Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

More Found Photos!

Friday, January 21st, 2011

A lovely roll of film found in New York.

Photo Treasure

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Imagine coming across these beautiful photos at an antique auction and discovering a lifetime of work. That’s what happened to John Maloof who discovered the work of Vivian Maier, a nanny who took street photographs in Chicago from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Her photos are so beautifully composed and capture such interesting moments. Sadly, she died before he could meet her, but he’s been working to preserve and bring her work to light.

Check out Maloof’s blog that has more information about her life and work here.

Umuzi Photo Club Exhibition – Brooklyn, New York!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

An update from David Dini of the Umuzi Photo Club!

There will be an exhibition of the photo club’s work at the powerHouse Arena, opening night on Thurs. Dec. 9th with viewings till Sun. Dec. 12th. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the Umuzi team on opening night and prints will also be on sale. So if you’re in Brooklyn, go go go!!

Invitation details  can be found here.

“Who is Theo Gallaro?”

Friday, November 12th, 2010

“Um, pardon?…what?”

Had to blog about this awesome young artist, Theo Gallaro (12 years old!). So lame that I come across him the day after his showing at Sleeping Giant Gallery finished! Check out this great video from Francis Mitchell interviewing him! I love how he’s incorporated magic tricks into his pieces.

“So I’ll have a character who’s supposed to be pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but instead he’s pulling a head off a dude. Which is sort of weird”…and then I love how embarrassed he gets after this part. I want to hug him. Or pinch his cheeks. ~yy

Theo Gallaro Interview / Sleeping Giant Gallery from Francis Mitchell on Vimeo.

The Power of Pictures

Monday, November 8th, 2010

I was listening to the BBC last week and heard about the Umuzi Photo Club. The club teaches primary and secondary school students in Johannesburg’s developing communities through workshops led by volunteers. Recently, they had an exhibit to bring attention to the needs of the Diepsloot Township. The youth of the community set out to capture photos of problems in the community that needed to be addressed by the government.

Photo from the Umuzi Photo club website. Photo by Beauty Mokwena showing a burst pipe leaking hazardous material near an area where children are playing.

The Umuzi Photo Club sounds like a great organization that exposes youth to the art of photography, self-expressions, social-consciousness and leadership. Definately check out their website for more photos and info.

It also reminded me of the documentary “Born into Brothels” about a photographer who started a photo club with children in Calcutta’s red-light district. From that experience, her organization Kids with Cameras has expanded to hold workshops in various other cities in the world for underprivileged children. It’s so interesting to see the world through the lens of a different culture and through the eyes of youth.

~ Lurgs

AT.AW. at upART

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Eric of AT.AW. will be showing at Gladstone Hotel’s upArt show from Friday, Oct. 29th – Sunday, Oct. 31st.  There’s an opening reception on Thurs. Oct. 28th from 7-10pm. Here’s some of there work from  a previous post. There’s a $5 admission fee :( but worth checking out, he’s going to unleash a new art toy! And looks like there will also be other interesting artists present.

**Also spotted, some of Denture Thief’s plush toys and Shannon Gerard’s Plustaches available at the Drake General Store. Great place to browse for interesting things!

Birdie friends

Monday, September 20th, 2010

It’s been so long, I don’t know where to begin. Lurgs has been holding down the fort and killing it with really amazing and fun posts while I did my thing. I’m so lucky to have such an awesome sweatshop partner!

I’ll be back on track soon enough but first just wanted to share a few pics that I’ve been meaning too…

These were taken from a building in Old Montreal. I’m not actually sure what they did in the building. I’m imagining something fun and creative! The bird drawings were just too sweet to pass up for a photo op, don’t you agree? ~yy

Playing with Light

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

A while ago, I came across these light doodle videos “Pika Pika” — after some googling, I’m still not sure how this name came about (if it’s a Japanese light graffiti crew, or the name of the technique or both), but the results are so fun to watch. Armed with multi-coloured flashlights or glow sticks and a camera that can be set for long exposures, anyone can create these light doodles. I’m amazed at the more detailed bits of animation, and how you can keep track of what you just drew when it’s just a beam of light in the air that’s already disappeared.

You can find more info on Pika Pika projects here.

And now Dentsu London, a creative communications agency, has kicked it up a notch with the use of greater technology and the iPad, and creating 3D light animations. Check out the video here.

A lot more planning and a lot more precise, though maybe not as spontaneous or accessible, it’s an interesting new way to play and think about animation.

With no computer scanning equipment or iPad, a flashlight or match will do. Here’s my attempt at pika pika one night on a mountain in Peru. Watch out for those monsters S!! ~Lurgs

Sketch a Wedding!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

The invitations have been sent…you got the flowers, the caterer, the photographer….what about a sketch artist?

Before I even met the talented Brian Wong, I knew him as the guy who’s always drawing in the atrium at school. And for those who know him, he is almost literally always drawing — a furrowed brow and a flurry of hand movements over a sketchbook.

So when I saw his latest project, I thought what a perfect idea especially for him and what a unique way to capture a very special day. Brian was hired to capture a wedding in sketch form. These sketches seem to capture specific details of the moment, gestures and personalities in a more visceral way than photographs. He followed the events for the whole day and sketched in pen on the spot.  Additional tones, high-lights and refinements were added afterwards. He was on the move the whole day (15 hrs. !?!) and an average sketch took about 2-3 minutes. I can only imagine the stamina it takes to do this.

The couple received the entire sketchbook in the end of the original artwork. To see the full day of sketches, check it out here.  It’s truly a carpal tunnel provoking mass of work. His other sketches are also posted on his blog and feel free to contact him if you need a wedding artist or have an illustration project in mind.


Buildings & Vampires

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

I’m in love with this little film. It’s what my dreams would be made out of. Watch it here. Made by some talented people in Barcelona. Oh Barcelona! Another place of of my dreams. ~ Lurgs