Shaun Bloodworth

Shaun Bloodworth loves the electronic scene. He’s just released a film chronicling the electronic underground in the northern UK. It’s called Minds Locked Together. Beyond this though, Shaun is a photographer with a consistently eye-catching style. He recently graced the pages of Human Resources with a great little spot about his new film. I do have a deep affection for startling and stark photography. I’ve just really never seen it done with humans before. Landscape/place... Read More

Descendant flowers + Whoopi

This is what full time work yields after 3 years of determination. An incredible story that is nothing short of remarkable. Director Heiko van der Scherm had the wherewithall to hire Whoopi Goldberg for this short film that chronicles a scene in the life of two flowers in a sunlit wood. It is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. I’d love to think that in the end the flowers shared consciousness with what had come before. As in, they were of the same mind and knew... Read More

Food, Stuff

I’m not much of a cook. I’m sure with a bit of practice I could learn to whip up some respectable vittles but if given the choice I’d much rather go out and get something to eat than stay home and cook. However a couple things I’ve run across lately are threatening to change that. The first is an iPad app called The Photo Cookbook. The photography and typography are both beautiful and the dishes are non threatening even for me. Additionally this app... Read More

Bradley Castaneda

Bradley Castaneda is from our sister city to the north, Seattle. His work first caught my eye when I saw a series of photographs shot while flying over the Yukon Territory. Interesting, I’m curious where he was headed. Does one really fly over the Yukon from Seattle to Alaska? Perhaps he was heading to Tuktoyaktuk! The rest of his work is delicate & thoughtful. I appreciate his visual sensibilities and composition, it seems to be honest and straightforward. Nice work... Read More

Abuela Grillo

Abuela Grillo translates to Grandmother Cricket. She has antennae, duh. She walks around Bolivia singing her incredible little rain song bringing life and nourishment to her people. This time, however, she is taken advantage of by boxy business men and used for profit. She is nearly destroyed, her very tears being bottled into plastic containers and sold at a price the people can not afford. What a little allegory of the corporate experience. My favorite stories are when a victim... Read More

Tarantino vs Coen Brothers

Filmlist… Dir.: Joel and Ethan Coen: Blood Simple (1984) Raising Arizona (1987) Miller’s Crossing (1990) Barton Fink (1991) Fargo (1996) The Big Lebowski (1998) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) No Country for Old Men (2007) Burn After Reading (2008) A Serious Man (2009) Dir.: Quentin Tarantino: Reservoir Dogs (1992) Pulp Fiction (1994) Jackie Brown (1997) Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) Death Proof (2007) Inglourious Basterds (2009) Leandro Copperfield... Read More

Love your clouds!

At first I sat back in my chair with my legs crossed for this one, I admit I was a bit resistive. Living in the Pacific Northwest we have an interesting and intimate relationship with clouds. We’re usually bitching about them. This little spot is a one-way ticket to giggletown and affection for those little guys. When you think about it, they’re only dumping the building block of life itself all over us, so perhaps I should be more grateful. Cute little clouds. Don’t... Read More

Collaboration mega fluff

The press release reads “can 18 disparate Portland artists, writers, designers, art directors, fashion designers and illustrators get together and work as a singular unit to make art? Probably not.” Hordes of us have been talking and coffee-tabling collaboration as the new salvation, the new -ism, the way to move forward. Generally, I hear gushes and swoons about how Portland has been leaning-in on the forefront of whatever collaborative explosion has happened... Read More

Hello, Summertime…?

photo via Design Dust Summertime in Portland is a fickle beast. Even now into July I wore a hoodie and beanie as I sat outside and sipped bourbon on my front porch last night. However when Summer finally comes to the Northwest it is INCREDIBLE. The weather is perfect and that days are LONG. Because of the long rainy months Portlanders tend to take full advantage of the beautiful Summer season and get into the outdoors as much as possible. The Bureau of Betterment set out to... Read More

Harrier and Jaguar

This exhibition in the Tate Britain by Fiona Banner is really stunning. Both jets that are used in the piece were used in battle in the Gulf and Bosnia. They remind me of taxidermied animals. Both are wild and dangerous and could kill you in a million ways but have been reduced to nothing more than decoration. I wish I could get to London to go see them! Besides all the emotions that these bring up for me the other thing that comes to mind is how the hell did they get those... Read More