Monday, May 28, 2007

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Vader Project

Gary Baseman's helmet

I'm a huge Star Wars fan. As you may or may not know, this year marks the 30th Anniversary celebration of the original Star Wars movie. The Star Wars Celebration convention in LA put together the "Vader Project" which consisted of 75 mostly west-coast artists who used the Darth Vader helmet as a canvas. Check out the flickr page dedicated to the exhibition here, it's awesome stuff for Star Wars fans and non-fans alike. The only problem with the exhibition photos is that they don't name the artist on each piece.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Found Friday

I found this sly cowboy photo-booth picture in Littleton, CO.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Miranda July video for Blonde Redhead

Artist Miranda July ("Me, You, and Everyone We Know") did a video titled "Top Ranking" for the band Blonde Redhead that can be viewed (or downloaded) here from the Directors Bureau. Found via Fette's Flog.

Also - check out her web project Learning to Love you More - with various creative assignments like "Record the Sound that is Keeping You Awake" or "Make a Flier of Your Day" among many others.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Een Per Dag - One Per Day

I've joined some contemporaries across cyberspace in the blog titled "Een Per Dag" - or One Per Day - where members post a new photo each day. Check it out.


I put some new photos up on my flickr site, and I updated my website with new work (it has already been posted on this blog). Keep an eye out for more new work soon.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Media Spotlight Monday : Books

Georgia Russell, "Memoire" 2001-2 Mixed media construction 21.5 inches highJim Rosenau , "No, But I Sawed The Book"

Donald Lipski
Blurb No. 2 (A Man Named Ron), 2003
Books, mixed media
147 x 147 x 2 1/2 inches (373.4 x 373.4 x 6.4 cm)

Donald Lipski
The Best Love, The Best Sex, 2003
Books, mixed media
74 1/2 x 74 1/2 x 12 inches (189.2 x 189.2 x 30.5 cm)

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Found Sunday

I found this tin-type at the flea market today and I couldn't wait until Friday to post it. I'm really excited about how peculiar this little photograph is - it reminds me of the work of Henry Darger.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Found Friday

I've had this photo for awhile now, and it has always reminded me of Richard Diebenkorn's "Ocean Park" series of paintings, and a little like Wayne Thiebaud's landscapes:

Richard Diebenkorn, "Ocean Park #116"Wayne Thiebaud, 24th Street Intersection, 1977. Oil on canvas, 35 5/8 x 48 in

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Sam Prekop Paintings

By This Morning, 2003
oil on canvas
16" x 20"
Sam Prekop

oil on canvas
14" x 18"

Probably better known for his music, I've always loved the art of Sam Prekop. He's has a couple of solo cds, and plays in the band The Sea and Cake.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

More Fun - Mixko Designs

Fun times on a Wednesday - here's a couple of treats (ha ha) from Mixko Design

Virtual NES

I made a very entertaining discovery yesterday by finding a website with "virtual NES" - You can play vintage 8-bit Nintendo games online. It really kills productivity at work, so use it with caution - can be hard to stop when there's 500+ games you can play. I discovered the game "Ufouria" - which has pretty great graphics for being an 8-bit game and it's super cheesy fun. Recommended.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Kana Tanaka "Passages in the Rain 2"

Kana Tanaka, "Passages in the Rain 2"
Her statement reads, "As I work with glass, I encounter diverse expressions of visible phenomena. These phenomena are everywhere in daily life, wherever light interacts with glass: windows, tableware, and fixtures. When a sunbeam enters a window, it is often scattered by small prisms. When a car passes at night, the texture of the window glass is projected on the wall, traces appear in the room, then disappear creating "trigger moments." My interest lies with these so-called "trigger moments" as they shift awareness with an instant as if suspended in a daydream."
You can see a video of the installation here.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Media Spotlight Monday: Chlorophyll Photography

It's spring - and I thought it would be appropriate to highlight a couple of artists using actual plant chlorophyll to make photographs:

Binh Danh, "Found Portraits Collection #7", 2006 20 x 65 inches Chlorophyll print and resin

Binh Danh, "The Leaf Effect: Study for Transmission #3", 2006 17 x 14.5 x 1.375 inches Chlorophyll print and resin

Ackroyd and Harvey, "mother & child", 1998 stay-green grass, clay, wood, 1.2m x 1.8m. 'Out of Sight: Imaging/Imagining Science' Santa Barbara Museum of Art, US.

