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Posts Tagged ‘Geoff McFetridge’

Someone In On-Air Graphics at Fuel TV Better Be Getting Fired Today

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Remember a few weeks back when we got all psyched about Jonathan WellsSwerve Festival held here in LA? One of the coolest aspects of this new festival was that the highlights were to be broadcast on a special airing on Fuel TV November 9. Turns out it was not so cool…Viewers Like U (nice redesign, by the way) points us to this image captured by Hustler of Culture, who had this to say about the broadcast of the show:

“We hosted a dinner and screening of the SwerveFest 1-Hour Special and spent most of the night pointing to our telly, laughing at insane misspellings of names of peeps we knew. Fuel TV’s insistence on spelling names phonetically was pretty damn hilarious.”

We’re glad she’s able to laugh about it, but over here at Design Advocacy Central Headquarters, we’re not so amused. We know that for all the motion graphics designers, producers, and animators out there, typing letters can be laborious and irksome, but the beauty of working on the miracle that is the computer is that it comes equipped with a little thing called the internet, which, if pressed, can become a very handy tool for spellchecking the names of rather prominent artists, designers and filmmakers.

We expect some serious retribution here. How about not just fixing the spellings but airing the special one more time for each incorrect letter? And some personal apologies. Poor Geoff McFetridge deserves the biggest one of all.

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CalArts Design Students Launch pub

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We’ve just been handed the first issue of pub, the new journal-zine by those crazy kids at CalArts. A nice pink and green cover gives way to a dozen interviews with people like Karin Fong, Jens Gelhhaar, Mr. Keedy and Geoff McFetridge. Our personal favorites are ten pages of Ed Fella‘s “collections” and drawings by Beau Johnson. Copies are $10 but it doesn’t look like online ordering is enabled; we bet you could email them for one.

Dare we say this group of very ambitious students is trying to fill some Emigre-sized shoes? Hmmmm?

More Awesomeness Announced for Swerve Festival

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Just when we think, surely Jonathan Wells and his merry gang can’t squeeze any more action into these three days of joy, they hit us up with yet another announcement. Here’s the latest news from the Swerve Festival, taking place next weekend in LA.

Remember we told you that Aaron Rose would be curating the art show? Well here’s what Rose has to say about that: “Looking at art in galleries is dead. I didn’t want to have a little art ghetto in the middle of this dynamic festival.”

So, artists like Mike Mills, Terry Richardson, Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson and more were given instructions for how to build 15-foot high pinwheels that will dot the Barnsdall Art Park grounds.

25 trees will be transformed into “Listening Trees” where you can put on a pair of vintage headphones and hear musicians and performing artists like Animal Collective, No Age, Tommy Guerrero and BARR.

Plus, poke your face into novelty backdrops with cut-out head-holes by graffiti artists, check out the murals by Sage Vaughn, Chris Pastras and Jesse Spears, and should you want to take the art home with you, Jesse Spears will even grace a selected body part with a Sharpie tattoo.

Tickets and details here. And we will see you there.

Jonathan Wells Gets His Swerve On In LA

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We’ve been shopping for a new festival to wrap our arms around out here in LA and who better to deliver it than Jonathan Wells, who brought us the RESFESTs that we love so dearly. Yes, kids, the Swerve Festival is coming to town September 28-30:

SWERVE FESTIVAL isn’t just a film festival or a music festival or an art show-it’s all of these things,” says Jonathan Wells, Festival Director. “There’re no sidebars, all of our programs feature top-notch talent that stand on their own, yet are more cohesive as a whole. One of the trademarks of West Coast creative culture is the cross pollination of creative disciplines–art, music and film are interrelated and overlapping. This is the first festival to celebrate that.”

The film festival will run throughout the weekend, including two films we’re dying to see: Surfwise by Doug Pray, and Control, the story of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, directed by the great Anton Corbijn. Closing the festival is the movie The Man Who Souled the World about skater Steve Rocco. Should that inspire you, roll right over to the CreateAskate workshop where you can make your own skateboard, right before you make your own broken elbow.

Art will be curated by Aaron Rose with his usual crew of “Losers”: Mike Mills, Geoff McFetridge, Terry Richardson, Thomas Campbell, Sage Vaughn, Ed Templeton, and more.

Bonus: That identity up there is by Hunter Gatherer, another good sign of things to come.

California Design Biennial: The Party

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Sure, it was tough to tear our eyes away from award-winning white walls of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, but it was a breezy Saturday night just begging for some alfresco design discourse. So after making careful note of the objects and the graphics of the California Design Biennial, we proceeded upstairs to the roof, which provides one of the best Stella Artois-drinking environments in Southern California.

