Friday, February 18, 2011

Top 10 Feb 18

It's Internet Nugget Time, served to you on a silver platter full of ones and zeros,
and as a appetizer check out this trailer for Red Bulls new movie The Art Of Flight:

Enjoy my friends of the internet.

Mr. Nugget

Thursday, February 17, 2011

1. Dead Island

2. Deleted on request

3. Dan Holdsworth

Photography’s development coincided with new world discovery, and thus a palimpsest was born: the world mapped in actuality and, simultaneously, in the ether vision of technological reproduction. For early photographers, the location of this gap – between real and image, what’s there and what’s seen – was something of an alchemist’s pursuit; a quest for mystical truth via scientific method, gamma-spectra and physics, the primitive mechanics of modernity-voodoo. Aboriginal tribes understood its power as juju that could systematically distil the soul; Victorians used it for occult affirmation, proof of the spirit world and hereafter. Early exploratory photographs, such as Shackleton’s South Pole documentation or Carlton Watkins’s Yosemite stereoscopes, attest the world as its own paralleled dimension: virgin expanses, alien and vacant, exuding nothing but time’s eerily still hibernation and the oppressive predestination of fate.

Phenomenology of technology, place, and consciousness are mere starting points for Dan Holdworth’s photographs; neither documentations nor fictions, his landscapes evoke haunting evidence, a kind of empirical knowledge that extends beyond immediate cognition. For Holdsworth, photography, with its technical precision and inherent wonder, its malleable power of authority, is treated as a challenge to limitation’s excess. Taking up to a year to produce, edited through primarily analogue processes, Holdsworth’s photographs tease out the invisible ‘truths’ imperceptible to the naked eye. His fantastical images aren’t elaborate deceptions, but rather astounding articulations of what is actually caught on film.

By adhering to photography’s original premise – the obsolete principles of light and time compressed to the translucent sliver of film, developed in the blind claustrophobia of darkness – Holdswoth invigorates contemporary landscape with photography’s heroic legends and intrigue. His works take their lineage from 19th century fascination, positing today’s ultra-futurism – with its high tech aesthetics and globalised assumptions – as a continuum of the cyclical ritual of discovery and progress, underwritten by instinctive codes of desire, trepidation, and awe. Themes of sublime landscape, technology versus nature, hyper-modernity and spiritual drive are recurrent through all of his works.

Holdsworth emerged with series such as A Machine For Living (1999) and Megalith (2002), where familiar scenes of service stations, car parks, billboards, or broadcast towers loom as godforsaken outposts, antecedent inklings of a new apocalyptic frontier. Consumed by the exaggerated glow of neon and head lamps, the landscapes’ toxic-colour intensity and blurred movements suggest atomic fulguration, illuminating industrial structures like shrines. Holdsworth often uses extremely prolonged exposures to capture the ethereal essence of his scenes; the paradox of these images is that their hyper- acceleration is in fact slow-time aggregation: the lens’s observations over minutes, hours, days, record an unnoticed seething of energy, a plausible force of infernal propulsion.

In the mid-2000s, Holdsworth began to source his otherworldly scenes from the truly exotic: the science fiction realities of the earth’s ends, from Europe to North and South America. Key examples from this period are The Gregorian (2005), and Hyperborea (2006) series, which were respectively shot in Puerto Rico at the American National Astronomy and Ionosphere Centre, and in Iceland’s interior, the film location of Jules Verne’s A Journey To The Centre Of The Earth. Whether picturing a research centre in the guise of a UFO set deep within the jungle, or barren glaciers and mountains deadened beneath the spectacle of northern lights, these images recontextualise the far corners of the earth with faux virtuallity, fusing primordial wilderness and space age science in logic defying dimension.
Holdsworth’s latest series Blackout (2010) is inspired by the infamous power failures in 1960s New York, an event which threw millions of people into darkness and prompted panic of nuclear attack. Holdsworth’s enormously scaled prints, however, are of mountains dazzling with crystalline allure, refracting not in light, but rather its total absence. Taken in Iceland, a volcanic netherworld where day is night and ice is sooty pitch, Holdsworth’s negative images are literal double inversions; their black and white clarity negates all natural logic. Their effect is sheer magic, the sublime made modular and spectacularly tangible: glaciers transform with sculpted solidity, as if they could fit in the palm of a hand, escarpments buckle with the scratchy translucency of glass, containing prisms of spectral hues, and expanses of atrementaceous sky bear down, suffocating as all consuming voids.

