For our second round of interviews we’re talking to British gentleman Jez Burrows about his poster for the book Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Jez has a very simplistic, but bold and graphic style that he employs, making the most of as little as possible. He’s worked for clients such as The New York Times, Time, Wired and Monocle to name a few.
Here’s what he had to say about his poster.
Why did you choose Walden?
I couldn’t choose one absolute favourite novel, so I narrowed it down to a shortlist. I’d initially attempted to do something on Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but quickly discovered I was losing my mind and was seeing too many cats and soldiers in my dreams. Walden appeals to me because while it’s certainly a book about society, self-reliance, and solitude (besides a hundred other things), the setting fascinates me. I’m originally from a very rural area in the south west of England, and there’s something remarkable about taking your thoughts to the woods.
Last night I saw A Single Man, Tom Ford’s directorial debut about an Englishman in Los Angeles who’s trying to cope with the death of his partner. It was funny because I saw it at a tiny theater at the Landmark which was filled with two and three seat leather couches. It definitely added to the experience. I can definitely say I was really excited to see this film and I didn’t leave disappointed. Tom Ford is simply a man with amazing visual aesthetics, and watching his work come to life on film was an absolute treat. I definitely suggest you seeing this if even slightly interested.
Continue reading under the cut for my full review along with potential spoilers.
I came across the work of Ivan Puig and was totally mesmerized by what I saw. The installation above is titled Hasta Las Narices and features a car which appears to be drowning in milk. In his list of materials he states pigment, water and glass, but where each of these start and end I have no idea. But the effect is absolutely brilliant and unreal. The rest of his work is interesting as well but they just don’t appeal to me as much as this installation does.
I’ve been following Mr. Ben Pieratt on Twitter for a little bit now and secretly I’ve been obsessed with his logo designs since then. I’m not really sure if any of these are logos for real companies or not, but it really doesn’t matter, they’re all pretty damn amazing.
The three above were some of my favorites. The Farm League logo looks like it might have been done 50 years ago or last Wednesday, it’s got a timeless feel though the usage of red and black certainly gives it a very contemporary feeling. The other two logos look like they belong on the side of a sake bottle perhaps, or they should be the logo of a made-up corporation in a J.J. Abrams movie. The details in these are extraordinary and the color choices couldn’t be more perfect.
As a part of the Kitsune Noir Poster Club I wanted to give you an inside look at the process behind the posters. First up is Frank Chimero, the Springfield, Missouri based illustrator who’s been really blowing up lately. Frank has worked for clients like The New York Times, Nike, Starbucks, GOOD Magazine and ton more. He’s one of my favorite artist/designers around these days and I was stoked when he agreed to take part in the club. For Frank’s poster he decided to choose Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut.
Why did you choose Slaughterhouse 5?
It represents something to me. So far as I can tell, it’s really the first book I found, read, and then chose to like on my own accord. It was mine. I owned it and the experience of reading it and how it made me feel. I did this when I was 12 or so, and it holds a special place with me, because it represents the process I went through of trying to understand who I was. The book is perennial for me. I’ve read it two other times since that first time, and it still has that an impact on me. It’s aged with me. Each time I read it, I connect to it in a different way. The first time, it was about aliens and pretty girls on other planets and time travel. Now, the book is more about what’s it’s like to try to capture things in a piece of art even though they fight their hardest to defy your efforts. It’s about how words fail. It’s about how people fail. It’s about how fruitless the world can seem some times. And it’s about how maybe, just maybe, Billy Pilgrim’s naivety saved him.
Over the last 7 months this blog has become my life and career. Making the blog as enjoyable and informative as possible has been my main goal, but I’ve had a lot of opportunities open up to me that have made me realize I can do more. I’ll be expanding the scope of Kitsune Noir, creating new projects that will slowly start to manifest themselves over the next few months.
For now though, I’m happy to introduce the Kitsune Noir Poster Club which I’ve teamed up with Society6 to create. The KN/PC is a way for me to be a part of something that not only promotes art but positions Kitsune Noir as something more than just a blog. For this first round of posters I’ve asked five of my favorite artists to interpret books they really enjoy into a print that will be a lasting work of art. The first collection of poster artists include Frank Chimero, Mark Weaver, Jez Burrows, Cody Hoyt and Garrett Vander Leun.
The prints come in three different sizes:
17″ X 23″ / $50
22″ X 28″ / $55
28″ X 40″ / $70
They’re all gallery quality Giclée prints on bright white, matte, smooth surface, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper printed using Epson K3 archival inks and then custom trimmed with 2″ border. Fancy stuff, right?
I’ll also be running interviews with each other artists throughout the week starting with Frank Chimero later today. He’ll be talking about his process in creating his poster, which trust me, was a lot of work and is truly fascinating. I’ve admired his work for a while now but it’s truly awesome to see how far he dives into his work.
I hope you enjoy the prints and if you’d like to order one click any of the posters below. Any of these would make wonderful presents for the holidays. This is only the first poster series with many more to come, so get ready for more beautiful art.
The video above by Benjamin Ducroz is a a crazy experiment in mixed media video. It’s called Press + and features 3D animation as well as frames of the animation printed out and treated with watercolor and ink. The combination of these mediums is really what makes this video special. To think that he printed out a bunch of these frames and customized them, that’s some dedication.
The overall effect is really brilliant. Shapes and colors explode in and out of each other. The constant flux and shifting of these elements makes such an amazing effect that you can’t help but get sucked into this video. To get an inside look on his process you should click here.
I’m still in need of a nice bag to carry around my things so I’m constantly on the hunt. I came across this new bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs called the Peseta Ukelele Tote, which kind of looks like it’s shaped to carry around a ukulele. Just a note, I think they spelled ukulele wrong unless it’s done of some other reason. Anyhow, the bag is really cute and looks like it’s made from heathered canvas. They come in two colorways, blue and red-orange, the red-orange being my favorite. I need to head over to Melrose and take a peek and see if it’s worth a damn.
I got an email from a guy named P. Williams a couple days ago letting me know he had updated his site. As always I took a look and came across an installation he did called The Finishing Touch, which was a 400 sq. ft. space filled with giant buildings and a monster. It also happens to be a performance art, because the monster is filled with a human who then goes through the town, trashing it to the delight of the on-lookers.
I would have loved being at this exhibit and seeing this giant monster destroying this town. There’s so much detail to the buildings and the monster is pretty rad looking as well. I’m pretty easily amused but I think things like this need to be done more, simply for the fun of it.
It’s another week and X-Mas music has been on repeat for me. My number one artist two weeks in a row now is Vince Guaraldi Trio because of the Charlie Brown Christmas album. It’s hands down my favorite X-Mas album and I can’t X-mas without it. Coming up next Sufjan, been listening to a lot of BQE and Seven Swans a lot, the latter feels like it’s kind of an underrated album.
After that is Alexandre Desplat who did the score for the soundtrack to The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Alexandre took the place of Mark Mothersbaugh for Wes Anderson’s newest flick. He’s done a really great job of setting up the mood of the movie and it’s even more apparent when you sit down and listen to the soundtrack. It’s also got some Beach Boys and Rolling Stones on there so you can’t go wrong.
Number four was Bright Eyes as I’ve been listening to the X-Mas album he put together. It’s actually a rather faithful rendition of classic songs done in his own creative way. No matter what you think of his music you can’t deny that he’s a talented musician and it definitely shows. Then came The Walkmen and M. Ward, two of my usual favorites. Following that up was Jason Lytle who released a fun new X-Mas present filled with beautiful piano songs. It’s a wonderful treat. Finishing things up is Casio for the Painfully Alone who’s always good for cold, holiday days.