The Great Googa Mooga -Brooklyn’s answer to a true music festival, served up by the team that brings us Bonnaroo each year-is upon us. The music and munchies kicks off tonight in Prospect Park with headlining act the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as well as The Darkness and The Flaming Lips. DJ sets include Chairlift and Sam Spiegel of N.A.S.A and the foodie-approved stands are too numerous to name. Googa Mooga “experiences” include trips to the beer-tasting pavillion (frequent trips) and Hamageddon: a pig roast in “Bacon Land.” All this set to a background of exceptional tunes in the warm summer air.
It give us great pleasure to announce the newest edition of PUZL Magazine!
This issue focuses on a phenomenal array of creators in a variety of industries. New York style trendsetters Dee & Ricky (also on our cover!) and LA tastemakers Black Banditz hip hop guru Keith Shocklee, and Overthrow maestro Alexis Mincolla are just a few of the interviews we have in store for you.
View all of our editoin HERE.
Editor In Chief
New York Managing Editor
Anna J. Martinez
Cover Art by Kevin Banks
SEAN BAPTISTE is a poet, Los Angeles native, and recent Brooklyn transplant by way of Austin, Texas.
ANNA J. MARTINEZ is a Brooklyn-based fashionista who writes, dances, and tirelessly pursues the world’s best hand-mixed margarita.
LAURA O’REILLY is a culture curator from New York, adjunct director at The Hole NYC, principal at The City Firm, and artist. Tag along @TheArtofOR
Photograph of Keith Shocklee can be found on artist’s website.
Photographs of Roxie Darling by LAURA JUNE KIRSCH in Brooklyn, 2012.
Photographs of Dee & Ricky by LVRS TRACY (@CosmoBailey) in New York, 2012. Photograph on page 18 provided by author, 2013.
Photographs of Black Banditz by CAMERON McCOOL in Downtown Los Angeles, 2013.
Photographs of Alexis Mincolla by DIANA DALSASSO in West Hollywood, 2013.
Pages 35-42, CAITLIN CORCORAN in clothing by NATHALIE KRAYNINA photographed by KYNA MARIE with makeup and hair by MARIA BAEZ and jewelry by ENFANTS PERDUS.
Photograph of Modi Oyewole in Austin, 2013. Provided by subject.
Anne-Lise Coste “You Text Too Much” 2013
As most people have figured out by now, this past weekend in New York was chock-full of art fairs. From Pulse to NADA, from Cutlog to Frieze, they all have half-sassy and opaque one word names that each compete to seem more important than the next in the ever-competitive art world.
Frieze, the largest of them all, was like the Martha Stewart of art fairs; it was on point for its audience, well thought out, and you begrudgingly loved the food. This year it offered a selection of food straight out of every “trendiest food” lists, from Roberta’s pizza to the Fat Radish and Mission Chinese. There was even a “speakeasy” hidden within the fair, and like flies to rotten fruit, New Yorkers can’t get enough of that stuff.
However, the gargantuan white tent on Randall’s Island ultimately stood as a beacon for the big money, big names art world. For most, Frieze served as the perfect opportunity to walk the 5 football fields of art and bulk up on their Instagramming material. There were more people Instagramming photos of their art than actual pieces of art, and the only people speaking to the gallerists about the art were the press and the 10% of attendees there to purchase it.
That being said, hidden in the shadows of the British Big Mamma Frieze were the many other smaller but still one word named fairs that happened simultaneously. Most notable of the bunch was the second edition of NADA, the fair hosted by the New Art Dealers Alliance. Held on a pier on the outskirts of Chinatown, NADA offered a fresh and unique perspective on the state of contemporary art. It featured small galleries from around the world who showed work of contemporary and often relatively unknown artists. Overall the works exhibited showed a clear intention to foster the next generation of artists whose conversation invites observers beyond the realm of the art elite.
NADA is just one of the many smaller shows to keep on your radar for when the next fair season begins. Frieze is certainly not a spectacle to be missed, but at the end of the day it remains just that for most people: a spectacle. Go to Frieze to enjoy the food and to see some famous works you hadn’t seen before, but if you want a pulse on what’s coming next, take a gander at the alternatives. You won’t be disappointed.
Photo by Mathieu César
With the surge of interest over the past month leading up to the release of the long anticipated Daft Punk album, “Get Lucky” has been serenading us over the airwaves. This single is already a huge hit, and is perpetuating the insatiable appetite for more from the French duo. Releasing interviews with all of the album’s collaborators on YouTube (partnership with the Creators Project) is genius, and is a perfect diversion for the masses awaiting this release.
The Fold is excited to team up with Sony Music and LAMP to present the Los Angeles ‘Random Access Memories’ listening party the day of the official U.S. release, Tuesday, May 21st at the Bootleg Gallery.
LAMP will be providing DJs, the bar will be stocked with the finest Hard Ciders and I.P.A’s and our house sound system is all too thrilled to be used.
Also check out this rare interview with Sky Ferriera about the release.
Today kicks off 4 days of art–installations, sound scapes, collaborations, etc– in the 180 galleries of the Frieze Art Fair. The New York event in 2013 promises to be the biggest yet with attractions so attractive that the monsoon rains won’t keep us away. Foodies rejoice in Frieze’s restaurant partners: Blue Bottle Coffee, Frankie’s Spuntino and The Fat Raddish, to name a few. The sculpture park features Paul McCarthy’s 80-foot inflatable piece named Balloon Dog (shout out to the West Coast) and Frieze Fair Talks abound throughout the long weekend. If you’re on the market for art (or just looking for an excuse to ride a ferry boat this weekend) details on the exhibitors and the talks can be found at Frieze New York’s website.