Space Suit of the Week: Tonight @ Gallery 1988 West, LA

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space the galley show

HI LOS ANGELES! What are you doing tonight? Tonight is the opening for SPACE! The Gallery Show – a group art show curated by artist Mike Mitchell at Gallery1988 (West). The event will feature a collection of original artwork at celebrates the past, present and future of man in the universe. The opening is from 7 – 10 pm; for more info you can scope their Facebook page. I wish I was in town to see it myself.

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June 22, 2013

Space Suit of the Week: Hand Sewn NASA Space Suits

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I was a little stressed when Bobby announced that he wanted to do a handmade week. When it comes to aeronautics, handmade is probably the last word that comes to mind. Everything that goes into space is meticulously constructed by machine – if a measurement is off by a hundredth of an inch it could mean disaster. But there is one thing that is made by hand. Spacesuits.

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June 7, 2013

Space Suit of the Week: The International Space Orchestra

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The International Space Orchestra is the self proclaimed first orchestra of space scientists. Based at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA – the “planet-poking and bluegrass-playing” group is comprised of science nerds from Ames, SETI, Singularity University and the International Space University.

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May 31, 2013

Space Suit of the Week – SMATIK’s Dead Astronauts

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There is a wonderful scene in WALL-E of the spaceship Axion re-entering Earth’s polluted and desolate atmosphere; space waste is littering the planetary field surrounding the pale blue dot and suffocating it. Immediately seeing SMATIK’s Dead Astronaut wallpaper, I remembered this scene with great clarity.

There is currently 19,000 pieces of debris larger than 5cm and another 300,000 pieces smaller than 1cm that is hovering around our homeland. Space junk consists of a wide range of material left behind from the quest of space exploration – spent rockets, old satellites, etc. This growing beehive of debris that may collide with operational spacecrafts and other bodies.

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May 24, 2013

Space Suit of the Week: 2001: A Howard Johnson Space Odyssey

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Let’s do launch! This week we’re serving up an intergalactic adventure from 1968 care of the hotel chain Howard Johnson, which gives a child friendly look at the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. John Sisson, on his blog Dreams of Space, recently scanned in a menu and comic book which was released by HoJo as a promotional tie-in, featuring iconic moments from the film.

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May 17, 2013

Space Suit of the Week: The Loopy Lunar Eyes of Paul McCartney

richard avedon - paul mccartney - 1965 - harpers bazaar

Forget British Invasion – this songwriting superstar’s sights are higher. No wonder The Beatles set the standard for crazy obsessed teenage fans. If Paul McCartney’s puppy eyes can’t melt the icy surface of Europa – I don’t know what can.

McCartney’s portrait was shot in 1965 for Harper’s Baazar by Richard Avedon – this same issue featured Jean Shrimpton as a Mod astronaut on its cover. The issue was complied to be a guidebook to the cultural now.

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May 10, 2013

Space Suit of the Week: Patrick McPheron’s Retrofuture Universe

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Patrick McPheron‘s cosmic portraits are hyper glossy. I wouldn’t be surprised if the first issue of VOGUE Mars features some advertisements akin to them. This is a future where everyone is dashingly handsome, charming and smoother than Don Draper of Tomorrowland.

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May 3, 2013

Space Suit of the Week: The Bleak Landscape Photos of Nick Bowers

Nick Bowers photos

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.”

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April 26, 2013