I’ve been meaning to blog about this since I saw it released on Campaign last week. Since then it has gained over 50,000 views. It’s the first time I’ve seen a digital camera actually target the audience for what they actually use their camera for. Through social media such as facebook and myspace people take a lot of photos of themselves, and I think it’s great that The Viral Factory have plugged into that. I personally like the youtube campaign, my favourite being Vlad Gansta (but I think that’s all down to Kasabian and their musical genius).
I’ve been meaning to buy Mike Perry's book 'Hand Jobs - A Catalogue of Type. I have a great appreciation of hand rendered type and drawing in general. It's a practice I enjoy and that visually excites me. Perry has done some great work, and spend far too much of my spare time looking at it.
I was given The Watchmen for my Birthday the other week, I had already seen it, and I have a great appreciation for the comic book genre (the books more than the films). Although I haven’t read the actual comic book I really enjoyed the film. My favourite characters being Rorschach and the Comedian (also known as Edward Blake); I just love there speech and Rorschach’s monologues, so I thought I would share some with you:
Rorschach: Rorschach’s Journal: October 12th, 1985. Tonight, a comedian died in New York.
Rorschach: I heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor… I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.
Rorschach: [reading from journal] Rorschach’s Journal. October 12th, 1985: Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll whisper “no.”
Edward Blake: God damn I love working on American soil, Dan. Ain’t had this much fun since Woodward and Bernstein. Congress is pushing through some new bill that’s gonna outlaw masks. Our days are numbered. Till then it’s like you always say, we’re society’s only protection. Dan Dreiberg: From what? Edward Blake: You kidding me? From themselves.
I’ve been loosely following Ben Quilty’s work over the past couple of years. I first found out about him when I travelled Australia a couple of years ago, and I bought an Arts magazine, because his work was on the cover. I can’t get enough of his thick style and use of paint. Very Jenny Saville-esque
and if you can withstand a thick Australian accent for 10 minutes then here’s a video:
This is the work of Mark Andrew Webber which I came across these a while ago. It sparked a memory of doing some lino prints a long time ago. The amount of dedication and time taken to do these is unbelievable. I wouldn’t mind having the london print on my wall.
Incidentally Earl’s Court is where I have been traveling to every day for the last month for my Work Experience at Gyro:HSR. I’ll post more stuff up about that later.
Back in July I did some work experience at fashion156 (an online fashion magazine) I did a load of art working and added content for the site while I was there. I was generally in charge of coming up with ideas and things to do. I occasionally added to their blog, so I thought I would post a few of the things I wrote on there, here:
Dina Goldstein has an unbelievable skill at unmasking and forming personalities with her photographs. Her set of Fallen Princesses turns well-known fairy tale stories on their head with a witty execution; my personal favourite is Snow White. Granted it took my a while to work some of them out (Sleeping Beauty for example), but none the less a great deal of time and preparation is taken to make sure all the props and set is perfect before the photo is taken, a practise which I seem to skip and leave out as much as possible. (a few more photos were added by me). Posted by Adam Hunt
Louis Vuitton and Urban Outfitters
Just to make things clear, Louis Vuitton and Urban Outfitters don’t actually have anything to do with each other, I’m just putting them together as a kind of wish list.
I’ll start with Louis Vuitton - I was looking for inspiration at what I could be wearing next summer, skimming through the S/S 2010 courier style collection- and I can’t get enough of it. The bags are by far my favourite part of the collection. In burgundy, blue and green there oversized shape is great for an on-the-go, bigger is better look.
Moving on to Urban Outfitters. I cycle to and from the station every day, but I’ve had the same bike since I was 11…so I’ve been looking for a new bike for ages, and now is the perfect time, to go with my new courier look. Urban Outfitters, in conjunction with Republic Bikes, have producing fully customisable one-gear road bikes, which can be ordered from the website. The colours can be customised, creating a bike exactly how you want it.
Unfortunately they don’t deliver outside the US, and I can’t afford anything from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2010 range. This means my dream of stylishly gliding to work has been dashed, hence the wish list. So if anyone is feeling charitable and would like to buy either a new bike for me, or anything from next years Louis Vuitton’s S/S range…feel free to drop me an email. Posted by Adam Hunt
RAW Talent Misfit
Frucor have launched V Raw in Australia, a carer and jobs program aimed to help Australians find their RAW talent. The programme is all about helping creatives discover where they fit into a variety of creative firms- as no one likes getting left behind doing the boring stuff. This music video was created using the Bumblebeez song Misfit to promote the program and inspire creatives - and it sure got me.
Although this is all the way over on the other side of the world, I quite like the video and don’t really mind that it’s not benefiting me in any shape or form. I just like watching the oversized characters make their way through the streets of some Australian city unbeknownst to me.
I think the costume design is great, it’s outrageous, colourful and full of fantasy, it makes me want to grab anything that’s at arms reach, glue it to myself and go parading down the street. Anyone with me? More here. Posted By Adam Hunt
Philip Sparks Spring 2010
The Canadian designer Philip Sparks was inspired by cottage life and the get-away ads of the 1950s Canadian Pacific Railway. He moulds romanticised nostalgic pieces to the contemporary and modern. The collection moves away from the slim line silhouettes with high-rise bottoms and loose fitting formal wear highlighting the casual suiting.
My personal favourite is the double breasted cotton blue suit and the high waisted water resistant cotton waders, which make me feel as if I should have taken my Dad up on the offer of going fishing with him this weekend.
The collection is a charming interpretation of country life, class and leisure, all rounded up into one look. Posted by Adam Hunt
I’ve been thinking of getting a haircut for sometime. It’s summer, there’s a heat-wave across London and I’m getting all hot and sticky under my think head of hair. So I’ve generally been perusing men’s haircuts, and I found these pirate-style photos by Magda Wunsche & Samsel of RetouchOne with the hair stylist Kacper Raczkowski, and I love them. The styling is great, the hair is great and the photography is great. I have to say I would love to have this hairstyle but there are two reasons holding me back (apart from the ponytail) a) high maintenance b) hairspary costs….
Further images can be found here. Posted by Adam Hunt
I have been really busy over the summer organising placements, doing placements, making stuff, going away etc, so I haven’t had time to update my blog. But what I do have is numerous ideas and things i like that I’ve been keeping an eye on to post.
I’m going to start using this blog to document thoughts and keep track of all the things i like and that inspire and provoke thought.