RIP Charles Gwathmey

05 August 2009

“They are not organic or integrated with nature.” – Charles Gwathmey

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'Fold' by United Nude

'Fold' by United Nude

It is just a guess that mathematician August F. Möbius never foresaw his algebraic equation for the curious Mobius Strip, becoming an inspiration for the smart shoe designed by Rem D. Koolhaas, called ‘Fold’.

Found in the classic collection at United Nude, conceptually ‘Fold’ is the fluent movement of a single piece of elastic fabric. Anyone who appreciates wearing shoes will understand this translates into comfort beyond ones expectations.

The shoes mixture of elastic, PVC, carbon fiber, and occasionally rubber, allow it to bend while enclosing your foot inside a compact shape of lasting support.

It’s an ideal way to carry your feet in public. Alas it is only for women.

FISH-WORK
Photographs by Corey Arnold

Reception with the artist Thursday, February 26, 2009  6-8 pm
Sara Tecchia Roma New York

529 West 20th Street,  212-741-2900

American Illustration 27

11 February 2009

AI Book

Here is a look at the new American Illustration 27 book designed by Open, NY with an original fold-out jacket-as-poster by Ted McGrath.

Images are one-image-per-page with creative credits and contact info for each of the winning artists from the 2007 AI Competition. (The 2009 competition is accepting entries now). Only a limited number of copies are still available of this beautifully designed book – an art book and resource all in one.

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Handmade Nation

10 February 2009

Handmade Nation

Good design is slick, clean, and about large budgets (and egos), right? Not always.

There is an entire movement that has swept the world. It is all about a more organic community oriented approach towards design that many believe in so wholeheartedly they have titled it The DIY (do it yourself) Community.

Director Faythe Levine has edited footage she collected from 15 cities, and over 80 DIY community pioneers around the United States, into ‘Handmade Nation‘, a 65 minute film that documents this cultural tendency.

(The book, written in collaboration with Cortney Heimerl, can be purchased at Amazon here).

All Screenings Here

Coming this week:

Feb 11: New York City, Power House Arena (Book signing and panel)

Feb 12, 14, & 15: New York City, Museum of Arts and Design

More will be held in Toronto, Barcelona, Melbourne, San Francisco, Madison, Eureka, Portland.

Thief and Son

28 January 2009

Thief and Son, Contemporary Creatures I; installation at the Barbican Centre, London, UK. By Edith Garcia

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gig poster book

Today a book including some of the greatest present day print illustrators of our time is being made available for your home library.

Gigposters, the first (and best) online community website for poster illustrators has officially made an 11″x 14″ book available for pre-order called, Gig Posters Volume I: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century.

Drum roll (here) please?

This impressive publication includes over 100 posters perforated and ready-to-hang so you can tear them out and show them anywhere you like. On top of that there are hundreds of more images. This is so great!

Guess what? It is only $4o, and if you pre-order now you will have the choice of 1,2, or 3 random Jay Ryan art prints for something around $10 each (first 1200 buyers).

For purchasing, more detailed information, and a list of artists involved, go to: http://www.gigposters.com/book.

James Meyer, Culture Hero 2, 2008, Ink and gesso on paper, 30 x 44 inches

Culture Hero“, a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper by veteran artist James Meyer opens, Thursday January 8 in New York City at the Morgan Lehman Gallery in the Chelsea arts district. It is not to be missed.

A unique body of work, the “Culture Hero” exhibit features pieces in black and white that are reminiscent of constellations in space. Imagine lying on a hill one dark evening staring into the stars and you see a boy crying, then another child shushing you and yet another, balancing on a rope.

Emotions work in complex ways that as adults we often fail to acknowledge. The open hearts of children frequently show us how precious every instinctive state of mind is. They also show us the joy in being. This presentation of seemingly simple content is in actuality revealing of the challenges of being an adult in todays culture. We all need a hero, why not our own inner child?

For more information and images from the exhibition, please visit : www.morganlehmangallery.com

That One blueThat One gold

The inauguration of the 44th US President, Barack Obama, this January 20, 2009 marks an exciting, pivotal point in history. The ‘THAT ONE: HISTORY’ image is an iconic image created by illustrator Justin Hampton as a tribute to this historic moment.

The limited edition silk screened print of HISTORY sold out immediately when it was released last month, but SIGNED five color screen printed handbills on 100 lb acid free paper stock in metallic inks measuring 6″x 6″ are NOW on sale starting – yesterday! Better get on it! (I have two and LOVE them).

$5 Silver handbill

$7 Gold Handbill

http://www.justinhampton.com/ThatOneHBSG.html

Buy both handbills and a lucky few will be randomly selected to receive the 4 separate stages of the individual ‘History’ handbills as well! That doubles your value.

FREE shipping for the holidays for domestic addresses!*Addresses outside the US will be charged USPS Priority International shipping rates at the time of purchase.

A portion of the profits from these prints will be donated directly to the DNC for the new administration’s transition.

NOTE: A painting of this exact silk screen will be showing alongside the famous Shepard Fairey Obama at the D.C. inaugural art exhibition called Manifest Hope.

Gift guide: winos

18 December 2008

 Rabbit Wine Opener

A few items come into mind when mentioning the ‘Rabbit’.  It seems to be a popular name for objects these days.  This Rabbit is one of the best deals on the market.  For those ready to graduate from the grocery store wine bottle openers, The Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Gift Set, is aesthetically appealing, easy to use, and you get a lot for your dollar.

It was listed in the top 5 wine openers by Galt Tech Research As of this writing it is in stock at Amazon for $59.99 (from $110).  Enjoy.