Strange things happen when you’re up at 6am and too awake to sleep but to asleep to function. Things like watching unplugged videos on MTV and getting distracted by the awesome backgrounds and obsessively refreshing the page in a new window (so your videos can still play) to see all the different random backgrounds that appear… and then refreshing until so many repeat that you can safely guess that you’ve seen them all. My favorite part of MTV as a kid was definitely the interstitials with awesome animations of their logo ~ well their website does it too ~ so check out a few of my favorite backgrounds from their site on the next page! SO fun!
Ryan McGinness Studios is throwing 50 Parties. 50 Themes. 50 Weeks. In a row. In the studio. No sponsors. No strangers. My favorite part? NO STRANGERS! Unfortunately i’m pretty sure i’m a stranger. BUT those magical invite cards are “valid for card holder +1”. Do you have one? Can i be your +1 someday?
All in all its such a lovely concept, and so similar to salon/intellectuallly playful get togethers i’ve been tossing around with friends… yes, i know. McGinness DID IT. I have not. But someday i hope to organize, or find help to organize enough to do some too! Here’s how he explains it, “In New York City, there has never been a shortage of parties. Parties celebrating a new product or publication or development have been rampant. Those celebrating or nurturing a meaningful social exchange, on the other hand, have been noticeably absent.” So far Party 00 was the Practice Party, and coming up is the Whit Trash BBQ. Yes, you read that right. The 50 Parties project has its own blog, Twitter, and YouTube feed. Not that any of those should surprise you at all. See more pics of the goodness on the next page…
i’ve been a huge McGinness fan long before i started NOTCOT… so jealous to hear about friends who have been getting invites already!
Here are some fun recent posts from NOTCOT.org!!! Click the images to find out more!
Snapped this pic just as i was walking out of CAboom ~ not sure who the artist is (ideas?) ~ but upon looking at it closer when i got home, its a pretty freaky Michael Jackson facial evolutionary spiral… see it up close on the next page.
Update: Turns out it is “Epic Thriller” by Kelly Coats
While i’ve never been a huge embroidery fan, Megan Whitmarsh’s little yetis and lilliputian people rocking out have always been so adorably amusing. These were spotted over at Synchronicity at CAboom, and definitely made me giggle. Take a look at the rest of these silver and gold little guys with their crazy geometric/neon clothes and patterns popping off mini canvases on the next page!
On pieces that caught my eye at the Black Maria Gallery booth in CA|Boom ~ Renee Lawter’s Energy Efficient Dinos are just too funny. Compact florescent with wings? Flying out of the mouths of dinos? Who have incandescents as spines? See the full pieces, framed and all on the next page…
I didn’t know what to expect when i heard CA|Boom had moved from barker hanger (which i love!) to that abandoned feeling Robinsons May space in Beverly Hills… and from March to the same dates as the Dwell on Design Show… but i had to check it out none the less. It takes a few minutes to cover - but the thing worth seeing is the art! A few great local galleries are showing some fun work… like Thinkspace!!!
That piece above is one of a series by Brett Amory in his “Waiting” Series ~ and it’s absolutely STUNNING. A must see in person. There’s just an incredible way it pulls you in ~ beautiful color palette ~ and then as you get closer you notice the details and emotional distance between the 3 tightly seated communters who float like an island in the space… Love the hoodied guy too… There’s something terribly fun about the shift to seeing more art works with the beautiful illustrations/characters woven into larger more complex and/or abstract pieces coming in… leave it to Thinkspace to lead the way. Take a look at a few of their other pieces showing at CA|Boom which also caught my eye on the next page!
LA kids - if you’re not on the Sour Harvest list, you should be. It’s far better than asking me what shows are happening each week!
I swear i won’t buy a full box of produce just to get one of these amazing Yeti’s Best boxes. BUT, i may not be below begging them to let me have one next time! Wandering whole foods i got terribly distracted and started taking quick pics with my point and shoot of the Yeti Produce!!! Only to realize that as i turned around it was a Whole Foods brand box… and there were other retro/designer boxes as well! Yeti is definitely the best, and Cosmic second best ~ but you must check out the rest on the next page!
Roundup time! Felt strangely reminiscent tonight, and i was looking through the last few pages of NOTCOT.org, it felt like the perfect time for a 3am roundup! So click the pics to find out more…
No one recycles styrofoam the way Michael Salter does. And i know that any time i get an email from him, there is probably something amazing coming in… and this time it was truly epic! He has created a life size Formula 1 race car out of styrofoam!!! Take a look at his latest show at the Portland John Ross Plaza Studio… “a full scale replica of a Formula One race car made from scrap styrofoam pieces, 3 pretty big wall paintings, and 24 framed digital drawings.” Wow. Lots of pics on the next page ~ check it out from all angles!
On fun random Monday posts ~ it’s been feeling like SUCH a monday (and from the tweets i’m seeing, sounds like its going around) ~ and not in a good way! So, since it seems a little early for happy hour to start… how about some silly alcohol schwag? I couldn’t help giggling when this Red Stripe USB key showed up from Fader/Red Strip ~ presenting “It Was Written” featuring Terry Lynn and John Hugo - it’s their collaboration on five new songs celebrating jamaican music! (You can even download them for free) And at first i thought it was a half bottle and a cupcake (i never did figure out how that would make much sense, but hey! who am i to judge that?)… but i’m thinking its so you don’t lose your cap when the key is in use? Also the graphics are awesome ~ love how the text is made up of pencils and rulers, etc… see the pics on the next page!
With so many lost souls out there “finding themselves” via quarter, third, and mid life crises these days… i loved the idea of reminding us all that “not all haystacks contain needles”. It’s not about looking hard enough to find what you want… if its not there! Usually. Really its about looking in the RIGHT places? Making smarter decisions as we “grow up”? I love this one as a reminder to look up to when you’re faced with more opportunities than are feasible, as it alleviates some of the guilt in turning a few down.
Rant aside ~ these pieces by Damien Correll at the Faesthetic curated “This must be the place” show at the Scion Space in Culver City broke the black + white + teal color palette a little, but his illustration/graphic style is so playful its easy to forgive him and try to find meaning within his could be random juxtapositions. See the rest of his work on the next page!
On more favorites ~ it was such a pleasure to see Dan Funderburgh again ~ and then literally stand and lose myself in his latest wallpaper pattern. Everyone at the Faesthetic curated “This must be the place” show at the Scion Space in Culver City worked in black and white + one color (Faesthetic style!) ~ and this time the color was their choice of teal. Well, Dan Funderburgh loves the black and white (me too!) ~ but when presented with the teal paint options at Home Depot ~ he couldn’t resist using a splash of Ariel’s Song. Yes. The Disney paint colors for Behr… from the Princess collection. I think it’s the color of her tail? So his black and white wallpaper, with laser-cut/burnt out black and white pieces in black frames… got their splash of color with the Ariel’s Song painted side of the wallpapered coffin. He always did find the most intriguing ways to create serenely complex edgy compositions that make your head spin if you look long and hard enough. So take a look at things up close on the next page… it was particularly interesting to watch people pose for pictures with his Ariel tail colored coffin face.
Wow. Matthew Curry’s mural at the Faesthetic curated “This must be the place” show at the Scion Space in Culver City was irresistible. Also, always fun to fall for someone’s work and then have a chance to meet him ~ incredibly nice guy, as inspiring to talk to as his work is to stare at. His work is so intricately layered, you can literally stare at it and keep discovering new details. It’s heart breaking to imagine that incredible dragon mural get painted over at the end of the show… if only i could transplant it to my outdoor wall, it would be so awesome! But i digress… the whole show was stunning, and here’s just your first taste. See more pics of Curry’s pieces on the next page…
his background is as multilayered and fascinating as his work… RISD Illustration grad ~ twice grammy nominated designer/illustrator/painter ~ principal of design studio Imagefed…