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There is no closure in life

Film, Philosophy

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I couldn’t have put this better myself!

No Closure In Life

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James Roper

Art, Design

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James Roper is the probably the real reason I started this blog so that I could share his superior technical mastery of the paintbrush. I’ve been a fan of his Art for a number of years and his artwork really is the most energetic and hyperactively coloured spectral splurge of “acrylic on canvas” I have ever seen. When I saw that he had collaborated with ex-TDR Matt Pyke of Universal Everything and Simon Pyke of Freefarm, I knew this was an explosive match made in heaven! Bravo Mr. Roper! Bravo!

Ataxic-Reversal

Hypermass

MTV & 55DSL – HEARING from MTV WORLD DESIGN STUDIO MILAN on Vimeo.

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ISS Star Trails

Photography, science

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The inventor of the Zero G Coffee Cup, Don Pettit uploaded some out of this world (couldn’t resist) photography to his Flickr account earlier this year and I only just caught them now. He’s a pretty talented individual who even experimented with a Zero G Electric Didgeridoo.

“My star trail images are made by taking a time exposure of about 10 to 15 minutes. However, with modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image. To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.” Don Pettit

Beautiful.

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Ghosts of war

Photography

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I recently came across the work of Jo Teeuwisse, a very talented historian, who has meticulously located various geographical spots of historical significance and photographed them in a modern setting. The twist is, that she has done some rather lovely photoshopping and blended them with archive photographs from World War II in the exact same locations. There have been other projects like this over the years but the execution of this project is spot on! You can also view the rest of her project over on her Flickr account.

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“I’m just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me”

Art

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Mind-blowing art care of Samuel Silva, who believes that “Ballpoint pens are as underestimated as they are a powerful medium.” His works are NOT photographs, but drawings created with a ball-point. Below is a Q&A with Samuel from his Deviant Art Account. I salute his majestic skills!

Q:How many colors do you have and what pens are these?
A: I have 8 colored Bic ballpoint pens, for this I used 6 of them plus black. They are just common everyday ballpoint pens. You can also buy the Staedtler ball 432 or the Scent Sibles

Q: Do you use any other medium mixed with the ballpoint pens?
A: No, I just use ballpoint pens for these drawings. Everything is 100% ballpoint pen.

Q: How do you mix the colors? How do you blend them?
A: I don’t mix them nor blend them. Ballpoint pen ink dries instantly and can not be erased. I just cross hatch the different colors in layers to create the illusion of blending and the illusion of colors I don’t actually have.

Q: Are you a professional Artist?
A: No, I’m just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me, although it takes from 5 to 50 hours to finish each drawing. I started drawing when I was 2.

Q: What colors do you have?
A: Yellow, orange, magenta, light green, light blue, blue, pink, purple. I also have a classic black and a classic blue Bic pens.

Q: Do you trace the drawing, what do you do to get the proportions?
A: No. I use a grid on the reference, I then draw another pencil grid on the paper to make the drawing the exact size I want, then draw the simple outlines in pencil as accurately as possible and then erase the pencil as I color the drawing. I look and draw, the traditional typical way.

Q: Do you use photo manipulation or digital effects?
A: No. I like to do my work traditionally, the hard way, the way I like.

Q: Some say drawing exact copies of photos is not art.
A: I don’t care what some people think, I love realism, I only draw to improve my skills, to practice, and because I love it, not to please the critics. Also, there are as many concepts of what is art as there are humans on earth, so what really matters is what art is for you, in your heart.

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The humble GIF

Animation, Design

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I came across this chap Matthew DiVito a while ago on the Creative Review website and I’m still enviously in love with his visuals. I’ve not felt like this since I first came across the work of TDR and most of the designers that came from there, and of course the work of Kessels Kramer.

I love the hypnotic repetition of them along with the lo-fi deliverability of the GIF animation.

      

      

 

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“Corduroy Road” by Goldmund (aka Keith Kenniff)

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Like millions of music listeners around world, I have a vast (partially unheard) music library, and I always feel guilty about having gigabytes upon gigabytes that I haven’t given justice to by seeing the play count on my iTunes as a measly zero. Tonight, whilst sitting in my new apartment in New Zealand enjoying the natural vista this splendid country offers, I randomly found an album on iTunes titled “Corduroy Road” by Goldmund.

