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A Darker Audrey Kawasaki

akdarkmain.jpgWould it be terribly bad of me to go to Rome just to see Audrey Kawasaki's solo show at Mondo Bizarro in sept? She has just shared her latest - 'She Who Dares' 18x21 oil and graphite and gesso on stained wood panel, and as you know, i'm a huge fan, but now i'm even more excited to see she's gone to a darker place with the paintings! See more close ups here... and behind the scenes pics after the jump!

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Ole Jensen's Rubber Tub

rubbertubmain.jpgI seldom LOL when reading design sites... but when i hit this entry on Pan Dan, i couldn't help myself. Ole Jensen's known for his many simple, vibrant, designs with Normann Copenhagen - and perhaps one of his most iconic is the rubber washing up bowl and brush from back in 2002. So imagine my surprise when i see either a HUGE version of the bowl with a naked man sitting in it .... or the bowl, with a teeny tiny man in it. Upon closer inspection this is infact the bath tub version of the bowl, and it even has a tail hanging off of it with a cork stopper.

Turns out that this Rubber Tub is Ole Jensen's latest piece for the Salone in Milan at the MINDCRAFT Exhibition. The Danish Crafts site says: "For the MINDCRAFT exhibition Ole has developed a soft bathtub, exploring the EPDM rubber material in new dimensions, taking his artistic point of departure in his success design; The washing-up bowl, for Normann Copenhagen."

"A soft tub for the body. For children and adults. For play and healing.
In the garden or the stylish bathroom."
-------- Ole Jensen, ceramist and designer.

See more images after the jump! As well as the story behind the original bowl and brush...

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Hirst + Warhol + Levis

hirstlevis.jpgDAMIEN HIRST x WARHOL FACTORY x LEVI'S POP-UP SHOP & BOOK LAUNCH AT FRED SEGAL MAN, Santa Monica on April 3rd, premiering two original Damien Hirst Art Pieces. That invite just popped into my inbox, as well as some sneak peeks into what this hot new pop up shop has in store for us! Take a look below for more pics and to get a glimpse of the silver brick walls, playfully Warhol-esque colors and Hirst's signature skulls blended with the classic denim from Levis.

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Sam Flores and Munk One for Obama

munkfloresobama.jpg008 The Movement and Upper Playground strike again ~ for Obama! The artist collaborations they have been coordinating are incredible, regardless of whether you support Obama, it's hard not to be in awe not only of the way that Obama's campaign has been designed, but also how impeccably designed/inspired/executed the unofficial art that has come out to support him has been as well. Here are the latest limited edition posters (which you will probably be seeing popping up around soon as well) - from Munk One, and long time NOTCOT favorite, Sam Flores. If you're looking to get one of these limited editions, move quickly, because the last ones from the MAC, the Date Farmers, and Obey/Shepard Fairey (and the shirts as well) have sold out nearly instantly. You can still get Shepard Fairey HOPE stickers here.

To side step slightly... did you hear that Obama wrote Shepard Fairey a thank you note? And that it might be sanctioning him to create street art on stop signs? Will this really become a free pass for street artists? (yes, a bit of reading between the lines by shep on this one, but i think its a nice move that Obama and his people acknowledge the influence of the medium.) And the unofficial artist posters in support of him have been so influential and successful, that Obama's official campaign has even Artists for Obama gallery with limited edition prints, the first being a CHANGE version of the Shepard Fairey poster.

And as a special something for our NOTCOT/Obama supporters - i've also gotten my hands on a few of the Shepard Fairey HOPE posters and stickers, the MAC posters, and Date Farmers posters... i haven't been sure how to give these away yet, but how about those interested in helping the cause - comment here with where you'd put them up and we can try to send some out to you in exchange for some pics of where they go?

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Wool Teddy Bear Fetuses and Skulls

Teddy-Fetal-Development.jpg"Wow." That's pretty much the best i can come up with initially to describe Stephanie Metz's incredible use of wool for her felted sculptures exambining the anatomy of of the fetal development of teddy bears, and their skulls... and that before you even see her large breasted cow, leggless lap chihuahua, adorable bull dog and rabbits... See more images below, as well as an excerpt on her process to develop these intriguing creatures! I saw these over at DesignBoom, which led me to sweetest blog i can't believe its taken me this long to discover, Street Anatomy... anyhow, see after the jump for more pics of Metz's felted creatures!

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TED BIG VIZ

tedbook1.jpgRegardless of whether you did or did not attend TED this year, the TED BIG VIZ pdf book is a MUST download for anyone visually oriented looking for a burst of inspiration. What is it?

