kick it.

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A geeky look at sports, through, like, art and stuff.

On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from February 19 through May 13.

written by Mike Slane

wolfgang laib

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Sometimes you just stumble across someone who’s been at their craft and under the radar for quite some time.

Wolfgang Laib. May 6 at Seattle art Museum.

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[BRDG007] PLMS_IV_D (SyncBody)

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Some absolutely amazing c4d work from Daihei Shibata, who describes this video simply as ‘Synchbody for PMLS_IV_D from Jade Fib EP by Yaporigami’.

In addition to creating some killer hair dynamics and a dope video that explores some very current themes of human representation in a simulated environment, Daihei also very generously makes his entire c4d project and audio files available for download. (Japanese plugs in required)

written by Mike Slane

kyle poff

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Designer, director and man about Chicago town Kyle Poff demonstrates his many skills.

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li hui

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Nice photography from the enigmatic Li Hui

“I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds.” – Egon Schiele

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Kevin Cyr

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Brooklyn based Kevin Cyr loves the way we get about. And he paints it, sculpts it, casts it in metal and generally ruminates widely about his object of fascination.

If you’re up by way of Stowe, Vermont you can catch his show at the Helen Day Art Center, which is featuring his work as part of an overview of artwork used for Burton snowboards. Hella Dope.

And in his own words…

“In a culture in which people are easily lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find beauty in derelict cars and unkempt landscapes. I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.

I commemorate commercial vehicles inundated with graffiti and rust, working vehicles, and well-traveled recreational vehicles. I find that there is so much character in old delivery trucks and vans — especially when covered with graffiti — and in the old RVs parked off a main road. Removing them from their everyday context gives them portrait-like importance. I paint with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age.

Painting and drawing these objects gives me a chance to document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing environment.”

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Yan Nascimbene

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Nice set by the nomadic Yan Nascimbene,

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6EMEIA’s bio is in Portuguese so I have no idea what he’s telling me, but the artwork is dope and I look forward to the day in which my sewer waste flows languidly down the throats of the Mario Bros. Someday.

written by Mike Slane

google doodles

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In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, Google began a rich tradition of creating custom illustrators of the Google logo for various occasions. Over a decade and billions of dollars later, Google continues a rich traditions of event-inspired illustrations from Bastille Day to the Taiwan Elections.

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Christopher Plummer took home the award for best supporting actor at the Golden Globes last night for his role in Beginners, the latest film from filmmaker Mike Mills.

This Mill’s second full length feature and the latest feat in a career that spans graphic design, broadcast commercials, short film and music video.

Based on Mill’s own experiences, the film follows Oliver (Ewan McGregor) as he cares for his father who, at 75 comes out of the closet and begins to live out his life as his real self. A frank and handsomely crafted film about the oddities and beauty of what it means to be live as you are. Also featuring Melanie Laurent as Anna.

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the joy of books

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Directed by creative duo Sean and Lisa Ohlenkamp, “The Joy of Books” is a nice little stop motion piece that ponders the question, “Just what do books do when we go home at night?”

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moonrise kingdom

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Wes Anderson is back with another film loaded with wry humor and futura bold. Co-written with Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve year old kids who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the New England wilderness.

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“Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, our five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today’s biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future”

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guggenheim museum: free books

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The Guggenheim Museum has digitized a ton of publications from it’s collection and made them free to the public. It’s an incredible treasure of great work and a great public service.

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Girl with the dragon tatoo: opening titles

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Blur Studios does a great job nailing that sexy/evil thing with the opening titles for Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.

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Vanessa Bruno: LØV

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Kate Bosworth lends her beauty to this allegorical performance in the Vanessa Bruno short film, LØV. Directed by Stephanie Di Giusto. Courtesy Partizan Entertainment.

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Symmetry: Themes For an Imaginary Film

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Cliff Martinez’s score for the film Drive got a lot of airplay here at the studio, a lushly electronic soundtrack that accompanies Nicolas Winding Refn’s gritty film beautifully. But apparently, Italians Do It Better producer Jonny Jewel was originally tapped to handle the music, but much of this went unused in favor of the Martinez score.

The 37 tracks for this score are well worth a listen, and for fans of Drive, give a great alternative view into how a film’s music paring can help lead an emotional tone. The entire album can be heard here on Soundcloud.

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Earthquakey People: DJ Steve Aoki

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According to Laundry, DJ Steve Aoki’s singular creative direction was simply ‘make It crazy’. His new album, Wonderland, hits Jan. 11.

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