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BMW 3.0 CLS by Alexander Calder

There is nothing more magnificent than this perfect collaboration between precision racing and 20th century art. Alexander Calder has been one of my favorite artists and greatest influences since finding a book of his work and sketches on a family friends coffee table as a child. The lively shapes and colors bring to life the metal exoskeleton that is the embodiment of the BMW 3.0 CLS. In motion it could be mistaken for tropical fish gliding past. The Calder’s signature(“ca”) on the rear drivers side quarter panel is a beautiful touch, it really completes the canvas in my opinion.

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Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes photos are rather surreal, capturing a side of museums that most of us will never see. The behind the scenes work that goes into the exhibits we see in the Museum of Natural History are a work of art unto themselves.

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Brett Amory

Painter Brett Amory has got some serious chops. The way in which he captures and slightly alters potentially mundane subject matter is astonishing. He also has a very interesting eye and approach to painting light and color, which gives his paintings an extremely graphic quality. Many of pieces walk a unique line between being hyper realistic and surreal all at the same time.

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Nonspace

Artist Emily Grundon has shot a series of photographs, which look at the architectural details and intricacies of the spaces in which art is displayed and exhibited. In Nonspace she highlights the little things most of us would miss when we are in a museum or art gallery. Busy encountering a space in it’s intended purpose we often miss the most interesting or telling details. These photos capture light and shadow, which are often in art criticism some of the most important aspects of art.

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Wall of Rocker Switches

I think everyone has already said most of the poignant stuff about this piece, but I still wanted to share it. Such a simple idea that become so much more once it had been executed. The orange glow has a beautiful warmth to it. Artist Valentin Ruhry had the idea to compose 5,000 electrical rocker switches into a blank canvas. The possibilities with the result are pretty much endless.

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Donald Judd 101 Spring St.

Artist Donald Judd’s main home and workspace was a cast iron building at 101 Spring St. in SoHo. Design Observer recently published an essay written by Judd in 1989 along with photos Elizabeth Felicella. Together they bring us in beyond what we would normally know and understand about Judd’s work and life. His attention to detail in things beyond his artwork, such as the furniture in his home and the care with which he renovated and restored the 101 Spring St. building. In his essay he touches on how the different businesses and repurposing of it over the years had turned the building into a dark gross place, and he in work to make it livable again he tried to bring it back to it’s original and intended glory. While making it more functional for his needs.

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First Living Wall Painting

Finding the intersection of art and sustainability can be tough, unless you are The National Gallery in London, and you are working with Van Gogh’s A Wheatfield, with Cypresses as inspiration. Taking this famous painting and the technique of creating a green wall, designers used around 26 varieties and over 8,000 total plants to bring Van Gogh’s masterpiece to life literally.

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Drawing Machine by Eske

This drawing machine by Eske and the pieces it creates are melodic and soothing. The machine itself looks a bit like something out of a medieval farmstead, but once it gets moving the motion blurs your preconceived notions and you just watch and listen.

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Sol Lewitt Retrospective

Sol Lewitt has always been one of my favorite artists, especially of all the folks in the post modernist movement. It isn’t that I find his pieces overly compelling. His approach to art making was highly original and although it does share some similarities with Andy Warhol and his mass production applied to art making, I think Lewitt does one thing that makes his work so much richer is the idea that the end product is not the art. Creating an often vague instruction of how to create on of his pieces. So anyone who has the instructions can create the piece and each one will always slightly vary from the other. This process based art has influenced so many people to come after. Even this whole making movement that has swept the globe as of late is in the wake of Sol Lewitt and his legacy.

In the exhibition I was most captivated by the videos and photographs of the process of fabricating the exhibit and the paintings. The instructions that were displayed next to some of the pieces in addition to the wall painting number were also awesome. The instructions, however vague being more integral to the piece of art than the final product.

