POLAROID-ITS

March 26, 2009 | Filed Under art, job responsibilities, photo, projects | 1 Comment 

I’m thinking of doing a series of post-it note drawings of my polaroids.  Now that the film is nearly impossible to lay hands on, I figure my collection of 1000+ polaroids is probably complete.  I’d love to attempt to do a complete run of 1000 post-its, but I realize that’s a rather ambitious goal to start out with.  So for now, here’s number 1 and we’ll see where it goes.

no. 1 - Jonathan at the American Legion Pier

Jonathan at the Legionj

Jonathan at the American Legion Pier
probably circa 1998



ELECTRONICS

March 22, 2008 | Filed Under music, photo, projects | Leave a Comment 

 

acquired the big one from a frat boy on his way to the beach for spring break - he sold it to me for beer money.  thanks, craigslist!  the little one is borrowed from mark.  i’m hoping these things will make me a more effective recording artist. 



TAG CLOUDY

March 18, 2008 | Filed Under friends, photo, projects | 1 Comment 

Tag Cloud - 3.19.08

i’ve been working on tagging my flickr photos - here’s the cloud as of today 



OK I’M BACK

March 17, 2008 | Filed Under d'etre, projects | Leave a Comment 

maybe



GOODBYE, BLOGGER

August 8, 2007 | Filed Under projects | 1 Comment 

I know I hardly ever post anything here anymore, but that’s just because i’m in an ebb as opposed to a flow (it’s more like a wane than a wax.)don’t worry, though. I shall return in force. maybe even seven-fold.but here’s the NEWS.it won’t be HERE.I’m working on building my very own website for a few various purposes (demo-reel, etc) - and although I’ve been catching some shit from the peanut gallery about not having anything “click-worthy” up yet, I really am in the process of puting it together.today i migrated this blog over to it’s new digs, and i must say i can see why people like wordpress better than blogger. it’s just nicer in a lot of ways. (i have categories now, for example… and things are searchable, and it’s just better.)ANYFNWAY,for bookmarking purposes::: the new location for the blog is:

http://www.nicewerks.com/blog

right now, the front page of nicewerks.com is just a “coming soon” page. eventually, it will be replaced with something a little more option-y and choice-y. the sketchbook thing will probably come back, too.but this is all i’m doing today. Now i’m going to go eat some dinner.and maybe get a little crunk.BELIEVE IT!



Viva La Sketchbook

January 7, 2007 | Filed Under art, projects | Leave a Comment 

For those of y’all who have been reading it, my old-sketchbook-pages-blog is up and running again. I hadn’t updated since before Christmas ’cause I was out of town a lot, and since I’ve been back in Atlanta, I hadn’t gotten around to scanning Sketchbook #4. But I finished that today, and I’m going back to daily updates.For anyone who hasn’t heard or checked it out yet, I’m posting a page a day from my old sketchbooks. I’ve been doing this for a while, and as of today, I’m starting #4, which begins in January 1998 (my senior year in high school) and wraps up sometime in the summer after graduation.At first, I debated whether this is too narcissistic of a project, but I decided that it’s ok because:a) i like the idea of archiving my old work online, regardless of anyone else’s interest.b) however, some of my friends probably would want to see these drawings, especially if they are the subjects and/or have fond memories associated with them.c) i would be interested in this type of project if someone else was doing it.so there you have it.The book I’m starting to post now is a pretty good one. (finally.) A lot of the early stuff leading up to this has been kinda crappy, but by my senior year, my style was developing, I had decided to go to art school, and I was drawing a lot. So there are some good pages to come.In other words, if you haven’t been looking at my sketchbook blog, this is a good time to get onboard. If you feel like checking it out, here’s the link:

CHARLIE BOOK 

If you’re so inclined, bookmark it; I’ll be updating daily. And if you’re really SOOO inclined, I’d love any feedback or commentary.



Studio Apartments

December 10, 2006 | Filed Under friends, music, projects, video / film | 2 Comments 

