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Friday, July 07, 2006

A look at the present....

Modern Times
By Chris Coleman
Sound design
By George Cicci

"The original movie, "Modern Times," featured Charlie Chaplin struggling to deal with man's relationship to technology in the Industrial Age. We have now moved into the Age of Information in which our connection to the world around us is not only defined by technology, but the information it does or does not provide."

A look into the almost present...

"Ryan, directed by Chris Landreth, is an animated tribute to Canadian animator Ryan Larkin. Thirty years ago, at the National Film Board of Canada, Ryan produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Today, Ryan lives on welfare and panhandles for spare change in downtown Montreal. How could such an artistic genius follow this path?..."

A look into the past...

"As a teenager, Ryan Larkin studied at the Art School of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Arthur Lismer, and clearly showed sharp talent for character and figure drawing. In the early 1960s, he was hired by the National Film Board of Canada, and was immediately recognized by NFB's Norman McLaren as one of the brightest new artists in that organization. Norman personally took Ryan on as a protégé; and gave him the resources to create two animated short films: Citérama (1966) ("Cityscape") in 1963 and Syrinx (1965) in 1964. The latter film won worldwide recognition and propelled Ryan to even more ambitious projects." But as of, "(February 2005)(he is) Still unemployed and begging in the streets of Montréal, although the 2004 Academy Awards winning short biopic Ryan (2004) brought him renewed fame."
Here is "Ryan Larkin Walking"

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Prune's latest work

"Chimeras, created by the French artist Prune, are a hybrid between dog and child. Prune explains - "It's a reflexion on the border between human being and animal. I chose an ambiguity that you can find in all cities of the world, a quotidian fact > master who looks like his dog, or who carry it like a baby"

The sculptures are in resin and hand painted. The artist fixes them to a hole in the pavement, in front of bakeries ("the more quotidian shop//where dogs are forbidden")" - wooster collective

You can see more of his work at:

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Brightblack Morning Light debut on Matador Records

Brightblack Morning Light debuted on Matador Records on June 20, 2006 with a self titled album that sounds like it came straight out of the summer of love. With freak folk coming to a new populuar light Brightblack Morning Light is just laying down the yellow brick road to the top. You can hear them bellow and check them out at these sites.


Mark Jenkins "Embed" Videos

Mark Jenkins is a artist hailing from DC. He's mainly known for his "Tape Sculptures" but recently he has started a series called "Embend". Here are the videos he posted so far of his new pieces.

You can see more of his work at:

Monday, July 03, 2006

Boucherie - By Charlie Mars

boucherie on Vimeo

Boucherie - By Charlie Mars
You can see more of his work at:

Sunday, July 02, 2006

'Graffiti' Glitters at the Brooklyn Museum

Today on Npr's "All Things Considered" there was an interesting peice on Brooklyn Museum's new exhibit "Graffiti".

"New York City won the war on subway graffiti in the late 1980s. But the poignant symbol of urban angst lives on in an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, featuring 22 works of graffiti art." -NPR

Check out a small gallery and the audio at:

Philly Arts

Philly has great art scene and I really wanted to share it with you guys... I found this on TurnHere.com

Philly Arts
Philadelphia, PA

Art in Philadelphia ranges from indie galleries and coffee houses displaying do-it-yourself urban art to traditional museums.

Steve Janas