I came across this video the other day and was totally taken by it. I watched it again last night and it honestly made me question my entire existence! It’s a short film called Umbra by Malcom Sutherland, a filmmaker from Montreal, Quebec. It’s interesting because you’re not really sure what the story is about, it’s all kind of random, but as you watch you realize that’s a part of the point of the whole thing. Be sure to watch it once and then watch it again right away.
To say that I’m excited for the new Fleet Foxes album, Helplessness Blues, would be an understatement. I’m a huge fan of their work and I think Robin Pecknold, who is only 24, is an amazingly talented guy. It’s also exciting to hear J. Tillman on drums, I think he’ll bring a good sound to this new album. To get a taste of what the album is going to sound like here’s the title track which I’ve been listening to on repeat today. If you like Fleet Foxes you won’t be disappointed. The album comes out on May 3, 2011, so we don’t have much longer to wait.
In my experience, there are two types of home cooks: those that fanatically and meticulously follow every instruction attached to a specific recipe and those that briefly glance at the recipe and use their innate sense of taste to guide them through the rest of the cooking process. I am, sadly, an anally retentive type who follows most recipes to the letter; however, Katie Shelly’s latest project, Picture Cook, may just free me from the shackles of my self-imposed control mania.
Each recipe, which is accompanied by one of Shelly’s lovely and detailed illustrations, is designed to “inspire experimentation, improvisation and play in the kitchen.” To this end, Shelly uses her imagery to communicate the directions for each dish and provides the cook with the flexibility to determine how much of each ingredient they will use. Something tells me that sweet potato fries will be on the dinner menu at my place tonight.
Cutting a bunker in half can’t be easy, but it sure looks sweet. This project, Bunker 599 is a collaboration between Rietveld Landscape (the folks behind the Vacant NL pavilion full of blue foam) and Atelier de Lyon. It seems a little too obvious to compare Bunker 599 to the work of Gordon Matta-Clark, but it also seems too obvious not to: the architects have created a new space by cutting through an existing one.
It’s a straightforward idea, but uh… how do you go about actually cutting so cleanly through the cubic meters of concrete standing in your way? The contrasts this operation sets up (between rough and smooth, old and new, solid and void) lend this bunker the feeling of a memorial or a monument. But it may just be that the photos were taken on a gloomy day.
Looking for the perfect soundtrack to any quite late night, then look no further then the Malmö based duo Beast who’s track Fredhäll is the ideal accompaniment to the last gentle hours of any day. The band is made up of Henrik Kihlberg and David Hagberg who play organ and digital drums respectively.
While the band is fairly new on the scene I get the impression that this track is a little more downtempo to their regular sound, and features a beautiful video edited together by band member Henrik. The footage comes from the controversial Italian documentary Ultime Grida Dalla Savana but fortunately doesn’t feature any of the shocking violence of the film, instead it shows some incredible shots of a mans encounter with a pack of wolves. While the band have only released their first track (a split 12″ with Magic State and Roll The Dice) it seems that they’ll soon be releasing new material, and with gigs in Berlin and Rio De Janeiro in the next few months we will hopefully be hearing a lot more from this duo.
Here’s a quick but fun video made by Sean McClintock who took Jack Kerouac’s poem Friday Afternoon in the Universe, layered it over DJ Shadow’s song Second and then made a quick visual representation of it all. I thought it was quite fitting to be posting this now, even though I meant to post it last Friday. I love everything about this. It’s clean, quick, snappy, and most important, fun.
As his bio states, Eoin Ryan is an Irish illustrator and animator based in London. He makes these really textural, sort of surreal pieces that have these great pops of color. It feels like he’s layering pieces over each other to create a more rich and deep illustration. The piece in the middle is my personal favorite, I love how the colors work together. Check out the rest of this work by clicking here.
I discovered Cindy Sherman in my first fine arts classes as a university undergrad and instantly fell in love with her Untitled Film Stills. I have followed her work all the way through her sex imagery, clown characters and historical recreations and was excited to happen across this video of Sherman from Art 21 and courtesy of Wallpaper*.
In this brief but interesting chat, Sherman discusses her motivation and the process for creating each photographic persona, how she situates herself within each composition and the role of performance in her work. Oh, and she shows some fake nails that can be used for pedicures. It is definitely worth 3.5 minutes of your time.
Mike Mills is a funny guy. One time I was walking through SIlver Lake and I saw a guy that looked like him, but I wasn’t 100% sure. So I turned around to get a second look, and sure enough, he was wearing a Thumbsucker t-shirt. It’s been 5 years and 5 days since Thumbsucker was released, a wonderful film starring Lou Taylor-Pucci as a young man with a thumb sucking problem trying to figure out who he is. With his new movie, Beginners, Mr. Mills explores a similar realm, charting the journey of people trying to find themselves.
The movie stars Ewan McGregor who plays Oliver, a man trying to deal with two stunning revelations from his 75 year-old father Hal (Christopher Plummer): that he is gay and gravely ill. Crazy enough the story is based on Mike Mills own father who came out at the age of 75 and sadly died five years later. Based upon the trailer above I can’t wait to see this. The characters seem very real and likable and the movie itself seems really positive and uplifting. For whatever reason the trailer reminds me of Eternal Sunshine.
The film comes out June 3, 2011 in the United States.