by Richard Lovell
Posted In: Visual Art
at 09:58 AM | Permalink
'Provocateur' opens tonight
American photographer and firebrand Tyler Shields makes his return to Cincinnati
for a Miller Gallery exhibition as part of the ongoing
This is Shields’ second appearance at the Miller Gallery in conjunction with
FotoFocus, first appearing in 2012 with Controlled Chaos. This
year's exhibit – Provocateur — opens tonight and he’s been shooting
in various locations locally throughout the week.
Of all the superlatives to describe Shields and his work, “provocateur” might
be most suitable of all. He’s gained a level of notoriety for his past exhibits
and photo shoots, including a 2011 exhibit that substituted paint for the fresh
blood of 25 rich and famous celebrities.
Shields has successfully merged the world of art with celebrity, similar to
fellow rebel-rouser Andy Warhol. He’s taken racy and playful photos of Lindsay
Lohan, Kathy Griffin, Abigail Breslin and the entire cast of Revenge.
His work can also be seen as a companion to Jay Z and Kanye Wests’s Watch the
Throne, using the medium of photography to exhibit grandeur, fame
and the excesses of materialism. His works have seen the destruction of a
$100,000 Hermès Birkin bag and the detonation of a vintage Rolls Royce — all in
the name of art, of course.
His latest Cincinnati exhibit yet again pushes his subjects and the limits of
what photography can be. His exhibit takes risks, but also presents the
germination for pensive and reflective thought.
But of all the superlatives and excessive descriptors for his work, nothing
beats seeing the real thing. Make sure Provocateur is a part of your
2014 FotoFocus experience.
The opening party takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Miller Gallery (2715
Erie Ave., Hyde Park) and continues through Nov. 8. Go here for more
by Jac Kern
Photography’s bad boy, Tyler Shields, returns
to Cincinnati for another exhibit at Miller Gallery, kicked off with an opening
reception in Over-the-Rhine Friday. Known for his controversial celebrity
photos, Shields last exhibited at Miller Gallery in October as part of
FotoFocus. Now he’s back showing off his latest collection of photos, Suspense, featuring images of people
falling, floating and flipping across striking backgrounds. Friday’s opening is
a pop-up gallery party at the Hanke Building (1130 Main St., OTR). VIP $50
tickets grant 8 p.m. admission, free valet parking, an open bar and photo op
with Shields. General admission from 9 p.m.-midnight is $10 and includes three
drink tickets. It’s
sure to be a super party and a great chance to brush shoulders with the “who’s
who” of the art community. Proceeds benefit Flashes of Hope, a national nonprofit with the
mission to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. Buy tickets here or bring cash at the door.
Across the river in Newport, Powerhouse
Factories celebrates music festival season with a Summer
Shindig Friday. Enjoy live music from The Pinstripes, a great view from
Powerhouse’s patio, great deals on the factory’s excellent assortment music
posters (BOGO half-off) and frosty beers from MadTree Brewery. The free party
runs 6 p.m.-midnight.
The Fringe Festival continues this weekend
(through June 8), with plenty of original, unusual and just plan weird theater performances throughout the city. Go here
for performance reviews, a complete
festival schedule and the official festival guide. And getcho Fringe on!
The 46th annual Summerfair takes
over Coney Island Friday-Sunday. This festival, one of the oldest continuous
art fairs in the country, features more than 300 fine artists, crafters, youth
arts organizations and performers exhibiting and selling photographs, pottery,
textiles, jewelry and much more.
a Shark or a Jet? A Greaser or a Soc? A Mod or a Rocker? Do you rock a scooter
or a motorcycle? Either way, folks from “both sides of the tracks” will come
together this weekend for the Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally, a
weekend-long event to promote unity between both types of motor enthusiasts.
Events include family-friendly rides, a pin-up girl contest, a bike rally,
happy hour, a group breakfast and more. A $30 pass gets you admission to all
the three-day events. Go here
for more info.
For more art, shows, festivals, concerts and
events to check out this weekend, peep our To Do picks
by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
at 11:25 AM | Permalink
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The new season of Arrested Development has been bestowed
upon us, premiering seven years after the last episode has aired, on a platform
that hadn’t even been invented when the series first debuted. For those
(commies) who haven’t watched yet or somehow were able to resist the urge to
watch all 15 episodes during the holiday weekend, I’ll keep details to a
minimum. They’re far funnier when played out onscreen, anyway. I will say that at least one scene was filmed recently enough to include a reference to that crazy sorority girl email. That was like last month! All in all, I
was really happy with the new season. There were some
low points, for sure, but the format of each episode focusing on one character, to create
a series of overlapping and intertwining story lines, was hilarious and perfect
for both Netflix and the show. It’s so hard for a project like this to live up to everyone’s
expectations and I think AD deftly
avoided taking itself too seriously or trying to make this fourth season
something greater than it really is. Best of all, it’s at least as re-watchable as the
other seasons, and I look forward to catching more Easter eggs and puns with
But we do have
something serious to discuss. We need to talk about Portia de Rossi’s face. BuzzFeed agrees.
