There’s a division between art, and well, every other creative field. Is design art? Is cooking an art? Is fashion art? Viktor & Rolf tackled this conundrum with their Fall 2015 Couture Collection by creating what appeared to be works of art hanging on a wall that transformed into wearable pieces of fashion. I love this conceptually because it’s so ridiculous, something that few designers would try and tackle.
I have a problem with buying art. My problem is, I don’t have enough room on my walls anymore. That’s why coming across the fine art pieces of Nigel Evan Dennis was additionally problematic. His work, a sort of juxtaposition between organic shapes in a digital landscape, is immensely beautiful and captivating. The lovely gradients and the particles floating above them are like a petri dish on an acid trip, and I want them all. He has 12 prints currently available for $100 each, go check them out.
It’s not often that a children’s toy grabs my attention but Mister Alphabet is different. Created by Marshall & Haley Roemen, the figurine was designed to bend into every letter of the alphabet while also providing a creative outlet for kids to play. I personally like him because he looks a French mime who’s shoes I envy. The project is currently being Kickstarted, which you should totally support.
To celebrate our 5th anniversary Kyle and I are traveling to Paris from July 24 to August 3 for amazing food, lots of champagne, and some wonderful shopping. The thing is, I’ve never visited before and Kyle hasn’t been for over 10 years. We’re hoping to get some interesting tips on places that are unique, exclusive, off the beaten path, etc. Or if you run a cool design studio, make some cool products, or want us to drink at your secret bar, let us know. We’re looking for experiences that only people in the know would be privy to. Also, we may do a TFIB drinks night as well, so if you’re interested please let me know! Thanks in advance for the advice.
Last week I wrote about Daniel Arsham, one half of design/artist duo Snarkitecture, who this week have debuted their interactive installation The Beach at the National Building Museum. Instead of sand, you’re confronted with thousands and thousands of white balls with deck chairs set along the perimeter.
To me, the concept explores the space of art which is a public, mutually enjoyable experience. Rather than limiting art to sculpture or painting you get to be a part of a grander piece of work, much like what Tom Sachs did at The Armory or Urs Fischer at MOCA. The physical nature of the project is something that people can connect with and be a part of which might make a more meaningful impact on a person. You can see the manifestation of this on Instagram, with #thebeachdc having over 1,000 photos taken in 5 days, a very modern day metric of success. The art world can be so stuffy and staid and ideas like this will hopefully get more average people into museums and piss of the purist snobs.
Arsham summed up the project in a few words on his Instagram, simply stating “Reinvent the everyday,” which is a lovely way to think. On a side note, how great are these photos by Noah Kalina? He’s so good.
Eero Saarinen, famed architect and industrial designer, is well-known for the TWA Flight Center at JFK, a futuristic looking terminal that still stands as an iconic masterpiece. These days the space is no longer open to the public, yet photographer Max Touhey was given access to document the space, which surprisingly is still in amazing shape. Curbed NY has his collection of photos which highlight so many of the beautiful details of the space, which supposedly will be transformed into a 500 room hotel by JetBlue. This news may not please everyone though I’m happy to hear that people may yet again regularly inhabit the space.
If you’ve followed the site for a while you’ll know my favorite artist/designer is Geoff McFetridge. He’s been an inspiration to me since the early 2000’s and his style and aesthetic has certainly influenced my own. Monster Children sat down with McFetridge to speak about his past (working with Girl Skateboards, Grand Royal magazine, and XLarge) his process (which is extremely process driven and a bit OCD) and the themes that continue to show up in his work over and over.
After watching this all I want to do is draw and paint.
Apple Music so far seems to run hot and cold for me. Some days it’s spot on, some days it wants to me to listen to “Deep Cuts: The Decembrists”… yeah, no thanks. My luck seemed to change earlier today when they offered a great collection of DJ Koze remixes, one of them being “Elementary Lover” by Matthew Dear. It’s a perfect combination of Koze’s electronic beats and Dear’s iconic vocals, and a great track for some late night listening.