Dopeness Means Robots | Pahnl & Snik

An awesome collaboration between artists Pahnl and Snik.

I featured Pahnl sometime ago for a pretty cool video featuring a dog wandering the streets called “Nowhere Near Here”.

Images © Pahnl. Make sure to check out his Flickr stream here for some more of his work. You won’t be disappointed.


History’s Shadow by David Maisel

David Maisel for his most recent project History’s Shadow uses x-rays of ancient and historic relics/art to reinterpret those pieces. It allows you to see through the art while simultaneously seeing the original piece. Check out the more in depth article on the show from Domus. Also make sure to check out more of Maisel’s work on his website as well as more images from History’s Shadow.

Images: © David Maisel


Jules Aarons was a genius.

While channel surfing this weekend I happened upon an episode of This Old House and decided to watch for a bit. They are always renovating old homes with a ton of history, and I’ve always liked how they modernize the homes without erasing all the historical significance of the house. As it turns out the current project involved constructing an addition and some renovations to Jules Aarons’ former residence. I had seen some of his work before, but didn’t know much about him. Luckily this episode had a feature on him and they had his son, Philip Aarons, speak about his father and his artistic endeavors.

In it Philip Aarons gives some great insight into the mind and workings of the Boston physicist with a keen eye for photography. Some of Philip’s fondest memories were helping his father develop film in their basement dark room. Jules Aarons used the streets of Boston as his canvas, and the normal everyday person as his paint. Philip states that his father was not much of a social person, and preferred to walk in silence with camera in hand always observing those around him for the perfect moment to take a picture. You can read more about Jules Aarons on his website.

Photos: © Jules Aarons


Like a sound you hear, that lingers in your ear…

California Soul by Ashford & Simpson for the 5th Dimension. I like this version by Marlena Shaw much better than the original, even though the original is pretty good in its own right.

Had a really great time in San Diego this weekend, and this song really sums up the vibe I got while I was there. All I need now is another Chamango (Mango puree smoothie + mango chunks + chamoy= the best thing known to man) from Teresita’s Fruiteria to complete the experience. If you are ever in San Diego, more specifically near Chula Vista, make sure to stop by Teresita’s Fruiteria. You won’t be disappointed.


Viejas del Mercado

I really like this video. It may be a two year old promo video for Retna and the mac gallery, but I think what really interested me is the simplicity of the production and more than anything the soundtrack. Actually come to think of it, it may be mostly the soundtrack that really draws me to this video. Its only a small snippet of Gloria Ann Taylor’s Love is a Hurting Thing, so if you like it as much as I do then listen to the rest here. Unfortunately this is such a rare track that its hard to find a good quality version online. If anyone comes across a clearer version make sure to post a link to it in the comments.

retna and the mac gallery promo from viejas del mercado on Vimeo.

Make sure to check out the rest of Viejas del Mercado’s videos on their Vimeo page. Their latest video provides a sneak peak of a project/exhibition slated to open this summer. Here is the description provided on that video page:

Beginning with a series executed by some of today’s most prominent graffiti artists, drawing on a medium that gained notoriety as a pictorial elaboration and adornment of subways and trains, with plans to include a broad variety of artists from different fields of practice, The Boneyard Project will seek to re-envision our evolving relationship with flying through populist and fine art perspectives, allowing prominent figures from the fine art world, installation and conceptual art disciplines as well as revered figures of youth culture, to each remind us of that unique romance we have had with planes in our lifetimes. With rising fears, prohibitive costs, and more hassles than seem even slightly reasonable, the great joy of getting on a plane to arrive someplace entirely new and exotic has lost much of its appeal in recent years. Yet to this day this amazing possibility is what flying still represents for us. It is a history and a future we should trust great artists to explore for us. And in our own culture where obsolescence is part of the plan and disposability is a bad habit of commerce we are having a very hard time shaking, the very idea that in the desert there is this wonderful graveyard of disused planes waiting for some new breath of life begs that we ask a generation of creators and thinkers to recycle and re-imagine these former marvels of engineering to take us some place we have indeed never dreamed of before.

THE BONEYARD PROJECT from viejas del mercado on Vimeo.

Hopefully they’ll post another video once the project is done.