Late Summer (Hit List).
LLLLLLLLL. Laaaaaaaaaa. Okay, I’m just gonna say it, Late Summer (Hit List). It’s really difficult to accept that it’s August 9th, and Fall is just over a month away. But, c’est la vie. And, the honest truth is that there’s been something revitalizing about all this rain and green, refreshing like new life. In light of that, here are some new projects to take note of.
Missed Connections: Illustrated
Artist/Illustrator Sophie Blackall illustrates New York Missed Connections and posts them to her blog. This is oh so New York. I love what she writes about the project:
Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.
Ink Calendar by Artist Oscar Diaz
This perfect union of art and design is not only gorgeous, but clever as hell. The materials used automatically suck ink out of the bottle, “printing” the date one day at a time.
The ink colors are based on a spectrum, which relate to a “color temperature scale”, each month having a color related to our perception of the weather on that month. The colors range from dark blue in December to three shades of green in spring or orange and red in the summer.
Check out the Artist’s website here.
It’s certainly no surprise that this made the list, but damn, how awesome is this? This is one of those things that reminds you of why art is so powerful, broadcasting those little nuances of genius that can’t be materialized in any other form of communication.
Piltdown Days: A short film by Kenny Curwood
I stepped into new friend Kenny Curwood’s apartment the other day to the disclaimer of “I’m sorry it’s so dark in here, I’ve converted my bathroom into a darkroom.” Five years ago perhaps this wouldn’t be quite so strange, but who does that these digital days??? Kenny Curwood. This beautiful, quirky, nostalgia inducing Super 8 short was filmed, developed and hand edited on self-education. Pretty dope and inspiring.
What in the Piltdown? According to Wikipedia: The “Piltdown Man” is a famous paleontological hoax concerning the finding of the remains of a previously unknown early human. The hoax find consisted of fragments of a skull and jawbone collected in 1912 from a gravel pit at Piltdown, a village near Uckfield, East Sussex, England. The fragments were thought by many experts of the day to be the fossilised remains of a hitherto unknown form of early man.
Just Google our boy for a second. It is amazing to be a part of an artist’s career, photographing his first pieces and building his first website, and watching him blow up. In the last few weeks his work has hit the blog line like a frakkin’ meteorite. And to think, three months ago I was up at RISD photographing his graduate thesis show. From the Urban Outfitters blog, to MoCo Loco, to Design*Sponge, this kid is blowin’ right the smack up. And, we couldn’t be more thrilled.