Wolf Suit Winner!

Published June 16, 2010 by Graham

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Wow! We were totally blown away by the sheer volume of awesome fans who commented with kind words on our ultimate prize package post– you guys are the best! Sadly, there can only be one winner. And that lucky lady is– chosen by a random number generator– commenter #472, Lauren! We will be in touch with you shortly.

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Looking Back

Published June 14, 2010 by Graham

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The epic ride that has been We Love You So simply cannot be done justice in bullet-point form, but we’ll give it a shot anyway. Here are some great memories from these past 14 months–and 1000 posts–for you to revisit in our absence:

  • Skating with Mark Gonzales: rad photos form Spike’s shoebox
  • Scoring with Carter Burwell and then mixing at Skywalker Ranch
  • A homemade Max costume – the first of many
  • The many Wild Thing inspired pastries and bento box arrangements
  • A list of literature’s Top 10 Rascals – hotly contested in the British press
  • Quilts, murals and chalk drawings
  • Wild Things skate decks!
  • Hidden gems from childhood heroes like Mr. Rogers, The Muppets and Richard Scarry
  • Brilliant images from Max’s dad, Shawn Records
  • Spike’s bank commercials with a sumo wrestler and Brad Pitt
  • A crazy music video for Japanese band Sour and then an interview explaining how they made it
  • Behind the scenes on a BBC sitcom with Spike, David Cross and Will Arnett
  • A visit to Maurice Sendak’s house, and plenty of looks back at the author’s life and interviews about his views on childhood
  • Comic Con ‘09, where the movie’s promotion began and we got to know Max Records
  • Kanye West in We Were Once a Fairytale– and the behind the scenes drama
  • I’m Here, the bittersweet robot love story: from the shoot to Sundance to the Opening Ceremony collaborations and its worldwide premiere
  • Tributes to cinematic classics like Ratcatcher, Time Bandits and The Neverending Story
  • Interviews with amazing artists like Tao Lin, Matt Furie, Miguel Arteta, Ray Tintori, Edith Zimmerman, Jordan Crane and Vanessa Dualib
  • More Where the Wild Things Are food – this time, fruit
  • The pandemonium in Spike’s music video for LCD Soundsystem
  • A visit with graphic design great Geoff McFetridge
  • The WTWTA pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty
  • Literary coverage on books you might not have read yet, from Nabokov to postmodern comic epics to hard-hitting journalism!
  • Where the Wild Things Ought to Be: a photoshop contest!
  • The demise of an infamous production office sofa
  • Forts, forts and more forts!
  • Olympia Le-Tan’s beautiful books
  • Bringing Where the Wild Things Are around the world! Japan! Madrid! Italy!
  • And then of course there are the hundreds of artists and musicians and writers who’ve inspired us along the way– go back through the archvies and rediscover them whenever you feel lonely! We’ll always have these moments, and one day we will meet again.

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    The Ultimate We Love You So Giveaway!

    Published June 11, 2010 by admin

    Hey, want a one of a kind, adult-sized wolf suit for free? Now’s your chance! Before we depart the land of the wild things, each of us at We Love You So would like to express our gratitude to the loyal fans of this blog and Where the Wild Things Are with our biggest giveaway ever. This is what we’re including in the prize pot:

    Spike is giving away a grown-up sized wolf suit! Made during the shoot in Australia, only five of these suits exist. They’re just like Max’s wolf suits from the movie– made with all of the original materials– but they aren’t “distressed” or dirty like Max’s were. Dallas is giving away a signed copy of An Awesome Book, a children’s book so rad it’ll feel at home next to Sendak on your bookshelf. Molly is including a copy of her brilliant and bittersweet chapbook, Troubleshooting. Graham is donating a rare Albert Reyes print from his gallery, Mastodon Mesa. Last but not least, Rubin is contributing Saintseneca’s cassette tape and 7″ from his record label, Paper Brigade.

    Just comment on this post to qualify! The contest ends Monday night and a winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday morning. Please re-blog/tweet/and share with your friends!

    UPDATE: The prize pot has grown! Shawn Records, amazing photographer and father of Max, has volunteered a signed 11×14″ print of his wolf suit photo, as seen above! It keeps getting better!

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    Eric Yahnker

    Published June 10, 2010 by Molly

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    Conceptual art—well, maybe all art—should sock you in the gut and then hypnotize you. In that order. Eric Yahnker’s work is a one-two emotional/intellectual punch that combines immaculate craftsmanship with a brain of intimidating powers.