The opening of the Sol Lewitt Retrospective also marked the completion and opening of building #7 at MASS Moca. Don’t worry though you have the next twenty five years to make it up there, as the exhibition is committed there for that long at the least.

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MASS Moca

As far as museums go few entice me for any reason other than the art on display. In the far Northwest corner of Massachusetts there is a museum that breaks through the bland white box stereotype of museum galleries. MASS Moca similar to Dia in Beacon New York and the Tate Modern in London is a converted post industrial facility. So even though these three museums share a similar past, they each have beautiful excentrities, which make the visit especially engaging. Not only are the exhibitions art, but the architecture is art. The aging of the structure is another example of art. And then the updates to the building including signage, modern infrastructure and restroom facilities.

Every time I am lucky enough to get up there. I discover another artist I have never heard of and find another reason to love their campus. This particular visit every exhibition was new to me. They included Sub Mirage Lignum by Nari Ward, One Floor Up More Highly by Katharina Grosse, and the Sol Lewitt Retrospective, which has been 25 years in the making. You can take a look at some more photos from the museum over on my flickr and stay tuned for a post about the Sol Lewitt Retrospective later this week.


Cole Rise

Photographer Cole Rise through his images invokes a feeling of the surreal and unknown that I think is inherently linked to nature.

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Chris Gentile

I apologize for posting this after the show has come down, but Chris Gentile recently had these and many more amazing photographs exhibited at the Jeff Bailey Gallery. The imagery of his work is simple yet surreal and feels very emotion driven.

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Sutra

Usually I find things that can be described as performance art to be futile and boring, but this piece Sutra really changed my view. This piece is a collaboration between Chinese Shaolin monks, Polish composer Szymon Brzóska, British artist Anthony Gormley and choreoographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. This lineup embodies an international team of collaborators and each reside at the very pinnacle of their respective fields. Together they give us a stunningly beautiful, and an intriguingly powerful experience.

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The INDO Projects

This is a great little mini-documentary by Middle Mind Project about the awesome socially responsible mission of the girls from The INDO Projects, a Chicago based duo that designs window displays, and sculptural installations from discarded paper.

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Le Travailleur

This great quote below is very clearly represented in this mind blowing stop motion video by Chateau Vacant.

“Our way of doing graphic design is focused on using simple media. We want to make, to build, and try to get free from the computer.”

The effects the use to simulate the characters boarding and exiting an elevator kick ass and the soundtrack is successful eary. Check out more of their work and their rad website here.

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Tiger-Stone

Tiger Stone is a machine that cannot be better described than by saying it is a brick printer. I would love to see this tool in the hands of some artists and designers. This machine could be used to make some insane patterns and murals. Using it to make type or inset lettering into could be super cool as well.

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Andrew Quilty

These striking photographs have an unmistakably cinematic feel to them, and capture extreme lighting scenarios and subject matter that begins to tell a story. Andrew Quilty’s work leaves a great deal of room in the stories he captures open for the viewer to complete.

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Sea Nymph: by Josh Beckman

When I was a child I used love pirates and ships much like most kids, and I very much wanted to explore the world of sunken ships and buried treasure. This installation at Machine Project in LA entitled Sea Nymph by Josh Beckman really fulfills a lot of those youthful desires. If only I was going to make it out there while the installation is running.


Ahoi Poster

These ‘Ahoi’ posters from Small Caps Berlin are rad. I would love to have one near my desk. I love checking in on the Small Caps blog, it is such a nice balance to view work that exists entirely in the physical when so much of mine is trapped in the digital.


52 Bad Dudes

This is a cool project by illustrator and designer Adam Sidwell, which is an ongoing set of portraits of fictional bad guys. The collection of portraits, called 52 BAD DUDES, shows such a fun range of stylistic approaches. This diptych of characters Tyler Durden and the narrator (Edward Norton) from Fight Club is definitely my favorite, to me it really expresses all that good stuff from their relationship in the movie.

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