meals. I recently bought a 5 piece set and am looking forward to making memories.
THE HUNDREDS :: IN THE STUDIO :: HANKSY: http://youtu.be/C8Nl8yPYlvw
Dead Technologies. If you are reading this fanzine in the paper form then you are taking part in a dead forgotten format, PRINT. We as a culture discarded technologies as if it were toilet paper smeared with our feces. In this issue we are going low tech and bring back a few memories of things we once loved but only when it was new. – Ethan Minsker
ThePineConeGentleman: Let’s start off with telling the reader a little more about yourself and your work.
Wonderpuss Octopus: I grew up in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, which is heavily wooded, it felt like the middle of nowhere. But I was lucky to visit New York City often at a young age, since my parents are both artists who had lived on the Bowery and still had friends and exhibitions there. They were always bringing me to galleries and museums and teaching me about art – as a child it felt like torture but I really appreciate it now. They encouraged me to make art yet they were actually highly critical, it was not the normal parental encouragement of “Oh this is so wonderful my kid is a genius.” It was more like, “this is interesting, I like what you did here, but your technique could be better, these brush strokes, the shading, the composition, etc.” It was like having two art professors as parents! Having such talented, critical parents shaped my artistic foundation – but it also taught me how to rebel! In a professional sense I am ‘self taught’ because I walked out of my first class my first day of college at The School of Visual Arts. It was within the first fifteen minutes – the instructor was teaching us to sketch fruit, and I thought – “F*** this! I don’t want to sketch fruit I already know how to sketch fruit!” I realized suddenly that I already had my art education – my parents already gave me all the tools I needed, and I was not going to take out thousands of dollars in student loan debt to get that fancy piece of paper that says MFA.
PJ Linden explores texture fetishism with her intuitively detailed, multilayered barbed strata of 3D fabric paint, acrylic, and latex build up. Linden’s paint gestures bubble with machine-like precision yet remain abstract, reminiscent of patterns found in nature and in global folk art traditions. Controlled hues of technicolor are overlaid to sculpt hybrid animal pelts: Snakeskin, shagreen, and crocodile skin collide with mutations of coral, pearls, candy sprinkles, raindrops, and milleﬁori. These ‘pelts’ emit a sense of vibration and movement that Linden uses to violate luxury brands, technology, fashion, sex, and the human form. These ‘pelts’ become second-skins – avatars of subject and object. In 2008 PJ Linden formed WONDERPUSS OCTOPUS – a media based process brand reﬂective of appropriation, pop and anti-art movements.