Friday, February 27, 2009
Painstakingly created over a four year period while a student at the California Institute of the Arts, animator John Ross shot Gork live action on 16mm film and then spent the majority of that time painting cels and rotoscoping it the old-fashioned way with a "downshooter" camera system.
Interesting note: Ross was taught how to rotoscope by Michael Patterson. An instructor at CalArts at the time, Patterson was also a freelance artist who, with his wife Candace Reckinger, was in the midst of making a music video for the song "Take On Me" by an obscure Norwegian pop group known as a-ha.
via A Very Wide Array
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Stealing beauty: the greatest art heists in history:
Perhaps the greatest art theft of them all remains the Gardner art heist, in which thieves made off with 13 works from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, in 1990. Altogether they were valued at $500m (£350m) and included Vermeer's The Concert, which is believed to be the world's most valuable missing art work. The haul also included a Manet, several Degas sketches and three Rembrandts. Nineteen years and a $5m (£3.5m) reward later, it remains an unsolved mystery Photograph: Barney Burstein
Exploring a ‘Deep Web’ That Google Can’t Grasp Beyond those trillion pages lies an even vaster Web of hidden data: financial information, shopping catalogs, flight schedules, medical research and all kinds of other material stored in databases that remain largely invisible to search engines.... Now a new breed of technologies is taking shape that will extend the reach of search engines into the Web’s hidden corners. When that happens, it will do more than just improve the quality of search results — it may ultimately reshape the way many companies do business online. (via) (prev)
Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci discovered in Basilicata What may be a hitherto unknown portrait of Leonardo da Vinci in middle age shows that the Renaissance genius had piercing blue eyes, a long nose and long greying hair with a droopy moustache.
A design for life (The history of the smiley face symbol) Feelgood corporate logo, acid house icon and txt msg emoticon: one chirpy yellow emblem has kept grinning since the first summer of love. Jon Savage celebrates the life of Smiley.
Q&A: Dennis Hopper I don't spend a lot. Most of my art collection I got by trading it or through knowing the artist. I got Andy Warhol's first soup can painting for $75. I lost it to my first wife.
This gallery presents the best images from the Materials Research Society’s recent Science as Art competition. Each one depicts familiar objects made from materials with otherworldly properties—and they’re insanely small. This quiz will test how well you understand this tiny, alien world.
more at nanobliss
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Ilustración de Henning Wagenbreth
A boy was very poor, and they told him that if he eats one ton of old iron, he gets ten thousand millions of dollars, the boy accepted and in two days the boy and his family became millionaires.
150 SUEÑOS ILUSTRADOS - a collection of children’s dreams illustrated by various artists.
via the Glasgow School of Art Library
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Uncertain Times is a full one year old today.
Thanks to all of you loyal friends and visitors who have made this an extraordinarily fun ride. I have learned a great deal over the last year and you have helped this weblog to grow in ways that I had never anticipated.
Initially, I really had no idea what I was going to do with Uncertain Times, but over the months I have grown comfortable with what it has evidently become. I'll choose not to define that too precisely and just leave avenues open for wherever we may go.
As you might have noticed, posting has been down in volume over the last few months and I anticipate that this will remain the trend. There will be stops and spurts, but I'll always do my best to pass along the finest gems I can find, as has been my hope and intention all along.
p.s. Uncertain Times v.ii has become a storehouse for random items that I find along the way. There has been a fair bit of action there lately.
painting by G.K. Bellows
The Most Brilliant Sci-Fi Mind on Any Planet: Philip K. Dick (pdf) (excellent 1975 Rolling Stone article by Paul Williams)
Articles, Essays and Fiction - a collection of PKD related writings
via Ministry of Truth
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I will be working and in The Lab for the next few days and back on Monday morning. A Friday the 13th, Valentine's Day and the President's Day holiday in the same weekend... should be interesting.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
...is an interesting search term.
There's the odd Photoshop job, or two.... (via)
Refacing Government Tender
I liked emancipation of the zombie presidents featuring, from left: James K. Polk, Richard Nixon, Martin Van Buren and Abraham Lincoln....
...and, of course, Zombie Lincoln on the Moon.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Director: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro
A detective enters a train car where he finds different manifestations of a force that haunts the place. Using his telepathic powers he tries to enter the mind of a recently deceased man before all his memories vanish.
Think Tank is a series of visual essays presented by the Brazilian production house, V2 Cinema. Monthly online videos feature various well-known artists whose works and viewpoints are interpreted by V2's stable of filmmakers. This story is built around an interview with David Lynch.
Interview: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro on The Soul Detective
via Cabinet of Wonders
Monday, February 9, 2009
Considering that some scientists estimate that the human brain can calculate at the rate of 100 trillion bits per second* (some say more), intuition and even ‘psychic’ ability might very well be a product of this immense power of processing.
*Although computers can calculate at nearly the speed of light, they perform calculations one at a time. The brain, in comparison, calculates at a snail’s pace, but makes up for this by performing trillions of operations simultaneously.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
quagmire (Polaroid 20x30)
Joachim Knill designed and built the world's largest portable instant film camera. His 20x30 Polaroids of "surreal installations" have a colorful, painterly quality to them that runs somewhat counter to what you would expect from this particular medium. His panoramas are decidedly more photographic, but no less interesting.
Although I enjoyed his work, it was the camera that hooked me.
Joachim and his camera
via everlasting blört
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Born in the midst of the Great Depression on February 5, 1934 and raised in poverty in a still-segregated South, Henry Aaron would rise to become a legendary superstar, a symbol of all that is good about the game of baseball, and a class act.
Received this from my buddy Crow via email:
Verducci (in Joe Torre's new book) writes that Clemens’s usual pregame preparation included taking a whirlpool bath at the hottest temperature possible. “He’d come out looking like a lobster,” Yankee trainer Steve Donahue told Verducci. Donahue would then rub hot liniment all over Clemens’s body.
“Then Donahue would rub the hottest possible liniment on his testicles,” Verducci writes. “He’d start snorting like a bull,” the trainer said. “That’s when he was ready to pitch.”
In June 1978, the Cramps, a pioneering New York-based rock band who blend the primitive twangy stomp of rockabilly with the attitude and willful perversity of punk, were touring the West Coast and discovered they’d been lined up with perhaps the most unusual gig of their career. The Cramps were booked to play a show at the Napa State Mental Hospital, a facility for the emotionally challenged, and found themselves facing an audience that was half smuggled-in punk fans and half in-patients whose reaction to the performance was often vocal and demonstrative. A cameraman from the punk-oriented video collective Target Video was on hand with a primitive black-and-white camera, and the results became the infamous The Cramps: Live at the Napa State Mental Hospital. As the band faced a truly unusual audience, it roared through a handful of songs, including “Human Fly,” “Love Me,” “Domino,” “The Way I Walk,” “What’s Behind the Mask,” and “T.V. Set.”
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The reason I work with human hair is that hair has symbolic significance: beauty, strength, health, attraction, etc. The moment it is separated from the human all these factors turn around, hair is considered dirty, unsavoury and dead.
Hair is also an important indicator of our life, as well in the past as in the present...
via bright stupid confetti