This series of colorful abstract works by Brazilian artist Joelson Bugila is full of fun energy. Part of a recent solo exhibition, Bugila’s compositions are a saturated scrapbook of object-oriented details swimming in form, color, and texture.
Wild Nothing is an astonishing band. Created and recorded solely by Jack Tatum in 2010 (though he now tours with a full line-up of musicians), the debut album, Gemini, riveted the indie music scene with its infectious dream pop sound. Gaining notoriety via the internet, the band’s second album, Nocturne, released last year, only extended the band’s adulation and even included the added bonus of a music video starring actress Michelle Williams.
The Business Of Creativity: An Interview With Sonja Rasula
Unique USA is a rapidly growing by Americans, for Americans craft and goods destination that all started in LA by way of a little shopping destination for handmade goods called Unique LA. Who started it? Sonja Rasula, a woman who has done everything from build websites to be a personality on Trading Spaces to writing for various magazines. Her passion now is to help makers become successful. She has a super fascinating story and lots of great things she’s up to.
At The Presses With Ophelia Chong
Ophelia Chong is an artist, creative director, writer, and tons and tons of other creative things. Most recently, she’s a professor of Photography at Pasadena’s Art Center. We recently had the chance to hang out with her as she worked on a new project at the school’s letterpressing facility. It was a cool day of making that we got to document. What a neat process!
Brooklyn duo Thomas Mullarney and Jacob Gossett, also known musically as Beacon, are still relatively new but their sound is spot-on right now. More and more I’m hearing electronic get more of an R&B influence, I’m thinking Rhye in particular, and this new track from Beacon is in a very similar vein. The track is called “Drive” and it comes off their first full length album The Ways We Separate, which is being released next Tuesday.
Without having to crowd around a microscope, the lastest Shane Hope exhibition at the Winkleman Gallery gives all of a turn exploring the exceedingly tiny and complex architecture that hides inside our bodies. Well, sort of. Hope creates his work using molecular modeling software and a series of self-made 3-D printers. He pairs these technologies to produce these amazing but absurd assemblages of morphologies we might be more familiar with if we were either nanometers tall or histologists on an acid trip. The text for the exhibition is… a trip itself, predicting a world where we can building whatever matter we want using 3-D printers.
“A t-shirt is more than just a t-shirt. It’s an expression of who you are. Where you’ve been. What you love.” This is the philosophy behind Japanese retailer Uniqlo’s continuing UT Project that brings pop artists, graphic designers, and well known iconic images to the forefront of—you guessed it—t-shirts. Launched in Tokyo in 2007, the experience was built to resemble a futuristic convenience store selling limited-edition tees, but in recent years it’s become something much more.
Nick Bowers describes his work as an exploration between the natural and man-made; his statement reads, “His landscapes expose the paradox of grand oppressive spaces with their delicate and vulnerable details. His portraiture and still life series are revealing studies in intimacy.”
Over the years, it’s been my experience that art directors love to see variations on designs. Starting a new project or assignment, I’ve been given the order to “do a bunch of versions” with little to no feedback, or any sense of where to start. To some this might sound like the equivalent of creative carte blanche but personally I’ve found these situations maddening. With no direction you usually end up with a dozen useless or half-ass designs with maybe one that’s somewhere in the ballpark… hopefully. These situations are frustrating as well as being a huge waste of valuable time.