The idea behind “Smile On Your Brother” is to inspire people to think about their first skateboard and what it meant to them. For many skaters, this still represents a pivotal moment in their lives, with every last little detail, fresh in their minds. Bringing together contemporary artists both in, and affected by the skateboard industry to help raise funds to go towards the first goal of Contributor which is to donate 100 skateboards to disadvantaged youth across Canada in 2009/2010. The show will travel throughout Canada, starting in Vancouver and ending in Quebec City.
There’s some really awesome artists participating in the show, you can check them out here on the artists page, including myself (though excluded from that “awesome artists” list- its the one on the 6th column and 5 rows down). In accordance with the physical tour itself, “Smile On Your Brother” is also holding an online auction ending October 25th 2009. You can get a nice picture of how many skateboards there were contributed- take a look and get some personally customized boards that also benefit charity- win win! I put some of my personal favorites after the jump.
Readers of this blog may already be familiar with Chris Gray whether they’re aware of it or not. This is because he’s designed a couple shirts for Beautiful/Decay Apparel: Sex and Casual Apple. Based in the UK, Mr. Gray has been going off with some seriously good design and illustration work since graduating in 2007. His work is simple and crisp, evoking a certain playfulness through bold fills.
Joe Van Wetering is a 22 year old designer/illustrator that prides himself as a Chicago native. Right now he works for a little T-shirt company called Threadless, and if you haven’t checked out their tees before, you should probably do so right now. Joe is also damn good at Tetris and if that isn’t your cup of tea, he will take you down in ping-pong. Watch your back.
Andre Michelle created this fun and simple sinewave synthesizer triggered by an ordinary 16 step sequencer. Each triggered step causes a force on the underlaying wave-map, which makes it more cute. It sounds great and you can make some rad designs. I made four designs and shot them in sequence with my iPhone QuadCamera App. What can you do?
Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric is officially my favorite new music video director. His videos are jaw dropping weird, funny, low tech, high tech, offensive, and hallucinogenic all at the same time. He’s known for his comedy skits but I really think he has a future in being a full time music video director having made videos for MGMT, Maroon 5, Ben Folds, Phantom Planet, and many others. Be warned some of these are vulgar and should not be watched at work. I’m speechless… Amazing!
Mark Jenkins as been putting a lot of fun stuff in the streets over the years. His street installations are some of the best and truly bring a smile of curiosity to most on lookers. The one pictured above is my personal favorite, but make sure to check out the other fun installations coming from the wacky mind of Mark.
American photographer Christian Weber‘s work often finds him in the midst of a barren landscape. This can sometimes mean a cold, industrial city or a desolate NASA laboratory. Or, in the more traditional sense of “barren landscape,” it can mean the wide open spaces of Iceland or New Mexico, pictured above. The way he chooses to capture these spaces – in a very straightforward, documentarian/detached manner, is a reflection of the environments themselves.
I’m guessing that most readers of this blog are familiar with New York-based artist Cory Arcangel. He is, as far as I can tell, one of the more famous artists currently creating work in that bizarre intersection of technology, low-brow Internet culture, and art. And while I’m a fan of his work in general, I also realize his stuff can be rather hit or miss. So I was happy when I recently revisited his site and discovered his most recent work: Drei Klavierstücke op. 11, which I rather like. The piece is a recreation of Arnold Schoenberg’s composition of the same name, entirely constructed from amateur YouTube clips of cats playing piano.
On Arcangel’s page documenting the project, you can read more about his technical process (it involved audio analyzing software and custom perl scripts), as well as listen to a comparison of an original recording of the piece by Glenn Gould alongside Arcangel’s result. The second two parts of the video are after the jump.