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A casual tour of some modern schools or universities can make the observer wonder why any decent child or person would consent to stay in one today. Teachers and security guards beaten and killed, students glazed eyed with drugs draped across doorways and desks. It can be a desperate arena and the subjects taught are not subjects anymore but confusions.
Around 1967 when text was first digitized, the pixel rendering of text allowed for the combination of images and texts to merge. Prior to this, images could only be applied to the edges of text pages. Since then, images and text have been inextricably woven together with the same rendering technology.
With tears in my eyes, I watched this video and thought Macklemore was speaking directly to the essence of my spiritual pursuit.
Birthed after the invention of paper, the process of collage persevered throughout every art movement and utilized nearly every type of medium. Ariel Chiesa, an Art Director from Argentina continues the tradition with skill and thoughtful consideration.
Her work reads as visual assemblages of art history constructed with pieces of Modernism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Pop Art and Postmodernism.
©All Images are courtesy of Ariel Chiesa. All rights reserved by fotosdealmanaque
Join Ian Evenstar and fellow LA photographers on Thursday, Sept. 8th @ 8pm for a diverse look at Los Angeles.
The exhibit will be featured at The Art Walk Lounge located at 634 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Exhibiting photographers are: Hugh Siegman, Ian Evenstar, John Wood, Jung Kim, Robin Black, Joseph Colombo, Qathryn Brehm, Ysa Adams, Marguerite Garth, Ella Batalon, Ellen Cantor and Ron Talley.
‘Masterpieces’ by Georg Jensen featuring Alfredo Häberli captures a little bit of the magic that goes into the creative process. It also points to the fact that many people don’t have a true appreciation of the process, we just want to enjoy the finished gem.
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Nick Gentry is part of a generation that grew up surrounded by obsolete media formats such as floppy disks, VHS tapes, polaroids and cassettes. Using these expired disk formats as the canvas for his portraits, Gentry helps the viewer identify with the consumable nature of culture, the recorded history of society and individuals, and at the very core, the impermanence of our identity.
Do you know what a “Brand” is? Do you know what “Branding” is? Here’s a hint, one is a verb and one is a noun. A brand is often confused with a logo and branding is often equated to the process of creating a logo. I’ve heard many people and companies after creating a logo, exclaim, “I have a brand!”
Subliminal Projects Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) is presenting New Masters, a group exhibition of works on the classical figure by contemporary artists Mary Jane Ansell, Sean Cheetham, Ron English, Benjamin Bryce Kelley, Miles ‘Mac’ MacGregor, Ann Marshall, Stephen Wright, and Jonathan Yeo, on view May 7, through June 4, 2011.
August Bradley grew up in his mom’s photo studio, which started his studio photography training at a very young age. After countless hours in the dark room in high school and college, it’s inevitable that August makes such refined work as this. But only through the balance between his technique and conceptual skills does his photography stand apart.
With the advent of ebook readers and the global market immersion of products like the iPad, Kindle, and XOOM, the transition from analog books to digital books is evolving at a rapid pace. The pace of these developments make it hard for the common consumer to wrap his or her thoughts around what the future of a digital reading experience might be, nor do they care as long as they have their favorite magazine, website or book to enjoy at screen’s touch. However, for innovative and creative consultancy groups such as IDEO, their business is visualizing and designing the future in ways so that the common consumer can enjoy better experiences.
Take a moment to meet Nelson, Coupland, and Alice, who are IDEO’s vision of tomorrow’s reading experience.
Dave Hobrecht is a master artist creating original artwork with obsessive detail and accuracy. Using his trademark technique – black&white charcoal painting – Hobrecht renders every polished detail with hand-crafted precision.
Hobrecht is pushing the limits of contemporary high-definition paintings and elevating his craft above the production value of photography. In each Hobrecht, the subject includes a historic (sporting) achievement. Hobrecht’s paintings enhances the viewer’s perception of the ageless perfection contained in “the moment.”
Hobrecht is passionate about art and his charismatic demeanor heightens the showmanship of his work.
Mother, Queen of Hearts, and Three Queens make this selection of Mark Sarmel’s work “5 Of A Kind.” His style, however, is one of a kind. Sarmel muses with portraits of futuristic women that quietly exude an ancestral lineage and are beautiful in every way and in every era. The Three Queens represent the queens from the three tribes of Azteca, but don headdresses with a technological design aesthetic. Beneath the surface beauty of the Three Queens is there an evil so deep that would allow the alleged human sacrifice, and cannibalism within the Aztec culture?
