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Wood Prints by Jason Dean

November 1, 2010

Christopher Jobson

I’m a huge fan of Jason Dean’s blog The Best Part and have posted a number of great things found there recently. One thing Jason has yet to mention on his own blog are two stunning wood prints he’s just finished, the ink of which contains the burnt ash of the trees themselves.

These posters came to fruition through a complex process beginning with the creation of hand-rubbed relief prints from basic lumberyard 4 x 4’s. The individual relief prints were then scanned and used to create film for screen printing. The wood was then burned, meticulously ground and added to the ink mixture to literally impart wood into all aspects of every print. The result is a poster that reflects the many ways we process trees, including cutting it into commercial lumber, pressing it into paper and burning it into charcoal.

(via notcot)

 

 



Art

Bad Things That Could Happen

October 30, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Wow it’s like if Michel Gondry directed Oompa Loompas. A film by This Is It.

 

 



Art Photography

Rune Guneriussen Photographs Surreal Outdoor Installations

October 29, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Rune Guneriussen shoots these amazing installations in locations around Norway. My mind has just been stabbed repeatedly with awesome.

Editor’s note: this makes our 300th post. I’ve never done 300 of anything before so this feels pretty good. Thanks everyone for reading!

 

 



Art

LED Type Case by Martin Bircher

October 28, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Finland-based artist Martin Bircher has converted a European printer’s type case into an impressive grid of 125 digitally controlled LEDs. Up close it’s only possible to distinguish the abstract flicker of light, however at a distance more complex shapes take form such as news headlines, or even Betty Boop. (via quips)

 

 



Art Design

Dominic Wilcox Goes on Unbridled 30-day Creative Binge

October 27, 2010

Christopher Jobson

London-based artist and designer Dominic Wilcox recently completed a 30-day Speed Creating project where he created one object/concept/tool per day for 30 consecutive days. Dominic describes himself:

Dominic Wilcox is an artist, designer, inventor and ‘thinkeruper’ who works within the territory of the ‘everyday’. Everyday objects, environments, buildings, human interaction, no area of normality is out of reach. His work, which is usually layered with an ultra dry wit, places a spotlight on the banal, always adding a new, alternative perspective on things we take for granted.

A few of the many fun things he came up with:

To all of you struggling with that one huge albatross of a project, Dominic’s quantity vs. quality experiment could be a great exercise. This all reminded me of a great quote from the book Art & Fear:

The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot -albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

 

 



Art Design History

Kyle Bean, Mobile Evolution

October 27, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Digging Kyle Bean’s mobile evolution Russian doll project. If you’re interested, Kyle makes many more incredible things out of a paper. (via bldg//wlf)