Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hobo Clown by Allison Schulnik

Amazing short film by Allison Schulnik. The shapes and animation are so exquisite and expressive. Experience it here. While you're there, see her paintings too. They are really great.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Max Ernst's Une Semaine de Bonté

Une Semaine de Bonté (A Week of Kindness) is a graphic novel and artist's book composed in collage by Max Ernst, made during a three week visit in Italy. The novel was first published in Paris in 1934, as a series of five pamphlets of 816 copies each.

The novel consists of found images from Victorian encyclopedias and novels, cut up and re-organized into 182 montages which represent a kind of dark, surreal world.

"Each of these books projects recurrent themes of sexuality, anti-clericalism and violence, by dislocating the visual significance of the source material to suggest what has been repressed."

Luigi Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus

The Codex Seraphinianus is a book written and illustrated by the Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978. The book is approximately 360 pages long, and appears to be a visual encyclopedia of an unknown world, written in one of its languages, a thus-far undeciphered alphabetic writing.

Monday, August 17, 2009

traveling collective sketchbook

Many of our regular collaborators will recognize the following sketchbook. Hildi and I started this project about 3 years ago, a traveling collective sketchbook, it never got a proper title, yet the time for its rebirth has come. We started passing it around our friends and they did with it as they pleased, adding their magic based on the creation before. It went around Miami and other South Florida cities, Puerto Rico, and Virginia. Each person had 1 week to work on it, even though a lot of us slacked and kept it for months at a time. Some really great things were created on it and it captured a whole cycle in our lives. Now it started getting a little heavy and crowded and would inevitably fall apart just from looking at it. For us that meant it was time to close this chapter and start another. The second book will sport the same hardcover but with a totally different life inside. So to celebrate this rebirth, here are some images from book #1! If you would like to get the second book sometime just let us know. Whether you participated in the first one or not, it doesn't matter. We're also looking to make it more varied so photographers, writers, and even musicians are welcome (just record a song or something and turn a page into a pocket to drop the cd in). Enjoy book 1!