Graphic Play: Purin Phanichphant

Purin Phanichphant’s art is fun. “Graphic Play” has a graphic designers aesthetic, odd in a good way, with intellectual properties. Graphic Play took place May 13, 2015 at Keystone Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

Photography by Micke Tong

 

The Art of Circus Freaks

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Recently I threw together a birthday surprise photo shoot for my good friend, Eric Curtis, a brilliant photographer and all around good guy. I gathered what close friends of his I could for this image which was inspired by master of darkness Joel-Peter Witkin. After taking Eric to see the opening reception of the Witkin brothers show, Twin Visions, at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, I had spawned the idea.  Eric loves JPW and they both hail from New Mexico. Blam! son, it must be done, and so the concept of “Circus Freaks” came about.

Dead bodies are a bit hard to find and dragging them about in public could get a law abiding citizen like myself in trouble, with that said, we had to make do with costumes on hand.  I used my Canon 60D/24-105 L-series lens and had our friend Zach borrow Eric’s own lighting equipment to use for the shoot without his knowledge of what they were really being used for.  The funny thing is Eric actually came to my loft and saw his own equipment in my living room.  He inquired how I had obtained them and with my skills in Jedi mind tricks, I was able to convince him that I had Zach drop the strobes off after he used them so I can “try them out”.  In return, Eric asked if I needed any help. Hah! I can be a manipulative genius for good when the time calls.  Best to have me on your side.

In the end I think it came out super well with the help of everyone on board.  Never under estimate great people, a beautiful day, booze, the old LA Zoo, and Photoshop. The collaboration was a success in so many ways. It was presented to Eric on May 10th with gushing acceptance and love.  Mission accomplished.  Looking forward to more devious photo shoots in the near future. Thank you, Vanessa, Madeline, Reshma, Charles, James, Scott, Leah, Rosco, Hannah, Zach and Laura!

Check out Eric Curtis’ amazing photo skills at: http://www.ericcurtisphotography.com/

Mythical Beast: !Operation Salvation!

Mythical Beast Part 1: Operation Salvation!
Presented by Idol Wild
Music Performed Live by Scott Allen Perry
Original Score by Eric Becker
Filmed and Documented by Eric Curtis
Created and Produced by Artist Micke Tong
Art Performance at Keystone Art Studios, Los Angeles
http://mythicalbeastproject.com

My first live show for MBP since I moved to Los Angeles, Oh yeah, I moved to Los Angeles. So much fun.  Thanks to all who made it out to see the performance.  More to come.

Lorna Mills

Lorna Mills takes popular culture and creates these magnificent and odd GIF animations.  Her digital media art is looping visual candy that mashes up viral image bytes that I can relate to.

“Lorna uses different ways to create her animated GIFs, a well known one is from the huge research she makes on the Internet about viral videos, images and even found GIFs, then she manipulates it to create her animated collages to show to the viewer her own story, her own world.” – Triangulation Blog

See it for yourself!