August 14, 2010

Artist Designed Mini-Golf a new fad?

Through September 16, the Salt Lake Art Center boasts 19 holes of indoor mini golf - a great way to beat the heat. Club sizes come in mini through tall adult and you can pick any golf ball color you would like, they have a rainbow of choices.


19 artists from Utah and the rest of the country designed and built the 18 holes.  The exhibit is free and you can play each of the holes!

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis did a course in 2008 - article about it here.


Back in March 2010, students at the Columbus College of Art and Design built a course that "nclude[d] a scale model of CCAD's campus created by its students and a pirate ship by Indianapolis arts group Primary Colors, along with others that incorporate electricity, game show reverence, bad family photos, comic book panels and... a waterfall. (Holes that incorporated fire, glass bottles and gigantic ladyparts made of green carpet were nixed from the course,)" said Columbus Alive.

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The most interesting part of the article for me was this excerpt, "Future plans for a throwdown among the city's various art schools are in the works,"

As an art school graduate myself, I suspect that a throwdown between students can only result in huge leaps in innovation within art making.

Art can definitely be fun for the whole family! Go see some now!

The Golden Door open until September 6 only!

There is a very special mini golf course in Hamilton Square, Jersey City, NJ and it is only up for a few more weeks. It is open to the public dawn-thru-dusk. This project was curated by Christina Vassallo

and includes:
Victoria Colabro

Asha Ganpat

Darren Jones
& Ryan Roa
Hiroshi Kumagai

Tom McGlynn

Laura Napier

Risa Puno

Nyugen E. Smith

Amanda Thackray

Kai Vierstra

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August 07, 2010

Did you know that LACMA actually stands for "Lame Artists Create Most Art"?

Rainn Wilson, known best as Dwight on The Office,


took over the Twitter feed of LACMA for a project titled "I HATE LACMA," offering his personal list of "many, many reasons why never to go to LACMA." Rainn Wilson is one of the most followed celebrities on Twitter and LACMA is no-doubt hoping to expand their own twitter feed by having his fans follow @LACMA

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But this isn't just a one-off stunt, it's part of a broader project, dubbed Cell Phone Stories and overseen by artist and UCSD visual arts professor Steve Fagin, who recruited Wilson along with  writers, fashion designers, artist and critics to produce a "series of narratives and essays circulated exclusively via mobile phone technology." Fagin himself will tweet "Only for Dummies, for which he will take on the alter ego of a ventriloquist dummy who will tour LACMA, "creating a story equal parts Flaubert and Facebook."

Here are some other gems from Rainn Wilson's LACMA feed to get you to CLICK and see for yourself.

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As you can see - it's thoroughly entertaining, blasphemous, and often sophomoric, just like the actor himself. 

Rainn wilson - rocker

above: Rainn Wilson at The Rocker (2008) premiere

The project launched on May 29 and goes through Sept. 6, 2010.

August 04, 2010

Art inspiring Art every 24 hours, or Rebecca Campbell and Nicole Walker pick up the telephone

WhisperdownthelaneThis week kicked off a game of sorts between artists that references the childhood game of Telephone. I had played it under a different name, Whisper down the lane. (Other handles the game is known under include Chinese Whispers, Grapevine, Broken Telephone, Gossip, Arab Phone, and probably played around the world under many more names.)

The basic concept is the same - someone whispers a phrase to their neighbor and so on, down a line of people. At the end of the line, the phrase is said out loud and giggles ensue as it has been radically changed from person to person along the line.  

This game of telephone is a little different

Titled "7 Days, 7 Artists, 7 Rings", the project began with a painting by Rebecca Campbell, titled "Wake Them When It's Over",


painted in response to the headline, "Wake Them When It's Over", by Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post , where the project is being hosted (all images pictured here were sourced from the main project page). 

Then yesterday, poet Nicole Walker responded to Campbell's painting with "This is not a poem".

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Campbell and Walker, both from originally from Mormon families in Salt Lake City, became friends - flash forward 25 years and you've got a project spawned by a lifetime of correspondence and collaboration between the two artists.

Confused? The Huffington Post sorts it out for us, "Each week the painter and the poet will create a work of art to begin the game. Each week they'll then invite 5 more artists from a variety of disciplines --writers, artists, musicians, etc.-- to join the conversation by making a work in turn, just as in a game of telephone. Artists will have 24 hours to respond to a previous artist's work or "Ring". Everyday on the arts page, you will see a new work of art branded as 7 rings."


Today is day 3 and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, has uploaded "Rebecca's Dream" (pictured left)

This process will continue with a new response being inspired by the work of art posted the day before (poem, painting, song, sculpture, ...).

Every 24 hours, 7 days a week a new response will be posted. The game is planned to go on for 60 days, but with the amount of support already surrounding this project, it could go on indefinitely. 

Be sure to check in every day here.

You can also follow the project on twitter.

