Several months back I came across the paintings of Seattle based Tyson Anthony Roberts, a guy creating work that reminded me of the background elements in Super Mario Bros. Though his paintings are simple they’re filled with so many beautiful colors and perfectly oriented shapes. So when Tyson hit me up about having a wallpaper on the site, I couldn’t say no! The image above is one of my favorites of his work, and it looks super rad on your desktop, iPad or iPhone. A big thanks to Tyson for contributing, be sure to check back next Wednesday for another new wallpaper.
The folks at Snøhetta are always up to something interesting, whether it’s a gigantic opera house or simply a place to watch the reindeer pass by. Located in the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park in Norway, this small pavilion beautifully frames the idyllic mountain view. I think the best part has to be the materials themselves, these giant wooden beams that have been sculpted to look like natural rock formations. The formations curve around to the inside of the structure and act as tiered seating, a perfect place to take in the view. What’s also kind of interesting though is that if you look at the structure from the other side it’s a super minimal glass box, which is also beautiful, but it feels like the exact opposite of the front of the pavilion.
North Carolina native Geoffrey Johnson has been working as a painter since 1995 after he completed a degree in Fine Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. There’s something very impressive about his work and his images carry a sense of reflection and solemnness.
Most of what he paints is done with an amazing monochromatic palette and I’m instantly drawn to his use of sepia tones (not to mention the striking pale blue of the top image). His silhouetted figures are shrouded in an air of mystery and the way he manages to paint large groups within the landscape of the city while still presenting a sense of melancholy only enforces the sense of mystery throughout his work. These paintings are both alluring and haunting and I’ve a great fondness for them. Johnson doesn’t have his own site but more work can seen online here.
Brooklyn based artist Shane McAdams is taking the ordinary and doing extraordinary things, namely, ball point pens. If you told me that Shane created the images above using just ball point pens I’d tell you that you were crazy. There’s so much depth in the color and shape, it nearly looks like something you’d have to make in Photoshop. I’d be really curious to hear how he makes these pieces, I don’t have the slightest idea. What I do know is that these are beautiful and I want them on my walls.
Would you have guessed that this installation Inverscape was completed by an architecture studio? It was. Studio Integrate describes itself “an international architectural studio, located in London.” (I’m not sure where the other nation is.) The principle designers of Integrate all graduated from the Architectural Association in London and utilize computational processes in ways I don’t entirely understand. You may not have guessed than an architecture firm created this puckered ceilingscape of sheer fabric, but the installation relies on the frenemy of architecture: gravity. Red components throughout the network are either anchored to the ceiling or unanchored; the unanchored red bits pull the fabric down and away from the parts bolted to the ceiling, controlling the dimensions of the project. Proof that this is the work of an architecture firm is in the description: “The top layer acts as the boundary frame and the bottom layer is hanging, generating the form via applying the self-weight into the fabric. Applying a second layer of differentiated patterns on both fabric and frames enhances the quality of light modulation, creating a dynamic interior condition.” Who, but an architect, could have written that?
Maybe the name Inverscape comes from inverting the relationship of the architects to gravity. In most structural systems, gravity wants to make things flat, but in this project, gravity wants to give more dimension to a translucent terrain above our heads.
My name is Evan Hecox, I’m an artist, designer and photographer. This space is intended to be an extension of my studio, as though you were stopping by for a visit on any given day, welcome.
That’s the simple explanation for Evan Hecox’s new foray into the world of Tumblr, which he’s calling The Woodshed. The idea of giving your fans an insight into your work isn’t exactly a new idea, but what Evan is doing seems pretty great, it’s exciting to get a peak into what he’s doing. It’s interesting to see how his work is starting to shift, we’re starting to see these interesting geometric shapes and patterns living with his precious ink drawings. No stranger to working on found objects, it’s interesting to see that he’s starting to do more work on vintage newsprint, it gives his the simple shapes in his pieces a somewhat chaotic framing and an overall interesting balance.
Really looking forward to see more previews of his work.
It seems like records and turntables are the last remnants of the analog world. Our phones are pocket computers, our alarm clocks are Hell, our cars aren’t even mechanical anymore! The industry standard for turntables, the immortal Technics 1200, have been discontinued. Built like tanks and costing almost a downpayment on a car, these have been used by… well everyone. Jazzy Jeff, DJ Shadow, Tiesto, Jam Master Jay, DJ Premier, Orbital, you name it.
And you would think, as turntables get discontinued, that vinyl would die as well. We couldn’t be more wrong. This is a collectors market with rare pieces as valuable as a 1954 mint version of the New Yorker or an original Noah Webster bible. While book prices have always been crazy, especially for first editions, modern vinyl is following suit. Even Sigur Ros LPs are being sold for well over a hundred dollars. And rare funk? Well that’s a sellers market if you’ve ever seen one. This re-release of Jay-Z’s classic album, The Blueprint, has a potential to reach those rarefied and lofty heights of the ultimate hip hop collector’s vinyl. This is a classic hip hop record and, in my opinion, Jay-Z’s best. But the kicker with this pressing? Only 2001 have been made, all blue, on 180 gram vinyl. As of right now they are still for sale, get them while they’re hot and lock them in a vault.
When I get mine, that will be the start of my first child’s savings. I don’t have kids, but I’m not joking.
How had I not known about the work of Scott Albrecht before? Scott is an artist and graphic designer currently working in Brooklyn. A few years ago he graduated from The Art Institute of Philadelphia and since then he has been making artwork for a number of exhibitions as well as creating some beautiful hand-drawn type. Words play a large role in his work and small phrases become moments for reflection and words become tangents for thought. His three-dimensional pieces are particularly striking and I absolutely love the way in which he uses wood throughout his work.
I’m really partial to Scott’s use of found materials; his old books, pieces of maps and discarded wood all add a beautiful texture that sits perfectly against the clean-cut nature of his work. Not only do these elements compliment his style but they also enrich his great ability with pattern, shape and color. Make sure to check out more of his work online by clicking here.
Inspiration is everywhere, you simply need to know how to look. For Diego Stoco, he found inspiration at the dry cleaner around the corner from his local bakery. With dry cleaning equipment as his instruments, he created this unbelievably rhythmic music that’s pretty fantastic. It’s great that you get to see his process, that he really did walk around this dry cleaner for a few hours recording the various sounds, ultimately creating something beautiful. You can see more photos from the making of this video by clicking here.
MAD Architects has recently completed the Ordos Art and City Museum in inner Mongolia. The museum is the first public building completed by the firm, lead by Ma Yansong. (There are some great construction photos here.) The project is also the first in a series of prominent commissions to be completed by MAD. What’s remarkable about this project is its context: a city that barely exists in the Gobi desert. The form of the museum is a response to this context; in an interview with Will Jones, Yansong says “Inner Mongolia has a lot of horizontal landscapes: sand dunes, windswept land, big skies. I decided to make a building that would be set into the desert. Even though the museum would eventually be within an urban context, I wanted it to connect directly with the desert.” Above is a video of a horse walking through the shiny, new museum… which seems like a funny way to create a narrative connecting the museum to the desert.