Rankin is an incredible photographer who has shot celebrities, covers, editorials, etc... but these Eyescapes at the Art Department are absolutely mesmerizing. It truly changes what you imagine when talking about *really* looking into someone's eyes.
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In getting ready for another new year (Yay! 2008! I have no idea why i'm so excited for this one.) ~ just rediscovered this party popper chandelier by Stuart Haygarth, who collected up 1000 exploded party poppers on 01.01.00 after the MIllenium celebrations in London. Each popper is individually hung, and apparently create quite the organic swarm when hit (be it by a breeze or a bat). If he seems familiar, perhaps you've also seen some of his other found object chandeliers... like the one out of sun glasses? (images below!)
Also in the Coudal Swap Meat ~ Four glow in the dark ghost prints by Billy Davis ~ "This set of four prints was hand-screened at Crosshair Press in Chicago, and each features a glowing ghost in various ill-advised endeavors." Adorable... yet just twisted enough.
I love that space where biology meets design meets infographics... i just found this awesome set of two Lucky White Squirrel Posters by Moi Moi at Coudal's Swap Meat Gifted! "The Lucky White Squirrels limited edition print set was originally produced as two 4’x 8’ panels for a squirrel themed art exhibition held at a Toronto gallery located across from a park where a resident population of albino squirrels live. Working with the punnet square and the network diagram this idiosyncratic info-graphic based artwork explains why seeing an albino squirrel is lucky. The first print, a network diagram, illustrates the mix of genes it would take to create albino progeny from a pair of squirrels each carrying the recessive gene for albinism. The second, in real numbers, illustrates squirrel for squirrel the 1:20,000 odds that this would occur." Purchaseable here for $60.
Between the overdosing of digital and physical mass consumption going on all around us this month ~ it is refreshing to see this email from Kelly about the Terrazo: Views of Mexico City photography exhibition by Pablo Lopez at the Sasha Wolf Gallery. There is something mesmerizing and calming about the perspective and detachment in these images... between all the shopping and dealing with the masses, these images certainly help you step back for a moment.
NOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
I have long admired Eric Feng's (aka Feric) illustrations. His work is gorgeous - a mixture of real and imagined and of natural and mechanical. I love the fantastical, mechanical anatomies of his characters, and how you are given a peek at what is beneath through transparent layering.
Limited edition giclée prints of Feric's work are available at his online store. They are fairly pricey for a digital print, but I could almost be tempted because I love some of his pieces so much ("Roda. Continue" - I'm talking about you!). Worth checking out at the very least!
"subzero came from a look at the psychology of populations. and well, myself....seemingly conscious, educated and caring, but completely paralyzed by the understanding of a lawless administration, various nations at war, a planet reaching boiling point, and it all seems out of control. Subzero does nothing; Less Than Nothing. He is depressed from his incapacity to affect anything. In the end it's a call to arms really but for now he remains motionless, frustrated, mad, and simply bummed out."
This limited edition of 10 porcelain slip cast characters is from NOTCOT fav, Michael Salter (remember his incredible recycled packing styrofoam robot guys?). These will be shown at his first solo exhibition in NYC starting January 10th at the Jeff Bailey Gallery in Chelsea... and if you make it over there you'll also get to see one of his 12 ft (yes, you read that right) Styrobots... as well as drawings, animations, and kinetic sculptures! Anyhow, i'm kind of loving the packaging and his description of the subzero's, and how they are exactly what i wake up every morning and try to be a little better than... poor poor subzero. Also, how awesome is that shark patterned one? (extra close up pic below!)
Ok, i'm not sure how today became cartoon/illustration day at NOTCOT, but i'm not going to fight it... the ninjatowners, star wars mimos, and now these 2010 olympics mascots are far too good not to post! But back to the subject at hand, i just saw these on .org and click over to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics site and watched the video... and can't stop smiling. So meet Miga, the strangely small orca that pulled a little mermaid and traded tail for legs... Quatchi, the giant shy sasquatch... and Sumi, the guardian spirit with the adorable sidekick. And if the illustration style seems a bit familiar, it is because illustration duo Meomi is behind them, who was also behind children's book The Octonauts. Anyhow, more images below, and a collage of screenshots from the intro vid!
