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The Substance of Style – Wes Anderson’s influences
April 14, 2009, 4:59 am
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If you haven’t been following this 5 part series by the Matt Zoller Seitz or have been anticipating the conclusion – the final part is now out.

(Check the right side panel on each article’s page for the video versions.)

a five-part series of video essays analyzing the key influences on Wes Anderson’s style… Part 1 covers Bill Melendez, Orson Welles, and François Truffaut… Part 2 covers Martin Scorsese, Richard Lester, and Mike Nichols. Part 3 covers Hal Ashby. Part 4 covers J.D. Salinger. Part 5 is an annotated version of the prologue to The Royal Tenenbaums.

It is a shame that the some of the parts examine some of Anderson’s influences too quickly, as i found to be the case with the examination of French New Wave in part one. I bring this up having watched Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou about a month or two ago and thinking that Godard’s use of colours and visual aesthetics would most definetly have been a significant influence on Anderson.But over all the videos are very well put together and offer a great insight into Wes’ mind and work.


Poster and Print Post – Porsche posters and tree prints.
April 11, 2009, 11:37 am
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Vintage Porsche Posters-

Some prints by Bryan Nash Gill-

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Lets talk mosaics. Zagar & Gaudi.
April 9, 2009, 11:49 am
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Over the past four decades, Isaiah Zagar has covered more than 50,000 square feet of Philadelphia with stunning mosaic murals. In A Dream is a documentary feature film that chronicles his work and his tumultuous relationship with his wife, Julia. It follows the Zagars as their marriage implodes and a harrowing new chapter in their life unfolds.

After watching this trailer for the upcoming documentary In A Dream, and seeing some of Isaiah Zagar’s work I was compelled to have a look at more of his art. My knowledge of mosaic work is fairly limited, as it would be with most I’d imagine, but his work looks quite interesting.

some of Zangars work (click for a larger view)

some of Zangar's work (please click for a larger view)

I have been to Barcelona and visited the work of Antoni Gaudi, who not only created some of the most interesting and beautiful architecture on the planet during the late 19th century, but encorporated alot of mosaic work into his structures and art. Zagar’s work is comparable to Gaudi’s in this sense, but it is interesting to see the mosaics within an urban setting such as Philadelphia, and at such similar grand scales as well.

Gaudis Lizard

Gaudi's Lizard

I hope I get a chance to see this film once it is out, though the distribution would be very limited.

Hit the jump for a bunch of pictures of Zagar and Gaudi’s work.

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AJ Fosik’s Art Work – Pictures
April 8, 2009, 12:56 pm
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I’m digging these animal pieces by AJ Fosik. You can find some of his work here in his flickr set, some from his exhibition at the Johnathan Levi gallery and a couple on his myspace page.

A bunch more of his work after the jump…

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MegaMan Art – Pictures
April 8, 2009, 5:31 am
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Here are some pictures of a mega man installation someone made for their dorm.

The rest after the jump…

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