Archive for January, 2009

Behind The Scenes

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I’m excited to see this movie, as I am with a lot of animated films. What I loved about a lot of cartoons I grew up watching, and reading, were the adventures each story takes me and making my imaginations burst out of ordinariness. The plot of this story is Oz-ish, as Coraline is taken into a dream-world when she unlocks a secret door in her new house. What’s most amazing about this movie is that it’s the first stop-motion full-length animation shot with stereoscopy technology — which is the art of making an illusion of depth using two-dimensional imagery– with a dual-digital camera rig. Sounds confusing? Well I got great news for your curious minds.

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On Saturday, February 7th, some of the movie’s production team will hold an exhibition and a discussion panel where they will break down the production and artistic processes it took to make the movie a success. Sure to be a very interesting and educational event for all.

Artists in attendance will include: Andy Schuhler, Chris Appelhans, Dan Krall, Jon Klassen, Shane Prigmore, Shannon Tindle

Where?
Gallery NUCLEUS
210 E. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801

When?
Saturday, February 7, 2009
2:00 – 4:00PM
This event is FREE but keep in mind that space is LIMITED.

–dinoxsketchpad

Local Celebrity

Art students from Cal State Long Beach will be holding an exhibition consisting of mixed media: photography, installations, drawings, paintings, and sculptures. The show will be held at The Goods Gallery on Saturday, January 31st. Unlike the majority of the shows I’ve posted on here, this one has an entrance fee of $5.00 for the public, but is free to students and faculties of the university.

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Tim Melideo, Robertson Realty,
2008, Digital C-Print, 40″x27″
© tim melideo 2008

Artists involved in this event are as follows:
Patrick Ballard, Andrew Pearson, Tim Melideo, Emily Quest, Summer Merritt, Justin Rightsell, Ricardo Moreno, Trina Turturici, Travis Ott-Conn, Vishal Voklani.

Where?
The Goods Gallery
200 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

When?
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 31st @ 6:00-10:00PM
Exhibition runs until February 7, 2009.

–dinoxsketchpad

The Beat Rocked.

Late Sunday evening, I found my way to the BeatRock shop to take a gander at the exhibition they were hosting. Consider the shop my new favorite spot close to home because there were a lot of talented artists who raided every inch of the store’s walls with pieces after pieces. Unfortunately, we got there a tad bit too late and the whole place was packed like a can of sardines by then. I only had the oppurtunity to take whatever pictures I could of anything before we forfeited and took the party outside.
The live-painting was turning out to be a pretty dope piece and I will definitely return to take better pictures of everything for your viewing pleasures on another day. A bit later into the night, the band Humble Soul set up their equipment and rocked the packed house to some good ol’ reggae music.

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Overall, it was a great night and an awesome way to get us warmed up for the new year of art shows and exhibits. And I also encourage everyone to support good art festivities and stay tuned to this blog, as I will update you the best I can with gallery-openings in the near future that I recommend. If you have any events that you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to send me an E-Mail and I will post all the information for all our readers here.

–dinoxsketchpad

Back Again! It’s About That Time…

I know there hasn’t been much posts with us in it lately, and there’s a valid reason for that. We’ve all been in different spectrums of our own universe being busy people. Don’t fret. We’ll be back causing havoc around town again really soon. Also, March is going to be a big month for us. I’ll throw out little sneak-peeks here and there until then, so be on a lookout.
Saturday night, we all finally got together again and ate BBQ at Heng’s pad. Some played poker. Others just yapped the whole time about simple-nothings. I drank a lot of Pepsi and not a drop of alcoholic beverage. I would be proud of myself that night, but all those cans of soda didn’t help. I won’t say I’m trying to be healthy this year, but I want to become more cautious of what I consume.

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The one thing I’ve sworn off for good is oyster. Just the sight of people eating it makes me cringe because I had one of the worst experiences with bad oysters the very first time I had some. Kui knew all about that whole messy situation because he was just as sick.
Anyways, we’re baaaacccccccckkkkk…That’s the whole point of all this jibber-jabber.

–dinoxsketchpad

The Long Way Home

I just recieved one of the greatest news I’ll hear this year and I’m well aware that it’s still January. I won’t go too much into detail of why I love this artist’s work or how great he’s been able to build his name up from being a kid running the streets of New York + New Jersey to becoming an iconic figure in the world of street-art. If you’re reading this, you should already know what awesome feats he’s accomplished throughout the years, so I know for a fact that you’d be present at the event.

