Archive for January, 2010

Nieves’ I’m Here Zine

Published January 29, 2010 by Graham

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The small press superstars at Nieves just released a beautiful zine comprised of images from Spike’s new short film, I’m Here. Cinematographer Adam Kimmel’s gorgeous grain and seductively smoky light take center stage here, in a selection of stills that underline the exceptionally organic vibe of this subtle sci-fi tale. From Nieves:

Spike Jonze’s new half-hour short film titled I’m Here is a robot love story celebrating a life enriched by creativity. The movie is set in contemporary L.A., where life moves at a seemingly regular pace with the exception of a certain amount of robot residents who live among the population. A male robot librarian lives a solitary and methodical life – devoid of creativity, joy and passion – until he meets an adventurous and free spirited female robot.

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Troubleshooting

Published January 29, 2010 by Graham

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YES WAY, JOSE.

We Love You So’s very own Molly Young has collaborated with artist Christopher Luxton on a limited-edition 80-page manual titled Troubleshooting. The book is stuffed with gnomic images, instructions for living, aired regrets, riddles, confessions and trade secrets…all wrapped up in an ombré-dyed cover. Imagine a cross between a zine, an encyclopedia, and a diary. That’s the general idea.

The book will soon be available at Urban Outfitters. For now, scoop up your copy right here!

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J.D. Salinger

Published January 29, 2010 by Molly

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It’s a sad day for bananafish: the great J.D. Salinger passed away yesterday at the grand old age of 91. Celebrate the author of Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey and Nine Stories with this splendid hand-drawn wallpaper from Stickers and Donuts. Here’s raising a glass to Mr. Salinger.

Mastodon Maze

Published January 28, 2010 by Graham

Join us at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood this weekend for Mastodon Mesa’s debut group show, Mastodon Maze! I co-curated this show with Mya Stark. It may or may not include: ballroom dancers, gynecological blasphemy, paleolithic wool-spinning workshops, modular tetrahedrons, fabric portal party arteries, haunted mirrors, cup-string telecommunications, undead florae, trompe-l’oeil record collections, dream object development, horrific make-out closets, free wine, lovable mermen, hair-dryer symphonies, two stunningly chromatic landscapes, and a prism parlor.

It definitely includes work from more than 20 of our favorite artists, notably a wall of wonders from We Love You So friend Michael C. Hsiung. There’s a huge art fair going on at the Pacific Design Center all weekend, so if you check that out (on the 2nd floor), don’t forget to head up to the 5th floor to get lost in Mastodon Maze.

Shiner Comics

Published January 28, 2010 by Molly

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Kevin F and John G are a pair of artists working outta Cleveland and doing their part to create (and conserve) a vibrant little arts and comics scene in the Buckeye State. They deserve a round of applause and a series of vigorous high-fives, at the very least.

The boys have been kind enough to post the first issue of Shiner magazine online for free downloading so that anyone can soak up the anthologized short stories of John G, Kevin Fagan and George McDougall. When was the last time you read comics that dealt with memory, ennui and various other weird psychic spaces? And that also included kittens? Hmm?

Go on, then.

Coles Phillips

Published January 28, 2010 by Graham

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Do yourself a favor and peruse the playful paintings of Coles Phillips. Surging to prominence after World War I and riding the wave of the roaring 20’s, Phillips was a young genius of editorial art whose work conquered the newsstands on the covers of periodicals like Life and Good Housekeeping. Deceptively straightforward, Phillips’ style isn’t far off from the eye-popping photorealism that Norman Rockwell would later hone into an art– yet each piece seems to be hinting at something beneath the surface. Establishing a distinct voice in the early days of visual mass media couldn’t have been easy, but Phillips’ work manages to tell you who he is even as it sells you cars, silverware, and the American dream.

Procrastination

Published January 27, 2010 by Molly

Procrastination is Johnny Kelly’s graduation film for MA in animation at the Royal College of Art. An investigative study into the practice (and art) of putting things off, it offers the thesis that sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two dozen other things first. Sound familiar?

Dantes Wharf

Published January 27, 2010 by Molly

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If you had a personal in-house artist to illustrate your nightmares (and maybe a couple of your dreams), the result would be something like Dantes Wharf.

Not sure what the overarching scheme of the site is, but it sure as hell does a good job at assembling all the classic nightmare signifiers in one place. We’ve got hominid skeletons, beady-eyed reptiles, de-gloved arms, swirling indescribable polygons, disturbing girls with Princess Leia buns, overenthusiastic canines, aliens, freaky kids, ultrasound machines, jellyfish, robots, anthropomorphism, googly eyes, human hearts, the food pyramid, blood, guts, horns, beaks, contorted mannequins and so much more.

The browsing might give you a heart attack but, hey, what’s a heart attack now and then? It’s worth it. We promise.

Avi Buffalo

Published January 26, 2010 by Dallas

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Though there isn’t much in the way of news to report from the Avi Buffalo camp I thought today would be a nice day to familiarize yourself with the work of these teenage Subpop future stars. As anyone who has had an ear to the ground in Southern California over the last year can tell you Long Beach bred Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is as natural a shredder as you are ever going to find. He and his bandmates have recently wrapped their full length debut, set to launch in the spring, but in the meanwhile you can grab the 7” teaser here. Fair warning though, “What’s In It For” promises to be in your head for weeks.

<a href="http://avibuffalo.bandcamp.com/track/whats-in-it-for">What&#8217;s In It For by Avi Buffalo</a>

Takashi Homma

Published January 26, 2010 by Graham

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Published by art zine empire Nieves in 2006, Takashi Homma’s Tokyo and My Daughter is a brief but beautiful collection of intimate photographs. The slim volume combines Homma’s two favorite subjects, with a selection of gorgeous cityscapes intertwined with comical and honest impressions of the artist’s young daughter.

Homma is renowned for his subdued Tokyo landscapes, but his portraits of Japanese youth are possibly even more affecting. The way he captures contemporary childhood is stunningly candid, instilling in the viewer a strong nostalgia for endless wonder– underlined by a sense of deep disquiet.

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