On incredible temporary event spaces, the Smart House (home of the Smart Fortwo) is one of the coolest spaces around. Located on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach, surrounded by some of the cutest boutiques, restaurants, and bars and only a few blocks from the beach, its a pity this loft will only be around till january. I was lucky enough to make it to the A+R launch dinner where we had dinner at the Smart House and cooked with Hans Rockenwagner and Wolfgang Gussmack of Rockenwagner - outdoor on the patio as a group we helped "cook" (aka stir) an unbelievably delicious pasta paella. Additionally when not housing special functions the ground floor is a showroom (cars ready to test drive out back) and a gallery space (i must admit i was pretty giddy to be having dinner with two Catalina Estrada paintings behind me) ~ while i was there the ROJO Magazine Collaboration with Smart's new Fortwo was up! "The new special issue is now ready. featuring a superb cover artwork by Catalina Estrada, plus 160 pages full of exclusive artwork by selected artists and inspired by the new smart fortwo. Artwork by: Catalina Estrada, MWM, Deanne Cheuk, Yoshi Sodeoka, Tofer, Alex Prager, Friends with You, Ben Summers, Dalek, Holly Stevenson, Chet Purtilar, Jemma Hostetler, Meomi, Yoshi Tajima, Evgeny Kiselev, Vanessa da Silva, Bruno 9li, Cristiano Trindade, Todd Tourso, Amir H. Fallah, Justine Ashbee, Sergei Sviatchenko."
NOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
Jean posted about Yang Liu's Ost trifft West (East Meets West) exhibit back in September. Being that I worked with Yang at Chermayeff and Geismar when I first moved to New York, I offered to do an interview with her about the project. Yang is a great graphic designer whose work has always been bold and iconographic, and Ost trifft West doesn't stray from that rigor. Even though I can't read either German or Chinese, the images clearly and wittily communicate the differences between the two cultures. Check out more images and an interview with Yang Liu below!
Ok, this is going to be a bit backwards, but i needed to share this product discovery from the A+R launch dinner before the dinner itself. I've long loved the deep resin works of Brooks Salzwedel from my discovery of his belt buckles back in sept of 06 to further exploration of his intriguing and mesmerizing larger resin "paintings" of sorts (and the smaller ones in found tins, etc) in august 07. Well as it turns out, Andy (the A of A+R) loved them as much as i did, and got in touch with Brooks who is also a Silverlaker, and the buckles did amazingly... and as the story goes Rose (the R of A+R) even helped Brooks get into the GenArt Fresh Faces this year, where his work was incredibly well received. So although A+R is stocked with so many things i love (it was like being in the NOTCOT store, if there were a NOTCOT store, it was incredible, but more on that later)... these teeny tiny new necklaces caught my eye. There was that moment of literal - OMG. Are those...?
And here you have it, the latest - in fact the FIRST - pieces of jewelry from Brooks Salzwedel, which Andy and Rose had *just* put out tonight... incredibly intricately cast metal woody pieces with the classic Salzwedel depth in resin. And in those teeny tiny logs, are even tinier little trees, which are truly the coolest things i may have ever seen (and i see a lot.) So if you feel so inclined, these may not make it into any store or website for a while, but you can contact A+R for more info... just please don't buy these specific little logs! I need to go back and beg them to let me buy them... once they figure out how much they are. Many more images below (please don't mind my super quick mid-party shots) - including one of the belts gorgeously displayed on logs in the storefront. And click to see more of Brooks Salzwedel's Buckles and Art.
I just got back from the most amazing event that i have a pile of posts to share with you...BUT, i just checked my email and Billy Chasen blew my mind... literally... with his "hey guys, i love your site. one of my daily stops. I just created an exploded ipod -- it's encased in resin and still works. tell me what you think :) -billy" email. Well... Billy? I think the proper response is - where can i buy one? Or at least play with one? Does it work with remote control?
It is quite possibly my favorite new view of the overexposed ever evolving design *classic*(?)... the ipod has become the kleenex of the mp3 players... its refreshing to see it so exposed - and encased in resin! See below for more images and read more on Billy's site.
The American Comfort Quilt by NYTO embodies all that a successful brand should be... literally. Isn't the ultimate brand, the one you turn to in times of need? The one that manages to make you feel better in an instant? The things you buy when you just don't know who else to turn to? I mean sure its a little extreme... but that's the making of a good lovemark like Coca Cola, right? Well, sure slightly exaggerate perhaps... but you get the idea. Designed by Joel Yatscoff and Bradley Price, Joel states, “…this is a very topical product that questions the effects of consumerism in North America. Has this behaviour, and the associations people wish to have with corporate brands so habitual, the American Comfort Quilt is the cherished product to provide warmth and comfort during a chilly evening?” Handmade, limited edition of 5. Love the way they've composed these images... more below as well.