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Kaws will be opening his very first solo exhibition entitled “The Long Way Home” in the west-coast on February 21st. I’m so stoked that I’ll have a chance to witness something that I know is going to be phenomenal. Last year, I was overjoyed with the oppurtunity to see a Futura exhibit first-hand. Now THIS! So mark it on your calenders because this is going to be big.

Where?
Honor Fraser Gallery
2622 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

When?
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 21st 2009
6:00 – 8:00PM
Exhibition will be held until April 4, 2009

via Vapors Magazine
–dinoxsketchpad

They Are Legends

As a shoe-connessieur + 90s rap fan, this is an amazing collaboration project. I don’t know how the whole project came about or why?, but the outcome is dope.

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I don’t know any Hip-Hop heads who don’t know A Tribe Called Quest. They are one of the most revered rap-group til this day and considered to be Hall-of-Famers. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg’s style of delivery and flow have inspired many of the rappers we all listen to now — Kanye West, Little Brother, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, etc. Along with that, I don’t know anyone period who hasn’t heard of Michael Jordan. The man’s transcended from not only being a basketball legend, but a legend in marketing campaigns the world over. To this day, kids are still in a craze over his shoes. NBA elites will always be compared to, but never equally as great, as he was. Both are truly legendary in their own rights and this collaborative effort is a must-have for fans, though I’m sure kids who don’t really care much about either will be tackling store shelves fast to flip them for insane profits. UGH!

This collection is now available @ LTD.

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And while you’re at it, pick up Q-Tip’s latest album “Renaissance Man“. A great album you can listen to during any part of your day — whether as background music at work or something to groove to in traffic.

via High Snobiety
–dinoxsketchpad

Beat Rock

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Sorry for the late notice, but I will be dropping by the BeatRock event later on today. From what I’ve been told, this is a fairly new shop in North Long Beach, CA for all the art + fashion enthusiasts. They will be hosting live-paintings, live music, and refreshments. The event is held from 2-8PM. I hope to see everyone there.

Where?
BeatRock
4158 Norse Wy.
Long Beach, CA

When?
Sunday, January 25th (show runs through February 25, 2009)
@ 2-8PM

–dinoxsketchpad

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li Trailer

Vodpod videos no longer available. 

I already blogged this a while back with footages and the international poster, but now we have a trailer. What do you think? Either way you go on this one, I’m sure we’d all be in consensus about it being better than the Jean Claude Van-Damme version, eh?

courtesy of TrailerAddict
–dinoxsketchpad

School Can’t Teach GOOD

I stumbled upon a great interview with Chad Cress done by GOOD Magazine. First off, I want to speak on the magazine itself because of it’s a wonderful arrangement. The whole objective of GOOD is to unite individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations together to build upon a media-outlet for people to read up on whatever they feel the mass-media fails to deliver. Nothing is dumbed-down. Rather than sugar-coating the truth, the magazine’s writers/bloggers/editors paint reality as it is. Not to intimidate, but to provoke the intelligence of its readers. As if that isn’t enough to satisfy one’s thirst for a higher-learning, if you subscribe to the magazine, 100% of your money goes directly to a non-profit organization of your choice.
Now onto the interview I mentioned earlier. Chad Cress is an aspiring photographer who’s in his Senior year at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Rather than completing his term, he took the risk of flying out to Iraq with some friends to document what’s going on in that country. What resulted were some amazing photography of a side of Iraq we, as Americans, don’t get to see.

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I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision to do what he’s done, but there are some things in life that can’t be taught in school. With these images, he’s able to show a country’s beauty despite the havoc warfare which bombards our televison screens so daily, it’s almost routine. Following with the tradition of GOOD Magazine, there’s no sugar-coats here. Everything is real and it’s well beyond what we’ve known of Iraq up until this point. A beauty in ugliness.

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He’s taken a ton of pictures during his trip and each tell their own stories. Visit his SITE for more astonishing images.

–dinoxsketchpad

Walking On Water

The news of a plane crashing onto the Hudson River was regarded as a miracle, due to the fact that everyone on board survived. It’s always heart-wrenching to hear of these stories and knowing that it’s a mode of transportation for millions of people globally.

Aside from that, I just wanted to share this image of the tragedy taken by an onlooker through the lens of his IPhone. Yes, it was an IPhone picture!

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If you take a glance at this very surreal image, it looks as if these people were standing on water awaiting to be taken away from the horrid experience. It’s as if we’re witnessing two miracles in one. I’m sure this moment has changed each and every one of their lives, and those closest to them. They cheated death. What can be more miraculous than that?

image courtesy of Robin Sloan
–dinoxsketchpad