Imaginary Foundation show opened at the Stussy store on Haight tonight, so i stopped by on the way to Magnolia. Here are some pics to give you a feel for the show... my favorites were their sculptural pieces (see that floral gramophone, the cup in the store window, and the magritte like door)... the shirts and prints didn't blow my mind as much as i'd hoped.
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Harper's Bazaar August 007 ~ "The Simpsons go to Paris with Linda Evangelista" "Models": The Simpsons, Linda Evangelista, and various designers with Illustrations by Julius Preite. Marge lets down her hair for Versace. Lisa gives up her pearls for Alber Elbaz. Homer dresses as Karl Lagerfeld. Selma & Patty in Viktor & Rolf. Maggie rides around in Jean Paul Gaultier's Birkin Bag. Quite possibly the most incredible fashion spread i've seen (ok maybe tied with the Marie Antoinette Vogue spread?). To see the spread, see the pics below, and for some great animated versus reality pics of the dresses and designers, check out Oh No They Didn't's LJ. Wow. I am breathless... just go see more images already (and click any pic to see larger).
Sarah (yes our Delicious Life & TasteSpotting Sarah) just linked me to this gorgeous (and thematically oh so LA) painting by Shannon Bonatakis... Atelophobia: The Fear of Imperfection is the title... and it really resembles any tabloid shot of most actresses these days. Also, browsing through her sketches, found some amusing Harry Potter themed pieces as well (see below!) which seemed appropriate for this week.
iTrapped, yes this came up on .org yesterday (#5182) linking to Photojojo who then got dugg to the point where they were down and no one could view it. Well... checking out google blogsearch, i saw that one of the guys (Joshua Blankenship) that got iTrapped in the iPhonez actually noticed it on our site, and i agree with him, iTrapped is MUCH better than "Smooshtacts"... he says "It’s weird to open up my daily tabs and find my face on NOTCOT. (Oh, and calling it “Smooshtacts?” Honestly, Photojojo… worst name ever. It’s iTrapped, people.)" Hehe, it made me laugh in my half awake state, and i just loved the iTrapped name and this great image he had up, and am now imagining people starting the trend of photobooths where they are pressing against a glass pane for this effect with a black backdrop... oh the drunken scenarios waiting to happen.
On strange cryptic emails, here's a new one. Apparently i was *lucky* enough to receive number 442/500 (yay i made the top 500 of some list?) of Limited Edition Emails from Multi@MultiPolarProjects.com. Being lazy and confused by all of this, instead of following the precise framing descriptions, lets visualize and pretend the iphone is my shadowbox... This thing came with an invoice email as well... (read it below)... and thank goodness mine came "PAID (Compliments of the artist)" because this "Media: Variable depending on the buyer" goes for a whopping $1,000 USD - but luckily they say: "We will verify Edition Number & Purchaser for ebay and auction house sales." I hope i didn't destroy its value by spreading the sarcasm to all of you! Since, "You may only print out ONE copy. If you make multiple prints, your edition will then be revoked."
Also, i'd like to take this chance to say... this email is awesome because it gave me something fun to do with my iPhone before i go return it tomorrow or weds. I may try again once updates come out, and things become a bit more useable for my day to day life. But don't get me wrong its a great ipod with fancy email and web browsing, and zooming in and out is far too fun (as is wasting more time watching youtubes than i ever did on a computer).
Playground ~ is it a magazine? is it art? is it a dripping rubber box? Apparently it "is an unbound collection of fashion + art in exclusive numbered limited editions"... "is a means for free, spontaneous plays between famous and emerging artists, fashion photographers and illustrators from all over the world"... "is not a magazine, but a personal gallery encrusted in custom designed collectible box." SO, there you have it, it explains everything and nothing?
However, the launch party will be at Anna Kustera in NY tomorrow night, so maybe someone can go take a peek for us and shed some light on what's really inside that white Dror Benshetrit box that "characterizes the movement of liquid dripping in a tactile and plastic form". There are only 250 sets, and they are $600... and there is quite the list of who's who thats part of the secrets in the box!
Woohoo! The infamous Coke Spoon collection (well #1 and #2 anyhow, poor left out #3, what were they thinking?) as well as the Play Boy Swizzle Stick of Tobias Wong and Ju$t Another Rich Kid by Citizen Citizen are going into the permanent collection at SFMoMA. It's nice to hear that larger institutions are quickly embracing these playful pieces which recontextualize the way you perceive things as simple as a McDonald's stirrer, or a bic pen cap... gold clearly does amazing things. As does naming.
Opening day of the much anticipated Skirball Cultural Center's Noah's Ark Exhibit today, and i managed to stop by before drive up to SF. It is essentially an interactive, extremely hands on, low tech space filled with creatures made from more recycled goods than you can imagine... built to withstand anything kids can do to them. In essence, i haven't quite felt like i was 5 in a long time (particularly when one of their edutainment ladies actually asked me in that kindergarten teacher voice "have you seen what happens when you spin the barrel?" and "did you find this giraffe's partner yet?"). Three phases, in three rooms, you experience the loading of the ark and exploring the environment, the interior of the ark during the flood, and the rainbow that concludes the space. It's a fascinating and playful space full of pulleys, wheels, sounds, textures, rock walls, and creatures that will truly be loved by kids of all ages. There are also "happenings" filled with musical instruments and stories for all to play and experience together.
