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Set It Off: Kevin Byrd

September 30th, 2008 by Larry

Name:
Kevin Byrd, Jr.

Aka:
BYRDHOUSE

Website:
http://kevinbyrd.com
http://byrdhouse.com

Where are you from?
Charleston, SC.

Who do you work for?
Armchair Media

What are your Current Project(s)?
We’re working on something top secret with Fusion Brands right now. We just launched the site not too long ago.

I’m working on fabricating a few NOT-A-CLOCKs this month too. It’s a light display for 35mm slides. I’m hoping to do an artist series with them.

There’s also a project Im doing called ”The people I work with, Everyday.” It’s for a group show in Castleberry Hill this month based around the theme of fashion. I’m documenting Farbod’s and Marta’s (and possibly Stefan’s) fashion choices each day at Armchair. I’m then printing those out with that new polaroid printer pogo. It makes 2×3 inch prints. Im adding one each day of the show. The piece is finished once the show ends. It runs Oct 2-Oct. 22nd at the granite room. Sorry for the plug.

Other recent projects include a Chicken and Waffles book, a painting of my dog Gigi, and a halloween costume, rough mock-ups seen here.

Who would you love to work with?
I’m loving who I’m working with at Armchair. I love working with my brothers. I think generally, modern dance choreographers would be really great to work with. I’m really in awe of these people. Their kinetic and spacial intelligence is like WOW, man. I took some modern dance classes for a while. I was like that sweaty 6’4″ guy in the back of the room. I was terrible. Ultimately I knew it was time for me to leave when the instructor wouldn’t help me arrange a solo recital.

If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep?
I only have one pair of sneakers. This makes me question my quantifications for being an interviewee.  Was I suppose to have as a sneaker obsession? I think if I were to choose I’d have to say those, because it’s my only choice. They are Tretorns.

What’s on your iPod right now?
Oh man. I’m working on a new CHIRP for this coming month, so I’m on a pretty heavy diet of new music. Its funny how quickly you can burn through stuff. The bands I cant get enough of are normally the most recent: Thao, Noze, Panther, TV on the Radio, Annie, Bug, Fujiya & Miyagi, Tussle, Rodriguez, Bon Iver, Epstein y El Conjunto, Takako Minekawa.

What’s your Favorite ATL food?
Chicken and Waffles hell-yo.

What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
I don’t really hangout. I mostly drive around staring at fixies. I swear Im gonna get into an accident soon if I dont pay better attention to the road. 

Which method would you use if attacked by an alligator on land?
a) cover the alligator’s eyes 
b) get on the alligator’s back and put downward pressure on the neck 
c) bend the alligator’s tail at an upward 45 degree angle 
d) try to keep the mouth clamped shut

I would do d).
 
What are your Pet Peeves?
People who talk to cats and think they really care.

Shout outs?
My wife Florrie and my daughter Annabelle. Also: Aaron and Grayson Byrd, Farbod Kokabi, Stefan K, Marta Czosnowski, Nate Steiner, Drew Dominey, Bernard McCoy, Justin Van Hoy, Gabriel Ricioppo, Will Hays, John Ferguson, Roberto Lange, Mary Stanley, Wade Thompson, Hadi Seyfi, Tak Masuda, Larry and George, Ted Ullrich, Travis Ekmark, Raymond Forbes, Jessica Tillyer, Witt Langstaff, Jorge Menes, Luther Lotz, Matt Hutchinson, John Malone, Lauren Jung, Michelle Haft, Elise Mattingly, Josh Tuminella, Mason Poe. Also, my mamma.

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Take A Breather in Decatur

September 30th, 2008 by Georgios

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On Oct. 11th, Breather design conference takes place at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. There will be numerous presenters from around the nation such as Tali Krakowsky, Director of Experience Design for Imaginary Forces, and award-winning creative director and designer, Jeff Boortz.

Breather brings together artists, architects, interior designers, graphic designers, landscape architects and other professionals concerned with design and its effects. This multidisciplinary approach to the subject also attracts students from design programs in the area. The unique benefit comes from the interdisciplinary cross-pollination in both the audience and the presenters. Members of the design community are invited to “take a Breather in Decatur,” to be stimulated outside their usual constraints, and to benefit from the ideas and practices of other design disciplines.

Breather had a call for artwork this year. Any medium was acceptable, you just had to include a yellow balloon. I created this small illustration for the event. They will have art submissions displayed at the conference.

