October 20, 2010

Has the art market thawed? Frieze thinks so.

5081576167_1d4cb53b79photo above from Everyday Lifestyle

Just in case you don't have your finger on the pulse of the art world, here's the skinny.  There are a series of "Art Fairs" in major cities all over the world that take place annually or biannually.  Galleries apply and pay a substantial amount of money to rent a "stall", and in turn sell artwork to the public. These fairs are massive cultural meccas - full of art, talks, panel discussions, performances, awards, and contemporary musings on current educational platforms and art-making in general. In short, it's a total playground for new and emerging ideas and practices as well as established ideas and concepts.

5079153001_9b52803812 photo above from Everyday Lifestyle

Each year, thousands of collectors come in droves to these fairs - so smaller fairs have popped up around the bigger fairs and are populated by the galleries who were rejected from the bigger fairs, or simply didn't want to pay the premiums. These smaller fairs have leveled the playing ground somewhat, but there is a status symbol to being included in the big-deal fairs like Basel, The Armory, Frieze, Cologne,...

For example, the Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. The fair showcases new and established artists to an international audience (the complete list of exhibitors is here) over 170 galleries were exhibiting work this year, with miles and miles of labyrinth-like temporary walls studded with works - some hung so heavily that you wonder how the wall stays vertical.

5092542699_b50e00448d_b photo above from Visionet

There are more galleries than ever this year and a higher quality of applicants,' says Frieze co-founder Amanda Sharp, who, when she set up the annual art fair eight years ago, never in her wildest dreams thought it would become such a London blockbuster. (from Wallpaper magazine)

Stories like this one are not uncommon: "New business is what makes fairs worth it, otherwise we could just stay in our galleries and work on our shows,” said Rachel Lehmann (B13). The gallerist sold only to new clients, including Jennifer Steinkamp’s Orbit 8, 2010 (shown below) (all three editions plus the artist’s proof), for $55,000 each." (From TheArtNewspaper.com's article here)

1286654223_4f5ba118_iphone(above: Jennifer Steinkamp, Orbit 8, 2010)

Andreas Geiger at Sprüth Magers (B9) summed up the overall feeling: “People are acquiring, but there’s no more five-minute buying. The market has found a good pace, it’s not crazy, but it’s solid.” (The Art Newspaper)

But it's not all about selling - it's about seeing and learning. There are a series of talks and educational events, concerts and performances, and prizes awarded to Artists and Galleries. There are also a series of Artist Projects - including Jeffrey Vallance among others.

"The coveted Cartier Award is open to artists living outside of the UK, up to five years from graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or under thirty years of age. The Cartier Award is organized by Frieze Projects, sponsored by Cartier and presented in collaboration with Gasworks. The recipient of the prize will have the unique opportunity to present their work at Frieze Art Fair 2010, guaranteeing a major international audience. Additionally the prize will cover production costs of up to £10,000, an artist’s fee, per diems, travel expenses and a studio residency at Gasworks in London from August to October 2010." (from Art Knowledge News)

Bridget Riley was one of the featured "conversations" of the Frieze Art Fair, she spoke with Michael Bracewell about her lifetime of artmaking and development of her signature style. Many of the talks are available here as podcasts.

Riley_largeweb(above: Bridget Riley)



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 04, 2010

Charting Information as Art

Informational drawings - please comment at blog2modern with more information or diagram info/links. I will post best of the links before Xmas/holiday breaktime. T minus. 3.5 months and counting, tick tock!

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 them....it 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

July 20, 2010


I love this brilliant concept and design by Scholz & Friends for Panasonic's Note ear buds. Clever and simple.




Via Lovely Packages

April 06, 2010

Sunshine Enema

I just came across an AMAZING package design for San Fran-based band Marrow and their newest album release. The album is called Sunshine Enema and is included on a USB flash drive in the shape of a pill, in a prescription pill bottle with full prescription literature.


This concept is brilliant and execution is really effective. I love when it all makes sense. Great job to the design team behind this.

You can order your prescription for Sunshine Enema here.



March 11, 2010

Tracks Headset by AIAIAI

Goodbye ear buds, hello nostalgia!  The Tracks Headphone Series is inspired by the walkman headphones of old.  From AIAIAI in collaboration with Kilo Design, Tracks offer a unique aesthetic in today's market coupled with the newest speaker driver technology and material craftsmanship.  Available in an assortment of customizable colorways.

Tracks Headset by AIAIAI: Price DKK 400 / appr. € 55

More images after the jump!

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January 13, 2010

Idyllwild Performing Arts Center


After recently winning the design competition for the Idyllwild Performing Arts Center (IPAC), a new performing arts center for Idyllwild Arts Academy (IA), Sander Architects, known for being at the forefront of prefab exploration, proudly came in $2 million under budget for the project, a noteworthy accomplishment.  




The Building design incorporates a complex with two theaters, lobby, gallery, café/bookstore, practice rooms, offices and classrooms.  It sits aside the rocky hillside complimenting the vertical with the horizontal curved/sloped roof plane.  The Theater and Concert Hall masses will penetrate through this curved roof plane and will be sheathed in rusted cor-ten panels.  


The panels will have an irregular topography inspired by words and music of the performers, composers and playwrights.

The entire roof will be planted with drought-tolerant greenery. Overflow seating for the concert hall will be on the roof, and movies will be projected on a side of the theater fly tower, creating a large area for outdoor movie viewing. 

IA is one of the country's top three domestic High Schools for the arts with an international student body.  I am sure this inspiring architecture will be as inspiring to the students thereby bringing many to its doors.  

Have an infinitely modern day!

January 06, 2010

zikmu by philippe starck.

Parrot by Starck

If you love music, then you know how important creating the ultimate listening experience can be. And most likely, you're willing to go to the ends of the earth to achieve the ultimate sound. If you fall into this category (I believe the experts call these people audiophiles) then you'll love the Zikmu speakers from Parrot by Philippe Starck. Not only are they gorgeous specimens of listening innovation, they're also wireless! No more hideous speaker wires laying about the floorboards of your apartment! Now because of the built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies, music can be transmitted through the ether and emitted through the speaker (excuse the rhyme). Plus, the Zikmus also feature NXT technology, which makes room placement a no-brainer -- sound automatically adapts to the acoustics of the room. And as is becoming requisite, they also feature an iPod/iPhone docking station. Of course, as expected, these beauties aren't cheap. At $1600 they might set you back a bit, but then again, music's never sounded so good.

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