The Danish furniture company Hansen Living has just announced three new eco-friendly kitchen designs by the architect Knud Knapper. The Series 100 leans to the more traditional look and feel, and the Series 200 is inspired by Japanese minimalism. The Instant Kitchen is for small spaces, incorporating the cooktop, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, mixer (faucet) and mechanical entries into one freestanding unit. Everything is made of solid woods from managed forests: choose between plantation-teak, walnut, ash or oak. The finishes used are an all natural wood treatment, based on renewable plant materials. Since the furniture is solid wood, maintenance is a snap - just lightly sand and re-oil.
browsing any tag on the materialicious home page puts A HUGE SMILE on my face.
"In Minima Moralia Theodor W. Adorno said: "The contradiction between what is made and what exists is the vital element of art and encompasses the law of its development; however, it is also its misery." Art cannot elude its "reason," and the more the artistic object approaches mass production, the more this issue arises. "Yet works of art," says Adorno, "try to silence it."
The beauty of Richard Mosse's photographs is enclosed in the core of their contradiction: they show horror, ruin, war. Yet what emerges from the camera after a technical and selective process is not what is real, but an attractive product, that is commercially and industrially perfect and arouses in the viewers the (morally masked) emotion of beauty. Romanticism was aware of this and contemporary art did not forget about it; Mario Perniola called it the "idiocy and splendour of modern art." However, Mosse does not seem to hide it, noting the failed impotence of representation when searching for symmetry with reality, similitude with the object. Like a reporter, journalist or member of an NGO, he tries to portray suffering, war conflicts, disasters caused by injustice, in a journey through cities destroyed by the war, in Bosnia, Ramallah, Beirut or Kosovo, or devastated by catastrophes, in Iran or Pakistan.
The result is images that fascinate and amaze the viewers with their mystery and beauty: an aesthetic product."
from a review in LA CAJA BLANCA, November 2006 Edition NÂº 227
Breakthrough Performance portfolio photographed for the New York Times Magazine by Ryan McGinley.
TOPIC / Photography
"Hey, my name is Lula. I'm ten years old and I recently started a band called Hooded Figures. Me, my brother Sam, my friend Kim and her husband Johnny are in the band. We had a little concert and I sang, my brother played the drums, Kim played the piano and sang in parts and Johnny played the guitar and recorded it all. We played Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones, Comes A Time by Neil Young and two songs that I wrote called Sugar for Sugar and My Lovely. Hope you like the songs!Â Hopefully we will play again."Â - Lula of Hooded Figures
tiny vices is a great site dedicated to artists (mainly photographers) putting their own work on the web and now they can add their own music, like Lula did.
TOPIC / Interactive Design
unbelievable action from an unbelievably non-conformist band. viva montreal. interactive programming and art direction: vincent morriset.
arcade fire black mirror video: http://www.rorrimkcalb.com/arcadefire.html
TOPIC / Fine Art
JB: My mission for my own art I think was to break the certain "no-no's" and "taboos" for galleries. One: that you never saw photographs in art galleries, they were always in photo galleries. So, I wanted to do that. . . photography as a tool that an artist can use. Then, I was very much interested as using language as a tool for art and just information, rather than something visual. Both of those battles have been won.
Now, you see so much photography and text stuff. Do I have any mission right now? My current one is that I'm somehow trying to jam the media world together with what we would call the "real world." And sort of, like a square peg in a round hole, I keep on doing that, like a kid, trying to make it work. Also, on a formal level, I'm trying to make something that's neither painting nor photograph.
TOPIC / Fine Art
professor martin puryear was one of my three advisors while in the graduate program in fine arts at UICC, then-nicked "circle" for university of illinois at chicago circle, the only university named after an expressway interchange and one of mayor daley's proudest achievements; now officially named The University of Illinois at Chicago. professor puryear wasn't around that often for faculty critiques as his work became more recognized. public space commissions rolled in and his own exhibitions took him to other places. when martin and i did have time to talk about my work in private reviews he was one of the most soft-spoken, kind in spirt, and genuinely informative members of the sculpture faculty. he always helpful and open to discussion. i admired his work greatly back then, and still do. martin is a real deal. for the full review by roberta smith of the NYT on martin pryear"s 30-year-retrospective at moma, click the link.
TOPIC / Digital Art & Imaging
For Present, his first computer-based work, Belgian artist David Claerbout offers the viewer a choice of three flowers--a pink amaryllis, a yellow gerbera or a red rose--to download and install on a computer. Instead of a table top skull or hourglass, reminders of mortality, the fragility of life, and the vanity of existence popularized during the Renaissance, Claerbout gives us a different kind of memento mori, this time for our virtual desktop. The flower begins in a full, glorious bloom and progresses to full decay. Its specific passing interjects a sense of organic time into a digital environment where aging and death are most closely approximated by obsolescence.
With Present, the artist again questions perception of time in relation to a medium. Once it is implanted onto the user's hard drive, the flower manifests the rhythms of a natural lifecycle in an environment where time normally lacks organic reference. The video footage used for the project was shot over a period of time equal to each flower's lifespan; whenever the icon is clicked, the flower shows itself in a light appropriate to the local time. Not only is the flower's duration unknown in advance, but since one cannot speed forward nor go backward, one is forced to view the flower in the real-time progression of its natural cycle.
NOTE: produced in 2000, the project no longer may be downloaded to mac osx computers
TOPIC / Marketing
The Dia Foundation's second artists' project for the world wide web, begun in 1995, was created by the Russian emigrant artist team Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid. The Most Wanted paintings, as well as the Least Wanted paintings, reflect the artists' interpretation of a professional market research survey about aesthetic preferences and taste in painting. Intending to discover what a true "people's art" would look like, the artists, with the support of the Nation Institute, hired Marttila & Kiley, Inc. to conduct the first poll. In 1994, they began the process which resulted in America's Most Wanted and America's Least Wanted paintings, which were exhibited in New York at the Alternative Museum under the title "People's Choice."
Single bowl sink with legs