Monday, December 24, 2007

Offline: See You in 2008!

The Tiki Chris blogs are on hiatus while I enjoy some holiday cheer with family and friends. See you next year!

Merry Christmas,

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas and a Very Dry New Year

Thanks to Michael Murphy for sliding this ridiculous Xmas ad my way! Just click the image to read the fine print.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Arty Week in Review (Friday December 21, 2007)

I actually managed to create a little content for y'all this week. For one, I snapped copious photos at the Sartorial Contemporary Art opening of the "Notting Heaven" group exhibition. Ditto at Leonard Street Gallery, where German graffiti-collaborative team, Herakut were setting up for their exhibition with Luc Price. I got to hang behind the scenes during the set up and even nabbed an interview with Herakut. Speaking of interviews, my whitehot magazine interview with Strychnin Gallery owner Yasha Young is up and waiting for you to take a look-see. And last but certainly not least, I rounded out 2007's Artist Profiles with a quick piece about one of my favourite drinking buddies, Michael Murphy. He's a pretty fab artist as well. I'm probably gonna sign off until the New Year with this post, but I will continue posting my Daily Photos at ontoLondon.

Thanks to everyone for making 2007 a phenomenally fun year!

Enjoy your weekend,


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Strychnin Gallery Interview for Whitehot Magazine

Interview with Yasha Young of Strychnin Gallery
Chris Osburn
whitehot magazine of contemporary art
December 2007

... once dreams come true they do not always turn out the way we hoped to - and how difficult it all can be and will be and the idea of what happens when parents leave the room and we are left alone with the monsters under out beds and the ghosts on the ceilings and the whispers in the closet?

here for complete interview.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Herakut X 2 (and Some Luc Price)

Here are the links to a couple of lil diddies I did for Juxtapoz: one, photos from the opening of the Herakut/Luc Price exhibition at London's Leonard Street Gallery and two, an interview with Germany's dynamic graffiti duo, Herakut. Enjoy.

Photos: Herakut and Luc Price in London
by Chris Osburn

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Photos from the December 15th opening of Permission to Paint at London's Leonard Street Gallery. The show features new works and installation by German graffiti duo Herakut as well as new works and installation by British artist Luc Price. Permission to Paint is on view until January 11th.

Click here for all the photos.


Interview: Herakut - Mutual Appreciation
Words and photos by Chris Osburn
Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Herakut, the girl/boy German collaborative graffiti team of Hera and Akut, is as unlikely a "crew" as ever you're apt to meet. By the time he was fourteen, scruffy and self-taught Akut was already painting in the streets while graceful and tidy Hera was in the midst of her ten years of a stringent technical arts education, to which her work is more of a reaction than a reference.

Click here for the complete interview.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tiki Bar TV Episode 31: Casino

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Artist Profile: Michael Murphy

Tiki bars with helipads? Atomic mushroom clouds and lush mid-century bachelor pads? Rounding out a year's worth of Artist Profiles is architect/artist Michael Murphy.

With his paintings and digital art, Michael interprets traditional architectural illustration while bringing out the potential drama within all good design. Michael's arty side leans toward the cinematic while his architectural discipline seeks "to retain some semblance of reality in terms of perspective and structure." However, no in
ternal struggle is revealed in the resulting artwork. What is apparent is cliffhanger architectural imagery that captivates with its very human stories without ever showing any people. For example, one of his prints, entitled "Cocktail before Target Practice," features the silhouette of a helicopter atop a building with London's BT Tower in the background and an intense yellow sky. Who's having a cocktail with whom and where? Very captivating stuff, open to interpretation with no egregious meaning crowding the viewer's imagination.

To get more of Michael's take, check out my interview with him for Londonist.

To view more of Michael’s work visit:

Friday, December 14, 2007

Doin' the Yuletide Glide (Friday December 14, 2007)

That same busy non-blogosphere agenda from last week crept into this one, resulting in even less posting from me this week. In fact, I've decided to place Rapa Nui News on indefinite hiatus. I plan to give it a think over the holidays and see if it's worth continuing.

Anyway, the folks who collectively are known as "The Streetcar Team" were kind enough to provide some content by commenting on my negative review of their service. Click
here for that post and their attempt to "understand further what went wrong and then try and put it right."

You might want to also take a look at all the Yuletidal Daily Photos I've been posting at ontoLondon.

Enjoy your weekend,


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tiki Bar TV Episode 30: Ice Breaker

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Friday, December 07, 2007

A Week into December (Friday November 7, 2007)

Hey! A busy non-blogosphere agenda means minimal posting from me this week. Still, I found the time to post an index for all those California Road Trip posts as well as a link to my WhiteHot Magazine interview with UK street art collective, the Invisible Art Club.

or ontoLondon, I got back to posting my own Daily Photos, all of which have a somewhat Christmas-y bent. Expect the same for the rest of this month. I also posted a negative (and slightly bitter) review of Streetcar, London's self-service pay-as-you-go car rental nightmare.

Enjoy your weekend,


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Tiki Bar TV Episode 29: The Wedding

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Three Kings at Light Gallery in Costa Mesa, California

Three Kings Opening Reception
December 15th
Light Gallery
440 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa (within waliking distance of La Cave and the Little Knight)
December 15-January 5th

You heard it right! Ken Ruzic,Clysdalle and Big Toe have combined forces to bring you a pre-Holiday Show Extravaganza! More great art there than you can shake a stick at (if that's your thing...shaking sticks at paintings...)!

Invisible Art Club Interview for Whitehot Magazine

Chris Osburn Interviews the Invisible Art Club
Chris Osburn
whitehot magazine of contemporary art
December 2007

The Invisible Art Club is a group of individuals with a shared love of art. Our common link is a connection to graffiti and street art. From graf writers who started 20 years ago and are still going strong, to artists who have hung up their spray cans and moved on to other mediums to artists from a more traditional background who simply happen to hang out with a lot of street artists. With our wide range of influences and experience, we bring fresh styles and perspectives to the print world.

Click here for complete interview.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Rest in Peace, Evel Knievel

Before Jackass, there was Evel. I was a little kid in the Seventies. One of my earliest heroes has passed on. Thanks for blowing my mind, Evel Knievel!

US daredevil Evel Knievel dies
Legendary US daredevil Evel Knievel has died at the age of 69, his granddaughter has said.
BBC News
Last Updated: Friday, 30 November 2007, 22:26 GMT

By the time he retired in 1980 Knievel had broken nearly 40 bones.

here for complete article.


Iconic Daredevil Evel Knievel Dies at 69
Associated Press
Friday, 30 November 2007

Evel Knievel, the red-white-and-blue-spangled motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over crazy obstacles including Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.

here for complete article.


Evel Knievel Dies at 69
Friday, Nov. 30, 2007

Born in Butte, Montana, Oct. 17, 1938, Knievel made a name for himself for his daredevil feats, jumping rows of vehicles, natural chasms and other obstacles.

here for complete article.


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