The BIGVIZ is an exploration in visualizing the Big Ideas presented on the TED mainstage. Two visual cartographers, David Sibbet and Kevin Richards, created over 700 spontaneous sketches of the presenters' ideas using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro software running on Wacom Cintiq tablets and rendered on a Perceptive Pixel multi-touch display. These tools illustrate the power of interactive visualization to present the big picture to foster insight and communicate ideas visually, central principles of design innovation.

I just went through all 200 pages (i even picked out a few of my favorites for you after the jump)... and its incredible, to see their sketches of the "big ideas" and things that grabbed their attention throughout the talks... seriously, the 700 "spontaneous sketches" are breathtaking. When you have a sec, the BIGVIZ movie is pretty sweet as well. Discovered this through the wonderful Information Aesthetics!

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Paul Villinski Beer Can Butterflies

beercanbutt01.jpgWhile at CA Boom V, the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery had a booth with a mesmerizing series of Butterfly Installations by Paul Villinski. Apparently he is quite the recontextualist of found objects... transforming found gloves into dresses and comforters, wheelchairs and radio flyers into planes, and my favorite - beer cans into butterflies which when installed appear to be flying and fluttering with every breeze. Villinski's site describes this collection: "These pieces explore themes of transformation and recovery through the metamorphosis of crushed beer cans from the streets of New York into flocks of realistically crafted butterflies." See close ups of the CA Boom installation and others after the jump!

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Wooster's Mac Masthead

mastheadbyjamesselby.jpgAh, how i love Wooster Collective ~ getting me my daily dose of street art in all its glory. But tonight it wasn't the art that grabbed me - i couldn't help but giggle when i saw their latest masthead image... making the best use of a Mac OS X's Dock icons... and the folder window... the file name seems to imply that it is made by a James Selby.

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Noferin Pecanpals

noferin0.jpgCandy and Nicho, are the Aussie duo that make up Noferin. Exciting news i recently received from them - they are coming out to Santa Monica (from Carrara Island, Australia!) for their solo exhibition at Copro Nason on April 5th! I've been begging them for a sneak peek at what is to come... and studio pics and perhaps some paintings in progress coming soon... so far i've got a sneak peek at the Pecanpals (which you may remember from .org #7556) - made up of Fanelli, Pecan, Pandacake, Claudius and Jac Jac (read their bios on the Noferin site). These little guys are entirely made from wood, hand crafted, hand painted, and limited to 200 per character! The final versions may vary slightly from these prototypes, but i hope not by much, since they are pretty perfect looking as they are! See closeups of the whole set after the jump! I love all the little sidekicks... the grass cuttings, elephant, and dumbells are definitely my favorites.

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NOTCOT Thank You Art?

pinillusmain.jpgWell, this is certainly unprecedented. I have received some very cool rather meta snail mail... from Germany! I chat with Johanna Krimmel via email, then send some NOTCOT Buttons in the mail ~ and then she sketches out a a picture of those buttons being opened on her laptop (yay, mac) down to the details of the air mail stamp, and snail mails me back! So to complete/continue the cycle i wonder if i need to now paint her a picture of me opening her envelope of her picture of my envelope.... etc etc etc you get the point. Or is posting it enough? Anyhow, this was a first, so thought you guys might liked to take a peek! More images below...

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Nate Wragg

wragg1.jpgMy random visual addiction for the weekend has been Nate Wragg's illustrations ~ particularly his angry human hating Yetis. His illustration style is absolutely mesmerizing, and i can't seem to stop staring at them! It should come as no surprise to you that he's a Pixar guy ~ and worked on Ratatouille. Also awesome is this "USE TECHNOLOGY TO COLLECT THE WOMEN!" piece (close up and sketches after the jump of course), which is for his next installment of the "Ancient Book" series, which will be focusing on the themes of Sex and Science. See more close ups after the jump...

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Justin Young - The Journey

thejourney.jpgOn more fun 3am discoveries, Art Director, Justin Young's PSA, The Journey, is a beautiful little video worth checking out that takes you on a little adventure about where your water comes from, and how much can be saved by simply turning off the water when you brush your teeth! (and he's looking for work, if you want to help him out...) I'm loving the style and the pacing... see some of my favorite screenshots after the jump. View the video here.

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Fendi 'Paint-Your-Own' Artist Baguette

fendidiy1.jpgWow. Fendi. "Artist Baguette", freshly launched for a mere $1300, a new stark white version of their classic - designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi in 1997 - in coated canvas? And it comes with 10 Pantone Universe markers! It sure looks like they are taking a page from the current trends with the vinyl toy blanks... or coloring books/placemats/other children oriented goodies. And in fact quite a few purse sites seem a bit appalled by the whole thing (Purse Blog, Bag Snob, etc)...

