Date Archives August 2009

Métamorphose by Frédéric Fontenoy

I can’t remember where I found these photos, but Frédéric Fontenoy is kind of amazing. Made between 1988 and 1990 these photos show these amazing blurred, abstract of photos of a man, I’m guessing Fontenoy, jumping, backflipping and doing all sorts of contortions, but they’re all on one photo. I really have no idea how he did these, I can only guess he left the shutter open quite a while, but it’s pretty rad that he did these 20 years ago.

Check out more of this photos by clicking here, though some of his other work is definitely NSFW.


Moonmilk by Ryan McGinley

One of my favorite photographers Ryan McGinley has a new exhibit coming up called Moonmilk, which will be opening September 10th at the Alison Jacques Gallery in London. This time around Ryan took a bunch of sexy naked models into a bunch of underground caves and lava tubes. It’s quite brilliant what he can do with lighting and scenery. I kind of feel like his more recent work has almost shifted to landscape photography, there just happens to be a couple of people speckled into the photos. Plus the colors of these are really amazing. I wonder if it’s just gels on lights set up around the cave?

Check out more photos of the exhibit by visiting the Alison Jacques Gallery website and Tiny Vices.


Mark Weaver iPhone Wallpapers

Atlanta based designer Mark Weaver released a pack of iPhone wallpapers the other day so I thought I’d share them with those of you who may not have seen them. Mark’s distinct style of retro imagery, bold colors and great type design really stand out in these beauties. My favorite two are the ones above, but there are 8 total designs to choose from.

Click here to download them.


Bangarang by Pogo

Pogo, that fellow behind the amazing Alice in Wonderland music/video remix, released another new video yesterday, this one titled Bangarang. I think a lof of us have fond memories of the movie Hook. There was that food fight, Rufio, Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell… it was definitely one of Spielberg’s best. It definitely sounds like a lot of his other stuff, but his other works sound amazing, and watching them with the video is always such a treat. On a sidenote, this movie was made released in 1991 and Maggie Smith still looks like she’s 108, even though she was only 57.


Time-lapse Video of the Los Angeles Wildfire

The fires here North of Los Angeles are still raging, it’s starting to look a lot like Mount Doom, in fact. The other day Matt mentioned that it would be cool to see a time-lapse video of the smoke from the fires. As crazy scary and horrible as the fires are, watching the smoke can be pretty beautiful and amazing. The video is pretty surreal, I never really knew how smoke reacted on such a large scale.

Update: +KN reader Emily just sent me this video by Brandon Riza, which is quite terrifying.

Update 2: And here’s another video showing the fire as it burns at night.


Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.005

It’s midnight here on the West Coast, so it should be Friday everywhere else in the world. This weeks Mixcast is a little different. I was walking to get a coffee the other night when I started listening to The Magnetic Fields’ Take Ecstasy With Me and started thinking about Neon Indian’s Should Have Done Acid With You at the same time. I also just finished Augesten Burough’s Dry, so all together I thought I’d make a mix about vices.

We all have vices and addictions, though some are more dangerous than others and some people hide them well, but I think it’s something we as humans are prone to having. So this is my interpretation of some of those things through some songs that I think are pretty rad

I hope you all enjoy it, let me know your thoughts!

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Vice Rag by AA Bondy
Take Ecstasy With Me by The Magnetic Fields
I Went To Sleep by The Beach Boys
Should Have Taken Acid With You by Neon Indian
Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth by The Dandy Warhols
Handshake Drugs by Wilco
Heroin by The Velvet Underground
Hang Over by The Album Leaf
Coat Check Dream Song by Bright Eyes
Epitaph by Badly Drawn Boy


A Love Letter To You

ESPO just doesn’t stop. Near deity-like artist Steven Powers has another great project he’s started called A Love Letter For You. This time he’s taking along local and international artists to tag the sides of 50 walls between 63rd and 45th street on Market street. There’s going to be a documentary film along with two books documenting the process. He’s also going to provide training for youth and creating free signange for local businesses.

I think this is so rad, because not only is he getting to write on these buildings, but in essence he’s trying to gentrify a huge area through art. This is something I’ve though of doing before but obviously not to the epic extent of what Steve is doing. I can’t wait to see this documentary and grab the book.


Band of Outsiders Fall 2009 Collection

How great are the photos for Band of Outsiders fall collection?! The equation is simple:

Jason Schwartzman + Chung King Road + Well Made Clothes + Polaroids = A photoshoot filled with charm and character.

I wish I would have been walking around Chung King the other day, and spotted this shoot happening. I probably would have been giggling like a little school girl. I love that first photo the best, it’s so damn charming, but my favorite outfit is the one in the second photo. The combo of the blue pinstripe with the red and navy diagonal striped tie makes my heart go pitter-patter. Big ups to Hypebeast for cropping out the Polaroid frames on a ton of the photos.
To see the entire collection of photos click here.


Hillbilly Truffle

There’s a great article in the September issue of GQ which explores the world of Tom Michael’s, a man who grows Tuber melanosporum, aka black truffles, in the hills of Tennessee. Black truffles are normally known to be collected in France, but Michaels is changing all of that, mining “black gold” as you could call it. I knew absolutely nothing about the truffle business before this, but it’s a good read and author Alan Richman does a great job of making me quite curious about trying them one day.

“The black truffle found in Périgord and Provence, and now Chuckey, Tennessee, has dozens of fungal relatives, some of them used in cooking, a few of them not bad at all, none of them its equal in beauty or bouquet. Once cleaned, the black Périgord truffle glitters. Cut open, the veins resemble mica. (When they are cooked, the marbling disappears.) Although the truffle possesses a pleasant crunch, it is treasured not so much for its taste or appearance but for its aroma, which has been likened to bedsheets after a night of abandon, slatterns who disdain to bathe, all that is dark and alluring about the human body and soul.”

Click here to read the full article.


Original Penguin Holiday Collection

Original Penguin
has released a new set of images of their Holiday 2009 collection which is designed by Ann Doty Payne, penguin’s creative director. This is her first collection she’s designed, usually taking care of things like advertising and store design. I have to say that she did a pretty remarkable job. I’m totally loving that peacoat/half trench with it’s military profile and thick lining. There’s also that sweet looking zip cardigan which you should totally get if you want to write a novel this winter. My other favorite piece is that bag, which looks like a perfect tote/carry all that would get you through the most blustery of winters.

Is Penguin gonna start going the J. Crew route?