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Inspiration

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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via Designboom and Colossal


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!

Found via This is Colossal

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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.


Obsessed With: Matt Shlian

Lately I find myself suggesting Matt Shlian to everyone and anyone slightly interested in paper or geometry. He’s one of my favorite paper artists out there.

Shlian’s work is an incredible engineering fete of folding. His works often leave me puzzled on how they were constructed, and wanting to constantly see more of what he dreams up. They’re so very architectural and artistic, I very much love the way he works in which the energy and process dictate the final result. Similar to the way I create my own puzzles and paths in my own work as I go, yet incredibly structured, the opposite of my chaotic mass.

“I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize it’s final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.”

Matt Shlian, from his Artist Statement

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All photos from mattshlian.com


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(taken at A Common Name Studio)

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Geode Crystal Design

Aesthetically pleasing crystal arranging.

quartz, crystal, mineral formations, dtla street art


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Tokujin Yoshioka

I was just perusing through Pia Habekost’s MyVisual EyeCandyDiary and nearly fell down when I saw Tokujin Yoshioka’s “Crystal Paintings”. These were apparently grown through vibrations given off by music. What?! Incredible. It’s hard to imagine how something so serene, quiet, and absolutely still can be grown from music. To me, the close up of the image reveals something fragile, the music almost suspended in time.

I went through Yoshioka’s site and found photo upon photo of stellar work, often made for spaces, collaborating with companies like Hermes, Swarovski, and BMW. His use of multi-media plastics, paper, music, and glass are inspiring to me, particularly the way he  displays them and creates whole ethereal experiences.

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Tokujin Yoshioka, Crystal Painting

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All photos www.tokujin.com


Pia Habekost

Los Angeles painter Pia Habekost is after my own heart with her abstract typographic explorations. These large pieces (all around 96″ x 64″) have dozens of layers of paint and stenciling that create beautiful complex textures. Each piece tends to stay in a single color and narrative theme, ranging from “personal experience to current events”. Check out more of her work here and her inspiring tumblr that I actually very often refer to for my own inspiration.

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Four to Get Rich Six to Get Famous

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All images from piahabekost.com


Rodarte and Ryan McGinley

Photo by Ryan McGinley

 

Photo by Ryan McGinley

Photo by Ryan McGinley

Photo by Ryan McGinley

Photo by Ryan McGinley


What IS a Geode?

My sister had a brilliant idea today. We’ve been noticing not everyone knows what a geode is or how exactly to pronounce it. We also noticed that many people do know what they are, they just don’t know they know what they are. The idea was to post about what geodes actually are to help people see where this project has evolved from. Thanks for the help Wikipedia! (sorry for the not great quality of the photos, I liked these examples most)

From Wikipedia

Geodes (Greek γεώδης – ge-ōdēs, “earthlike”) are geological secondary sedimentary structures which occur in sedimentary and certain volcanic rocks. Geodes are essentially spherical masses of mineral matter that were deposited syngenetically within the rock formations they are found in. Geodes have a chalcedony shell containing various minerals, usually quartz. Geodes differ from vugs in that they were formed as a separate entity from the surrounding rock, whereas vugs are voids or cavities within a rock formation. Geodes also differ from “nodules” in that a nodule is a mass of mineral matter that has accreted around the nodule nucleous. Both structures had the minerals contained within deposited from groundwater or hydrothermal processes. The exterior of most geodes generally consists of chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline form of quartz. Inside the chalcedony shell many minerals have been found such as calcitepyritekaolinitesphaleritemilleritebaritedolomitelimonitesmithsonite and quartz, which is by far the most common and abundant mineral found in geodes. Geodes are found mostly in basaltic lavas and limestones. The Warsaw Formation in the Keokuk region near the area where Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois join contains abundant geodes.

 

Formation

Geodes can form in any cavity, but the term is usually reserved for more or less rounded formations in igneous and sedimentary rocks, while the more general term “vug” is applied to cavities in fissures and veins. They can form in gas bubbles in igneous rocks, such as vesicles in basaltic lavas, or as in the American Midwest, rounded cavities in sedimentary formations. After rock around the cavity hardens, dissolved silicates and/or carbonates are deposited on the inside surface. Over time, this slow feed of mineral constituents from groundwater or hydrothermal solutions allows crystals to form inside the hollow chamber. Bedrock containing geodes eventually weathers and decomposes, leaving them present at the surface if they are composed of resistant material such as quartz.

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Knitting Awesomeness

Knitted Scarf

Knitted Cardigan

Knitted Head Scarf

Huge Knitted Scarf

Love this stuff. Found on Jonathan Jacques-Belletête Tumblr. I knit a similar design as the men’s scarf last year, still yet to be recorded.

 


Well then Fuuuck Me, Project Fail

Well then Fuuuck Me

This blog is as much about failures and process than finished products. I have a great series of paper cuts going and have been slowly collecting other materials to test the concept on. This blue plastic was a nicely finished matte bag I got at a music store in LA. It clearly does not hold up.

I laugh at how I decided to try a whole statement rather than even one flourish which would have told me enough. Although, I do love how the statement clearly reflects my failure. It’s like cause and effect or effect and cause or maybe I can just predict the future?


Stellar Inspiration

Nasa Image, Galactic Metropolis

Nasa Image, Young Stars in a Blanket of Dust

Nasa Image, Great Observatories Present Rainbow of a Galaxy

Nasa Image, Cassiopeia A: Death Becomes Her

Nasa Image, Chaos at the Heart of Orion

I’m doing research for a personal project and I wanted some amazing space photos. My brother in law recommended looking on the Nasa website, of course! I was not disappointed. There are a lot of amazing images of moons and planets but I’m mostly drawn to nebulas and dust and warped clouds and galactic rings. The above are some of my favorites and best inspiration.


Sean Freeman for Band of Horses

Band of Horses Poster, by Sean Freeman

I was just perusing through this year’s Communication Arts Typography Annual and came across this lovely poster by Sean Freeman. Obviously, there is a lot of typography in the annual to be admired, but this one struck me especially. I love the use of actual objects to create type, such as I’ve been exploring with paper recently. The poster is also a significantly appropriate style for the band.

Check out more of Sean’s incredible work at Levine/Leavitt—it’s all pretty mind blowing.


Lex McQuilkin, Cut Paper Artist and Illustrator

It’s been ages since my last post! I still have nothing to say for myself, so I’ve decided to at least say something about someone else.

Lex McQuilkin is an amazing illustrator I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with this past month. Not only was she perfect for the job we are working on, but she shares a love of paper art with me. She’s been working on it a lot longer than me and has given me some sweet tips. Her work above are beautiful examples of intricate paper work, often layered with decorative papers underneath. The typography, hand drawn,  always works so nicely with her images. When I look through all of her work on her sites, I definitely take note of how she presents her work—within frames, hanging freely on pins, installations—and hope to be able to replicate something similar one day.

Lex is a resident artist with Million Fishes Artist Collective in San Francisco, is a co-founder of Aorta Magazine, and has started her own poster company, Argot Prints. Most of her work is dedicated to social justice, practice, and responsibility, often concentrating on women and queers on the arts.


Artist’s Manifesto

Unoriginal Paper Cut

A Failure, Paper Cut

Total Bullshit, Paper Cut

These are the first three in a series I plan on doing. They are all 8.5×11 sheets of card stock hand cut with an x-acto.

I gave the first image, “Unoriginal”, to my friend without any background information and the comment back to me was, “Way to turn your state of dissatisfaction into something beautiful.” He hit the nail on the head.


Pretty Cool Work

Cool Work

Oh hey, I’m actually working on non-corporate work during the day.