Ackroyd and Harvey, "the sunbathers", 2000 photographic photosynthesis, stay-green grass, clay, constructed screen. 7.35m x 4.90m. Aberystwyth Art Centre, Wales, UK

According to the scicult site article: ACKROYD and HARVEY: chlorophyll as a photographic medium, "Grass blades have an inherent capacity to record complex images through the production of chlorophyll, and the equivalent tonal range developed in a black and white photographic print is created within the grass in shades of green and yellow"
Instructions on the process can be found here

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Recent Youtube findings

a couple of youtube videos I stumbled upon:

mono, "holy"

a video of a golden eagle cam

also my friend Kevin started a youtube group with a statement of purpose that reads "A group for those of us finding physical, moral, intellectual, metaphysical or artistic moments of transcendent greatness on YouTube. Themes could include (But are certainly not limited to): subtext, quiet reflection, self-consciousness and unself-consciousness, simulacra, intertextuality, terror, awe, abjection, introspection, beauty ... " here.

also of recent youtube interest: r/c zeppelin cams and kite videography

Nathan Abels @ shopSCAD in Atlanta

Installation views of my featured artist spotlight at shopSCAD

Found Friday

I saw some white cranes fly under our plane on Wednesday, and it reminded me of this old book illustration I found.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Chris Revelle Paintings

Chris Revelle, One fifth ounce, Oil on panel, 12" x12"
Chris Revelle, Three Eights Ounce, Oil on panel, 12" x12"
Chris Revelle, One Half Ounce, Oil on panel, 12" x12"

As I posted the Kenny Komar painting of a house called "Home Away from Home", I was reminded of the paintings of Chris Revelle, a fellow SCAD graduate. I believe that synchronicity
should be the word of the week.

Kenny Komer - Paintings and Photos

Kenny Komer, "Shipwreck"
Kenny Komer, "Home Away from Home"
The only info I could find on these pieces was their file names, so I'm guessing that's their titles. The shipwreck piece reminds me of the Joshua Tonies pieces from a couple days ago.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Titanic Lamp and Design Inspirations

Topoware - China
Topoware - Tablecloth

from Viable London

I'd love to try tomake the "titanic lamp" - but it would be hard to make on that didn't just look like a broken lamp. All of these discoveries (plus many more) made possible by a new-to-me website NOTCOT

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Joshua Tonies - Shipwreck Paintings

Joshua Tonies, "Wreck #2" 24" X 24 " Acrylic Paint, Enamel, Resin and Graphite
Joshua Tonies, "Wreck #1" 24" X 24 " Acrylic Paint, Enamel, Resin and Graphite

Suggested play list for these paintings:

The Rachel's "The Sea and the Bells"

Monday, May 7, 2007

Featured Artist at shopSCAD

I am the featured artist at shopSCAD in Atlanta for the month of May. The gallery has new work and it is all available online. Check it out. If you're in Atlanta, be sure to stop by shopSCAD.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Media Spotlight Monday : Colored Pencil

Bronlyn Jones
"Deconstructing a Mondrian", 2005
graphite and red colored pencil on Basingwerk paper
Paper: 8 x 6 1/2 inches
(Shown in artist's frame)
Framed: 10 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches
After Mondrian's Oil on Canvas titled #6 Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow, 1937-42

Bronlyn Jones
"Deconstructing a Mondrian", 2005
graphite and red colored pencil on Basingwerk paper
Paper: 8 x 6 1/2 inches
(Shown in artist's frame)
Framed: 10 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches
After Mondrian's Oil on Canvas titled #6 Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow, 1937-42

Mark Grotjahn
Untitled (colored butterfly white background 6 wings)
Colored pencil on paper.
Mark Grotjahn
Untitled (colored butterfly white background 10 wings)
Colored pencil on paper.
Michelle Oosterbaan
colored pencil, graphite on paper
60 x 51 ¼ inchesMichelle Oosterbaan
"Cut Out"
Gouache, colored pencil, graphite on paper
78 ½ x 51 inches

In place of "New Media Monday" I will be hosting the re-named "Media Spotlight Monday." I realize that most mediums are not "new" and after last week's questionable "latte art" post I decided to spotlight other mediums that may be better known but not of any lesser value. This week's spotlight is mainly focused on abstraction including colored pencil. Take a look at Bronlyn Jone's site especially - her other work is also minimal - it has a certain elegance to it.


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