NOTCOT Note: Here's another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!
Spring is a great store/gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Being that I work down the street from the store, I stop in every once in a while to see what's new. I was especially excited when I went in recently and saw their Threaded exhibit because they have nine panels of embroidered canvas by Richard Saja, whose work I have long appreciated. The Lost Girls series incorporates a custom toile design inspired by Peter Pan's lost boys - little boys who are scared to grow up. Each panel is 24" x 36" and is printed on cotton canvas and then embroidered with rayon thread.
I was just checking out the portfolio of Wat Design and i found this "ILSE media, head office - interior design of the HQ, totally designed out of 2D flat panels with pixel design. Simcity office garden". In this pixel wonderland ~ the first thing i thought was ~ wow its like a real world Diesel Sweeties mash up! I feel like if i were walking around in there, i would look down and see myself in pixel form! Anyhow, they have converted nearly everything... from coat racks and trash cans, to stickers of pixel cell phones and calculators, pixel food on pixel plates on pixel table clothes, and pixel sunsets, and pixel trailers and lunch trucks in life size (OH, and even a pixel window by the urinals...)! See the images below, and see more fun projects over at Wat Design.
Ok, so here's something new i want to try... i was noticing that it seems a bit silly to write a lot of posts on the same thing and keep posting them separately. Frankly, it hasn't been making NOTCOT, as a resource, very efficient for me when i try to find something... SO, i'm testing something out, and i haven't worked the kinks out yet. But here's a start... Annie Leibovitz and Disney have added to their actor/actresses as classics set (Rachel Weisz as Snow White, and Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy with Abigail Breslin as a fairy-in-training)... SO instead of posting a new post just about that, i've decided to UPDATE the last post, so all the info on that stays in one place... and since i haven't quite figured out how to notify NOTCOT readers about it, i'm linking you to an anchor.
yes, i see the silliness of giving it a new post, while not giving it a new post with the images and information in it. Have any ideas of how i can efficiently pull this off for us all?
Murakami Gala Opening at MOCA ~ although they wont let you take pictures at the exhibit, you sure can see a lot of whats going on and what people were getting through flickr and eBay. Even the LA Times ran an article on how the plexiglass "placemats" from the dinner are being auctioned for $999 - keep in mind it cost $1000 to attend the opening gala. An apaprently everyone from Mr. Murakami himself (and his family!), Marc Jacobs, Kanye West, Owen Wilson, Christina Ricci, Cindy Crawford, Toby McGuire, Pharell to Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot was there. Luckily for us Eric documented it all nicely via blog and flickr! You can check out his post on the gala, his flickr of the exhibit during the press preview with accompanying post here. Another great flickr resource - Brandon Shigeta - who says "you can take pics of the mona lisa, but they say no here. whatever, set the camera to interval shooting and away we go..." Haha. Also there are the many pictures you can see searching Murakami MOCA on flickr.
Now for the wealth of goodies showing up on ebay ~ and what Eric got from going to the gala, see below!
Happy Halloween! I had the pleasure of meeting up Joshua Targownik this afternoon (remember he shot those reform school pics?) and it turns out he was actually the official photographer for LACMA's (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Halloween Party! And having just read about it on LAist and seeing how incredible it looked, i couldn't help but beg him to share some pics with us... (the costumes are quite inspiring - see some of my favorites from his portraits after the jump)
Here's what Joshua had to say about the dress up soiree:
Muse, LACMA's membership group for young artists and art enthusiasts, hosted their 4th annual Halloween Costume Ball on October 27th. Drawing 1,000 costumed attendees, the event was held in LACMA's Los Angeles Times Central Courtyard, and the LACMA West Penthouse. Food, drinks (including the one-of-a-kind Dalí-tini), four DJs from Dublab Sound System, a costume contest, and late night access to two exhibits: Dalí: Painting & Film and The Arts in Latin America made for the best party of the night. Beetle Juice took top honors in the costume contest with stiff competition from Mirror Ball Girl, Poseidon, and a Samurai Warrior wearing a full suit of armor hand made "Make" style using a Dremel and several garbage cans worth of plastic. As Muse's official photographer for the night, I had full access, two cameras, and five portable lights, but still was unable to capture everything there was to see. I can't wait to try again next year.
