Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Young@Heart


I just finished watching the most incredible and inspiring movie. It's a documentary called Young@Heart, which tells the story of a choir that originally developed from an elderly housing project in Northampton, MA. The members range from 70-80 years in age and are directed by Bob Cilman, an obvious music lover who is passionate about the performances of his choir members. Bob teaches them songs ranging from the Ramones "I Wanna Be Sedated" to Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark".

The people in this film have the most brilliant spirits. It's amazing to watch. Through most of it I had a huge smile plastered on my face but there are a couple sad parts. Two beloved members of the choir pass away during the filming. One was planning a duet of Coldplay's "Fix You" with fellow retired singer Frank Knittle, who dedicates this heartbreaking performance to his friend, Bob Salvini:

Young At Heart - Fix You


Before their final performance the choir visits a local prison and sings for the inmates. They also performs a song for them in memory of a member who had just passed away that morning. The reaction of the inmates is absolutely beautiful. I cannot gush enough - You have to see this movie.





Young@Heart is a Walker George film distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Amuse yourself with the Crappy Cat



Use your arrows to navigate the Crappy Cat through a land of destruction featuring penguins, a french maid, eyeball ping pong, multiple darth vadars, a banjo band, and lots of alcohol. After defeating the monster at the end, Crappy Cat rides off into the sky like a little E.T. with his basket of liqueur. How cute :)


Sam Weber


Images:
Masked
The Guardsman

Prints are available for purchase online. Most of his work is painted by hand and then digitally manipulated. I like the muted color palate.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New McGinness



Two new books are on the horizon for McGinness fans in addition to what sounds like a large scale installation at Deitch.

From the article in Paper about the upcoming projects of Ryan McGinness:

First up are two new tasty books for his product-hungry fans – No Sin/No Future (Ginko Press) and the bound, two-volume package, Aesthetic Comfort (Arkitip). Next comes the concurrent presentation of a major exhibition of his latest painting and sculptures at Deitch hProjects, and a volume of his hybridized graphi-art achievements taken from the past three years (Rizzoli) — both aptly titled Ryan McGinness Works. The Deitch exhibition includes a monumental mural grid of 45 individual panels, bent laser-cut acrylic sculptures, a stunning suite of seven color spectrum painting, the mesmeric black on black monochromes and a black-light installation that amps up his most eye-poking fluorescents to a psychedelic frenzy.

McGinness continues to push the experiential dimensions of installation while investigating the modular and serial dynamics of the multiple. “I choose the restriction of formalism to create a kind of design problem-solving in my art,” he admits, “but working on the computer where there is no original drawing and everything is infinitely scalable, reproducible and re-combinative, I’ve also become interested in the overlap between the production and reproduction of art.” If anyone can translate that overlap in visual terms, it’s McGinness.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Organic Typography


If I had $200 to spare I’d probably splurge on this collection of hand-drawn, digital typography. These are just a few samples shown above. The full collection comes with 20 original typesets, 6 uppercase and 14 lowercase.

Arn0

A Flowering Tree by Arn0