Friday, August 20, 2010

Top 10 Aug 20

We're back with another Top 10 List, Go ahead and check it out.
Also, it might just be me but I'm quite excited about the  new Joaquin Phoenix's freak movie "I'm Still Here".

Love the poster...Check out the trailer:

Take care and hope you'll come back next week.
Mr J

1. Faile Temple

From 16 July to 15 August 2010, the Brooklyn-based artists Faile will display “Temple,” a full-scale church in ruins in Praça dos Restauradores Square in Lisbon. The installation was made in conjunction with the Portugal Arte 10 Festival and will tour abroad. While Faile is well known by now for their arresting, advertising and Pop inflected prints and sculptures, “Temple” marks the duo’s migration from a more strictly visual medium into the realm of site specific environments. While its structure is the ruin, Temple should not be read as a memento or celebration of decadence but instead as one of collaboration and renewal.

In retrospect, such a project seems inevitable: much of Faile’s recent work, from customized Buddhist prayer wheels to an American flag reworked with Pueblo-inspired linework, relies on re-imagining sacred objects on an increasingly grand scale. This year’s Deluxx Fluxx, a functional arcade bedecked in Faile’s trademark commercial iconography and vibrant palette, was a foray into immersive spectacle. Nevertheless, building a church from the ground up in an Iberian country is a symbolically freighted choice, and one that ups the ante considerably. Not only is sacred architecture deployed here as an artistic medium, it is forced to intermingle with the exotic and profane: Brooklyn-style window bars, new prayer wheels, and sculptural relief depicting Faile’s own idiosyncratic archive.

One might object that Faile’s use of religious objects devalues them by making them simply one more signifier in a visual system, divorced from their power and specificity. But the logic of Temple is neither the trivialization of pastiche nor the critical distancing of appropriation. Faile’s process is more aptly described as 3-D sampling, in which seemingly disparate pieces are brought together and reconstituted as something wholly other, but still animated by the energy, the spirit, of the original. In this case of course, the source material is 15th c. Florentine sculptor Luca Della Robia, not George Clinton. The result is a new site of public communion that recognizes religion as the social artifact that it is, but reminds us again of an underlying desire for unity that is often occluded by our urban edifices, be they cathedrals or skyscrapers.

In any case, it was from the shores of Portugal that Christendom first made its way across the oceans, from Goa to Benin and Bahia. Along the way, it syncretized fluidly with local traditions, resurfacing as Candomble and Santeria. Temple extends this tradition of dynamism and reinvention by returning Faile’s vertically-integrated vision of the church to the metropole, rooting its new permutations in the Portuguese cityscape. Like all ruins, Temple reminds us of the fragility of our most timeless institutions even as it lays the groundwork for its own sort of Renaissance.

Check out the Faile Temple HERE

2. Marcel The Shell With No Shoe On

Directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp
Marcel is voiced (untreated & unenhanced) by a genius named Jenny Slate
Written by Jenny Slate + Dean Fleischer-Camp

See more work by Dean HERE

Thursday, August 19, 2010

3. Angela Fraleigh

Angela Fraleigh’s paintings are absolutely stunning in execution and subject. Contrasting hyper-realistic individuals with heavy brushstrokes around them, she evokes a sense of drowning within each painting. The added abstractness of it all brings a dimension to each work that would otherwise be beautiful yet typical. Born in South Carolina, Angela Fraleigh graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Yale.

See more work by Angela Fraleigh HERE

4. Olly Moss

RoboCop and other powerhouse films get reimagined in a series of retro-themed posters promoting the Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow.
The posters, by Olly Moss, offer a minimalist take on nine films that will be will shown for free in cities relevant to the on-screen action. The mobile movie festival starts Friday with a showing of Jackie Brown in Southern California (with director Quentin Tarantino rumored to attend). RoboCop will screen at Detroit's Russell Industrial Complex on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 8:30 p.m.
Moss also created the tribble-infested Star Trek posters for the Alamo Drafthouse's Mondo collectibles boutique. Those posters sold out in minutes flat when they went on sale last month.

Check out Olly Moss portfolio HERE

5. Kevin Francis Gray

Born 1972, in Northern Ireland. Lives and works in London.
See more work by Kevin HERE

6. Anna Wolf

Born and raised in southern California, Anna Wolf loves the sun and warm weather. After a year long stint living in Mexico City, learning spanish and taking pictures, she now resides in New York. Shooting for a variety of advertising and editorial clients, she also makes personal work and ongoing projects. She is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and was a selected winner of the Magenta Flash Forward competition in 2006 and PDN 30 in 2007.

See more work done by Wolf HERE

7. Carl Burgess

See more videos directed by Carl Burgess HERE

8. Caroline Andrieu

A graduate of the Atelier de Sèvres and EPSAA, Caroline Andrieu is the art director of Condé Nast digital's department for its Vogue & GQ websites. Caroline, fascinated by drawing and realistic outlines, has contributed to magazine such as Vanidad and SoChic, designs for the young Gat Rimon brand and regularly contributes to Diesel Fragrance Factory website. When she's not drawing, she can be found careeing round the street of Paris on her fixed-gear bicycle or on a plane home to Slovakia to see her family and a slice of scrumptious poppy seed cake !

See more work by Caroline HERE

9. Bea Szenfeld

Designer Bea Szenfeld is the woman behind these jaw dropping costumes created by layering paillettes and sharply-creased geometric forms out of paper. From Szenfeld’s ‘Sur la Plage’ (‘On the Beach’) collection, the pieces pull from 50s burlesque silhouettes and tribalism. The talented Polish designer says she draws inspiration from oceanic myths also.

Szenfeld’s client list includes Hello Kitty, Swarovski Crystal, Tommy Hilfiger and Stella McCartney. She points out that her material of choice is stiff cardboard because it provides so many options for creating structure. Check out more from Bea Szenfeld’s Sur la Plage collection in the gallery.

See more work by Bea HERE

10. The Last Exorcist - Chatroulette Stunt

Among all of the weird characters you can encounter on popular random video chat service Chatroulette, pretty girls are a breath of fresh air, right? Well, it depends: for users who’ve stumbled upon the viral video campaign from Lionsgate, promoting their latest horror movie The Last Exorcism, what started as a pleasant chat ended very… unexpectedly.
We won’t spoil it for you — check out the video below (be advised, it contains strong words and unpleasant imagery) to see the best reactions of Chatroulette users.
Interestingly, this is not the first viral video campaign for the movie; a couple of weeks ago a website called Church of Saint Marks appeared with “information” on exorcism. What the site actually featured was one of the main characters from the movie, Reverend Cotton Marcus.

See The Last Exorcist Trailer HERE