Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wrinkled skin

Wrinkled skin blown up to show individual pixels. It all comes together and looks like the Gobi Desert from an aerial view. Click to see it larger, with the pixel divisions.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Old Invites

Fun with photoshop and pictures of me and Jenni! I love making these ridiculous things.

Open GL in CS4

This is what Photoshop CS4 does when openGL is turned on in CS4. When you zoom in it shows the actual pixels, which is nice. Really allows the user to understand how color correction affects the image at the pixel-level.

This is a screengrab of skin on the chest of a middle-aged white woman I'm currently retouching.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fun with self-portraits

New invite for our holiday party. Nice to just have fun with being the client and the creative at the same time.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Photos of food on my phone

Pastries from the Montauk Bake Shop

Shake Shack burger at Citi Field

Pizza toppings at home

Baklava at Neptune Bakery in Hell's Kitchen

Bacon egg n cheese at home

Grilling steaks & asparagus at home

Finished steaks

Giant meat plate at Redbones in Boston

Black & tan at the clubhouse at Montauk Shores

Grilled shrimp, etc. In Montauk

Beach-caught striped bass spicy tartare in Montauk

Baked clams in Montauk

$8 burger at Peter Luger's

Schlaag & chocolate coin at Peter Luger's

The beginnings of chili

Empanada Mama in Hell's Kitchen on Rum & Blackbird tasting tour

Scallops on my birthday!

Coffee Crisp in Saskatoon, SK

Deepdish pizza from peqot's in Chicago

Chicago style hot dog & beef sammy

Amazing sandwich at Xoco in Chicago

Best apple pie ever, made NY jenni

Pizzas at home

Coffee machine in Atlantic City, NJ

Bahn Mi in Chinatown

Jaques Torres chipotle hot chocolate

Empanadas on Randalls Island

Curried chicken salad at home

Fish en papillote, with squash

Prime Meats egg sandwich in Brooklyn

Beet salad, Brussels sprouts, fried egg & bacon at home

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Productive Procrastination

I need to create a syllabus for an imaginary course that I know nothing about, so I'm currently procrastinating. My current project is going back to the oldest emails in my gmail and paring the inbox down, maybe sort things a bit by names, family, etc. eventually. One interesting thing that is happening is I'm finding loads of old links I sent myself for inspirational purposes. I'm going to list the better ones, the ones that are still live, here.

In no particular order, other than the chronological order I discovered and linked myself, edited for shitty sites that no one wants to see, of course: Strange art portal. Looks like they've gotten popular in the last five years. Ditto for these fellas. Don't they look all grown up and hipsterfull with their tattoos and thick-framed glasses? Designer I met at Iain's 30th bday, friend of Manoj's. She's been busy. Clothing label - looks like mostly sweatshirts and windbreakers; not a very helpful site, but I do like the style. Still encouraging myself to submit something to McSweeney's... still haven't submitted anything. Still love their output, even paid $6 for the iphone app. Spanish design firm, cool little egg-themed intro. Flash-based projects - I would term these 'experimental web art'. Art being used loosely here, in the colloquial sense where anything 'fun' or hard to classify gets labeled 'art'. Sent to me in December 2005, when it was brand-spanking new. Haven't seen this kid since I left Santy Barbie. I think this may have been some sort of illegal downloading site, that has obviously met with some... difficulties. Not sure what I liked about this one. Typical design portal, with the same stuff that shows up on every other design portal within about three days of each other. Oh look! Someone cut out maps of NYC!!! zOMGZZ!!11!! a teacup with a teabag design on it!!! Here's another one motivating myself to make some art and get it out into the world... still not happening.
Not a link, but at one point I emailed myself the word, "tabloitation". I guess I was trying to come up with a new word for what the tabloids do to people. Headline says it all, "A look into the future that never was." Meta-nostalgia at it's finest. Cute! Dutch.
A quartet of illustrators... Disturbing montage of Rachel Ray sounds. Just like it says: strange maps.
Couple of illustrators that Spin used. Great tool for quick poses, figure drawing, etc. New coins! Micro & Macro.
Four talented folks. This guy has crazy digi chops. He rocks it.

Aw screw it. I now need to procrastinate finishing this project and actually get some work done. Got all the way up to July of 2008; inbox is down under 7000 emails, and under 500 unread emails. Hooray productivity.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ryan McGinness

I remember meeting this guy at an opening at Rare when it was back on 14th Street, probably around 1997 or 1998. I think he was handing out matchbooks or stickers with his puking guy icon and the word, "art" on it. Maybe. Memory is a funny thing. I think he was working at PopSmear Magazine at the time, and we spoke on the phone a few times. He put me on his mailing list, so I have some cool early postcards from him, including a metallic foil invite to the book party for "Flatness is God" that happened at B Bar. The party was fun, and I bought a book, which was originally published by Soft Skull Press (now defunct.)

I remember one phone conversation we had, where I was trying to garner some sage advice from him, and he was telling me about this book project he was working on, that is was pretty intense, and how I shouldn't get so caught up worrying about making gallery art, or getting into the galleries, etc. I was extremely impressed and inspired by the first book, and have a growing library of his publications, a few prints, and at least one tee shirt. Most recently found the issue of Arkitip he was in for half-off at the Staple clearance space down on Ludlow. I passed up buying the Peter Saville issue, which was a lot cheaper, because I wanted/needed the McGinness one.

His show earlier this year at Deitch Projects filled me full of wonder and laughter; how cool is it that he gets to make work that is so much FUN and that I find meaningful as well. I have the press release and some notes I made about that show and maybe someday I'll get around to writing something more substantial about it, but I am certainly happy to have the Arkitip catalog for it.

Was reminded all of this when SwissMiss posted a video of him working and talking about his work on her blog. The video is from Upper Playground, SF-based art/design/fashion collective, or whatever they would like to be called.

SwissMiss writes:
Ryan McGinness is interested in creating a new vocabulary for everyday symbols and icons through context and composition. Using layering, repetition, and juxtaposition, his complex pieces construct worlds within worlds. With his massively intricate silk-screened paintings, sculptures, and installations, hes able to blur the division between design, pop culture, and fine art. Ryan McGinnesss artwork has appeared in numerous books, magazines, and exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wineglass with really long stem

New doodle. I wonder if the stem is so long because I had the paper at an elongated angle? Makes me want to mess around with anamorphosis.

-- Posted from my iPhone