Australian sculptor Paul Kaptein handcrafts laminated wood into exquisitely seamless sculptures. Interested in materialism and inspired by both nature and the concept of time, Kaptein creates works that are realistic yet surreal, rooted simultaneously in real life and in fantasy.
To Kaptein, the use of laminated wood is central to his practice. Representative of the dialogue between expansion and contraction and the relationship between interconnection and incompleteness, “the panels slip and slide, creating their own holes which exasperate the gaps in the fabric of the universe.”
While his wooden works vary in subject matter—a common motif being hooded, faceless busts—they all convey Kaptein’s innate interest in portraying of “the immaterial as an expression of the overt reliance (and ignorance of the composition) of materialism as a somewhat naive description of reality.” In one of his most recent works, And in the endless sounds there came a pause, the artist tackles reality through illusion: while the meditative figure is clearly distorted by the river-like grooves of his robe’s drapery when observed from the front or back, he appears perfectly normal when viewed from either side.
Ultimately, with its deceptive composition and well-crafted aesthetic, And in the endless sounds there came a pause merges two qualities characteristic of the artist: his interest in fabricating new realities and, of course, his undeniably superb woodworking skills.
Alva Bernadine, b. 1961, lives and works in London
Alva has photographed for numerous magazines and has had many profiles of his work in countries such as France, Spain, Italy, USA, Australia, Germany and, of course, Great Britain. He was a winner the Vogue/Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton Award in 1987 for his series of shoe pictures entitled ‘The Fetish’ and in 2002 won Erotic Photographer of the Year in Britain for his book Bernadinism: How to Dominate Men, Subjugate Women. Author of two photographic books: Gratuitous sex and Violence – My Favourites Lacroix Editions (London), 2010 Bernadinism: How to Dominate Men, Subjugate Women Edition Stemmle (Zurich), 2001
Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper class commodities broker and a homeless street hustler whose lives cross paths when they are unknowingly made part of an elaborate bet. Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, and Jamie Lee Curtis also star. The storyline is often called a modern take onMark Twain's classic 19th century novel The Prince and the Pauper. It also bears a resemblance to another of Mark Twain's stories, The Million Pound Bank Note.
The film was written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod and was produced by Aaron Russo. It was released to theaters in North America on June 8, 1983, where it was distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film earned over US$90 million during its theatrical run in the United States, finishing as the fourth highest earning film of the year and the second highest earning R-rated film of 1983.
Denholm Elliott and Jamie Lee Curtis won the British awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively, at the 37th British Academy Film Awards. The film was nominated for several additional awards including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 41st Golden Globe Awards.
John Robert "Joe" Cocker OBE (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) was an English rock and blues singer, who came to popularity in the 1960s, and was known for his gritty voice, his spasmodic body movement in performance and his cover versions of popular songs, particularly those of the Beatles.
His cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" reached number one in the UK in 1968, and he performed the song live atWoodstock in 1969. His version also became the theme song for the TV series The Wonder Years. His 1975 cover of Billy Preston's "You Are So Beautiful", reached number five in the US. Cocker is the recipient of several awards, including a 1983 Grammy Award for his US number one "Up Where We Belong", a duet with Jennifer Warnes. In 1993 he was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male, in 2007 was awarded a bronze Sheffield Legends plaque in his hometown, and in 2008 he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. Cocker was ranked #97 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers list.
Dangerous Minds is a compendium of the new and strange-new ideas, new art forms, new approaches to social issues and new finds from the outer reaches of pop culture. Our editorial policy, such that it is, reflects the interests, whimsies and peculiarities of the individual writers.
Morris Engel was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 8, 1918. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School and joined the Photo League in 1936 where he met Aaron Siskind, Berenice Abbott and Paul Strand, who invited him to work on his film “Native Land.”
Engel became a staff photographer on the newspaper “PM” and joined the Navy in 1941. As a member of Combat Photo Unit 8 that landed on Normandy on D-Day, he received a citation from Captain Edward Steichen.
After his return to “PM” he worked for many national magazines including “Ladies Home Journal”, “McCall’s”, “Fortune”, “Colliers” and others.
