Friday, September 25, 2009

Top 10 Sep 25

Welcome dear readers for another Top 10: List By Jon.
This week we got another rocking top ten, hope you like it.

/ Mr. Jon

1. HBO Imagine

Two years after the superb HBO Voyeur campaign, HBO is coming up with a new and interesting narrative experiment called "HBO Imagine", where you can see some stories told from 4 different angles each, so you can see the whole story only if you check the four or them.

The first one is a 2-part experience: first up is a gigantic 4-sided film experience that will be displayed in NYC, DC, and Philadelphia.

+ September 17-19 NYC (Gansevoort and Little West 12th)
+ October 1-3 in Philadelphia (Old City District)
+ October 8-10 in Washington D.C. (Plaza at Adams Morgan)

On these gigantic 4-sided displays there are 2 different short films playing, directed by Noam Murro, and each film is the same scene from 4 different angle.

The online part, the website, is one of that rare pieces (because these days it's all about fast to see fast to share) that suggest there's a lot to explore and find, through a wonderful 3D menu, go check it out, it's really worth seeing.

The agency is BBDO NY, and as for the online, kudos for The Barbarian Group.

Visit HBO Imagine HERE

2. LUCONG aka. Cong Hua Lu

Contemporary American Portrait Artist LUCONG aka. Cong Hua Lu

LUCONG about himself:

I was born on February 22nd, 1978, in Shanghai, China, to Joy Wang and Yade Lu. It was near the end of a very different era. I remember growing up with all the amenities that a Mid-20th Century Socialist utopia provides; long lines, home-made fashion, patriotic songs, and most of all, an atmosphere strangely devoid of culture. My early life was comfortable considering the circumstance, for I was the only child in a large and well-to-do family. I was a content boy, yet a gentle shade of sadness often lingered over me. I spent countless hours daydreaming, drawing, and scrounging for bits and pieces of civilizations past and foreign. My busy imagination would cobble together endless stories and images. What I craved for I cannot say; it always escapes me, evaporating into air like smoke before my eyes.

1989 was the year that my world changed. In October of that year, my mother and I immigrated to the US to join my father in Muscatine, Iowa. I happily embraced my new life, and America warmly embraced me back. I look to my adolescent years in Iowa as fondly as anyone lucky enough to have grown up in the idyllic Mid-West. During those years I drew fervently, for it was my most articulate voice, and I am grateful for the friendship and admirations it brought me. I drew mostly people; portraits have a spell over me, they speak to me in ways that I cannot recount, they bring me closer to fullfilling that indescribable craving. The good people of Muscatine were gracious. I was asked to paint the town’s grocery store windows at Christmas, and the local VFW commissioned me to paint a proud eagle on their wall. Art, however, was not to be considered a career. My parents were both brilliant scientists, and we all expected the same path for me.

In 2000 I graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Biology. I earned enough drawing and art history credits to receive a BA in Art as well. That the same year I moved to Denver in an effort to delay entry to medical school. There I experienced an entirely different dimension of American life, and along with it glimpses of a destiny that I have always refused to believe to be my own. I rented a small studio on Capital Hill and began to teach myself to paint in oils. Fate was kind to me, for I was quickly recognized for my works. In 2002 I had a brush with infamy with my painting “Self Portrait as a Martyr.” In 2005 I made SW Art Magazine’s annual list of twenty one artists to watch under the age of 31. In 2008 I was named as one of five “Today’s Masters Making Their Marks” by Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. As my life and my art progresses, I have come to cherish and kindle that familiar sentiment I have always felt since I was a boy; it is the longing for something that can never be fully obtained, but only vaguely hinted in the portraits that I try to make.

I am currently living in the lovely state of Colorado with my far lovelier wife Laura McCormick.

See more of LUCONG HERE

Thursday, September 24, 2009

3. Petra Mrzyk & Jean-Fran├žois Moriceau

French illustrators Mrzyk & Moriceau have been working together since the late nineties on music videos and an identity for AIR's Record Makers label, however, their most prolific work comes in the form of a calendar for the year 2009, Ephemeride 2009.

See more of Mrzyk & Moriceau HERE

4. Nosotros Cinco

Get more Nosotros Cinco HERE

5. Hellovon ‘Semblance’

Hellovon ‘Semblance’
September 19 – October 14, 2009
Cerasoli Gallery
8530-B Washington Blvd,
Culver City CA 90232

Opening night : Saturday 19th September 2009
Tel: (310) 954 5974


Wispy, luminous, and waif-like, the portraits in HelloVon’s ‘Semblance’ show at Cerasoli Gallery gaze openly at viewers with the curiosity and allure of striking strangers with whom fantastic adventures may be possible. Engaging, beautiful, and tantalizingly untouchable, Von’s subjects seem born from a malleable reality, perhaps composed while amiably daydreaming. The drawings in ‘Semblance’ are indicative of Von’s fascination with image construction, form, distortion and the process of drawing itself.

