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The cats over at Known Gallery have added yet another artist to their growing collection of talented creators: Joe King. “Sometimes hitting rock bottom is what it takes to discover what you live for, art and skateboarding became salvation,” writes the Gallery. “After only a few semesters at his local junior collage it became apparent that illustration and design was going to become his career.” More on King here…
“30 Customs By 30 Artists: An Auction to benefit the Children of Cambodia is the first step in trying to help the children that have impacted my life,” writes Kidrobot’s Baroness Nichole. “After traveling to Cambodia last year I fell in love with the people of that country. Everyday I think about the amazing children I met and how I could help them.” So she reached out to 30 artist friends (like Alex Pardee, Tara McPherson, Tim Biskup, Andrew Bell, and others) and asked them to create a custom toy specifically for an auction.
Post Secret has been around for years, so we kinda figured you’d already heard of it, and a lot of you probably have. But then a horrible thought struck us: what if haven’t heard of Post Secret? Good God, what a horrible notion! Therefore, just to make sure, we’re (re) introducing to you one of our favorite projects: Post Secret.
Post Secret is an ongoing collaborative project from Frank Warren that started as an art installation in Washington DC in 2004. Warren had thousands of people anonymously send him postcards admitting their deepest secrets, which he then used to unveil the underlying humanity in all of us. Some are funny, weird, scandalous, heartbreaking, and even terrifying. If nothing else, these postcards truly embody the gamut of human emotion in a wonderfully honest and refreshing manner.
The project has been so successful that four Post Secret books have been released, a blog was created where new postcards are updated weekly, and to this day cards with people’s deepest secrets continue to flood the Post Secret mailbox everyday. It’s hard not to be touched by people’s honesty from all reaches of the globe, and most folks decorate their cards in pretty wild manners, so make sure to stab a bookmark in postsecret.blogspot.com. Trust us, it may just become your new favorite project.
Zefrank has created a lil’ something, something called The Scribbler. Inspired by a short film from Jenny Woo, in which she’d animated scribbled line drawings on top of digital video footage, Zefrank became interested in creating an automated digital process that would create complex line drawings much faster than the two weeks it had taken Woo to complete over 2,000 frames for her two minute film!
Hence, The Scribbler. The Scribbler takes simple vector based input (in this case, your own basic drawing) and creates its own complex drawing on top of it. Because there is randomness built into the program, each scribble is unique. So, if you have a few minutes (or hours) to spare, go play with Zefrank’s Scribbler at www.zefrank.com/scribbler.
Alexey Titarenko is a photographer we’re very happy to have stumbled upon. Titarenko takes hauntingly beautiful time-lapsed photos, transporting viewers across space and time into a realm of eerie calm.
This magically disconcerting image is from the Havana Series. When was it taken? Although it appears to be from an era past, it’s actually from 2006. If you like what you see here, you’ll definitely want to spend some time at www.alexeytitarenko.com.
These are all the clues you get: 1. Jackson Pollock entered a digital competition. 2. This is what we came up with. (Hey, we didn’t know either!) 3. www.jacksonpollock.org. Go now.
Mark Jenkins (Juxtapoz January 2008) can be so innovative it hurts. These are two images from his latest installation in Malmö, Sweden. Dubbed The Last Graffiti Artist, Jenkins uses one of his signature dummies with a unique twist: a graffiti mural. Combining the best of both worlds, Jenkins makes a stunning a statement with this one.
Mark Jenkins is so sick it just kills us. (Sorry, we had to go there.) See more of Jenkins’ street installations here.
Originally from Maine, Jada Finch recently relocated to the Los Angeles area to pursue a career in illustration. Good thing too, because her stuff rocks.
With painstaking detail, Finch labors over her illustrations rooted in science fiction and fantasy, as well as nature and animals. She enjoys researching her subject matter, and has been known to watch nature shows for hours to make sure her depictions of animals are as realistic as possible. From the looks of this piece, Turtle Town, her efforts have paid off wonderfully.
Finch works primarily in pen and ink, coloring mainly in Photoshop and occasionally watercolor. If you’d care to see more of this darling’s work, check out none other than jadafitch.com.
A little environmentalism and a little street art make for a great combination. Parisian street artist Ludo has once again mutated a flower so it may better “face everyday human aggressions and pollutions” by arming it with its very own launcher!
This new piece, The Launcher, is on canvas with a mix of acrylic, krink, found posters on the street, and pasted prints. Spurring us to consider what nature would look like if it were able to better protect itself against human development, Ludo has dedicated himself and his artistic endeavors to a project he calls Nature’s Revenge.
See how else nature has been fighting back at www.ldvrnht.com.