Thursday, August 12, 2010

Top 10 Aug 13

So the list is back after my 2 week vacation, kick starting today... Friday the 13th...hmmm...with 10 new "killer posts" (Sorry that was really rubbish!).

hope you like.
/ Mr. J 

1. California is a place

California is loaded. From Disneyland to farmland, we’ve got Scientology and superstars, Silicon and silicone, crips and bloods. The border. Krumpin’ Clownin’ Jerkin’. The surf and the turf. The boom and the bust. California is humanity run amuck and then packaged, branded and sold. California Cuisine, California Love, California Casual, California Gold, California Girls, and of course, California Dreams. If it exists in the world, it exists here and it does so with pizzaz.

Obviously, we love this stuff. That’s why we’re doing this project. Simply put, California is sensational. And the closer we look the better it gets: words and images, stories and songs, opinions and ideas. This project is ongoing. We hope you like what you see and say so. We plan to post often. So until that day, when we finally float off into the Pacific, California is a place. Stay tuned.

Check out other short, sweet documentary's from California HERE 

2. ZSO

Hello, I'm ZSO. (On paper you may also know me as Sara Blake.) I'm an Interactive Art Director, Designer, and Illustrator living and loving in New York City.
ZSO (pronounced |zō|) is a collection of letters that I find aesthetically and phonetically beautiful. Together they make sound much like “so,” the adverb which means "to such a great extent.” I am a person of extremes, for better or worse (most often the latter), so the ring of it was fitting, and the moniker has since stuck for good.
I graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Graphic Art and Postmodern Studies—I've been working in design and art direction ever since.

See more of ZSO's work HERE

3. Multi Touch Light Table: GERGWERK

Senior Degree Project for the Kansas City Art Institute. DJ touch screen interface and gesture interaction concepts.

4. Dragontape

 Dragontape lets you make a 3 hour mixtape of your favorite YouTube videos.

The Details
In a world where everybody can be an iPod DJ, there are very few ways to set yourself apart. Dragontape will takes the “everyone’s a DJ” idea and goes a step further by allowing you to create mixtapes of your favorite YouTube videos.

While Dragontape is, essentially, a playlist editor for YouTube it does have a few other great features. A drag and drop interface will let you cut out parts of videos that you don’t want to see, layering in others instead.
Beyond that, once you’ve completed your Dragontape, it gets its own unique URL that you can share with others. Unless a video happens to be deleted, your Dragontape will stay around forever.
While there are still quite a few features that are notably missing, Dragontape assures us that they’re in the works. Soon, the site will ad the following:
  • HTML5 player
  • Vimeo, Dailymotion and MetaCafe integration
  • Fullscreen playback
  • Trimming/Cropping of videos
  • Embeddable player
For now, it’s still a fun service to use and there are some interesting tapes that have already been made. Head over, drag in some clips and tell us what you think.

Check it out HERE

5. Ruben Ireland

Ruben on Ruben:
I'm a London based illustrator. My images are created with a variety of tools including ink, watercolour and acrylic as well as photoshop and wacom tablet. Whilst my style is apparent troughout, I enjoy working with a variety of medium and techniques to suit easch individual breif.

See more work by Ruben HERE

6. Emma Hack

Through dedication and a passion for her craft, Emma's 21-year career has evolved from beginnings as a children's face painter and qualified hairdresser and make-up artist, to a body illustrator and visual artist of world acclaim.

In March 2001, Emma won the coveted 1st prize at the CIDESCO World Congress Professional World Body Painting Championship in Hong Kong. With Emma's co-ordination assistance, the event was held in Adelaide the following year.

In 2004, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival utilised Emma's exhibition skills to feature a collection of celebrities painted as their cabaret persona as an exhibition during the festival. Emma's portraits of celebrity chef personalities Ian Parmenter, Geoff Jansz and Jason Roberts feature at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. In 2005 Emma collaborated with Deborah Paauwe in her Dark Fables collection, featuring Emma's illustration on the faces of Paauwe's subjects.