Utilizing a blend of traditional and digital mark making techniques, Von’s original drawings have been featured as part of Creative Review’s award-winning Monograph series and featured on billboards from London to New York in the Migration exhibition, adopted by Liberty of London for their relaunch and appeared on the catwalk at Milan Fashion Week as part of the Trussardi A/W 09 collection. HelloVon is the globally branded studio of London-based illustrator and artist Von. Von’s work has been exhibited at The London Design Museum and featured in Rolling Stone, Playboy, the New York Times and Esquire. ‘Semblance’ will be Von’s debut solo show in Los Angeles.

See more work HERE

6. Hitchcock iPhone Storyboard App

7. John Short

Sweet stuff by John Short check out his portfolio HERE

8. Castrol Digital Billboards

Castrol launched yesterday an innovative digital advertising campaign, aimed at delivering tailored product messaging to drivers via Clear Channel Outdoor UK roadside digital billboards.
Branded ‘Right Oil Right Car’, the concept links roadside digital 48 sheets with Castrol’s oil selection service technology, giving passing drivers bespoke oil recommendations for their car. Camera technology, usually used for such purposes as the congestion charge or speed cameras, is positioned ahead of billboards to pick up passing cars’ registrations. The registrations then are matched to the make and model of car via Castrol’s access to the DVLA database, and deliver the correct oil recommendation for the vehicle on the digital billboard further down the road.
This technology allows, for the first time in the UK, a personalised billboard message. Taking less than two seconds from the camera registering a car’s number plate to the bespoke message appearing on screen, Castrol is able to provide over 200,000 drivers with the right oil for their car message over the two-week campaign duration. Bespoke adverts are each displayed for 7.5 seconds, and due to data protection, no registration plate data is stored.
The concept was created by Ogilvy Advertising, with media space and technology delivered by Clear Channel Outdoor’s Create division, and media buying by Mindshare.
The advertising runs at sites at five key arterial routes around London. The routes, with slow moving traffic, have been chosen to increase engagement due to traffic dwell times, and to ensure satisfactory health and safety regulations. The billboards are situated at:
• Blackfriars – Stamford Street
• Lambeth – Vauxhall Cross
• Hammersmith – Fulham Palace Road
• Hounslow – Chiswick roundabout
• Kensington & Chelsea – Warwick Road

9. Kris Kuksi

Born March 2, 1973, in Springfield Missouri and growing up in neighboring Kansas, Kris spent his youth in rural seclusion and isolation along with a blue-collar, working mother, two much-older brothers and an absent father. Open country, sparse trees, and alcoholic stepfather, perhaps paved the way for an individual saturated in imagination and introversion. His fascination with the unusual lent to his macabre art later in life. The grotesque to him, as it seemed, was beautiful. Reaching adulthood his art blossomed and created a breakthrough of personal freedom from the negative environment experienced during his youth. He soon discovered his distaste for the typical American life and pop culture, feeling that he has always belonged to the ‘Old World’. Yet, Kris’ work is about a new wilderness, refined and elevated, visualized as a cultivation emerging from the corrupt and demoralized fall of modern-day society. A place were new beginnings, new wars, new philosophies, and new endings exist.

In personal reflection, he feels that in the world today much of mankind is oftentimes frivolous and fragile, being driven primarily by greed and materialism. He hopes that his art exposes the fallacies of Man, unveiling a new level of awareness to the viewer. His work has received several awards and prizes and has been featured in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Kris’ art can also be seen in a number of international art magazines, book covers and theatrical posters. Kris’ art is featured in both public and private collections in the United States, Europe, and Australia that include individuals such as Mark Parker (Nike CEO), Kay Alden (three time Emmy award winning writer for Young and the Restless & Bold and the Beautiful), Fred Durst (musician, and film director), and Chris Weitz (movie director The Golden Compass & American Pie).

See more work by Kuksi HERE

10. 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

This test was for IIHS's 50th year anniversary in the safety research business!
Congrats on your 50 years guys! May many more come your way!

The dummy in the Malibu suffered only minor leg injuries while the dummy in the Bel Air would have died instantly, this really shows how auto safety has progressed!