Archive for December, 2009

Tokyo Press Tour

Published December 24, 2009 by Spike

I just got back from around the world. That was exhausting but we had a blast too. Max is a hero. Thanks to Humberto from Opening Ceremony and his mom Wendy joined who us in Tokyo. We found out who was the hidden weapon behind the company. When Humberto needs a shop built out or a sofa that looks like a slice of pizza, or a new menu put together for the café in the shop, Wendy makes it happen. More of them here!

Also thanks to Sean who organized an event at Opening Ceremony Tokyo. He threw a great party with Luli at La Barron. At the party he hosted an on stage staring contest called Staremaster you can check out some previous Staremaster contests here. Thank you Sean and Luli!

Not Sure What To Write About This…

Published December 24, 2009 by Spike

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Gingerbread, Sweaters and Weddings

Published December 24, 2009 by Graham

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The Where the Wild Things Are-inspired madness marches on! Just in time for Christmas, ultra-appetizing Aussie food blog A Table For Two built a impressively spherical gingerbread house inspired by the forts in the movie.

I made lots and lots of gingerbread sticks about 4cm long, and glued them together over a basketball, using sugar toffee. The next thing I know, my middle and index fingers are soon covered in blisters from the hot sugar toffee. Ouch! (I told you I was ambitious)

Ambitious indeed! They have brilliantly detailed step-by-step instructions on their blog for anyone who dares to replicate this masterpiece. For those of you more crafty than culinary, check out knitting blog Splendor’s lovely hooded wolf-suit sweater. They’e even got a free PDF of the pattern, written in 19 different sizes!

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Finally, a wedding photography blog called Helmutwalker shares some photos from a fairytale-themed wedding. What better ringbearer could you ask for than Max, king of all the Wild Things? I wonder if they swapped out “You may kiss the bride” for “Let the wild rumpus start!” How cute:

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Cali & Jenna

Published December 23, 2009 by Graham

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Cali Dewitt and Jenna Thornhill are basically the perfect couple. When they’re not busy with their respective publishing baron and rock star careers, they somehow find time to publish dreamy glimpses of their adventurous lives in the digital pages of DeWitt’s blog.

Cali and Jenna’s distinct personalities fuse together into an aura of immediate magnetism, crippling humor and totally next-level creativity that shines like a radioactive cockroach in these candid, arresting photographs. The surge of a show at The Smell, the trash-strewn beauty of L.A.’s silent streets, an intimate afternoon moment spent amongst friends– they’re all rendered powerfully real in a sea of glorious grain. No other photographers capture the texture of contemporary Los Angeles quite like Cali and Jenna.

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Nichole Van Beek

Published December 23, 2009 by Molly

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Nichole van Beek’s gouache paintings are like Magic Eye images for grown-ups: they’re hypnotic, colorful, and contain promises of secret knowledge for those willing to put in the effort.

Van Beek is as much a sculptor as she is a painter, and her mixed-media installations are crafted with ingenuity (she enjoys making her own tools) and an eye for spareness from materials like driftwood, tape, yarn and grip-tape. Both the two-dimensional and three-dimensional brands of van Beek’s work will turn viewers googly-eyed, which is probably the point. She gives you full permission to stare.

RxArt x Yayoi Kusama

Published December 22, 2009 by Molly

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Esteemed woman of arts and letters Margaret Drabble recently released The Pattern in the Carpet, a nonfiction chronicle of jigsaw puzzle history laced with the author’s own personal jigsaw lore. Even in the age of the internet, it seems, analog jigsaw puzzles are a perennial attraction for curious humans.

This truth is one that RxArt has adapted for charitable purposes. The non-profit organization is known for its commitment to bringing art into healthcare facilities as a therapeutic aid to patients, encouraging artistic expression and curating contemporary installations in hospital settings. It’s a noble mission— and an effective one too.

For the holidays, then, RxArt has teamed up with Yayoi Kusama to produce a limited-edition 200-piece puzzle of Kusama’s 2008 Self Portrait. The vivid hues and simple geometry of Kusama’s piece make for an eye-popping image and a puzzle that is bound to divert the Margaret Drabbles of the world. Dan Colen and Terry Richardson have also collaborated on puzzles with the organization, providing puzzles for art-lovers of all proclivities.

John Seabrook on Zaha Hadid

Published December 22, 2009 by Molly

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John Seabrook’s profile of Zaha Hadid in The New Yorker opens with an image of the architect sequestered in a banquette at a fancy restaurant, talking vigorously as bits of a chicken sandwich go flying from her mouth. Assistants are nearby, fielding the swarm of media constantly attempting to get in touch with Hadid. When the restaurant is deemed too cold, (”It’s impossible. I can’t stand it”) Hadid abruptly leaves. It’s a scene we’ve witnessed countless times before: the difficult, magisterial genius adrift in a hopelessly incompetent universe.

Luckily, Seabrook’s great profile is more than a collection of observed eccentricities. The piece is a mini-overview of Hadid’s childhood in Baghdad and education as an architect as well as a discussion of her influences, from the Russian Suprematist painter Kazimir Malevich to abstraction in general. Of her drawings, Hadid says that

“I wanted to capture a line, and the way a line changes and distorts when you try to follow it through a building, as it passes through regions of light and shadow. You know when you look through a building from a window on the outside, and the line you are following is distorted by the space? That was what I was trying to see with my paintings and my whooshings.”

Check out Seabrook’s article in the print edition of the magazine, and the accompanying audio slideshow here. Both give us a hint of the inner workings of a woman who is nothing if not a mad genius, emphasis on mad. And also genius.

Madrid Press Tour

Published December 21, 2009 by Spike

Everything is Terrible: Christmas Special

Published December 21, 2009 by Graham

Aren’t the holidays fun?? Take a load off with Everything is Terrible’s spade of stupendous recent videos. Colby’s Missing Memory, an instant classic, introduces us to a frighteningly intense Christian children’s program about a singing robot and his legion of suspender-sporting friends. Looking for something even more breathtakingly bizarre? Try the world’s first instructional VHS for first-time poopers, I Can Go Potty!. And for those last minute Christmas decoration tips, soak up the wisdom of The Christmas Tree Doctors, a team of state-certified experts in totally tastelessful trees.

If you haven’t seen the mesmerizing feature length DVD from Everything is Terrible yet, order before the end of January and they’re throwing in a free EIT Christmas Special DVD! Neato!

Chie Fueki

Published December 18, 2009 by Molly

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Born in Japan and raised in Brazil, Chie Fueki is an artistic Vitamix of global influences. Working in mixed media, Fueki’s works are immaculately crafted and devilishly detailed (the above right image is a detail of the painting at left. Would you have guessed?)

Fueki also strays from the standard vocabulary of subjects and influences. To wit, hers include team sports, numbers, textiles, lacquerware and kimonos. Sometimes all in the same piece! Happily, the artist also dotes as much on her titles as on the paintings, giving them names like Significant Moment and Every Corner Runs Two Directions for added interpretive oomph. Like her work or hate it, you have to admit there’s nothing quite like it out there.