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October 31, 2012
I have always been a huge fan of photography as it captures moments in time and suspends them. Adam Fuss contines with that thought and uses a very old
process that was at one time in vogue called daguerreotype. Which sounds too involved but is really an easy explanation. Daguerreotype means -an early
photographic process with the image made on a light
sensitive silver-coated metallic plate.
In celebration of halloween, I thought these images were very ghost like and appropriate as halloween kicks off our Fall Season!
Born in London, Fuss grew up in rural England. Interested in his naturalistic surroundings, he began documenting them through photography. Fuss lives and works in
New York City and has shown extensively internationally since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1985. His work is distinctive for its contemporary re- interpretation of
photography’s earliest techniques, particularly the daguerreotype and the camera-less photogram. Fuss states that in order for any photographic technique to work, it should be
personalized and transfigured into a greater metaphor, engaging processes that take place in the natural world.
October 29, 2012
A friend of mine who owns a gallery is in love with Braco Dimitrijevic’s art and his whole raison d’etre! So, I did some research and found him to be fascinating in his philosophy and reasoning.
I hope you enjoy this post!
Braco Dimitrijevic, one of the pioneers of conceptual art, had his first one-man exhibition at the age of 10. In 1963 he made his first conceptual work, The Flag of the World,
in which he replaced a national flag with an alternative sign. It marked the beginning of his artistic interventions into urban landscapes.
Over the past forty years he has exhibited extensively all over the world.
Dimitrijevic gained an international reputation in the seventies with his Casual passer-by series, in which gigantic photo portraits of anonymous people were displayed
on prominent facades and billboards in European and American cities. The artist also mimicked other ways of glorifying important persons by building monuments to
passers-by and installing memorial plaques in honour of anonymous citizens.
October 26, 2012
You know by now how much in love with Young British artists I am! I think their work is cutting edge, has an “i don’t care what people think” attitude, which of course follows yours truly,
and delights in bringing forth such an individual voice.
Fiona Rae is one of those Young British Artists who, alongside, Damien Hirst, rose to prominence in the 1990′s.
October 17, 2012
I am in love with the work of Shepard Fairey! His , what is now, iconic political campaign poster for Obama, is one of the most amazing examples of his work. There is a fabulous movie called, Exit Through The Gift Shop, a must see! All about graffiti artists, many of whom you will recognize.
Fairey created the “Andre the Giant as a Possee” sticker campaign in 1989, while attending the Rhode Island School of Design(RISD).This later evolved into the “Obey Giant” campaign, which has grown via an international network of collaborators
replicating Fairey’s original designs. As with most street artists, the Obey Giant was intended to inspire curiosity and cause the masses to question their relationship with their surroundings.
The Obey Giant website says: “The sticker has no meaning but exists only to cause people to react, to contemplate and search for meaning in the sticker.” The website later goes on to contradict this statement however by saying that those who are familiar with the sticker simply find humor and enjoyment from its presence. Those who actually try to look deeper into its meaning only burden themselves and often end up condemning the art as an act of vandalism from an evil, underground cult.
Originally intended to garner fame amongst his classmates and college peers, Fairey states, “At first I was only thinking about the response from my clique of art school and skateboard friends. The fact that a larger segment of the public would not only notice, but also investigate, the unexplained appearance of the stickers was something I had not contemplated. When I started to see reactions and consider the sociological forces at work surrounding the use of public space and the insertion of a very eye-catching but ambiguous image, I began to think there was the potential to create a phenomenon.”
October 15, 2012
Everyone who has had contact with artists and designers knows that, to one degree or another, art and design are often as much about process as they are about product. A built environment, be it public or private, is the culmination of many factors interacting over time.
A compilation of some of his most famous and compelling work, this series of graffiti animations is nothing short of amazing. A white figure crawls from battered bricks and leaves a trail of paint wherever it goes, morphing and twisting along the street-side wall as it goes. As his works move along they transform unpredictably and become uncanny new creatures and interactive objects.
He is definitely one of my favorite artists that I have posted about. To see graffiti art, you don’t have to go to a gallery or museum. It is not limited to a computer or a gallery. Graffiti art is right out in the street among the people. It is said that great art isn’t afraid to take risks and the graffiti of Italian artist BLU definitely fits that bill!
October 10, 2012
This is a most fascinating artist, man, humanitarian! I really enjoyed learing about his work and thought you would enjoy learing about him as well.
Have a great day!
Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
AI WEIWEI a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.
Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing, China in 1957. An outspoken human rights activist, Ai was arrested by Chinese authorities in April 2011 and held incommunicado for three months.
Upon his release, he was prohibited from traveling abroad, engaging in public speech, and was subjected to continued government surveillance. Ai’s position as a provocateur and
dissident artist informs the tenor and reception of much of his recent work. He infuses his sculptures, photographs, and public artworks with political conviction and personal poetry,
often making use of recognizable and historic Chinese art forms in critical examinations of a host of contemporary Chinese political and social issues. In his sculptural works he often
uses reclaimed materials—ancient pottery and wood from destroyed temples —in a conceptual gesture that connects tradition with contemporary social concerns. He also employs sarcasm,
juxtaposition, and repetition to reinvigorate the potency and symbolism of traditional images and to reframe the familiar with minimal means. A writer and curator, Ai extends his practice
across multiple disciplines and through social media to communicate with a global public and to engage fellow artists with projects on a massive scale. Ai Weiwei attended the
Beijing Film Academy and the Parsons School of Design in New York.
