18.03.10 by Jeff

Zhang Haiying

Paintings by Zhang Haiying. Beijing.

zhang haiying beijing artist painter painting

zhang haiying beijing artist painter painting

zhang haiying beijing artist painter painting

zhang haiying beijing artist painter painting

zhang haiying beijing artist painter painting

zhang haiying beijing artist painter painting













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • I prefer the ones with the thick brushstrokes because the other, more “refined” ones, seem too much like flash photography. The humiliation felt from the girls is really nice too. Not showing the faces of them gives it a nice sense of mystery.

  • lapetitefaon

    I love them all! Freaking awesome subject matter. Love the ladies hiding their faces.

  • rob

    reminds me of a documentary i saw where police were investigating ‘massage parlours’… the women all hid their faces from the cameras like this

  • Am

    This is exactly what happens here in Geylang, Singapore. The police conduct regular raids. It is a well-known fact that “China gals” come here to “work” to make money, on a social visit pass. Great subject matter, reflecting reality.

  • lapetitefaon

    Strangest thing: I took a nap after looking at these paintings and dreamt that I saw these paintings in person and fell asleep at the painters studio and they were so vivid and shocking in person that when I woke up from my nap I could no longer see! All of the imagery was a mix of black and scrambled images and the artist explained this sometimes happens to people after they look at his work! These paintings are so intense!!! Verrrrry weird dream.

  • Jim

    The first painting is also a piece of sculpture. But in the sculptured piece the lady hasn’t any underwear on, which was far more horrifying, it gave them an extremely strong sense of vulnerability and a little more dimension. You felt extremely worried for their livelihoods, particularly given that this is in China, which has dubious human rights at best. Its quite an upsetting subject. For the life of me I can’t remember where I saw the sculpture. It could of even been on Booooom? These paintings strongly resemble photographs which I guess had been circulated or had somehow made it into the tightly controlled press. The ladies in this appear more vilified though, which I’m not so keen on. Would love to know more about it? Sorry for the ignorance!

  • Nice painting …

  • sean

    Awesome stuff, reminds me of Gerhard Richter’s paintings of the Baader-Meinhoff gang.





23.05.17 by Jeff

Akira Covers for Epic Comics

Came across this great archive of Katsuhiro Otomo’s art and put together a little selection of my favourite Epic Comics Akira covers. More images below.

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23.05.17 by Jeff

LG Partners With Parsons School for Design

LG is partnering with leading design institutions to provide their new 34″ UltraWide monitors to help students studying architecture and design work more efficiently. The dimensions are eye-catching at 21:9 and the design actually curves around the user, offering as much real estate for visual information as possible.

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23.05.17 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

A selection of images from “Theaters” by photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. More images below.

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23.05.17 by Jeff

Kutcorners for OURO Collective

OURO Collective – photo by Teppei Tanabe

 

This week Vancouver-based dance collective OURO is debuting their first full-length show “Tangent” at the Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th), and we are proud to be a media partner for the event. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration come check this out, we’ll be at both shows! Tickets are going quick, so if you’re interested get tickets HERE!

Yesterday we shared a clip of OURO’s rehearsal footage (watch here) and today we have an interview with Kutcorners, who created three original tracks for “Tangent”. The New Zealand-born, Vancouver-based producer is one half of LIVE EVIL, the guys that made all those amazing live mixes we featured over the years (watch one here). You can stream or download the music Kutcorners created for OURO on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

 

Vancouver producer, Kutcorners – photo by Hana Pesut

 

Jeff Hamada: How would you describe the music you make?

Kutcorners: This is always a hard question, because I actually like to make many different types of music. But ultimately things under “Kutcorners” usually are a derivative of R&B music, old or new, with a twist.

I sometimes say I make “pop” music, but my music isn’t really that popular in the traditional sense. More like “pop art” really.

Jeff Hamada: I like the idea that it’s pop art. Who are some of the artists influencing you right now?

Kutcorners: Mura Masa, Toro Y Moi or Les Sins, Caribou, Dj Dahi, Knxwledge, Pomo, Kaytranada, U-Tern (Oliver), Nosaj Thing, Prince and MJ will inspire me forever.

 

If you don’t have Spotify you can listen to the tracks here.

 

Jeff Hamada: Had you ever collaborated with dancers prior to this project with OURO?

Kutcorners: No, this is the first time and I hope to do more of it.

Jeff Hamada: That would be cool to see an on-going thing. How would you describe the work that they’re creating?

Kutcorners: I would describe it as a melange of disciplines coming together to form a modern take on traditional dance performance. It’s very refreshing and inspiring work.

Jeff Hamada: Can you talk a little bit about the experience of watching their rehearsals and then turning that into sounds?

Kutcorners: Well, we talked a lot about sounds they like when they rehearse, which gave me inspiration to draw from idea I had started already, and also on some new arrangements.

Getting people to describe sounds they like can be quite hard, because people hear sounds and articulate them differently from person to person. It’s fun to hear how we all describe the sounds we like and how they affect movement.

 

 

Jeff Hamada: Did this experience offer any sort of new perspective on your work?

Kutcorners: Yeah, it showed me that I make movements in music too quick! It’s more effective to use little sounds and build things slowly rather than to cram everything in to a 3-minute song.

Dance is very much related to how music works and why it’s made. In retrospect, I would have benefitted from dancing more in my life. It really helps connect you to the physical side of music, which is so important when creating it.

Jeff Hamada: What things are you working on now?

Kutcorners: I’m working on making more original music for my own releases, which I plan to put out on record and online. Working with singers too, to help bring these instrumentals to life.

 

Kutcorners on Bandcamp

Kutcorners on Soundcloud

Kutcorners on Instagram

OURO Collective Website

OURO Collective on Instagram

23.05.17 by Staff

Los Angeles Warehouse Transformed into a 150,000 Square Foot Art Exhibition

British artist Simon Birch and a team of 20 collaborators have constructed an elaborate series of interconnected installations in a vacant warehouse on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles. Covering 3 acres of space with a mix of sculpture, video, paintings and performance pieces, the exhibition is a direct response to the current political climate. A celebration of creativity, diversity and unity, Birch explains: “Given the current fragile state of the world, we need unity more than ever… and we need action.”

While encouraging positivity, possibility and a safe space for people to come together, The 14th Factory is exactly that — a call to action that doesn’t shy away from provoking a response (or at least an Instagram photo). One installation is an exact replica of the iconic room from 2001: A Space Odyssey, while another is filled with 300 pitchforks hanging from the ceiling above the guests!

Check out more images from the project below or on display at 440 N. Ave 19 Los Angeles, California until May 31.

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