Friday, October 2, 2009

Top 10 Oct 2

Welcome back young lovers to yet another magical Top 10 List By Jon.

For this October the 2nd L.B.J. once again pass this introduction post on to Pitchfork.
This time they released their Top 200 Albums of the decade and if you ask me this list is a lot more accurate then the single list previously posted.
Read, Listen and Reminisce!

The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151
The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 150-101
The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 100-51
The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 50-21
The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 20-1

Enjoy and keep reading.

Mr. Jon

1. Adam Beane - Sculptors

Adam Beane About Adam Beane:
Since beginning sculpting in 2002, I have been fortunate to work with some of the best companies in the industry on many high-profile projects.
The excellent art directors I've worked with have been instrumental in my growth as a sculptor, a communicator and a businessman. They have frequently allowed me to push projects beyond expectations and as a result, I have become known for dynamic compositions, action poses, nuanced drapery work and my ability to capture likenesses with expressions.
I now sculpt exclusively in CX5, a tremendously versatile material I developed which handles like clay when warm but is hard as plastic when cool.
All the work on this site is commercial, that is, commissioned by a company as a "master sculpture" from which multiples are made for market.
I am available for presentations, lectures and workshops.

Check out more work by Adam HERE

2. Simen Johan

In his photographs, Simen Johan explores darkly the human proclivity towards fantasy and our attempts, knowing or otherwise, to craft alternate realities for ourselves. Merging traditional photographic techniques with digital methods, Johan creates each of his images from as many as one hundred negatives, having first constructed or discovered each element and photographed it on film. Across his body of work, the viewer is urged to ponder the relationship between the real and the artificial or imagined.

In his most recent images, from the series "Until the Kingdom Comes", Johan depicts animals in scenarios where their actions or demeanor mirror human conventions. The images allude to our inclination to anthropomorphize and domesticate what we see and find around us, and they speak to realms of emotion, our fears and desires, rather than reason. In his earlier work Johan explored the unique relationship that children have with the unknown, constructing complex photographic worlds that seem to grow wild from young imaginations. In some images the children are prominently featured, wrapped up in acts of play or ritual as the makers of their own worlds, while in others they've vanished completely, leaving only the enigmatic traces of their mischief.

Simen Johan's work has been widely exhibited internationally, and is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Cleveland Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and other major institutions. Johan's first monograph, Room to Play, was published by Twin Palms in 2003. Born in Norway and raised in Sweden, Johan earned his B.F.A at the School of Visual Arts, in New York, where he currently resides.

Check out Simen's portfolio HERE

3. Alexandre Farto Aka Vhils

Portuguese-born Alexandre Farto’s range spans from collage to portraiture. Of late he’s taken to creating works purely from in situ materials, taking Vandalism as art to its logico ad absurdum conclusion. Advertising hoardings are torn to make fresh images, and plaster drilled away at until the remaining relief forms the work. He is, at the time of writing, experimenting with a cocktail of Quink ink and household bleach. But this is a long way from brutalism. Vhils art is poetic, complex, and ambitious, often focusing on the needs we have abandoned in favour of our wants, and the realisation that trading pleasure back in for happiness will be a less than straightforward exchange.

Check out more work from Vhils HERE

4. Jenny Mörtsell

Jenny Mörtsell grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, and as a kid filled drawing pad after drawing pad with mostly horses, boys and shoes. Following high school she studied printmaking art, then graphic design and illustration taking a Masters degree in fine arts from Konstfack University in 2004. Since then Jenny has been balancing a busy roster of U.S. and European clients who have come to adore the style of her signature pencil drawings.

Jenny's artwork can be seen in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, NYLON, Elle, Bon, Cover and Lula.

Her advertising clients include Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Whyred, Diesel, Phillip LIm, Taken By Trees and Systembolaget. She has also begun exhibiting her work in gallery shows. Jenny Mörtsell is currently based in New York.

Check out Jennys flickr page HERE
Jenny also got one of here pieces in the soon to be published book "The Book Of Conversations"
check that book out HERE

5. Chop Cup

6. Kelly Thompson

Hot images by New Zealand based illustrator, also a photographer, Kelly Thompson. These are easy art, very beautiful drawings.

Check out Kellys portfolio HERE

7. Minivegas - Responsive Sculptures

Directing collective Minivegas conceived this fascinating virtual museum that renders digital sculptures in real time, in response to various sounds and gestures. Album artwork of MP3s loaded into the gallery appears on its walls, and the music itself drives the sculptures to grow and change form.

Visitors to the museum can also use a webcam to shape the pieces and change the views of the artwork. The directors conceived the work using technology they developed for the Welsh S4C interactive ident campaign, in which the visuals responded in real time to broadcaster announcer voices.

Check it out HERE

Thursday, October 1, 2009

8. Derek Albeck

Derek Albeck was born in 1983 in San Fernando Valley of Southern California. Showing a talent for art at an early age Derek would scribble and draw on anything and everything that was put in front of him. His passion for art followed him into college where he studied printmaking, painting and art history at California State University Northridge. After graduating with honors in 2005 Derek is currently working as a full time artist in Los Angeles.

See more work by Derek HERE

9. Freeboard Tetris

Crew of Freeborders take over an SF street to create a real life video game.

10. Eric Yahnker

Los Angeles-based artist Eric Yahnker seems to have a very odd and dark sense of humour which is reflected in almost all of his works of art. His mixed media and collage masterpieces combine traditional and classic images with some twisted shit. Superman gives a naked lady a piggy-back, the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz studies Jewish people, James Brown sings from his coffin, dogs wear spectacles, all kinds of weird and very wonderful concepts.

See more of Erics work HERE