Friday, February 19, 2010

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

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Razzle Dazzle

Publik Hair was the first place I saw it and now it's floating around the web but this is way too cool so I'm adding on anyway.

The gentleman pictured above is British artist and naval officer Norman Wilkinson, who pioneered the concept of Dazzle Camouflage (known in the US as "Razzle Dazzle"). In WWI, German U-boats were picking off good-guy ships at an astounding rate – we were basically sitting ducks. So Wilkinson had this idea of painting the ships in op-art Vasarely-like patterns which would make it difficult for submarine commanders to gauge their size and direction of travel.

Some of his color drawings look like Emilio Pucci patterns.
The initiative was both inexpensive and highly effective and the good guys won. The end.

Much more here.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Softer Louder


New Liars video "Scissor" from their forthcoming album Sisterworld, out March 9th on Mute. They'll be at Neumo's on May 1st.

More info:

Franz Klammer & Annemarie Moser-Pröell

While we're in the Olympic spirit:

Innsbruck, Austria, 1976 – kind of messy looking (this is where Bode Miller got his style) but it's one of the greatest Olympic DH wins of all time.

The apt comparison for Lindsey Vonn would be Annemarie Moser-Pröell, who won six overall World Cups in the '70s – five of them in a row, as illustrated in this photo:

There's not much about her on the web other than her own website.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bomb Combo

The new collab from Jake One and Freeway is in stores this week, and while I understand that everyone is all jazzed up about this new "MP3" technology nowadays, I recommend heading down to ye olde record store and picking up a physical copy of this particular joint. The packaging, by the criminally unheralded underground design legend Brent Rollins, is – well, it's out of control, really, is what it is.
Have a look for yourself:

The vinyl packaging is roughly the same but bigger and inherently superior. More info at

Image of the Day

Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn!

[ Photo by Doug Mills for the New York Times ]

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Image of the Day

Joey Veltkamp's excellent multimedia contribution to the group show Parallel Universe (which also features work by Gretchen Bennett, Leo Saul Berk, Dawn Cerny, Claire Cowie, Harrell Fletcher, Jeffry Mitchell, and many others), on display through April 2nd at Grey Gallery. [Click the photo for a better view.]

Monday, February 15, 2010

There's That Creepy Old Guy Again

The International Center of Photography is currently exhibiting over 100 untitled, undated works by a little-known (at least to me) Czech photographer named Miroslav Tichý.

Tichý, who is now 80 years-old, started taking photos around his hometown of Kyjov in the 1950s using a variety of homemade cameras like the one shown below.

Some of these contraptions are on display in the exhibition, as is Tarzan Retired, a 35-minute film about Tichý made by his neighbor, Roman Buxbaum, in 2004.

Karen Rosenberg had an interesting review of the show in the New York Times last week.
You might call Mr. Tichy (pronounced TEE-kee) an outsider artist if it weren’t for the inconvenient fact that he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and was for a time a celebrated painter. His photographs may look naïve, but they’re the product of a carefully orchestrated series of missteps that begins with crude, homemade cameras. As he says in the film, “If you want to be famous, you must do something more badly than anybody in the entire world.”
He seems to have been tolerated as the town eccentric, alarming in habits (daily visits to photograph at the local pool) and appearance (an unkempt beard and ratty sweater) but harmless enough. In one memorable shot two seated girls confront the camera with disdain, as if to say, “There’s that creepy old guy again.”

As Mr. Buxbaum’s film reveals, some of Mr. Tichy’s subjects assumed that his camera was fake. The cameras certainly don’t look functional; he fashioned them from shoeboxes, toilet-paper rolls and plexiglass, polishing the lenses with toothpaste and cigarette ash.
Read the rest here and visit for information on the exhibition, which is up through May 9th.

An exhibition catalog will be available from ICP in March, with an introduction by Richard Prince.

Sunday, February 14, 2010