His initial interest for motion pictures begun with Paul Strand reached a new level when he built a lightweight hand-held 35mm camera with Charles Woodruff. This camera was a major factor in the production of his first film, “Little Fugitive.” It served the dual purpose of creating extreme fluidity, and being able to work on a small budget, with a tiny crew. The film, which is about a 7-year-old boy who runs away to Coney Island, has received international acclaim. Francois Truffaut said “Our new wave would never have come into being if it hadn’t been for the young American Morris Engel, who showed us the way to independent production with his fine movie “Little Fugitive.” It won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award, and was selected by the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.
Engel and Orkin married during the making of “Little Fugitive” in 1952, and made a second film together, “Lovers and Lollipops.” Engel made “Weddings and Babies” in 1958 that starred Viveca Lindfors, and “I Need a Ride to California” in 1968. He also completed two video features, “A Little Bit Pregnant” in 1994, and “Camellia” in 1998. He also returned to the streets of NYC, shooting color panoramas.
Through her art practice, Lizabeth Eva Rossof examines the dissemination of personal, political, economic, and sexual power and freedom in the digital age. As an interventionist and provocateur, Rossof challenges societal and commercial norms. Her art is research based, the fabrication of which is regularly outsourced to the very industries they are critiquing. She has exhibited in Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, New York, Oaxaca, Osaka, Aspen, and at the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow. Rossof has been the recipient of many academic awards including the Thomas J. Watson Award and the Jacob K. Javits Award, as well as several artist honors including The San Francisco Art Commission’s Murphy Award, C5’s Gran Prix at ISEA, and Takashi Murakami’s GEISAI Miami. She has completed residencies at Montalvo Center for the Arts and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and has been awarded residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, and CAMAC: Centre des Artes Marnay in France. She lives and works in San Francisco.
Lizabeth playfully explores the concerns of American media’s global influence, and China’s industry of counterfeiting the copyrighted properties held by said media in her presentation of Xi'an-America Warriors. The soldiers are authentic in their composition and detail. To insure that no detail would be overlooked, and that her army would be made of the same earth as the original statues, Rossof hired a Terracotta Warrior replicator Xi'an, China to manufacture the pieces . Distinct from the warriors of the First Emperor of Qin, discovered in 1974 by farmers in Xi’an, China, the members of Lizabeth’s Army have had their heads replaced with those of notable cartoon and comic book characters from American popular culture.
Love Hulten is a designer, craftsman, and innovator fusing modern technology with traditional artisan knowledge, creating a unique blend of function and aesthetics. Hulten's works range from original-concept computers and arcade gaming gems in solid wood and precious metals to modular lamps made from beeswax or seared metal. Hulten's intention is to present personal stories with character, playfulness, and mystique, but his works are also nostalgic visions in a world of throwaway excess and economic efficiency gone awry. By working with materials that, without regular maintenance and daily care, develop a beautiful patina, the longevity of Hulten's products is extended. These limited-edition collectibles breathe through time, rather than get suffocated by it. By specializing in creating these exclusive items, Hulten offers the buyer a genuine and personal experience. He carefully selects the finest natural materials to provide strength and durability. Everything is produced, polished, and assembled in Hulten's small-scale workshop in Gothenburg, Sweden. Special custom designs of Hulten's fine-quality products may be made upon request.
Arts Observer covers modern and contemporary art in New York, Washington, D.C., and beyond.
The photography-driven site offers a window into the visual art world through an ongoing series of observations and dispatches. There is also periodic coverage of other aesthetic forms, including design, fashion, architecture and interiors.
Arts Observer was established in 2011 by Victoria L. Valentine, a journalist and art enthusiast who regularly visits galleries, museums and art shows. She writes and photographs all of the site’s content.
