Monday, January 29, 2007

Body of Work

I just want to introduce you all to one of my new favourite artists. The stuff she can do with some paints and a naked body is amazing. If you look at the two pictures I've put up you can hardly believe that there is not a scrap of material on those bodies. It's all done with paint. You cannot deny that her talent is extreme.

Joanne Gair is an artist and image maker who has emerged as the premiere make-up artist/body painter in the world and now photographer in her own right. Originally from New Zealand, Gair had a keen interest in art photography and exploring different mediums, which is what eventually led her down the path as an illusionist and to the United States.

As a make-up artist and body painter, Gair has worked worldwide with the top photographers, directors, super models and celebrities. Her work spans all media, with many memorable editorial covers and layouts, fashion campaigns, advertising, music videos, commercials and motion pictures to her credit.

Among a few of the celebrities she has been associated with in her career are Madonna, Cindy Crawford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger, Christina Aguilera, Sophia Loren and Celine Dion. By being an essential part of their evolving looks, Gair has been able to establish treasured relationships with these clients. Her work with Madonna spanned 10 years and includes numerous music videos (Express Yourself, Vogue, Fever, Rain, Frozen), the Blonde Ambition Tour and its subsequent feature documentary Truth or Dare

Joanne Gair continues to drive herself to explore and experiment in her work, in an effort to bring something new to a project every time. In an industry besieged by trend followers, Gair has established herself as the trendsetter.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Happy Hottest 100 Day, aka Australia Day

Hey all, hope you're all having more party fun than me. But even if you're not, you'd at least better be tuned in to the Hottest 100. Triple J baby!!

For those of you on the net go to abc.net.au/triplej

Otherwise, those in Melbourne tune in to 107.5. Best radio day of the year!!! :D


Edit: Ok, I take it back. Same problem as last year. Really sucky top 10!!!! :(

Augie March wins? What a piss weak pussy band to have as no.1!!! And Eskimo Joe second? Jesus people, get inventive and intersting!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Not Just Another Shit New Gameshow With Eddie Mcguire

Thankyou Japan (and Liam). You produce nothing but things that amuse me. Used panty vending machines have nothing on this!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Fun Facts About Film

Director: Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee, Allen Smithee, Alan Smythee, and Adam Smithee are pseudonyms used between 1968 and 1999 by Hollywood film directors who wanted to be dissociated from a film for which they no longer wanted credit. It was used when the director could prove to the satisfaction of a panel of members of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers that the film had been wrested from his or her creative control. The director is also required to keep the reason for the disavowal a secret. The pseudonym cannot be used to hide a director's failures.

The first known movie to use it was Death of a Gunfighter (1969). During its filming, Richard Widmark was unhappy with director Robert Totten. He arranged to have Totten replaced by Don Siegel. When the film was finished, neither Totten nor Siegel wanted to be credited with the result. At first it was decided that the credit should go to Al Smith, but the DGA said there had already been a director by that name. The DGA decided the film could carry the pseudonym "Allen Smithee", and the film was praised by film critics. The New York Times commented that the film was "sharply directed by Allen Smithee who has an adroit facility for scanning faces and extracting sharp background detail."

The name Smithee is used extensively in television and film, taking the direction credit for episodes of well-known series, including the pilot for the action-adventure series MacGyver. Jud Taylor twice used the pseudonym, for the TV movies Fade-In (also known as Iron Cowboy) (1968) with Burt Reynolds and City in Fear (1980) with David Janssen. Taylor commented on its use when the DGA's Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award was awarded to "Smithee":

Smithee has also been credited with works in other genres, such as the music video for Whitney Houston's cover song "I Will Always Love You" from the soundtrack for The Bodyguard. The Destiny's Child music video for "Lose My Breath" is also attributed to Smithee, as are the guitar credits on the 2005 William Hung CD, Miracle: Happy Summer from William Hung.

Although the pseudonym was intended for use by directors, the 1981 film Student Bodies credited Allen Smithee as producer in place of the actual producer, Michael Ritchie. The film's director, Mickey Rose, was credited by his own name rather than a pseudonym.

Outside films, several 1995 comics involving the superhero Daredevil were attributed to the writing of Alan Smithee. Too bad the director of the film 'Daredevil' starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer 'Horse Face' Garner didn't do the same, because that film was a travesty if ever I've seen one. Given that Dune was such a travesty one can understand why David Lynch refused to put his name to it. Poor guy credited himself with the wrong one though. The television mini series, which is clearly better, is credited to Alan Smithee (apparently that's how it's credited in the DVD box set), whereas he kept his name to the film, which was the bad one. Nice going David Lynch. Just shows, you never know how something will turn out till it's finished.


Anyway, I thought that was a bit of fun. If you want to read some more, just look it up on Wikipedia; the home of all info. ;)

Saxton Freymann

New Discovery for me: Food Art. This is precision people.

I never knew my food could have so much personality. I hope you all enjoy this guy's stuff as I do. You can view his gallery here. I promise it's worth it. Almost makes you sad you need to eat... But I promise, it passes. ;)

If there's a coffee table book, I want one! Hint hint guys...


Monday, January 15, 2007

Band Of Horses Rock

...and while that's true, that is not at all what this post is about.

The truth is, I'm struggling at the moment to think of anything to blog about. So, I've decided to leave it up to you guys. If you want to hear me blog about something just tell me what and I shall oblige. I'll leave all the hard work up to you. :P

Besides, I always like having some comments to read. With any luck we can get a dialogue going like the one with god's rejects who had a field day with my post back last August about the Mona Lisa. ;)

Come on guys, get your thinking caps on and be brilliant!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Triffids Return

This is a video from a band that I've loved for years called Hooverphonic. I've been trying for ages to describe this video clip to my friends, and they just end up looking at me weird. Finally, I found it on YouTube, so you can all stop looking at me weird and instead just be freaked out by the wackyness of this clip, and the extraordinary beauty of the song. Enjoy!

Cute Overload

The biggest thanks ever go out to John for emailing me the link to this, the most gorgeous of sites EVER!!!

Think of the cutest and most "ooooh" inspiring cute things you have ever seen, then multiply it by about a million million and you will not even be getting close to the little animals on this site.

If you want a laugh and a smile go to www.cuteoverload.com. I promise you, the website name doesn't lie!

One more picture for good measure...