In 2002 at SCAD I made a short documentary as a final project for my advanced editing class. It’s called “Studio Apartments,” and it follows three musicians as they explore writing and recording music at home. The three musicians were, of course, friends and roommates of mine, but regardless of that bias, I still think it’s a pretty decent video piece, and the music is good.Almost all of my friends in Savannah were artists and/or musicians, and we were all playing around with writing and recording music with a different approach. At the same time, we were constantly bouncing our ideas off of each other. So when I decided to make a documentary, it was a logical step to focus on friends of mine who were also friends amongst themselves. The piece consists of separate interviews and recording footage, so you don’t necessarily know that they know one another, but it’s evident in other ways.One reason that this is still interesting to me in the first place is that it’s an early look at where these guys were coming from. They’ve all gone on to do some really great stuff, and are actively continuing to do really great stuff, so it’s interesting to see what they were like when they were just starting to figure out what direction they would go in.Everyone influenced everyone, and there was (and still is) a lot of overlap; during the production of this documentary, Paul Duncan was beginning to record his first album, To an Ambient Hollywood. He lived two doors down from me and Mickey Ladd, so we (and Joe) were all in on early critiques. After graduation, Paul and I were roommates in Atlanta, where he finished the first album and started work on his second. Home-Tapes, an indie label started by two other friends of ours, debuted with that record, and has gone on to become a really awesome, highly respected, successful endeavor; this year they had a showcase stage at the CMJ fest.Meanwhile, Joe Stickney had moved to Brooklyn and was playing with several bands. My documentary focuses on his electronic music, but Joe is also THE bad-ass drummer. Joe currently plays with Bear in Heaven and just finished a tour with Rhys Chatham as the drummer for Rhys Chatham’s Essentialist. After Atlanta, Paul joined Joe in New York, so nowadays Joe also drums in Paul’s live band and contributed a lot to his second and third albums.Since then, Mickey Ladd has kept it pretty low-key on the music tip, but he’s still writing and recording little eagles of songs. He sends me mp3s from time to time, and it’s really just a matter of time before his stuff will be in your ear, too.Anyway, for those of you that already know these guys, personally or not, I thought you might get a kick out of seeing what they were doing a few years ago. I emailed Paul a clip and he said it was embarassing, but I beg to differ. Sure, they weren’t as far along or musically developed as they are now, but this is historical stuff. I’m preserving it for posterity. Hopefully Paul won’t mind too much.If you’ve never heard of these folks before, check ‘em out. Go to Home-Tapes and buy Paul’s stuff. It is VERY GOOD. While you’re there, buy some other stuff. Everything Home-Tapes has put out so far has been incredible. They have finely-tuned tastes.Go to Paul’s, Bear in Heaven’s and Rhys Chatham’s Essentialists myspace pages. Have a listen. I don’t know if the latter dudes have anything for sale yet, but keep checking.Mickey,(1, 2), doesn’t have any records out yet, either, but I’ll let you know as soon as he does.so without further whatever, here’s the documentary, (in 3 parts thanks to You Tube’s file size limit.) Hope you enjoy; let me know what you think.

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three

 



I’m a Real Person

October 12, 2006 | Filed Under art, d'etre, funny haha, god bless the internet, job responsibilities, lists, projects | 1 Comment 

Some of you may remember my fortune cookie resume - well, I sent it to Boing-Boing a while back, and Xeni emailed me to say it seemed “kind of cool.” …which would have been enough to make me happy, but today, she included it in her Omakase links, complete with a “thanks to… Charlie B… etc” (at the bottom.)I got on BB, thus breaking my long-standing record of never getting anything submitted posted. This pleases me! Here’s the link.



Check Out My New Resume

September 13, 2006 | Filed Under art, funny haha, lists, projects | 1 Comment 

Fortune Resume 1100



Jackpot-aroid

July 14, 2006 | Filed Under big ideas, d'etre, happening, job responsibilities, photo, projects | 3 Comments 

Major score in the Polaroid department - my awesome boss on We Are Marshall remembered that I’m a Polaroid-head and just gave me an entire case of film that was left over in hair/makeup/wardrobe land!We’re talking 30 double packs of instant gratification.that’s 600 pictures just waiting to be called from the ether into existence. So get ready, folks. I’m gonna be wantin’ to take yer picture…



McDonald’s Ripped Me Off and Gave Me a Stomach-Ache

June 6, 2006 | Filed Under art, music, projects, video / film | Leave a Comment 

Has anyone seen this new(ish) McDonald’s commercial that uses stop-motion animation with live actors? It starts out with a guy asleep in bed, who slides out from under the covers, onto his floor, and down the hallway, all while retaining his sleeping position. He continues out of his apartment, along a sidewalk, and into a McDonald’s, all the while “sliding” along the ground, asleep. When he exits the restaurant, he has his coffee now, and he’s awake and upright. It’s a really cool commercial, well-executed and shot, and it’s interesting the way it combines live action with animation. (I tried to find it online, but I couldn’t. this looks cool, tho) Hopefully, some of you have seen it.The funny thing is: I thought of that idea first. Ok, I know I can’t say with certainty that no one ever came up with that before, because I’m sure someone has, and maybe someone even did it before me, (not that I know of, though.) The fact is, I shot a short film in 2002 while I lived in Savannah that is basically the same exact concept without the McDonald’s or the coffee. Mine is more of a visual art piece that I put to music, but it totally involves a sleeping person sliding around her apartment without waking up, utilizing stop-motion animation. I seriously doubt a former classmate saw my film and then sold-out to McDonald’s, but it is really funny (but not haha funny) that someone out there had the same exact idea. It also kinda sucks that my concept doesn’t seem so original anymore. I wanted to put it in the local Underground Film Fest this year, since I know some of the organizers, but now I’m having second thoughts because it looks like I ripped off a McDonald’s commercial. Fooey.so… here’s my movie:

If anyone can find McD’s (much newer) version of my movie, send me the link and I’ll put it here.By the way, I am truly sorry and I humbly repent that this blog has kinda “gone fishin’” lately, but as y’all probably know, I’ve been working long, weird hours on We Are Marshall. I have, however, been loyally updating the Sketchbook blog every day, (even though no one seems to be paying any attention… ) (but that’s ok, ’cause it hasn’t gotten good yet.) (but come on, folks, you should still check it out once in a while if you’re bored.)I have also, just so you know, been collecting things to blog here. I have a bunch of stuff. I’m just saving it up for when I have time to put it on the table. proverbially, that is. no tables online. unless you’re talking about html tables. but I wasn’t talking about that kind of shit, and i hope you weren’t either.



