Monday, September 18, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Families visiting Disneyland on their holiday this week saw a life-size Guantanamo bay inmate standing inside the Rocky Mountain Railroad ride at Disneyland in Anaheim California.
The sculpture was attributed to banksy.
Read more from the BBC news.
Nice collection of classic Matchbox Cars from the 70's.
More Matchbox cars produced in the 1950's and 1960'.
A webpage with Matchbox from 1967 to 1969.
1-75 range of Matchbox miniatures that have been released in the UK from 1969 until today.
A collection of Matchbox boxes from 1953-1979.
The Matchbox miniatures range 1953-70.
The flickr pictures with Matchbox tag.
Monday, September 11, 2006
100 of the nation's best ArtCars will converge on the San Francisco Bay area again this year for ArtCar Fest to demonstrate why Harvard's John Beardsley called ArtCars the "quintessential public art of our time."
If you have $500 to spend why not join the 24 Hours of LeMons, an endurance race for cars purchased, fixed up, and track-prepped for a total of 500 bucks or less.
update: flickr photos artcar
More works from Jim Flora: marine art.
And another flickr photoset: the future according to Jim Flora, showing images from an article of 1960 LIFE magazine (spanish edition) about life in the future (1975) illustrated by Jim Flora.
Previous posts about Jim Flora here and here.
Un chien andalou is a 16 minute surrealist short film made by Luis Bunuel (Writer/Director) and Salvador Dali in 1928. It is one of the best known surrealist films of the 1920s French avant-garde film movement. It stars Simone Mareuil and Pierre Batcheff as the unnamed protagonists.
Dowload the movie from the internet archive.
See more information about the film at wikipedia.
Hamish D. Grant made a page of links to information about tilt/shift photography and to galleries of photographers who use t/s in their work. Tilt-shift photography as it applies to creating a 'toy-trainset' effect in scenery is catching on all over the world (mostly via flickr, the online photo sharing community).
The very first glimpse of The Simpsons.
Simpsoncrazy has a list of The Simpsons short clips to download.
These clips aired on the Tracey Ullman Show 1987-1989, before and after ad breaks, and you can download all 48 episodes.
The page also serves as an episode guide.
Friday, September 08, 2006
The Binvention is Sprout Design's first self-initated batch production project. Hailed as 'Super slick' by Time Out, it's a new flexible way of re-using shopping bags to collect cans, bottles and papers for recycling at home and comes in four colours:
Joel Fletcher was an animator at Skellington Productions for The Nightmare Before Christmas in the early nineties. Whenever possible, I took the initiative to photograph the amazing setups in 3D stereo.
It seems that Joel was a bit ahead of the times, as In October Disney will re-release the movie in Digital 3D utilizing computer techniques to convert it to stereo!
Watch the trailer here.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
In Senegal, Mali, Kenya and other countries in Africa, resourceful people have long excelled at fashioning toys from the available materials - tin cans, wire and scrap rubber and plastic that we would discard as trash.
In addition to brightly colored trucks made from beer cans and wire bicycles, Indigo offers buckets constructed of tomato cans, and lunch-boxes and suitcases from tuna cans (lined with Senegalese funny papers!).
Continually searching the world for more such innovations, Indigoarts also offers cars, planes, purses and frames from Vietnam, tin ornaments from Mexico, papier-mache bowls from South Africa and cars and trucks from Cuba!
Tom Wilson starred as "Biff" in the now classic "Back To The Future" film trilogy.
Wilson is also an accomplished painter. In 2006, he was selected to join the California Featured Artist Series at Disneyland.
Tom Wilson's paintings can best be described by the reactions they receive — a moment of joyful surprise, and happy longing. After studying fine art photography at U.C.L.A., he followed the path from photography, to mixed media works, until he finally found a home in color and canvas. Tom studied drawing and painting at the Art Academy of Los Angeles, as well as the California Art Institute, followed by extensive study in painting with the noted abstract painter Rene Amitai, as well as the renown California impressionist Arthur Bjorn Egeli.
The Alphabet David Lynch second film.
Lynch's wife, Peggy, told him of a dream her niece had during which she was reciting the alphabet in her sleep, then woke up and starting bouncing around repeating it.
Lynch took this idea and ran with it. First he painted the walls of his upstairs bedroom black. Lynch painted Peggy's face white to give her an un-real contrast to the black room, and had her bounce around the room in different positions as he filmed.
This footage was edited together with an animated sequence where the letters of the alphabet slowly appear and a capital A gives birth to several smaller a's which form a human figure.
David Lynch: Lumiere et compagnie 55 seconds short filmed with an original Lumiere camera.
40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumiere Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895.