Sarmel values honesty, passion and a sense of humor and these virtues are evident in his work. Sarmel admits that he is a daydreamer, but stays up late and gets things done. His work has appeared in print and on-line in places such as Empty, Semi-Permanent, Faestehetic, and Society of Illustrators.
All images courtesy and copyrighted by Mark Sarmel on Flickr
Ever feel like your Constitutional rights are being stripped away slowly and surely? Well, now you can protest the new TSA X-ray scanners without opening your mouth or lifting a finger. There is clearly a “probable cause” to wear these 4th Amendment Metallic Ink printed undershirts, underwear, and kidswear!
After watching these videos, I’m asking the same question.
We are left standing atop a building, high above the urban sprawl of a faceless city. We see the flames of passion on his back and his words call out to us. “You have experiences, and the experiences you have in life are just lessons… Keep that dream in your mind alive.”
Watch this short film, “Ride” directed by Garth Davis, featuring pro skater Steve Berra and a band of his skate buddies as they light up the streets of Mexico city with fearless abandonment. If the sponsoring company Burn, a Coca-Cola energy drink continues making commercials with such artistic sensibility, that’s good news for our ad-assaulted brains and marketing-deadened eyes. “Artbranding” at its best.
The coolest 500GB external hard drive on the market is presented by Flash Rods, a company known for encasing digital storage devices with the badest cars ever designed. This epic Flash Rods model is the vintage ride from the movie Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox. The stainless steel construction of this car is complete with 50’s style Moon Discs, a Flux Capacitor and Mr. Fusion Reactor. The only real difference between this disguised Seagate 500GB hard drive and the original Back to the Future DeLorean is you won’t need banana peels and stray garbage to get this into warp speed and ready for future computer back ups.
“To children ardent for some desperate glory, the old lie” – Wilfred Owen
First World War soldier, Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was one of the leading poets and voices of the war. His poetry holds a sharp edge of realism forged with compassion and technical skill.
ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles maybe held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.
September – October, 1917
“Life is knowing ourselves through shared experiences and reaffirming our place in the continuum of darkness dancing in the light.” – Ian Evenstar
Darkness Over Tibet, by Theodore Illion is an allegoric story describing Illion’s travels in Tibet. Illion’s stories are clearly symbolic but many people debate if they have any basis or facts at all. Theodore Illion isn’t even a verifiable person and determining the accuracy of these stories is difficult. Illion’s tales are counterintuitive to the compassion and love that Eastern philosophies are attributed because Illion’s journey details Tibet’s “dark spirituality” infused with the black magik and mysticism of the lamas.
What is more important than the literal accuracy of Illion’s stories is the basic principles that they outline. Primarily, Illion discovers that life is darkness and light, and all beings move upwards or sink downwards.
Read Darkness Over Tibet on Google Books.
“EVOL” is “LOVE” backwards, right? We’ve all heard this meme, but only a few of us have seen the street art created by the one who goes by EVOL. EVOL is a Berlin artist currently making work by pasting architectural photographs on banal urban surfaces. EVOL transforms electrical boxes, air conditioning units, planters, mailboxes and other geometric city forms into miniature buildings. EVOL often embellishes his structures with small characters peering out of the windows. EVOL’s work is now in different cities and he has been commissioned to do installations in galleries. EVOL has transformed entire blocks with miniature buildings and was featured in Berlin’s renowned ART magazine when it ran its first article on street art.
“Nothing is more permanent than a temporary solution.”
The essence of Jonathan Calugi is noodles of obsessed line design twisted with talent. Look for the title of each piece incorporated typographically.
Shigeo Fukuda / Fukuda San (1932 – 2009)
In the video below, Shigeo Fukuda’s sculpture appears as an assembled mass of welded forks, knives, and spoons. Eventually, the shadowy form of the intended work unveils itself and leaves a glimpse of Fukuda’s concept.
as he walks the earth
he sees things as they really are
like white dwarfs and red giants
dying stars show us
that we are not alone
we are the eternal return
salvation delivers the answer
destiny bears the key
he unlocks the secrets of perception
burning his eyes in the sun
as it sets
he writes words
lingering into the dusky nights
his paper soon finds ideas
enscribed upon it
he has learned how
to escape the impossibility
– by Ian Evenstar
After hearing about the improved full-frame, cinched-up redesign of thesixtyone’s website, I stopped by for a look and a listen. If you are unfamiliar with thesixtyone’s concept and brand niche, here’s what the company says about itself, “On thesixtyone, new artists make music and listeners decide what’s good. We’re nurturing a growing ecosystem where talented folks can sell songs and merchandise directly to their fans.” Considering all the current ways artists can sell music directly to their fans (iTunes, SoundCloud, and CDBaby) this concept seems over-played. However, thesixtyone website creates an immersive listening, watching and learning experience that is more entertaining compared to similar business models. Perhaps it’s the best music retail experience on-line.
thesixtyone continues, “We’re named after Highway 61, a U.S. route that runs along the Mississippi River and marks the origin of American music culture. Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and B.B. King rode the 61. Elvis grew up in the housing projects along it. Highway 61 was the road by which people left their homes to take their music to the world.” The thinking and articulation of the brand name is well produced, but only time will tell if thesixtyone will emerge as a popular and well-traveled highway for music consumption.
