Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

One Way or Another Art Sale

July 20, 2010


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Contributor has once again teamed up with Society6 and Club Mumble to curate their second art show in support of Contributor‘s charity. Building on the success of last year’s group show,“One Way Or Another” plays on the personal nature of a skateboard. Things like how you grip your board, how loose your trucks are and how you know that the size of your wheels down to the slightest of millimeters will make the hugest difference. In the end, the little wooden toy becomes one of the most personal things you can own.

Combining an open call at Society6 and a group of specially invited guests (curated by Andy JenkinsBob KronbauerSandro GrisonJustin CooperMike Giles and Annie Lam), the collaboration has selected over 40 artists/collectives from around the world to create original artwork on full-size blank maple decks.

What makes this project unique is that rather than people buying an already finished piece of artwork, their purchase will commission an artist/studio to make a board especially for them. So, when the board arrives, the design it features is a complete surprise, hand-crafted by your chosen artist. Boards can be purchased for $150 each in the Contributor online store with all the proceeds going directly back to getting skateboards to kids across Canada.

Via Cool Hunting..

Levi van Veluw

May 6, 2010

Dutch artist Levi van Veluw uses his own head as a canvas, as he did in his 2008 series “Landscapes”, pictured above. He doesn’t accept help, but decorates his head completely by himself. At the link, you can see more examples of his work and a video of the artist decorated as a country landscape with a functional model train circling his head.

Link via Jules CrittendenInterview | Photo: Levi van Veluw

Dutch artist Levi van Veluw uses his own head as a canvas, as he did in his 2008 series “Landscapes”, pictured above. He doesn’t accept help, but decorates his head completely by himself. At the link, you can see more examples of his work and a video of the artist decorated as a country landscape with a functional model train circling his head.

Link via Jules Crittenden | Interview | Photo: Levi van Veluw

Via Neatorama

Hush’s ‘Looking West’

April 12, 2010


“In these paintings i try to capture the beautiful action of tagging and mark making while still retaining a contemporary figurative body of work, while showing the action of tagging as a spontaneous expression that can work both on the street and in the gallery.’

Hush’s Looking West will be released by White Walls Shooting Gallery on the 1st of May 2010

‘Hush’ Solo Show – Shooting Gallery
Opens : Sat 1st May – 5th June 2010
(Sister Gallery – White Walls – Blek Le Rat & Above – same night)

Paper as Wood

April 9, 2010

Dutch designer Mieke Meijer compresses and bonds old newspapers so that the print is still legible, but the resulting product has the grain and feel of original wood:

Every day, piles of newspapers are discarded and recycled into new paper. Mieke Meijer has come up with a solution to use this surplus of paper into a renewed material. When a NewspaperWood log is cut, the layers of paper appear like lines of a wood grain or the rings of a tree and therefore resembles the asethetic of real wood. The material can be cut, milled and sanded and generally treated like any other type of wood.

Link via MakeDesigner’s Website | Photo: Atelier 29

Anish Kapoor’s Olympic Sculpture

April 1, 2010

Images have emerged for a planned 120 metre tower from artist a la mode Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond. What will become Britain’s tallest piece of public art will begin construction on the Olympic site almost immediately, for completion next year.

The structure, dubbed ‘Orbit’ resembles a topologically improbable roller coaster attempting to ingest previous Anish Kapoor sculptures. What’s not to love? Oh, right, the price tag. £19 million. Ouch. We hope they know what they’re doing.

Boris sang the sculptor’s praises as only Boris could:

“He has taken the idea of a tower and transformed it into a piece of modern British art. It would have boggled the minds of the Romans. It would have boggled Gustave Eiffel.”

Are you boggled, bejoyed or begrudged? And who can come up with a nickname for our latest folly?

Via The Londonist

Marc Newson’s Ikepod Hourglass

March 30, 2010

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If you have to measure an hour, this is one damn beautiful way to do it by Marc Newson.  Want. Via Daily Icon

TheIkepodHourglass is a remarkable and luxurious 60 minute counter made up of high-grade glass with “sand” that consists of carbon or nickel-plated nanoballs. A gold-plated nanoball version is also available. From Josh Spear

Sten and Lex’s “Poster Stencils”

March 25, 2010


STEN LEX stencil poster from STEN on Vimeo.


Sara and I have been following the work of Sten and Lex in Italy for many years. We’ absolutel love their latest body of work, created for their current solo show at the CO2 GALLERY in Rome.

They call this recent series “Poster Stencils” because, in essence, they are both stencils and posters at the same time. The video above shows their process of pasting up the matrix of the stencil, cut on paper, on a panel of wood as a poster. They then paint on the matrix in black and when it all all dry they destroy the matrix, letting some parts of the matrix stay pasted to the wood. In this manner the stencil is not reproducible and the matrix “dies” in the work itself.

From Wooster Collective.

Invading The Vintage

March 25, 2010

Italian illustrator Franco Brambilla’s Flickr photoset of cute aliens invading grandpa’ postcards.

(via J-Walk Blog)

Barnstormers Group Exhibition

March 18, 2010


As collectives go, the loosely-organized, street art-focused Barnstormers stand out as much for a global scope—they count chapters in New York and Tokyo—as for a growing roster that reads like a who’s who of the genre. The group exhibit opening this Thursday, 18 March 2010 at Joshua Liner Gallery will feature the work of some 35 of these all-stars in a show that highlights each artist individually.


SwoonDavid EllisRyan McGinness, KR, Chris MendozaKenji HirataMike Ming, Doze Green and Maya Hayuk, to name a few, all will participate in the massive event which will include painting, video, printmaking, and other mediums.


The Barnstormers formed in 1999 after Ellis led 25 artists to the small town of Cameron in his native North Carolina to paint barns, tractor-trailers and farm equipment. Inspired by the initial collaborative energy, the clique continued working together with phenomenal synchronicity to construct large-scale murals that they describe as “motion paintings.”


While they’ve exhibited as a group before at Cincinnati, OH’s Contemporary Arts Center, the Museo de Arte de Puerto RicoThe Contemporary Museumin Honolulu, HI and North Carolina’s Southeaster Center for Contemporary Art, this Group Exhibition marks the largest to date and the first to celebrate the solo careers of members who’ve made major strides in the past decade.


One of the most well-known of the bunch (who’s lately been getting more attention for his weekly themed events), McGinnness will conduct his “Confessional Booth” via Skype at set hours from Spain where he’s currently working. If this one wildly creative, post-Warhol example of Barnstormers work is any indication, we can say this show isn’t to be missed.

By Tamara Warren on painting via Cool Hunting.

Claudio Ethos: Casa Das Caldeiras – A Film By Jared Levy

March 17, 2010

Claudio Ethos – Casa Das Caldeiras from Jared Levy, Wooster Collective.