Date Archives August 2012

Brick veils and concrete frames

Poroscape designed by Studio Archiholic and built in Seoul, South Korea.

Poroscape designed by Studio Archiholic and built in Seoul, South Korea.

Poroscape designed by Studio Archiholic and built in Seoul, South Korea.

This is the so-called Poroscape designed by Studio Archiholic and built in Seoul, South Korea. The project is a pretty simple concrete and glass-framed retail space covered with a more varied and complex brick veil. This veil creates the different levels of opacity that the project’s name refers to; the porosity of light into the building during the day and out of the building at night. The black brick is a surprising choice, but I think it works well in contrast with the lighter concrete and the light actually filtering through the brick is even more apparent. Overall, the project is simple enough to enjoy but complex enough to appreciate. We’re so used to seeing brick buildings even though building technology has moved so far beyond the use of brick load-bearings walls. It’s nice to see brick being used in an expressive way.

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Paradoxes: An interview with conceptual artist Cody Trepte

Paradoxes And Cody Trepte

Paradoxes And Cody Trepte

Paradoxes And Cody Trepte

Artist Cody Trepte is dealing with some very heady subjects. His art is quite graphic and often deals with language and images as examples of the unknowable. He digests concepts like infinity and Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, presenting them through complex artistic and intellectual representations. It is incredibly fascinating work. We spoke with Cody on his perplexing subject matters, on his studio practice, and on Los Angeles’ closeness to history and to artists.

Check out the story and a tour of his studio and work by clicking here.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Michela Buttignol

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Michela Buttignol

Michela Buttignol

I feel like the DWP has been a bit too “fun in the sun oh look it’s summer” lately so I wanted to mix it up a bit with something different, something a bit more somber. I thought this wallpaper from Michela Buttignol would be great, as it’s a bit darker in tone and the style feels very fine art to me. Michela is an Italian illustrator who’s based in New York, doing freelance illustration and graphic design projects. Her style incorporates a lot of charcoal, giving this beautiful, heavy texture to all her work, which comes across clearly in the wallpaper above. It’s dark and mysterious yet still retains an aspect of cheekiness with the touches of rouge on the cheeks of the fish and the spectacles they wear. A big thanks to Michela for such a lovely piece of art. Check back next Wednesday for another great wallpaper!

‘A Famous Night’ – A series of fictional gig posters

I was recently told about this great little project called A Famous Night and I thought I’d share it with you guys today. Based in Edinburgh and organized by Chris McAuley; the projects asks artist, illustrators and designers to create a gig poster commemorating a fictitious concert of their choosing. It’s a really fun idea and the project already has a number of great people involved. Above you can see posters by Jack Hudson, Christopher David Ryan and Tommy Perman. I particularly like the sound of Christopher David Ryan’s gig of Spirtualized, Broadcast and Boards of Canada.

With eight posters already produced you can check them all out on the A Famous Night website, there you’ll also find that posters are available to buy as prints. Each print is limited to an edition of 25 so that means you have to get in their quick if you want to pick one up! All details can be found here.

Naked Beer, putting the flavor on can – Designed by Timur Salikhov

Naked Beer, putting the flavor on can - Designed by Timur Salikhov

Naked Beer, putting the flavor on can - Designed by Timur Salikhov

Putting “sweat marks” on the cans of beverages has been a common practice for a while now, meant to inspire thirst in the viewer. It’s kind of a cheesy effect, and I think the trend is waning, but I get what they’re trying to do. Well I think Russian designer Timur Salikhov may have found the answer – He literally put the beer on the outside. It’s like a bottle wrapped in beer porn, a perfect shot of the crispest, coolest beer you’ve ever seen, one that will instantly quench your thirst. It’s also smart that he chose to treat the actual branding quite minimally, letting the beer do the selling. Done and done.

30 things I’ve learned in the last 30 years

30 years old

Today is my 30th birthday, so I thought I would share 30 things I’ve learned over the last 30 years. 30 is a funny age. I don’t feel old, but I’m certainly not young anymore. I feel like I know a lot but I know there’s still so much to learn. Hopefully you find this list of odds and ends helpful in your own life.

1) Things get better with age. I remember myself at 19, 23, 26. I would never go back. The Bobby I am now is so much better than my younger versions.

2) William DeVaughn said it best, “Be thankful for what you got.”

3) Patience is a virtue – and a handy tool in the age of the Internet.

4) Right is always right. This was the logic for every video game I ever played growing up.

5) Your opinion is just that, your own. Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean they’re wrong. Being open minded means being a good human being.

6) Never stop learning. The day you stop learning is the day you start dying.

7) Change is the only constant in life.

8) Life is cyclical. Sometimes you’re at the top of the wheel, sometimes you’re at the bottom. No matter what though, the wheel continues to turn.