Development, Portia plays a self-centered, materialistic wasp, but in real life
(because I totally know PDR IRL), I
imagine her to be a much more down-to-earth, naturally elegant beauty. In fact,
in a recent interview with Los Angeles
Portia talks about being 40, how she’s proud of her age and being uninterested
in clinging to her 20s. She’s also on the cover of Out Magazine’s
May issue, sporting a short, Twiggy-inspired look (hopefully Ellen and Portia
will continue to just fuse into identical pixie-haired, blonde lesbian
goddesses and take over the world). Here, she certainly looks different from
her early Lindsay Bluth days, but between adding a few years, an edgy haircut,
makeup and Photoshop photography magic, I didn’t think she’d done
anything to her pretty little face. I didn’t think Ellen would allow it! And
then came the Lindsay episode of Arrested
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOUR FACE?!
The feminist in me
is hesitant to go on about whether someone has had plastic surgery. I mean, who
cares? It’s her right to do whatever she wants to her (already flawless angel)
visage. But it’s so confusing why she’d discuss embracing age in interviews
when she so clearly has done something to her mug. Her facial expressions,
something so essential to her drama queen character, have seriously diminished
in this new season. What’s so ironic is that Lindsay very infamously had a nose
job in her youth, and any real-life plastic surgery could have easily been
written into the script! Also, I can't even pinpoint any specific plastic surgery that could have happened (total face transplant?), so I'm really worried that someone made a Portia robot and the real PDR is being held hostage somewhere. Anyone?
Anyway, if you haven’t
yet hunkered down for an AD watch-a-thon,
I definitely suggest it (some of the humor would be lost if you spaced the
episodes out too much). Just prepare yourself for a few things: cameos galore,
an inexplicable number of bird references (particularly ostriches, WTF?) and a
surprising new face on Nellie, I mean Lindsay, Bluth.
In other FACE news,
HBO premiered the anticipated Steven Soderbergh Liberace movie, Behind the Candelabra, Sunday. If you
were planning on tuning in for a camptastic voyage of gold lamé, diamonds and
gays (well, there was plenty of that),
you might be surprised to discover an emotional, heartfelt film. Based on the
memoirs of Scott Thorson, Liberace’s companion in the late '70s-mid-'80s, the movie starred Matt Damon as Thorson and a flawless Michael
Douglas as Mr. Showmanship himself. (All Behind the Candelabra photos courtesy HBO.)
In the film,
Thorson meets Liberace through a mutual friend, conveniently just as “Lee’s”
handsome protégé is beginning to lose his shine (though not literally — I
swear, these guys were covered in so much pixie dust throughout this movie,
they’re probably still pooping glitter to this day). It’s not long before
Liberace hires Scott as a companion of many sorts — a secretary, a bodyguard,
an onstage chauffeur, a lover. They even make plans for Liberace to adopt Thorson (though age
was not explicitly discussed in the film, Scott was actually 16 when he met
Liberace — there was around 50 years between the two.) It's a very complicated
relationship, made even more so when Liberace suggests they get plastic surgery
after they’d both let themselves go a bit. An aging “Lee” opts for a major
facelift while Scott mainly wants to lose some weight. Their plastic surgeon is
played with the perfect amount of tight-faced humor by Rob Lowe: This is his "natural look."Doc puts Scott on
“The California Diet” of pills, while Lee suggests something more — full facial
reconstruction surgery to make Scott look more like him. Viewers see Matt Damon transform from a strapping young stud, to Matt Damon with a fake belly, to a crazy Liberace-Adonis
spawn in a sparkly thong. Fresh-faced at 15 Haggard at 22 Just kidding, look at dat bodyMichael Douglas’ physical transformation takes a much
darker turn. Thorson and Liberace’s split becomes inevitable as we see Lee
turn his attention to a younger, more innocent new specimen. Scott will soon
be replaced much like he took the spot of Liberace's last boy toy, despite the fact
that he changed his entire life — and face! — to be with Lee. Scott loses most
of his riches in the split between lawyer fees, settlement agreements and
his drug addiction. A year later, he’s healthy and back to a more normal life when
he gets a call from Lee, who’s dying from AIDS. We get a shocking look at a
gaunt, grey Michael Douglas, the most jarring physical transformation of the
film. In the end, not all the diamonds in the world could save him.
