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!

Hollis Brown Thornton

HB Thornton creates these kitschy image transfer art from old photographs and markers.  He sells these prints from his site http://www.hollisbrownthornton.com.

His art themes upon memory and perception.  Going through his site I can’t help but think of grade school type illustrations with heavy marker use.  Remember those big fat smelly markers they use to give us in school to color.  The ones we used to sniff and pretend it actually smells like certain fruits?  I digress.

One more great thing about Hollis’s site is that he actually teaches you how he creates these transfers!  http://www.hollisbrownthornton.com/information/transfer.htm

Isn’t it great when you learn something new and useful from an artist?!

INVADER on his home turf, Paris

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Now they say this is one night with Invader in Paris.  I say, “Wow”. What dedication he has.  Quite an impressive operation, I am in awe with this kid.  I’ve seen his work, as many of us probably have in urban cities, and I quite enjoy the 4-bit tile art.  His pieces are also not invasive, it blends with it’s environment well.  The art reminds me of my childhood and when I see his work it triggers those pleasant memories.  Keep doing what you’re doing Invader, it’s a good thing.

Ben Jones at MOCA Transmissions LA

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So Mike D. of the Beastie Boy’s has curated a show titled Transmissions, an audio video affair.  Here Ben Jones creates a 3-Dimensional projected room which parallels a driving video game.  It looks fantastic and I will be attending the MOCA in Los Angeles in early May to see it for myself.

For more info: http://www.moca.org/

Colin Chillag

Colin Chillag

Colin Chilag has interesting portraits. Truly fine detail and hyper realist, his work seems to have area’s that are incomplete showing his technique. You also find blobs of paint along side the faces which he uses for application making the paintings even more interesting.

See more at colinchillag.com

The Boneyard Project

I first heard about this project just after last December’s Art Basel in Miami.  SF’s own Andrew Schoultz participated and it is an amazing thing!!

Ever since 1970s New York, trains have been the graffiti artist’s time-honoured canvas of choice. Every spray-can clutching, sneaker wearing b-boy worth their salt will have let their creative juices flow on a carriage or two. Imagine then, the excitement that being let loose on a ruddy great WWII aircraft would instill in the little critters? Over in Tucson, Arizona – at the Pima Air and Space Museum – that’s exactly what’s gone and happened. OK, they’re not necessarily little critters who’ve been let loose – more like internationally revered street artists like Obama’s pal Shepard Fairey and Brooklyn-based wheatpasting pioneers FAILE – but you get the picture…

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Glenn O’Brien’s Guide to Friendship, Schmoozing, and Social Advancement

Glenn O’Brien was a NYC hipster in the 1980’s.  He was employed by Warhol and had his own TV show which featured Madonna, Debra Harry, Fab 5 Freddy and many other NY icons. Glenn  was interviewed in the movie Radiant Child a documentary on JM Basquiat.  For many years he has been GQ’s style guy.  I read this article a few years back in GQ and it was really a great read.  I wanted to share it with anyone who wants some pointers on how to behave and schmooze at social events 😉

Life is a euphemism for social climbing. There’s no shame in deliberately scaling the social ladder. That’s evolution. We are social animals, and we thrive in the company of others. Finding the best others we can is part of the natural-selection mechanism, and it’s far safer than rock climbing. And getting to the top of society is like getting to the top of Mount Everest, except you can stay there, usually in comfort. It’s an adventure. It’s exciting, like sport. If you fail, you don’t die; you simply relocate and start over.

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