9) Being selfish can be a good thing, so long as it doesn’t hurt others. Knowing how to make yourself happy is one of the most important things in life.

10) Don’t do shots.

11) If you don’t think anyone understands you, trust me, there’s a song out there that knows exactly what you’re going through. And you will play that song on repeat until things are better.

12) Confidence is sexy.

13) To become an expert at anything you need to do something for at least 10,000+ hours. So says Malcolm Gladwell.

14) The desert looks like the ocean.

15) I’m a firm believer in karma. Do good, help people, and good things will happen in your own ife. It’s worked pretty well for me so far.

16) Spend more money on something nice that will last longer rather than wasting your money on something cheap and disposable. This is applicable in many ways.

17) Never underestimate a glass of champagne after a long week.

18) Good work takes hard work.

19) Social networks aren’t places to make “connections”, they’re places to make friends.

20) “You should always face what you’re afraid of.” – Jumanji

21) With the Retina-fication of the web, Illustrator will one day kill Photoshop. This bums me out.

22) If it takes you more than five words to order your coffee you might be doing it wrong.

23) In-N-Out is the best hangover food.

24) “Take your pleasure seriously.” – Charles Eames

25) I can listen to I Think Ur A Contra by Vampire Weekend on repeat, forever.

26) The future is what you make of it.

27) There is no design without discipline. There is no discipline without intelligence. — Massimo Vignelli

28) Think before you act. This is especially helpful when commenting on something on the Internet.

29) Focus is hard to achieve but critical to succeed. The world provides so many distractions, focusing on what’s really important is critical.

30) Have fun and stop worrying about the future. You can’t change it anyhow.

SCI-Arc turns 40

Fisher, Mangurian, Rotondi, Howard, Hodgets, Mayne and Gehry

KCRW has a posted a longish and well-informed history of SCI-Arc. The school was started by a brash bunch of students and faculty walking out of another southern California institution: Cal Poly Pomona. Eventually, these students and teachers found a place to start a new school in Santa Monica, in a space initially described as a “warehouse-cum-LSD factory.” The institution has changed a lot, eventually relocating from Santa Monica to downtown LA and slowly evolving into an influential and respected body of architectural academics. As the school turns 40, KCRW asks: “has SCI-Arc moved toward the proverbial center, or has the center simply moved closer to the edge?”

Beautiful photos of abandoned buildings and desolate places by Cari Ann Wayman

Cari Ann Wayman

Cari Ann Wayman

Cari Ann Wayman

A few years ago I stumbled across the work of Illinois-based photographer Cari Ann Wayman and ever since I’ve been enthralled by the abandoned buildings, desolate places and sprawling wilderness that she discovers and photographs. What grabs me most about Cari Ann’s work is that she’s as much an explorer as she is a photographer – finding the strangest places and capturing them with her camera. Her images show the things that people leave behind and there’s a beauty and a fragility to her work that makes these places feel even more ephemeral.

Often she’ll also pose in these places, creating beautiful self-portraits where she stands-out like a girl lost in a place that she doesn’t belong. Amid these bleak spaces it feels as though she creates a special relationship with her surroundings and her photographs become intimate portraits that speak of abandonment, loss and escape. See more of Cari Ann’s work here.

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio goes it alone with a new EP

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio goes it alone with a new EP

I love randomly coming across something I’ve never heard of only to find out it’s made by someone I actually know and already respect. That’s the case with Baio, who’s full name is Chris Baio, and you probably already know him as the bass player in Vampire Weekend. A couple months back Chris released an EP called Sunburn; three tracks of dance-y, sun drenched music that I’ve had on repeat for the last day. If you could sort of imagine the upbeat energy of a Vampire Weekend transferred into a few vocal-less dance tracks with steady beats, that’s what you’d get. It’s a great sound, and I’m pretty excited that I came across this EP.

Also, if you have the time, I’d suggest you read this interview Chris did with John Taylor for Interview Magazine. It’s pretty great and there’s lots of fun anecdotes, like the fact that Chris’ cousin is Scott Baio and that he’s trying to buy a hockey jersey for his cat. And if you want even more music from Chris you should check out his SoundCloud page and listen to these mixes he put together. It’s what I’ll be listening to tomorrow.

Steven Harrington goes Insideout with his new Los Angeles show

Steven Harrington Goes Insideout

Steven Harrington Goes Insideout

Steven Harrington is so awesome. Saturday his latest solo show opened in Los Angeles, a show that is his first LA showing in years. It’s Insideout at Known Gallery and has Harrington getting his current Joshua-Tree-by-way-of-Miami aesthetic onto prints, paintings, sculptures, wallpaper, and even shoes. The show is quite big and full of rich hyperactive colors. It is the perfect Summer art show–it may even be the embodiment of Summer 2012, too. There is a ton to drool over: take a detailed look at Steven Harrington’s Insideout here.