Friday, 30 October 2009

Choosing Your Own Destiny

Photo taken by Eun K. Ju

"Destiny is not a matter of chance; but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." ~William Jennings Bryan

Tragedy or Comedy?

Photo by Eun K. Ju

"Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think."
~La Bruyere

Keaton Henson

Source: Keaton Henson, Blog

The Machine


"The Machine" is an animated fable following the path of an innocently forged mechanical creature. As his independence and knowledge of the world grows on his journey, as does his desire to conquer all that we encounters, from the pastures of a farmer to the realm of man's entire world.

The story is in itself a mechanized apparition, the characters and scenery exisiting inside of an early 20th century nickel arcade and being driven forward by the gears of this machine.

The main character, the innocently created, human like mechanism whose power knows no bounds, thinks of himself as invincible, that no man or spirit could ever overpower him. Yet, the irony is that he himself is only a small part of a greater device, and in this case, a mechanized stage for passers by to waste a nickel in.

This film was shot over many hours at Bent Image Lab over the course of several months in 2008-2009. Animated using stop-motion puppets and sets, then composited together in After Effects, the film has a mixed media presence to it that is accentuated by the machine's own collage like form.

Source: Vimeo

Michael Lau

"Michael graduated from the Design First Institute in 1992. He worked as a painter, having some work featured in galleries around Hong Kong.

Michael eventually moved on to window display designer and advertising. In 1997 he did his first 3D work on the cover of the Anodize music album.

Previously his figure work was only seen by his friends and never put out for display. In 1998 Michael began the Gardner comic strip in East Touch magazine. Eventually all of the characters he illustrated became figures."~Michael Lau Fanpage

Good bye Barbie and Ken. Hello Gardeners.

Source: Michael Lau Fanpage, toysrevil2 flickr, Hong Kong Hustle

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Her Morning Elegance

Her Morning Elegance
Directed by: Oren Lavie, Yuval & Merav Nathan
Featuring: Shir Shomron
Photography: Eyal Landesman
Color: Todd Iorio at Resolution
© 2009 A Quarter Past Wonderful

Patrick Segui

Mixed Media Reliquary 9inx5inx6in

Mixed Media Reliquary 9inx5inx6in

"French artist Patrick Segui will show his wunderkammer-inspired sculptures and paintings in a show opening February 7 at San Francisco's Shooting Gallery. According the gallery, "As a child, (Segui) had a taste for sideshow-esque icons, deviant animalia and misfits. He attributes influence to German Expressionism, Dada, and Surrealism forerunners such as G. Grosz, O. Dix, and M. Beckman." ~boingboing

Mixed Media Reliquary 9inx5inx6in

Mixed Media Reliquary 9inx5inx6in

Source: boingboing, Shooting Gallery SF

Yellow Cake

"The newest film by award-winning animator, Nick Cross. 'Yellow Cake' is a lamentable tragedy mixed full of pleasant mirth."

Source: Nick Cross' Blog


Official music video for 'Ljósið' taken from Ólafur Arnalds - 'Found Songs' (2009) available on Limited Edition CD/10" Vinyl and Download here:

Director: Esteban Diácono
Label: Erased Tapes Records
Year: 2009
Album: Found Songs
Length: 330
Music written by: Ólafur Arnalds
Publisher: Nettwerk One
Copyright: © 2009 Erased Tapes Records.
Website: //

Friday, 9 October 2009

Chul An Kwak

Chul An Kwak is a South Korean Designer who "aims to inject furniture with dynamic emotion, breaking from the static norms. (Source: Designboom)".

The furniture looks like it's moving. Since the model was designed after images of running horse, I can imagine the table running around as if they're alive.

Sources: Designboom

Lollipop by BIGBANG and 2NE1

The popular South Korean Bands named BIGBANG and 2NE1 (both from the same agency) advertise a cell phone called Lollipop. I can't believe they made a whole song and a music video just to advertise a phone. LG company made a smart tactic to hire BIGBANG and 2NE1. These bands are popular amongst teenagers... which means that teenagers who watch this video must be brainwashed into thinking that this must be the greatest cell phone ever? I don't know, but I do love the bands' fashion sense. It's eccentric and colourful... The song is okay, but the beat is sure catchy.