Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Straight from the Press

Ah, love it I am always a straight up sucker for printed materials. Jack Daniels hits up the letterpress with Yee-Haw Industries.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Elegantly Twisted

Dancers (and performers in general) have always been an interesting subject to all of us. Remember when Edgar Degas became fixated with ballerinas as subjects for numerous paintings and sculpture modeling? Or Orientalist painter Jean Leon Gerome portrayed the belly dancers, performers in the East? Well, the curiosity and fascination still exists today and have been translated into numerous of artworks across all medium. It may seem overdone, however, photographer Bertil Nilsson's portraits are stunning and worth looking into. He creates these captivating images and frames each of them in such a charming light. Beautiful color palette!

Not too long ago, Nilsson published a book called Undisclosed Circus. Click here to be directed to the book's website. You will be able to flip over some pages of the book and have a sneak peak.

Artist/Photographer: Bertil Nilsson


The Ogami notebook collection by Officemilano are designed with sophistication and simplicity. The quotes are by Paolo Frello. This vintage inspired collection appears to be quite universal and highly desirable. Checkpoints!

Read more about it here.

Designed by Office Milano | Source: Wanken


parigot-animated short film from liok on Vimeo.

Parigot is a animated 3D short film that came out of the pure love and collaboration of five students at Ecole George Melìes. A very innovative film is set in the streets of Paris and of course, it is related to culinary! Humorous, fun and exciting. Love it.

Congratulations to Axel Digoix, Geoffrey Lerus, Mehdi Alavi, Alexandre Wolfromm, and Loïc Bramoullé for a memorable clip.

Source: Coca Colla


Metalmorphosis is a mirrored water fountain by Czech sculpture David Cerny that was constructed at the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. The sculpture weighs approximately 14 tons, comprised form multiple layers of massive stainless steel that rotate 360 degrees. From time to time it will form a perfect image of a massive head.

The sculpture has its own live webcam where you can watch live feed of the sculpture's movements. Otherwise, check out the video above to see how it works.

Artist: David Cerny | Images via Flickr

Thursday, November 17, 2011

On The Market?

This made me smile and laugh during this gloomy, rainy day. Don't you find this hilarious and entertaining? Pure Fix Cycles recently unveiled their "Fixie" Table, which is literally screaming for the attention of hipsters out there who cannot wait to get their glow on. Yes, it is customizable in terms of color choices. Gosh.

I somehow do not mind the "Three Sixty" table proposed by Core 77. It is designed by Studio Mauerer Hendrichs and is being sold at The Future Perfect. At least it is on the humbler side, don't you agree?

Source: Core 77

Stitched Up

A different take than your ordinary collage. They are sewn together!

Artist: Robert Hardgrave

Sculpting Sound

Swiss artist Zimoun is currently enjoying the glorious space provided for him at the Ringling Museum of Art in Florida up until January 8th, 2012. Curated by Matthew McLendon, this grandeur exhibition showcases a multiplicity of sound throughout various installations. Sculpting Sound is his first inaugural solo exhibition in United States.

Zimoun ambitiously glorifies his work's unique and graceful soundscapes. Each piece evokes a natural artifice of sound performed by using simple mechanics such as mini motors, ping pong balls, cardboard boxes and wires, as well as repetitive structures that double up as their own amplification arena.

With that said, his sound sculptures and installations often uses multiples of the same prepared elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.

As you can see in the video at the beginning of the post, his mechanized works reveals a complex relationship and interplay between the artificial and the organic. What is most striking is the different sound and intensity level of each motorized piece. With the level of transparency that Zimoun has given, the audience is able to further investigate and comprehend the construction of the work. Not to mention, it further increases our curiosity to rediscover the basic sounds that exists among us that we often ignore or fail to take note of.

If you get a chance, please go ahead and take a look at the various structures he has built on his personal Vimeo site. They are incredible and deserve to be shown at an institutional setting. One of my favorite installations to date is the exhibition at Contemporary Art Museum MNAC in Bucharest, Romania curated by Rekolective Bucharest. The structure and sound it made is subliminal. Click here to view.

Artist: Zimoun | Represented by Bitforms Gallery | Exhibiting at Ringling Museum of Art

Let's Try It on for Size

Manoteca is a contemporary furniture design company that just makes you want to pull out all your hair, move to a new country, and re-settle. Yes, they are that amazing. Looking at their product line, the only thing that comes to my mind is that I should make enough money to get a big, spacious loft where I can redecorate, collect large-scale artwork and incorporate Manoteca's designs into my future, so-called dream house.

* Olmo - kitchen table *

In their own words, "Manoteca is a little house in a park, a lab where old and abandoned things are hosted among with recycled materials, reinvented and reassembled." Now if you've followed long enough you will know that that is what I am all about.

* Indoor - door table *

* Convivio (ch'i' solìa) - kitchen island *

Yes, a few years from now, my goal is to "adopt" one-of-a-kind pieces in a similar way to how they passionately adopted the everyday object into the concept (and production) of each design. To view the complete, limited edition collection click here.

Design: Manoteca | Source: G Blog

Along Came Polly

Polly Borland was given her first camera, a Nikkor, by her father at the age of 16. In an article written by Will Self for The Independent back in 2008, she explains, "I saw the work of Diane Arbus and Weegee--and a little bit later an exhibition of Larry Clark's work. There were these photographs of kids on the edge, shooting up--dressing up. They were just tacked to the walls with drawing pins. I knew then that that was what I wanted to do."

Borland pushes boundaries with her odd yet strikingly beautiful photographs. Her work is very edgy and different from other portrait photographers in which she explores the surreal and abstract. It is quite a bizarre collection of images that is undoubtedly suggestive. The models pose in awkward positions, bare naked or are dressed in odd 'stage-like costumes' and incongruous props such as tights and wigs. Here is a fun fact. She designed most of these provocative costumes herself, stitched by prisoners!

The Australian-born photographer (a.k.a. 'snapper' in her own terms) is currently based out of London, a place she refers to now as home. She came to the UK in 1989, building up a reputation as a maker of excitingly fresh, yet disturbing images. Her work is oddly appealing to an extent that it screams ambiguity. You are never quite sure what it is or what she intends on implying, but I find it quite fascinating that the identity of the models are undisclosed. Undergoing such performance-like process, she distorts the bodies of its subjects--creating images that are both evocative and disconcerting. As disturbing as it may sound and despite highly judgmental viewers out there, her extraordinary portraits are never explicit. Yes, it is intimate, however, they evoke vulnerability and are curiously non-judgmental and honest.

Sure, some of the images may appear disturbing, fetishized or highly sexual, but strangely enough the way they are photographed is very theatrical. I find it disheartening when I hear that people do not appreciate her unique vision that goes beyond the regular, everyday portraits we often come across. After all, she is, I believe one of the most sought after photographers. One must give her credit for taking these highly playful photographs, exploring the grotesque and the beautiful. Moreover, I agree with Will Self that I too, personally find that her series, Babies, Bunny and most recently Smudge (produced in 2011) are considerably her finest pieces.

Salute to her astonishing achievement!

Artist/Photographer: Polly Borland | Represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery

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