Our Give Shop event was a lot of fun. Some prints are still available and we will continue to donate any proceeds to CASA of Lane County. Thanks to Jay Jones for shooting and editing this rad video.
I recently came across this great lecture by painter David Salle from 2010, speaking at AFA Christie's.
In opposition to most critical writing on the contemporary art coming out of NYC in the 80's, he asserts that while critics saw a distinct divide between the Neo-expressionist painters and the culturally and politically critical conceptual artists, these artists not only knew and worked along side each other, but didn't view their own work to be at odds with each other at all.
He makes his points by talking about an exhibition he co-curated that put the work in mention alongside each other for the first time. He also argues that successful painting, in his mind, blend pictorialism and presentationalism.
As someone who studied art history, but pursues painting, I find this really refreshing to hear. It's easy for critics and theorists to separate conceptual thinking and the practice of painting, but hard to reconcile in painting. Salle is a prolific writer and critic himself, so his ability to articulate his thoughts will be helpful for anyone who thinks about the critical value of their own work. Especially if they are a painter. He understands the theory, but it is a painter down to his core.
Given the verdict in Furgeson, and possibly even more bewildering, the reaction, this seems timely. I have friends who hate cops. I have friends who are cops. I wasn't there so I don't know what happened. Brown's death seems unjustifiable based on the facts we have. But it's also been sensationalized and distorted to the point that our feelings are based mostly on a constructed narrative.Read More
Just stumbled across this video. As a kid I had space shuttle blueprint wallpaper in my room and I'm still facinated by launch footage. The glitch video distortion points out that my experience with NASA and the various space shuttle launches I've witnessed were 100% mediated experience and those images only really exist in my mind as pixels.
About the artist from Non Projects site bio:
As a.d.l.r., Morera takes his progressive compocollage, minimal techno, ambience, tape music and microsound to create a highly listenable lush and coherent whole of audio ephemera that fits right in line with the immersive sounds of the Non Projects catalog.
The new Tom Waits record Bad As Me comes out Oct. 24th and you can stream it ahead of time (must request an invite) at BadAsMe.com. I've been listening to it the last couple of days and it's a good one. I've gone through pretty huge Tom Waits phases. I've got my favorites and ignored a few. This one really grabs me. It's enough of what you expect, but has some great swagger and gritty production. Read about it from his site.
Okay so NOW I can tell you. If you weren't smart enough to just type in the domain based on the logo in the previous post then you can get to it now. I was creative director on this one so I'm pretty stoked about it going live. A lot of work went into this and some amazing development assistance from Jared Alessandroni and Cynthia Wang of Wang Media, NYC. They are a top notch team and went above and beyond on this. Great people to collaborate with and I hope to buy them drinks in person some day for all their hard work.
Indulge me. It's my blog after all.
Totally not design related, but I did make the two adorable monsters in this video after all. This isn't a commercial for Chuck E. Cheese but they really should pay me royalties for making their joint look so amazing as a backdrop to my stunning creations.
Henry thought the bash was a success. He got a Nerf Gatling Gun, a skateboard, a bike and a Boba Fett helmet. A jackpot by any standards. Shot by my brother-in-law Caleb on his new 5D MARK II. Thanks man.
The new LCD Soundsystem album This Is Happening comes out May 18th (by from DFA it here, or get the download from Amazon here) and I'm beside myself with stokedness. The above video is from the track "Drunk Girls". The chaos was directed by Spike Jonze. If you aren't familiar with LCD Soundsystem then do check their last record Sound of Silver because it is awesome. A favorite jogging/designing-with-coffee-in-my-veins record of mine for sure.
Below is their last album Sound of Silver . Get it and enjoy.
I had a Boba Fett birthday cake once when I was a kid. I don't think I could pull these off but kudos to Adidas for appealing to my inner 10 year old. I can't find anything about this shoe. It's not on Adidas site and seems to be a free-floating meme. If anyone knows anything please post a link.
Debacle, the first skate film to be shot enitrely in HD was released for free download in May through July. You can now purchase it on Blue Ray at an SB dealer near you. Nike SB just released bonus material on their site. FYI.
I'm cranky. Nike is Suspect.
To be honest, my standby position growing up as a skater, was that Nike was run by corporate douche-bags who are brilliant at selling cultural relevance. I usually blame Dead Kennedy's, Run DMC and the Bones Brigade for my position, along with late-ninties sweat-shop allegations against Nike. The above film may be one of two things:
1. Proof that enough money can maintain the mirage of authenticity and convince skaters worldwide they need to buy Nike skate shoes because they are the most authentic company and understand the the true spirit of skating.
2. The betterment of skate culture by way of putting a company behind a sport that has the power to expand the acceptance of a once-thought underground and devious activity.
Perhaps it's a little of both. Who knows. I'm not an industry insider. Just a fan who pays attention and is still suspect of corporate intrusion on the things I love. My generation had a different relationship with corporations than people in their teens and twenties today. Is it a crisis of belief? There seems to be wide spread acceptance of all things branded, but at the same time more cynicism when it comes to brands that ring false. Free releases are a current trend based on a real desire for transparent brands that don't have the perceived alterior motive of profit. We want to believe our brands don't want to make money. Nike has a bazillion dollars and don't feel any financial discomfort for shooting a skate film all over the world in HD. Yet by doing so they keep their street cred. Brand allegiance is solidified. So who has been fooled? They know their demographic. They know how to get them to buy their shoes. And it doesn't cost them a penny to release cultural relevance. They don't want you to buy their film. They want you to view their products as more true and authentic than Vans, Globe or Lakai.
I will say this- It is pretty damn hard to make skateboarding look bad on film. It can be done of course, but really, either you have the skills and your shit is wired tight or you eat concrete. Most skaters on film have footage of both success and failure. It is the skater expressing him/herself in an indifferent urban landscape. Man vs. his own constructions of reality. This is what makes it true. It happens in real time no matter who is paying for the camera. This film looks amazing and the skating is unbelievable as well.
Just don't forget who is writing the checks.
I've been listening to this album all week. This song is dope and the video is great. Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Dig the bland suburban development in the background. Rock it. Loud. And wear a bullet proof vest. Just like your mother.
Welcome to my new website
So I finally got around to being a graphic designer with a website. This blog will be an extension of my site and all future sites to come. A shout out to my friend Dan Schlitzkus for help with the site. It's money. Thanks for stopping by and while you are here, enjoy the opening sequence to the new Lakai skate film "Fully Flared". Explosions. Tre Flips. Injuries. Awesomeness.
UPDATE 1.1.2014 : Damn how time flies. When I made this post, I had a hand-coded HTML site and was learning how to blog on Wordpress.com. FYI, this site is currently running on Squarespace 6. The video above still kicks ass.