06.25.12

The IMP Awards has amassed an impressive collection of movie posters and yes there is a lot of Photoshop going on (bring back illustration!) but there is also a wealth of inspirational work on display that finds and walks that rare bridge between art, commerce, design and popular culture.

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04.19.12

“In a world desperate for uniqueness and originality, the greatest irony may be that we ultimately succumb to “following the herd”. Whether we like it or not, we the “sheeple” have become fervent disciples of a globalized economy. Sheep Nation a series of photographic works by Montreal-based contemporary artist Davide Luciano, explores this fertile ground through a characteristically satirical yet compassionate lens.

This large-scale photographic series includes 23 intimate and introspective portraits of sheeple. Behind every mask lies a personal truth, an innocence, a sense of individualism, a longing to be seen and heard. The 6 mises en scène depict people unable to think for themselves. Allowing the influences of different forms of media to undermine their own identity and wander mindlessly in herds, like sheep.

With the help of a special effects make-up artist to create prosthetic masks, the 3 hour transformation began. The use of product branding in each scene puts forth the idea that we live in a world where we are slaves to consumerism and where advertising has us chasing a need to be accepted.

Davide Luciano is a conceptual and fine-art photographer/filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada; He creates large-scale photographic prints that are cinematic in scope and compelling in content. Every photograph is cast and staged meticulously, adding to the intriguing narrative and sense of satire that surrounds these stunning photographs. The work is detailed and vibrant with amazing surrealist qualities that put the imagination to the test.

Davide has alternated between street projects and choreographed tableaux to create suggestive bodies of work that consciously aim to build and communicate an alternative kind of photographic truth.

His recent series ‘Potholes’ (2010) has been exhibited throughout North America, having had solo and group exhibitions in cities such as New York, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, Kentucky. He has won numerous awards, including an award of excellence from the Guggenheim, and his work has been featured in countless international publication including Vanity Fair, Kurv Australia, Le Monde and The Telegraph to name a few.”

Sheep Nation will be exhibited at Pentimento Fine Art Gallery May 3rd to June 3rd, 2012

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11.11.10

It’s nice to run across a full format documentary on Vimeo and it’s even better when the subject matter is quirky and interesting. AFOL is a documentary that features a selection of AFOLs (Adult Fans Of LEGO) from the Pacific NorthWest sharing their passions and inspirations.

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06.30.10

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Spanish illustrator Joaquin Secall has a small but memorable body of work that pokes and prods at popular culture. He enjoys being cheeky and isn’t afraid to get taboo. You can view his work at either his Behance-folio or his personal website.

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06.21.10

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Chris von Szombathy is a visual & auditory artist/producer, designer and writer residing in Vancouver, Canada. His work deals with modern social, visual and economic culture, with a focus on referencing pop culture products, advertising, character design and sound. His artistic background is within abstract forms of painting, communicative graphics/logos and conceptual art and is also strongly influenced and informed by his 15 year struggle with acute agoraphobia.”

Chris’s work is a simple, iconic critique on modern society that is sometimes disturbing and other times hilarious.

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05.28.10


C’mon, you really should know CPR, especially when you consider the fact that at some point in your life the stars may align and some gorgeous human being in their underwear or swimsuit may need mouth-to-mouth.

You gotta admit, this video was a pretty clever idea and an even more clever ploy for self promotion.

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02.20.10


I felt pretty enlightened by Charlie Brooker’s little report on ‘how to report’ the news. I feel like with a camera, a cheap suit and an afternoon I might be able to throw a little somethin’ somethin’ together and make it look pretty sharp.

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01.22.10


This is kind of spectacularly amazing just on the premise of it being an incredible feat of editing. Then beyond that there is just entertainment value of pulling some real crap out of context and seeing how glaringly ridiculous it actually is. I think subconsciously you know some of these lines are horrible when you watch films, but years of unrelenting advertising and big budget movie culture teach you to tune it out as if it were an autoimmune response.

