Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Randy Laybourne’s solo show of 20X20 work is finally here. The first ever showing of all 20 images will be at Swiv Tackle Circus in Oceanside, Califoria. The series was a big labor of love and took over 2 years to finish.
The opening is Jan 17, 2009 starting at 6 pm and goes to 10 pm.
It will be up for a month, till Feb 16, 2009
Randy, Dustin Koop, John Antoski, Mike Carter and others will be doing a Zine Work Shop Jan 25 (12 pm to 4 pm). It’s open to the public and everyone can stop by to cut/paste/photocopy and raise heck all over the place.
For more about Randy, check out his site: lookforwardtothepast.wordpress.com
Sometimes it's easy to be annoyed by antics, whoever the court jester, which is why the switch needs a good flipping to off when I've watched a few too many Rob & Bigs. This may suit MTV well, since I have an attention span, which lasts longer than the time it takes to melt butter, or my brain, in a microwave (about 15 seconds) and don't require the acne-fighting services of OxyClean Pads (unless I ate some really greasy pizza the night before). However, so many of my non-skateboarding friends think this guy's the coolest thing since whatever reality TV show was hot before. They seem to realize that he's all tongue and cheek—a skewering of traditional reality TV (albeit, a sometimes unbearable skewering, in my eyes)
But, his MTV pursuits—the mini horse, the boy band alter-ego and the scripted feel of every episode—aside, you have got to give Rob Dyrdek his respect for his origins. The other day, I looked him up, after I saw the above clip of the Fantasy Factory, and thought back to the days of Alien Workshop, when they staked their beginnings on a little Dyrdek who shredded everything (before I even skated). As always, I'm happy for the man. Like I've said before, get some (First sponsored writer, Josh Brooks? Monster, follow up on this one). While I'll chuckle through a few of his reality shows, before I go insane, his part in Memory Screen will always root him in greatness (Note to devout Rob and Big fans: his part is wedged into lots of artsy footage, so I suggest upping the Ritalin to get to Dyrdek's part).
Check Up Your Mind Field
Always committed to the quality of their products, Alien Workshop took a break from updating the AWSfilmworks site, more concerned with a finite release date of Mind Field (02/06/09). But, they have thrown a few more lines up on the site of Omar Salazar and Mikey Taylor and some odd packages from Arto Saari. Check them here. There's also a link to an interview between former AWS pro John Drake and Mikey Taylor.