Paper and collage art has always been one of my favorite mediums. Either sculptural or two dimensional works, I think it is the art form most similar to graphic design. Louis Reith the Amsterdam artist repurposes out book cuttings, maps and other old sheets of paper into amazing little pieces. The map pyramids are by far my favorite, but I also really like the abstract pieces, which have some interesting textures and compositions. Head over his site to check out more of his work.
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The illustrations of Hannah Warren caught my eye quite a while ago, but I only recently came across this map she did. It highlights the Nordic region of Northern Europe and has a beautiful texture and style, which is perfectly demonstrative of the geographical area it portrays. Craggy rocks, birch and pine trees, and a cold palette of grays are a few of the recognizable regional elements that are used to make up the landmasses in this map. This map was commissioned by Phaidon for a book on a restaurant in Denmark by the name of NOMA.
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For as long as I can remember George Clooney has been one of my favorite actors. Maybe its his everyman style or the clean crisp exterior cloaking a dark twisty inner turmoil. Either when I heard that he was going to be shot for W Magazine by Emma Summerton I was immediately excited. If that wasn’t enough the sets and the suit he would be wearing were to be designed by Yayoi Kusama. Another one of my favorite artists of all time. The resulting images are nothing short of amazing. Enough of my chatter. I have posted my favorite image here, but you should definitely head over to W and see the whole slideshow.
The fall season is always one of my favorite times of year. Despite the influx of colder weather and the trees shedding their leaves it has a nice feeling to it. I especially love all of the harvest time and autumn vegetables. Christopher Dina has captured some squash and other related fall bounties in the two “Autumn Gourds” prints available in Dina’s shop on Society6.
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I took a couple of minutes on my lunch break today and walked over to the two Gagosian locations here in Chelsea. If you haven’t heard, which I am sure by now you have, they are currently showing an exhibition of new work by Richard Serra. Of course the contents of the show are the predictable steel megaliths Serra has become known for, but it is still great to stand alone in a stark white space next to some massive post industrial scale metal forms. The scale successfully removes you from the norm as soon as you walk into a room or in better terms a hangar that is housing one. I highly recommend popping over to Chelsea to see the show being exhibited through January 2014 in their 21st Street and 24th Street galleries.
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If you don’t have plans tonight you should definitely stop by the opening of Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013 at Paul Kasmin. Since they represent my close friend Walton Ford and are a client of ArtBinder the startup I work for PK definitely has to be my favorite gallery. So this exhibition is just one more reason why I love them. This exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Brancusi’s first show at the Armory and his subsequent invasion of the American art scene. Hope to see some of you there tonight!
My close friend Gregory Topscher launched a Kickstarter project for Shipwreck Letterpress his handmade cards and cut paper designs. With sixteen days left to go he is over three quarters of the way to his $2000 funding goal. Head over to KS and take a look at all the great pledge benefits that are on offer.
If you studied design it is more than likely that you are familiar with Josef Albers, and his Interaction of Color. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the classic Yale University Press, with the help of Potion has released The Interaction of Color iPad app. The app features all the original color studies from the book and in addition there is commentary from a range of experts on both Albers’ work and theories as well as some interactivity that would have been difficult to achieve in the physical book.
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We took a work field trip yesterday intending to visit the Rain Room at MoMA. After arriving and to find out that the wait time during the special members viewing time was over two hours we trekked a little further uptown and settled for seeing the James Turrell exhibit at the Guggenheim. When I say we settled for the Turrell exhibit I mean it loosely as I have always been a huge fan of his work. These installations, albeit more subdued than some of his other work do not disappoint. The simplicity and scale and often the absence of things or the negative space created by his works are some of my favorite attributes.
One of my favorite pairs of Vans from a few years ago were a pair designed by Galinsky. The artwork of Greg “P Nut” Galinsky has always been some of my favorite. Its honesty and simplicity are OffTheWall TV and was created to promote their 2013 Get Out and Do Something tour.
