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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
Ed Ruscha has been one of my favorite artists since before I even knew him by name. Through years of art school and after seeing several of his exhibitions I still really had no idea about who Ruscha really was. This short film by Lance Accord entitled ‘Ed Ruscha, Woody, and the World’s Hottest Pepper’ gives some beautiful insight into his process, his life, and how the two affect one another. The project came about as part of the second annual Art+Film Gala at LACMA.
I think I am a little bit behind the curve on posting these Technology Mandalas by Leaonardo Ulian, but I came across them in my folder of things to post today. The symmetry and overall organization of each component is stunning. If only the interior of electronic devices and computers could be organized to be so beautiful.
Photographer Alejandro Guijarro has been working on his Momentum project shooting the chalk boards in quantum mechanics classrooms. The resulting photos capture the swirl of numbers and equation that for most are just that. It becomes beautiful and abstract when viewed without understanding the material.
Swiss studio Allegory(léonard de rham + albert schrurs) created this awesome storefront window installation. The twisted and criss crossing strings are an attract depiction of the urban and architectural typology. Personally I find them to be reminiscent of the interaction between people and the environment, in context of this being mainly related to architecture and the constructed world.
Growing up you are never quite aware of the interesting and amazing the people around you. In my case it happened to be Deck and Kathleen Tillett who were carrying on the hugely influential textile design work of D.D. and Leslie Tillett. Kathleen still runs the business today out of an amazing factory overlooking corn fields and meadows, which fade off into the distance. This week an exhibition opens at MCNY entitled The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett, which documents a great deal of the duo’s work. New York Times published an article entitled When Design Burst From Cloth on the Tilletts the other day as a primer for the upcoming retrospective.
PostlerFerguson has designed a new collection of hybrid toy sculptures for Papafoxtrot entitled Space Fleet. The group is made up of replicas of the 5 most iconic unmanned spacecraft or satellites circling our planet. Each small piece is made out of maple and laser etched stainless steal with the wood in natural finish, matte white and gloss red.
My friend Grear Patterson has an awesome solo show opening tomorrow in The Highline Loft in Chelsea. The show is made up of some photographic works, prints, and a video project. The opening starts at 6pm on Thursday the 20th, come have a drink and enjoy the show.
I have been in awe of artist Stephen Wiltshire’s work since first seeing it several years ago. Stephen is autistic and his condition allows him to see the world differently. He understands and remembers places, skylines, cityscapes in ways few others could even comprehend. Last year UBS commissioned Stephen to draw a cityscape of New York City, and this video shows his process and the resulting artwork. During the video some audio of his sister talking about him and is artwork is overlaid, which gives an added context of his creativity and also his personality and profound need to draw. She describes his drawing as if it were water or air for regular people.
The work of Matthew Shlian can be described as art, geometry, engineering or even mind boggling, but to describe as only one of those things would be an understatement. Combining technology and a DIY approach Shlian prides himself in creating work where he needs to figure out what the end product will look like and how it will work to get there. Not simply picturing something in his mind and executing it. This sort of exploration is what drives him as an artist and creator; it also adds a layer of depth to the final product which may otherwise be overlooked. He frequently collaborates with Ghostly, and currently has a few recent works up there for sale.
The 360 Project was the vision of Canadian photographer and director Ryan Enn Hughes. Using a 48 camera system Hughes was able to capture 360 degree movements in still photography, which when edited together create a beautifully layered depiction of the dancers movements. The Ballet 360 video is also definitely worth checking out.