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Dan Funderburgh

02/12/09 :: by brocksteady

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Great to see old school (Jayhawk era) friend of mine, Dan Funderburgh featured on QBN today. His work is looking ever so tight — as usual.

jen stark has a way with paper…

12/04/08 :: by stina

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I saw these first a while back, long before the fluidesign blog was born, but just came upon them again the other day.

Her portfolio is pretty neat. You should check it out… jenstark.com

Kiel Johnson: Awesomist Tomorrow

11/06/08 :: by brocksteady

Friend of Fluid, Kiel Johnson, is having an opening tonight at NYC’s Nancy Margolis Gallery. For those of you that can’t make the opening, the exhibition continues through December 20th.

2008 California Biennial

11/04/08 :: by brocksteady

SoCal art fans should definitely head down to the Orange County Museum of Art for the 2008 California Biennial. The so-called “tour de force” of the exhibit is an animatronic sculpture by Daniel J. Martinez, which was built and programmed by my good friend (and fellow SACI alumn) Peter Clarke.

Here’s a nice description of the piece in action:

Dressed in white pants and white shirt, with close-cropped hair and facial stubble, the figure appears deranged. Its eyes are rolled back, its teeth bared. A chunky, hip-hop-style silver belt buckle spells out the name “Ishmael.” At regular intervals, the reclining robot comes to mechanical life. An arm flops. A leg kicks. The head rolls forward and the torso twitches. When the flailing body parts hit the raised floor, it acts like a loud drum. The herky-jerky motion gets steadily more forceful, sometimes exposing the mechanical works beneath the floor that propel the man. The escalating racket is a cross between percussive music and a machine gun. It’s exciting, but there’s also a sense of relief when the figure finally pipes down and goes limp, returning to its static, soundless state.

I was fortunate enough to see the sculpture at various stages during the process, but I find these images documenting an extremely early stage of development to be some of the most haunting interesting.

Where Fish Sticks Swim Free and Chicken Nuggets Self-Dip

10/09/08 :: by brocksteady

Those of you in New York should definitely check out Banksy’s latest project “The Village Pet Store And Charcoal Grill” in Greenwich Village. The installation is a mock pet supply shop, filled with animatronic creatures like a rabbit applying make up, chicken nuggets feeding at a trough, and would-be creatures like fish sticks swimming in a tank.

More info here.
Photos courtesy of Wooster Collective.

New Orleans: an Interactive Tribute

10/01/08 :: by magalish

I recently discovered Triple Canopy, an online arts magazine that involves a collaboration of different types of artists and writers sharing their perspectives on current social issues. The site itself is quite nicely designed. The intuitive interface almost makes users feel as if they’re flipping through a printed magazine—hitting the arrow key to go to the next screen feels just about as natural as turning a page.

The third issue is now completely live and is a tribute to the city of New Orleans and its residents, commemorating the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The issue reaches viewers on multiple sensory levels and has a powerful impact.

The issue begins with a short introduction that talks about the symbolism of the tragic event. It goes on to include artwork by Rudolph Radlinger and Roy Ferdinand, both local New Orleans artists. Also featured, is photographer Will Steacy, who spent time in the city during the year after the storm, taking beautifully disturbing photographs that document its aftermath.

The section titled Homemade Memorials introduces an ongoing sculpture project that memorializes desecrated, destroyed, and forgotten buildings using photographs that readers have submitted. I’ll be interested to see the future pieces that result from this project. This issue also includes a directory listing various community projects, organizations, and other ventures in New Orleans, as well as virtual tour through NOLA’s Ninth Ward. This article points out how isolated the region has become and how its devastation has, sadly, become a spectacle for tourists.

I found the audio portraits of struggling Ninth Ward residents to be particularly moving. There’s something about hearing stories of people’s experiences told from their own mouths that makes the reality of the tragedy hit home.

WPA posters thanks to FDR and forward-thinking government projects

09/18/08 :: by stina

I was pleasantly reminded of the WPA National Park poster series while perusing Shorpy (thanks to patrick’s tip) this morning. I love the bright, pre-computer graphics and the adventurous, frontier-sy feeling of exploration and, dare I say, majesty they convey.

I can only imagine (enviously) what it must have felt like to tour the country in the late 30’s, stopping at national parks where you legitimately might have been the only car on the road. It’s a lovely thought… and quite a departure from the madness of summertime in Yosemite Valley now.

For those hungry for a little history lesson, the WPA (Works Progress Administration) was part of FDR’s New Deal, instated to put millions of unemployed Americans back to work. A key part of the WPA was the Federal Art Project, whose purpose was to make art accessible and relevant to everyone, not just the elite. As a result these, along with 35,000 other designs, were printed into 2 million posters during the course of the project.

This Travel and Tourism series became well know for it’s bright, bold colors and it’s dramatic portrayal of our famous national parks. As an avid hiker, camper, and visitor to our (mostly western) national parks, I find these particularly beautiful and inspiring.

If only our current government would have the cajones to revive the idea that art can be a positive and motivating influence on the masses. Maybe our next president will… after all he’s already shown an appreciation for art.

Obama-Biden 2008!

crafty paper flowers = welcome break from digital life

09/04/08 :: by stina

I love the computer (and especially the internet), don’t get me wrong. but I have a dear little spot in my heart for things made from (what appears to be) paper and glue and scissors. Esp when I haven’t had time away from the computer in a really long time.

Zoe Bradley apparently has the best job in the whole world that allows her to create amazing installations of flowers and paper dresses.

Sooooo cool. But her site could be more perfect… Maybe she wants us to redesign? Zoe, call us!

via design*sponge

Art and Design at Outside Lands

08/27/08 :: by magalish

[sigh]…Back to the real world for me as I return from a long weekend in San Francisco at the Outside Lands music festival.

Of course, my main reason for the trip was the music – which was amazing, by the way (Radiohead, Wilco, Jack Johnson, Bon Iver…need I say more?) But as a designer, I can’t help but notice the visual aspects of my surroundings. There was certainly no shortage of visual stimuli at the festival to go along with the great music. So I thought I’d share some of my pictures here.

Meet Mark, an Official 2008 Olympic Artist

08/08/08 :: by magalish

As the 2008 Summer Olympics kick off in Beijing and we prepare to be bombarded by media surrounding the events, art may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But of course, as with any major event, there is a need for promotional materials. As it turns out, there official artists selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee that are responsible for creating these materials. Meet Mark T. Smith, a talented artist who works in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. He was commissioned to create an image for the 2008 Olympics, along with a series of related posters and other promotional materials.

In his interview with Steven Heller, Smith tells us what it’s like to create art for the Olympics.