There were three rules:
(1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds,
(2) no synchronized sound was permitted, and
(3) no more than three takes.
Remember while watching that all the effects are in-camera and there is no cutting for scenes.
For more details and the complete list of the other directors in Lumiere et compagnie project visit the IMDB page.
Zenkaya design is an international Design Company Specializing in Prefabricated structures. Eric Bigot was the Designer for ZenKaya. Trained as an Architect in France, he has lived in New York, Japan and several parts of Africa. His interest for prefabricated was born out in New York and Japan where construction method are much more rationalized and cost effective.
ZenKaya name is born out of a name play. Zen because it is a trouble free experience and Kaya means home in vernacular South African language, where the concept was first sketched.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
On the outskirts of Taipei, Taiwan there is an abandoned housing project, the area is called San Zhi and commissioned by the government and several local firms. They were trying to create a posh luxurious vacation spot for the affluent and rich streaming out of Taipei.
After numerous accidents during its construction locals say the area is now haunted by those who died in vain and because they are not remembered, they linger there unable to pass on.
This explains why the area was abandoned.
Ralph Goings is a realist painter who is recognized as one of the original members of the Hyper-Realist or Photo-Realist group of the late 1960's.
He is best known for his highly detailed paintings of hamburger stands, pick-up trucks, and California banks, portrayed in a deliberately objective manner.
Ralph Goings studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.
Banksy does it again, he took 500 copies of Paris Hilton's debut album, and given them his own unique makeover before smuggling them back into stores across the UK for sale.
He switched the CD's in store, taking the old ones out and putting his version in, but he left the original barcode so people could buy the CD without realising it had been interfered with.
He tampered with the CD's in branches of HMV and Virgin as well as independent record stores in Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and London.
Some of the CD's appeared for sale on ebay.
flickr user sharl bought two of those cd's and posted the photos to flickr
Watch the video of the Banksy opperation at you tube.
For more about Banksy visit earth invaders previous posts here and here.
The flickr photos tagged Banksy
And also the Banksy locations map.
The Sultan's Elephant is a show created by the Royal de Luxe theatre company, involving a huge moving mechanical elephant and a time-travelling girl, which has taken place in a few cities.
The Sultan's Elephant is made mostly of wood, and is operated by over ten puppeteers using a mixture of hydraulics and motors. It weighs 42 tons, as much as 7 African elephants.
Read the story behind the time-travelling elephant by downloading the four newspapers produced during the show.
Visit the flickr photos pool about the show.
And watch the videos at youtube showing the
Little Girl Giant and the Sultan's Elephant Grande Finale.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
The Burning Man festival is taking place now, from 28 of August to 4 of September.
To learn more about The Burning Man visit the wikipidea entry about the festival.
Watch the Burning Man TV Created in close cooperation with the Burning Man organization, TV Free Burning Man is Black Rock City's very first television station.
Update: see flickr photos tagged burning man
Tim Biskup's dense, character driven style is inspired by mid-century modern design infused with a healthy dose of punk rock energy. Since the mid-eighties, he has produced a constant stream of limited edition prints, clothing, toys, books and other publications.
In September of 2004, Biskup opened his own store/gallery, called Bispop Gallery, in the center of Old Town Pasadena, Bispop Gallery exhibits and sells original paintings, hand painted objects, clothing, toys, books, cards and store exclusive items.
Antonio Riello says:
"In 1998 I decided to focus my artistic research mainly about a "fashion-fiction" visual story regarding an old passion of mine: weapons - objects full of symbolic senses. I want to mix, in an artistic way, traditional 'female stuff' like fashion with very traditional 'male stuff' like guns. It consists in a restyling of real military weapons into fashion items for ladies"
So he created Ladies Weapons
Newmindspace is interactive public art, creative cultural interventions and urban bliss dissemination based in New York and Toronto.
One of the events they organized is called "Bubble Battle" where Hundreds of people with bubble guns, bubble machines create massive bubble battles.
See all the photos and videos, from the bubble battle and other events organized by Newmindspace.
StreetWars is a 3 week long, 24/7, watergun assassination tournament that has already taken place in New York City, Vancouver, Vienna, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London.
At the start of the game you will receive a manila envelope containing the following:
- A picture of your intended target(s)
- The home address of your intended target(s)
- The work address of your intended target(s)
- The name of your intended target(s)
- Contact information of your intended target(s)
If you are successful in your assassination attempt, the person you killed will give you their envelope and the person they were supposed to kill becomes your new target. This continues until you work yourself through all the players and retrieve the envelope with your (or your team's) picture(s) and name(s). Then you win. Cash...but first live in fear.