When I read his awards of acheivments and acoomplishments and was totally blown away. can you imagine all of this acclaim and he can’t get out.
He has received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Politics and Social Science, University of Ghent, Belgium (2010), as well as many awards, including the
Skowhegan Medal (2011) and the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (2008). His work has appeared in major exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011); the Victoria & Albert Museum,
London (2011); Asia Society Museum, New York (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010); São Paulo Bienal (2010); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009);
and Documenta XII (2007). Ai Weiwei lives and works in Beijing, China.
October 5, 2012
Campaign style has always been one of my favorites. Until I really started designing in the style of Hollywood Regency, I never quite understood where all the details on Campaing Style came from.
Think about traveling a hundred years ago. It ws much more involved then it is today. Treks were longer, more primitive and more essentials were needed to maintain one’s civilized lifestyle. Because furniture pieces were truly made for travel, the furniture was designed with brass cornrows and gleaming hardware.
The “X” bases were colapsible so that they could be folded and carried, and when they were needed, they would open up and the desk or trunk or seating were set up on them. Think of staying in a hotel and setting up your suitcase.
Historically though, much of this furniture was made for military campaigns. the furniture includes folding chairs, tables and chests that could be easily unscrewed and packed. One of the most famous pieces of campaign furniture was the wellington Chest, named for the 1st Duke of Wellington. campaign furniture has been used by traveling armies since at least the time of Julius Caesar. With the rise and expansion of the British empire in the eighteenth and 19th centuries british furniture makers produced for both military and business travelers. British officers of high social position in the Georgian and Victorian periods often carried high quality portable furniture.
October 4, 2012
Every designer has their love of the moment piece of furniture! Today, mine is the chair. And not just any chair but three very unusual chairs, two of which are very affordable and will work in any design scheme you have going, the other is just a piece of stunning art and about a designer you will want to know a little something about!
Chairs are one of the most important pieces of furniture. They can really make a room and you don’t need to always have the exact number in anticipation of how many people you will be entertaining!
|Marcello Morandini (1940) after his beginnings as graphic designer with Umberto Eco for Bompiani publishing, devoted himself to design and artistic research. In 1965 he took part to San Paulo Biennal (introduced by Dorfles), and in 1968 he exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia in a personal hall. Internationally appreciated, he is invited to work abroad projecting buildings, sculptures and important collections. His research is about the visual representation of movement, seen as a subject independent from representatinl themes, according to the Futurist vision. Studying the different kinds of movement (torsion, tension, expansion, overlapping) he produces graphic and plastic works, in two or three dimensions as well, always in white or black and white. Let it be graphic, or sculpture, or architecture and design, Morandini’s style is coherent and unique, giving even to everyday’s life needs an aestetic and artistic dimension. The tribute by Giudecca 795 begins with the chess set – the last available of a limited series – and continues with sculptures and multiples in plexiglass.
Designed in 1930 for the Tugendhat house in Brno, Czechoslovakia, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Brno chair mirrors the
groundbreaking simplicity of its original environment.
Frank O. Gehry is one of today’s most important architects. Gehry likes to use unusual materials for his architecture and furniture and with the furniture series “Easy Edges” from 1972 he succeeded in lending such everyday material as cardboard a new aesthetic dimension. Although they appear unbelievably simple “Easy Edges” are constructed with the architect’s care as well as being very robust and stable. Four models from the series, Side Chair, Wiggle Side Chair, Dining Table and Low Table Set, are now being produced by Vitra. Made of corrugated cardboard. Multiple curved structure of bonded cardboard, edges finished in hardboard.
October 3, 2012
OK NO! I know that freeze is not spelled frieze! But they are two different things.
The recent cover of Veranda Magazine has seemed to cause a bit of a stir regarding the FRIEZE that appears on the wall. This room is by one of my favorite interior designers, John Saladino, who is one of the foremost in classic interior design and a true gentleman.
To have a discussion regarding wallpaper would most likely have everyone clicking off, but alas, I am not going to go into a lot of detail. Except to give you a little background. Wall papers and the top part of the wall paper that often times was different then the rest of the paper which
is called a FRIEZE , were very popular in France in the 1800′s and then it became quite in vogue in the States
Especially if you think back to the Victorian era and think of all of the Stickley period and all of the William and Morris papers.
Architectural friezes were really popular, the idea of balustrades and such, which was what is on the cover add an incredible dimension. Friezes are great, when used that way and also, if you want a more modern look and love the idea of a wallpaper, but it may be too much for you, then a frieze is a great way to add dimension onto a wall. So you go from one dimensional to two. I love friezes and I am going to start using them as they have come a long way. The ones I am posting today are all available so use your imagination and have fun!
Enjoy! and don’t be afraid to FRIEZE!