Monday, August 22, 2011

Top 10 Aug 22

Top of the morning too you and welcome back to ten new inspirational posts of bits and bobs I found on the internet last week.
Hope you like.

Hugs and kisses

Mr. J

Sunday, August 21, 2011

1. Dan Tobin Smith

Artist Dan Tobin Smith doesn’t build his works in photoshop– he carefully selects a world of color and creates these chromatically-bisected works of art by hand.  You’ve likely seen Smith’s work before, he created the album cover for Jay Z’s The Blueprint 3 (which we talked about moments ago in another post).  Long before the Jay Z album cover, Dan Tobin Smith developed a style so unique, so different, that his work is gaining international acclaim by the minute.  When Jay Z’s latest album goes platinum, that’s essentially a million copies of Smith’s work sold into the public.  [see more at]

2. Spunky Zoe

Spunky Zoe’s works are based on her theory of two monsters, one that lives inside her and one that lives outside. Constantly battling, these two monsters pull and tug her in every direction making her  face her deepest fears one drawing at a time.

3. Walter Pfeiffer

Walter Pfeiffer is the Zürich based photographer whose portraits of friends, lovers, still life and scenery  always taken with a large dose of fun  have inspired a generation of photographers including Ryan McGinley, Terry Richardson, Wolfgang Tillmans and Juergen Teller. His publication Welcome Aboard, Photographs 1980-2000 brought with it a revival in the realistic photography movement at the turn of the century and since then Pfeiffer has collaborated with international magazines such as i-D, Butt,  Vogue Hommes and Vogue Paris. Additionally, Pfeiffer has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 2008, Fotomuseum Winterthur presented In Love with Beauty,  an unprecedented chronological overview of his work, spanning four decades from his beginnings in the early 1970s to his most recent work. An exhibition catalogue published by Steidl marked the event. His other publications include Cherchez La Femme! (2007), Night and Day (2007),  Welcome Aboard, Photographs 1980-2000 (2001), The eyes, the thoughts, ceaselessly wandering (1986) and Walter Pfeiffer (1970 - 1980) (1980). Spring of 2010 brought a career retrospective at Hyéres 2010, the 25th annual international festival of fashion and photography.

See more work by Walter at ART + COMMERCE

4. Pat Perry

Pat Perry is an artist / illustrator  from Michigan, United States. His artworks are surreal, and inspiration from where Pat lives, Michigan, camping and the woods. His favorite media is pen&ink, and paint, the only software he uses is Photoshop to manipulate color occasionally. Take a look at some of his Timelapse video Painting.
See more work by Pat Perry HERE

5. Jesse Chehak

FAQ with Jesse Chehak

Where are you from?
Tarzana, California. Jesse now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico after almost 10 years living in Brooklyn.

Did you attend school?
Sarah Lawrence College and NYU.

What equipment do you use?
Toyo 45AX w/ Schneider Lenses, Leica M6/50mm, Mamiya RZ 6×7, Universal 6×9, C330 6×6, Canon 5D Mark II and Pop-Pop’s F1. Profoto 7B strobe kit and available hotlights.

Which film stock do you use?
Portra 400NC.

How are you printing?
C-type. Mural prints are C-type from scans.

Is the work on your website for sale? Who do I contact?
All of the work is available in different sizes and editions. Some work is dealt through Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York. Best way is to email:

Do you do commissioned assignment work?
Yes! This website is used to primarily showcase Jesse’s projects. He executes commissions regularly for a myriad of commercial clients. Visit M.A.P. to see recent work and contact any of his agents to inquire about his availability.

See more work with Jesse HERE

6. RBG6

RBG6 are Swedish directing duo Joel Nordstrom and Lars Ohlin with a distinctive body of work in live-action, animation, stop frame and mixed-media.

Their work for Orange has brought them broad attention in the world of commercials where they have featured in several major new talent and directing awards, having won a BTAA Best New Director award, been selected as finalists in the Best Director category at the First Boards Awards, nominated in the CFP-E/Shots Young Directors Awards at Cannes, and featured in the prestigious Saatchi and Saatchi New Directors Showcase.

Other commercial work includes the TRON inspired Honda Civic, an online film for Joost TV, idents for S4C and most recently spots for LG, Becel and Sony Ericsson.

See more work by RBG6 HERE

7. Aaron Rayburn

My name is Aaron, I live in North America, in the Oregon Territory (upper West side).
I am an artist, designer, writer, and strategist. 
I have also been known as a: mascot, busboy, server, bartender, chauffeur, barista, construction apprentice, martial arts school director, deck refinisher, parliamentarian, jr. pathfinder, valet, & a huge fan of Canada.