James Bennett began studying art at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania. His professional career as an illustrator started soon after receiving recognition from the Society of Illustrators and RSVP as a scholarship student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.Bennett's conceptually humorous illustrations have since appeared as covers and interior pieces for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Business Week, TIME, MAD, The L.A. Times, Golf Digest, Maxim, and Readers Digest among others.He has produced art for RCA Records, American Express, Paramount Pictures, Citibank, Hasbro, and Milton Bradley.James Bennett has completed a number of picture books,two of which have appeared in the top 5 of The New York Times Best Seller list."Tell Me A Scary Story... But Not Too Scary,"written by Carl Reiner and the picture book"Halloween,"written by Jerry Seinfeld."The 2000 Year Old Man Goes To School," written by Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, and "Tell Me A Silly Story" by Carl Reiner have been added to the celebrity bookshelves.Bennett's awards include the prestigious Hamilton King Award, which acknowledges an illustrator's outstanding body of work represented by the "Best Illustration of the Year,"the Stevan Dohanos Award from The Society of Illustrators in NYC.The "Creative Show" in San Diego which recognizes the best in advertising for the year, awarded him a gold medal, and he has won both gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators Annual Shows in New York and Los Angeles.He has been featured in magazines such as Communication Arts and Fantasy Art from China.Bennett has been a member of the Executive Board of Directors at the Society of Illustrators, and a member of the Illustrators Partnership of America, and the historic Sketch Club of Philadelphia.He has taught classes in illustration and portfolio technique at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt in New York, The Universtity of the Arts in Philadelphia, and has lectured extensively at various art institutions nationwide.He recently received an Honorary Doctorate Degree after delivering the commencement speech to the graduating class of Bucks County Community College.The father of two sons, Steven and Brett, James lives and works in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Below is a list of all of Steven Spielberg's films: Amblin (1968) 0:08 Duel (1971) (TV) 1:24 Something Evil (1972) (TV) 2:30 The Sugarland Express (1974) 3:17 Jaws (1975) 5:22 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 7:11 1941 (1979) 8:33 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 9:37 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 12:08 Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) (segment 2) 14:25 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 16:50 The Color Purple (1985) 19:06 Empire of the Sun (1987) 20:33 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 22:05 Always (1989) 24:20 Hook (1991) 25:43 Jurassic Park (1993) 26:54 Schindler's List (1993) 28:44 The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) 31:29 Amistad (1997) 33:06 Saving Private Ryan (1998) 35:20 Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001) 37:52 Minority Report (2002) 39:53 Catch Me If You Can (2002) 41:53 The Terminal (2004) 43:37 War of the Worlds (2005) 45:55 Munich (2005) 47:19 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) 49:34 The Adventures of TinTin (2011) 50:49 War Horse (2011) 51:38 Lincoln (2012) 52:18 Final Tribute 53:27
Ron Ulicny is a Portland-based artist who creates “viscurrealistic fabrications”, sculptural works that draw their impact from surreal change-ups in material selection. A vintage bowling pin is sliced open, and a nocturnal forest is inserted into its midsection. A hand saw’s blade is replaced by multiple paintbrushes. I wasn’t necessarily surprised, when going through the artist’s portfolio site, to find quotes from Jasper Johns, Magritte, Duchamp, and Rauschenberg, each of whom are pretty clear influences on Ulicny.
Joshua Budich is a freelance artist, illustrator and kick-ass designer. He lives and works in the DC/Baltimore area and has a degree in Fine Arts. His work within the movie genre is well known and covers a broad range of themes including many horror and cult films. Aside from being a brilliant artist he has amassed a very impressive collection of Star Wars toys which he also features on his website.
Haddon Hubbard "Sunny" Sundblom (June 22, 1899 – March 10, 1976) was a Swedish illustrator and American artist best known for the images of Santa Claus he created for The Coca-Cola Company.
Sundblom was born in Muskegon, Michigan to a Swedish-speaking family. His father, Karl Wilhelm Sundblom, came from the farm Norrgårds in the village of Sonboda in Föglö of the Swedish-speaking part of Åland Islands, then part of the Russian Grand Duchy of Finland now Finland, and his mother Karin Andersson was from Sweden. Sundblom studied at theAmerican Academy of Art.
Sundblom is best remembered for his advertising work, specifically the Santa Claus advertisements he painted for The Coca-Cola Company in the 1930s.
Sundblom's Claus firmly established the larger-than-life, grandfatherly Claus as a key figure in American Christmas imagery. So popular were Sundblom's images of Claus (Sundblom's images are used by Coca-Cola to this day) that Sundblom is often credited has having created the modern image of Santa Claus.
