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Riusuke Fukahori – Goldfish Painted in Resin

If you follow my instagram you will immediately see my new ventures into clear resin. I’m using casting resin vs. the typical resin that you see on tables and paintings to coat and protect and add a brilliant layer of shine. I’ve been slowly yet surely dreaming of painting and adding sculptures within sculptures and was beyond excited to discover Riusuke Fukahori‘s three-dimensional goldfish embedded in resin. He carefully paints each layer in between resin to create the effect; the result is so realistic and beautiful.

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William Forsythe Choreographic Objects

I first became aware of William Forsythe for his choreography for San Francisco Ballet. I was an in-house graphic designer and became very intimate with the choreographers, dancers, and costumes—names and imagery. Forsythe is also well known for his Choreographic Objects installations in which he will fill a room with balloons for people to interact or hang swinging pendulums while people dance through them to the other side of the room. I love the interaction and the forced movement of the participant, no matter how fluid or stiff you are, you are dancing. Of course he creates his own choreographic work, seen first. Check out the videos here.

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Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time
Choreographic Work
2005
© William Forsythe

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Nowhere and Everywhere
Folkwang Museum, Essen
2013
© William Forsythe

 

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Proliferation and Perfect Disorder
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munchen
2006
© William Forsythe

Maurizio Cattelan Favorites

Feeling quirky and less introspective today, here’s a compilation of my favorites by Maurizio Cattelan. Happy almost Friday.

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Bidibidobidiboo, 1996
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Frank and Jamie, 2005
© maurizio cattelan

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Untitled, 2007
© maurizio cattelan

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La Nona Ora, 1999
© maurizio cattelan

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Untitled, 1997
© maurizio cattelan

Mirror Mirror – Infinity Installations

I can’t get enough of these installations that use mirrors to create infinite rooms. Aesthetically, Yayoi Kusama kills it, I want to go to there real bad. And then there’s Thilo Frank’s mirrored room, in which you can enter and watch yourself infinitely swing. Two very beautiful experiences anyone would be mesmerized for hours.

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infinity mirrored room – the souls of millions of light years away, 2013
wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, led lighting system, and acrylic balls
113 x 163 3/8 x 168 1/8 inches (287 x 415 x 427 cm)
courtesy david zwirner and yayoi kusama studio inc. photo: maris hutchinson.

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Rebecca Louise Law’s Flower Installations

I’ve been seeing Rebecca Louise Law’s latest installation The Flower Garden Display’d 2014 all over the net. Commissioned by London’s Garden Museum, it is a made up of 4,600 flowers. Law has been commissioned by almost everyone in the fashion business, including Hermes, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Fred Perry, and Jimmy Choo.

I’m thinking about the draw of installation work such as this and the major common factor is repetition. Everything en masse is a draw to us humans, it seems. And my own work included, though often chaotic, it’s repetitive polyhedra and thousands of them to create a whole. Is it the actual repetition that draws us, seeing something constant? Or is is the madness behind it, that leads to such impressive works? Not sure, but I do know you have to be pretty mad to make them.

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Janet Echelman’s Net Installations

I think my last post was last year! I’m going to attempt to reboot here as I’m doing extensive research on installation work. This will be “Installation Week”!

Starting with Janet Echelman’s, the most brilliant installations I’ve seen in a long while, giant suspended nets over cities and parks. I keep going back to look at them online, they’re so aesthetically pleasing, something I could lay and look at for hours. Her color choices are bright and beautiful both in the day and nighttime with some nicely placed lighting. She just completed a Kickstarter campaign this year to create a giant installation in Vancouver for the TED Conference. Wish I could go for many reasons!

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Bali!

What?! It’s a blog post you say? That’s right, six months after the fact, I really felt it was time to put my Bali post together. I’ve been lucky enough to be busy enough to throw my blog to the wayside for a while, but I do plan on updating this thing from time to time more often. Let’s see how that pans out.

So Bali was amazing. The culture is rich and the island beautiful. We spent two weeks in this paradise, seeing the sites, eating delicious food, and getting $5 massages. I did find some time to put up some geodes in Ubud and near Balangan. As I’m more of an instagrammer, you can find some more stories on posts there, but please see the below for my collection of Bali geodes. My map will be updated on my site of locations (although many may not be there by the time you make it!)

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Geode 31, Ubud

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Geode 31, Ubud

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Geode 31, Ubud

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Geode 31, Ubud

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Geode 32, Ubud

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Geode 32, Ubud

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Geode 32, Ubud

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Geode 33, Ubud

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Geode 33, Ubud

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Geode 33, Ubud

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Geode 33, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

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Geode 34, Ubud

Geode #30

Geode #30 went up in Los Angeles almost a month ago, I posted on instagram, but now check out these photos we took during daytime. Of course I’ll be updating my website with the location—hopefully it’s still there and you can go hunting if you’re in the area.

I’m branching out on color here, and really loving it. I just took a trip to Dallas, TX and visited the Perot Museum. There were so many amazing crystal and mineral formations in their collection, I was quite inspired. Fluorescent minerals made an appearance, and I was so excited to see them in person.

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Geode #30, Melrose

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Geode #30

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Geode #30

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Brosmind!

I think I’m behind on this work, but it’s not every day you stumble onto a site and get stuck there, in that one place, for an hour. Brosmind is a multi-disciplinary studio of candy coated mind-bending frenzied illustration, video, and toys. Made up of two brothers, Alejandro and Juan Mingarro, they’ve done a lot of familiar work for the likes of Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Phish, and Wolfmother.

Their illustration style is not exactly something new, but it’s so well put together, consistent, and whole feeling. When I you really look into their imagery (they provide an awesome magnifying view on their site) you can see all the madness and details and creativity they posses. I almost don’t comprehend some of the characters they’ve made and have to double take constantly, it’s so very badass!

It was hard to even select a few images to post, but hopefully this is a great teaser.

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Instant Face Maker, a Fun Art-Making Tutorial by FaceHeads

A short video I found on The Fox is Black for “spontaneous art-making”. Something good for kids or adults to use to work-out the brain in creative play.

I’m always looking for exercises and ways to “trick” myself into being creative and exploring. Sounds ridiculous, but I have a hard time getting myself to dive into the unknown world of anything is possible. I think that’s why I’m so attracted to this as a tool for the kind of trickery I use on myself.

Instant Face Maker, a Fun Art-Making Tutorial by FaceHeads | The Fox Is Black.