See more work by Aaron HERE

8. Chad Wys

Chad on Chad:
I was born in Illinois in 1983 and I still live and play there today.  Despite always having had the urge to grab a crayon or a camera, I'm something of an artistic recluse.  It has taken some time for me to get used to the idea of sharing my work.  As my voice has grown stronger with many things to say, I have found the prospect of sharing experiences through art quite advantageous.  Incidentally, many of the conversations in my own work are about art itself.  What does art mean to me?  What purpose does it serve in my life and in the lives of other folks?  What are the "boundaries" and what are the "limits" of the art experience?

Deconstruction is a major part of my thought process in and out of the studio.  Academically, I am pursing a study of art theory and criticism and I reward myself by writing about the problems and triumphs occurring in the art universe today as well as in the past—I thoroughly enjoy taking contemporary ideas into the past and considering things in new ways.  In my writing I use theoretical frameworks to negotiate a more lucid and dynamic understanding of culture and how culture interacts with the visuality that permeates there.

A major strand throughout much of my work, beyond the broader inquirers into what art means socially, is the notion of object: object ownership, objectification of history, objectification of people, objectification of artwork and its many mediums; etc.  I often explore/exploit the idea of objecthood: how we decorate our lives with arbitrary, as well as meaningful, things; how we objectify the ones we love and the strangers we see; how we objectify pain and death; how we objectify complex and sensitive cultural histories.

My artwork is also, at its core, an experiment in composition, color, and form. Through a variety of mixed media I have chosen as my inspiration a color palette that is at times complimentary and at other times destructively contradictory. The literal destruction of an object is secondary to the overall effect created by color (dis)harmony and the overall aesthetic of the reclaimed and reinvented object/experience. I openly play with the allure of foreign and aggressive new colors and forms into otherwise familiar and traditional settings. Barriers and obstacles are thereby created between the viewer and the object through which one must negotiate an understanding of what is both present and hidden.

My readymade works frequently deal with the re-contextualization of decorative art objects.  By retooling the object and then re-presenting it before the viewer I intend to add new layers to the conversation of the original object.  By reclaiming these objects I mean to acknowledge how our possessions (can) (do) define us. In so many innumerable ways the bric-a-brac of our lives becomes a unit of measure of our own worth.  I enjoy infiltrating this territory of being and I revel in pointing to the superficial and the deeply intrinsic character traits in all of us.

See more work Chad HERE

9. The Schwarzenegger Trilogy

The Animations: '5 4 3 2...', 'Galleria' and 'come on... get down' which is a Gangsta rap feat Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger.

The 3 short animations all hand-drawn 1600 frames cell animation with Highlighters used for color, it was hell to make but we love the final videos!

The first video '5 4 3 2...' is a series of continuous hollywood explosions edited into a simple beat.

The second 'Galleria' is a cut from Terminator 2 which is one of my favorite scenes from any movie.

The third 'come on... get down' is a original gangsta rap with lyrics provided by Arnold himself and music created by Harry McGowan

The short films premiered at the Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles as part of Cine-Shorts which is a bi-monthly series that aims to provide a platform for local directors + aspiring filmakers making their mark in the city of los angeles.

Animation assistance by: Leslie Lee, Samir Evol Arghandwall
"5,4,3,2..." Edited by: Aaron Morris
'Come on... get down' Music by: Harry McGowan
Special thanks to: Jason Underhill, Tim Koch, Arnie

10. Augusta Wood

Augusta Wood is an artist whose work engages performance, time, language and place, exploring ways of mapping the relationship between spatial and linguistic experience, memory and photographic space.

Wood currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Originally from the greater Boston area, and having spent significant time in New York before and after earning her BFA from The Cooper Union, Wood moved to Los Angeles where she received her MFA from CalArts in 2005. Her work has since been featured in exhibitions at the Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA), China Art Objects Galleries & Cottage Home (Los Angeles), Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles), and Anton Kern Gallery (New York), among others. She was included in the Fotofest 2010 Biennial, Assembly (Houston, TX), curated by Edward Robinson from the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This exhibition traveled to New York in March 2011. Wood’s work has been written about in Artweek, the Los Angeles Times, Art Lies Contemporary Art Quarterly, The Huffington Post, and has appeared on the cover of Black Clock.

A solo exhibition of her work entitled I have only what I remember was on view November - December 2010 at Angles Gallery in Los Angeles. Wood was also most recently featured in the February 2011 issue of Modern Painters.

She is represented by Angles Gallery in Los Angeles.

See more work by  Augusta HERE