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A site of original and unoriginal content meant to entertain and inform. Out of Sight is edited by JJ O'Donoghue and William Hilderbrandt.

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If this site had to be summed up in one word and a preceding parenthetical phrase, then it would be (hopefully) entertaining. Think of it as an archive of some of the most interesting articles, videos, photography, and miscellany that JJ and William find online.

Presently the two have hopes of expanding the site to include some of their own work, and when they do just watch the hilarity ensue.

In the meantime please leave comments on posts - whether you like or dislike - and make suggestions as to what you want to see more of. For some of you it's more tits and ass, for others you prefer men with beards, and for one of you (you know who I am talking about) it's all about jam.

one more thing on out of sight

Out of sight is Will and JJ's attempt to get noticed and invited on daytime TV or any Fox TV show. Before out of sight, there was rich and creamy, a hugely popular blog for spammers who wanted to sell us penis enhancing products. They were wasting their time.

But to stick to the augmentation analogy, out of sight at its best is a brain enhancing website. That's a radical statement guys.

What you'll find on the site is a ménage à trois of humour, skepticism, intelligence and titilation. We really enjoy comments and recommendations and we hope to build up a community of followers so that we then add a subscription wall and take on the Financial Times or Playboy. Or just get jobs with them.

who is this stud william?

William lives in Paris. At the start of 2009 he left London and all his friends and his bad job to come to France, where he hardly speaks the language, to be with his girlfriend. Officially he is very happy to finally be living with her but occasionally he does get nostalgic for London.

He grew up in the US - Oklahoma (please do not hum the musical!) - and studied philosophy before going to London for a Master's in journalism. His work has not been published by the best in the industry, such as The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, Mother Jones, McSweeney's, and many, many more.

Currently he is freelancing at radio and TV gigs, slowly acquiring technical skills he hopes he can eventually use to make documentary and feature films that one day will not be produced by some of the world's best film studios.

who is this wise guy jj?

Quite early on in life JJ discovered that he was a fabricator. In 2006 his mum and dad invited him to leave their home in Cork, Ireland and head for London, where he now resides, to shake up the city. He cycles hard, drinks hard and blogs harder. You get the picture.

Currently he's alive, and, like most people his age he's 29. He longs for the day Japan get's moved right next to Ireland, and that Cork wins the world series in hurling. More than anything else he want's a book deal. Failing that a decent sandwich with French mustard, mayonnaise and Ballymaloe relish in it.

10 August 09

Paddy field art from Japan, although I don’r really remember people calling them paddy fields in Japan. Hokusai’s great wave is my favourite. More over at the Telegraph.co.uk

Tags: art japan rice
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5 August 09
Obama art. One of the paintings that president Obama is moving from the Smithsonian into the White House. This is Watusi, by Alma Thomas. Henri Matisse’s cutouts are most definitley an influence. [via, Smithsonian.com]

Obama art. One of the paintings that president Obama is moving from the Smithsonian into the White House. This is Watusi, by Alma Thomas. Henri Matisse’s cutouts are most definitley an influence. [via, Smithsonian.com]

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30 July 09
Sure we all tried this before but which one of us could get results like this? Check the artist’s Flickr for more coffee-cup art.

Sure we all tried this before but which one of us could get results like this? Check the artist’s Flickr for more coffee-cup art.

Tags: coffee cup art
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28 July 09

Check out Blake Hicks’s homage to The Wire. [Via Cynical-C]

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22 July 09

Over the weekend I saw Martin Parr’s latest exhibition Planète Parr, currently both inside and outside (see photos) the Jeu de Paume in Paris. Over the years he went to many tourism hot spots and tried to capture tourists doing what they’re best at: taking up space, consuming, sweating, tanning, eating, exploiting, and, at times, disrespecting. Have to say though, I kind of liked seeing the bright and colourful photos outside with the backdrop of trees and urban landscape.

I liked some of the photos enough but didn’t venture inside to see the rest. Instead I spent 2 euros on a photobooth for my friends and myself which didn’t work…this soured me until later when Sabine showed me her foot.

