Friday, January 14, 2011

Top 10 Jan 14

Happy New Year to you all.
It's good to be back, in fact, so good I happily slap one of them bonus clip in to the mix,
Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdowns of Season 1.

If you haven't watched Empire Boardwalk, go ahead and do so, it might just be the best thing on TV at the moment.

Anyhow, it's good to be back.

Mr. J

1. Jonathan Barkat

Jonathan Barkat grew up in Cape May, NJ and attended college in Philadelphia. After graduation he moved to New York where he lived for six years before returning to Philadelphia.
Though he first enjoyed working with a camera in high school, the first part of his college years were spent painting and drawing. This background informs his work and approach to image making. His work has been recognized by Photo District News and the International Photography Awards.
Jonathan’s clients include: O Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Business Week and Newsweek.

See More work by Jonathan HERE

Thursday, January 13, 2011

2. Temper Trap, "Love Lost"

Director: Dougal Wilson
Prod co: Colonel Blimp
Producer: Matt Fone
DoP: Lasse Frank Johannessen
Art director: Arthur De Borman
Wardrobe: Michelle May
Hair and make up: Bean Ellis
Location: Walthamstow Marshes
Choreographer: Rachel Yates
Editor: Joe Guest at Final Cut
Online and TK: MPC
Commissioner: Richard Skinner

3. Greg White

Greg White is a advertising and editorial photographer represented by Webber represents.

See more work by Greg HERE

4. Regino Gonzales

Regino started his tattoo appreticeship may of 1995. Along with his artistic journey he has received a BFA from The School Of Visual Arts, which was completed in 2001. This just begins to scratch the surface of a talented individual who is passionate about his artistic outlets. Outlets from painting, sketches, digital design, identity processes for major names, photography, and tattooing just to give you a brief over view of many creative paths from Regino Gonzales.

See more work by Regino HERE

5. Arnaud Pyvka

Arnaud Pyvka is a photographer, art director, filmmaker, husband and father of two based in Paris.  Since 2003, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Double Magazine.  

He uses his camera to frame reality and transform it, enjoying surreal visual collisions, happy accidents and the way his images bounce off each other. From portraiture to reportage and fashion ~ on the rocks with a twist, s'il vous plait! ~ His photography is invigorating, teetering precociously on the brink of the cutting edge.  

Somewhat addicted to image-making, PYVKA carries a Leca with him at all times, shooting a visual diary to record his life, times and travels for posterity. These images (and associated films) have been shown at the Biennale in Lyon and in several solo exhibitions at the BANK Gallery and Studio Pin-up in Paris.  

Editorially his images has been featured in British Vogue, Details, Wallpaper, Quest, Stiletto as well as his magazine, Double, of course.  

Commercially PYVKA's clients include Celine, Bonpoint, Joe's Jeans, Martin Margiela, Levi's, Giorgio Armani Perfumes, Petit Bateau, EuroStar and SNCF (French National Railway Company).

See more work by Pyvka HERE

6. Théo Gennitsakis

Artist, graphic designer, illustrator.

I worked as an Art Director for several European advertising agencies, on brands such as:
Nike, Hermes, Adidas, Numericable, Chanel, Puma, Motorola, L'Oreal, Orangina, etc.

For 2 years, Creative Director
and Founder of the agency
La Surprise.

During my idle hours,
I keep painting and collaborating with various brands, bringing them my univers
(kitsch, funny, surprising,...)

See more work by Théo HERE

7. Alex Prager's "Despair" featuring Bryce Dallas Howard

Alex is back on the blog, but this time as an Director, still got that beautiful 50's Hitchcock feel to her work.

Check out more work by Alex HERE

8. Matthew Stone

“Optimism is the Vital Force that Entangles itself with and then Shapes the Future.” 
- Matthew Stone 
Matthew Stone is an artist and shaman. These two interconnected roles are defined by his activities as photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator, writer, Optimist and cultural provocateur. Stone’s work and thinking goes far beyond the remit of his art, and his power of existence is recreating the role of the artist in the 21st century. Recognising this, The Sunday Times recently placed him at number one in the arts section of their “Power players under 30” list.
After Graduating from Camberwell Art School in 2004, with a first-class degree in Painting, Stone spearheaded South London’s !WOWOW! art collective, organizing guerrilla art exhibitions and throwing London’s most notorious and decadent squat parties. Dazed and Confused magazine featured the collective, claiming the children of !WOWOW! “would live on in legend for years to come.” and i-D Magazine described Matthew, saying “He gave birth to a happening, and all of a sudden, in his wake, London was exciting again.”  In 2008 — !WOWOW! took over Tate Britain — attracting a record 4,000 people, who came to witness one of his performances.
Stone’s whole being is geared toward a life lived as art. His personalised definition of Optimism as a method for avant-garde thought and art practice, inverts the nihilistic cultural dialogues of the late twentieth century to create a necessary space for vibrant new ways of being. Saatchi Online said that Stone’s work “definitely points to the art of tomorrow, I think, an immaterial quality equal parts idealist belief and cynicism, working as an alternative, very palpable reality running along the rest of society.” Esteemed curator and ex-head of the Royal Academy; Norman Rosenthal said simply “he has invented a new ‘ism’—Optimism.”
Stone has provided the soundtrack to each of close friend, designer Gareth Pugh’s fashion shows and films, and was a resident DJ at London’s legendary nightclub Boombox.
Though perhaps most known for his painfully beautiful photographic nudes, most exciting is Stone’s recent move into video. He has begun to direct his own video-based artworks as well as a rapturous, celebrated and daring directorial debut in the form of a music video for cult heroes These New Puritans. Following the video’s release, NME instantly placed Matthew at number 14 in their list of the “50 Most Fearless People In Music”.

Churning bodies dissect rhythmic windows that open onto varied states of concentrated being. A collage of  limbs and interconnected consciousness, involving and depicting transcendental states, meditations and ecstatic dance, spin into contemporary motion. The body is shown and used to free the viewer from their own. Stone’s work revolves specifically around creative interactions and community, based on the idea that individual autonomy can be successfully combined with the power of collectivity.
Recent exhibitions and performances have taken place at the Baltic, the Royal Academy, the ICA and Tate Britain.
Biography written by Karley Sciortino.

See more by Matthew Stone HERE

9. Dictaphone Parcel

Animated short film, Royal College of Art, London, 2009

Dictaphone Parcel is an animation based on a sound recorded with a dictaphone travelling secretly inside a parcel. As the hidden recorder travels through the global mail system, from London to Helsinki, it captures the unexpected. We hear a mixture of abstract sounds, various types of transport and even discussions between the mail workers. The animation visualizes this journey by creating an imaginary documentary.

Dictaphone Parcel was awarded the Passion Pictures Prize in London, in February 2010.​lauriwarsta

10. Hansje Van Halem

Hansje van Halem (1978) is a graphic designer. She works and lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. On this blog you can find a selection of her type drawings, sketches and failures.

See more work by Hansje HERE