Going through my folder of desktop wallpapers, I sometimes lose track of some amazing gems that I still have to give away to you all, and this wallpaper is a fine example. The artist is a guy named Ryan Quincy, a fellow who wrote me in March asking if he could submit a design to the DWP. I checked out his work and thought it was pretty funny, plus he happens to be the animation director on South Park (seriously, IMDB him) so I thought he might come up with something pretty sweet. I also asked him if his piece could be painted, and awesome enough he actually said yes!
The wallpaper itself is pretty rad, in fact it almost looks like it was painted directly onto an old desktop, something I think is genius. It’s filled with all sorts of Ryan’s little critters and creations, flying through the air off to do something magical I’m sure. I love all the colors and shapes, and it’s kind of funny but there’s even room for icons, at least for us Apple folk. I think it’s also cool to have a change a pace from all the computer drawn wallpapers to something that’s been done lovingly by hand. Awesome job Ryan, thanks for the sick wallpaper.
This is the most insane thing ever. Fashion designer Adam Kimmel teamed up with photographer Ari Marcopoulos to create a video showcasing some new suits created by Kimmel… or at least I’m pretty sure that’s what happened. Anyhow, instead of doing something funny or artsy, Ari got a couple of guys to dress up in the suits and longboard down a CRAZY HUGE hill!
This video is absolutely nuts. They could easily be going 40, 50, 60 mph? And the fact that this isn’t a closed road or anything is horrifying, especially when you see them carving all over the road. If they fell, they’d seriously lose all the skin on whatever part that landed first! Definitely watch the video, at the very least to see how they stop! haha…
You can also find Ari Marcopoulus’ blog on Arkitip here, and here’s a Tiny Vices he did as well.
I can’t remember how I came across the photos of Michael Kenna, but I instantly became smitten with their haunting simplicity. As you can see above his photos are extremely minimal, a wash of cream with black objects poking up here and there. My favorites are his series from Hokkaido, Japan which were taken there in the winter, obviously to give him even more white to use. His website has a ton of his work, starting with this year and going back as far as 1976!
I also came across this YouTube video talking about Michael and his process. I would like to say that video is kind of pretentious sounding and maybe he takes himself a little too seriously, but it’s always nice to see the behind-the-scenes of a cool photographer.
Flipping through the most recent issue of Wallpaper I came across this amazing illustration done for the contributor section by those wacky kids over at HORT. I’m in love with the simplicity of the illustrations and the creativity of using 3D shapes like that to display them on. I also really love the color of blue the shapes are sitting on, they really stand out so well this way. A really simple but wonderfully executed idea.
I came across this art show a couple weeks ago, which sadly opened open on the 5th, but I still thought it was worth a mention. The show is called Dirty Laundry, which is “devoted to the concept of potential.” What that means in this context is making art out of dirty t-shirts. Basically they asked some really amazing artists to create art of out what would normally be mistakes, like turning grass stains into something beautiful. The list of artists is rather impressive as well, featuring Alan Koshini, April Lee, Andrew Degraff, Christopher David Ryan, Damien Correll, Frank Chimero, Jason Laurits, Labour (Wyeth Hansen & Ryan Dunn), Kate Bingaman-Burt, Keetra Dean Dixon, Kris Chau, Mike Perry, Nikolay Saveliev, Nathaniel Russell, Roanne Adams, Rosemarie Fiore, Roland Adams, Steve Kiyabu, Simone Rubi, Tim Gough, Topos Graphics and Travis Stearns.
I think this is a really great idea, I definitely never thought of trying to turn a mistake like a stain on a shirt into something beautiful. The image above is from Labour, made up of Wyeth Hansen and Ryan Dunn, as they stain a shirt with geometric dots. I would totally buy that shirt! Take a look at the site and see what other rad stuff the participants came up with.