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Oct19

I saw this and thought, what a great way to style your own home while making an ode to art. The piece was created for Saturday In Design by Elixir Design and Dream Interiors. Each origami butterfly in the circular path represents a dream in various stages-the emergence of an idea to the idea being in transit and then taking flight.

Oragami, "Saturday in Design"

Oragami, "Saturday in Design"

Oragami, "Saturday in Design"

This was created for the annual design event Saturday in Design.

Photos // Adrian Koh, via elixr and ad week

Posted by on October 19th, 2012 at 6:11 PM | Comments (0)
Oct17

Martijn van Wagtendonk is one of the talented recipients of the Artprize 2012 award in Grand Rapids, MI. His work, entitled Song of Lift, is composed of more than 100 kinetic winged birds. The piece is a 5-minute long, fully automated, viewer sensitive opera. The viewer deposits a coin into an old arcade looking machine, the lights dim, the music begins and the winged creatures begin to move in unison with the music. See a video below with the artist.

"Martijn van Wagtendonk", "song of lift", art, installation

"Martijn van Wagtendonk", "song of lift", art, installation

"Martijn van Wagtendonk", "song of lift", art, installation

"Martijn van Wagtendonk", "song of lift", art, installation


video // Brian Kelly

You can view more of the winners at Artprize 2012 here: Artprize 2012.

Posted by on October 17th, 2012 at 7:34 PM | Comments (0)
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Oct12

To explore Katerina Lanfranco‘s work is to step into a world of fantasy: imagined landscapes of hand-cut trees, large flowers, and eerie gigantic crustacean like creatures.

"Katerina Lanfranco", paper cutouts

"Katerina Lanfranco", paper cutouts

Above features the exhibit Natural Selection. The exhibition includes a large-scale, handcut paper, site-specific installation. Last winter, Lanfranco came to the west coast (from Brooklyn) to work as an arist-in-residence at her alma mater. The exhibit was made in collaboration with 10 students from UCSC’s Art and History of Art and Visual Culture departments.

Here is more of Lanfranco’s beautiful work.

Posted by on October 12th, 2012 at 4:32 PM | Comments (0)
Oct09

What a wonderful idea it was to support the Summer 2012 Olympics with art installations throughout London. I particularly love this simple design of a mix between work and mirror, transparency and LED lighting. The artist is Italian artist Monica Bonvicini. In daylight, the letters acted as a mirror for visitors and their surroundings, and at night the letters became transparent and glowed with internal LED lighting.

"Monica Bonvicini". mirror, London, Olympics

"Monica Bonvicini". mirror, London, Olympics

Posted by on October 9th, 2012 at 6:25 PM | Comments (0)
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Oct05

I am continually impressed with Target’s In-House graphic design team. The latest in my list of my admiration is this great ad campaign for Target’s 50th Anniversary. They used old Target circulars and ads from the 60′s as bold backdrops for the models. I love the mix of vintage and new fashion forward photography. Way to do it again Target. These are pieces of art that I would post anywhere in my house proudly. Feel free to send me copies! :)

Target, "50th Anniversary", "graphic design", advertising

Target

Target, "50th Anniversary", "graphic design", advertising

Target, "50th Anniversary", "graphic design", advertising

Target, "50th Anniversary", "graphic design", advertising

Directors and Creative // Jason Langer, Jon Baugh, Allan Peters, and Maggie Harn (Target In-House)

Posted by on October 5th, 2012 at 5:19 PM | Comments (0)
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Oct04

This post is close to my heart. Being from Oakland, I’ve been watching the new monumental east span of the Bay Bridge being built up over the last 5 or so years, anxiously awaiting the day I can drive over it myself, which will all be possible at the grand opening in 2013.

The west side, meanwhile, is set to have it’s 75th anniversary in 2013. In order to commemorate such a architectural accomplishment, the bridge will feature a light installation, known as The Bay Lights (to be unveiled in early 2013), by Leo Villareal.

The Bay Lights from Words Pictures Ideas on Vimeo.

The Bay Lights honors the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary and celebrates completion of the new East Span in 2013. Created with over 25,000 energy efficient, white LED lights, it is 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high, viewable from San Francisco and points north but not by drivers on the bridge itself.

Leo Villareal orchestrates complex, rhythmic artwork composed exclusively of points of light; his groundbreaking work is part of the permanent collection of major museums worldwide.

So far the project has acquired $5.5 Million dollars, with only $2.5M to go! If you’d like to get involved to help make this project happen, go to The Bay Lights web site for more information.

Posted by on October 4th, 2012 at 4:29 PM | Comments (0)
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Oct01

Just ran across this video from New Villager. The costumes are pretty cooky, but some of them are so innovative. I love the one made from videotape film. The colors are also very inspirational. Enjoy and if you have time check out their web site, do.

The cool thing about New Villager is that they aren’t just a band, they are an art-collective, started by Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini. Based in Brooklyn, they’re constantly holding art installations at different galleries around the city.

Posted by on October 1st, 2012 at 8:29 PM | Comments (0)
Sep28

As an entity, the building was first known as the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (better known, and easier to say, as EMP). The museum contains mostly rock memorabilia and technology-intensive multimedia displays. Yet the building, in and of itself, is a piece of art that is worth taking a look.

EPM Museum of Seattle, Tacubaya

Designed by Frank O. Gehry in 2000, this museum is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. When he began designing EMP, Gehry was inspired to create a structure that evoked the rock ‘n’ roll experience without being too literal. As a result he purchased several electric guitars, sliced them into pieces, and used them as building blocks for an early model design. The design is contemporary and beautifully sculpted to feel as eclectic and vibrant as music itself.

EPM Museum of Seattle, Tacubaya

EPM Museum of Seattle, Tacubaya

EPM Museum of Seattle, Tacubaya

EPM Museum of Seattle, Tacubaya

Photos // via Tacubaya

If you’re in Seattle and want to check it out, currently on exhibit is:
Icons of Science Fiction
The Rolling Stones: music photographer Jim Marshall

Posted by on September 28th, 2012 at 5:00 PM | Comments (0)
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Sep26

The medium that artists choose can be widely varied. The end result is something that inspires and awes because, sometimes, the art is so transformed we can’t even tell how it was created or with what. We’ve seen art with paper, art with string, art with plastic from the ocean, and even art with salt and matches, so of course Baptiste Debombourg’s Staple art is the next logical step in turning something ordinary into something extraordinary.

Artist Baptiste Debombourg uses staples to create works of art. Far from their usual function as an office supply, the staples are assigned new value in his portraits. Just check out the detail.

"Baptiste Debombourg" staples

"Baptiste Debombourg" staples

"Baptiste Debombourg" staples

"Baptiste Debombourg" staples

"Baptiste Debombourg" staples

Posted by on September 26th, 2012 at 5:01 PM | Comments (0)
Sep21

With over 500 million cars on the road, China is now the largest auto market in the world. In an effort to help the environment and encourage people to walk more and drive less, the DDB China and the China Environmental Protection Foundation decided to make an artful statement. They covered a main pedestrian crossing with a large leafless tree canvas, with two large inkpads on either side of the crosswalk containing environmentally friendly ink. As people walked through the intersection, their footprints permanently placed leaf-like images all over the branches, reminding them that by walking they could create a difference.

tree, china, crosswalk

The Green Pedestrian Crossing was carried out in 7 main streets of Shanghai and later expanded to 132 roads in 15 cities across China. A total number of pedestrians that participated exceeded 3,920,000 people.

tree, china, crosswalk

tree, china, crosswalk

Posted by on September 21st, 2012 at 4:49 PM | Comments (1)