If I asked you to recreate the idea of bread, would you have any idea of what you’d try to create? If you asked Omer Polak, Michal Evyatar, and Erez Komorovsky, they’d tell you that they’d blow it up. Or at least that’s what they’ve done with their project Blow Dough which utilizes an industrial blower that bakes dough into bread balloons.
Each of the doughs is made with herbs as well juices like beet, carrot, and spinach, which gives each balloon a distinct color. What you can’t sense is that it also makes each room smell incredible, fully activating your sense of smell as well.
Their process in making the dough is rather interesting as well.
The process included many experiments in the workshops kitchen. It was a great challenge to succeed in creating dough that is very flexible and can also come thin for baking and the eating experience. We worked almost like scientists, we wrote time, quantities, and temperature that we could produce the exact dough.
I find this whole project to be so entertaining. It’s such a great intersection between art, food, and science. Projects like this make the old adage “Don’t play with your food” completely obsolete.
Read and see more about this project on designboom.
You know Eric Roinestad’s work but you might not know he was the man behind it. He’s worked at Capitol Records creating album covers and packaging for bands like The Beatles and Fiona Apple. Still, he had an itch to create things by hand again, eventually getting into ceramics. I came across his work at an exhibit he had at Mohawk General Store in Los Angeles. The show featured a number of beautiful desert inspired pieces that are some of the best I’ve seen in a long while. Thus I thought it would be interesting to ask Eric about his thoughts on his inspirations and future.
What spurred this collection? It makes me think of Palm Springs and the desert, which I love.
The desert and California landscape was the big inspiration on this collection of pieces; I’m glad that came across.
What’s your process for making the pieces? Do you sculpt all the pieces or are they cast?
Everything is either hand built, or thrown on the wheel with hand applied elements. The cans, however, are press molded. Most of what I do is pretty labor intensive, casting is very tempting but I would hate to lose the one of a kind quality my pieces have. I like seeing a creator’s hand in their work.
I’m a huge fan of ceramics and one day I’d love to start my own line. What started you down this path?
When I started out as a graphic designer computers were still new and I was doing most of my work by hand, pasting up layouts and hand drawing logos, I loved it. Then computers took over and I would sit in front of my screen all day, really missing working with my hands. Ceramics started out as an after work activity when I was at Capitol Records. A friend of mine and I would drive out to Monrovia Community Adult School for ceramics class one night a week, and it never stopped. About a year and a half ago I converted my studio space and devoted most of my time to ceramics; in November, Lawson Fenning asked to sell my stuff in their store.
Where are you drawing your inspirations from lately?
I’m always looking at nature for a lot of my inspiration. We have a large California native garden, so most of my inspiration is right outside my studio door. I’ve also been inspired by the shapes in Jean-Michel Frank’s work, as well as the bronze and plaster work that Diego and Alberto Giacometti did for him in the 1930’s. I’d love to interpret that 30’s French modernism in a California sort of way.
Anything coming up you’d like to talk about?
Since my show opened at Mohawk General Store some interesting new opportunities have appeared. I am excited about collaborations with other companies and designers. One project that I am eager to show are mirrors with ceramic tiles and tile tables I have been working on with a good friend, Christos Prevezanos, at Studio Preveza.
Take a look at the image above and what do you see? A bat? A monster? A shopping bag? … Something else? Created by Korean artist Kyung-Woo Han, the artwork is a Rorschach test and like any Rorschach its meaning is open to interpretation.
Han is a graduate of both the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There’s a playfulness to his work that really appeals to me and he often incorporates optical illusions within his multidisciplinary practice. For Han, the aim is always to create both a sense of wonder and bewilderment for his viewer.
The simplicity of this work is what I find most appealing. Boldly graphic, the images play with perception; forcing the viewer to question even further what they see in each picture. If you ask me, this series feels like René Magritte’s The Treachery of Images for a generation raised by consumerism. I love it!
See more optical work from Han on his website.
I first came across the work of Chinese artist Oamul Lu last summer, writing about these alluring animated GIFs he was making. Recently he took a trip to Australia with some friends and painted some of the experiences he had. Not all of the images are from that trip, but I’m such a fan of his work I wanted to put them all on here.
When I look at his pieces they all feel romantic. There’s an idyllic wonder to each, like he’s able to capture a perfect moment in time. I’m also a fan of his color choices and all the greens and oranges that he uses. You can’t help but feel happy when you look at his work.