    Witness <0 - 101 (above), a work that combines various media with numerical titles into a sequential order from “Less Than Zero” to “101 Dalmatians”. Or the artist’s colored-pencil commentaries on dianetics and Lance Armstrong. Or the beheaded John Wayne in tennis gear.

    Yahnker’s work deals with death, neuropathology and the mucky vicissitudes of life in a manner that combines high-concept trickery with immediate visual appeal. Go forth, wanderer, and click heedlessly.

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    Bianca Hester

    Published June 10, 2010 by Molly

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    Oh, what we’d give to visit the studio of Bianca Hester! Hester is an artist/handywoman/creator across all platforms living output is so varied and so unexpected that we can’t quite wrap our heads around the whole of it.

    For starters, Hester makes and modifies instruments, orchestrates fruitful installations and collaborations, produces lovely art books, writes with great insight, creates video, turns leftover installation materials into light fixtures for her friends, and, need we say it…MUCH MORE.

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    Joshua Petherick

    Published June 9, 2010 by Molly

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    The world is Joshua Petherick’s oyster. The world is also Joshua Petherick’s range of working materials. The Melbourne-based artist incorporates everything from pine shelving systems to cork rolls to squashed coins to polypropylene hessian (what is that?) to marble to bubble wrap into his unclassifiable pieces.

    Needless to say, the results fascinate us. So do the titles. Petherick has a gift for language, giving his works the most enigmatic/appealing monikers imaginably. A few examples: BOOTLEG AT THE MANOR, JOINT HASSLES, WISH YOU WERE HERE (SLOWLY) and MUNDUS VULT DECIPI, ERGO DECIPIATUR (That’s Latin for, “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.”)

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    Sarah De Bondt

    Published June 9, 2010 by Molly

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    Sarah De Bondt has done a whole bunch of things we could praise, but we’re gonna hunker down and focus on a few for now.

    Her project The Free Library appeared a few years ago in New York and Philadelphia, and was based loosely on a film (La Chinoise) by Jean-Luc Godard. Erase any thoughts of pretense from your mind, however: the traveling installation turned each gallery into a functional library-type space where visitors were encouraged to hang out, browse books, lounge on beanbags and explore the space.

    Overthrowing the King in His Own Mind” is another highlight of the De Bondt oeuvre, a persimmon-colored catalogue, poster and invitation to an exhibition at Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland. Finally, we suggest checking out Wiels, De Bondt’s ongoing work for the new contemporary art center in Brussels.

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    The FINAL DAYS of We Love You So…

    Published June 8, 2010 by Dallas

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    Well everyone the time has come for We Love You So to take a much needed rest. When we started this project last year we had no idea how much fun it would be and how much support we would receive from so many places around the world, but like anything this site must also end.

    This coming Tuesday, June 15, WLYS is going to be going to sleep for a while. With any luck we will be back, in some form or another, soon enough. Meanwhile, to celebrate the final week we’ll be revisiting some over our favorite articles from our time here and also announcing one FINAL giveaway for all the fans out there.

    Stay tuned and thanks again for everything!

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    Ditto Press

    Published June 8, 2010 by Molly

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    Holy smokes, Ditto Press is so cool we could plotz. The UK-based independent publisher produces the most beautiful books imaginable using Risograph technology (do we sense a growing sector of Risograph devotees?) and incredible bookbinding techniques. The shop and blog are practically epilepsy-inducing in its variety and desirability, offering books that range on topics including academia, fine art, photography, popular culture, literature and poetry. Zoinks? Zoinks.

    Selected highlights include a revisited Edgar Allen Poe story (designed and produced in-house), prints by WLYS favorite Jiro Bevis, a limited edition book by Joseph Clayton Mills, “Herschel’s Telescope”, a 2-color riso printing for Laurence Barber with exposed-sewn single page sections and 9 digitally produced gate-folded inserts…and so much more.

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    Henry McCausland

    Published June 8, 2010 by Molly

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    When given the opportunity to gaze upon Henry McCausland’s work, it’s hard not to let the adjectives pile up willy-nilly. One’s eyes glaze over in delight and a series of words come to mind: enchanting! vivid! smart! detail-oriented!

    Maybe this isn’t such a bad response to have. Maybe this is what good illustration should do: provoke the imagination, please the eyeballs, stymie the brain. In any case, there’s so much to see.

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