Sunday, July 31, 2011

James Victore Live



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Haha! You know, I think this guy is great. I mean, he’s probably intolerable face to face and day to day, but people like that, who are just that little bit too much, I think they are swell.

And he does have some real sensible things to say, doesn’t he?



Film made by Hillman Curtis. More on James Victore? Try his site.

(Found via The Donut Project)

Animation: Second Hand


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Great visuals, great story, great everything. Superb short animated film by Isaac King.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

A History of the Title Sequence


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A short film by Jurjen Versteeg, designed as a possible title sequence for a documentary on tile sequences.


(…) This film shows a history of the title sequence in a nutshell. The sequence includes all the names of title designers who had a revolutionary impact on the history and evolution of the title sequence.

Georges Méliès - Un Voyage Dans La Lune, Saul Bass - Psycho, Maurice Binder - Dr. No, Stephen Frankfurt - To Kill A Mockingbird, Pablo Ferro - Dr. Strangelove, Richard Greenberg - Alien, Kyle Cooper - Seven, Danny Yount - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang / Sherlock Holmes


Find some more info on Forget the film, watch the titles.



(Found via The Casual Optimist)

Brian Dettmer




OK, I’m sorry. I know you probably have seen this before. It has been all around the internet, I know, I know… But I only saw it yesterday, and I’m still wowing, so I simply couldn’t resist posting this. So there you go.

He has been called “the book surgeon” and “the book slicer”, but his name is Brian Dettmer. You could say he’s a sculptor, making three dimensional objects, but at the same time he’s making images and making texts appear, so perhaps he is also a painter or a poet. Or a dada-remix-archeologist.

This is what he has to say about his working method:



In this work I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front.

I work with knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories.

My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.








Two videos: an interview and a presentation of work with comments by the artist himself.




One more video, worth checking out, which I couldn’t embed (for some reason?): Find it here.













What did I say? Amazing work, isn’t it?

For more information find an interview with Brian Dettmer on or visit his own site at

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ashley Wood Special (2)




Besides being a prolific comic book artist, Ashley Wood is also a painter. On his blog he regularly posts what is on his easel that day. Finished pieces sit happily next to work just started. It seems he’s always working on something. He says:


I have to paint everyday, one day out, and it will take a week to get back into the zone, and that’s a week of self hate I can do without !


I love these photographs. Not only do you get a glimpse of the guy’s studio, you also get to see lot’s of the work up close and in different states of completion.

In case you are wondering: yes, I do know most of the paintings have robots, warriors or scantly clad ladies as their subject matter. Did I suddenly turn 16 again?

I remember reading about a painter - although I don’t remember who it was, sorry -  who explained why he liked the sort of paintings he liked most. He said he didn’t really enjoy abstract paintings, because he missed the subject matter, the possibilities of a story that a more figurative painting could have. And he didn’t really enjoy highly polished hyper-realistic paintings either, because he missed all the more abstract, painterly qualities like smears and brush strokes which often are so beautiful to look at. He liked work that had both: figurative work with a rough touch, so you’re mind could shift between seeing a yellowish stroke op paint and seeing the painted knee that the yellowish stroke evoked.

Scantly clad ladies, huge robots and blue that can’t decide whether it would turn red or not, what more can you want from a painting?




evening stroll





manding the chud











Find the first part of the Ashley Wood Special here.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

To me, graphic design is…


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This short documentary - actually more of a series of short interviews with different design clients of the Vostok Studio (who made the film) - manages to get on my nerves pretty quickly…

Oh, perhaps I just have to admit there is a bit of a contrarian in me. But when I have to listen for the umptiest time to the mantra that good design is simple and clear and rational and purposeful, I just get the heebie jeebies!

In the interviews someone states: “Everything in a design has to be there for a reason! When you ask why something is there, “because it looks good” is not a valid answer”. (Another one I’ve been hearing countless times since my unsuccessful passing through art school.)

“Because it looks good” is the number one reason I’ll put something in a design! If it doesn’t look good, out it bloody well goes!

“Because it tastes good” is the number one reason to put something in a dish. “Because it feels good” is the number one reason to caress your loved one.

Can’t we just have a little fun, please?




Still want to see the video? Of course you do! At least Buckminster Fuller seems to be on my side…



(Found via Cosas Visuales)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Denny Khurniawan




Indonesia born Denny Khurniawan likes the beauty and simplicity in the graphic shapes of retro imagery. He’s an illustrator and animator worth checking out…








A short animation piece. Perhaps the space ship is a shuttle? Or is it a rocket? Little late for shuttle references? Well, nevermind….


The Earth & The Moon from Denny Khurniawan on Vimeo.


Find more work by Denny Khurniawan at

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Photography: A Study of Legs


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I found a little gem of a film yesterday…

For one month, during the transition between winter and spring, a Japanese man photographs the legs of unsuspecting women, during his lunch break. Does he consider himself to be a voyeur? He claims to be “innocent”, but also thinks about himself as a “hunter”.

Direct, sensitive, funny and thought provoking. A film about looking.

Because yes, we do look…

Don’t worry.


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A film by Jim Helton.



Find more info on Jim Helton at

Find more work by Atsushi Nishijima (the photographer) on

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lucio Arese: You




Lucio Arese has been featured here before (see his unofficial Auterche video here). This time his work is even more abstract. The music is by Nobukazu Takemura. Here is what Arese has to say about his working methods for this piece:


The audiovisual flow is organized in repeated micro sections of a few seconds each, everyone with his own life, linked together to form a modular structure.

The realization is characterized by a variety of techniques including 3d rendering, painting, a complex editing process and multilayered compositing.

A particular color treatment has been used on the whole film in order to obtain a burned out b/w photography, contributing to create a dense, dark, organic and somewhat indecipherable world where music and motion picture meet each other in a very intimate way.


One warning: I guess if you can’t stand stroboscopic lightning effects, you might not like watching this. Other wise, enjoy…



More work by Arese can be found on his site at

(Found via The Curious Brain)

Where Good Ideas Come From


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Are you in desperate need of a good idea? Steven Johnson spends his time thinking abut where good ideas come from. So there you go…



If you are interested in a more thorough expose about this topic, you can find an almost hour long talk of Steven Johnson here.

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