Monday, March 31, 2014

Newspaper poetry

Are you any good at poetry? I have always had a level of reverence for poets and even recreational appreciators. I find myself frustratingly too literal. But...

// Speaking of choices // Likely to become a long scrimmage of Will / They barely know // The efforts needed to top that big rock // 

A while back I started making these collages in the morning after "reading" the newspaper. Sometimes there's not much reading involved, I just channel aggression at the sports page and tear it up.

Found word poetry is however, really kind of nice and zen. And if/when the poetry sucks you can always hide behind the fact that, well you were just working with what you had. How can you make poetry out of the sports headlines anyway.

But what I've found amazing is that, even though the words aren't mine, they have a way of expressing what's on my mind often far better than if had my choice. Some people pluck their ideas out of the ether, I guess I might be more of an assembler. Either way I highly recommend this experiment, and if you do end up doing it, please post a link to a picture. Honestly, I'd love to see it.

// As generations of man return to God // The foreign limits of a world // bound by the memory of all that is lost // charges on waiting for happiness //

This one (I guess obvious by the first sentence) is about the older generations departing this world and the lessons that they are taking with them; lessons about being happy and how those of us left behind are wounded by that loss and simultaneously complacent about our own journey; "waiting" for happiness because we dont really have the secrets that our forefathers have taken to the grave.

// Goodbyes are nice // To finish off a rainy day and march ahead // Away from the fire of blame // And an overblown showdown // Making off with nothing but // Lessons from the devil //

This one is a little melodramatic. About relationships that are so trying, and how it's pleasant when they just fade away rather than end in a gigantic unnecessary scene.

// Money for power // Still the fleeing spoils of a solitary life // See you quietly losing yourself // to earth's unseen spell //

Idealism coming face to face with the realities of participating in the rat race. It's the resistance to the idea that money does equal power, even power over your own destiny. While the answer could be to step away from it all and live like an ascetic in the spiritual world unphased by the theater of power and money, even for an idealist the temptations of the material world are too much to withstand. To enjoy what the earth has to offer you have to pay.

PS The last one is available on society6 if you'd like a copy, as well as some other prints.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday - War On Drug

A little something from my brother for this Friday as he embarks on a journey to attend a beard festival in Nashville

I was there to catch a man
I thought I had him by the hand
I only had him by the glove

Photo by Dusdin Condren / Pitch Perfect PR

Thursday, March 27, 2014

wrap it up.. past month (or so)

I'm doing a wrap up of a few things I've worked on in the last month, because my blog was tired of being neglected. 

This is a music video that just recently wrapped. You are looking at a one woman art department. Although the aesthetic is pretty clearly the directors, I didn't sleep for a week working on it. Clothes, props, eh.. hair. The two dancers got their break on So You Think You Can Dance and were definitely the high point of the shoot. They were both so sweet, talented and enthusiastic. It's in the final stages of editing, so look out for it soon.

The team of mens behind the camera. The mustached choreographer Ryan Heffington was particularly enjoyable to see at work, and a super nice guy too.

More film! Wrapping on Love Arcadia the feature film (photo by Anna Wu, lots more awesome shots here)

Some friends approached me about building a life-sized boba tea cup with mobile tapioca balls, personality, googley eyes, a back and bottom entrance, and arm holes. I drank my weight in boba tea trying to figure that one out. I'm excited and a little apprehensive to see it on film. Anyone need a plastic worker? For real I'm an expert at vinyl and corrugated plastics now.

The story follows three teens graduating high school and navigating that difficult period of decision-making and change. It's a light-hearted and fun movie, but with some pretty thought-provoking undercurrents.

From sketch to set. (That's catchy) It will be out some time next year.

And this one, because it was really fun. Some old fashioned graphic design work. Literally old fashioned ie 17th century style. Rachmaninov and Chopin style. These programs were for the annual epic Sannikova recital, pianist and instructor to the stars, well the star's offspring. 

I'm also working on some personal project which are keeping me up til 3am. But you have to work when you work best. Maybe I'm just mentally in another time zone. Maybe I've been up past 4am way too many times in the past week.

James Bond party with some crazy people : )

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TEDtv, headdresses and prints and such

Well, well. I finally picked up all of these illustrations from the gallery. I brought them into our humble city abode and with all 12 or 14 or them, was at a loss for space. So I eyed the hallway staircase... which was complicated without a ladder. Like a good climber, I put my Evolv shoes on and shimmied up the walls with the hammer and banged in some nails before slidding down the banister. Levels? Measurements? They are 10 feet up, no one will notice, and basically in an earthquake the stairwell will be a true gauntlet. Dodge and run!

Speaking of, we did get an earthquake the other morning at around 6am. I was outside before the shaking even stopped. I've always wondered about the advice to get under a door frame. Wouldn't you just want to get outside where nothing is above you? School me if my logic serves me wrong.

Anyway, these prints will be ready for purchase in a short while! Yeay!! I'm looking at and trying to get as much of the paper texture out of the images as possible.

These large format illustrations give the ideas and inspirations behind real wearable art piece, which were all on display at Bergamot in December. Some of them are based on characters from books, some are created based on a specific plant or location. 

See it in the real! Particularly excited to see my work on stage at TED Global in Edinburgh. The video of Elizaveta performing in my head piece and a dress I designed was released this week on their website. Go check it out! Or just click on the video below.