Date Archives August 2007

Chiho Aoshima Interview

The amazing Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima has an interview in the newest issue of Departures magazine. I posted about her previously (which you can read here), so I was excited to see that a major magazine had picked up on her as well. The article describes how she received her degree in economics, not art school, and how she was taught Illustrator while she was working at an advertising agency, which lead her to work underneath the amazing Takashi Murakami.
It also talks about here career and successes so far, as well her process in creating her images. Definitely worth your time.

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Ron Mueck Video

Check out this amazing video about Ron Mueck, who in my opinion is probably the best sculptor in the world. His hyper-realism is absolutely breathtaking. The video was filmed during his show at The National Gallery in London. During the video they discuss how he creates his work, and the amount of detail that goes into each piece. It’s a pretty remarkable process.

And just as a side note, this is probably not entirely work safe, even though it’s just art. There is complete nudity, so don’t watch this around grandchildren, or extreme conservatives.

Link via Fecal Face

Bobby

Last Week In Music | 08/19 – 08/26

I’ve decided to try something new here for Monday mornings. Last.fm keeps track of all them music I listen to, except for when I’m in the car. It’s basically recording what I listen to 16 hours out of the day for 5 days a week, and then a little more intermittently on the weekend, depending upon what’s going on. So I thought I’d start posting a weekly tally of what I was listening to the previous week!

So based upon the chart above, I’ve listened to the new Jens Lekman album, Night Falls Over Kortedala, a whole lot. I was a big fan of ‘Oh You’re So Silent Jens‘, but this new album destroys all the others. The record comes out on October 9th, so be sure to keep a look out!

Next is the new Earlimart record, Mentor Tormentor, which could possibly be in the top 5 albums of the year. Moving away from their overly fragile/depressing style on the last record, their totally kicking ass and making some of the most layered, beautiful music they’ve ever created. The best way I can describe it is somewhere between Elliot Smith (duh) and The Dandy Warhols circa ‘Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia’. Go check out their site to hear some of the tracks from the new album!

The rest of the list includes Mike Andrews, someone I will be posting about seperately. My all-time favorites Belle & Sebastian and Rilo Kiley’s new record, Under the Blacklight (which isn’t that great, seriously disappointing).
Then there’s Thurstoon Moore’s new album, Trees Outside the Academy, which is like a stripped down, acoustic version of Sonic Youth. It’s completely amazing. After that is Caribou’s new record Andorra, Jarvis Cocker’s newest, The Thrills AMAZING new album, Teenager, and of course, the lovely Travis.

Check back next Monday for a new update!

Update: My friend FW over at unfolded/now has decided to join me in posting his previous weeks tunes, as well as the folks over at DTYBYWL… just go to their site to see what that means, haha. Everyone should do this!

Tim Gough

I browsing through The Serif and noticed that he just posted about Philadelphia artist, Tim Gough. His artwork is extremely colorful, and I love that he uses watercolors on a lot of his work. My favorite find on his site was the William Shatner piece above, which he did for The Shatner Show.
Awesome.

Bobby

Andreas Samuelsson

My lust for awesome patterns is never ending, and so thankfully I stumbled across the portfolio of Andreas Samuelsson. Andreas is a Swedish designer who has some pretty sweet patterns, as well as a bunch of awesome illustrations.
Definitely check out his work for Steffe & Bubblan, lots of rad things happening in there.

Bobby

Jon Huck’s Couples

I love this collection of photos by Jon Huck! Huck took 70 pictures of couples (140 total), mounted them to 4 x 8″ wood blocks, and hung them on wooden pegs. All together they make this huge awesome quilt of people. I think the presentation of it all is what really gets me. I love going to public places and watching people, it’s so much fun. This sort of reminds of that, except you can’t get caught staring this way…

Click here to read a great article about the project from LA Weekly.

Bobby

Elbe Philharmonic by Herzog + de Meuron

Herzog + de Meuron are having a really good year. As of now, the Swiss architects have 7 major projects going on, including the Portsmouth Football Stadium and that little Chinese project
But I think I’m most excited about the Elbe Philharmonic in Hamburg, Germany. The 1.3 million-square-foot building is a part of plan by city officials to move the harbor cities center by 40 percent. This is part of a grander scheme to allow for 5,500 new apartments as well as new business and retail spaces, a new school, a maritime museum AND a new aquarium. Phew.

The hall is being built in and on top of an old cocoa bean warehouse, where it will be over 360 feet tall at points. I love the fact that they’re using this old building, and giving it a new life. I’m so sick of America and it’s desire to live in cookie cutter houses. Why don’t we fix what we have already and make it amazing?
Thankfully, Herzog + de Meuron have 3 other projects going on in the U.S., they know we need some improvements as well.

Bobby

Day 19’s Polaroid Project

I secretly would love to be many things, I think like most people, but one of my top jobs would be a photographer. And I mostly think about when I’m looking at an awesome portfolio site that I’m extremely jealous of, just like the folks over at Day 19. Day 19 is made up of Jeremy & Claire Weiss, a duo/married couple who have been shooting together for over 10 years.
They have an amazing amount of work, with some of the most amazing people out there, it’s pretty unbelievable. They also have a really beautiful collection of Polaroids as well, which are definitely worth your time browsing through, They even have a blog!

Bobby

Jethro Haynes

Jethro Haynes is a sculptor/designer/genius living in London right now and making amazing sculptures. The shoes above are from a project he worked on with Hudson-Powell for Pointer Footwear. The top image, is an octopus that’s in love with a lighthouse, so says the guys over at Hudson-Powell.
I can’t believe how cool these are! The detail he goes to is so fucking amazing. It makes me want to sculpt really badly, though I would never come up with anything like this.
Be sure to check out Jethro’s site as well, he has some pretty rad typefaces as well over there.

And check under the cut for a few more images of his amazing sculptures.
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