Agan Harahap claims that he is a wildlife photographer. There is very little known about him beyond this. He also claims that he loves history, which is evident in his “Super Hero” collection.
Shigeo Fukuda / Fukuda San (1932 – 2009)
In the video below, Shigeo Fukuda’s sculpture appears as an assembled mass of welded forks, knives, and spoons. Eventually, the shadowy form of the intended work unveils itself and leaves a glimpse of Fukuda’s concept.
That’s what New York City based artist, designer and technologist, Joshua Davis says about himself on twitter. But he’s selling his bio a little short. Davis uses unprecedented techniques and creates work that is 100% original. Davis’ work is inconceivably intricate and unique. So much so, that a highly trained craftsman or programmer couldn’t re-engineer his designs no matter how hard they tried – Davis’ artwork is the digital equivalent of a snowflake.
In order to create work at this caliber, Davis pioneered an art making process known as “Dynamic Abstraction,” which generates artwork from Flash-based computer programs. Davis writes these computer programs based in Chaos Theory, which then execute random patterns of his hand drawn artwork. Davis calls this process, “Computational Design,” and he names his body of work “Tropism,” which is defined as the innate tendency of living organisms to move or grow without cognitive thought.
One of the biggest artistic influences for Davis is Jackson Pollock. Davis said, “I like Jackson Pollock. I don’t necessarily like his work, but I like Pollock as an idea.” The resonating idea is that Pollock’s paintings aren’t derived from a concept nor deliberate control of the paint or brush. Pollock (and Davis) initiate and “own” the finished work that they create, but the artists are only vehicles for the chance and movement that they cannot control.
“Tropism” at it’s best.
Following Pollock’s example, Davis loses control when he makes his art. In return, both artists make original, unrepeatable pieces. Davis’ computational design programs are randomized and unencumbered with very little restrictions, so the programs generate visual products of pure chance. Pollock’s fortuitous paintings are also produced by unplanned movements with limited controls such as the canvas frame, media, pigment color, and time duration.
When making artwork, Davis plays three roles – “the programmer, the designer, and the critic.” The critic, he says is the hard part because he’ll sometimes run a program 300-500 times before arriving at the result he wants. He mentioned running a program for 2 weeks before he saw the perfectly rendered design of his liking – a final result that “suspends chaos in a state of harmony… like waiting for that beautiful accident.”
I.M. Pei-designed contemporary art museum, MUDAM has a new solo exhibit, dubbed “Archimedean Point” featuring Hungarian artist Attila Csörgö. Csörgö work explores the intersection of science and art, where experiments turn the immaterial and unimagined into physical forms. Archimedes would be proud of Attila’s “designs” which are innovative sculptures based in science, physics and mathematics. “Archimedean Point” is curated by Kati Simon (Ludwig Múzeum Budapest). Photos are courtesy of MUDAM and Attila Csörgö.
This video serves up a tasty dish of semantics by English writer, journalist, comedian and actor, Stephen Fry. Although this work takes aim at pedants, they too will enjoy Fry’s savory prose. Rogers Creations animates Mr. Fry’s words through dynamic typography which gradually assembles into a single word.
I found Stephen Fry’s video from a blog post by the wildly talented DKNG. If you don’t know what good design is, take a look at DKNG (Dan Khulken / Nathan Goldman) for the paragon of leading design.
“The Crowd,” (USA, 1928, 98 minutes) directed by King Vidor is a timeless silent film that explores the pursuit of the American Dream in the early twentieth century. “The Crowd” begins on July 4th, 1900, which is noted as the 124th birthday of America as well as the birthday of the main character, “John Sims.” The landscape of America is changing in this era – white-collar work is on the rise, diverse ethnic groups are beginning to co-mingle and more people are moving into urban environments and starting families. “The Crowd” has two central and matrimonially bonded characters. The male lead, “John” is played by actor, James Murray and the other main character, “Mary” is played by the King Vidor’s wife. These characters are a believable representation of a young married couple living in New York City. “John” represents a white-collar family man whose plight in the film still resonates with the patriarchal modern men of today.