You should follow him on Tumblr by clicking here.
Finding art to hang on your walls can be difficult. While that concert poster you bought from Warped Tour in ’97 might have been cool at the time you should probably think about classing up the place with something a bit more sophisticated. Enter Vacation Days, an online art and printed goods shop which releases all sorts of beautiful items.
Recently they released a new series of prints called Oxio which puts these wonderful, abstract brass objects into a nebulous setting.
This series was inspired by those moments in the wilderness when the sun’s rays catch a reflective object directly in your line of sight. To represent this in contrast, I photographed tiny (all less than an inch) brass objects collected around Los Angeles and collaged them with different concrete textures photographed on man-made roads intersecting the city’s urban parks.
You can purchase them here, running in price from $30 to $460 depending on the size. The Fox Is Black readers can get 10% off by using the code “TFIB”.
Artist Daniel Heidkamp currently has a new solo show on at White Columns in New York and I just love the colors in his work. A native of New York, Heidkamp’s exhibition consists of recent oil paintings that depict the city’s Metropolitan Museum of Art as seen from the grounds of Central Park. Bursting with brightly colored foliage and trees, Heidkamp’s work really captures the beauty of the area.
The majority of the work was painted on location and Heidkamp’s work gets the energy of these scenes just right. “When painting en plein air I feel the atmosphere on my skin” Heidkamp says, “[…] there is an adrenaline feeling that happens while working ‘live’ and that energy can translate directly into the painting”.
While many of his contemporaries may explore far-less traditional methods of art-making, I feel there’s something special in Heidkamp’s interrogation and exploration of representational painting. Following in the footprints of people like Hopper, Hockney, and Doig; Heidkamp’s focus on ordinary and everyday scenes is as engaging as it is compelling.
His exhibition in New York’s White Columns show runs until July 25th. More work and further exhibition dates can be viewed on his website.
Currently it’s degree show season here in London so I’m making the most of my time by visiting as many shows as I can. The other week I hit up the prestigious Royal College of Art to take a look at what their students have been up to and I was really impressed by the talent on display. My personal favorite was the work of David Herdberg; a graduate of the college’s Information Experience Design course.
For his major project David designed a TV, which, on first impressions, looks fairly innocuous. “It may have poor reception”, I thought to myself, “but its wooden legs look nice and they work well with its white plastic casing”. It wasn’t until I sat down in front of the set that I noticed a small label which read “SMILE TO WATCH”. Being a typically obedient gallery-goer I kindly obeyed and forced the muscles of my face to form the requested smile. Suddenly the signal shot quickly into clarity. My face – still proudly wearing its solicited expression – was repaid with a montage of surreal clips played out on the screen. As I continued to watch my face began to relax back to its typical scowl and, as my faux-cheery demeanor faded, so too did the television’s reception.
For David, the work examines how our society has the ability to access endless amounts of content. He notes that, in the past, a TV’s reception relied on an antenna to work. What this TV does is play with that idea. It is a set that must rely on the receptive nature of the viewer to function. “By expressing that we like something, we have very much become antennas ourselves – transmitting the content on to somebody else” he says. By combining a set from the last-decade with modern facial recognition technology, the piece asks us to re-consider how we engage with content and how we access it. It’s a fantastic idea and David’s execution is simply top-notch!
You can see more from David Hedberg on his website.
I’m a big fan of sketching. It’s not something that I’m particularly good at, but I do enjoy the process of it and and it’s something I keep telling myself I should do more often. I like the sitting, studying and translating the world into lines and I love the challenge of trying to capture the essence of a place with nothing more than a series of well considered gestures with a pencil. It was through my love of drawing that I discovered the work of Gérard Michel.
Gérard is an architect from Belgium who also teaches courses in sketching and drawing at the school of architecture in his hometown of Liége. A fan of urban sketching, much of his works focus on architecture and he says that every one of his pieces is drawn freehand and on-site. With a Flickr account consisting of nearly five thousand drawings, that’s pretty impressive stuff!
Last year he released a book of his sketches of Liége which I hear you can find in the bookshops of Beligium. I can’t think of a better souvenir to come home with from a trip abroad! Frequently Gérard’s work can be found on the Urban Sketcher’s blog where you’ll also find many more budding artists and sketchers. A video of Gérard in action can be found here, while more images can be viewed on his Flickr account.