September 19, 2010

The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio, Mark Bradford, and me.

Happy Monday - Blog2Modern Readers,

I haven't had a chance to post an entry in a while, due to the fact that I am currently in Columbus, Ohio at the Wexner Center for the Arts (!!!)  I was invited (in August) to do a large-scale solo installation in the lobby area of the Deconstructivist gem, designed by Peter Eisenman - one of the New York Five.  (For you architects out there, you've probably seen the Wexner every contemporary Art History and Architecture book out there.)

(Below: Main façade of The Wexner Center for the Arts)

Thanks Wikipedia for summing up the mission of the Wexner and doing all my links for me:
"The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University’s multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies, and educational programs, the Wexner Center acts as a forum where established and emerging artists can test ideas and where diverse audiences can participate in cultural experiences that enhance understanding of the art of our time. In its programs, the Wexner Center balances a commitment to experimentation with a commitment to traditions of innovation and affirms the university’s mission of education, research, and community service. The Wexner Center opened in November 1989, named in honor of the father of Limited Brands founder Leslie Wexner, who was a major donor to the Center."

Currently on view is Mark Bradford's mid-career retrospective.  They don't allow any photos in the galleries, but he did an installation in the lobby (below)


Bradford and his assistant projected his name onto the wall, traced it and then painstakingly removed portions of the wall, exposing the myriad of past colors that the wall has been painted.  This wall will be removed and will travel to each of the venues (
Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) following its debut at The Wexner Center for the Arts.  Bradford is a recent recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award. (new recipients to be announced September 28).  His show is on view at The Wexner until October 10.


My installation will run concurrently with the remainder of Mark Bradford's show as well as the next round of exhbitions titled Six Solos which will open in November and run through February. I'm particularly excited to be showing with Erwin Redl, who works with LED lights and will be outdoors on the grid-façade.  I absolutely adore his work. I'm also excited for the Tobias Putrih/MOS show too!

(below: Erwin Redl, "Flow" 2007)


I am working directly with the lobby, which is known for its "floating column".

(below: Eisenman's "floating column")


We're still working on the installation, which was designed spontaneously on-site via 3D modeling software. Here are some teaser shots of my work in progress, title is still in the works.



My website will have photos upon completion of the project. The installation opens on Tuesday, please come and see if you are in the Columbus Ohio area, or like to travel or drive.

This installation was inspired primarily by the supposed "death of print" and therefore, CMYK design. Thus my selection of cyan, yellow and magenta as my palette. The "off register" look of the striped walls was highly inspired by mis-printed cartoons, the printing process, mathematical progressions, the use of lines to create space, and the inherent translucency of the material, flagging tape. 

Oh, and "Go Bucks!"

And just in case you wanted some gift ideas - Check out this really rad CMYK inspired dishes and this neato pen "for designers" - I want all of the above!

September 16, 2010

Yum Yum London :: Parallel Parking

Here's a fun little short from the clever folks at Yum Yum London that ought to brighten your Thursday.

For more happiness, check out their design and illustration portfolio.  Also, they have a new series of toys that can only be described as amazing.  Don't believe me?  Click here.

September 08, 2010

"You must know that hell exists because you already live in it"

Just saw The American. Engaging, great panoramic shots of the Apennines and Abruzzo region of Italy, not to mention frozen lakes in the blue fading light of a Swedish winter day. And George Clooney more uptight and nervous than you've ever seen him in any movie, always one eye over his shoulder, passable plot, and lots of suspense. Also featuring a charming and worldly Italian priest/emissary of God and a blonde cold hearted British murderess. Dark street lamp lit alleys and footsteps down dark cobbled medieval paths, creeps watching you from cars, it's no wonder George is nervous! No tech, just old world nuts and bolts spy/assassin craft! No ipads or ibooks just small pocketable berettas and bespoke sniper rifles! "I can run him down with my ipad!" We won't let you know if George makes it out of the hellish world he inhabits to live with his va-va-va-VOOM Italian prostitue! You'll just have to see the movie and find out for yourself!

August 31, 2010

Evergreen Solar

Here is an awesome info-animations by Legwork Studio for Evergreen Solar. Super clean, simple and very effective. I think the transitions are amazing - but they are so well done that you need to go back for a second look to see how seamlessly they merged the graphics throughout the animation.

Evergreen Solar - More Electricity from LEGWORK


August 26, 2010

It's hot, get naked.

Spencer Tunick, an artist who is famous for working with hundreds of nude bodies in his photographs since the mid-90's is in the midst of several current projects including tackling each state in the US.


above: "Mexico City 1 (Zócalo, MUCA/UNAM Campus)", 2007

His work has spawned an unofficial website/blog too -  his "installations", as he refers to them, are EPIC. They require thousands of participants getting naked and arranged in groups. So understandably, he's get a huge fan base of supporters.

Undress circle - bruges theatre

above: at the Bruges Theatre; below: The artist, Spencer Tunick


Check out his website for more images - he is constantly repositioning naked people in large groups. Instead of this being strange and disturbing for the common person - it is more like looking at a landscape and then only realizing that it is made of people. There is a Soylent Green joke in there somewhere...


Above: On pink rafts in a Miami pool!; below: Tunick talks about his work and past installations.

Stay cool!

August 11, 2010






I've just recently caught onto 032c Magazine after reading an in-depth interview with one of my fave designers, Rick Owens. Published bi-yearly out of Berlin, 032c "is a contemporary culture magazine that fiercely believes in the intelligence of its readers and rises to the challenge of surprising is both timeless- a celebration of and for the most cutting-edge in art, culture and fashion". ~032c

After going thru their archives, I can see there's a lot to bite off and chew. You'll find pieces on designers, artists, architects, art collectives, fashion, bands, film directors and the list goes on and on.  Really cool stuff that's quite intriguing.

Archived articles and issues/subscriptions are available online here or check their worldwide list of retailers to pick one up in your area.

August 10, 2010

Behind Bears

What a compelling animation by Erin Hilleli. This definitely got a repeat viewing... that good. Enjoy.

Between Bears from Eran Hilleli

August 06, 2010

Birth of the Cool

This book accompanied a traveling exhibit, that if you were lucky enough to see, would have blown you away.  Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at the Midcentury looked at the dialogue between art, architecture, film, music & design in California 1950's creating a whole picture of the visual influence of modernism. 


While, the 2007 exhibition has long been dispersed to the lenders, and the book has gone into its second printing, the world is still a little cooler because of this retro-spective. 

Great images, great essays, and totally inspiring- this book is a must-have for anyone interested in mid-century modernism. 


July 27, 2010

Tribble Trouble.

I'm not really a Star Trek nerd, but this is such a cool poster that I had to share. It has brilliant layout, illustrations and amazing overall design. Also, the Tribbles episode is the only episode I remembering watching with my Grandfather as a kid.

I'm sure I'm not appreciating it for all its Trekkie glory - so you Trekkies can fill me in!



 Made for The Alamo Drafthouse by Olly Moss.

July 23, 2010

Throw out yer belt and buy elastic pants!

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