According to the Coca-Cola company: "For inspiration, Sundblom turned to Clement Clark Moore's 1822 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" (commonly called "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"). Moore's description of St. Nick led to an image of Santa that was warm, friendly, pleasantly plump and human. For the next 33 years, Sundblom painted portraits of Santa that helped to create the modern image of Santa – an interpretation that today lives on in the minds of people of all ages, all over the world."
Sundblom also conceived Coke's mascot Sprite Boy who appeared in print ads during the 1940s and 1950s.
Sundblom is recognized as a major influence on many well known pin-up artists, such as Gil Elvgren, Edward Runci, Joyce Ballantyne, Art Frahm, and Harry Ekman. In the mid-1930s, he began to paint pin-ups and glamour pieces for calendars. Sundblom's last assignment, in 1972, was a cover painting for Playboy's Christmas issue.
"Sundblom gets pigeonholed as the painter of Coca-Cola Santa Clauses, but this trivializes his central place in 20th century advertising art. More than any artist including Norman Rockwell, Sundblom defined the American Dream in pictures, proved by his work for virtually the entire Fortune 500. [Among his still-living legacy is the Quaker Oats man, posed by his assistant Harold W. McCauley.]
Los Angeles based photographer, Mallory Morrison, has been honing her skills in underwater photography for the past several years. Originally a dance photographer, Mallory blended her photography skills with her twenty-four years of dance experience, bringing about a perfect marriage of her two passions. Mallory’s evolution into underwater photography allowed her to introduce another element to this union and extend the range of her talent even further. Her use of dancers in an underwater environment allows Mallory to challenge the boundaries of people photography - utilizing weightlessness to tell stories, which explore the depths of movement and composition.
In 1991, Marvel hired Madureira as an intern at the age of 16. His first published work was an eight-page story for the anthology series Marvel Comics Presents, starring Northstar. In the next few years, Madureira completed various assignments for Marvel's sprawling X-Men franchise. He became the regular penciller on Uncanny X-Men in 1994 and soon rose to become one of the most popular artists in the industry. As the Uncanny X-Men artist, Madureira designed the Age of Apocalypse uniforms, new manga-inspired costumes for the regular title (after Onslaught), as well as the Avengers' brief new designs after The Crossing.
He left Uncanny X-Men in 1997 to work on his own series Battle Chasers for Wildstorm Comics' creator-owned Cliffhanger imprint (before it was sold to DC Comics). Nine issues of the constantly behind schedule comic were released. The number 10 was announced but was finally never published. Joe Madureira gave up publishing it because this number was the first part of a new cycle which he would not have been able to end given his new activities. Joe then went on to work for the video game industry. Starting with the start-up company Tri-Lunar, he created concept art on a game called Dragonkind which was cancelled when Tri-Lunar folded. He then went on to work for NC Soft, on two games, Exarch (which was also cancelled) and Dungeon Runners. During this time, he would occasionally contribute cover artwork for gaming magazines and comic books.
In early August 2005 it was revealed that Madureira would return to the comic industry, working on The Ultimates Volume 3 with Jeph Loeb for Marvel Comics.
Madureira was dubbed one of the ten most influential comic artists of all time in the May 2002 issue of Wizard magazine. This position was instantly contested by many comic book readers, for this list did not include many artists who had a profound influence on the comics industry for a much longer time than Joe Madureira (for example: Hergé, Moebius, Katsuhiro Otomo, etc.). Dreamwave Productions founder Pat Lee said of Madureira, "when people think of the late '90s in comics, they will think of Joe Madureira.
Madureira remarked early style was heavily influenced by Arthur Adams in an interview with Wizard Magazine. But his style evolved into one more influenced by manga and anime. In interviews Madureira has mentioned that series such as Ghost in the Shell and Bastard! are among his favorites. His popular run on X-Men helped fuel the growing interest in Japanese entertainment during the late 1990s.
Street Artist BLU‘s latest mural is just as ambitious and wonderful as his previous projects. Known for his playful murals he paints onto brick walls, gravel paths, water tanks, forgotten corners, construction sites, and abandoned buildings, he turns overlooked spaces into canvases for jaw-dropping paintings and animations. This time BLU has turned his attention to an old military warehouse in Rome and covered it with a couple of dozen colorful, expressive characters. Stretching over 50 old offices, the scale of this mural is as impressive as it is ambitious.