When I came across these little creations they were referred to as “felt taxidermy”, but that is far from an accurate description. Each one of these little felt sculptures have amazingly realistic and life like details. Japanese artist Kiyoshi Mino who makes each of these by hand has a knack for the colors, physiology, and essence.
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We are used to seeing Los Angeles and most of California through a bright sparkling lens, which highlights the glamour and the beauty of its temperate climate. Nicholas Alan Cope captures a completely different view of the city of angels. His images are stark black and white with sharp contrast and harsh textures. Despite their darkness and edge his images maintain a subtle beauty through their unique viewpoint of an overlooked subject matter. Mundane architecture and concrete structures are transformed into canvases or expanses of light and shadow. Cope’s images were recently collected and published in a book by powerHouse Books entitled Whitewash.
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Cobra Wit is co-branding project between danish brewery Halsnæs Bryghus and Galleri Liisberg. The design for this limited edition belgian wheat beer was completed by Engelbreckt and really embodies their clean modern approach to design. The beer itself has hints of coriander and orange peel and was made to promote and exhibition at Galleri Liisberg by CoBrA movement.
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Credited with being one of the forces that shaped how we view 20th century design, Irving Harper is an industrial designer and artist. The Why Design series by Herman Miller recently posted a video interview with Harper talking about his paper sculptures and his innate need to create. His paper sculptures range from masks and other African art references, to models that demonstrate complex architectural engineering concepts. One of my favorite statements made by Harper in the video was on the subject of sketching and how he never does it. Instead he envisions the end result and constructs it in his head and then goes directly to the creating the finished piece in paper. “All you have to do is sit down, cut paper out, and score it, bend it, and glue it.” Harper says, which demonstrates his immense modesty and also illustrates how his mind is able to solve problems in paper.
Definitely check out the rest of the Why Design series, which features some of the greatest designers and creatives both contemporary and past.
Theron Humphrey while on a year long trip documenting everyday people around the United States adopted 1 year old Maddie a Coonhound from a shelter in Atlanta, Georgia. During the journey, Humphrey started taking photos of Maddie and discovered she had amazing balance and an unwavering patience. He began collecting the photos on a blog entitled Maddie on Things. The images and Maddie became an immediate sensation and Theron collected some of the best images and stories into a book. Of course also titled Maddie on Things. This year the pair is back on the road touring all fifty states on a book tour and working on a new project called Why we Rescue.
After ending up in in New York City by chance graphic designer José Guízar became fascinated with the city’s architecture. In specific the windows of all the unique buildings. Guízar has recently embarked on a project entitled Windows of New York to document some of the greats. Each week he will post another installment in the series.
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These crystal like forms are actually 3D infographics in the form of sculptural installations. Austrian artist Peter Jellitsch measures invisible forces in the our environment and translates them into renderings. Jellitsch uses a common modeling algorithm to simulate the factors he is measuring. Talking about his process Jellitsch said “I am not interested in depicting something that I’ve seen in the real world. “My interest lies in transforming something that I’ve seen in the virtual world”.
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My first impression upon seeing the work of Alex Roulette was that it had to be photography and was colorized digitally. After closer inspection and reading up on him I found out that he works predominantly in oil on panel. He creates an interesting juxtaposition between almost Rockwellian images and compositions and intense colors, difficult to decipher scenes, and weird architectural forms.
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This collection of illustrations by Luke Twyman entitled Snowy Retreats capture all of these really wonderful wintery settings. Interesting light and lots of texture help to give these pieces a nice depth despite their simplicity.
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Rabbit Island is an artist’s residency and a project of my friends Rob Gorski and Andrew Ranville. During the past season Andrew created this Artifact Kit as a part of his No Island is a Man exhibition. The kit was designed in collaboration with Edwin Robert Carter and is made of two solid blocks of red oak sourced from the Keweenaw Penninsula. The limited edition box includes the No Island is a Man exhibition catalogue and postcard set, a folded Rabbit Island Quadrangle map print, an eco USB stick containing field recordings from the island (mp3 and Quadraphonic audio formats), a forestry certified pencil, and a brass matchcase with compass hand-made in Idaho by K&M Matchcase