In my diffident knowledge of music, I don’t dare write a review, but I’ll happily paste in a review from the Type Records website:

As Goldmund, Kenniff has disregarded the electronic elements of his music almost entirely in favour of just a piano, a microphone and occasionally a guitar. ‘Corduroy Road’ is thirteen tracks of pure recording, the sound of the piano being opened and the feet on the pedals, the sound of fingers pressing lovingly onto the keys. This is a record of rare and unusual beauty, so shocking and yet unpretentious in its simplicity. When the guitar does emerge from beside the delicately touched piano, it serves as a balancing point for the record. Weaving in and out of the melodies, it adds another layer to what is already incredibly moving music.

‘Corduroy Road’ is rooted in Kenniff’s love of folk music from the American Civil War. We can hear this directly from his rendition of Civil War era classic ‘Marching Through Georgia’, but the influence carries throughout the record. There is an unheard voice which propels each track through history, maybe the ghosts of dying soldiers whispering in a long forgotten bar. Every haunting note drifts deep into the psyche and is lost in the ether of nostalgia. In this way it is a concept recording of sorts, it certainly has a narrative and has to be listened to in sequence. The story has clear themes; loss, history, friendship, camaraderie, forgiveness and hope, all clearly marked out by musical segments. It is no surprise that Kenniff’s passion for cinema shines through so strongly.

It would be hard to draw comparisons to music so rooted in folk traditions, but the music evokes traces of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mark Hollis, Keith Jarret or even Eno’s more piano based compositions. Yet influence seems unimportant when listening to this deeply personal work. Just let it sink in and drift into the psyche.

I would highly recommend purchasing this album, or even giving it a listen at least on Type Records whilst enjoying a warm drink, observing out of the window.

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PenJet

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PenJet is the serendipidous result of design students Jaan Evart, Julian Hagen and Daniël Maarleveld who took part in a workshop and hacked an inkjet printer by replacing the ink cartridges with felt-tip pens and ‘fooling’ the printer into thinking the ink cartridge was full.

The result was a series of experimental images which have have an aesthetic usually associated with kids using felt-tips on rulers as guides (I was certainly guilty of this craft when I was a child). The designers had a bit of a hard time trying to get the pressure correct so that the pens wouldn’t rip through the paper and I think they’ve done a great job. This aesthetic does bring back fond memories of the Felt-Tip exhibition back in 2007.

What I really love is that they used a 12″ G4 PowerBook hooked up to the printer, you don’t see many of them these days!

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Sugru

science

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I’ve always been a fan of science, and although it’s been a while since I’ve picked up a copy, there was once a time where I used to read New Scientist on a regular basis. Coming from the perspective of a graphic designer, I used to always dream up visuals for every “concept” that was featured in this inspirational weekly.

Sugru, is this amazing new air-curing rubber that can be formed by hand. Created by Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, along with other materials scientists, it is unique in a combination of hand-formability, self-adhesion and flexibility when cured. It feels like modelling clay, and it’s that easy to use too. Once cured, its durable properties mean it’s comfortable in extreme environments from the dishwasher to the ocean to Antarctica.

Imagine the possibilities with this wonder dough! From custom mouse buttons, to cable repairs, to Olympic archery, and even making taps safe for kids.

This is on the wish list! The question is, how much shall I order?

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Hello World!

Film

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This is my first post, pictured with a still from 2010: The Year We Make Contact.

A sequel to the highly acclaimed 2001: A Space Odyssey, the moral and existential condition of man in the first decade of the 21st century dominated by profound curiosity and wonder. The film was undoubtably ahead of it’s time, influencing a plethora of directors, and visual artists for years to come.

The follow up, had the gargantuan task of adding the icing on the cake based on previous influences and the legacy of it’s predecessor which in some circles, didn’t live up to the expectation.

The very nature of starting a blog has, to me, a heavy task at hand of providing useful insights into the world of visual communication, and that I will live up to what I expect this blog to be. I expected 2010 to be incredible and I wasn’t disappointed, I just realised I expected something that cannot be, and that is how I will approach my blog. Enjoy…

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