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7 July 09

quote, unquote

Nakedness is absolutely essential. Nakedness is to art what the ball is to football.”

Antony Gormley’s words of encouragment to people who want to strip off while hanging out on the fourth plinth. These words are sure to get Sabine involved. It’s been raining on the “living statues” since the project started yesterday. I blogged about it yesterday here.

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Posted: 9:43 AM

Wallpaper takes a look at last week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which celebrates the history and culture of motor sport. It’s not my bag typically but some interesting images. The structures are the creation of Indian artist Gerry Judah, check them out.

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6 July 09

Today marks the start of sculptor Antony Gormley’s latest project to fill the Fourth Plinth on Trafalgar Square in London. Gormley has signed up a load of volunteers to stand on the plinth for one hour between now and October. I am not sure what to make of its artistic merits. In one way it is the ultimate democratic statement an artist can make, it is living art. And seeing as the “living statues” can do as they please while on the plinth it could be interesting. However, it could also prove to be as boring as most statues ultimatley are. For me it signifies Britons ever growing love affair with exhibitionism and 15 minutes - or in this case 60 minutes - of fame. There’s a live stream, which so far has been about as interesting as Big Brother without the mind numbing dialogue, here.

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22 June 09
Reacting to the economic downturn, Nomenus Quaterly - I never heard ot it before either -  has slashed its print run from 50 to 10, but increased the price tag from $2,500 to $6,500. The publication - I best not call it a magazine, I just did - features original or hitherto unpublished work form fashion designers and fine artists. The painting above is one of Lucian Freud’s. Others featured in the current issue include Hussein Chalayan, the Costume Institute and Katie Peterson’s “All the Dead Stars” - a map which records the locations of every dead star in the universe. Check the website, at no cost, for more.

Reacting to the economic downturn, Nomenus Quaterly - I never heard ot it before either -  has slashed its print run from 50 to 10, but increased the price tag from $2,500 to $6,500. The publication - I best not call it a magazine, I just did - features original or hitherto unpublished work form fashion designers and fine artists. The painting above is one of Lucian Freud’s. Others featured in the current issue include Hussein Chalayan, the Costume Institute and Katie Peterson’s “All the Dead Stars” - a map which records the locations of every dead star in the universe. Check the website, at no cost, for more.

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Posted: 11:52 AM
As so often happens with contemporary art you quickly arrive at the conclusion that you could have done that. Well with iartistlondon, you can. That is if the art in question is Hirst, Banksy or Emin. Granted it’s not original, but that’s hardly the point with contemporary art. This cheeky internet start-up has put together a DIY package to create Hirsts’ ostentatious piece of bling For the Love of God. Without even a hint of irony, from the iartistlondon website:

For the Love of God is an amazing piece by Damien Hirst that consists  of a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8.601 diamonds including a  massive pear- shaped one on the forehead. It cost 14 million pounds to produce.  This is the ultimate contemporary piece of art that everyone wants to display in  their home.

As so often happens with contemporary art you quickly arrive at the conclusion that you could have done that. Well with iartistlondon, you can. That is if the art in question is Hirst, Banksy or Emin. Granted it’s not original, but that’s hardly the point with contemporary art. This cheeky internet start-up has put together a DIY package to create Hirsts’ ostentatious piece of bling For the Love of God. Without even a hint of irony, from the iartistlondon website:

For the Love of God is an amazing piece by Damien Hirst that consists of a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8.601 diamonds including a massive pear- shaped one on the forehead. It cost 14 million pounds to produce. This is the ultimate contemporary piece of art that everyone wants to display in their home.

