Friday, October 23, 2009

Top 10 Oct 23

Hello lovers of the Internet.
Here is another list by me, with a all sorts of goodies, from all over web.

Would like to thank Christian Beckett for posting a lot of sweet stuff this week, some of it crawled all it's way up to my blog. Check out his blog HERE

Also a special shout-out to Jason Koxvold, he's on this weeks list with some stunning photography, but also got a sweet blog that you all should check out. HERE

Take care and see you all next week.

Mr. J

1. Chris Jordan - Albatross Series

Message from the Gyre.
These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

About Chris Jordan:
Chris Jordan is an artist based in Seattle, Washington who is best known for his large scale works depicting consumerism in the United States.

Jordan was born to artist parents. He attended law school "for all the wrong reasons" and spent ten years working as a lawyer thereafter, while spending all his free time and money on photography. After ten years of practicing law, he quit to become a full-time photographer.

Many of his works are created from photographs of garbage, a serendipitous technique which started when he visited an industrial yard to look at patterns of color and order. His industrious passion for conservation and awareness has brought much attention to his photography in recent years. Jordan uses everyday commonalities such as a plastic cup and defines the blind unawareness involved in American consumerism. His work, while often unsettling, is a bold message about unconscious behaviors in our everyday lives, leaving it to the viewer to draw conclusions about the inevitable consequences which will arise from our habits.

Check out chris portfolio HERE

2. Kanye West - We Were Once A Fairytale By Spike Jonze

See it large HERE

Thursday, October 22, 2009

3. Andrew Zuckerman

Andrew Zuckerman (born in Washington, DC in 1977) is an American photographer. After an internship at the International Center of Photography in New York, he attended the School of Visual Arts to study photography and film, where he graduated in 1999. His work has been commissioned extensively for multiple brands throughout the world and has received many awards, including D&AD, One Show, BDA, and multiple annuals. His first film, High Falls, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2007 before going on to win for best short narrative at the Woodstock Film Festival.

He has published three photography books. Creature, a portrait series of animals, was released worldwide in November 2007 to critical acclaim and is now in its fourth printing. Wisdom, a book, film, and traveling exhibition released in October 2008, is an ongoing production with multiple volumes made with the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Andrew traveled the globe to photograph and interview the world’s most eminent elders, from Judi Dench to Nelson Mandela, creating a comprehensive account of their perspectives on life. The latest book, Bird, is a visual study of birds from the rarest to the most common and will be available in October 2009.

Check out Mr. Zuckerman's famous portfolio HERE

4. We Buy Your Kids

WEBUYYOURKIDS is Biddy Maroney and Sonny Day, who began working together in 2005 illustrating gig posters. Since then they have worked mainly in the music industry producing art for such bands as Deerhunter, Dappled Cities, Blonde Redhead, Belles Will Ring and Les Savy Fav. Monster Children dropped by their studio in Sydney, Australia to talk about how WEBUYYOURKIDS started, their influences and where they are at now. Sonny and Biddy also talk about their exhibition at Monster Children Gallery in October 2009, titled Trials.

Check out their portfolio HERE

5. Ryan McLennan

Ryan McLennan was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1980. In 2002 he received a BFA from the Painting and Printmaking Department of Virginia Commonwealth University. Since then he has exhibited work in Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Richmond, Virginia. He is a recipient of the 2008/2009 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and was featured in the 2008 Mid-Atlantic issue of New American Paintings. Ryan currently lives and works in Richmond, VA.

Artist Statement:
The wildlife familiar to us now coexists with life forms that embody what we have long taken for granted. These mammals and birds are in total control of their future. They are responsible for managing and maintaining their resources without exhausting them.

These paintings are brief lessons in ecology, natural history, and evolution. Through research I gain a better understanding of geography and each animal’s settlement of North America. Once I learn the distribution of specific animals, their social behavior and development, I further their existence in a place that only I can document.

Read interview with Ryan by HERE
Check out Ryan's portfolio HERE

6. DVS Skate & Create 2009 Feature

Director - Colin Kennedy
Director of Photography - Marc Ritzema
Art Director - Matthew Deak
Editor - Colin Kennedy
Visual Effects - Ryan Marcus

7. Jason Koxvold

Ok, so last week i pretty much ripped Mr. Jason Koxvold's blog off for my top 10 and for this week i steal his photography, there it is, I confessed.

Check out more beautiful pictures by Jason HERE

8. Hand From Above

Hand from Above was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Liverpool City Council for BBC Big Screen Liverpool and the Live Sites Network.

More info click HERE

9. Mathew Cerletty

In the early 2000s, a young painter emerged on the New York art scene, known for his hauntingly seductive figure paintings of friends and family members, executed in bright, bold colors and often set against elaborate wallpaper motifs. Mathew Cerletty, who shows at Rivington Arms gallery in New York, could have remained his generation's premier portrait artist. But in the last few years the 28-year-old Wisconsin native went in a completely different direction, creating strangely confrontational sign and word pieces that range from bizarre koans like "The Feeling is Mutual" to "Diet Coke" logos. Turns out, the words are just as autobiographical.

CHRISTOPHER BOLLEN: When you first made your name as a painter, you were doing very traditional figurative work. A couple of years ago, you started making very minimalist sign paintings. Were you just tired of portraits?

MATHEW CERLETTY: There were a lot of practical reasons, like the fact that the people I would ask to pose never really wanted to do it; it was always very awkward and inevitably the person I painted would be really weirded out by the result, like, "Ah . . . You made me look creepy." Also, figure painting was all that I was really taught in school. When I moved to New York, I got a crash course in the last 50 years of art history. I wasn't really drawn to figure paintings when I went to gallery shows.

CB: There are a lot of labels on your canvases, but rather offbeat choices, like The Economist or Diet Coke. Are you picking things close at hand?

MC: It's totally just me, whatever I'm into at the time. There's a gestation period I'm not fully in control of. I had a subscription to The Economist, and I thought, Oh, I could paint that, which at the time seemed really stupid. But six months would pass, and I'd look at it, and I could still imagine it being a painting. If some time passes and I can't shake it, then I usually pursue it.

CB: What about the random catchphrases, like your painting I Love Exercise?
MC: That's a long story. It's from when a friend and I got trapped in the subway tunnels in Boston. We were there after hours, and we got locked in the subway, and this strange homeless-looking guy let us out. He was really scary. And at one point he said, "I love exercise." It was sort of inspired, I thought. So I painted those words.
CB: What are you working on now?
MC: I'm doing a painting of roses. It's an endless painting. It's a pattern from a fabric I found by this company called Scalamandré-Jackie O was a big fan.
CB: You were brilliant at painting brocades in wallpapers, which is so specialized. But then you have a very quick and simple style of painting, like 1959 x-ed out.
MC: That was from a picture in The New York Times. There was a woman in a crowd holding that sign, and she was smiling. I downloaded it and then didn't look at it for a long time. But eventually I went back to it and wanted to make my own version of her sign. And I figured out that 1959 was the year [baseball's] Chicago White Sox won their last pennant [prior to 2005]. But what I thought was cool was the idea of protesting a year that already happened.
CB: Yeah, fuck 1959.
See the Mathew Cerletty interview with Interview Magazine HERE
See Mathew's portfolio HERE

10. Because clicking is so 90s!

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