Emma's Wallpaper 2005, 2007 and 2008 collections feature Florence Broadhurst wallpaper designs combined with her body illustration. Continuing the series in 2008, Emma introduced live native Australian animals into her work, presenting a unique challenge to her imagery and creative process. The works were exhibited during the Adelaide Fringe Festival, along with nude landscapes and a continued collection of Florence Broadhurst wallpapers. It was during this collection she began photographing the installations herself, evolving her talents further. Emma's photographic images were exhibited at Art Sydney 08, and she was recipient of the people's choice Renault New Generation Art Award at this event.

Keen to continue her professional development and explore new mediums, Emma travelled to China to participate in a large installation for Mont Blanc. While there she travelled to Jingdezhen, where she visited and was trained by artisans in the art of porcelain painting and met with her peers to discuss techniques. The result is a stunning collection of porcelain busts; a collaboration with ceramicists Gus Clutterbuck and Andrew Stock, which demonstrates her diversity across varied artistic mediums.

In 2009 Emma created the Panoramic Bodies collection, shot on location in the South Australian Outback. A team of acrobats and models was complied to create unique body forms in the striking natural landforms. The collection was exhibited as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2009 at the Adelaide Airport Terminal (T1) and featured three metre wide panoramic images. Later in 2009 she was invited to attend the world's largest textile design fair, the prestigious Premiere Vision, an international expo held in Paris, where she created a live installation on site by blending the human body seamlessly into a textile design with body painting techniques. Emma's collection of Wallpaper images were also shown throughout the expo on large screens.

In her 2009 Native Mandala collection, Emma has created striking circular background designs into which her models are camouflaged, each holding a native Australian bird, reptile or mammal. Emma has created an environment, which bears significance to the species, providing a safe haven into which it is nestled, and demonstrating the unique beauty of flora and fauna that is quintessentially Australian.

Emma's latest edition of the 'Mandala' collection is 'Exotic Mandala', Emma muse are blended into Art Nouveau inspired, hand painted canvases with butterflies placed onto the human form, creating a fresh, multi layered effect. Emma upcoming collection, Wallpaper Mandala features a clever blend of Broadhurst papers creating a collage effect, into which her muse is blended to create the illusion Emma is renown for.

See more work by Emma Hack HERE

7. Kwangho Lee - Lifelike Design

on the occasion of brussels design september 2010, design-art dealer victor hunt
and select store, hunting and collecting, are collaborating with korean artist kwangho lee
on the exhibition 'lifelike design'. the show will represent an overview of kwangho's work,
offering insight and an animated projection of his creative process.

kwangho lee was born in seoul, south korea in 1981.
he graduated from hongik unversity in 2007.
a pattern of duality and contrast between his rural childhood in humble conditions
and the urban living experience from the years of his school education, play a key role
in the creative handling of his environment today
kwangho currently lives and works in seoul with his wife and son.

8. Stuart Whitton

West Wales School of the Arts graduate Stuart Whitton began to express himself creatively at a young age, by drawing various elements from his imagination and his surroundings.

Using traditional media intertwined with an occasional technological touch he creates imagery tailored to his perceptions. A careful discretion of detail is utilised to develop a visually appealing relationship between meticulously drawn ethereal illustrations of the human form, objects and typographical elements.

His influences lie in the actual process of image construction, form, and surreal ambiguity with a preference towards detailed tonal qualities true to the realistic.

The work is a direct representation of his personality and inspiration, which can be identified in the smallest details.

See more work by Stuart HERE

9. Martin Donnelly

Martin Donnelly, Art director & Photographer born and living in England.

Mezzetty is a photographic studio that was established in 1999 as a playground
for experimentation. Our craft has refined over the years but we still keep that
key message at the heart of everything we do.

See more work by Martin HERE

10. Horizon - Total Isolation

For the first time in 40 years Horizon re-creates a controversial sensory deprivation experiment. Six ordinary people are taken to a nuclear bunker and left alone for 48 hours. Three subjects are left alone in dark, sound-proofed rooms, while the other three are given goggles and foam cuffs, while white noise is piped into their ears.

The original experiments carried out in the 1950s and 60s by leading psychologist Prof Donald Hebb, was thought by many in the North American political and scientific establishment to be too cruel and were discontinued.

Prof Ian Robbins, head of trauma psychology at St George's Hospital, Tooting, has been treating some of the British Guantanamo detainees and the victims of torture who come to the UK from across the world. Now he evaluates the volunteers as their brains undergo strange alterations.