Some pretty amazing stuff from UK Artist Dan Mountford. Dan is a 21 year-old multidisciplinary freelance designer & graphic design student living/studying in Brighton, England. He works predominantly in photography & graphic design. The double exposure / masking technique is particularly nice.
Every now and then the internet surprises us with a new little gem. Wikipantings.org is an idea so basic and useful, we’re only amazed it took this long. This is pretty much exactly what you’d expect it to be- a public repository for art.
This is still in Beta and only has a few dozen artists, so no need to throw out all your art history books just yet. But we’d hope that people who love art and want to share that love will contribute and make this what it could and should be- an easily accessible art education.
It’s always nice to catch a first as it’s happening. We’re sure we’ll see a lot more interactive projects like this in the future, so far we’ve never seen anything quite like Japanese group Sour’s “Mirror” video. In fact, we’re not even sure if “video” is the right word for what this is. It only works in Safari or Chrome, but it’s actually worth downloading a new browser just to watch if you only have IE or Firefox. This is a truly ground breaking project and as a bonus the music isn’t bad either.
Barcelona born artist Yago Hortal has shown in Europe since 2005. His work will show for the first time in the states right here in Los Angeles at the Scion Gallery. In conjunction with Rojo Barcelona, the group show begins 09.18.2010.
I’m not sure exactly when aesthetics became linked to style which in turn became linked to commerce, but a good example of this is the resurgence of analogue photography. In the late Nineties it was rumored that film would eventually go the way of the Dodo. Probably the one company that is working the hardest to bring analogue back to the mainstream is Lomography. This company, nominally a camera store with locations in nearly every major city (they recently opened in Los Angeles) is keeping their end up for lovers of film everywhere, with a focus on cheap plastic Medium Format Cameras Such as the Diana and Holga, as well as Russian cameras like the venerable Lomo. I would argue that their biggest success has been at selling analogue photography as a lifestyle product.
Lomography has a “code of conduct” which it purveys to its customers:
1. Take your camera everywhere you go
2. Use it any time – day and night
3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it
4. Try the shot from the hip
5. Approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible
6. Don’t think
7. Be fast
8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film
9. Afterwards either
10. Don’t worry about any rules
I got involved with Lomography by accident while on a trip to Holland. I had seen an interesting Photo Exhibit at a museum and my curiosity was peaked. Until this point I had never been excited by photography, but I had a week to myself in Amsterdam and I found myself at a store that sold Lomography products (along with spray paint, skate boards and other accoutrements of the street culture). The things that I like most about the analogue camera devolution are the infinite variety of styles of images and the relative ease that even amateur shutter-bugs can start making really stunning pictures. I found that I started to look at light in new ways, and with each picture I took new ideas for how to work became apparent to me.
Analogue photography has a great deal to offer over digital, especially when you consider that instant “vintage quality” of film. There’s a certain “creaminess” that digital pictures can’t capture. Making the switch to analogue will instantly open you to an entirely new world of creation. (Plus, there’s something badass about walking down the street with a vintage top-down view-finder camera like a Seagull).
If you’ve ever been stuck in an airport for a few hours the idea of having a nice quiet private place to catch a cat nap sounds like a little slice of heaven. We found this Sleep Box concept interesting, as it tackles the idea of private space in public places being a designed and sellable commodity.
The sleep box would allow you plug in a laptop and charge your phone as well as catching a little shut eye. This harkens back to the idea of public telephone booths (which unfortunately no longer exist in most places) and being able to shut out the noise of crowded public spaces. This could be a very useful idea, but we imagine the hourly rate would be very high to discourage occupants from moving in for extended stays.
If you ever wondered what Etsy would be like if you could walk around inside it, Unique LA probably comes pretty close. Bringing together LA’s most talented artist, crafties, and DIY’ers, Unique LA is the place to get limited edition art, jewelry and all sort of other goodies before they make it into Urban Outfitters (and cost twice as much). There’s also a fun time to be had with DJ Booths, Food trucks, and your fellow beautiful people. This is a fun treat for Angeleno’s that’s not to be missed.
Thought this is still a concept in development, Mexico City based design firm AGENT has been working on an idea begging for implementation. Using a combination of GPS and RFID technology, AGENT has developed a soccer ball with a tracking system that can alert officials as to whether or not a ball is in-bounds or has crossed a goal line. Apparently this technology also includes accelerometer based velocity tracking to detect aspects of force and pressure (we assume this could measure when it’s time to replace a ball).
We like this concept for almost any sport involving a ball. But the first place we’d like to see this implemented is Major League Baseball, where the strike zone could (finally) be made standard and consistent rather than fluid based on the call of each particular umpire. Needless to say almost any ball based sport would benefit from this, so please AGENT, hurry up!
Readings of the participating writers will be held at the opening reception.
Friday, March 26, 7:00 PM.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
Los Angeles — ARTifice, of the Art Institute of California-Hollywood, is pleased to present their annual gallery exhibition, this year entitled Interstates. Curated by faculty advisor Miah Jeffra and Marie Kinnell, the exhibition features works by a diverse group of writers and artists, professionals and students, focused on creating a collective portrait of the mythological city in which they all live.
Utilizing multiple voices, Interstates attempts to examine the relationship between textual and visual representations of the Los Angeles experience. The participating writers have composed portraits of their particular LA, with no restrictions on form or content. Visual responses to the literature were then created by the artists in their various chosen medium. Layer upon layer, these collected ‘portraits’ aim to help “Los Angeles find a ritual to join its fragments” – Jim Morrison.
TempoRoyale is located at 2619 Wilshire Boulevard, in the Wilshire Royale building. Gallery viewings are by appointment. For more information, please contact Miah Jeffra at 323.350.9176, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The inaugural Art Los Angeles Contemporary is being held this weekend at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The fair presents 55 top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries.
In addition, the fair hosts a comprehensive programming series, including world class artist talks, panel discussions and an artist film screening series all on site at the Pacific Design Center.
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION: Thurs, Jan. 28th 8:30–10:30pm ($30 admission)
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave in West Hollywood