29
Nov 10

Snow

Sitting in the airport on my way back from a weekend in Jackson and found this on 20×200:

Photo by Joseph Holmes, Words by Anne Sexton


25
Nov 10

Chuck Close

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

-Chuck Close

Via The Digital Kids


24
Nov 10

It’s ON

Run 1 of day 1 of the 2010-2011 season will start exactly where it should – ON THE TRAM! Get ready, it’s going to be a big winter.


20
Nov 10

Influencers

When people aren’t looking at you – when nobody’s looking, when the camera’s off – what are you made of when you’re by yourself?

INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION from R+I creative on Vimeo.


17
Nov 10

Danny MacAskill – Way Back Home

Forget about understatement – Way Back Home deserves to be lavished with floridly coarse, indulgently melodramatic praise, because it is perfect, and beautiful, and superhuman. That is all.


16
Nov 10

The Nine Eyes of Google Street View

I just ran across The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, Montreal artist Jon Rafman’s project to pull little moments of life out of Google’s Street View feature of Google Maps. It’s a fascinating combination of art, technology and life as it exists out there, every day, right now. In an excellent essay on the project, Rafman says:

Street View collections represent our experience of the modern world, and in particular, the tension they express between our uncaring, indifferent universe and our search for connectedness and significance.

and further:

These collections seek to convey contemporary experience as represented by Google Street View. We are bombarded by fragmentary impressions and overwhelmed with data, but we often see too much and register nothing. In the past, religion and ideologies often provided a framework to order our experience; now, Google has laid an imperial claim to organize information for us. Sergey Brin and Larry Page have compared their search engines to the mind of God and proclaimed as their corporate motto, “do no evil.”

Rafman describes his function as something of a collector, a sentient observer sifting through the images of Google’s unsolicited, emotionless visual catalog of our world, captured without the intention or emotion a human photographer might seek to express. Collected and displayed, the images evoke the work of Joel Sternfeld, Edward Hopper, Robert Frank, Phillip Toledano, something of Warhol. They can be whatever Rafman wants them to be, evocative of almost any style or influence, if only because the Google Streetview project itself is so huge and the possibilities are so vast and varied.

Here’s a quick selection. More – and larger – images are at 9eyes.tumblr.com.

edit: I’ve also found a whole cache of other write-ups here. Looks like I’m late to the party, oh well.


16
Nov 10

Wingsuiting

This is just so badass-ly awesome in so many ways (reason: every dream of flying you’ve ever had) that I can’t help but post it up.

Phoenix-Fly Wingsuit Flying: The Need 4 Speed from Phoenix Fly on Vimeo.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft thro’ footless halls of air…
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

High Flight, John Gillespie Magee, 1941


14
Nov 10

All.I.Can.

Here’s a preview of Sherpas Cinema‘s two year movie project All.I.Can, with some really incredible time lapses, ridiculous riding (Dana Flahr’s POV line, uhhhh, absurd), beautiful non-skiing shots, and a well-delivered environmental theme. This is also the crew behind the recent Chimaera episode of Salomon Freeski TV, and hopefully a lot more in the future. My new favorite producers – after Brain Farm, that is…

All.I.Can. Official Teaser from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.


11
Nov 10

Chicken: Tuna of the Land

Here’s a stop-motion video I made a while back of Travis Walker, Ben Carlson and myself working on some Obamas at Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary, in the post-Teton Thai/pre-Art Ass days of Teton Artlab. Hoping to make more random junk like this soon…

PS, sorry for the jerky finish. Those were the amateur days. Also, here’s a quick vid of a favorite artist of mine, Hush, working at Shooting Gallery here in San Francisco:


08
Nov 10

Salomon Freeski TV S04 E06

Another episode of Salomon Freeski TV came out today with really fun footage from a trip to Mica Heliskiing in Revelstoke, BC. A helicopter’s been hovering outside my window for the past 20 minutes and it’s driving me nuts, but the irony quickly fades as soon as things get rolling: