ASTR x GURU GROUP

If you haven’t already heard about the mysterious electric duo that debut their single “Operate” last week, we are so happy to give you the preview with their music video directed by the one and only GURU GROUP.  The video just released today on The Fader but you can download the song here. Its a cross between Purity Ring and Rihanna, just about anyone can jam to this.  Keep your eyes out for their soon-to-be released EP cause if you think this shit is dope, you aint seen nothing yet.

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Fine Arts & Digital Media

“Welcome to convergence culture, where old and new media collide, where grassroots and corporate media intersect, where the power of the media producer and the power of the media consumer interact in unpredictable ways. Convergence culture is the future…”

so says the renowned media theorist Henry Jenkins, and we can’t help but agree. We are living in a time that is embracing media convergence of an unprecedented scale. No longer do our media objects perform the one function for which they were originally intended, but rather a vast array of different functions previously thought impossible to exist all within one entity.

This is presenting exciting new possibilities in the world of fine art, as high-culture and high-tech collide. Here are a few of our favorite recent examples of fine art and digital media convergence…

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iPhone featured in a fine art painting at the Grey Gallery at New York University

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Beautiful design created by Electric Sheep, a distributed computing project for animating and evolving fractal flames, which are in turn distributed to the networked computers and displayed as a screensaver

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A computer mouse gets a fine art makeover by an employee at the Khokhloma Painting Art Association in Russia.

Art & Fashion- Unmistakably Intertwined

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Fashion and Art have always had a close relationship, as those buying couture wear are often the same people that are buying fine art, however, today we see the two worlds completely intertwined.  The first issue of W magazine this year (for what may be the first time in their history) featured a painting of an actress instead of what would normally be a photograph; the magazine focuses on artist Chantal Joffe and her current muse-actress, Jessica Chastain.  Inside features model spreads with fine art in the background, and the unique nature this focus is definitely exaggerated.  I love the artist and all of the content included but can someone please tell me why this was never thought up before?  Seems obvious enough! I would love to make a magazine comprise completely of these two worlds intertwined, tell me your thoughts!

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THE (UN)FAIR art show

Copyright Daniel Sprick

Copyright Daniel Sprick

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Copyright Aleah Chapin

Copyright Adam Miller

Copyright Adam Miller

After writing a post on Adam Miller on the smokers club blog last week, I decided to checkout his work at the opening day of the (UN)FAIR art exhibition.  To my surprise, the exhibit was composed of over 30 different artists, of which they were all far from the ordinary.  The classification of the art could easily be considered post-modern as many of the paintings depicted apocalyptic/disturbing scenery in the modern world with the use of traditional techniques such as realism.

I have to say I was less impressed with the work by Adam Miller and the other displaying artists than I would have originally anticipated.  As the pieces were clearly advanced in their techniques and may have claimed to have some sort of deeper meaning (or soul), but I truly find it hard to believe that most of these artists are trying to capitalize on their message rather than the shock value produced.

When I looked back to some of the older work produced by the same artists, it seemed that much of the evolution to these postmodern depictions came from their mastery in the traditional techniques of realism.  This realization only took about a minute to upset me.  However complex realism may be for the ordinary human, these artists later decision to move to the postmodern realm of art made me only see an aura of pretentiousness in their current pieces.  Mastering realism is one thing, but mastering realism and manipulating that skill to make headlines is another.

I understand that postmodern art will (unfortunately) define my own generation, but I can only hope that paintings such as these, will be not be those that are coveted for centuries to come in the Met.   After all, I much rather see colorful-shiny balloons by Jeff Koons in a park than a 6 foot by 12 foot painting of a women thats had a mastectomy.

Coffee Addiction is Real.

Coffee, a short-film by Guru Group videographer-Theo Rosenthal.

I must say, the habitual process of coffee preparation and consumption looks quite beautiful on 16mm film.  Even without sound, Theo was still able to captivate the senses with his use of light and focus.  Keep your eyes open for some Guru Group x Theo Rosenthal collaborations! But for now, I am craving an upside-down carmel macchiato, proof that coffee addiction is real.

Aldo Carrera Featured in the SFBG

Screen shot 2013-03-04 at 12.33.02 PMLast week, the San Francisco Bay Guardian gave a behind the scenes look at the Academy of Arts University fashion show from New York Fashion Week. The story features photos taken by our one-and-only fine fashion photographer Aldo Carrera, as well as a Q&A highlighting Aldo’s experience at NYFW and opinions on photojournalism.  Photo’s featured are a bit more personal then your average backstage photographer–check it out here.