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2.12.2009

Happy Birthday Darwin

Here is the last paragraph of the "Origin of Species" I think it sums it all up very well.

It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction; inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the external conditions of life, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less-improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

2.11.2009

Futuristic Japanese Factory Photos

Today I stumbled upon a Japanese Photographer by the name beef 200%. He has an incredible collection of photos of factories from japan. As photographer of architecture and a big fan of some of the older Japanese animation I think these photos are incredible. Take a minute to go through them and enjoy. They should inspire you.

2.10.2009

Painting with Shoe Laces: Federico Uribe

I am a huge fan of people that paint shoes. And today I actually was going to feature a great shoe painting artist. But then... I ran into this Colombian born artist Federico Uribe. This guy is an amazing painter that has evolved his art to include found objects. This is funny because I was thinking the other day how much fun it would be to create a painting with those colored thumb tacks. Well he actually has a few different series but today I wanted you to take a look at his painting with sneaker laces. Beyond the medium he is using check out how great the work is. The expressions are great! Check out the rest of his work at http://www.federicouribe.com/



2.09.2009

KAWS is now huge and on CBS and Shephard is jailed




So with graffiti artist gone global artist Shephard Fairey Jailed over tagging, I figured I would do another feature of a graffiti artist that has gone global and mainstream. KAWS a 34 year old Jersey native was on CBS this weekend and I thought I would post it up here for any of you who missed it. KAWS has been huge right from the day he graduated school of visual arts in NY when he landed a job with Disney. I mean how many people does that really happen to? He is a great artist and I love the way he merchandises his art yet he still makes a bundle of his massive canvases. Check out his blog and his website. If you are in LA check out his show as well.