Through somewhat random circumstances I was alerted to the fact that the image below had been used for a music video for Horse + Donkey called ‘Magic Horses’. The video was created by Wiley Wiggins, an Austin, Texas artist, performer and part time music video auteur who created this acid trip wrapped in a music video through some Photoshop and Final Cut magic. I’m not really into the song so much, but this video is absolutely amazing to me. Please waste 5 minutes of your life watching this, and keep an eye out for the trees that are in the background of the photo in the post below!
UPSO wrote me over the weekend asking if I could get the help of you readers with an upcoming issue of his rad magazine, Faesthetic. He’s on a search for artists and designers that have had experiences of any kind with UFOs. What that exactly means I’m not 100% sure, but if you have anything related to the topic of UFOs send them over to [email protected], and you just might see your work in print in the coming months!
Remember, send them to [email protected], not to me at here at Kitsune Noir. I’ll just think you’re some weirdo trying to spam me.
This week’s LWiM looks pretty complete, but it’s also kind of boring at the same time. The three new bands I’m listening to I’ve already posted about (Vampire Weekend, Grand Archives, and Dent May) and the rest of the bands are people I listen to all the time. So I’ve decided to throw up some streaming songs of some of these bands, and hopefully it’ll be new and exciting for some people.
A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill by Jens Lekman
Boston by Vampire Weekend
The Shining (Avalanches’ Good Word for the Weekend Remix) by Badly Drawn Boy
Last night I headed out to Culver City, an area that’s become a breeding ground for new galleries, for Evan Hecox’s new show at the Kinsey/Desforges Gallery (formerly BLK/MRKT). There weren’t a ton of pieces in the show, but they were all amazingly detailed and easy to stare at for long periods of time. I talked with Evan’s wife Shawn for a while about the show, and she told me that Evan and her sister’s husband flew down to Mexico City and would wander the streets taking photos all day. She also said that they stayed in a “hipster part of town” which I thought was funny. Does anyone live in Mexico City or near there know where she’s talking about? I’m curious to know where it might be.
Another interesting thing she talked about was that the backgrounds washes of the paintings and the trees usually take him the longest, while the foreground objects like cars are a breeze for him. I can see the backgrounds taking a long time, and definitely the trees, but it’s amazing that he finds the detailed parts to be easiest to do.
If you have a chance I highly suggest going to see the show, which runs until March 22nd. And if you’d like a piece of his work from the show, I suggest you head over to Arkitip and try and get yourself one of his Mexico City prints, which is already on it’s third printing because the first two sold out the day they were released! EDIT: You can also still pick up originals from the BLK/MRKT store as well. I didn’t realize that the images came in series of 10!
Last night after work I drove out to GR2 for the release and signing of Evan Hecox’s new book, Urban Abstract.The get together was pretty small and mellow, but that was okay, I didn’t have to wait in any lines. Above you can see the little camera sketch Evan did for me, which I thought was pretty rad.
The book itself is absolutely amazing and is a lot bigger then I thought it would be. The book literally covers the last 15 years of his career, so I guess it makes sense, but you can tell they had to do a lot of editing to even this much fit. It’s really great to finally get to see all of his work combined in one place, with a section for Plates, Linouts, and then Projects and Installations. On a personal note, the book smells really good, one of the first things I noticed, haha… You can pick up the book over at You Work For Them.
Also, if you’re in LA, be sure to stop by the Kinsey/Desforges Gallery in Culver City tonight from 7 to 10 PM. The show is centered around images from Mexico City. Should be a good time.
Last night I was checking my stat counter and noticed that someone had visited my site after searching for Todd Hido, the amazing photographer who creates the moodiest/creepiest photos of rural suburbia. Well I ended up coming across a video interview with him (it really wasn’t hard, it was on the first page of searches) that’s actually really good, even though it’s over a year old.
First off he’s a white guy, not Japanese like I thought he was, and his last name is pronounced “high-dough” not “he-dough”. He gets his creepy photos by being kind of creepy himself, standing outside of people’s houses from anywhere to 4 – 10 minutes, getting the extremely long exposures you see in his photos. Okay, I actually think that part is funny, not creepy. Check out the video, it’s 10 minutes worth of photo fun.
Craigslist is probably one of the best “inventions” of the last 20 years, taking a the really simple idea of uniting people who are looking for something (anything) and put it online and made it geocentrically searchable. Now media designer Ian Coyle has taken this ultra-simple service and streamlined it even more. It’s called crgslst, and it’s like the hot, skinny, younger brother of craigslist.
Now instead of the clunky, jumbled (but classic) way of searching, everything is taken down to it’s bare bones and put into a cleaner search interface. It’s pretty interesting to see what can be done with something that people are used to with just a little bit of ingenuity.
Meet Me in the Garden by Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (mp3)
Every now and then I get someone emailing me about this art project they’re doing, or the band they’re in, and most of the time, I don’t post them about them. What can I say, I’m picky? But I did get an email 3 days ago from a guy named Dent May, who happens to have a Magnificent Ukelele (that’s what she said). Dent is from Mississippi, plays ukelele, and sounds to me like an American version of Jens Lekman. His lyrics are really human, and his voice is really pleasant, and he seems like he would a ton of fun to see live. He also does a lot of layering to his music and it’s all mixed really well.
Right now he has a new video out call “Oh, Paris!” which is extremely funny, and made me laugh quite a lot. He’s also giving away an EP of his called ‘Brush With Velvet’, which is really, really good. And it’s free, so why not give him a try, you know? That’s what I did. Check out his new video under the cut!