BLU has a talent for creating eye catching, intriguing street art. He first started to paint in the back streets of his home town of Bologna, and from 2001 had developed a distinct style of using house paint and rollers to quickly sketch his ideas on public spaces. Normally painting human figures, or strange combinations of animals and people, BLU’s work is light-hearted and surreal. He had a period of many years traveling from festival to festival and learnt how to use his environment to his benefit. Basing his sketches on the curves of buildings and pre-existing shapes, he made use of the tools he had at hand.
True to the nature of street art, BLU isn’t precious about his creations, and actively erases his own work to create his intricate animations. They fold out on themselves, essentially erasing what came before. This talented Italian artist has a skill for entertaining pedestrians busy running their daily errands and loves to interrupt their routine with comical, sarcastic narratives and figures. With eye-catching murals scattered all around the world (from Mexico City to Los Angeles, Berlin to West Bank)
Jim Woodring was born in Los Angeles in 1952 and enjoyed a childhood made lively by an assortment of mental an psychological quirks including paroniria, paranoia, paracusia, apparitions, hallucinations and other species of psychological and neurological malfunction among the snakes and tarantulas of the San Gabriel mountains.
He eventually grew up to bean inquisitive bearlike man who has enjoyed three exciting careers: garbage collector, merry-go-round-operator and cartoonist. A self-taught artist, his first published works documented the disorienting hell of his salad days in an “illustrated autojournal” called JIM. This work was published by Fantagraphics Books and collected in THE BOOK OF JIM in 1992.
He is best known for his wordless comics series depicting the follies of his character Frank, a generic cartoon anthropomorph whose adventures careen wildly from sweet to appalling. A decade’s worth of these stories was collected in THE FRANK BOOK in 2004. The 2010 Frank story WEATHERCRAFT won The Stranger’s Genius Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for that year. The most recent Frank book, CONGRESS OF THE ANIMALS, was released in 2011.
Woodring is also known for his anecdotal charcoal drawings (a selection which was gathered in SEEING THINGS in 2005), and the sculptures, vinyl figures, fabrics and gallery installations that have been made from his designs. His multimedia collaborations with the musician Bill Frisell won them a United States Artists Fellowship in 2006. He lives in Seattle with his family and residual phenomena.
The world's premier music publication, Billboard has served the entertainment business since 1894. Beginning as a weekly for the billposting and advertising business, Billboard and its popular music charts have evolved into the primary source of information on trends and innovation in music, serving music fans, artists, top executives, tour promoters, publishers, radio programmers, lawyers, retailers, digital entrepreneurs and many others.
As Billboard's consumer-faced online home, Billboard.com features an extensive array of searchable, playable charts, breaking music news, artist interviews and exclusives, news, video and more. Launched in 1995 as Billboard Online, Billboard.com now attracts well over ten million unique visitors each month in more than 100 countries and has become the de facto digital destination for popular music.
Billboard is headquartered in New York with bureaus in Los Angeles and Miami, and has editorial correspondents in major cities around the globe.
Oak Thitayarak, is a Chicago-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer, who captured some rather eye-catching images in his hometown recently.
Today he shares those with us and with you, giving us a candid look at what life on the Chicago streets is like, and for everyone who calls them home. Check out the stunning photos below and speak your mind on it after the jump.
He recently created a gritty series of street portraits documenting the homeless.
Vancouver-based art student Fiona Tang creates masterful, life-sized drawings of animals that appear to pop right off of the paper. A tough-looking whale emerges from the wall to battle a menacing shark; a regal deer looks straight at the viewer; an immense crocodile pokes its snout out from the wall. Although the artworks look incredibly three-dimensional, each piece is actually a completely flat and 2D drawing, created using a variety of media like charcoal, acrylic paint, conte, and chalk pastel.
Tang pulls off her convincing illusions using a technique called trompe l'oeil, which uses realistic imagery to make 2D objects appear 3D. This technique, combined with Tang's expressive gestural method of drawing, make for impressive, eye-popping artworks that seem to have a life of their own.