Friday, January 8, 2010

Top 10 Jan 8

Welcome to a new Top 10 and a New Year!
hope you enjoy the list.

Take care.
Mr. J

Thursday, January 7, 2010

1. Mini Cooper Christmas Stunt


BROSMIND is a multidisciplinary studio based in Barcelona founded by the Mingarro Brothers. They speciallize in illustration, graphic design and product design, although they often develop their own projects. Their style is fresh and optimistic and always combines fantasy and humor. Their work has been awarded several times including Cannes Lions (Gold and Silver, at Cannes 2007), Laus Trophy (Barcelona 2007), Sol de Oro (San Sebastian 2008), Shorlist (Cannes 2008).

See more work by BROSMIND HERE

3. Bryan Schutmaat

Born in 1983, began shooting in 2003, lives in Houston, TX.

See more work by Bryan HERE

4. Scans by Steve Poxson

See more work by Steve Poxson HERE

5. Gregory Euclide

Gregory Euclide is an artist and teacher living in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. His attraction to the landscape originates from his experience of growing up in the rural landscapes of Wisconsin. Free to roam from farm field to forest edge, he developed an appreciation for contemplative experiences within the natural landscape. The complexity and interconnectedness of the environment had a profound impact on him as a child and would become the content and conceptual framework for his future work.

Discontented with the flat surface of traditional landscape paintings, Euclide began exploring the relationship between experiencing nature with the body and creating art objects that depict that experience. It is in that transfer, where Euclide takes delight, manipulating cultural codes and blurring the boundaries between nature and artifice.

Euclide currently Teaches high school and college in the Twin Cities area. He has been awarded two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants and a Jerome Foundation Residency through the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary. His work has been displayed nationally from MASS MoCA to the Birchwood Cafe.

See more work by Gregory HERE

6. Li Xiaofeng

1965 Born in Hubei
2002 Graduated from the Mural Painting Department at the Central academy of Fine Arts

Group Exhibition(Selected)
2007 "dialogue-2007", Norwegian Embassy, Beijing, China
2006 "Art Beijing" International Gallery Exposition, Red Gate Gallery
2006 "September3" Small Sculpture Exhibition, Pickled Art Centre
2006 "consumption Age 1", Sart Art Centre

See more work by Li HERE

7. Tim Simmons

Tim Simmons’ haunting, ethereal landscapes examine the multilayered relationship we have with our physical environment. Taken in natural, often very ordinary settings, his pictures nevertheless have a surreal, otherworldly quality, placing them in a realm beyond immediate recognition. This illusive atmosphere invokes a sense of the spirit of the earth, inspiring quiet reflection in the viewer and prompting questions about mortality and our place in the world.

See more work by Tim HERE

8. Supernatrual Needle Felting by Kay Petal

See more Felt dolls by Kay Petal HERE

9. Resa Blatman

Artist statement:

Through my work, I attempt to show nature at odds with itself by playing with the contradictions of emptiness versus fullness, lush versus barren, and rapture versus displeasure. In my paintings, the berries, linear loops, and tiny dots represent an abundance of embryos, eggs, and seeds. Heaps are an important element: these berries, loops, tiny dots, and sometimes creatures accumulate in piles and mounds and represent the bounty of femininity and ripeness.

My compositions are inspired by the Baroque, Romanticism, and Victorian decorative art, as well as botanical imagery, to create a visual feast of fruit, flora, wildlife, and pattern. I take those elements out of their context and give them a surreal landscape or contemporary stage. Most of the elements are representationally painted with form, yet in the same picture others might be used as decorative backgrounds. The elements and patterns represent a kind of human life cycle, with all of its changes and complexities, while the juxtaposition of these “three-dimensional” and flat forms creates a visually rich dialog that refers to the ongoing contradictions mentioned above — lush versus barren. Themes of excess and beauty are also represented through the decorative qualities in the paintings. Yet, these ornamental, invasive patterns creep into the fecund environments of the birds and bats — sometimes overtaking, even strangling the animals — and along with the ominous berry, create a picture of sensuality mixed with undertones of wanting and dismay.

The new paintings include digitally created, laser cut edges. The various edges, which may include animals, insects, and flourishes, are an extension of the patterns within the paintings. These cut forms, along with the shadows made by the cuts, encourage a three-dimensionality to the work, and by doing so, the patterns become more invasive and experiential.

See more work by Resa HERE

10. The Third & The Seventh

A FULL-CG animated piece that tries to illustrate architecture art across a photographic point of view where main subjects are already-built spaces. Sometimes in an abstract way. Sometimes surreal. Credits:

Modelling - Texturing - Illumination - Rendering: Alex Roman

Postproduction & Editing: Alex Roman

Sequenced, Orchestrated & Mixed by Alex Roman (Sonar & EWQLSO Gold Pro XP)

Sound Design by Alex Roman
Based on original scores by:
Michael Laurence Edward Nyman. (The Departure)
Charles-Camille Saint-Saƫns. (Le Carnaval des animaux)

Directed by Alex Roman

See more work from The Third & The Seventh HERE