The actualisation of Holdsworth’s images is made no less delusive; in reproduction his photographs appear as digitalised ideals, however in the flesh they are more suggestive of hand-crafted media. Sharp mountain-scape peaks or geometric architectural structures often convey a gem-cutters draughtsmanship, their strange aesthetics, like diagrammatical etching, merges ideas of mapping, engineering and futurism; while most others delve into the realm of almost pure abstraction, as illusively textured and gestural as painting, conceiving terrain as a palpable geo-psyche surface, a synaesthetic confusion between sight and touch. Holdsworth’s photographs recast the world with renewed mystifying power: as liminal spaces between reality and its dissolve. Each one a stolen moment, captured in the momentary blink of a shutter: beautiful, mesmerising, larger than life, and absolutely inexplicable.

Patti Ellis

See more work by Dan Holdsworth HERE

4. Lee Price

Incredible photo-realistic oil paintings, by artist Lee Price. An impressive sense of details and a perfect technique for these paintings based on on nude and food.

See more work by Lee HERE

5. Todd McLellan

Originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, Todd McLellan’s interest in photography began at an early age with the encouragement of his father. After graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alberta’s College of Art & Design, McLellan’s passion for photography brought him to Toronto where he is a member of the Sugino Studio team and specializes in automotive, commercial and conceptual work. This is new work where he disassembles, among other things, a Pentax camera.

6. Joel Cocks

Joel aboyt Joel:
I'm a freelance designer from Wellington, New Zealand based in New York.

I design everything:
Identities, publications, posters, websites, interiors and
moving image.

Please contact me if you have a project in mind. I work locally and internationally.

Skype: joelnz≠ 

See more work Joel HERE      

7. Jeffrey Milstein

Aircraft: The Jet as Art

2005-2009, archival digital prints, 24 x 24” to 50 x 50”

AirCraft: The Jet as Art, features large-scale images of airliners in flight, shot at the precise moment when the aircraft is overhead. This work combines passions for form, symmetry, color, and flight. As a typology of aircraft, these photographs open up conversations about the complexity and beauty of modern technology. They are an attempt to share my sense of wonder. Watching a mammoth Boeing 747 gracefully gliding overhead on the way to touch down never ceases to amaze me, but they are also a meditation on how technology can be a double-edged sword when things go wrong.

See more work by Jeffrey HERE

8. Red Bull Street Art View

There has been a big buzz lately about Google Art Project, a tool that provides its users with virtual tours through some of the finest museums in the world. Different kinds of masterpieces, however, have long conquered the public space in the form of street art.
It did not take long for the Brazilian advertising agency Loducca to realize that and bring together Google inspiration and the power of social production in favor of Red Bull’s distinguished communication. Red Bull Street Art View, a mashup with Google Street View that allows people to tag their favorite street art pieces around the globe – and share them with other viewers.
Artwork is searchable by location or author, and while locations are still (of course) restricted to those places where Google’s cameras have circulated, Street Art View’s goal to be “the biggest art collection in the world” seems quite achievable. After just a few days on the air, the platform has already more than 200 walls tagged in various countries, including names such as Keith Haring, Os GĂȘmeos and Banksy.

9. Atomic Tom - Don't You Want Me

Official music video for the movie "Take Me Home Tonight" featuring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Dan Fogler, Demetri Martin, and more.
Directed by Isaac Rentz

10. Irina Werning

Irina on Back to the future project:
I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today... A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.

See more of her work HERE