Last night after work I drove out to GR2 for the release and signing of Evan Hecox’s new book, Urban Abstract.The get together was pretty small and mellow, but that was okay, I didn’t have to wait in any lines. Above you can see the little camera sketch Evan did for me, which I thought was pretty rad.
The book itself is absolutely amazing and is a lot bigger then I thought it would be. The book literally covers the last 15 years of his career, so I guess it makes sense, but you can tell they had to do a lot of editing to even this much fit. It’s really great to finally get to see all of his work combined in one place, with a section for Plates, Linouts, and then Projects and Installations. On a personal note, the book smells really good, one of the first things I noticed, haha… You can pick up the book over at You Work For Them.
Also, if you’re in LA, be sure to stop by the Kinsey/Desforges Gallery in Culver City tonight from 7 to 10 PM. The show is centered around images from Mexico City. Should be a good time.
Last night I was checking my stat counter and noticed that someone had visited my site after searching for Todd Hido, the amazing photographer who creates the moodiest/creepiest photos of rural suburbia. Well I ended up coming across a video interview with him (it really wasn’t hard, it was on the first page of searches) that’s actually really good, even though it’s over a year old.
First off he’s a white guy, not Japanese like I thought he was, and his last name is pronounced “high-dough” not “he-dough”. He gets his creepy photos by being kind of creepy himself, standing outside of people’s houses from anywhere to 4 – 10 minutes, getting the extremely long exposures you see in his photos. Okay, I actually think that part is funny, not creepy. Check out the video, it’s 10 minutes worth of photo fun.
Craigslist is probably one of the best “inventions” of the last 20 years, taking a the really simple idea of uniting people who are looking for something (anything) and put it online and made it geocentrically searchable. Now media designer Ian Coyle has taken this ultra-simple service and streamlined it even more. It’s called crgslst, and it’s like the hot, skinny, younger brother of craigslist.
Now instead of the clunky, jumbled (but classic) way of searching, everything is taken down to it’s bare bones and put into a cleaner search interface. It’s pretty interesting to see what can be done with something that people are used to with just a little bit of ingenuity.
Meet Me in the Garden by Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (mp3)
Every now and then I get someone emailing me about this art project they’re doing, or the band they’re in, and most of the time, I don’t post them about them. What can I say, I’m picky? But I did get an email 3 days ago from a guy named Dent May, who happens to have a Magnificent Ukelele (that’s what she said). Dent is from Mississippi, plays ukelele, and sounds to me like an American version of Jens Lekman. His lyrics are really human, and his voice is really pleasant, and he seems like he would a ton of fun to see live. He also does a lot of layering to his music and it’s all mixed really well.
Right now he has a new video out call “Oh, Paris!” which is extremely funny, and made me laugh quite a lot. He’s also giving away an EP of his called ‘Brush With Velvet’, which is really, really good. And it’s free, so why not give him a try, you know? That’s what I did. Check out his new video under the cut!
Reading through the newest issue of Vanity Fair I came across an amazing article about Julian Schnabel’s architectural masterpiece, the Palazzo Chupi. As some may know, Julian Schnabel is a man of many talents. Most recently he directed the movie ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’, but he’s also been a painter, and obviously, a part time architect. He helped create the Palazzo Chupi while he directed ‘Diving Bell’, communicating through faxes drawings and questions about the project in New York as he worked on the movie in France.
He had bought the building itself in 1997 for $2.1 million dollars and used at as a place for his family live, previously using it as a refuge from his divorce and as a painting studio. The really amazing part is that he added the entire top of the building, basically anything that’s dark salmon colored. The architecture itself was inspired by Addison Mizner and Stanford White, two of Schnabel’s favorite architects, as well as Scrovegni Chapel in Italy. The building itself is split into a triplex, two duplexes, and two single-floor homes, so this is a very cozy 50,00 square foot building.
