Last night I saw A Single Man, Tom Ford’s directorial debut about an Englishman in Los Angeles who’s trying to cope with the death of his partner. It was funny because I saw it at a tiny theater at the Landmark which was filled with two and three seat leather couches. It definitely added to the experience. I can definitely say I was really excited to see this film and I didn’t leave disappointed. Tom Ford is simply a man with amazing visual aesthetics, and watching his work come to life on film was an absolute treat. I definitely suggest you seeing this if even slightly interested.
Continue reading under the cut for my full review along with potential spoilers.
I came across the work of Ivan Puig and was totally mesmerized by what I saw. The installation above is titled Hasta Las Narices and features a car which appears to be drowning in milk. In his list of materials he states pigment, water and glass, but where each of these start and end I have no idea. But the effect is absolutely brilliant and unreal. The rest of his work is interesting as well but they just don’t appeal to me as much as this installation does.
I’ve been following Mr. Ben Pieratt on Twitter for a little bit now and secretly I’ve been obsessed with his logo designs since then. I’m not really sure if any of these are logos for real companies or not, but it really doesn’t matter, they’re all pretty damn amazing.
The three above were some of my favorites. The Farm League logo looks like it might have been done 50 years ago or last Wednesday, it’s got a timeless feel though the usage of red and black certainly gives it a very contemporary feeling. The other two logos look like they belong on the side of a sake bottle perhaps, or they should be the logo of a made-up corporation in a J.J. Abrams movie. The details in these are extraordinary and the color choices couldn’t be more perfect.
As a part of the Kitsune Noir Poster Club I wanted to give you an inside look at the process behind the posters. First up is Frank Chimero, the Springfield, Missouri based illustrator who’s been really blowing up lately. Frank has worked for clients like The New York Times, Nike, Starbucks, GOOD Magazine and ton more. He’s one of my favorite artist/designers around these days and I was stoked when he agreed to take part in the club. For Frank’s poster he decided to choose Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut.
Why did you choose Slaughterhouse 5?
It represents something to me. So far as I can tell, it’s really the first book I found, read, and then chose to like on my own accord. It was mine. I owned it and the experience of reading it and how it made me feel. I did this when I was 12 or so, and it holds a special place with me, because it represents the process I went through of trying to understand who I was. The book is perennial for me. I’ve read it two other times since that first time, and it still has that an impact on me. It’s aged with me. Each time I read it, I connect to it in a different way. The first time, it was about aliens and pretty girls on other planets and time travel. Now, the book is more about what’s it’s like to try to capture things in a piece of art even though they fight their hardest to defy your efforts. It’s about how words fail. It’s about how people fail. It’s about how fruitless the world can seem some times. And it’s about how maybe, just maybe, Billy Pilgrim’s naivety saved him.
Over the last 7 months this blog has become my life and career. Making the blog as enjoyable and informative as possible has been my main goal, but I’ve had a lot of opportunities open up to me that have made me realize I can do more. I’ll be expanding the scope of Kitsune Noir, creating new projects that will slowly start to manifest themselves over the next few months.
For now though, I’m happy to introduce the Kitsune Noir Poster Club which I’ve teamed up with Society6 to create. The KN/PC is a way for me to be a part of something that not only promotes art but positions Kitsune Noir as something more than just a blog. For this first round of posters I’ve asked five of my favorite artists to interpret books they really enjoy into a print that will be a lasting work of art. The first collection of poster artists include Frank Chimero, Mark Weaver, Jez Burrows, Cody Hoyt and Garrett Vander Leun.
The prints come in three different sizes:
17″ X 23″ / $50
22″ X 28″ / $55
28″ X 40″ / $70
They’re all gallery quality Giclée prints on bright white, matte, smooth surface, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper printed using Epson K3 archival inks and then custom trimmed with 2″ border. Fancy stuff, right?
I’ll also be running interviews with each other artists throughout the week starting with Frank Chimero later today. He’ll be talking about his process in creating his poster, which trust me, was a lot of work and is truly fascinating. I’ve admired his work for a while now but it’s truly awesome to see how far he dives into his work.
I hope you enjoy the prints and if you’d like to order one click any of the posters below. Any of these would make wonderful presents for the holidays. This is only the first poster series with many more to come, so get ready for more beautiful art.