There’s quite a few galleries here in Los Angeles, so I’d imagine getting noticed could be somewhat difficult. Or you could do what Little Bird does and have a big group show with basically the best artists and designers out there. The show’s called Off-Register and features Geoff McFetridge, Steven Harrington, Andy Mueller, Cody Hudson, Mike Perry, Evan Hecox, Todd St. John, Justin Fines, Grotesk, and a ton more people. The show is all about screen printed posters, so it should be quite a treat.
Off-Register opens tomorrow night, from 7 to 11 pm, and runs until October 7th. I would suggest coming out to this opening though, I’m sure many of the artists will be hanging out, and they’re all particularly nice.
HOLY CRAP! The trailer above is for a new short film called Looking Thru The B-Sides which was created by the awesome Saimon Chow and his amazing team at Golden Lucky. The film was commissioned by the folks at FUEL TV and given carte blanche to create anything he really wanted to do. Six months later they came back with an 8 minute film featuring live-action, stop-motion, and hand-drawn animation with one scene featuring over 60 characters rolling around on screen at one time.
The film is about a skateboarder named Ollie who falls into the universe of the B-Sides while searching for inspiration. From the preview above it’s going to be absolutely amazing, I love the depth of field in the stop-motion parts, and the roller coaster scene looks like something out of a Friends With You book. The film is going to be shown at animation and short film festivals for now, so keep an eye out for a screening of this gem!
One of my favorite things to see in a student’s portfolio of work is a really cool book. For Sarah Kahn, a recent graduate of Pennighen Easg in Paris, this meant creating a book around “the emotional intellect delivered by some computing tool and functions.” That sounds pretty ominous and slightly vague to me, but what she created was a book that takes the digital world and makes it physical.
Through creative uses of cutting, folding, and layering, she’s created a bunch of pieces that absolutely blew me away. Creating physical versions of Photoshop has been done before, but there’s something about the way she took the pictures and the precise layout, especially of the pieces above, that really struck me. Also be sure to check out Chocolat, a book filled with illustrations made from chocolate wrappers and unfolded chocolate packaging, quite brilliant.
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.