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10.14.09


I am not a big Beyonce fan or anything so I am not expert, but this seems almost better than the original to me. You can’t mess with Beyonce’s looks though. She’s got that dialed in.

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09.08.09


Better rent this one. You can’t mess with the Hoff.

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07.11.09

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Star Wars Uncut is a project that cuts the entire original Star Wars movie into 15 second clips that you can click on and claim. After claiming your cut, you shoot the scene yourself and upload it to the site. At the end of obtaining all of the 15 second clips, they will be put back together to recreate the entire film. The results are probably going to be really fun to watch.

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04.27.09


Alright, I just saw this posted at Cpluv and figured I had better put it up. This is a quick shot-in-the-arm documentary from Shawn Bannon. It is a fascinating little morsel of culture to be sure. I am kind of ambivalent about the entire hipster culture scene though. I always have been. I have always kind of ridden the fringes of different social groups and have done the same with hipsterdom. Some of my friends tease me that I am hipster, but I have always thought otherwise. I have a very regular fulltime job, a mortage and a wife. I will probably have some kids soon too. I came from a very working class family, and I have never been given anything in my life. Ever. I have worked for everything I have and continue to do so. I have no privileged upbringing to rebel against. So sometimes I feel a bit like the everyman and I don’t exactly live the Jack Kerouac Bohemian lifestyle, if you catch my drift. I am not saying that every hipster was raised on the east coast and is rebelling against Oxford roots either.

So what is your take on this? Are we seeing a genuine rise of a new kind of hippy that is truly outside the circle and championing an alternative lifestyle that expunges the slavery of the American dream? Or is this just a bunch of privileged white kids who had it good and have decided they are too cool for school (and will later transform into fashion-conscious yuppies)?

Like I said, I am ambivalent and just not sure what I think. A part of me thinks this is really cool and would love to get in there with them and ride through the tunnels screaming like a banshee and another part of me just wants to call BS on the whole scene. Most of my friends could be described as hipsters, and I know a big part of my audience is. And I am not saying that the L.A. bike scene is the typical hipster scene either. I think it is a little bit of something different. Again, ambivalence.

Leave a comment and tell me how you feel. I am genuinely curious. Cool or not?

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03.20.09

wrkplay

WRK/PLY is day long non-conference built to challenge our normal conventions of work and play. Weʼve chosen 6 speakers whose lives illustrate the value of mixing play and work. They will be sharing their methods with our audience, both through focused conversation and a 20 minute interactive play element in each of their presentations. We donʼt know exactly what they are planning, but from what we’ve heard you should expect the intriguing and the absurd.

Speakers include:
Architecture + Design: Andre and Dan, dress code
Culture + Lifestyle: Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery
Media + Technology: Gavin McInnes, Street Carnage
Fashion + Style: Rebecca Turbow, Safe Clothing

WHEN
Saturday, March 28 , 12:00pm – 7:00pm
For more information, visit http://lvhrd.com.

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03.07.09

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We Love Magazine is a magazine library exhibit going on in Japan that allows visitors to peruse magazines dating all the way back to the 1920s. It looks like it could be something really cool to check out if you are in or around Tokyo.

Visit the website for more information about access.

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03.02.09

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Its a simple idea really, put your camera on a 2 second timer and then just run as fast as you can and as far as you can.

Why you might ask? ‘Why not’, I would answer.

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12.08.08


Interesting video here from Good Magazine that made me realize if I just had a little bit of porn on this website, things might be going a lot smoother. Damn you integrity. Damn you to hell. Seriously though, there are some people raking it in out there. Damn.

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11.06.08


In his continuing effort to promote creative harmony and healthy literary ecosystems, Dr. Ronald Chevalier has offered his insight on relaxation techniques. However, you should be careful while engaging not to threaten your seed.

Enjoy and let the harvest begin.

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11.02.08


This is pretty well done. Go here my friends to get your own Senator in your pocket.

Via The Denver Egotist.

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