While the blog was down this was one of the most amazing things I came across. First off, it’s a music video for No One Does it Like You, definitely the best track of Department of Eagles newest album. But then they upped the ante and had the video be inspired by the artwork of Marcel Dzama. The whole video is pretty clever, and uses the sounds in the song to inspire events in the video.
It was directed by Patrick Daughters, and he definitely deserves a hand for making such a fun (but dark) music video.
As some of you may have noticed over the last week, Kitsune Noir has been kind of… missing. During the past 7+ days or so I’ve been trying to move the site to a new server, which unfortunately takes a team of NASA scientists (or one amazing ex-coworker) to figure out. Well the process is over (clearly) and now the site will hopefully be more stable, aka it won’t go down for no reason at all. Here’s hoping you’re amazing, Dreamhost!
I’d also like to point out that the mobile version of the blog has been optimized thanks to a wonderful plugin called WPtouch. It basically turns the site into a lighter, more mobile-friendly version of the site, which means it’s easier to read and loads faster. Awesome, right?
So everything should be better than normal, hopefully, and I’ll start posting again bright and early tomorrow morning. Sorry for being gone, I’ll try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Sundays for me usually consist of large amounts of relaxing, and often there are cardigans involved as well. Yesterday I came across something else to help me relax, Sigur Rós’ documentary Heima, which translates to ‘At Home’. I’d never seen it before, but the video above is the whole dang thing. It’s absolutely beautiful, even though the quality is crap. Enjoy it while it lasts!
A couple of weeks ago I visited Poketo headquarters for a little art show featuring a bunch of great artists, but one in particular that I was really glad to meet was Mel Kadel. I talked to her and her hubby Travis Millard for a good chunk of the night, and they’re very excellent people. So it was rad to see that Poketo released a wallet with Mel’s artwork on it, which I’m kind of in love with.
Look at all of those amazing patterns! The detail put into all of those patterns are so rad, and when I look at all the different positions of the feet below the blankets I kinda laugh. You can buy Mel’s wallet here for $20.
Update: Poketo just posted a great little interview with Mel, which you can read here.
Last Saturday I headed Downtown to Chinatown for the Clark Goolsby show, called Tomorrow’s Nothing, at the POVevolving Gallery. The show was filled with really huge mixed media paintings, mostly featuring skulls and some collage pieces. I especially loved the big skull painting above because parts of the face were made of magazine clippings that had solid, bright colors. I also really love the houndstooth in the back, it compliments it well.
Also, if you’re in L.A. I suggest checking out the art scene on Chung King Road in Chinatown. There’s a ton of stuff going on down there and it was a lot of fun.
I was browsing around Cody Hudson’s blog last night and came across this fantastic permanent installation he did for Gravity Tank. He grabbed a bunch of scrap materials from their shop and had a bunch of other stuff from dumpsters and thrift shops, and just started putting it together. The time lapse video does a great job of showing just how much work an installation of this size must take. I think in the end this turned out absolutely beautiful, and I wish I could have this in my house!
I put some still photos of the installation under the cut as well, so check ’em out.
If you are or were at South by Southwest this last week you might have noticed a few people handing out some cards with some mustaches glued to them… well those were homies from Causecast. We’re doing a Mustache March at 4:30 on the Southeast corner of 6th and and Brazo, so bring your mustache (real or fake) and your cause and let people know what you care about.
The postcards were initally drawn by my buddy Garrett Vander Leun and then I colored over them to give them their creepy, surreal look. Did anyone see these around town?
The Desktop Wallpaper Project has obviously had quite a few artists, but last night I realized that I might have so many wallpapers that I’m losing track of one’s I haven’t posted! For example, today’s wallpaper is by one of my favorite artists out there, Damien Correll. It wasn’t until last night while I was going through the backgrounds on my iPhone that I realized that Damien had made me a sweet wallpaper, and I had completely forgotten about it. I even hassled him for a wallpaper like 2 weeks ago! haha… Anyhow, if you’ve never seen Damien’s work you’re totally missing out. His style is filled with sketchy but precise line work, bright colors, geometric shapes, and words and letters that test the boundaries of type design.
His wallpaper is an awesome mish-mash of patterns and textures which come together to create a sort of funky patchwork quilt. I think my favorite part of this are the colors because they make me feel like spring is slowly approaching, but not quite here yet. And I think that white block on the right looks like a Frosted Mini-Wheat.
My beautiful co-worker Bernadette Matthews just pointed me in the direction of the brand new poster for the Where The Wild Things Are movie. All I can say is OMG WTF FTW YES! I’m so effin’ excited for this movie, and this poster is just further proof of how beautiful SPike Jonze’s vision is going to be.
Remember those informational videos you watch as a kid? They’d always be really cheesy and horribly produced, and you had to remember parts of it for a test at the end? Yeah, those sucked. But a couple of guys by the names of Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz decided to create some very Monty Python-esque versions of those videos called Look Around You.
The series first debuted in 2002 with eight 10 minute shorts, consisting of Maths, Water, Germs, Ghosts, Sulphur, Music, Iron and Brain. These are all rather offbeat but amazing, and I’m guaranteeing that you’ll definitely get sucked into watching all of these, possibly getting yourself fired.
I have to say thanks to Mr. Ben Bours for introducing me to these a couple months ago while I was sick, they were a lifesaver.
Check under the cut for the rest of the series, parts 2 through 8. Enjoy ’em!