Sydney based artist, Brad Eastman, aka “Beastman” is one of Australia’s most widely recognized emerging artists. His distinct graphic aesthetic uses bold, saturated colors outlined with heavy black strokes. Beastman’s refined technique depict monstrous creatures reminiscent of a child’s imagination. Many of Beastman’s creatures stare back at the viewer with open eyes and razor-toothed mouths ready to devour.
Dalton Ghetti has perfected his craft of micro-sculptures and generated a viral email campaign with his work. However, after you view his artwork and then perhaps paid it forward by writing a blog post, tweeted or forwarded it on to a friend, is there an answer to the quintessential question every artist faces… “What’s the point?”
In Dalton Ghetti’s situation, the answer might be hiding in the point of a #2 pencil, but after close inspection, I have yet to find any meaning beyond the tenor of those “artists” who can write your name on a grain of sand.
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According to Mashable’s Dev & Design blog, the “5 Hot Design Trends for Aspiring Bloggers” are:
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At the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA, there are many bronze sculptures depicting women. These sculptures aren’t representative of a specific woman such as Mary Magdalene or Mother Teresa. Instead, the Norton Simon female sculptures offer specific viewpoints about the female form as a concept. When we investigate the concept of the female form, questions arise such as, What is femininity? What defines the female form? What is “woman”?
Graciously, the bronze female statues at the Norton Simon Museum offer various viewpoints to these questions.
For many years, designers and programmers were limited to using the standard fonts for web pages. But now with WOFF, aka “Web Open Font Format,” designers and programmers can use a wide array of customization and font design without the need of flattening custom text into an image. Below are some screenshots of websites that showcase the new possibilities of typography on the web. All the text you see is editable, transferable, searchable and unique. Yay!
Images and sites are courtesy of Lost World’s Fairs.
Below is a full frame image and a detailed snippet from one of Jean Francois Rauzier’s “hyperphotos.” Jean Rauzier’s “hyperphotos” are comprised of “600-3,400 individual photos,” so at this size it doesn’t do the work much justice. However, if you continue on to Rauzier’s website you’ll be intrigued by the level of depth and detail in every image.
The completed photos are documents of real places. Based on Rauzier’s process of documenting a single location with multiple images, Rauzier’s work has been compared to David Hockney’s stitched photographic scenes, although the Rauzier’s finished product is a seamlessly tiled image with clean edges throughout the entire composition.
For more of his work, please visit Rauzier’s website.
A video about a man’s struggle with the loss of his brother and the solace and comfort that surfing brings during his time of transition. He has survived the loss of his brother and remarks that it’s surfing that offers him a glimpse of peace and helps him deal with the “good days and the bad.”
Artist, Evan Holloway enjoys “mapping.” In this piece, “Relative Frequency” made in ’08, Mr. Holloway mapped every letter of the alphabet based on the frequency that the letters are used in the English language. Around the circumference of an inner tube, Holloway placed the letters equidistant from each other and then suspended the inner tube around a vertical pole painted with 27 different colors. Based on the usage frequency of each letter there is a string tied from the letter to the corresponding color. The lines connect to the letter’s usage in language and the piece becomes a map of the alphabet.
Feeling my way through the gusty gales of the cold fallen breeze now leaving. Bringing in the warm spring weather. Heading home as geese fly low this season.
Crying over broken hearts – I’m falling in love. Drinking from the same cup. Filled up. Pouring out the energy that is physically between – The world of the ancient and the land of the dream.
Dancing Beelzebub and deities. These shared experiences now called these special moments. They reaffirm our belief in the quantum loop and it is ours to call our own.
Dancing Beelzebub and deities. Finding courage to believe – that it’s possible. Anything. As long as it’s honest.
Eternally changing. All the good times and bad. Shedding tears that we had these special moments – to call our own.
– Ian Evenstar
Long before viewing Dimitri Tsykalov carnivorous creations, I decided that the vegetarian lifestyle was right for me. Whether or not you’ve resolved to alter your eating habits since being born into the predisposition of an omnivorous society, deciding if you want to consume Tsykalov’s artwork should be an easy conclusion.
The trend to hybridize and “mashup” elements found within society is an inseparable characteristic of our postmodern world. Mashups occur in nearly every form of media including music, art, videos, books, advertising and news. The playful and sometimes unexpected derivatives of these mashups question the basic premise of intellectual property and have opened the proverbial “can of worms” when it comes to protecting copyrighted material. But before we get lost in the rabbit hole of ownership in today’s global market, let’s enjoy a few brand identity mashups from London design consultancy, johnson banks.
