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http://www.urbancamouflage.de/index.php?/video/1/

Watch the video link.  Its brilliant!

Urban Camouflage deals with the question how to camouflage oneself and one’s identity in the urban space. Our costumes are inspired by the «ghillie suits», the military camouflage suit. It was an adventure to wear the suit in the stores because of the conflicts with the employees, the reaction of the customers and also to see the pretty well camouflage effect in a real situation.”

An example of urban camouflage,  taking place in IKEA. 

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http://www.thedesignloft.com

I received this in the mail, and it looks like a relatively low cost (hopefully) way to add energy to a high ceiling space such as a lobby.

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http://www.markkostabi.com/paintings.html

He was big in the 1980s in New York.  He paints figures with no face in a very simplified way.  His studio in New York is called Kostabi-World, clearly referencing Andy Warhol’s “factory”.   The story is that MK doesn’t do any of his own paintings – he was paying his girlfriend, an art student $10 per hour to produce his work and then selling them for thousands of dollars.   The art is just as much about manipulation of the media as visual art per se.    I remember his name was mentioned on an episode of Miami Vice and I laughed wondering what machinations were undertaken to obtain that bit of product placement. 

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“All this is much easier if the paintings are good. If they’ve got punch. I’m told that my market is mostly made up of married couples under 40. They’re drawn to the work like a magnet and they can handle the price. The subject matter speaks, the blending is perfect (or at least good enough), the colors sing and lure (or at least aren’t muddy), the contrasts are clear and logical, the forms bulge and interlock, the shadows absorb and diffuse, there is mystery, there is clarity. It’s about our world. And it’s all committee-approved and they can’t get enough of it. A good Kostabi is a perfect product. Who wouldn’t want one? I mean really” – Mark Kostabi

http://www.jeffkoons.com/site/index.html

"sandwiches".  (oil on canvas)  from the 'Easy Fun Ethereal' series

"sandwiches". (oil on canvas) from the 'Easy Fun Ethereal' series

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/skyline/2008/05/12/080512crsk_skyline_goldberger

 

 

http://www.thomasheatherwick.com/

The Thomas Heatherwick studio has been doing innovative work, and he is now breaking into larger architectural projects.

Rolling Bridge - Thomas Heatherwick

Rolling Bridge - Thomas Heatherwick

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“Today, architects are usually just combining this façade system and that glazing system and this climate-control system. They are specifiers, not designers.” – Heatherwick on architects

http://directedplay.com/ecloud_movie.html

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This is an artwork titled e-Cloud by artist Dan Goods.   This innovative work uses Liquid Crystal Panels that are switchable between transparent and opaque.  The panels model the movement of clouds and swarm patterns, and are controlled by data from actual weather in real-time.

http://nymag.com/nymetro/arts/art/reviews/11707/

An article on an art show of the work of Takashi Murakami, a japanese pop artist, who created the movement known as SUPERFLAT.    He is also making money designing bags for Louis Vuitton.  (ironic isn’t it?)   The artshow claims to chart a lineage from the atomic bomb blast to the Hello Kitty! phenomenon.

Owes a lot to Andy Warhol, but also the East Village scene of the 1980s  (Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring).  

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 “I believe that the artist doesn’t know what he does. I attach even more importance to the spectator than to the artist.” – Marcel Duchamp

The Large Glass is considered the most important work by Marcel Duchamp, in my opinion the artist who ties as being the most important artist of the 20th century, alongside Picasso.   This work is quite difficult,  the best explanation comes from Duchamp himself – he wrote an explanation as a series of fragments called  ‘The Green Book’.   Duchamp abandoned artwork altogether in favor of playing casual games of chess.   He pretty much invented conceptual art singlehandedly. 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Cornell

A friend of mine reminded me of Joseph Cornell.   Of course, I like his work because he is putting things inside frames.  I particularly like the one below  ‘The Princess of Medici’.   I believe the original artist is Velazquez.   I like the blue color which takes the image and somehow makes evident the fact of its reproduction from the original.   I also like the repetition of the image and the way that it is fragmented differently in the different copies.   

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http://www.movietome.com/pages/media_player/index.php?video_id=afzN1atq6E643wW5ow0

A very good 90 minute documentary movie recently showing on Sundance channel discussing the role of art critics in defining the ever pertinent question “What is Art?”   Henry Geldzhaler, an important art curator and critic who celebrated the work of Andy Warhol among others, is highlighted in the film.

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