Register for the conference here.

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Thór Stefánsson on Cartoon Network

September 30th, 2008 by Larry

It’s official, Thór Stefánsson, is a local hero. At eight years old, he already has a resume to be reckoned with. He has been a poster boy for flickr, been featured on our website, debuted a solo art show at Octane Coffee, and now he’s going to be on TV. Check out Thor in Cartoon Network‘s new bumps for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He shows up around 0:38 seconds into the video.

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Daft Punk – Aer OBAMA (vs. Adam Freeland)

September 30th, 2008 by Larry

Wow, our blogs have been more political than ever this week. It’s really been weighing on us to take action with whatever skills we have. Apparently this trend isn’t just here in America. UK-based DJ and producer, Adam Freeland, decided to remix Daft Punk’s Aerodynamic into a pro-Obama chant. Not often do you see Presidential candidates being endorsed through electronic dance tracks. Looks like the rest of the world is hoping for some change too. Regardless of who you vote for, I think it’s a good for young people to take ownership of our right to choose our leaders. So don’t forget to come out to El Bar on Thursday for Voter Registration Night.

Download: Daft Punk – Aer OBAMA (vs. Adam Freeland)

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The Nightwatchman – Saint Isabelle

September 30th, 2008 by Larry

Last fall, Jorge and I went to see Tom Morello’s solo project, known as The Nightwatchman, expecting to see face-melting guitar solos as most would expect of Rage Against the Machine‘s former axe-murderer. We were caught off guard when he came on stage with an acoustic guitar, did a shot of Jamison, and proceeded to play folk songs.

As you’d expect from Tom Morello, his themes and motivations involve political activism and modern protest. I’m totally cool with that, but sometimes his lyrics are a little over-the-top, similar to those of Rage, but for me the angst-fueled delivery of Zack De La Rocha was more genuine. Morello’s solo project has Dylan, Cash, and Billy Bragg influences and is a perfect soundtrack to a night at the Local or playing Wizard Staff but I wouldn’t take it too seriously. Tom’s already doing that.

Download: The Nightwatchman – Saint Isabelle

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Icons Redesigned [Part 3]

September 30th, 2008 by Larry

First off, I want you to check out this amazing stop-motion video of the Nike Cortez playfully tumbling through the decades. The video shows the Cortez (designed by Bill Bowerman in 1967) evolving in front of our eyes! As you can see there have been hundreds of colorways and materials used throughout the years, but this sneaker’s construction has stayed remarkably the same until now. The current Cortez looks the same as before but it has been designed with comfort in mind. The minor adjustments are simple molding at the ankle and improved cushioning in the footbed.

Secondly, here’s a garment that everyone is familiar with…
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Working With The Wall

September 30th, 2008 by Larry

Today, we re-appropriated The Wall to review some logos that Georgios and I have been jamming on for the past few days. Thanks to everyone who has sent in funny, inspiring, and seizure-causing animated GIFs via The Wall. This project has been so fun for us over the past couple months and we’d love you keep it alive by emailing your images to 799priegaizb@tumblr.com.

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Localize Your Life

September 29th, 2008 by Larry

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Ted spent his Saturday night surveying the city’s empty gas stations on his bike. He traveled with his camera in hand and took photos of ten different gas stations from the north, south, east, and west. There was no gas to be found.

When asking him about his photos, he said, “If this situation persists, I want people to consider having a plan for their lives. The solution I’m proposing is for people to find a way to localize their lives. Having an independent transportation method, in turn makes the nation independent from relying on foreign nation oil.”

See the rest of Ted’s photos after the jump.
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Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) – Love Lockdown

September 28th, 2008 by Larry

Just when you thought this song’s shelf-life was coming to an end, Patrick Stump turns around and records this cover of Kanye’s Love Lockdown in Garage Band because he couldn’t get to sleep. Although this recording isn’t totally polished, Stump’s delivery gives the song some much needed legs and a new perspective.

Download: Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) – Love Lockdown

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Congrats to El Bar!

September 27th, 2008 by Larry

Congrats to El Bar for winning Critics Pick as Best Dance Club in Creative Loafing! They didn’t have a door guy last night and I was going to be there anyway, so I volunteered to do door duties. As you can see in the photo, they let me arrange the magnetic letters and I kinda geeked out on the letterspacing. Thanks to all the regulars, newbies, and PROCESS crew that came out.

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