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!
Reading through the newest issue of Vanity Fair I came across an amazing article about Julian Schnabel’s architectural masterpiece, the Palazzo Chupi. As some may know, Julian Schnabel is a man of many talents. Most recently he directed the movie ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’, but he’s also been a painter, and obviously, a part time architect. He helped create the Palazzo Chupi while he directed ‘Diving Bell’, communicating through faxes drawings and questions about the project in New York as he worked on the movie in France.
He had bought the building itself in 1997 for $2.1 million dollars and used at as a place for his family live, previously using it as a refuge from his divorce and as a painting studio. The really amazing part is that he added the entire top of the building, basically anything that’s dark salmon colored. The architecture itself was inspired by Addison Mizner and Stanford White, two of Schnabel’s favorite architects, as well as Scrovegni Chapel in Italy. The building itself is split into a triplex, two duplexes, and two single-floor homes, so this is a very cozy 50,00 square foot building.
I personally think the building itself is immensely beautiful, a breath of fresh air away from the sometimes overwhelming contemporary minimalism or weirdness that abounds today. I didn’t even fully realize how much I enjoy hand made things until I really started reading about this. The idea of hand troweled plaster on a wall so much more comforting than white, flat walls. The inside decor is a but gaudy for my taste, but it looks like it would be really fun to come home to every night as well. I’m also in love with all the hand laid tiles and the wood paneling, as well as (I’m sure) amazing views of the Hudson River.