Described as 4 days of sound, art and inspiration, the Ghostly International: Of Art and Artifice event sounds incredible. Starting Thursday, September 13 and running until Sunday, September 16, Of Art and Artifice is a showcase of the music and art that makes Ghostly such a stand-out record label. The line-up of guests includes performances by Com Truise, Lusine, and Michna as well as talks from artists Michael Cina, Andy Gilmore, Will Calcutt, Matthew Shlian, Timothy Saccenti, and Sougwen Chung. The whole thing is going to be a blast and I’m extremely bummed out that I won’t be able to make this. If you happen to be in New York September 13 – 16 then you should grab yourself a ticket.
“What’s so great about this building” my dad asks as he shivers outside the Kimbell Art Museum. “It’s amazing.” I respond, sweating from running laps around the building and taking pictures of every nook and cranny I can find – the details I imagine Louis Kahn spent hours resolving. This is why my family doesn’t like for me to bring a camera on family trips. We’re outside the closed museum in late December and I’m pleading to stay “just five more minuets” after having already spent over an hour taking pictures. Sometimes I wish my family would “get it” and share my enthusiasm for a nice handrail. Still, there are times when it’s hard for me to appreciate a project and I switch places with my dad: “What is so great about this?” I wonder.
That’s why I’m glad I came across these photos taken by Josh Terr of Le Corbusier’s La Tourette along with the story of his experience staying at the monastery for three days. I’ve known why I am supposed to find this building significant for years, but it’s only after seeing these photos that I can see the relation to actually experiencing the building. There are surprising details and vivid details in his account about showering in the building or standing in his room and touching both walls with his hands, but mostly the photographs are stunning. It’s hard to believe he doesn’t consider himself much of an architecture photographer and posts the pictures to his site directly from his camera without editing.
Denise Nestor is a Dublin based artist who’s recent illustrations are staggeringly beautiful. Drawn from a top down perspective, these nature pieces feature woodland creatures sleeping, or perhaps deceased, laying on piles of flowers, leaves and other forest floor detritus. Each scene is depicted with such an exquisite peacefulness, they make you want to soak in the details of each piece. I can only hope that she continues to expand upon this series.
Published in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s seminal novel Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel where owning books is illegal and houses containing them are burned by firemen. Ray Bradbury has said that ” the novel is not about censorship, but a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature, which leads to a perception of knowledge as being composed of factoids, partial information devoid of context.” Kind of sounds like our modern day world, taking in factoids (tweets), though I believe if anything we read more.
Sadly, Bradbury passed away a few months ago, so I thought doing a Re-Covered contest in his honor would be nice. You mission is to redesign the classic cover to Fahrenheit 451, bringing to life a contemporary vision of the book and it’s ideas. I suggest paying close to attention to not only your imagery, but to your typography as well. Every bit counts!
The winner will get $100 to Amazon as well as some posters and goodies that I’ve been holding on to.
• Save your images as JPGs at 800px wide at 72 DPI/RGB mode – this is super important! There are no height restrictions (within reason). Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Submitting a front and back cover will certainly help your chances, but is not required.
• Label your files “Firstname-Lastname-Fahrenheit-451.jpg”
• Send all entries to [email protected] with the subject “Re-Covered Books: Fahrenheit 451“. Cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.
• All entries are due Saturday, September 22, 2012 by Midnight PST.
If there are any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. I look forward to seeing what you come up with and be sure to tell your friends/classmates/pets to participate as well. Good luck and have fun!
My friends at Always With Honor released a new poster last week called Home Sweet Home which I’m totally in love with. It features small vignettes of odd houses they’d love to live in, everything from a lighthouse to a teepee. But I have to say that my favorite is definitely the moon base, which you can see on the bottom left. You can get one for yourself for only $25 by clicking here.