Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

I always thought the French capital lived up to its reputation for being the most immaculate city in the world until I came across an interseting art project from Fondation Cartier, which convinced the hell out of me that those shipshape Parisians in fact do have an unsupressable interest in street art.

As part of the project called Grafitti Taxonomy, Evan Roth took photos of nearly all grafittis in Paris and then created what’s called a graffiti analysis software, which allows him to tag and visualise different styles of graffitis and make them all available for a public view online.

Take a look at a piece of the action below.

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Someone with little crafty fingers has found a genious way to reuse cassettes for art purposes. Unlike me, who used to make hair extensions out of old cassette tapes, a budding artist Iri5 has created something much more meaningful out of them cobalt tapes, a portrait of Jimi Hendrix!

Iris5: Ghost in the Machine Flickr Set

Seek out for yourself, and see more tape portraits of rock legends here

The first blog post in the brand new sizzling hot year of 2009!! Hope you’re feeling non-taxated and somewhat adrenalised in this post festive period.

There’s no doubt 2008 was a year full of doom and gloom with so many twisted  ironies and occasional idiosyncrasies, but I’m impatiently waiting to see what 2009 holds for pop-culturalist, sub-modernist trends inspectors like me.

So before I choke to death with my own excitement, here’s some interesting trend forecasts freshly delivered from the web:

General trends

Jeremy Gutsch at Trend Hunter:  Hot Trends in 2009 Forecast

Predictions: DIY crafting, Hollywood virals, Shockvertising, Geek pride, Humanisation of pets, Style over tradition, Pop gaming, Brag materialism and Political Remixing.

Art

Telegraph: Top 10 websites for art in 2009

The Independent: Highlights of 2009: Art

Prediction: Don’t think anyone knows it yet!, I reckon  it’ll be the usual wacky, harebrained, controversial, extremely talented and non talented stuff. Apparently, Linz, the Austrian city will be the European Capital of Culture in 2009, excited to see what the city regorges up with.

Music

Guardian Music: Hotlist 2009

The Vine TV: UK music predictions 2009

Predictions: 2009 will be the year of pop sensation Clare Maguire, and a  host of other bands and artists, as listed below.

  • Florence and the Maching
  • Everything Everything
  • Golden Silvers
  • Little Boots
  • The Big Pink
  • Doves
  • Antony & The Johnsons
  • White Lies
  • AutoKratz
  • And the mighty Franz Ferdinand comeback album!

Fashion

Fashionising: Fashion Trends 2009

Trend Hunter: Spring-Summer 2009 Fashion

Predictions: 2009 SS Women’s fashion will consist of wrecked denim, fetish garments, fairy tale dresses, see-throughs, flat abs and all other things that I’m happy to ignore.

Consumer technology

Telegraph: Future technology: our predictions for 2009

Digital Trends: Tech Trends for 2009

Predictions: Touchy feely screens, Netbooks, Blu-ray players, live-streaming technology and more social networking shabangs.

The web/Social Media

ReadWriteWeb: 2009 Web Predictions

Lightspeed Venture: Consumer Internet Predictions for 2009

Predictions: Free web, Virtualisation, Better social media management tools and more mashups.

Science

Telegraph: New Year 2009: Leading thinkers offer predictions of ‘next big thing’

Predictions: Radiotelepathy, green energy technology, genetic re-engineering, Artificial Intelligence, personal genomics and funnily enough the End of Optimism.

shoreditch postersLast weekend I decided to extend my cool hunting beyond the usual digging of the search engine ditches and hit the streets of East London to experience its booming street art scene for the very first time.

I wasn’t in the mission on my own, as I joined a two dozens of art hungry bloggers on a Street Art tour around Shoreditch, which was extremely lucky of me as I was given a crash course in street art by a graffiti whizz kid Michael Vandalong and a resident Art expert Romain of Fubiz . As a result I discovered street art in the form of graffiti ( D*Face, Sweet Toof, Sickboy and Eine), stencils (Banksy, TEK13) , posters (Obey, Jim Cereal and Mike Marcus), mosaics (Invader) last but not least paintings from Barry McGee and Patr2ism.

The tour was part of a wider campaign called Gofindit from Ford Ka, which aims to encourage people to explore the city beyond just the obvious.

As a final note, I’d like to give massive thanks to Robin and Sandrine at We Are Social for bringing in an amazing Art and Mars bar filled afternoon. You can see eclectic mix of photos from our tour on Flickr and a short video clip below.

If you’re interested in organising your own street art tour, please be sure to visit StreetArtLocator , a google street art map mashup for a start.

I watched an interesting presentation from an art visionaire Ursus Wehrli at TED over the weekend and couldn’t resist sharing it on SME.

In his presentation, Ursus shares a rather unusual form of concept for a cleaner, more organized and tidier form of art and in his true Swiss spirit, he explains why one should attempt to deconstruct and place things in neatness, in order to make a better sense of often chaotic and abstract Modern Art. In truth, I find his concept hilarious despite it being on the contrary to my views of modern art.

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Who said paper was the only way of printing and distributing news? According to a new invention by T-Post, a quirky Swedish company, you can now have your news printed on a t-shirt. Once you’ve digested the news on your t-shirt, you can then go out in the street wearing it. It’s revealed that T-Post have more than 2,600 subscribers and 1,027 fans from around the world with new issues appearing every six weeks. What’s more you can also model for your T-Post too, but only if you live in Sweden and willing to stand in your pants for the photoshoot.