Anyhow, putting the pricetag aside, lets think about this from an arts perspective... there is a LOT of collaboration potential here. Can you imagine getting a few of these into the hands of some talented artists and toy designers, and letting them have their way with them? The potential to merge a fashionable classic accessory with art could have some very interesting results (which could also be a way to increase that initial investment, not to mention actually create an even more unique one of a kind designer clutch). So i must admit i'm tempted, although i might have to hold out till i can draw on my own Birkin... See many more images after the jump!

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It seems like this is one of those situations where packaging makes a world of difference... if it were presented as a gorgeous new white clutch and nothing more, would anyone dare take a sharpie to it? Or would the die hard fashionistas complain about the ridiculousness? And it's not *just* a white canvas bag, it still has all the detailed stylings of a classic Baguette, and additionally has a playfully multicolored cartoon-like lining!

UPDATE 03.13.08 - i walked by a Fendi store, and couldn't help myself, so went in and bothered them to show me the bag... that box is FAR bigger than i expected, and the bag is quite hideous... not nice to the touch at all... the coated canvas reminded me more of random art school creations than a designer bag.

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Capetown Design Indaba Expo

Front_Image.jpgNOTCOT Note: Where would i be without incredible readers like Gillian Benjamin, who emailed in an incredible post submission covering the Capetown Design Indaba that ran from Saturday 23 February to Friday 29 February? (I am extremely impressed, she even created all these beautiful images to go with the post without any prompting!) Read on to see what design finds she discovered...

Last week Cape Town was brimming with creative energy as the 5th annual Design Indaba Expo took place. Featuring everything from industrial design to quirky ceramic pieces and reinterpreted African curio kitsch, the Expo showcased the best homegrown talent to both local and international audiences. Each year the event seems to grow a little bigger - a sure sign of South Africa's blossoming creative talent. Following global trends, the focus on craft and the hand-made was definitely visible.

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Pop Ink's Decor-a-Boards

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Decor-a-Boards from Pop Ink caught my eye because of this Little Red Samurai! So cute on the wood, so sweet, so innocent, so definitely has blood dripping from her sword. What are these? "Pop Ink's Decor-a-Boards are the real wood wall art you need. Printed directly onto unfinished birch veneer over MDF board, Décor-a-Boards are a natural fit for any green (or any other color) home. The 11.25"x14" ready-to-hang Pop Ink Decor-a-Boards are manufactured with recycled wood scraps and unused parts of lumbered trees." See more images after the jump!

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Arkitip Highmath No. 0044

viewmaster1.jpgIt's here! My Arkitip issue #0044 just showed up! And i'm in love with this glossy black viewmaster that came with the issue... so much that i even have pics of it for you as if you were looking through it! (See after the jump for the woody mac within)... Since i was a bit excited, here's a quick reverse unboxing in images for you after the jump!

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Weekend Roundup!

notcotorg #8739 notcotorg #8626 notcotorg #8724 notcotorg #8745 notcotorg #8742 notcotorg #8661 notcotorg #8712 notcotorg #8738 notcotorg #8540 notcotorg #8587 tastespotting #8986 tastespotting #8874 tastespotting #8963 tastespotting #8933 tastespotting #8904Click the pics to find out more! Here we have another roundup of roundups ~ a full on best of last week showcasing 24 of the most popular from all of our sites below... and above we have lots of fun art, and a row of green themed foods. Why? Its just what inspired me as i flipped through a few pages this sunday! Oh, and if you haven't checked out Adam's Apple, that's a must! Brilliant illustrations coupled with quite the unexpectedly twisted creation tale.

RANDOMIZER! Also new, we've been working on/tweaking this new feature, and its getting there ~ new buttons are up on all the sites now (see the cute little push pinned polaroid stacks?). I begged dan to make me this one for a while, because with nearly 10,000 posts on NOTCOT.org and TasteSpotting, there is so much incredible stuff, its hard to keep track of everything, so when you just feel like something random and inspiring, perhaps a blast from the past or even something you might have missed... just click the stack! Personally i've lost hours browsing randomly.

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Incase Topo

incasetopo.jpgAnd since i gushed so much about the Incase topo print being used throughout the press kit in a gorgeous gloss on matte... i just discovered their blog, which has the background and some wallpapers. "This unique pattern along with the integration of the Incase logo is a graphic component of the Incase identity representing the concept of travel. The Topo pattern also resembles an abstracted wood grain that compliments the Incase leaf logo." Also, i just noticed they already got their Arkitip #0044 HIGHMATH with the black viewmaster (see their pics)... mine should be here any day now!

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Audrey Kawasaki "Mayoi Michi"

newaudrey.jpgAudrey Kawasaki has done it again with her latest series of beautiful paintings for her solo show, Mayoi Michi, that debuted tonight at Copro Nason in Bergamot Station. To see what i saw... check out my pictures from "Mayoi Michi" in the gallery. Noteworthy, this "it" girl has certain made it huge... all pieces from her show were completely sold out before the opening, and most going for about $10,000-12,000, so a big congrats to Audrey! Also looks like it's going to be a busy year for her, with a solo show in sept in Rome (at Mondo Bizarro), group show in november at ThinkSpace, and even a solo show planned for July 2009 at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NY! View my pics of the show here, and Audrey's closeups of each piece here.

