Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Art | Painting | Gary Taxali

Saw these awesome oil paintings at the La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles over the weekend by Indian-born, Canadian-reared painter Gary Taxali. Check it out!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Cool Video | The Knife | "Like a Pen"

Eric Lister, good friend, illustrator extraordinaire, and fellow Marin County chum, shares this very cool animated video from Swedish group The Knife.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Writing | Humour | Steve Martin

Just sharing this because I remembered and because it's one of the funniest, wittiest things I've ever read, "Times Roman Font Announces Shortage of Periods," by Steve Martin.

Music | Drum & Bass | Radio

Originally posted on We Have The Most Fun, my personal blog.

Two Saturdays ago I was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco to meet my parents for dinner at Paul K in Hayes Valley before they went to the SF Symphony and I went to meet Natalie in the Lower Haight for some wine (before hitting up a Green Gorilla Lounge party later). Instinctively, my hand went to the preset dials for 90.3 FM, the radio station of KUSF, where I caught one of my all-time favourite radio shows, Saturday afternoon's Future Breaks. Lucky for everyone the world over, their sets are now available as podcasts, so when you're out of their signal range (or doing something else on a Saturday afternoon), you can still get their awesome mixes of the latest in drum 'n' bass, breaks, dubstep, etc. To sign up for their podcasts, click here. And if you want to just listen to their shows, head over to their blog. Now, if only there was a way to download Fabio & Grooverider ... if anyone knows how, let me know!

Art | Exhibition | Tropicalia

One of my biggest regrets last winter in London was not making it to the Barbican Centre for the widely advertised Tropicàlia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture exhibition. But just last Friday I flip through the latest issue of New York and discover that the exact same exhibition is now at The Bronx Museum of the Arts til January. Yay! I'm saving my visit til I'm back in New York in a few weeks. Who wants to go with me?

Art | Design | Droog

One of the best discoveries last fall in Amsterdam was the Dutch design collective, Droog. If you're ever in Amsterdam, I highly encourage you to stop by one of their showrooms for some of the most truly cutting-edge, quirky, funky household and furniture design. Sadly, their website is a little difficult to navigate for quick and easy inspiration, but this article is pretty good.

Art | Photography | Gregory Crewdson

A few months ago in Hamburg, I ventured into the center of town on a Saturday afternoon in hopes of getting my thoughts away from portfolio/ad school land. I visited the city's main bookstore and after seeing a fascinating working exhibition set up by the city's Museum of Labour, I spent a few hours browsing through the English novels and art books. That's when I discovered this guy, Gregory Crewdson, an American photographer whose work I fell head over heels in love with almost immediately. The book was well over 100 euros, so I spared myself the expense, but I think his work's suburban themes, cast in an iconographic, almost religious, light, are really inspirational. They make me think of ads where what's missing is the product. So, the game is, look at several of his pictures, and try to think of what kind of product or service they could be for. Or what kind of film, story, or commercial. This is one of my favourites.