Josh Keyes really likes cross-sections. Like a lot.
Raised in Washington, Keyes was affected by the deforestation of the area where he was growing up. His paintings definitely reflect this, showing cropped portraits of nature interacting with man’s influence.
When I was a little kid I used to make mazes for rolly pollys out of Legos. I’d spend half an hour constructing them, making dead ends and giving only one exit out. Except the bugs were assholes and wouldn’t go through it, even though there was always delicious grass at the end, which all bugs love, right?
Anyway, Lego announced that they’re starting a new massively multiplayer online game called ‘Universe’. From the very brief press release, you’ll be able to create your own character and explore a fully Lego-ized world. Whether you can actually build your own buildings and the such remains to be seen. But overall the idea sounds like it could be really fun and offers a lot of promise.
P.S. That is TV on the Radio up there. They were created by minifig, and you can see more here.
Digiki released a new mix today entitled ‘CaliPunk!’, which is available for free to download. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but if it’s a mix inspired California it must be awesome. It was put together with the help of Shane Lester, a designer over at W+K Tokyo, who also designed the cover image.
The video above is for the newest video by AIR, ‘Mer Du Japon’.
I really don’t think it’s all that great. It’s just a re-hash of ‘Once Upon a Time’, except with lesbian dancers and shitty looking CGI dragons. The reason I’m posting this is the lyrics to the song in the video.
In the video, he spouts off a bunch of Japanese-y names, which sounds really rad. But this version isn’t on my CD, and I’d like to know why. Why is AIR holding on the hot Japanese-y goodness?!
Having read a ton of stuff about London’s Olympic logo by now, I wholeheartedly agree with Michael over at Boicozine that Foundation 33’s bid logo has by far been the best idea yet. They put it into pretty simple terms as to why this image works:
â€¢ The five rings that make up the Olympic logo each represent a different continent of the world
â€¢ The five rings are combined to form a single graphic logo
â€¢ The new logo brings the different continents and people of the world together and represents the diversity and multi culture realism within London
â€¢ The logo references a target, a symbol of aspiration and achievement as well as a sport icon in competition
â€¢ The logo is powerfully contemporary and communicates the idea of the modernity and diversity in London
â€¢ Contemporary / modern / iconic / cool
â€¢ The world in one city
â€¢ Focus on London
â€¢ The centre off attention
That makes total sense to me. I love the iconography of the bullseye (it works for Target, right?), and combined with the Olympic rings is beautiful.
For those of you in New York, Faile is having an amazing looking art show that started today. I love that they made a giant sculpture of the boy blowing up the rabbit, probably Faile’s most recognized image.. They’re style is like none other, and the pieces look amazing, so if you’re free tonight, definitely check this out.
Why the hell is Paul Pope so freaking good?
The image above is a small portion of a 19″ x 56″ image he did for the next issue of THB. He says that it took him over 30 hours, which I can totally see.
I can’t wait for his art book to come out this autumn!
Aesthetic Apparatus, makers of the finest posters in the entire world, has a new series of posters out now called DOOMDRIPS. I love the colors and shapes of these posters, but I kind of feel like they would be better as t-shirts or even textiles, like a pillow. They seem almost too minimal for a poster. But whatever, they’re really well done, and you should go buy some.