Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving: We Got Unicorn Tats





















posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 3:01 am  

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

To Grandma’s House We Go


Heading up north for thanksgiving. I’ll be back around the start of next week.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 12:21 am  

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Recent Kick: Mario Music


We’ve been playing a fair amount of New Super Mario Bros. Wii here at 315, and it’s had a certain side effect on me: Extreme nostalgia for classic mario compositions.

Youtube is, of course, the salve for this ailment.

Here’s a brentalfloss (the guy behind the dr. mario with lyrics video going around recently) with one of my absolute favorite oldschool rags, the Super Mario Bros. 2 Character Selection Theme:

He also does a pretty good Ben Folds style breakdown of the Dr. Mario fever theme:

Really tickling my fancy right now is this gypsy-jazz style rendition of the Super Mario Bros. 2 theme by Adrian Holovaty:

You probably want the mp3 download link for that one. It’s right here.

Here’s another, the Yoshi’s Island Athletic Theme (original for comparison):

There are a million renditions of Mario compositions. There’s no way I could suggest these are the best – I simply haven’t dug deep enough to make that kind of statement. If you have any favorites, feel free to send them my way.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 12:37 am  

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Shoot Dating (If You Really Must Find Another Photographer. And Are British.)


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Apparently some people feel it might be a good idea to date a photographer. This surprised me, since we’re generally crazy, badly dressed with poor hygiene, and/or extremely egotistical – but since this particular event requires you are also a photographer (and british), maybe these traits are forgivable. Plus, if you happen to find a photographer who finds you attractive, you do tend to get flattering pictures of yourself on a regular basis. Unless they are also lazy, like me.

In any case, the event I was emailed about is called Shoot Dating and is an cousin of Shoot London at the Tate Modern in, you guessed it, London. It’s put on by Shoot Experience (noticing a pattern here) and the details, which I don’t understand in the least since I’ve never been to England, run as following:

“We’ll be hosting the event on 5 December in the deliciously sexy Bathhouse venue  (recently voted as Time Out’s best new venue).  Tickets cost £20 and includes an afternoon of match-making fun and creativity, a theatrical photobooth, lovers cupcakes, drink offers, prizes and free entry to The Bathhouse’s Rock-a-billy themed night after the event.”

8 Bishopsgate Churchyard, London, EC2M 3TJ
Phone: 0207 920 9207
Date: Saturday 5 December 2009
Time: 2:30pm – 7pm

It sounds absolutely horrid. I mean wonderful. I mean horrid. I’ve never had any experience with any sort of speed dating, but the thought terrifies me. Perhaps this is why most of the participants will be hiding behind their cameras (a fantastic method of distancing yourself from hurtful reality, which I highly recommend.)

Thankfully, I live in the American South where I’m happily hermited (can a couple both be hermits?) with a painter. Who’s mainly crazy, not as egotistical.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 5:45 pm  

Friday, November 13, 2009

Science Fairs: Triumph of the Trifold


via an amazing oldschool gallery hosted at infiniteurine. By gallery, I mean folder of jpg files. Also seen in various other places around the web. No idea about the original origin of any of these images.



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posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 11:51 pm  

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Elizabeth Heppenstall: Sketchbook and Baby Art


A couple rather fun things on her website: the inclusion of a sketchbook of sorts and a gallery of art made by her as a child. The Baby Art gallery starts with an image predicting Beth’s later career path and continues with a lovable selection of crayon drawings.

The sketchbook is much more varied. I think that it will be done through wordpress later, but for know it’s an insanely packed html page full of scanned drawings, some paintings that weren’t included on other pages for whatever reason, collages, and even a fair amount of notes in the margins. I have the ability to see into her head more often than most, but even with that I’ve found some stuff in here I haven’t seen before.

Definitely worth a look.

And with that, we’re wrapping up Elizabeth Heppenstall Week. I’ve got a lot of other stuff I need to post about this upcoming week. Some features, some deadlines. You know, the usual. Hope you’ve enjoyed Beth’s work! Feel free to send her an email letting her know what you think, or subscribe to her blog for updates. I’m sure I won’t be able to resist posting more in the future.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 8:37 pm  

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Elizabeth Heppenstall: Permanent Stick-It-Out-Ed-Ness and Professional Photography


I’ve also got Permanent-Stick-It-Out-Ed-Ness on my page, but Beth posted the headshots from that project as Professional Photography. The intention is to get more pictures made of alternate personas at a later date. I find it enlightening to see how portrait studios react to you when you are not yourself. It’s like punk’d for those interested in social photography.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 11:21 pm  

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Elizabeth Heppenstall: Space Boys and Other Oddities


While Having A Baby is full of the dirty and rough side of photography (which currently makes my world go round), Beth has done a fair amount of lit work as well. A lot of these shoots seem to be research for her paintings, but a few of her portraits have been posted in a gallery called Space Boys and Other Oddities.

At times I feel like a lot of studio work looks the same – lighting can be interesting, but gets predictable for some reason. I think that Beth’s pictures have a strong female gaze, though, which is something I enjoy. It’s probably not as strong as her crazy-goggles, but it’s there.

If there is one thing I’d have to hope for in the future, it’s greater variety of models. Beth suffers a little from a common early artist phenomenon: you can recognize repeated of faces in her work. It’s not as bad as many photographer’s websites, where all the pictures seem to be taken in one lazy afternoon, but if it continued in that direction I think it might take something away from the impact of some of the projects. As she gets less shy and more confident in her creative abilities, this will shift drastically. Of course, having her name out there a little bit more helps and being able to point potential subjects to her website is never a bad thing.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 1:25 pm  

Friday, November 6, 2009

Elizabeth Heppenstall: Fashion Face and Plant Sneak


Today I’m posting about a couple of Beth’s little installation projects.

The first you may know about already (I think a couple of my readers are actually in it). Called Fashion Face, it started with a little call for people to send in pictures of themselves making their best model face. Beth curated those, along with a few pictures taken on the street with a digital camera. Then she added in a couple appropriated images for good measure, printed each picture out as a one foot square and hung them as a grid. Under the images was a boombox playing a runway mixtape. It was simple and lowtech but surprisingly effective. Everyone who saw the piece at Alexander Hall seemed very amused.

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This video, under the title Plant Sneak on her website, is a proposal for a projection based installation (though I’m honestly not sure installation is the best way to refer to this kind of thing.) There’s probably less social critique involved in this one – though I’m sure someone could find it. Just a bit of pop culture inspired absurdist fun. I don’t think Beth has been able to get her hands on a high powered projector yet (needed for outdoor work like this), but I’m sure she will someday.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 5:52 pm  

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Elizabeth Heppenstall: Human Animal Face


These images are from a little calender Beth made featuring – you guessed it – animals with human like faces.

I think the calender itself will be available at some point.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 9:36 pm  

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