Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bufflo Planes!

Amazing mixed media artwork from Jesse Hazelip.

There is something impressive and haunting about these pictures. Ever since I watched the Empire Strikes Back, the line between man and machine has been more than a little compelling(and not always in a good way... does anyone remember the horrifying end of Superman 3?). Man and machines, nature as machines, man and nature... it gets more and more complicated. Jesse captures the anxiety of this pretty well. And on a pretty large scale.

Check out more of his recent exhibit on his blog.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Say it Saint So....

This is Ria Brodell's "St. Anthony Finds G.I. Joe's Gun". It's hard to say what's not to like about this picture. Retro kitsch, sure... but,  nothing can undermine my love for saints and hagiography. As a boy who grew up in the 80s, I know how exciting it is to find one of those little plastic guns under the bed or in the bottom of a bucket of Legos.
Visit Ria's site: here.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Problem Solved!

A while back I came up with an awesome idea of break dancing birds!

And in my excitement, I printed a bunch of shirts and no one wanted one! This is pretty frustrating to me because as much fun as it is to make shirts, it's important to sell them so I can make more. Part of the problem, I think is that the world isn't quite ready for break dancing birds. So, behold my solution... words to soften the ground.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Paper Elephant

A design company, the Curiosity Group has made a stop motion video using a pretty awesome paper elephant. It's called "From Flat to Flight" and you can find it here.
Honestly, the best part is that they have downloadable pdf for people inclined to make their one awesome flying elephant! Now that's interactive media!
While we're on the subject of paper art in motion, here's an cool New Zealand short animated film made for the NZ Book Council. It's produced by Colenso BBDO and animated by Andersen M Studio. Seriously, I am hugely impressed by this. It's mesmerizing and a statement of human patience!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Metalhearts pump thoroughly...

I've had long love affair with robots and all of the mechanized creations of our doomed humanity. Over at A Journey Round My Skull they do a great job of collecting great pop and pulp art from around the world. Recently, they put up a great collection of Soviet era robot illustrations from children's books(you can see that post here).

There is a tenderness and optimism that reminds me of the 80s readers they handed me in grade school. Strong colours, soft lines.

In this vein of technophilia, here are some robot related montages I threw together way, way back for a different(defunct, gone) blog project.

And lastly, my personal favourite!