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Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Rock


I was doing a bit of gallery research this morning, and came across these super-interesting wall sculptures by Neal Rock. In case you were wondering, they are made of pigmented silicone.

  • Neal Rock at Kontainer Gallery
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    Featured Art : 08/28 – 9/03


    This week’s Featured Art has been uploaded on the studiotwentysix2 site. To learn more about Paths Unto The Dead from The Parishioner Series, visit the link below.

    Also, I have created a Featured Art archive, where all the past features will be accessible.

  • Featured Art : August 28
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    Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    Summer Of ’69

    For whatever reason, I just love old objects: books, photographs, toys, clothes and printed ephemera. These objects can help you learn so much about the style and craftsmanship of an era. I wasn’t born until the mid 1970s, so the only way for me to learn about the past, is through the documentation of that time.

    As it turns out, I recently came across the super-informative Creative Needlework book, published in 1969. Creative Needlework is more like a historical photo-essay than a book, as it really helped me to better understand the culture and style of the late-sixties. Here’s a sampling of what I learned:

    Parents and children liked to dress in the exact same clothes. Apparently, this phenomenon was known as Carbon Copies, as in: The youngster is a carbon copy of his dad. From the photo documentation available, this seems to have gone over much better with girls, as the mom and daughter seem to be enjoying themselves — the guys, not so much. Poor little green vest seems terrified, and little gray vest has lost his inspiration. Oh, I also learned that guys in 1969 wanted to be famous movie directors and enjoyed smoking corncob pipes.


    Boys were hot for boys in 1969. I actually feel bad for the women in these photographs, as they are treated like mere window dressing, and couldn’t be the center of attention even if they were oiled-up and dressed in négligées. I learned through these photos that guys enjoy v-neck sweaters, trains and bananas.



    In 1969, there was a pandemic of color blindness, as well as hundreds of accidental deaths due to pencil impalement. It wasn’t until 1973, that Richard Nixon enacted the, “Save a life, store your pencils tip-down” campaign. That sure was a smart campaign.


    Global warming and variations in temperature peaked in 1969. At one point, conditions became so bad, that the temperature between ground level and five-feet high would produce averages of 80 degrees Fahrenheit; however, the air currents above five-feet dramatically cooled to approximately 36 degrees Fahrenheit. It appears even sculptures were affected by this freak occurrence.



    Finally, I was shocked to find that only white children existed in 1969. I felt that this had to be an oversight, but no commercial photography could be located to prove otherwise. Of the white people that did exist, it seems that only parents of shy, uncomfortable and slightly awkward children, allowed their offspring to be filmed by strangers.






    Wow, 1969 seemed pretty awful. I’m just glad I was alive for the 80’s — now that I would have hated to miss.

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    Washington Irving = $1.50

    Once a week I like to visit this little consignment shop around the corner because they have absolutely no clue on how to price art or literature. Good for me bad for them.

    I just picked up this copy of Washington Irving’s, Wolfert’s Roost, published in 1873. It has an embossed cover with gold stamp, the original etching is fully intact with tissue overlay, and the entire book is in handset type. It’s the way books were meant to be.








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    Monday, August 25, 2008

    Gold in Water Colors and Drawing


    Olympic medals for fine artists? Huh, who knew?

  • Brush with greatness
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    School Days


    Good luck to all the students and professors who begin their Fall semester this week. May your concepts be bountiful, your kerning impeccable and your grids flawlessly aligned.

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    Art + Beer = Good

    I’m a fan of art and beer, so this post is a winner in my book.

    Beck’s beer, which has been supporting artists since 1985, has just released its latest batch of artist-labeled bottles. Between August and December 2008, Beck’s will be using the artwork of four Royal College of Art students/graduates on its labels — during this period Beck’s will produce 27-million bottles, making it one of the largest art commissions in history.





    I can’t end this post without a bar joke:

    A man was sitting at a bar enjoying an after-work cocktail when an exceptionally gorgeous woman entered. She was so striking that the man could not take his eyes away from her.

    The woman noticed his overly attentive stare & walked directly towards him. Before he could offer his apologies for being so rude, the woman said to him, “I’ll do anything, absolutely anything you crave for $100, on one condition.”

    Flabbergasted, the man asked what the condition was.

    The woman replied, “You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words.”

    The man considered her proposition for a moment, withdrew his wallet from his pocket & slowly counted out five $20 bills — which he pressed into the woman’s hand. He looked into her eyes slowly, meaningfully, and said, “Paint my house.”

  • Beck’s Canvas
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    Sunday, August 24, 2008

    McGinness Exhibition


    I happened to be perusing the Cincinnati Art Museum’s web site, and was pleasantly surprised to see a Ryan McGinness exhibition scheduled to open in late October.

    McGinness is no stranger to Cincinnati, having previously shown at the Contemporary Art Center and the now defunct Publico. I have to admit though; I’m kind of shocked to see him showing at CAM, as they’re not exactly known for exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary work.

    If CAM is expanding further into contemporary art, then this exhibition is a great step in that direction, as McGinness’s work is phenomenal — and whether you like his style or not, everyone can appreciate his compositions, use of color and complex layering.

    Here’s a link to some McGinness desktop downloads, and if you’ve never been to his site before, be sure to look around, as he’s one of today’s best and most influential artists.

  • McGinness downloads
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    Friday, August 22, 2008

    Featured Art : cipher [0406]


    The reason for the lack of posts this week, was due entirely to the total revamping of the studiotwentsix2 shop. It’s now the Featured Art section — where each week a single work will be showcased with a complete description, commentary and work-in-progress / research images. You can check it out here: Featured Art.

    You also might notice on the blog’s right hand column, there is now an email opt-in for news and art + design updates. So, if you enjoy what I’m doing here, be sure to join in.

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    MFT Radio


    I was recently turned on to Tyler Askew’s hour-long Fusion program MFT Radio. I don’t love everything, but I dig the overall style. Here are links to the past two shows — no talk, just music (and it’s downloadable).

  • MFT Radio #9

  • MFT Radio #10
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    Pixelgod



    Check out this time-lapse video by Raffaela Picca, aka Pixelgod. Using only Microsoft Paint, Picca sketches, then renders in detail a sports coupe. It’s pretty impressive, considering the limitations of such a basic drawing application.

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    Fanette Mellier


    French designer Fanette Mellier is creating some pretty fantastic typographic work.

    Le site est en Français, et mon Français suce, clic tellement juste une certaine substance et voit un certain travail vraiment frais.*

    Oh, and my graduate professor would have absolutely loved this book spread.


    * Note: management is not responsible for the semiliterate jargon that may have been spewed from the translator widget, and if you feel the need to correct said translator’s grammar, it emphatically responds, quel est amour?

  • Fanette Mellier
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    Wednesday, August 13, 2008

    Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?


    ***Random post alert***

    I really try my best to keep the blog focused on art and design, but sometimes I can’t help but get sidetracked — what can I say, it helps keep me sane.

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    Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    cipher


    I keep getting asked to show a few more samples from my new series — so to appease the masses; I have just uploaded a preview page of mixed-media goodness.

    There is just enough work to give you an idea about materials and variety, but not enough to keep you from seeing an exhibition. If you are curious, prices haven’t been set yet, but if you see something you like, send me an email.

  • cipher preview
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    Monday, August 11, 2008

    Bookbinding Videos

    If you’ve ever wanted step-by-step instructions into the art of bookbinding, look no further. Teacher and binder Peter Baumgartner has put together this how-to video that covers each step in the bookbinding process.

    I give you fair warning, what you are about to see offers very little pizzazz, and if you are seeking entertainment, you will certainly be disappointed — however, the video is informative, and with multiple viewings, I think most folks could successfully follow along.

    The video has been broken into six segments, and most segments runs between 6 – 9 minutes. After the last video, there is a link to download the sewing template.













  • Sewing Template Link
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    Wednesday, August 6, 2008

    First Nike, Now Greyhound


    In what might be the worst timing ever for an ad campaign, Greyhound cannot pull its new ads fast enough. Late last week near Winnipeg, a sleeping man was stabbed, beheaded and cannibalized by a fellow bus passenger.

    I’m not sure, but it’s possible that some people might view the ad as insensitive, and under the current circumstances, entirely false — that’s just one man’s opinion though.

  • Greyhound scraps ad


  • AP Photo/Graeme Roy, The Canadian Press

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    Gawker Update


    I just received notification that the Gawker Artists site has been completely revamped. I was added to Gawker almost a year and a half ago, when there were maybe two-dozen artists featured; now, Gawker showcases over 500 artists worldwide.

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    Tuesday, August 5, 2008

    Abstract Satellite Images


    Environmental Graffiti is a really interesting site, with a lot of great content. It’s definitely worth visiting when you a have a few spare minutes.

    I very much enjoyed these abstract satellite images of Earth, taken from 400 miles away. I’m unsure whether the images have been manipulated, or if they are just capturing specific information such as heat, water, or land mass? But regardless, some of the images are quite captivating.

  • Satellite Images
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    Hot Volleyball A(ss)ction



    I love when legitimate news organizations try to increase readership with gratuitous stories attempting to be passed off as “news.”

    Take for instance this beauty by the folks at NBC. They needed twenty different pictures of super-fit international volleyball ass (and one face), in order to accompany the “gallery story” that consisted entirely of, “Hand signals are frequently used by beach volleyball players to communicate to their partners. The signals -- one or two fingers down, closed fist, etc. -- generally let their partner know who should attempt a block at the net on their opponents’ return.”

    Just once, I’d love to see them write what they actually mean:

    Hi, we’re NBC. The Olympics will soon be upon us, and our sponsors would love it if you tuned in daily. We just wanted to remind you that one of our featured events will be women’s volleyball. Man, those Brazilians sure are hot, and we at NBC love their little outfits. So please enjoy these photos, and if you would like to watch the real thing, tune into the Olympics on NBC. Oh yeah, and they do these really cool hand signals too.

  • Cracking the code
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