Now, wipe those glittery tears with your
mink-lined hankies, because Cincinnati’s in the news, y’all! Esquire named the best bars in America
and Arnold’s Bar & Grill made the list. The chosen watering holes can be
found on this interactive map,
complete with a drink to order at each spot. (Esquire suggests
Porter at Cincy’s designated bar.)
Celeb hunters, be
on the lookout for Emilio Estevez (it’s like he’ll never leave!) and Tyler
Shields, both of whom are in town this week. Estevez is in the pr-production
phase for his film Johnny Longshot,
which begins filming at Lebanon Raceway and across Cincinnati in August.
Shields opens an exhibit at Miller Gallery Friday, and should be around the
city taking photographs throughout the week. Keep your eyes peeled,
star-lovers! Just one more for good measure.
Celebrity photographer Tyler Shields dominates the art world of the Internet age
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tyler Shields’ Klout Score is probably through the roof. Although he is prone to superlatives,
someone less familiar with his work might find this statement mere
braggadocio. But Shields credits his online presence as the reason he is
so successful as a multi-disciplinary artist.
by Jac Kern
at 12:51 PM | Permalink
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
I’ve accepted the
fact that people are going to associate me with 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon. The fact that I write stuff, enjoy snacks and
have an unhealthy knowledge of reality television has long provoked friends to
convince me, “You’re just like Liz
Lemon.” (“But I have a boyfriend!” I yell, as everyone walks away shaking their
heads.) I guess it’s close enough to being compared to my true idol, Tina Fey
It turns out I’m
not alone. 30 Rock’s Pinterest page
has been aggregating photos of people who look like characters from the show.
Check out these "30Rockelgangers."
If you bare a striking resemblance to Liz, Jack, Tracy or any other characters,
tweet your pics to @nbc30rock. Because, surely, we’ve only scratched the
surface of Pete Rose bowl cuts.
Suleman can now add “recording artist” to her famewhoring resume with the upcoming release
of her new single, “Sexy Party.” It sounds really good. Via Dlisted:
Did you miss last
week’s Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne? There must have been some crazy
niceness amendment to the roast contract because everyone kept the jokes
somewhat “above-the-belt.” Roasters included host Jane Lynch, Ellen Barkin,
Jeffery Ross and Gilbert Gottfried. Go here
for a recap of the night, including Tom
Arnold’s surprise visit and Roseanne’s surprising musical tribute to the US of
A.Further proving the growing creepiness of social
media, Cracked has uncovered eight ways Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare and
other popular sites are exactly like a serial killer’s lair.
Catholic, and having learned all I know about the Jewish religion through Rugrats, I always wondered what it would
be like to be a Jew. Of course, It all came down to the Bat Mitzvah — a party
devoted to you, with your choice of theme, where you make your debut as an
adult in faith. (Cut to: "I went to Confirmation and all I got was this stupid
rosary.") In 1992, Shaun Sperling read the Torah, became a man and Vogued harder
than Madge herself. Via Gawker:
First of all, no,
this is not long-lost footage of George Michael from Arrested Development.
Second, can we discuss how awesome his friends and family are for encouraging this
fabulosity to flourish? Strike a pose.
If you secretly
watched Mrs. Eastwood & Company
and dreamt of being Francesca, Clint’s 19-year-old daughter who is the girlfriend
and muse of photographer Tyler Shields, mark your
calendars for Oct. 12. That night, in conjunction with FotoFocus, Hyde Park’s
opens a show of Shields’ buzzed-about photos. A former X Games skater, Tyler
Shields is known for his photographs of celebrities, with his subjects often
represented in a violent or sexual manner. People also lost their shit when he
burned a Birkin Bag. Best of all, my fellow star hunters, Shields and Francesca will be at the
gallery for the opening. Keep an eye out for the duo shooting around Cincinnati
prior to the event.
As the “Leggings:
Are They Pants?” saga roars on, Buzzfeed created a convenient flow-chart to
reference before walking out the door. Hint: If your pockets are painted on,
you’re probably not wearing pants.
Anyone else remember that episode of Millionaire
Matchmaker where client Judith Regan described her dream man was “a straight Bruce Vilanch”? (Hey, I admitted by TV knowledge was abnormally vast.)
She ended up going on a date with John McClellan, a comedian who sported a very serious
chin pelt. Well, McClellan is performing a free show at The Comet
Thursday (and he’s still really ridin’ the Bravo-lebrity wave).