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Black Viewmaster + Arkitip

arkitip.jpgI've wanted a black viewmaster since the "Gifts for your Indie Ninja" list from my ThisNext days, but alas, i've been lazy and forgot to buy one... so when i saw that the latest issue of Arkitip, No. 0044 HIGHMATH ~ is a collaboration with one of my favorite Danish collectives, Wood Wood... and comes in a box with "1 Exhibition catalog, 3 image reels, 1 3D viewer"... i grabbed my credit card. How could i give up a chance at a black viewmaster (with white Arkitip, Wood Wood, and Nike branding) as well as fun art? Perhaps we need to get some branded NOTCOT Viewmasters, and every month/week/random whim we can send out a mysterious reel of inspiring imagery?

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James Jean + Prada

pradamain.jpgPrada. They've been grabbing my attention in every magazine lately with these illustration heavy images... (remember NotCouture #1478?) and while i'm still debating and mixed on the illustration on leather bag concept, i'm still loving the illustrations! So while checking out all of the Spring/Summer 08 collections and campaign, i couldn't help but share this incredible (HUGE like 17' x 200') wallpaper they have. Entitled Florid ~ Prada says it "represents the somewhat perverse intersection between Hieronymus Bosch and Aubrey Beardsley. The image depicts an intense landscape of man-eating flowers, dragons, hybrid creatures and eerie fairies." Above is one of my favorite sections of it... the full wallpaper, closeups, and images from the print campaign are after the jump!

UPDATE: Apologies for missing that this was the collaboration work of local LA artist James Jean, and that this wallpaper is hanging right in the Beverly Hills and Soho Epicenter stores sized at 17 x 200 feet! In my cold meds induced haze and excitement while being illustration/prada giddy, i'm terribly embarrassed for the slip up and really should know better than early morning posting! Forgive me? Also take a look at the second wallpaper on his site that isn't on Prada's.

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Murakami Augor Revok Billboard

murakamibill.jpgOh, Murakami... what will you do next? So apparently Murakami's MOCA exhibition billboard on Melrose got a little addition to it thanks to Auger/Revok... and Murakami's people found pictures of it on the internet (like these great ones on flickr from Ribbon Controller and G@br!3L)... and they had it REMOVED! And sent to japan! Because it was "so wonderful, he had to have it for his collection." says this LA Weekly piece. And the circle continues... murakami makes art in his factory, sells everything from cellphone charms to massive paintings, has his art on LV bags, has a pop up LV store inside his own exhibition, does kanye wests album covers and has kanye play his opening gala, manages to get celebs clamoring to steal each others limited ed plates... and now even steals his own billboard that gets vandalized with some awesome street art. I wonder if he also has a private collection of LV/Murakami knockoffs in a special closet. Wow. I admire his insane branding/reach.

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Carlos Aires Love Is In The Air

records1.jpg"Love Is In The Air" ~ Carlos Aires cut vinyl record silhouettes. This recycling/reshaping of vinyl is possibly one of the most amusing things i've seen with vinyl in a while! More images and close ups after the jump!

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Ben Lawson

benlawson.jpgBen Lawson draws incredible fish that we first fell for over at .org #7943 and with Valentine's Day around the corner, i simply had to post his tentacled hearts. His illustration style is so scientific, yet the characters (yes even the tentacled hearts) are oozing with character, which is no surprise since he is a physicist/engineer turned artist/illustrator... and he is certainly our kind of guy - his career "includes sourcing squirrels for Rumanian TV and reporting on nuclear terrorism for the Japanese government." Can you imagine how incredible these would be animated? And for those who need a refresher, a few of my favorites of his Ichthyological Specimens are after the jump.

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Matter Box

matterbox.jpgThe Matter Box, apparently people have started receiving them, and i'm SO jealous! I mean seriously, this might be the coolest box of junk mail ever... i know its really just corporate schwag ~ but it's corporate schwag at its finest, most creative, most amusing. So what was in there? Well below we bring you a break down of not only the contents and images of unboxings, but also some guy unboxing it live in a video!

Oh, and for anyone that is lost, Matter first came up on .org #8403... and it is "a box full of interesting stuff" and "a new and unique idea in communications that brings companies and people together around real, physical stuff–things you can hold in your hands, keep in your drawer, or give to your friends. It's a new way for companies to introduce themselves by giving you something you might like" AND "is a collaboration between Artomatic and Royal Mail." Read more at Matter: Brands you can hold, but firstly catch up on the first bow after the jump!

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