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The Friday Listicle: Stuff We Liked From Across the Internetz


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The Friday Listicle: Stuff We Liked From Across the Internetz

Welcome to the end of yet another week. For your clicking pleasure, please enjoy a selection of good times online as curated by your friends here at Scratch. Have a great weekend!

If you’ve uncovered any interesting Internet finds that you’d like us to share, hit us up on Twitter @ScratchSays and we’ll add them to next week’s mix. Have a great weekend!

Scratch Loves: A Brief History of John Baldessari

In a hundred years time, John Baldessari may best be known as the conceptual artist who painted “dots over people’s faces”. For now, we have this 6 minute documentary, titled simply “A Brief History of John Baldessari” that swiftly moves beyond the surface and explores Baldessari’s six decade career as a painter, photographer, filmmaker, sculptor, graphic designer and iPhone app creator.

What we love about this film for LACMA’s first annual “Art + Film Gala” (beyond Tom Waits’ narration), was how filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman funneled the story of the “Godfather of Conceptual Art” and one of the first mashup artists through, well, a mashup of archival video, striking typography, a recent interview with the artist, and, of course, Baldessari’s own “cool, funny, cerebral, sardonic, provocative” work.

In 1971 Baldessari famously announced through a video piece: “I will not make any more boring art.” Watch the video and let us know if he’s kept his promise.

(h/t to Scratch Twitter friend @JohnGFarr for sharing)

Scratch Loves: Humans of New York

In 2010, 26-year-old Brandon Stanton lost his job trading bonds in Chicago and decided to move to New York City. Inspired by his new surroundings and his passion for photography, Stanton decided to create a photo blog called Humans of New York – a website dedicated to creating a photographic census of New York City, one street portrait at a time. Now 28 years old, Stanton’s site has evolved into a collection of 5,000 portraits with 180,000 followers on Facebook and 80,000 followers on Tumblr.

Check out Humans of New York here >

Scratch Loves: No Dogs Allowed

[image courtesy of Michael Sean Edwards]

Outside a local coffee shop in the East Village, Michael Sean Edwards was amused by the dogs waiting with puzzlement as their owners caffeinated. He began to photograph these little moments and the end result is a delightful collection of expressions.

Michael Sean Edwards is a photographer and film editor who lives in NYC.

To see more, check out No Dogs Allowed here >

Scratch Loves: Silent World

Silent World is a photography project by Parisian artists Lucie and Simon.

The art duo took photos of some of the most crowded cities in the world, then slowly cut out moving objects (such as people or cars) with a special filter, normally used by NASA for analyzing stars, and long exposures.

The results are eerie, almost post apocalyptic.

Check out more from Lucie and Simon here >

(via PopSci)

Scratch Loves: The Little People Project

[image via The Andipa Gallery]

Created by 28-year-old UK artist SlinkachuThe Little People Project is an ongoing street art exhibition empowering little people to do big things.

(h/t Lauren & Kate @ Scratch)

Contextualizing Poverty Around The World

[image via The Poverty Line]

The Poverty Line is a growing body of work devoted to illustrating the crippling effects of poverty all over the world. Artists Stefen Chow and HY Lin have traveled to five continents; their goal is to contextualize poverty within specific countries while exploring socio-economic conditions across the developed and developing worlds. Their photographs depict visually the amount of local items an individual living at the national poverty line could afford in one day.

The Poverty Line partners with Newton Circus, a “sustainable business innovation company” whose mission is to “create products, services and applications that are good for people, planet and profit.”

To learn about this project and more, check out The Poverty Line here >

Rock Diary by Hedi Slimane

[image via Hedi Slimane]

Arguably the most influential fashion designer of the 21st century, Hedi Slimane left his position as the artistic director at Dior Homme five years ago to reinvent himself as a photographer.

Slimane’s black and white portraits capture striking, intimate moments of some of the most famous faces in contemporary culture. Jeffrey Deitch, the head of the Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, said of Slimane, “I’ve always, from the beginning, thought that he was one of the most original artistic voices of his generation.”

via New York Times:

His photo work often portrays musicians at the fringes of fame or notoriety: up-and-coming artists whose bona fides lie primarily in the independent music scene. Others, perhaps, achieved widespread renown (or infamy), like Amy Winehouse or Pete Doherty, but seemed somehow to remain at the frayed, tragic edges of rock culture.

Slimane captures what seems like quiet moments. However, these moments create a powerful effect and exude the rock and roll spirit of this generation.

Check out more of Hedi Slimane’s work here >

John Waters on Rookie Magazine

[image via Rookie Magazine]

Rookie is a web magazine for teenage girls started by blogger Tavi Gevinson.

Tavi first hit the scene with her blog, Style Rookie, which has earned her praise from even the most elite of the fashion world. Since launching Style Rookie nearly four years ago, Tavi has served as a muse for Rodarte’s Target line, been profiled in The New Yorker, and was called out by Lady Gaga as “the future of journalism.”

Oh, and by the way – Tavi is only 15 years old.

Beyond fashion, Tavi has also shown insight into her generation as a whole. New York Magazine interviewed her late last year and asked her opinion about young people and technology:

I think there’s this scrambling — that for people to feel like they’re a relevant or interesting person they have to be spouting out one-liners on Twitter every couple of hours. It’s really interesting how people, how the world, is trying to figure out what it means to have an extension of our identity, or a whole new identity, online. And it’s a really unique situation where, for once, it’s something that young people understand better than adults in a lot of ways, or are more used to it. But it’s such this scary powerful thing.

After her success with Style Rookie, Tavi started Rookie Mag. Focusing a little less on fashion and more on teenage culture, the blog has contributors of all ages covering a wide range of topics from music to comics to advice for young people.

And since this blog is sort of Scratch’s inspiration board, here is a look at another: Rookie recently visited cult artist and filmmaker John Waters’s house and did a photo tour. Above is a photo of John Waters’s inspiration board with the caption, “This is my bulletin board where I put things that inspire me. I think it’s just such a good idea and everybody should have one in their house, just a place where you can put images.”

A perfect addition to this blog and a little meta-fodder: inspiration within inspiration – a photograph of a physical collage, on a blog, on the internet. Pre-pinterest.


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