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19 June 09
Chloe’s got some of her new screen prints up on her blog. They’re for a Stolen Space summer group show. The diver, one of Chloe’s favourite motifs, is definitely back. Chloe explains why she is obsessed with figures falling from the sky here and here’s an excerpt from a short interview I did with Chloe for her about page in her new-ish blog.
I am: Irish, female, 28 (at time of writing) and an expert skipper.I eat: probably too much, luckily most of the food I love is healthy stuff, vegetables, fish but I have weaknesses that I do indulge, bread and cheese with ballymaloe relish especially with a hangover, cake and chocolate. My ultimate indulgence is lemon tart but I save that for rainy days. When I was little I used to ask my Mum if I could go to town (Cork  -the Metropole Hotel) with her and eat juicy scones instead of going to school and sometimes she would let me! Hence my love of food started early.I think: Once upon a time I had time to think about space, the universe, the inside of the Earth, the past, the future, love, loss, happiness. These days when I wake up I have a list of things to do that day running through my head. I cant decide if this is a normal part of becoming an adult or a spin off from the digital age we live in – why think when you can Google?I want: to learn to drive and if I say it enough it might happen.
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Chloe’s got some of her new screen prints up on her blog. They’re for a Stolen Space summer group show. The diver, one of Chloe’s favourite motifs, is definitely back. Chloe explains why she is obsessed with figures falling from the sky here and here’s an excerpt from a short interview I did with Chloe for her about page in her new-ish blog.

I am: Irish, female, 28 (at time of writing) and an expert skipper.

I eat: probably too much, luckily most of the food I love is healthy stuff, vegetables, fish but I have weaknesses that I do indulge, bread and cheese with ballymaloe relish especially with a hangover, cake and chocolate. My ultimate indulgence is lemon tart but I save that for rainy days. When I was little I used to ask my Mum if I could go to town (Cork  -the Metropole Hotel) with her and eat juicy scones instead of going to school and sometimes she would let me! Hence my love of food started early.

I think: Once upon a time I had time to think about space, the universe, the inside of the Earth, the past, the future, love, loss, happiness. These days when I wake up I have a list of things to do that day running through my head. I cant decide if this is a normal part of becoming an adult or a spin off from the digital age we live in – why think when you can Google?

I want: to learn to drive and if I say it enough it might happen.

Continue reading…

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15 June 09
After trawling through the 30 or so tattoos of unicorns I now know the predicament jurors face when tyring to pick a winner. But my winner of the worst unicorn tattoo goes to the upstanding, flamboyant, urinating, half-man, half-unicorn. Why? Because this owner is willing to forego any amount of ridicule for his art. Awesome. You are an Out of Sight hero. More here, including Rambo riding a unicorn for William.

After trawling through the 30 or so tattoos of unicorns I now know the predicament jurors face when tyring to pick a winner. But my winner of the worst unicorn tattoo goes to the upstanding, flamboyant, urinating, half-man, half-unicorn. Why? Because this owner is willing to forego any amount of ridicule for his art. Awesome. You are an Out of Sight hero. More here, including Rambo riding a unicorn for William.

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9 June 09
There’s piles of shit on show at the 53rd Biennalle in Venice. I would love to go someday, but until Conor and Chloe represent the homeland, I’ll have to do with getting my fix through online slideshows. The installation above is outside the Nordic installation. Here’s two pieces I like, "Death Row", by Chilean artist Ivan Navarro and a painting by Miquel Barcelo.

There’s piles of shit on show at the 53rd Biennalle in Venice. I would love to go someday, but until Conor and Chloe represent the homeland, I’ll have to do with getting my fix through online slideshows. The installation above is outside the Nordic installation. Here’s two pieces I like, "Death Row", by Chilean artist Ivan Navarro and a painting by Miquel Barcelo.

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3 June 09
The Glue Society's latest installation at the Sculpture by the Sea festival in Aarhus, Denmark. The piece is entitled “It wasn’t meant to end like this.” [via Creative Review]

The Glue Society's latest installation at the Sculpture by the Sea festival in Aarhus, Denmark. The piece is entitled “It wasn’t meant to end like this.” [via Creative Review]

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Posted: 10:46 AM
This one is for Cristina B.

This one is for Cristina B.

Tags: doodle art
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Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh