The work of Darren Waterson is the most inspiring thing i’ve rediscovered today, first introduced to me as a certain someone had me trying to hunt down the artist of the Silversun Pickup’s latest album cover (and believe it or not, googling was unsuccessful, but wiki-ing and emailing their PR worked nicely). And i know i don’t usually post are quite this largely, but this particular piece mesmerizes me to no end (and a few other of his recent pieces i love are featured below as well). This is “His Universe”, 2005, 60’x60’ ~ can you believe that is oil on wood? organic, fluid, abstract, detailed, flowing, deep, i dont know how to describe his work really… somewhere between what a friend mentioned as reminiscent of old scifi covers… and also brings to mind the work of inka essenhigh… either way, there is something inspiring and meditative to these pieces. And he’s a local! BA from Otis ~ studied at Kunst ~ and resides in SF currently!
Antenna ~ go write it down. This is a magazine to look out for this summer! Preview issue just showed up and i’m smitten. As much as blogs amuse me, they will never replace my need for magazines… something about precise layouts, the touch and smell of paper, the way you can FLIP through a stack of pages… its not to be replaced! That being said, Antenna got my magazine excitement going again, especially since it has some fun graphic design, and reads like a mix between Lucky magazine and design magazines with a dash of the street/skate scene. (oh and its more guy slanted, but without the softcore)… this issue literally goes from A to Z as you can see in the contents page, and between the “real” articles… i’m loving their layouts for themed pages… like roundups of great glasses, cell phones, candy, condoms, bomber jackets, skateboards, and so much more… so here’s a sneak peak of some of my favorite pages to keep you going until August 2007! [and the (N)EEDS- morning after section cracked me up.]
Heart Throb opening was last night at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery. And it was packed… with scenesters, hipsters, art lovers, and some of the most breathtaking works i’ve seen in a while. (note: i might be biased, having loved the work of miss van for some time now… also junko mizuno.) It was incredible how highly priced all pieces were, but even more impressive was how quickly they were selling out. For all of my pictures during the show, view them in the gallery. .. also view the scans of the Miss Van limited edition postcards there.
Went by the Miss Van/Junko Mizuno opening last night… and was floored. But before i show you all the gallery pics, here are scans of the limited edition Princesas postcard set (500 copies)… the paintings were drop dead gorgeous… literally could have spent all night standing and staring at them. Incredible thing is really how far she’s come from the street art in the 90’s, to practically instantly sold out $30,000 paintings.
Louisa Bufardeci has created a unique blend of embroidery, technology, and information visualization ~ here is an example from 13 captured telephone conversations - all one minute long, 2006, machine embroideries. Perhaps the perfect installation for a sound studio waiting room? Visually the ability to visualize these in such a tactile manner is fascinating, and equally interesting are her embroidered portraits of Anti-War Speeches (more images below). via Gizmodo
Shade Elaine and i spent all day on Radar… and then in our brownie induced delirium to follow, we discovered Le blog de nesk… and couldn’t stop giggling and loving the images… You can even get their shirts over at Le Neskerie.
So here we have a girl feeding spiders to her venus fly trap (much like the adorable little one Shade Elaine just bought a bell jar for)… a monster i wish i had, which seems to dump on people… and a strap on unicorn that can’t not make you smile… more of our favs below.
MoMA has a new exhibition on ~ Comic Abstraction ~ and the speech bubbles have been mesmerizing me all morning. There is something fascinating about speech bubbles… to doodle them is so natural… and thought bubbles as well. These mylar speech bubbles are the work of Philippe Parreno back in 1997… great quote from him “A good image is always a social moment.” The other is a close up from a series of works by Rivane Neuenschwander - blocking out all images and text and only leaving the structure of the comic… read more behind all these pieces and see more from other favorites like Murakami, Essenhigh, Herrerra, and more.
Only thing better than classic surrealist/pop art… and legos… are surrealist/pop art made of legos, in an exhibition, with drunken lego wander around the gallery. Although not new, Art Craziest Nation ran at the Walker Art Gallery in 2005-2006 - by The Little Artists (John Cake and Darren Neave)… and i just found it on my latest lego addiction, Brothers Brick. Above are some of my favorites ~ Dali’s Lobster Phone ~ and Warhol’s Money. Few other fun ones below…
Fly Porter Airlines… toronto’s frisky little airline (looks like their jet blue equiv)… the part that made me swoon today was its mascot raccoon creature (can we say cutest favicon ever?)… and nice clean branding/layouts on the site… screenshots below. And apparently it is the handiwork of Tyler Brule of wallpaper fame and now monocle (the man of the hour on the design/blog scene?)…
So, Shade Elaine and i were at a home depot yesterday… and we came across some fun little venus fly traps (here’s my pic on radar)… which got us into chatting about what a fun way to display it would be… leading her on a quest for the ultimate glass bubble or bell jar… so for our reference and yours, here are some fun ones she found…
(left to right, top to bottom)
West Elm - Glass Cloche Hurricanes
Pottery Barn - Glass Domes
Anthropologie - the botanist’s bell jar
Velocity Art and Design - Roost Glass Museum Dome and Base
Paxton Gate - Bell Jar
Branch Home - Terrarium
CB2 - Whirly Hanging Candleholder
CB2 - Teardrop Hanging Vase
Sprout Home - Glass Globes (my personal fav)
Smith & Hawken - Lidded Terrariums (her fav)
Slight continuation to the UPS Whiteboard post from the other day… Remember the billboards i mentioned i didn’t have a good pic of? Well apparently the interactive agency responsible for the campaign is Atlanta based IQ Interactive, and Amelia of IQ was kind of enough to track down and send over some pics (that billboard is right in LA off the 405!).
Whiteboards, i can’t imagine life without them. That said, have you noticed the GIANT billboard white boards (complete with giant brown dry erase marker) popping up around town? All a part of UPS’ latest Whiteboard campaign on tv and billboards everywhere. I can’t believe i can’t find one quickly to post here tonight, so feel free to share, i keep meaning to take a pic, but haven’t had opportune times while driving by them lately…
Some interesting ads and parodies (youtubes below for your viewing pleasure)… also fun trivia ~ “It turns out that after The Martin Agency looked at 1,000 potential actors, they decided to use their own creative director, Andy Azula.” (according to Digital Roam)… also i can’t decide if its cute or too much that they are using the postal service song… Fun site as well.
Ever have a day where “more just isn’t enough”? Havidol is apparently the solution. This latest project by Justine Cooper reminds me of projects during undergrad ~ the full fledged mock site ~ this one complete with print ads, tv adverts, even the pill design, and jackets, shirts, etc.
Havidol is the first and only treatment for dysphoric social attention consumption deficit anxiety disorder (DSACDAD). What a mouthful. But i love these projects that really make you laugh first, then stop and think about the absurdity and even the similarity to reality today… scariest part, you know you wouldn’t look twice if you saw that ad in a magazine today… it is just as ridiculous as many of the legit pharma campaigns now.
The Non-Object Book - CUin5 - interesting idea… “The nonÂ·object book is the first of its kind - the first of a new genre we call Design Fictionâ„¢. In the same way that sci-fi movies and fictional tales stretch your imagination, our hope is to take you on a journey into the future of design and inspiration. We will share stories and concepts that offer a new point of view, a new way of thinking, a new way forward. Of course, as with all fiction, some of our ideas may seem improbable â€“ even impossible. Donâ€™t worry, we bought the tickets. All you have to do is enjoy the ride.” fascinating video sneak peek at what it will hold… via mocoloco.