Date Archives June 2010

Jennifer Mundy

I have a recurring dream where I’m in the driver’s seat of a 1992 Ford Explorer, steering along a scenic route with tremendous ramps that launch me hundreds of feet into the air. After I peak, I start to fall back down to earth and I can feel this in my dream as a visceral sensation; a sensation strong enough to wake me. But never in my dreams have imagined a world as surreal as Jennifer Mundy’s work. The image above is titled “trees” which explains the leaves, but raises more questions about the tree’s serpentine qualities and its expression of love.

But where my understanding breaks down, I’m distracted by the colors and details of her work.  Whatever your opinion of her work, it’s definitely not a snooze-fest.


Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No. 038

Seeing as how it’s Monday I suppose I should be a good little blogger and give you a new Mixcast. This week’s mix is a lot of new music that I hope you haven’t heard yet. It all came together really well and quite quickly, and I think overall it’s one of my best to date. The songs are all rather upbeat and fun and I think they blend together really well, making the transitions pretty seamless.

I will say that my narration is bit… silly. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these so I think I’m a bit rusty. Plus I need to buy a real microphone, which I’ll be doing ASAP, so that it doesn’t sound so tinny and crappy. I promise future versions will start to sound better.

And just as a side note, I had no idea that First of the Gang to Die was a Morrissey song… whoops.

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
Live In Dreams by WIld Nothing
I Died So I Could Haunt You by Stars
In Spain by Vadoinmessico
Yulia by Wolf Parade
I’m Not In Love by Crystal Castles
Three Trees by Tanlines
Do You Want It All? by Two Door Cinema Club
It Don’t Move Me by Peter Bjorn and John
Simple Severin by Superhumanoids
In The Times by Jeremy Jay
When I’m With You by Best Coast
First of the Gang to Die by Zee Avi
Loch Raven by Animal Collective


Visiting Portland

On Wednesday night I’ll be travelling to the fine city of Portland for a little R&R as well as to visit all the artsy friends I’ve made over the years. I haven’t been to Portland in over 15 years so I’m extremely excited to explore the city and see what everyone’s talking about. I know a lot of things to do there but I’m reaching out to you for suggestions of places I should visit. I’ll be staying in the Southeast part of the city so I’d prefer suggestions around there. So please let me know in the comments of happening places and yummy eateries!

Also, I’ll be having a get together of sorts somewhere in the city on Saturday night, so if you’re in the Portland area save the date and I’ll update with more information soon. I’m hoping to give away some free stuff but you’ll have to show up in order to see!


‘Slippery People’ by Noah Butkus

Saturday night I stopped by HVW8 for the Noah Butkus show and boy was it rad. The exhibit was called Slippery People and featured a bunch of huge 5′ x 6′ paintings as well as some smaller, super detailed drawings. Unfortunately I was dumb and forgot my real camera at home so the iPhone pics above will have to suffice. What I love about Noah’s work is how oddball it is. To me it looks like somewhere between old skateboard artwork and something Mobius would make. It’s refined and fucked up all at the same time. Plus I haven’t really seen anyone creating work like this these days, so it’s refreshing to see such a unique style these days.

Not sure how long the show runs but if you’re in Los Angeles be sure to stop by and take a peak.


Poster For The Movie ‘The Social Network’

The first poster for the upcoming Facebook inspired movie The Social Network was released last week and it’s definitely got me interested. The film is directed by Fight Club director David Fincher and is based upon the book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal which profiles the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook empire. The movie will star Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg (who I’ve loved since The Squid and The Whale, and was great in Zombieland) as well as Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker.

The poster itself is great, though, especially the photograph itself. Supposedly the movie is going to be pretty funny, so hopefully it’s a dark comedy if anything. I also love the details of having the Facebook interface and the scroll bar. Extremely clever and I’m totally excited to see more.


Sunday are for Lovers

In the introduction to Sundays are for Lovers, Maria Alexandra Vettese draws a line between people who approach Sunday with an element of trepidation and anxiety and people who suffuse their Sundays with a sense of languid joy and ease. While the former are overcome with the awareness that Sunday represents the final day of respite before the realities of the week take hold, the latter camp appreciate the final moments of the weekend. With a certain charm, elegance and generosity, Sundays are for Lovers is a book that celebrates the possibilities of this day.

Divided into four sections – eat, rest, laugh and love – Vettese has curated an exquisite book that features contributions from accomplished artists, illustrators, photographers, stylists and writers; each providing an insight into how they spend their Sundays. There is a selection of simple cocktail recipes from Molly Wizenberg; a wistful reflection on past lovers, as evoked through objects, by Caitlin Mociun; a photographic series that records a relaxed pub session with Albam and Brian Ferry; and playful illustrations that combine graphic beauty and cheeky word play by Deb Wood. And that is just a small sampling of what is contained within the book’s pages.

Adding another layer of intimacy, each contributor was required to answer a series of questions addressing things such as what they like to eat on Sundays and what brings out their Sunday smile. Soaking in the content of each page, as I curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea, I felt that I had experienced the ultimate Sunday in the company of an incredibly inspiring and talented group of people.

You can order a copy of Sundays are for Lovers through the Lines and Shapes shop. I seriously recommend that you do.


Sabin+Jones: LabStudio

Jenny Sabin and Peter Lloyd Jones come from what could seem like incompatible backgrounds: Sabin studied Architecture and Ceramics while Jones was busy studying Molecular Biology and Pathology. The work of Sabin+Jones: LabStudio depends on the successful collaboration of researchers in these divergent fields. I won’t pretend to fully understand the biological processes that these folks (mathematicians, architects, cell biologists, etc.) work together to research and analyze. But you don’t have to be a scientist to appreciate the complexity of their work or how cellular processes look when abstracted.

Greg Hatton

I have yet to acquire my dream home, but one thing is for certain: when I finally do move into my charming modern cottage, it will not be complete unless I have a piece or two by furniture designer Greg Hatton. Using reclaimed materials and found objects, Hatton crafts wood in an organic style that looks as though his furniture has naturally been found in the woods. There is clearly an eco-conscious philosophy at the heart of his design practice that is beautifully melded with artisanal skill.

Hatton is also an accomplished landscape designer, so I may have to start saving my pennies for a bespoke tree house for the back garden of my cottage. After all, a girl can dream.

You can check out his work on his portfolio, flickr and blog.


Space Suit of the Week

The illustrations above are from the book Travel to Distant Worlds by Karl Gilzen.  The book was originally published in 1960, and you may notice that the caption of the upper image is in the book’s native tongue, Russian.  There is no shortage of vintage space images available on the internet, but these are remarkable for the moody and atmospheric quality that is usually absent in the more saturated and hard-edged images favored by many illustrators at the time.  The effect is an apparently vast and immersive environment in both images.  Not to mention how cool it would be to walk on a bridge made of clouds.

The space suits featured in these illustrations are relatively subdued, except for the large antenna that makes the astronauts look slightly like unicorns or swordfish.  If you look closely at the astronaut in the lower image, you may notice that the astronaut looks like a woman.  It was, after all, the Soviet Space Program put the first woman in space in 1963.  Nasa didn’t launch a lady until 1983, that’s twenty later, and her name was Sally Ride.


Filming Myself #3 by Stebs Schinerer

Stebs Schinerer is at it again, filming himself out in the elements do tricks while making a totally beautiful video in the process. You might remember his last video where he filmed himself riding in the snow and now he’s out after a fresh rain riding through puddles and jumping off all kinds of things. I don’t claim to know anything about bike stuff or doing tricks, but I definitely enjoy watching it when it’s presented like this. Nice works Stebs.