Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Typography by Sagmeister

“Obsessions make my life worse and my work better”
This is an installation consisting of 250 000 euro cents.

“I rarely obsess about things in my private life. I fail to care about the right shade of green for the couch, the sexual secrets of an ex-lover or the correct temperature of the meeting room AC. I don’t think I miss much.

However, I do obsess over our work and think that a number of our better projects came out of such an obsession. Doodling obsessively onto a poster depicting a headless chicken and an obsession with white angry monkeys that ultimately led to the giant inflatable animals all over Scotland are just two such examples.

From Bernd and Hilda Becher’s obsessive need to record every water tower to On Kawara’s date paintings and James Turrell’s Roden Crater, obsessions seem to be an important ingredient in the work of many of our favorite contemporary artists.
Obsessions make my Life worse and my Work better.*
*”Think dangerously, act safely” is a close relative – possibly its uncle -from my mentor Tibor Kalman.
- Stefan Sagmeister


Friday, August 6, 2010

Howl (2010)
haven't seen it (I live in South Africa) but I'll definitely be looking out for it

Synopsis: In 1956, one of the most controversial works of American art galvanized a generation. Now, the story behind Allen Ginsberg's HOWL comes to life in a genre-defying feature film that is at once a legal drama, a character study and an animated trip into the magic and madness of the modern world. James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg - poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation - who recounts in his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem "Howl."

Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, "Howl" is on trial. Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (David Strathairn) sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while suave defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm) argues fervently for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the fervently passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alessandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).

The trial's heated controversy and Ginsberg's provocative memories are woven around "Howl" itself, its images of ecstasy and anguish, of desire, madness and wonder, brought to vivid, visceral life in a fever dream of inventive animation. Echoing the vastness and originality of Ginsberg's poem, HOWL mashes up genres and rides wild emotions as it reveals all the ways a fearless work of art impacted its creator and the world.

photos by Josh Olins for HAZZYS Fall/Winter 2009

perhaps not very realistic but eye-candy nonetheless

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tim Hamilton

This is somewhat related to my previous post: "inspired by utilitarian uniforms and the eerie portraits of Belgian artist Michaël Borremans"

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground

Two interesting images

Monday, August 2, 2010

I find this image beautiful.

Clothing by Jaiden Rva James. I don't suggest you search further because its basically just men in skirts and dresses

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sometimes I wonder why I don't see the inside of my eyes when I look out through them. Shouldn't I see the pointed oval silhouettes framing everything I see? Shouldn't I see the tiny blood vessels and nerve endings? For I am just someone trapped inside my own body.
Two of the greatest artists in one room!
David Hockney and Lucien Freud