I personally think the building itself is immensely beautiful, a breath of fresh air away from the sometimes overwhelming contemporary minimalism or weirdness that abounds today. I didn’t even fully realize how much I enjoy hand made things until I really started reading about this. The idea of hand troweled plaster on a wall so much more comforting than white, flat walls. The inside decor is a but gaudy for my taste, but it looks like it would be really fun to come home to every night as well. I’m also in love with all the hand laid tiles and the wood paneling, as well as (I’m sure) amazing views of the Hudson River.
I know it’s a bit early for politics, but I saw those on Daily Kos and had to immediately borrow the idea to share with you all. When is Hillary going to understand that we don’t want mudslinging and shit talking and negativity in our politics?! If she wasn’t such a bitch she’d probably be winning across the board. Let’s see if she somehow wiggles out of this one by saying that John Edwards asked her to use his words…
P.S. Sorry again for the politics in the morning, I promise it won’t happen again, haha…
One of my favorite things about this blog is finding young and talented designers who are starting to come up in the world. This description fits well with the London trio over at us (yes, all lowercase), who are creating a lot of really clever work. I had seen their identity work for the Kingston University degree show, and thought it was extremely fun and well done.
What caught my eye on my most recent visit to their site was the Detergent T-shirts they created as “mementos for festivals throughout the summer”. The point of the shirt is to be worn while you’re out getting muddy and gross at Reading or one of the other festivals, then you throw all your dirty clothes into the washer and the detergent releases from the t-shirt fibers and cleans all of your clothes. The second cool part is that the shirt also has a unique pattern and limited numbering on it, but you can only see the design after you’ve washed the shirt. They won a D&AD Global Student Award for this clever little idea, which I think is pretty fitting.
Check out the rest of their site for more interesting projects like this.
Today I woke up and had a song stuck in my head, No Doubt’s ‘Sunday Morning’ off of their oh-so-classic album, Tragic Kingdom. I remember driving around in my friend’s shitty, gold Honda with this song blasting, all the windows down. There’s just something so epic about the song, it gets me going every time I hear it.
The video above was directed by music video wÃ¼nderkind Sophie Muller, and features the band getting together to cook a meal, which they then use to have a giant food fight. They need to hurry up and get a new album out, but that might not happen anytime soon since Gwen has another bun in the oven!
Last night after work I headed right over to the REDCAT for Two Lines Align, Geoff McFetridge and Ed Fella’s new show. I’d never been to the REDCAT before (REDCAT stands for Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater, it’s in Downtown LA) so it was fun to finally see what it’s like inside. The space itself was really big, think of a large restaurant, and includes a big gallery space and a laminated plywood-looking bar area.
Geoff McFetridge definitely took advantage of the space, painting giant murals and constructing a big installation which you get to walk through and in. He of course had work on the walls as well, but another cool thing he did was have a display box with a ton of his commercial work, like Virgin Suicides posters, the Nike Vandal Supremes he made (which I wanted to STEAL! haha), and even the Rooney logo, which I had no idea he made. It was pretty gratifying to see his work in person finally. I was talking to my friend Frank about his work, and we decided that it’s hard to do something really complex, but it’s just as hard to create something extremely simple, and therein lies his genius for me. I also got to talk to him for a few minutes and he was a really nice, cool guy.
I wasn’t a big fan of Ed Fella’s work, it was too all over the place for me and didn’t have enough cohesion. But if he helped inspire Mr. McFetridge in anyway, then I’m extremely grateful for his work. Check out under the cut for a TON of pics, and then check out a TON more on my Two Lines Align Flickr set.
I just watched this trailer for the upcoming movie ‘Son of Rambow‘ and I think it looks amazingly cute. The movie is about a pair of boys, one named Will, who was raised in the Plymouth Brethren faith (think of the Amish) and the other, Lee Carter, a troublemaker who makes weird home movies. They strike up an odd friendship through a viewing of Rambo: First Blood, and then start making odd movies together.
The movie obviously becomes a little more complex, like Will becomes Lee’s stuntman, and they start to get popular and more kids want to be a part of it, causing tension and so on. But the movie looks absolutely adorable, and makes me wish my childhood was more like that, because it was kind of like that. Except for the becoming popular part.
The movie was already released in the UK, and it should be in the US on May 2nd in selected cities.