July 26, 2010

Who is Oki Sato? What is Nendo?

Oki Sato is famous designer. He was born in Toronto, Canada.

In 2002 year he graduate from Waseda University. Immediately after that he established in Tokyo "nendo" Tokyo office - the design firm.


Is he common extraordinary designer as most of 'creative' persons in all over the world? Well, I'd rather to recommend you to his works before give him any assessment. His concept lay deep in small moments which we have in life. Very Japanese, isn't it?

Nendo team is all about those small moments. Every time when they create something they follow their concept.

In 2010 Nendo took part in Rifare venue. They worked on organizing space for coming exhibition. Working within a limited budget, they was also required to obtain ample space for use by five curators. That's why they set up five pre-fabricated agricultural greenhouses made of plastic within the venue space and turn them into individual gallery spaces.






The light that go trough plastic walls create soft and transparent light inside. That is one of Nendo's tricks. Another one is stapled black carpets. They ran throughout the exhibition for displaying the works positioned alongside there “trails”.

More about design and designers at Interior Design community.

July 15, 2010

Gus* Modern Essentials SALE on 2Modern!

We wait all year for this one! Don't miss your chance to save 20% on all Gus* Modern upholstery items! 

If you have been eyeing a special sofa, chair or ottoman by this popular does not get any better than this!



July 14, 2010

Rapha Cycling Classics Visit NYC for 3 months

A Day in 10 Photos 07.01.2010 by John Prolly.

Rapha Cycle Club, NYC by dowd/hewitt.

image source: John Prolly

Rapha a British based maker of cycling clothing and gear in classical style has decided to give its NY audience a hands on experience of their gear and aesthetic. In saying hands on we mean the full blown experience including Tour de France memorabilia, their vintage Citroen delivery van from Europe, complete with Rapha logo on it's side, gobs of Eddy Merckx memorabilia, a generous collection of their cycling clothing hung on racks for touching (not just on an LED screen!), and a coffee bar serving Third Rail Coffee with flat screen tvs showing continual coverage, live and video loops, of this years Tour de France! As a cyclist one might think that heaven has come to earth if only for a 3 month period of time disappearing all too quickly like Shangrala or Oz and then puff in a cloud of smoke back to Kansas. If you are in NYC, are madly passionate about cycling and cycle racing go quickly to the Bowery, take a seat, get a coffee, and let your head float off into the mountains of France while dreaming of winning this stages jersey, hopefully one made by Rapha.

Here they come! by will_cyclist.

Image source:  will_cyclist

July 12, 2010

2Modern Design Brief

Art installations and exhibits around the world. Makes me wish my pockets were stuffed with endless c-notes to travel the globe and visit them all....

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of anything black and white. Clearly so is Zaha Hadid . This Galerie in Zurich is running an exhibit through September. Courtesy of dezeen.

Many people are surprised to learn that Dennis Hopper was not only an actor, filmmaker and writer...but he was also HUGE art enthusiast...and artist. MOCA in Los Angeles is presenting much of his personal work this summer. I will be checking this out...probably more than once...

I continue to be fascinated by typography. I keep random treasures for no reason other than I love the shapes and arrangement of the words. If you also get turned on by composition, you must check out this exhibit, The New Typography, (graphics of the 1920's and 1930's), at the MoMA in NY-hurry it ends July 26th.

Planning a visit to Chicago? A must see exhibition is Art Chicago. This international affair brings together emerging and established galleries worldwide to showcase contemporary and modern artist.

July 08, 2010

Oy for Oi! by Carol VanderKloot

Troving the halls at NeoCon, the major contract industry expo held annually in Chicago, I caught the usual suspects—office systems, task chairs, wall covering, lighting, carpeting. Don’t get me wrong, I love this show and appreciate theoretical explanations of new products and re-designed showrooms.
However, I came upon Oi modular sofas and was blown away by their stylish 70s aesthetic and their innovation. Available in three colors—grey, brilliant blue and lime green—cushy upholstered cells come out of box like legos. Cells fit on a gridlike aluminum based and can be configured in countless ways. One sofa fits entirely within a 30” cardboard box—and can be assembled easily and without tools. Wait there's more--interior is made from recycled cores.   OI-package
Perfect for a library, playroom, dorm or to uplift a dreary wait room. Created by the design team Cocoon and made in Canada, I actually contemplated buying straight off the floor. Well, there’s always next year. 


June 20, 2010

World Cup posters

Yes, I belong to the big cliche that all Brazilians like football (or soccer, whatever..). I do love it, I`m a fervorous supporter and and get really nervous when Brazil plays. There`s no other place in the world to watch the games as Brazil: the country literally stops, we all dress alike and decorate our homes.

So, I`ve found this website where it`s possible to buy thematic World Cup posters. These two (although one is all about Brazìl`s biggestt football rival) are my favourite! Worth it taking a look at website!




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