Tatiana Plakhova





Tatiana Plakhova is a Moscow based designer who’s doing some really interesting work with complex patterns. The images above are taken from two different sets, one titled Links Project and the other Complexity Graphics. Both of them feature an astounding amount of points and vertices (I think that’s the right word?) criss-crossing and creating beautiful and abstract images.

The way she colors her images reminds me of how N.A.S.A. and astronomers color their images to give them more detail and depth. It would be awesome if these really did graph some kind of important data.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 9, 2010 / By

‘The Highfliers’ by Ryan McGinley





Man, Ryan McGinley is one busy little fella’. It was only like 2 weeks ago that I posted about Mr. McGinley’s film featuring Tilda Swinton for Pringle and now he’s shooting some of the best and brightest of the 2010 Winter Olympics for the New York Times. This isn’t his first time shooting for NYT, you might remember the Olympic swimmers he shot in 2004 or the breakthrough actors for T, but he certainly isn’t afraid of capturing new and exciting people.

I love all the colors and angles he was able to capture, but I have to admit that these weird, frilly costumes by Rodarte really don’t do it for me. In fact I think the detract from the photos a lot instead of enhance them, but that’s just my opinion. Nonetheless I love the compositions and the ethereal nature of them all.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 9, 2010 / By

MTV Finally Drops ‘Music Television’



After almost 30 years of being on the air, MTV is finally getting rid of the words ‘Music Television’ from under it’s iconic logo. I’ve seen that some people are annoyed that they got rid of the words, but this makes sense to me on a couple of levels.

The first and most clear reason is that they’re no longer a music-centric cable network. These days they cater to mostly 13-24 year olds who devour reality television, a vast departure what was on 10 years ago, let alone 30. But that’s the nature of large companies, they shift their focus to continue to making money and stay in business. Look at Nintendo for example, they started making playing cards back in 1889, dabbled in instant noodles and “love hotels” in the 60′s until finally releasing the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. Nintendo now makes money creating games and gaming consoles, as MTV makes money with properties like Jersey Shore. MTV can’t go back to showing videos all day long just as much as Nintendo can’t go back to creating playing cards.

The second reason is that MTV has become a household name, those three letters alone. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone call it Music Television before and I grew up in the 80′s. It’s the same as other major networks. You don’t get your news from the Cable News Network, you don’t tune into the Home Box Office to see True Blood and you don’t hate the National Broadcast Company for screwing over Conan. These three letter acronyms are culturally built-in at this point and after almost 30 years MTV deserves the same treatment.

As for the treatment itself I think it’s nice. It certainly doesn’t knock my socks off but it accomplishes it’s goal, using the logo to frame their content. The TV on the front were also redrawn a bit and look cleaned up and less janky as they have in their previous versions. I think this is a step in a good direction for this mega-company, but I’ll guess that people will hate it simply because they hate change.

Update: Creative Review has a nice review of the logo as well, dubbing it a ‘logo-as-receptacle-for-imagery’.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 9, 2010 / By

‘Zef Side’ by Die Antwoord

So I tried really hard not to post this video, but this song has been stuck in my head for days now and I need to deal with it. This South African group is called Die Antwoord, which is made up of Ninja, Yo-landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek. They make next level beats and are one of the best things I’ve seen in a while. My roommate thinks it’s like an Ali G kind of thing, but I’m not convinced.

What I do know is that they need to make these characters into a movie and call it Gummo 2. You could have Jeremy Scott play Ninja, Chloe Sevigny as Yo-landi Vi$$er and that Hurley guy from Lost as DJ Hi-Tek. Then all you need to do is grab Harmony and some old 35mm cameras and fly to South Africa and boom, instant success.

On a side note, I think it’s weird that there are no aliens in South Africa now that I’ve seen District 9. I kept imagining prawns to be lurking in the backgrounds of some of those shots. Oh god is that racist?

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 8, 2010 / By

#musicmonday

Last week I chose to profile just some of the artists I listened to from the previous week so I think I’ll stick with that formula again this week. The number one most listened to band of last week was The Go Find, who was suggested to be by my friend Sam. They’re a Belgian band who just released their newest album Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight, and I can’t stop listening to it. I’d also suggest you check out the beautiful cover art which was done by Julia Guther. I might just run a separate post on her, she’s really great. They kind of remind me of The Rosebuds a bit, but that’s the best I got.

Then we had some Travis mixed in their, who I could probably say are one of my favorite bands of all time. I was hooked as soon as I heard Why Does It Always Rain On Me? when I was in high school and I’ve been loyal since, even through the mess of 12 Memories. If you’ve never heard anything by Travis before I’d suggest starting first with The Man Who, then jumping up to The Boy With No Name.

After that I wanted to talk about Hot Chip and their new album One Life Stand. I wasn’t a big fan of the last album, but I really loved The Warning. I’d say this is more in line with The Warning, just a fun dance record that doesn’t take itself seriously. There are a couple tracks I’m not hot on (Slush and Take It In) but I’d still consider it to be an outstanding album. Anyone know who did the artwork for the new album?

As usual feel free to add me on Last.fm by clicking here.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

February 8, 2010 / By

Google+