Sunday, March 25, 2012

Top 10 March 26

Yet another Monday of Top 10, so close to cancel this week due to internet hassle, but found some free wifi floating about in our house so I could hack it through. 
Thank you unknown and internet user... I behaved well and respected your net!


Mr. J

1. Lee ho Ryon

Check out these paintings by Ho Ryon Lee and try to be aware of how your eyes and brain process these paintings!

2. Jamie Campbell

Jamie Campbell makes jokes only he finds funny, but he convinces you to laugh all the same.

Jamie Campbell was born in the shadow of Niagara Falls, then he grew up and wiped the mist off his face and crossed the bulge of Lake Ontario to Toronto and Ryerson University and a BFA in Photography.

Jamie Campbell recently completed his MFA in Fine Arts - Photography, at Concordia University in Montreal. He once again resideds in Toronto, Canada.

Jamie Campbell works with the themes of insecurity, burden, vulnerability and desperation, but does it with self-deprecation and humour and profound honesty, leaving you unsure of whether you want to hit him or hug him.

Jamie Campbell is charming and disarming and surprising and warm, and would probably give you the shirt off his back because he is a nice guy and also because he is always wearing three or four.

Jamie Campbell rides an old brown bike everywhere he goes and has interesting facial hair and makes mild jokes at everyone's expense, even his own, and he is an old-fashioned romantic and he is about as close to a fictional character as a real person can get.

3. McDermott & McGough - Temple of Art

“I’ve seen the future, and I’m not going.”
– David McDermott

McDermott & McGough consists of visual artists David McDermott and Peter McGough. McDermott & McGough are contemporary artists known for their work in painting, photography, sculpture and film. They currently split their time between Dublin and New York City.

McDermott & McGough are best known for using alternative historical processes in their photography, including the techniques of cyanotype, gum bichromate, salt, tri color carbo, platinum and palladium. Among the subjects they approach are popular art and culture, religion, medicine, advertising, time, fashion and sexual behavior.

David McDermott was born in 1952 in Hollywood, California. He studied at Syracuse University, New York from 1970 to 1974. Peter McGough was born in 1958 in Syracuse, and studied at the same university in 1976. Their paths never crossed until they both moved to New York City some years later and started their artistic collaboration in 1980. They have since become well known for their way of blending art and daily life. Their photography involves appropriating images and objects from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century, and they project an image of themselves as gentlemen, posing as erudite, impertinent characters. In this way they have chosen to immerse themselves in the period of the Victorian era at the close of the 19th century to the style of the 1930s. During the 1980s, McDermott & McGough dressed, lived, and worked as artists and “men about town,” circa 1900-1928:

they wore top hats and detachable collars, and converted a townhouse on Avenue C in New York City’s East Village, which was lit only by candlelight, to its authentic mid-19th century ideal. “We were experimenting in time,” says McDermott, “trying to build an environment and a fantasy we could live and work in.”

Like their lifestyle, their photographs and paintings betoken a flat refusal to embrace the historical present. This obsession with the past is reflected in the subjects and styles they bring back to life, and in the precise fictional dates they give to their works. The personal dimension of their work makes it into a deliberately provocative and controversial contemporary artistic performance dealing with political and sociological issues.

Dermott & McGough’s work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at such institutions as Cheim & Read, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Pat Hearn Gallery, Massimo Audiello Gallery, Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Sperone Westwater, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou, Kunsthalle Wien, Manezh Moscow and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Previous exhibitions also include the Whitney Biennial, New York, in 1987, 1991 and 1995. McDermott & McGough mounted a mid-career retrospective at the Provincial Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium.

4. Fabrice Fouillet

Fabrice Fouillet, still life photographer is represented by Florence Moll & Associée.

5. Keaton Henson - Small Hands

Director: Joseph Mann
Executive Producer: Bart Yates
Produced by: Joseph Mann, Tamsin Glasson, James Bretton
Written by: Joseph Mann
Director of Photography: Matthew Day

Puppets by: Jonny Sabbagh
Character Design: Jonny Sabbagh & Keaton Henson
Puppeteers: Jonny Sabbagh & Will Harper

Camera Assistant: Toby Goodyear & Max Halstead
Gaffer: Max Halstead
Script Supervisor: Elizabeth Day
Studio: Clapham Road Studios

Set Design: Joseph Mann
Art Department: Joely Brammer, Rose Popham, Emma Denby, Daisy Roth, Emily Barret, Morgan Faverty, Lauren Brown, Aodhagan O'Riordan, Lydia CS, Frank Burgess

Editor: Simone Ghilardotti
Post Production: Simone Ghilardotti & Josh Hine
Grade: Steve Gatti at Moving Picture Company

6. Federico Cabrera

Photographer Federico Cabrera has a shattered perspective on the world of fashion photography. His imagery is fractured in a most stylish manner, with a geometric editing style that yields a fundamental feel of futurism throughout his work. Cabrera works with models in a studio setting before slicing the photographs in a kaleidoscopic format, creating images that feel both human and robotic at once. Light cracks before reaching the final print in Cabrera’s work, a collection of prismatic art that must be seen to be believed.

7. Acid Drops Episode 2 - Dylan Rieder - by Matt Box

Artist Matt Box has just released the second of a series of inspired skate animations, Acid Drops. The video features tricks from Dylan Rieder reborn as rough, hand-painted animated sequences. According to Matt Box, the series aims « to psychedelically capture the individual styles of influential skateboarders ». If you like what this video, Unreal Estate are selling limited-edition tees and prints from the original Jason Dillanimation.

8. Jegor Zaika

Born in Moscow in 1977, Jegor Zaika is a photographer working for leading titles in Russia and Europe. His work can be seen within the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Fantastic Man, Elle, and Citizen K. In 2004, his first solo show Howewards ran at The Glaz Gallery in Moscow. On the occasion of his second solo show Trade – at the Spiridonov House in central Moscow – Zaika published a monograph by the same name, TRADE. His work also has been exhibited in numerous group shows.

9. Good Books - Metamorphosis

We dug through the darkest recesses of our minds and studio to create original music and sound design for this Buck masterpiece. Working with squirming, analog-tape leeches, moaning coeds, screaming guitar goats, and brain-exploding psychedelia, we were certainly in our element. Plus, it's always fun to rock out and get a little weird for a good cause!

Good Books, an online bookseller, passes all of its profits through to Oxfam. Our hats go off to Buck and String Theory.

Enjoy the trip!

Client: Good Books
Agency: String Theory
Director: Buck
Music & Sound Design: Antfood

DISCLAIMER: What you will see is an entirely fictional and completely unendorsed representation. [Though we humbly suggest Hunter S. Thompson might have liked it.] We are devoted fans paying homage. No disrespect is intended.

10. Berndnaut Smilde

Berndnaut Smilde
Groningen, 1978
lives and works in Amsterdam