Thursday, November 25, 2010

Top 10 Nov 25

Happy Thanksgiving!

So this week's top 10 arrives early do to turkey madness tomorrow.
Here is something else that borderlines on madness... Neill Blomkamp's teaser for... well I don't know...
but i does have a similar feel as District 9... could it be a squeal???

Well anyway, Have an awesome Thanksgiving and see you all next week!
Mr. J 

1. Jonah Samson

Group show “Unearthed” at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK:  June 21 to August 29.  Summer group show at G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle July 8 to August 15.  Pleasantville series is featured in the current issue of Freestyle Magazine. Check their website for where to buy.  Feature article in the summer 2010 issue of Elephant Visual Arts and Culture magazine.  Check their website for where to buy.

See more work by Jonah HERE

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2. Mr. Peanut's 'Naturally Remarkable' Holiday Party

See the behind the scene stuff HERE
Production/Animation Company : LAIKA/house          

3. Jeff Rich

Part I - A Survey of the French Broad River Basin

A common misconception of a watershed is that it’s all about the water.  While water does
play a large part, the land plays an even larger role by directing the water to a common
point, such as a river or ocean. Thus Man’s treatment of the land directly affects the water
that runs over it. With this project I have highlighted this relationship between the land,
water, and man, within the microcosm of the French Broad Watershed.

In the 1950s The French Broad River was one of the most polluted in the country. A local
writer Wilma Dykema described the condition of the river as having "white scum that caps
the water's blackness for mile after mile." The river was beset with pollution from erosion,
which was caused by deforestation, pollution from heavy industry, and the rapid
development of the cities within the watershed.

The French Broad Watershed has experienced an extraordinary rebirth over the past 40 years.
The passage of the Clean Water act in 1972 put heavy limits on the pollution that industry is
allowed to discharge into the waters of the United States. As a result, the French Broad became
a much healthier watershed that now supports a thriving local ecology and provides a
recreational resource for the local community. Due to weak enforcement of the Clean Water
Act’s mandates and consistent non-point source pollution, the French Broad River is now
becoming less healthy for the first time since the passage of the Clean Water Act, which
threatens the reversal of such enormous progress.

This work shows the constant change that occurs within the watershed of The French Broad
River due to man's presence, as well as natural causes such as floods and erosion. Beginning
at the headwaters of the French Broad and following the river through Western North Carolina
into Tennessee, where it joins with the Holston River to form the Tennessee River, this project
documents the development and use of the watershed. By documenting the river itself, the
landscape of industry and homes, and the citizens who use the river and work to protect it, this
project creates a portrait of the many varied aspects that make up a watershed and ultimately
emphasizes the importance of sustainability movement that is growing in the local community
and beyond.

See more work by Jeff HERE

4. Jonathan Wateridge

Currently on show at The Tramshed in East London, Jonathan Wateridge's exhibition 'Another Place' is epic in a number of ways. Each of the seven photo-realistic oil paintings which make up the exhibition measures three metres by four metres, and combine to narrate a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a large-scale disaster movie. Within the works themselves, the lines between reality and fiction are blurred, each beautifully rendered scene is presented in such a way as to invite the viewer to explore for their own questions, decipher what is happening and try to find their own answers.
Born in Zambia, Jonathan Wateridge currently lives and works in London and has featured in various solo and group exhibitions, most notably being championed by art czar Charles Saatchi who included Wateridge's work in his renowned exhibition at The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg last year, 'Newspeak: British Art Now'.
See more work by Jonathan HERE

5. Hugh Holland

In 1975, when Hugh Holland first began photographing the skateboarders in southern California, he had already been living in Los Angeles for nine years. His interest in photography had developed in the mid-sixties as a 20-year-old living in his native state of Oklahoma. Except for a college job working in a photo lab, Holland had no formal art education. He spent years training his eye by shooting photographs and working with the images.

It wasn't until after returning from a trip to Spain in 1968 and settling into what would become a career in West Hollywood as an antique finisher, that he began to seriously pursue photography. He made a dark room and began shooting everything that came into sight, especially people.

In 1975, driving up Laurel Canyon Boulevard one afternoon, Holland encountered his first skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon. He knew he had found his subject. Although not a skateboarder himself, Holland for the next three years never tired of capturing on film the burgeoning culture he was witnessing. However, by 1978, the scene had become more commercial, and Holland's documentation of the skateboarders came to its natural end.

Hugh Holland's "Angels" series was first shown at M+B in Los Angeles in early 2006. Following the success of the show, the work was shown in Paris and New York City. Additionally, American Apparel has used Holland's skateboarding photographs for their publicity campaign and a new monograph of the artist's work is currently being published by Grey Bull Press. It is due out in late 2008. Hugh Holland currently resides in San Francisco and continues to photograph.

See more work by Hugh Holland HERE

6. Klaxons 'Twin Flames'

Director: Saam Farahmand 
Production Company: Partizan 
Post House: Absolute
Producer: Fenella Sanderson
Commissioner: Emily Tedrake
DOP: Dan Bronks
Editor: Gus Herdman@Trim 

7. Olya Ivanova

Born in 1981 in Moscow, Russia. Received BA in philology, worked as journalist and copywriter. Photograph since 2006. Shoot for magazines, books and charity funds.

See more work by Olya HERE

8. Guy le Tatooer

Guy le Tatooer does nice tattoos. I had already seen some of his stuff in his book at Tribal Act Paris, but his newly opened blog takes it to an other level. Somewhere between a now established french “graphic/comic” “school” and the Hooperian anglo-saxon avant-garde (but you can’t blame him for having good tastes can you?), Guy does bring a pleasingly personal take on contemporary tattooing.

See more work by Guy le Tatooer HERE

9. Gabriel Dawe

Gabriel Dawe was born in Mexico City where he grew up surrounded by the intensity and color of Mexican culture. After working as a graphic designer, he moved to Montreal, Canada in 2000 following a desire to explore foreign land. In search for creative freedom he started experimenting and creating artwork, which eventually led him to explore textiles and embroidery—activities traditionally associated with women and which were forbidden for a boy growing up in Mexico. Because of this, his work is subversive of notions of masculinity and machismo that are so ingrained in his culture. By working with thread and textiles, Dawe’s work has evolved into creating large-scale installations with thread, creating environments that deal with notions of social constructions and their relation to evolutionary theory and the self-organizing force of nature.
After seven years of living in Canada and gaining dual citizenship as a Mexican-Canadian, Gabriel moved to Texas to pursue graduate school at the University of Texas at Dallas where he is presently a candidate for an MFA in Arts and Technology. His work has been exhibited in Dallas, Houston, Montreal, Toronto and Barcelona.

See more work by Gabriel HERE

10. Steven Brahms

See more work by Steven HERE