Monday, November 29, 2010
I love these little MP3 players. Mugos are art toys that play music. They don't hold much (2G) but are still a step in the right direction; combining art and technology to create something great.
Friday, November 26, 2010
|Cadlestick holder from Rare Device $20|
|Leather bow cuff from pixie market $29|
|Ceramic pot from Velocity $36|
|Terracotta slow cooker from Reform School $62|
|Arctic wool cap from Blackbird $150|
|Alexander Girard wooden toy from Hive $160|
|Wooden radio from Design Public $250|
|Long scarf from Lambs Ear $260|
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The Wilderness Downtown is a gorgeous interactive multimedia video coded in HTML5. On one level, it's simply a music video for the Arcade Fire and a commercial for Google's browser Chrome. But the site's director Chris Milk creates a subtle emotional atmosphere that transforms what could have been a technical exercise into a powerful work of art.
Friday, November 19, 2010
|Cactus Egg Plant from Branch $12|
|Stencil how to book from The Curiosity Shoppe $24.95|
|Owl statue from Three Potato Four $36.00|
|Bonsai Forest Kit from Branch $54|
|Hummingbird skull necklace from Bona Drag $75|
|Alexander Girard Print from Room & Board $95|
|Porcelain beaver skull from The Shiny Squirrel $115|
|Amish made scooter from Reform School $245|
We all love giving gifts. With the upcoming holiday season, we'll all have plenty of people to shop for. There are lots of great things out there for every price range and I'm here to help sift through the web for gift ideas. I'll be doing a weekly post of wonderful stuff for every size wallet. Here's the first round of ideas listed from least expensive to most expensive.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
One of my favorite blogs The Selvedge Yard recently reminded me that Nick Cave is not only an amazing musician but he's also a fantastic artist. His work reminds me of what I was into in my teenage and twenty-something years. I loved religious art, mostly the mix of indigenous meets catholic art you find in Latin America. Anyway, check out the post here and find out more about Nick Cave's art on his website.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Happy Town Menagerie is the newest project by designer Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage. These beautiful works are available through The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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Have you thought about who and what influences our culture? What makes something cool and who is responsible for making it uncool (by bringing it to the mainstream)? Frank and I were just talking about that over the weekend and then I came upon this video yesterday. I thought it was a decent look into the subject. If you find this subject interesting then also check out this PBS Frontline episode from 2001 that discusses "The Merchants of Cool".
Friday, November 5, 2010
Tonight at David B. Smith Gallery is the opening of Josh Keyes' newest solo show Collision. Here's what Josh has to say about his newest work:
The inspiration for these paintings came from an old alchemists engraving from around the 16th century. The engraving consists of multiple images that illustrate a personified narrative of the chemical transformation of metals moving from one solid to disintegration and reconfiguration. The iconographic device used in this engraving is that of the archetypal king whose power shifts between tyranny and freedom.
This series of images of this alchemical engraving enchanted my imagination, and has become a grounding source for this current body of work and the work that is to come. A story evolved for me surrounding the theme of death and rebirth at the core is a meditation on transformation. These ideas had to find expression through my existing lexicon of myth and imagery, so I began to invent and develop a cast of characters and situations that for me served to interpret the essence of my source material, the "old wine new bottle" approach.With all of my imagery they stand as metaphors, not event action or event is to be taken literally. The depiction of death or dying in this series could be seen as a relationship, the ending of a job, an inner life change. The hyenas could be that group of bullies you may have encountered after school, or the negative critical voice we all have at times in our head that keep us from living out our dreams. One could think of this work as an expression of the individual personality. We all have within us the potential for love and compassion as well as aggressive tendencies, we as a culture are capable of great communal achievement as well as the destructive and tyrannical manifestations that we have sadly seen throughout history. It is not to say that one is good and one bad, it is to acknowledge that these energies and drives are hardwired into our psychology and physiology.
- Josh Keyes
Like most people in the bay area I'm very excited about the SFMOMA expansion. The expansion will house the extensive Fisher Collection (previous blog post here) and will be designed by Norwegian architects Snohetta. This week there was a great article on SFCurbed regarding new details on the expansion that include new residential space and replacing a fire station.