I’ve always been inspired by my mom’s love of art and her endless pursuit to find work in the arts. After she found a job in New York as an art dealer for a small SoHo gallery, she took me to an art museum for the first time in my life. I was 10 years old and I didn’t realize it then, but the museum is one of the greatest in the world – the New York Museum of Modern Art. We spent hours that day roaming the cavernous halls of paintings, drawings and sculptures, but of all the work I saw, there was one artist that resonated with me deeply. Until this day, the images of this artist remain burned in the retina of my mind’s eye. This artist is the great Paul Klee.
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The Dark Side Of The Lens, is a short story manifested from the mysterious depths of renowned surf photographer Mickey Smith. As a “silent workhorse of the surfing world” he explains, “I never want to take this for granted, so I try to keep motivation simple, real, positive.” While watching and listening to The Dark Side Of The Lens, I feel a familiar echo that resonates succinctly with the vibration of artists across the sands of time and the oceans of existence.
“Cole Rise has spent the better half of his life taking pleasure behind the lens; stalking cows and lying in the grass to capture the landscape. He can’t tell you how big the universe is, or why we’re really here, but his work sometimes flirts with the idea of knowing.”
All images in this post are ©Cole Rise
Below are obscure videos from South African artist, Berni Searle who states, “without providing any definite answers, I think my work raises questions about attitudes towards race and gender.” In response, I find that the videos aren’t specific enough to either race or gender. To me, Searle’s work speaks more generally about the cyclical and ephemeral nature of existence.
All videos on this post are ©Berni Searle.
The logo is animated. Its letters, in Monotype Grotesque, drift back and forth along a horizontal axis, sometimes bumping into each other, then overlapping, before splitting in opposite directions. SECCA is a newly renovated space in lush Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and it doesn’t have a permanent collection, which means that its galleries are constantly in flux. The logo is a clever expression of that identity. It also prompts the question: Is multimedia transforming branding?”
This week’s featured LA Artist Guillermo Bert
The work in the Bar Code Series is constructed by burning the images on wood, plastic or board surfaces with industrial techniques — digital technology, computer graphics and laser cutters —over which the artist applies a layer of gold-leaf or red, white and blue glossy candy enamel paints. The color palettes of red, white and blue reference American nationalism (secularism) and the gold-leaf process references the catholic or universal intent of religiosity (the sacred).
Gatorade sponsors Fox’s hit show “So You Think You Can Dance” and for the first time in history recognizes dance as a professional sport. Will this recognition finally get “Dance-Sport” into the Olympics?
Celebrity choreographer’s Napoleon and Tabitha aka “Nappytabs” comment.
I went to the 10th floor for a sip of water and the building manager was nowhere to be found.
With the guidance and inspiration from my Journalism class, I’ve refined my thinking on this project into doing a “whimsical” sports piece. This slightly satirical piece will incorporate “skits” with the Dancer, the Doctor, the Star, and the Brass. The production will be “brought to you by” Gatorade.
Or… Is the new breed of dance professionals on a relentless path to show how far they can push their bodies and the boundaries of the dance art and industry?
Recently I found out that I would be producing a multi-media story about the finale of Fox‘s hit TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” I’ll have access to these world-class dancers and choreographers and a coveted back-stage pass in order to produce this story. I’m learning how important this art form is and how popular the show and the dancers are. I’m particularly interested in how Gatorade is in hot pursuit of the dancers and beginning to capitalize on this market for the first time in history.
For the first time in history, Gatorade has recognized dance as a sport and backed its announcement by signing a deal with FOX’s hit show, So You Think You Can Dance. Show creator, Nigel Lythgoe announced that Gatorade will market the winning dancer as the first ever dancer-athlete. This historic honor will be granted to the winning dancer in addition to the normal prizes of $250,000 cash and a cover of Dance Spirit magazine. The winner of the “America’s Favorite Dancer” title will be featured with Gatorade as a dancer-athlete in a move by Gatorade to establish dance as a professional sport. The historic honor of being named the first ever dancer-athlete signifies a turning point in dance and begins to blur the line even further between dance, sports and artistic performance. Continue Reading →
Earlier the summer, PBS Art Beat correspondent, Jeffery Brown published an interesting interview with Art Critic, Barbara Pollack. The interview covered the main ideas in Barbara Pollock’s recent book, “The Wild, Wild East: An American Art Critic’s Adventures in China.” In this book, Barbara details China’s booming art scene and the explosion of art creation and art consumption within a culture that westerners typically regard as a repressive society. Continue Reading →