Juror Michael Worthington held court with a bevy of CalArts faculty and grads, including Penny Pehl, James Moore, Caryn Aono and new Green Dragon Office hire Leslie Sun. On a more serious note, the salt-and-pepper-headed Sean Adams discussed hair styles with perpetual brunet Mr. Keedy.

A gang of our friends from the north (San Fran) were looking especially tanned and relaxed (no doubt due to an afternoon soaking up some much-needed sunshine). Eric Heiman and Adam Brodsley of Volume chatted with Jeremy Mende about dinner plans. Christopher Simmons and Stefan Bucher traded Y Conference notes at a nearby table.

Sadly, there was no sign of The Man With the Golden Curls in the house, but we did get to meet two of our local design heroes, the man behind the mighty mustache, Geoff McFetridge, and Atwater Pottery‘s Adam Silverman. Mine designer (and 2007 Project M participant) Tim Belonax had some hero-worship of his own going on, representing with a McFetridge “I’m rocking on your dime” tee. And to end the evening on a perfect Hollywood note, we met the delightful Constance Zimmer, aka Dana Gordon, Ari’s worthy foil on Entourage. What can we say? Nothing like great design to lure a crowd of the best California has to offer.

California Design Biennial: The Graphics

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The California Design Biennial, which opened Saturday night, is one of the only design shows that gives graphics a fair shake. In this case, the curators even grouped all of it into one big room for primo exposure. Motion even gets animated, as you can see on the monitors above. Also check out the objects and the party.

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The work of Geoff McFetridge occupied a full one-third of the graphics section and rightfully so.

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Aaron Rose’s New Group Show Opens in LA

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It was hard not to feel the love at the opening of “Other Scenes” at Roberts & Tilton Saturday night, namely because the gallery was throbbing with the belly-warming aural assault of No Age, who played a live set amidst the art-goers. The Aaron Rose-curated show featured the work of Raymond Pettibon, Ryan McGinley and Rita Ackermann, among others, and was attended by more than a few stars of the documentary Beautiful Losers, currently in the final stages of post production.

Rose’s ever-present hat bobbed among Mike Mills and web designer-of-the-moment Miranda July, Ed and Deanna Templeton, Craig Stecyk, and Geoff McFetridge with a little one in tow. A “Scrubby”-looking Zach Braff poked his head in for a bit, and a sighting of a cast member from the “L Word” also generated some buzz, although we never did quite find out which one it was.

The crowds thinned a bit as the stack of empty Coors Banquet Beers grew taller, and No Age began to pack up for a second show at the Troubadour, but we did have the chance to compliment Randy Randall on his coonskin hat, which, as the attached tag proved, was an authentic Frontierland purchase.

And Music Video Directors Complain About Low Budgets

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If you’ve had a bad week, or even if you’ve had a good week, be sure to watch this video for The Whitest Boy Alive before you pack it up. Your feet will be tapping well into the weekend. Geoff McFetridge creates a surreal and somber universe of skateboarding, suburbia, and a little bit of Where the Wild Things Are with nothing more than a few strokes of his pencil. Magic.

Beautiful, Yes, But These Ain’t No Losers

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We’ll never forget how cool we felt telling someone who lived in St. Louis about the “Beautiful Losers” exhibition when it started its global ramble a few years ago. For someone new to LA, this roster of artists was the ultimate measure of how much a place like California ruled. “Oh yeah, it’s like graffiti, and skateboarding, and, you know, surfing…” Popular culture has since been irrevocably altered by that unofficial collective of artists, and today, if we were to tell that same person about the show, we could even call a few of the artists by name–”Geoff McFetridge, Shepard Fairey, Mike Mills…”–and that person would probably get it. Dude, we bet even our parents would get it.

A lot of that has to do with “Beautiful Losers” co-curator Aaron Rose, who invited us to a special sneak preview of his documentary film of the same name. Beautiful Losers tracks the unlikely careers of this group, who more or less converged at Rose’s infamous Alleged Gallery in New York during the 90′s. Footage from that period, with the artists assembling group shows, makes for some of the most incredible shots in the movie. And it made us realize how wrong we were about the whole thing.

We always thought that this art, drawing from fringe and fuck yous, was generated by this cultural elite trying to out-hip each other. But it’s not. These were just kids, creating the only way they knew how, often with very little training or resources, teaching each other. And seeing them all on film, together, it’s their earnestness more than anything that shines through. They might swear up and down they’re losers–a surprisingly-eloquent Ed Templeton has one of the best quotes in the movie about it–but they’re pretty much heroes for anyone out there who wants to make something they love.

We hear that a few scenes will be screened at the RVCA party in Sundance, with Money Mark playing songs from the score live. Definitely worth skipping one of those other movies for.