Friday, January 21, 2011

Top 10 Jan 21

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Mr. J

Thursday, January 20, 2011

1. Garmonique

See more work by Garmonique HERE

2. Adam Bartos

Native New Yorker Adam Bartos has been photographing since he was a teenager and creates photographs suffused with a quiet calm. He cites William Eggleston--known for his intensely colored images of ordinary scenes--and the earlier photographers Timothy O'Sullivan and Carleton Watkins--both known for their unique documents of the changing American landscape--as primary influences, Bartos focuses on the contemporary landscape. Yet, in his images, time seems to stand still, lending them an aura of temporal dislocation. 

In the early 1970s he attended film school at New York University and began working with color photography. He was mentored independently by the photographer Evelyn Hofer, known for her serene and meticulous color compositions. 

Bartos published perhaps his best-known work--photographs illustrating the effects of time on the modernist United Nations building in New York after fifty years of use--in the book International Territory: The United Nations, 1945-95 , 1995 . During the summers of 1991-95 he made a photographic series on middle-class Long Island vacationers called Hither Hills published in the photography magazine Double Take in 1997. In 2001 he published Kosmos: A Portrait of the Russian Space Age, photographs of the "obsolescent future" of the Soviet space program. Boulevard (2006) features images of Los Angeles and Paris. 

See more work by Adam HERE

3. Devendra Banhart at the Rainbow House - Director's Cut

 Starring real life couple Devendra Banhart and Rebecca Schwartz, the premise of the Oliver Peoples 2011 campaign is an exploration of authentic intimacy and sexuality. The love affair is explored in the one-of-a-kind masterpiece by architect John Lautner: Rainbow House. The contemporary California setting proved to be a perfect atmosphere to showcase the natural chemistry of the young, intriguing couple. Produced with acclaimed photographer and aspiring director Lisa Eisner, the short film will debut in early 2011 on the Oliver Peoples website.

4. Luke Stephenson

Vaudevillian, remarkable & absurd, Luke Stephenson's photography is borne of fascination, curiosity and the skittish compulsion to reveal the eccentric side of British culture.

Seeking out pockets of mild peculiarity, he brings a genuine enthusiasm to his subjects and, rather than attacking norms and preconceptions, allows genteel humour to rise to the fore.

Often deadpan in his execution, Luke observes the British fondness for folklore and pastimes whilst exploring his role as artist, comedian and entertainer by documenting the theatre and spectacle of life.

Born in Darlington in the North East of England, Luke studied photography at the Blackpool and Fylde College. He has since won the Jerwood Photography Award and the prestigious photography prize at the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie in Hyères with his series Spectacle Wearing Folk.

His work has been published in numerous magazines, including Portfolio, Dazed & Confused, Vice Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper, Kilimanjaro and Foam.

See more work by Luke Stephenson HERE

5. Señor Salme

Despite exhibiting a rather shameless submission to Photoshop, Señor Salme cultivates a thorough and unrequited love for good brushes and the thick smell of ink. His drawings are influenced by an inconsistent blend of comic-books, popular culture, symbolist painters and mithology. Apart from illustration, he is also fond (though in a somewhat faked way) of Soviet science-fiction films, second-hand books containing handwritten notes by their previous owners, and a musical genre he likes to call nerdie music, which may have little relation with what other people are refering to when using this tag.  Señor Salme lives in Málaga, Spain.

See more work by Señor Salme HERE

6. Vava Ribeiro

The youthful, dream-like utopias of Vava Ribeiro's photography mark out a unique artist.  The beach culture of Vava Ribeiro's native Rio was an early influence and the shore remains a common setting on his work today. The light quality you would find at the sea's edge, and which illuminates Vava Ribeiro's images, sums up a characteristic of his work in general: it is gentle and romantic while simultaneously being utterly natural and unflinching.  An intuitive handling of youthful beauty is intrinsic in Vava Ribeiro's work and he captures what feels like his universal family from an intimate standpoint. Vava Ribeiro explores dream worlds that are infused with an air of deja vu where a playful handling of idealism and nostalgia creates a laidback atmosphere of cool composure.  His work spans portraiture to fashion and Vava Ribeiro is a regular contributor to publications including Purple and Dazed and Confused. He works with fashion clients such as Urban Outfitters and Levis and lifestyle clients such as Canon and has been exhibited from San Paulo to Tokyo via France, where he won the jury prize for photography at the prestigious Festival International des Arts de Modes at Hyeres in 2000.

See more work by Vava HERE

7. KLEMENT - Supersize by Chateau-vacant

KLEMENT - “Supersize” from Château-vacant on Vimeo.
KLEMENT - Supersize by Chateau-vacant

8. Alexander Wagner

After studying the arts at the University of Michigan and Oxford University,Wagner cut his teeth alongside photographers of international reown, Annie Leibovitz and Hiro. In addition to his commissioned, candid portraits of ascending muscians for publications such V, Dazed and Confused, Blackbook, Vice, and Anthem, Wagner has contributed alluring, documentary-infused images to the U.K. edition of Elle, Shot Campaigns for Leo Burnett, and regularly works with the fashion house Badgley Mischka.
He currently lives in New York.
See more work by Wagner HERE

9. Isaac Salazar

Isaac on Isaac:
I am someone who has never taken an art class in my life but have stumbled upon making Book Art / Book Origami. I didn't think I had an artistic bone in my body and never thought of myself as creative. I had seen the Readers Digest christmas trees and wondered if it was possible to create a different design or use words.

I first started off doing simple letters, alternating pages for each fold but now I am doing more complex and intricate fonts. I use simple arithmetic and an exacto knife as my supplies along with lots of time. It takes me anywhere from a day for the simpler styles to 2 weeks for the more complex styles. I have recently ventured into logos and symbols and would like to pursue this area more.
My inspiration comes from multiple things and places. I can browse the used book section for titles that stand out to me. For example the recycle symbol was created on a book titled "A World with out Trees".

Every book is still soomewhat readable, unless I mess up, and have to remove a page or two. I mostly fold the pages but yes, I do make some cuts and slices, but the pages are still intact otherwise. I like to take a book that would otherwise end up in a landfill and turn it into art. Rarely do I use new books, unless I am commissioned to. I like to watch Planet Green, and am into alternative energy, recycling and repurposing so it's a good feeling to know my art can contribute to reducing waste.

See more work by Isaac HERE

10. Wallace Design House

Wallace Design House is a one-man graphic design shop located in Frisco, Texas. WDH focus on design solutions that deliver distinction to my clients’ hard work. WDH design have been featured in Communication Art, Graphis Poster Annual, How Inhouse Design Annual, Print Regional Design Annuals, and Antenna Magazine among others.
See more work by WDH: HERE