Jowlers let's you upload and browse a unique type of photo called the Jowler. These fun pictures are created when the subject of a photo shakes their head really fast while the picture is taken. So, enjoy these unique expressions and if you feel up to it, take a few of your own and post em up.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Peter Stanick combines traditional photography with vector based computer rendering to create large scale paintings of a fantasy world inhabited by lingerie models and movie starlets. Each piece is based on a computer model rendered for the web using Flash illustration and then outputted digitally on canvas using UV ink.
John Sisson of University of California's Science Library has a collection of Space Art in Children's books from the 40's to the 70's. The illustrations in these books show facts (as they were known) mixed in with the fantasy of space flight and led many of the readers of these books to "dream of space".
Before Frank Gehry acquired international prestige as the architect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, he designed his own house in Santa Monica (1977 - 78). The story starts when his wife, Berta, bought a small pink bungalow in a bourgeois neighbourhood. Gehry decided to redesign what he considered "a dumb little house with charm", to build around it and try "to make it more important". The result was so emotive among their neighbours that the new house was even shot at one night!
Continue reading the story about the Gehry House, at Santa Monica, with pictures from the house and plans .
greatbuildings site has also information and images about Frank Gehry's work.
There is a guide about the Simpsons episode with Frank Ghery. Watch a video of the episode at You Tube (in spanish).
Visit the wikipedia entry about Frank Gehry for more links and information.
Update to previous post about Jim Flora here are more links showing Jim Flora work.
JimFlora.com shows a collection of Flora album covers, music illustrations, and early small press work.
wardomatic flickr album with pictures of The Day the Cow Sneezed book.
Buy Jim Flora original art at the official Jim Flora art gallery site.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Jean Giraud was born in Paris in 1938 and discovered the escapist world of science fiction and fantasy art early in life. He grew up with comic books and was creating his own all through his adolescence. He had some formal training at the Institute of Applied Art, but his real school was the French comic medium.
Read Jean Giraud aka "Moebius" biography here.
And visit the Wikipedia post about Jean Giraud for more links and information.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Miroslav Sasek. This site is devoted to the life and works of the Czech artist, illustrator and author of the This is series of children's books.
The site has details of Sasek's life, and a full bibliography, with details of the This is series as well as his lesser-known other books. There is information about the This is films, as well as prints and paintings, postcards and other items.
Bus Ticket Origami is a project from REZ design in Liverpool, they started folding, designing and then placing origami instruction stickers on the back of seats all around the liverpool area, so that people have something to do while they commute to work or study on the bus.
Dr, Grordborts Infallible Aether Oscillators, is a line of 1:1 scale antique styled sci-fi hand weapon props, conceived by Weta Workshop's Designer Greg Broadmore and meticulously built by Master Model Maker David Tremont. The Ray-Guns will be available next year, for those who want to buy them.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
The Japanese Translator offers a service to translate your name to Japanese and save the results as an image. Choose from seven different character styles: traditional, calligraphy, quirky, sans-serif, antique, manga and modern.
See also other translation tools to translate Egyptian, Eskimo, Esperanto, Estonian and other languages.
Or as one would say in Esperanto:
Donu anglan vorton, por sercxi gxin en la klarigoj de esperantaj vortoj.
Soon youl be able to relive the events surrounding the movie – experience the fallout from the botched heist first hand and guide the robbers from the cops to safety. Find out how Mr. White made good his escape, see where Mr. Pink stashed the diamonds, learn how Mr. Blonde picked up Officer Marvin Nash, experience the fates of Mr. Blue and Mr. Brown, and sort out the whole sorry mess as Nice Guy Eddie, With reservoir dogs the game.
During the 18th century, British caricaturists changed the shape of speechballoons from gothic speech-bands or flags into fluffy balloons, our modern speechballoons.
Visit the Evolution of Speechballoons to learn all about speech baloons.
Another piece of space invaders art, in Paris at Rue St-Andre des Arts, made using 323 Rubiks cubes is shown at wooster collective.
Here is the link to Rubikcubism mentioned earlier on earth invaders.
There are many space invaders flickr photos from around the world, and also a collection of space invaders photos made by Claudio at fotki.
Speaking of space invaders why not visit the ultimate Space Invaders Shrine, with everything about the classic videogame.
Paul Blow is an illustrator graduated from Maidstone College of Art, born in Scotland and now living in Dorset, England.
Paul exhibits his work extensively throughout Britain and in New York and has won several Awards: Gold and Bronze Awards from the Association of Illustrators, Transport for London Silver Award and Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award Nominee.
His list of clients includes: Time, The Guardian, The FT, Newscientist, Reader?s Digest, BBC Worldwide, LA Magazine, New York Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Management Today, Popular Science.