Collaborations... They're old news now, right? But once in awhile, a collabo still manages to wow us. I first became aware of the fashion shows in São Paulo about a year ago. Like you'd expect everything else to be in Brazil, the designs are brighter, livelier, and more fun than what you might see anywhere else. Catalina Estrada, whose colorful illustrations I remember seeing way back in issue No. 7 of Swindle, has teamed up with Brazilian label Anunciação and the results have got me dreaming of a nice tropical vacation. Shown above are some of the clothes from the Summer 08 line (because our Winter in the Northern Hemisphere is their Summer..?). See more from Summer 08 and Winter 07 after the jump!
From ORG #4877, i discovered the typographic genius of Jeremy Pettis... and his zoological MIAD Senior Exhibition: Twenty Six Types of Animals, and i am obsessed with them. Brilliant fonts each reflecting the letter and characteristics of the animals. All bound into a gorgeous book with behind the scenes of the typography. And check out that carpet he took the pics on?
While i tend to stay out of politics, and do keep it off this site... (although we did mention that Barack Obama started his own social network my.barackobama.com earlier - because it is interesting to see a candidate jump into the myspace/facebook realm)... i am impressed with the 008 The Movement campaign visuals: the nicely designed buttons, stickers, and shirts. Is Barack Obama trying to appeal to the designer set? Or does he really appreciate the importance of design? Anyhow, just wanted to show you some pics of the cool schwag.
Currently at the Messe Frankfurt, Stylepark curated a show called "The Design Annual". This year's theme is "Private Identity". We, 2x4, were asked to showcase our work in one of various "special booths" on the site. Instead, we opted to adapt the theme "Private Identity" and created a pop-up t-shirt store: the t-shirt as a sort of schizophrenic proclamation of identity, somewhere between brand and person. To lend the credibility to this concept, we created a series of 500 unique shirts that go into the store, offering 500 unique identities to the avid shopper. As soon as a shirt is bought, we take a picture of that person and file it back were the shirt used to be -- the shop slowly evolves into a catalogue of 500 individuals.
"Generation Praktikum", or "Generation Internship" is a fake "brand" that we invented for this purpose. It derives from a very famous German term, referring to the younger generation there, that, by loosing their job (prospects), also lost part of their identity.
On mysterious emails (leading to images and next to no info) too good to resist... here's the latest, apparently Generation Praktikum has a pop up exhibition over at the Frankfurt Fair "Design Annual" that is happening as i write this. All i know? It is brought to you by the brilliant NY based 2x4, and there are some very fun simple vacuum packed yellow tshirts and great portraits of people holding them behind this link. Will keep you posted as i find out more.
When is a store not a store? When the opening is a group of scenesters milling about in the street outside a 6x10 "come in we're CLOSED" store, as black dunhills and CC Tobias Wong limited edition (of 2500) matchbooks and mini cups of RUSSIAN water* (dispensed out of pumps in pockets) are for the taking from the kids wandering around with trays... The Wrong Store, as only artist-designer Tobias Wong and Gregory Krum, retail director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, could imagine it. As NYMag says, "the Wrong Store blurs design/fashion/art works by Richard Prince, Marcel Wanders, Herzog & de Meuron, Rodarte, Douglas Coupland, Maison Martin Margiela, Hella Jongerius, and others." Pics below of the odd experience you need to see to understand.
*russian water = Stoli vodka/gin... served permitless on the street.
Esque Studio - Mind-blowingly beautiful booth and blown glass, especially made me think of mr. chompers, and how he's growing out of his current home, and when time for a new terrarium Shade Elaine definitely needs one of these. This Portland based, eco friendly company (see time magazine blurb from their Style and Design 100 List) - creates some stunning works that embody such a fluid look... from terrariums, to hanging pieces, and even black glass skulls! More images below.
"esque is the leading american company in producing hand made, functional modern glass ware + accessories. the name esque refers to the suffix, + is a nod to the acknowledgement of outside influence + inspiration. esque evolved through the partnering of justin parker + andi kovel in 1996."
Since i was unable to attend Brooklyn Designs, luckily Sanam Petri had a chance to go and check out all the fantastic designs shown there earlier this week. Of them, she wrote me about "The Weirdest Exhibit: The guys at SSD (Site-Specific Design) have started a project that focuses on childhood memories, and features these giant, surreal bug-lamps. They’re supposed to be “whimsical,” but they really just creep me out."
These fascinating Bugs as well as their series of Tops, actually quite amused me, and did in fact bring out the childhood memories i've had with my sister spending hours playing with spinning tops and collecting and inspecting many an insect. Gorgeous how they've managed to streamline those themes into such a clean aesthetic while keeping it so playful. Looking forward to seeing more of their work at ICFF.
