This week on the DWP we have a very special artist that I’m really lucky to have be a part of the project. Sol Lewitt was an American artist known for his minimal and conceptual work, creating both paintings and sculptures that are always amazing to see. But he was also an avid photographer and took a number of photographs of New York’s Lower East Side taken back in 1979. Morgans Hotel Group, along with Paula Cooper Gallery, are currently displaying 120 of the photos on the side of the Mondrian Soho in New York. Awesome for us, the folks at Morgans approached me about using some of the photos for a wallpaper, and of course I said yes.
It’s pretty fantastic to see the world of late 70′s New York through the eyes of such an artistic genius. As I was selecting images I couldn’t help but wonder what drove him to shoot some of these photos. Was it the colors? The naturally beautiful compositions of some haphazard posters, wheat pasted to a wall? Also, when I look at the layout of the photos, I can’t help but think of how much it looks like Instagram, only 30 years removed.
I hope you enjoy the wallpaper, and check back next week for a winter-y, adorable wallpaper.
On Thursday my friend Max and I went downtown for his friends art show, and then we were headed to the Flux event at the Cooper Design Space. I’m always hesitant to go to smaller art shows, as a lot of the time the work can be very amateur-ish, something I will not go into as I don’t want to offend anyone. Anyhow, we were going to see his friend, Brice Bischoff. We walk into the gallery, and I notice a beautiful blown up photo on the wall, and thank god, it’s his friends work, and the image you see at the top.
Brice is from New Orleans, went to school at LSU and the Art Insititute and now lives and shoots here in Los Angeles. His work ranges all over the place, though I’d say a lot of it is quite minimal. Really beautiful stuff to check out.
I’ve been really wanting to post about photographers lately, I feel as though there’s been a certain lack of photo posts. So I thought I’d start out by posting about one of my favorite photographers out there, Corey Arnold. Corey is famous for his photos at sea with the Deadliest Catch crew. His images are pretty spectacular and always feel so epic. Lately he’s been doing more commercial stuff, like his recent spread in Monocle magazine.
The photos above were taken in Russia and Norway, and I thought they had some really great colors and tones. Be sure to also give a peak at his blog, which is updated fairly regularly.
Since 1999 the Landsat 7 satellite has been circling the earth, taking photos of the surface to provide for a more accurate picture of our planet. In 2000, NASA scientists parsed through some of the 400,000 images to create a gallery of amazing images of earth, which were then displayed in the Library of Congress. The collection was called Earth As Art, and featured almost 100 images, showing just how amazing and abstract our planet can look from afar. The images are displayed in real color and infrared, whichever made for a more interesting and dramatic appearance.
I love shit like this. It still amazes me to see images like this, though seeing them blown up at a huge scale would be 100 times more impressive, I’m sure. There are actually several ways to view the exhibit. There’s this more childish (not in a a bad way!) map of the earth where you can click on a continent and view the images. Or you can click here to see the whole shebang, which is probably your better way to go. Take some time to look through all the images!
Found through Environmental Graffiti
P.S. Wouldn’t those make great mixtape covers?!
Pictures of Success | A Kitsune Noir Mini-Mix
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Since summer is here I’ve been looking for more and more new summer music to listen to, so I decided to get a Best of Paul Simon album. This was the catalyst for this new mix, which is more of a mini-mix because it’s not even 30 minutes long. Basically I heard Paul Simon’s Kodachrome and thought, I should make a fun photo/camera kind of mix. Well I didn’t want to stuff this mix with songs because they had something vaguely to do with cameras or photography, so what you get is a very to the point mix with no frills, just a good time.
The front and back covers were obviously inspired by old Kodachrome film, but it’s a very bastardized version. I basically went on a big image hunt to find packaging and type references to make it look convincing without being a direct ripoff. Of note, the price tag was taken directly from a box of Kodachrome. I hope you all enjoy it, and it’ll hold you over till I make a much more epic mix.
01 Kodachrome by Paul Simon
02 Photo Jenny by Belle & Sebastian
03 Click Click Click Click by Bishop Allen
04 I Turn My Camera On by Spoon
05 Photograph by Air
06 Pictures of Success by Rilo Kiley
07 The Song for Kelly Huckaby