Jeremy Dower is a Melbourne based artist who’s making work like nothing I’ve seen before. His paintings remind me of the vibe I got when I was watching Enter The Void, very bright and graphic, lots of shine and gloss but a bit chaotic and fucked up. He calls these pieces paintings, though I’m taking that to mean digital paintings, though I could be, and hopefully I am, wrong. The way he’s able to create pieces that look like holograms or fuzzed out TVs is remarkable, I can’t imagine how long it would take to create one of these. I’m also curious about the scale of these pieces, I’m guessing they’d have be pretty gigantic because there’s so much detail in all the distorted looking areas.
A few days ago I saw this post over on GOOD about Knowhow Shop LA (written by Carren Jao, who will soon be contributing to TFIB) and the image of the GIANT comb totally got me excited. The Knowhow Shop is a co-op space where you can learn to build things, paying only for the time you’re there. The comb was created for the city of Roanoke as a piece of public art, and I think it looks fantastic. The comb weights over 400 pounds, and “is handcrafted out of Mangaris using full mortise and tenon construction, while the hair is made from powder coated steel.” The details in this are amazing, the subtle rounding of the corners, and I love the idea of one big, wiry hair weaving through the teeth. The shop is right around the corner from me in Highland Park, I think I’m going to have to take a trip out there and try and build my own 400 pound comb.
This is nice. To coincide with the end of NASA’s shuttle missions, artist/designer/independent publisher Nate Utesch launched a year-long project called OrbitalFleets. The project is, in his words, “screen-printed posters that have a bunch of nerdy data and icons for all 5 of the shuttles’ lifespans. One for each shuttle.” Nate is also “making 5 art prints that are illustrations of an astronaut from one of those shuttles.” And the posters are educational! For instance: did you know that the shuttle Discovery participated in a classified mission for the Department of Defense? Both of Nate’s series (the shuttle series of first-edition screenprints and the crew series) are stellar and affordable. The dollars he rakes in from this project will fund another excellent project of his: Ferocious Quarterly which binds together fresh illustrators, writers and artists.
One of the perks of living in Los Angeles – besides all the stereotypes like great weather, beautiful people and Californian beauty – is that variety is really garden-variety. More specifically, the city draws on so many cultures and influences that amalgamations of taste, style and culture are not a surefire way to be recognized or noticed. Variety is almost commonplace. Hardwork and talent rise to the top. People even work hard to be weird here. And in this hyper competitive culinary city, restauranteurs of all types will pull out any stop necessary, weird or otherwise.
Culver City, a section of West Los Angeles, has undergone a thirty year revitalization. The area surrounding the long-defunct Helms Bakery has been renovated into a hotbed of shopping and eating for the current batch of young professionals. Twenty Gauge, a vintage steel furniture store, is pressed next to the now iconic Fathers Office. The Fathers Office remains the paradigm of the American gastro-pub. Owner Sang Yoon made fresh, Californian-influenced versions of classic pub dishes and coupled them with the best local craft beers. It seems so obvious, but before this millenium… well, it wasn’t. Now in two locations, it is safe to call the Father’s Office a Los Angeles institution with a following in all corners of the city.
Four days ago, Radiohead released a brand new video performing a brand new song that’s never been heard before. I mean, these guys are just unstoppable, it’s like they never stop making music. The song is called Staircase, and it’s from their upcoming Live From the Basement album, though it’s not quite clear when the album is actually coming out. And of course, it’s actually a really great track. It’s a bit better than the songs off the last album, maybe more in the vain of In Rainbows. I can’t wait to hear what else they record.
I feel like, as an Apple lover, I need to share other ideas that are out there as well when it comes to electronics. There are a lot of potential competitors out there, but I wholeheartedly believe that no one has been able to match able in both hardware and software. But when I saw the new Nokia N9, I have to admit I was bit intrigued.
Physically, it looks really on brand for Nokia. It reminds me a lot of the old candy bar phones from the 90’s, which is totally a compliment. The form seems like it would be comfortable in your hand, and the back of the camera looks really clean and simple. Though one thing I noticed is the position of the camera, which may become covered by your hand easily.
The software seems to be pretty smooth, but not perfect in my mind. The field of icons on the home screen seems a bit overwhelming, though the icons themselves are rather well-crafted. I also like that there’s a screen that aggregates all your social networks and messages and notes and all that jazz. That said, it’s not very pretty, it’s quite mundane looking in fact.
Mundane is kind of how I’d describe the entire UI experience, sadly. The idea of swiping to get to other screens, and the lack of one physical button, is an interesting feature, but it certainly doesn’t make me giddy. It’s also interesting that they don’t seem to be showing the keyboard, which I think is a bit odd. Perhaps it’s not ready? There’s also a noticeable absence of phone calls or text messages, but yet again, this may be because it’s still early in production, I don’t know.
I’m highly doubtful that this will end up making a big splash, but I appreciate the effort at the very least. Between this and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (Microsoft innovating much more, in my opinion), hopefully we continue to see more explorations like this.
Illustrator Kevin Dart has teamed up with Stéphane Coëdel to animate a new adventure of Yuki 7, “a fashionista and spy girl” who kicks ass and looks good doing it. The short was made to promote the upcoming Yuki 7 book of the same name which Kevin illustrated and was written by Elizabeth Ito.
The short is super fun, playing off of all the classic spy stereotypes, like the deadly blonde on the beach and jet planes galore. And the animation itself is really well done, I feel like Stéphane was really able to capture the essence of Kevin’s and perfectly translate it into it’s moving counterpart. If you’re unfamiliar with Kevin Dart I highly suggest diving into his work and seeing all the amazing stuff he’s worked on, the guy is legit.
I guess today is kind of a behind-the-scenes kind of day, which is always fun to me. The Creators Project went and visited United Visual Artists in London, one of my favorite art groups doing the most brilliant things with dynamic lighting in environments. I’ve written about them and their projects multiple times, they always continue to impress, and seeing a look at how they do what they do is pretty rad. I also like this quote from the end of the video:
“It’s not really the newness that interests us, it’s more the unfamiliarity.”