For the past several years Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting tons of plastic debris off a small stretch of beach near their Norther California home. The plastic is cleaned, categorized and stored before its utilized in their assorted projects including sculptural work, photography, large-scale museum installations, jewelry and art prints. Learn more here. (via vimeo)
Artist Guy Denning is a self-taught English artist currently living in France. Mostly known for his gritty and brooding paintings, Denning has heartily embraced various internet outlets such as YouTube where he demonstrates how he paints, as well as a Facebook page where he posts a new drawing each day. Recently he posted a number of powerful images inspired by the Occupy Wall St. protests—capturing moments in Oakland, London, New York and elsewhere. His uncanny ability to illustrate powerful emotion in the simplest gestural sketches is incredible. Definitely worth subscribing. (via nick)
First off: yes, these are photographs, no Photoshop at work here. This set of five panoramic photographs by artist Rosemary Laing shows the framework of an inverted, partially-completed building (though at times the photographs themselves are inverted) embedded in the Australian landscape around Cooma, New South Wales. The series, entitled Leak, examines ‘the encroachment of suburban development and the socio-economic and environmental pressures on the Australian landscape’ and each photograph is named after characters in Patrick White’s novel The Twyborn Affair (ie. Jim, or Prowse). Read more over on Art Blat. Aside from my love for skewed and dramatic perspectives in photography, these images are tickling many wonderful parts of my brain right now. I can only imagine the larger impact of seeing these as they’re meant to be seen as enormous prints, framed in white on a gallery wall.
This is a fantastic new promotional short from the WWF. I can’t imagine how much thought and planning went into each one of these shots, from the use of color, to the choreography, and camera work. What a wonderfully executed vision. (via lustik)
Another stellar video promoting World Water Day, filmed and directed by Andrew Hinton of Pilgrim Films. Shot in India, the short clip won a YouTube nonprofit video award on Saturday and has since been viewed over 150,000 times. (via it’s nice that)
This weekend amid freezing and blustery conditions Chicago held its annual Chiditarod race. For those of you who are unfamiliar the Chiditarod Urban Iditarod is a combination pub crawl, costume contest and charity food drive, and if that’s not enough for you it’s all centered around a race where teams push decorated shopping carts across the city for most of the day, pausing at 11 strategically placed recovery checkpoints, that is: bars. This year the Chiditarod raised over $14,000 and collected 10,000 pounds of canned food for the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation. Awesome. Thanks to Kirstie Shanley for the photos.
Side note. My cousin Ed Stielstra is at this very moment racing across the frozen Alaskan tundra in the actualIditarod. So far he’s traveled 272 miles and still has all 16 dogs with him which is a great sign. Good luck Ed!