HEIRLOOM IS THE NEXT DISPOSABLE. MOSS ON A ROCK IS THE NEXT BOX OF GRASS. PLUG-INS ARE THE NEXT SCENTED CANDLES. GRAY IS THE NEXT CHOCOLATE BROWN. SMEG IS THE NEXT SUB-ZERO. LAVENDER IS THE NEXT HOT PINK. VELCRO IS THE NEXT MAGNET. FURNITURE IS THE NEXT KNITTING. Do you believe it? I'm not sure, but they are kind of funny to me right now. Fun images too in this New York Magazine slide show on the Next Everything.
Lower Hater - sometimes the simplest things can be endlessly inspiring and amusing... yesterday it was the Lower Hater gallery/store in - yup - Lower Haight, that opened in late Nov 06 and is on the corner of Haight and Steiner (if you've been down here, you've probably noticed the great window displays). Something about the smoking pigeon brings a smile to my face, and enamel pins with animal logos seems to work well (particularly in lower haight, remember the Doe Pin?)... adorable gallery, and some really fun art - currently they have quite a few pieces from NOTCOT favorite: Ben Collison!
Mrzyk & Moriceau have an incredible show on at the max lang gallery in NY - "A View To Kill" runs from April 26 - June 1, and they were kind enough to send some incredible pictures over to show you what you're missing. But first a quick note: on top of the many reasons (i.e. black and white, great dark/witty imagery like Penguins with Guns, great use of white walls and gallery spaces, that they send me mysterious emails) i already love this dynamic duo... they name most of their solo shows after bond films. (i played through every bond film in order in the background when crunching for my master's thesis project...)
"A View To Kill" features new works and a large-scale installation that will incorporate pieces by Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, among others... so click on and see just how breathtaking it is.
Rich Tuzon - yes my latest obsession from the Samurai vs Cowboy theme (after a bit of argument, the consensus seems to be that samurais without ninjas would totally lose to the gun toting cowboys... beg to differ?)... Anyhow, a quick glance at his blog, and found that this pasadena artist has some great Zorro pieces. "These were done with the amazing Winsor Newton Series 7 brushes...It can load such a ginormous amount of liqiud and yet give such a consistent tip, that I feel I can extend a line for miles...and miles...and miles."
Gallery 1988's SF space just opened tonight, in time with APE, and The Indie was an incredible show. Honestly what i'd hoped I Am 8-bit would be more like. The art was amazing, and if i had to pick one piece that has been stuck in my head since, its Rich Tuzon's "Samurai vs. Cowboy"... as well as his other cowboy themed pieces... They feel like the manlier version of Audrey Kawasaki's pieces in a way... (and the other one up there is Graham Annable's "Space Saddness"). Incredible selection of artwork, you can see more of them at the 1988 The Indie page, and pictures from the opening in Gallery NOTCOT... and a few more below.
I Am 8-Bit @ Gallery 1988 - So i made it afterall - quick one night trip to LA, figured i'd stop by. Gut reaction from the show? Overhyped. And i haven't seen a line like that for a gallery in... forever? It felt like a hipsterfest line up for an amusement park ride or something, absolute madness. And it is a Tues night! Amusing to see the GameJew wandering around in his shirtless mario overalls... mtv took over a corner in the tiny gallery... g4 was interviewing artists on the sidewalk... and the line practically went around the block... not to mention the insane packed party out back with giant gaming going on.
Oh... and there was art too. Some great pieces from our faves like Stella Im Hultberg, Amy Sol, Luke Chueh, and so many more... and a surprisingly large number of rather dreary mario scenes... a giant snake sculpture... window full of pixelblocks... Might need to go back when the crowds settle... it was a strange mix, as colin pointed out to me, you heard a lot more "omg, thats donkey kong/super mario/[insert game name here]" than "wow, thats an incredible painting". To see my mass of unedited images from the night see I Am 8-Bit in Gallery NOTCOT.
Ink on paper. Hand drawn typography turning intricate messages into incredible images... smitten by the work of Fiodor Sumkin. And the story of this artist is quite a fascinating read as well... starting as "I was born in a Byelorussian family of artists. As a child I loved drawing and painting from an early age. I left school at the age of 16...." and continuing to draft dodging to Moscow, showing in Milan and Rome, Paris living, and now an illustrator based in Amsterdam... "For the last three years I've been living without a passport. I've been using my girlfriend's credit cards and can actually travel freely because there is not much passport control within Europe." More of his incredible works below... these are my favorites.
Today was one of those sundays, the ones where you get a big burst of inspiration from so many new places... spent far too much time wandering about in the sun, people watching on haight, climbing up to the top of a park and staring out at the city... and then finding a treasure trove of designers, artists, and portfolios online that i'd never noticed before. Basically hours have passed and there is too much i'm dying to post ~
On fun simple gorgeous portfolio interfaces, i'm loving the simplicity of Soren Hald's photography portfolio, the subtle rollovers (and frames), the way the whole strip recenters as you click... and the way it fits nicely regardless of width. Not to mention the stunningly playful images presented. (This and many other paths of inspiration today via Andrei Robu)