The B could also be for Book

April 23, 2006 | Filed Under art, happening, poetry, projects, time travel | 3 Comments 

Newsflash! I’m starting a new project. As many of you know, I have this thing for documentation/archiving/preservation/capturing-of-fleeting-moments. Evidence for this impulse of mine can be seen in my flickr sets of my entire polaroid collection*, my paintings, my post-it note drawings*, my aesthetic-phonetic project*, and maybe eventually my collection of ticket stubs for practically every movie I’ve seen in the past 10 years. I know, that’s a little weird. But I like to collect things, and I especially like to archive and organize and document and preserve for posterity. I think it might be great one day to be able to show my kids what I was into and doing and creating from a young age onward… and in the meantime, my family and friends, too. My thinking is that if I continue to preserve these things, hopefully I can create a sort of seamless continuum that can connect my young self to my slightly older self, to my early adult self, to my middle aged self, to my retiree self, to my rickety old man self, and explain how each of those selves transitioned from one to the next. It’s interesting to me, at least, as a kind of ongoing, neverending experiment.So along those lines, when I was sixteen, I started keeping a “serious” sketchbook. I had sketchbooks before this, but they were mostly drawings of spaceships, airplanes, racecars, and teenage mutant ninja turtles. But when I started getting interested in creating real art for the first time, I was advised by my art teachers to buy a hard-bound blank-page sketchbook, and draw in it frequently, and keep it to look at later. So I did this… and I’ve been doing it ever since.I really jumped on the sketchbook train. I loved the concept of it. I brought it with me everywhere. I drew in it at summer camp, at the beach, at school during PE, at home on the trampoline in the backyard, in planes, and at work. Early on, I made it clear to my friends (also burgeoning artists) that they were not only welcome, but encouraged to draw or write anything they felt like any time they wanted to in my sketchbooks. Sometimes I had more than one book going, but usually, the drawings and the books were completed chronologically, and I saved them all.So in effect, these books became a pretty vivid document of my life from age 16 til now. I can look at certain pages and recall where I was and what was happening in detail - like the completely abstract elaborate scribbling in book 2 or 3 that I did at like 4 am when I was drunk at a fishing camp with my Baton Rouge friends waiting for a honey-soaked cigarette to come out of the oven (an experiment which failed dramatically). Or the drawing of the inside of the staff cottage at Camp Beckwith that I made during a particularly mellow rest-time after lunch with my swim shorts still wet from sailing - I remember the air conditioner was on too high and it was chilly. I know that this is pretty personal stuff that the average viewer wouldn’t have any way of picking up on. But with my commentary, there’s a pretty rich history of me and my friends in these books. And of course, there are other pages that certain people in the world would probably have a certain connection to and might like to see. Naturally, a lot of the drawings are bad, or meaningless, or uninteresting. But there are a few good ones, and a few that can be accompanied by good stories, and a few that are just funny.So here’s the project: I, Charlie B. Spaht, full of pretty good intentions, an ambition seasoned with a little bit of hubris, and a curiosity to see what’ll happen if I do it, propose to create a new “blog” in which I will post scans of every page of my “serious” sketchbooks, in the order that they were created, starting with book #1 (which begins in December ‘96,) without skipping pages no matter how embarassing, one page per day, with commentary when relevant, until I reach the present day, at which point I guess I’ll keep going, but maybe not once a day. In addition, at the point of completion for each book, I’ll create a flickr set for easier reference (and organization).I think this should be an interesting experiment. It should satisfy my need to collect and document my work, possibly explain a few things about what makes me tick, and at the least, provide a momentary diversion every day or so for a few of you.So, if you’re so inclined, check it, don’t wreck it; and feel free to bookmark it:

CHARLIE BOOK

p.s. this blog isn’t going away - I’ll still be posting non-sketchbook-related items here. just sayin. don’t forget about ‘dre.UPDATE: 6/28/06SKETCHBOOK #1 on FlickrUPDATE: 10/05/06SKETCHBOOK #2 on Flickr



Speaking of Post-Its

April 16, 2006 | Filed Under art, job responsibilities, projects | 2 Comments 

I just scanned a new batch of extra-fine post-it note artwork. I do these mostly at work, where post-it pads abound. I am actually pretty busy most of the day answering phones, copying and collating scripts, and restocking the refrigerator, but I inevitably find five minutes here and there for me to help a little drawing out into the world. I started putting these up on my wall next to where I sit to “personalize my space” but then I took ‘em down to scan, so now my area’s boring again. anyway, check it don’t wreck it ~~~~



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