I think T-Post is a great addition to my previous post SME Hunts for T-shirt Heavens, as one of the best places to get your hands on rare uber-trendy t-shirts.

The Berlin based Pixel Art trio Steffen, Svend  and Kai of eBoy has released an updated version of the London poster this week, to much of my pleasure.

If you haven’t heard of them before, “eBoy is an art collective founded in 1998 by Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital and Kai Vermehr, build their artwork pixel by pixel. Their work makes intense use of popular culture and commercial icons, and their style is presented in three-dimensional isometric illustrations filled with robots, cars, guns and girls. Their unique style has gained them a cult following among graphic designers worldwide, as well as a long list of commercial clients, such as Coca-Cola, MTV, VH1, Adidas and Honda” – via Mark Frauenfelder

What is more, they’ve also created a poster for Adobe Air as part of their European Tour and Lee Brimelow at Adobe Flash has the rare footage showing a great deal of insight into the artists’ skills and work.

If you’re interested in becoming pixel artist and looking for an inspiration then, PSDTUTS has a great article titled 20+ Inspiring Pixel Artists, Tutorials and Resources.

The biggest and most successful social media campaigner is no doubt the US Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama. Not only has he been driving unity across America, he has also influenced the modern art of posters. In fact he has become so prevelant that his image replaced the iconic Che Guevara poster, as the true leader of graphics. Below is just a few examples of posters, which is a very small part of his campaigning, there are street arts, clothing designs and even an art exhibition all inspired by him. I’d say good on ya Mr Obama!

Image via Fubiz

Beck’s Canvas

Nowadays we’re surrounded by the ubiquity of art and graphics – we’ve seen art being displayed on everything from concrete walls to acrylic nails. Furthermore, visual imagery has become an integral part of our culture and consumption to such an extent that according to the latest example even beer brands such as Beck’s is now associating themselves to grassroot artists. Beck’s latest marketing campaign Beck’s Canvas included the creation of four young Royal College of Art graduates for its bottles, and the artists behind the labels are:

  • Head 6 by Tom Price – a London based contemporary sculptor
  • Pintora by Charlotte Bracegirdle, an artist whose niche is to paint a portrait without a face.
  • Let’s Stick Together by Riita Ikonen, an artist who likes to mix miniaturised objects with real life situations.
  • Duckrabbit by Simon Cunningham, a photographer with distorted lens 😀

Another beer brand who recently collaborated with artists is Colt45. According to Juxtapoz, “Colt 45 invited the Food One artist aka Jim Mahfood to create a custom limited edition 16oz beer cans adorned with Food One’s signature cartoon artistry”.

Image via Juxtapoz: Colt45

What is more, Mountain Dew, a caffeinated, sweet citrus, soft drink brand from PepsiCo Inc, has also created an artist inspired green bottles to match its green taste.

Mountain Dew Green Art Bottles

To some this is a clever way of selling and promoting a beer, since the alcohol market is saturated with new products being introduced every day. I personally prefer to be surrounded by art than having brand logos splattered all over the place.

Observer published a feature today called the 08 Cool List, with effortlessly cool Alexa Chung, the Channel4 TV presenter being on top of the list. I think she well deserves to be named the coolest, as she’s uber talented, stylish and has really quirky sense of humour, and let’s not forget she bagged herself an Arctic Monkey.

Here’s rest of the top 10 cool people out of 50.

2. Miranda July

An author, film-maker, artist and god know what else, July is a neo-punkist who made a prizewinning film Me and You and Everyone We Know and a collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You. She is working on some very cool web projects, go and check the out.

3 & 4. Camilla and Marc Freeman, designers

This Australian siblings who make bold yet wearable dresses worn by cool Hollywood kids like Kirsten Dunst, Mischa Barton and Scarlett Johanson. They must have inherited their coolness from their uber fashionista grandma or something.

5. Camille, musician

Parisian 30-year-old Camille’s 2005 album, Le Fil, starts with an intake of breath. Later, there are hand claps and moments of human beat-box. Her recent release, ‘Music Hole’, is quirky in the best possible way” Observer says. Here’s her song Paris in french 🙂

6. Henrik Vibskov, fashion designer

Danish designer Vibskov, 35, makes films and funny, colourful, brilliant cropped trousers like these ones.

7. Yvan Face Hunter, photographer/blogger

Yvan, cam-shoots rare stylistas around Europe for his street fashion blog Face Hunter and as previously posted he also has street fashion show which expolores fashion beyond Europe.

8. Steve Gullick, photographer

London-based Gullick, rose to fame as a punk photographer before starting seminal anti-music-press magazine Careless Talk Costs Lives. He photographed the likes of Kurt Cobain, Neil Young and Bloc Party and all his photos are vintage looking.

9. Brian Gathii, graphic designer

Kenyan-born Gathii uses innovative, non-fading techniques to create hilarious, neon t-shirts. Check the dude’s interview on NYLON magazine.

10. Fafi, artist

Parisian street-artist Fafi, paints feminine graffiti – curvy, sassy girls all around the world. Her profile reads “her sexy, funny, and sometimes aggressive girl characters made the whole world look and help kick-start a whole new graphic language; exploring feminity through stereotypes, and using it to her advantage, she drew enormous attention and thus started to travel the world with thousands of Fafinettes in her brushes and paint cans”