Sociopathic Pop Misfits – A Film Review of ‘Spring Breakers’

Spring Breakers poster by Harmony Korine

Spring Breakers film by Harmony Korine

What do you get when you mix teenage starlets and pop sensations with America’s most enigmatic independent filmmaker? The answer is Spring Breakers, the neon-blazing, experiential, psychedelic pastiche that is Harmony Korine’s most commercially successful film yet. Comprised as a symphony of character, narrative, and social-political layers, Spring Breakers is a maze through an ultra-fun then frenzied trip for four freshmen that will stop at nothing to get to Daytona Beach in time for spring break.

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Christina Stimpson

March 28, 2013 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Brock Davis (2/2)

Brock Davis wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Brock Davis

Emo Pineapple. That’s the actual title for this awesome wallpaper by Brock Davis. Shortly after he sent the wallpaper we featured yesterday he sent this along and I started cracking up. It just amazes me how he’s able to transform the simplest of things into pieces of observational art. A huge thanks to Brock for making these wallpapers for the site.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper!

Bobby Solomon

March 28, 2013 / By

Aranda\Lasch build crystals, infinite variation, and practice on the edges of architecture

Aranda\Lasch The Creators Project yeasayer

Aranda\Lasch The Creators Project yeasayer

I’ve spent the last several hours watching two dozen or so videos from the Creators Project, and I regret nothing. The videos are great, highlighting work created by some embarrassingly talented folks. One of the newest videos is focused on the light installation on the San Francisco Bay Bridge that Bobby wrote about last week, and another one I particularly like focuses on the work of Aranda\Lasch.

Lead by Benjamin Aranda and Christopher Lasch, the architecture firm has built a body of work along the boundaries of what most would call architecture, spilling over into a kind of computer and fabrication science where the firm experiments with ideas about everything from crystals to infinity. While their website is molting into something new, the two are pointing the curious to their flickr account. There, you can find more pictures (like the ones above) of an excellent project featured in the aforementioned video: a set for the band yeasayer. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, they are bueno and I added one of their songs to the TFIB March Playlist so you can take a listen.

Alex Dent

March 28, 2013 / By

Tutumu+: Cheerful Pattern-Based Illustrations from Naoko Horiguchi

Naoko Horiguchi - Tutumu

Naoko Horiguchi - Tutumu

This work by Japanese artist Naoko Horiguchi is so bright and cheerful – I just love it! Horiguchi’s motto is “to try out anything”, and a quick visit to her website proves that she does exactly that. Creating work in collage, inks, acrylics and rubber-stamps, her work is always fun and playful.

Personally, I love her pattern-based series tutumu+. “Tutumu” is the Japanese word for wrapping and Horiguchi says that these illustrations are printed on A3 kraft paper so they’re ideal for gift wrapping as well as for hanging on your wall. You can view the full set online here.

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Philip Kennedy

March 27, 2013 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Brock Davis (1/2)

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Brock Davis (1/2)

Brock Davis

I’m super excited for our wallpaper today as it features the work of one of the most creative guys out there, Brock Davis. I first noticed Brock’s work through his first Make Something Cool Everyday project back in 2009, where he turned everyday objects into pieces of art. This honey bear image is still one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen before.

Cut to the beginning of January when Jon and I were speaking about our favorite Instagrammers on The Build Up, and we mentioned Brock, and how great his Instagram feed is, and how rad it would be if he did a wallpaper. Since the Internet is the smallest place on earth I was introduced to Brock through Michael Cina, and like magic, he was down to do a wallpaper… or two. Today’s wallpaper is honest and hysterical, and I hope you enjoy it.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new wallpaper!

Bobby Solomon

March 27, 2013 / By

The Milk Carton Kids Redefine Contemporary Folk

The Milk Carton Kids

Contrary to their title, The Milk Carton Kids are neither a gang of tragic youth rescued from long forgotten cardboard dairy cartons or are they a gang at all. Armed only with acoustic guitars, they’re a folk music duo from Eagle Rock, California, consisting of  Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, and their music is swiftly being hailed as the second coming of contemporary folk. You might want to pipe up and decree that Mumford & Sons own this title or, perhaps, The Lumineers, but I can assure you that in the sternest of definitions of old-school folk (down to their vintage 1950s guitars), The Milk Carton Kids are the realest of deals.

They’re already being compared to Simon & Garfunkel, due in part to their arrestingly harmonious dual melodies and deft guitar arrangements, but upon further listen they’re not too shabby at spinning a lyrical yarn either. They also have a Gus van Sant seal of approval with “Promised Land”, a somber and beautiful track used in the director’s film by the same name. And, what’s more, they’ve chosen to release their first two albums for free. Nothin’ old-school about that at all. Their new album, The Ash & Clay, is out this week.

Andi Teran

March 27, 2013 / By

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