Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has ambitious plans for 2014. I have a good feeling about this year. To set the year in motion properly it’s also fitting to change the background of your phone or tablet (as well as your desktop) so a beautiful new wallpaper is in order. Thankfully I recently received an email from the super talented Dan Funderburgh, Brooklyn based illustrator and artist, who was stoked to create the first wallpaper of 2014.
What Dan sent over was a wallpaper featuring his signature style, detailed tools and objects, but done as CG 3D objects. I love how so many random objects were created, yet the piece overall feels really coherent and almost like it’s a part of a larger pattern. Dan wants to thanks 4DThieves for providing the lovely rendering and artful tricknology.
Happy New Year yet again, and check back next Wednesday for another wallpaper.
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Always a favorite, this time around Dan Funderburgh brings his aesthetic for patterns and designs rooted in nature, repetition, symmetry and geometry to the cover of Diner Journal‘s 18th issue, titled “Communities, Communes and Cults.” For the instant illustration, Funderburgh created a harmonious layout of alchemy tools and kitchen items on laser-cut and engraved colored matboard. Like an alchemist transforming base metals into gold, Funderburgh takes everyday objects and through painstaking industry creates ornate two-dimensional silhouettes. Yet, as much as his art demands hard work from him, it also requires ours. The eye that does not look with haste but slowly meanders across the planes of Funderburgh’s designs will be repaid by the pleasurable surprise of his unique use of instantly familiar objects and tremendous attention to detail.
The appeal of Funderburgh’s ornamental design clearly lies in its complexity. But there is also a deeper appeal, which is the advocacy of traditional craftsmanship and the appreciation for the tools and functional objects of different eras. There is a certain dignity in making something by hand that the craftsman (or -woman) in all of us can identify with. It is not surprising, therefore, that one of Funderburgh’s creative inspirations is William Morris, father of the Arts and Crafts movement, whose often-quoted advice is, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Through his work, Dan Funderburgh opens our eyes to the beauty of many everyday household items and gives us a new appreciation for functional man-made objects as art. For additional information on Dan Funderburgh and to see more images of his work, visit his Flickr and somewhat recently-created and quite lovely Tumblr; visit his 12ozProphet site for occasional news.
Images courtesy of Death at Sea Design, custom laser cutting and engraving, and Diner Journal contributor Naz Sahin’s Feasting Never Stops
My homey Dan Funderburgh has been busy lately, finishing up a new installation at the Montclair Art Museum which is called Motorolodge (And Within It Came A People). Dan’s installation is a complement to their current exhibit Warhol and Cars: American Icons, a focus on Warhol’s work centered around transportation. But the focus of Dan’s installation was actually rather broad idea that was part art, part commentary:
The automotive icons and detritus scattered here are both litter and artifact. The scene references simultaneously a forensic crash site investigation, an archeological dig, and the rusted springs and hubcaps that lie in every roadside culvert. The American automotive industry has a long tradition of borrowing from Native American culture. Every Pontiac, Winnebago, and Jeep Grand Cherokee seeks to evoke the majesty of a Western expanse they eventually helped to pave and demystify. The hunting paths of the Choctaw became cattle trails and railway lines that evolved into our interstate highway system. These mufflers and cup holders are a legacy we leave for future generations of anthropologists to discover and decipher, to make educated guesses about our diets, travels, ritual, and culture.
The idea of combining a forensic scene, an archaeologic dig site and the side of every road into one piece is both brilliant and saddening. The piece itself is so captivating with it’s sharp geometry, but seeing that Tacoma logo next to these beautiful Native American symbols and patterns is so gross, which is entirely the point I think Dan is trying to make. It’s one culture mining that of another to make a buck. This is so fantastic, I only wish I could see it in person.
My buddy Dan Funderburgh (the fella’ in the last photo) sent me some photos of a recent exhibition he had in Barcelona called TIME / LIFE : SCIENCE / LIBRARY and yet again he’s impressing the hell out of me. Dan continues his exploration with patterns, creating a new series of wallpapers that lined the walls as well as a display filled with some of his other projects like his prints and 3D pieces. My favorite of his new wallpapers is Man and Space, which is on the left side of the photo with the guy on the bike in it. To see more photos of the exhibit check out Dan’s Flickr by clicking here.
The one thing I love most about this blog is the friendships I’ve created over the years. Sure, this sounds kind of corny, but with these friendships I get to help dream up some pretty amazing stuff. With that, I’d like to introduce my newest project Neverend, an ongoing designer clock series.
Through random circumstances I was introduced to a guy named Mike Giles who runs a design/build company called Furni. Mike and I hit it off and wanted to figure out a way to collaborate together on something cool. Through Furni Mike has created a ton of awesome looking clocks, so we knew that’s where we’d start. I then added together the curation of artists and designers I enjoyed, reaching out to my friends to create custom graphics for the clocks. The final piece was Mike buying a laser etcher, and since then we’ve been working and refining the idea of Neverend for more than a year now. It’s been a long process but we couldn’t be more happy with the results.
Like I mentioned this is going to be ongoing, as in monthly, and to kick things off we’ve got a design from the brilliant Dan Funderburgh. Mr. Funderburgh has been my homie for a while now so he was on my immediate list of contributors. Then when I saw the design he submitted I absolutely freaked out at how beautiful it was. He’s basically taken the Bavarian cuckoo clock style, strapped on some sticks of dynamite and given you a contemporary take on an old classic.
Here are the details:
– Limited edition of 88 / 44 natural & 44 black
– Measure 16″ high x 9″ wide / These are HUGE!
– Laser cut acylic hands are reversible, come in black and white
– Solid birch body, handcrafted in Canada
– Battery operated
– Ships Globally
The clocks retail for $198 and can only be purchased through Furni’s Online Shop.
I’d suggest ordering as fast you can as I have an idea that these are going to sell out quite quickly. There will be a brand new artist and a new design every month, so if you miss out there will be more chances.
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My buddy Dan Funderburgh has created a new print for the folks over at The Working Proof and it’s quite a beaut’. It’s called Optimist Club / Midwestern Can Snake and features an intricately designed snake you’d find in a can of trick peanuts coiling around a plastic six pack holder, with a few bits here and there.
I’m really in love with this print and I want it to hang with my other Funderburghs. It’s an 11 x 14″ print for $40, 15% of the gross sale goes to Transportation Alternative, who’s mission is “to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.” Sounds good to me.
I’m an adamant supporter of both Barack Obama and Dan Funderburgh, so when you combine the two it’s almost like waking up on X-Mas morning! Dan, along with Dylan Fareed over at I Am Still Alive, have teamed up to create another amazing poster called Census. The poster features all sorts of patriotic bits and bobs arranged in a way that only someone like Dan Funderburgh can do.
Most importantly, ALL proceeds go are being donated straight to the Obama campaign, so if you’re like me, this is a great deal on both ends. The prints measure 13 x 20″, and are only $30, which is an amazing deal for such an awesome print and an amazing cause. Click here to order one!
Since I’ve been working so much lately I feel like I’ve been out of the loop, but thankfully I have rad friends who fill me in on things I may have missed. For example, Dan Funderburgh emailed me today letting me know that he and his buddy Dylan Fareed over at I Am Still Alive released this awesome letterpressed poster.
The poster is a 3 three color print and features a bunch of Dan’s signature tools, starting with a cleaver, then a throwing knife(?), then a hunting knife, scissors, an x-acto, a fork and finally a dart. The poster comes in two different versions, an open edition for $30, or a limited edition for $100, both of them signed by the artist. I think this is such a rad poster and Dan is such a creative guy that it always makes me happy to see more of his work. You can pick one of these up by clicking here.