Oooh Crackpot 2008 is out! For any of you looking for the perfect way to give someone some gorgeous glossy weekly art ~ this is the perfect stocking stuffer. I received the 07 version last year and love it ~ not quite patient enough to wait a whole month to flip the page ~ but the weekly thing i can handle. Great paper quality, thick cardboard backing with that can be turned into a stand or hung on the wall... the Crackpot is full of many of our favorite artists as picked by die gestalten ~ and a sneak peak of more pages below.
Not much to say here... but i'm not sure why the systematic destruction of chocolate bunnies to eerie music in their pastel worlds in three scenes is so satisfying this morning. Watch Sander Plug's Chocolade Haas - Commissioned by Cut-n-Paste for Grote Kunst voor Kleine Mensen (Big Art for Small People) In collaboration with: Lernert Engelberts.
"Big Dipper is a machine that mechanically creates twenty-four candle wax chandeliers by dipping. The principle is inspired on the technique of candle making, where straight strings of wick are dipped a number of times to become candles. Suspended from the ceiling, the machine itself looks like a chandelier with two ring tiers that are counter balanced to move up and down using a pulley system. On each of the two big rings, twelve smaller rings are suspended. They are the frameworks for strings of wick, hanging down in loops. Whenever one of the big rings moves down, the wick hanging from one of the smaller rings is dipped in a drum of melted wax standing below. A layer of wax attaches to the wick and slowly grows a chandelier with eight arms and eight candles. After moving up and down, the machine revolves 30 degrees and repeats the process. In twelve full cycles, twenty-four chandeliers are finished and ready to be unclipped. New ones will now be stringed up again. Each individual chandelier burns four hours before it’s gone. The remains can be thrown back into the drums where they melt down to become the material for a new cycle of chandeliers." this is the Big Dipper by Sarah Van Gameren, and its such a fun idea, i especially like the life cycle of the wax looping around from vat to chandelier to its deconstructed shape back to the vat... and around we go again.
Wow. Apparently David Barsalou has spent the last 25 years of his life going through every illustration in over 30,000 comic books.... in order to find the original sources of Roy Lichtenstein's pieces! Here are some of my favorites ~ more can be seen on David Barsalou's Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein page as well as his flickr. Noticed this over at Life Lounge.
Mmmmm crazy gamer art that inspired the actual games. Into The Pixel "is an exploration and celebration of the art of the video game, curated by interactive industry veterans and experts from the art establishment." This year it showed at E3 in santa monica, then the Toronto Film Festival, and its currently showing at E for All in LA. I went through the last few years, and even out of those these three still amuse/inspire me the most. Then again... i do have a thing for the crazy artsy games (i.e. Rabbids! Dewey! Viva Piñata! Katamari! etc...). What's really interesting about these piece are that they are often pre-video game (or during) development, and are made my the art directors and designers working on the games. For example this Rabbids one is by Florent Sacre, the Art Director for Rayman Raving Rabbids. Dewey one is by Shigechy. And the Viva Piñata piece is by Ryan Stevenson - "a veteran of Rare projects like It's Mister Pants! and Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, [he] made his name as the concept artist behind the vibrant and unmistakable Viva Piñata."
On a sidenote: while researching i discovered the IGN Raving Rabbids blog from before the game came out, with some incredible behinds the scenes imagery and hilarious shots of the game makers and their rabbids... so some peeks at that below as well as full sized images of the crops above.
Joshua Targownik has left me speechless. This guy emails in saying "I am a professional photographer who shoots products for Reform School. I recently shot the exterior and interior for Los Angeles Magazine. Take a look and see if you'd like to use a better image for your post." (referring to NOTCOT.org #6732)... and at first i'm thinking, wow, no one's ever really written in to suggest a better picture before, and first thing in my mind is "uh oh, i wonder if the picture up is REALLY bad!" OR... "maybe this guys images are better,... or he just wants us to look at his portfolio?" YES i'm a bit jaded these days, people send some weird stuff to try and get written about ~ some are quite shameless. BUT. Joshua Targownik's images are GORGEOUS. Reform School looks like this picture perfect dollhouse filled with goodness. And instead of trying to justify why i'm posting them, even though Reform School is already linked on .org... well look how pretty he made it? I couldn't help myself? The images are so inspiring. So, i'm thinking... next time we need to shoot things in LA, we may have to call up Joshua and beg him to help us look pretty.
Also the Reform School's redesign is really beautiful in that playful collagey way that we love so much ~ so thrown a screenshot of that below as well. And it figures that it was designed by ALSO ~ who also did Design*Sponge's new site and all the Busy Beaver stuff i love.