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Monday, September 8, 2014


MUSIC - added to our Reading List
Why did it take so long?
Today we add two new blogs to our reading list. Both present information about new contemporary music: Pitchfork and The Line of Best Fit.
From time to time, we will recommend items from each - and present them to you - with a follow-up link to one site or the other.
And from Pitchfork, an article about Ariel Pink - the double album, pom pom, which will be out November 18.
So, take a look!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Today's Picks

Whether you are at work or tending to your children or sitting at a cafe, sipping tea - you will want to take a break and appreciate the artistry in the following recommendations.
Although printed via machinery the ceramics accomplished by Olivier van Herpt will intrigue you - as will the striking watercolors of Karina Eibatova.
Then, to answer your question as to whether or not you would purchase an ancient tea cup for 36 million dollars, follow the link below.
While you ask that question, put your tongue firmly in-cheek and take a peek at the new friends of artist / photographer, Dita Pepe.
Afterwards, slip on your new vacuum formed shoes (thanks to Lou Moria) and walk yourself over to Gallery LVS and view the exquisite, minimal ceramic work of Minsoo Lee.
So, put down that fork, call the baby-sitter, take a break from work, kick your feet up - and enjoy!
Printed ceramics by Olivier van Herpt, cfile

Watercolor minerals by Karina Eibatova, Colossal

36 million dollar teacup, cfile

Artist Dita Pepe incorporates herself
into the lives of other, Colossal

Lou Moria's vacuum-formed shoes, Designboom

Minsoo Lee's Inner Spaces ceramics, cfile

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Narrow Band of Light

From Deezen, a posting about Milton Glaser's elegant image, addressing the crucial issue of climate change. The emerald green band at the bottom of the sphere is symbolic of the small portion of life remaining on earth. According to Mr. Glaser, "There is no more significant issue on earth than its survival."
For more information, please visit Dezeen or the website of Milton Glaser.
From Mr. Glaser's website:

Milton Glaser (b.1929) is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. He was selected for the lifetime achievement award of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (2004) and the Fulbright Association (2011), and in 2009 he was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of the Arts award. As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter, Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He opened Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and continues to produce a prolific amount of work in many fields of design to this day.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Three

innovate |ˈinəˌvāt|verb [ no obj. ]make changes in something established, esp. by introducing new methods, ideas, or products: the company's failure to diversify and innovate competitively.• with obj. ] introduce (something new, esp. a product): innovating new products, developing existing ones.
Constantine Zlatev, from designboom
Artist, Constantine Zlatev takes a double barreled shotgun, and with electronics and technology, remodels them into musical instruments - producing etheric flute-like sounds. Something potentially used for killing is now transformed into a musical instrument - something for the concert hall.
Designer, Marcel Dunger, takes "shards" of maple wood, introduces  colorful translucent resin and converts them into functional works of jewelry-art.
And speaking of transformation, Olafur Eliasson recreates a riverbed inside of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art - nature and art overlap, blurring boudaries between inside and outside.
Enjoy the work of these inspired artists.
Marcel Dunger, from Colossal

Olafur Eliasson, Riverbed, 2014, installation shot 
photo by Anders Sune Berg, courtesy of the
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art -
from designboom

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Mix

Beginning a new week, we are taken on a journey, starting with the smart, yet "goofy knick-knacks", of Nathan Prouty… then onto powerful tornados of light, by Martin Kimbell. Midway along this journey, we find colorful, printed men's pocket hankies. And for a sip of tea, we gallivant to a 130 year old Japanese pottery shop - where contemporary graphics hold reign. Finally, what could be more stylish and a feast to the eyes, then the sleek lines of beautiful Bugatti.
While Monday signals a new beginning, these eye-catching photographs will take you into new world. So follow the links!
Nathan Prouty, Banana Globe, 2014, from cfile

Martin Kimbell's Light Tornadoes, from Colossal

Pocket Squares and more from P. Johnson Tailors

A modern spin on traditional Kutani tableware, from Colossal

Classic style and design by Bugatti

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Luminous Pattern

Dome of Shah (Imam) Mosque, Iran

Exquisite lacy pattern lifts us into a world that is beyond art, beyond time. Artist, Mohammad Domiri photographs the interior architecture and finely colored patterns of Iranian Mosques. The beauty of  these images is in their immaculate representation of highly ordered architecture and meticulous, ornamental design. We are inspired by the artistry of this fine work, which captures the heart and soul of these interiors.
Credit for these amazing photographs is given to Mr. Domiri. For more images, please follow this link to designboom.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Silverlake Garden

Each year, our garden surprises us.
While our Dwarf Blue Nile Lilies hardly pushed out a bloom last year, this year they bloom profusely. One of two Buddhas, handcrafted approximately thirty years ago, silently meditates in another part of our garden - and enjoys a floral offering. Two potted plants placed at both ends of a path (an Impatiens and a Vinca), clamor for attention - and each is given the attention it deserves, through good nutrition and admiration.
A neglected section of shady garden, now invites respect from us, with plantings of Heliotrope and a potted Camelia.
And, last but not least, a cutting given to us by Santa Barbara friends has happily grown into a lovely copper and sage-green beauty - a Kalanchoe orygalis.
Thus far, summer in our Silverlake garden has been a delight!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Light and Movement

Artist / Photographer Vincent Brady

Vincent Brady refers to himself as "a traveling wannabe 21st Century photographer".
When I first viewed a still image of his planetary panorama - Devils Tower and The Heavens, Wyoming - it brought to mind another Vincent - Van Gogh - who, in 1889 painted, The Starry Night. Later, I found an image of Mr. Brady in front of a mural depicting, in part, the Van Gogh painting. As I delved further into the biography and statements made by Mr. Brody, the relationship to Van Gogh seems only mildly applicable.
©Vincent Brady
In his biography, Mr. Brady states that he loves "to be far away from city lights shooting the night sky on clear moonless nights. The night is full of mystery and wonder (and) I have found no feeling like that of having an unobstructed view of distant stars while being in amazing locations."
©Vincent Brady
Mr. Van Gogh painted, en plein air, attempting to find just the right stroke of paint to capture light falling upon and reflected by an object, a flower, a star. Mr. Brady's passion parallels that of the historic post-impressionist painter to a point, in that he also captures, on site, "the light that is hard to see and just beyond the naked eye." While the latter artist's quest was a struggle, emotionally, Mr. Brady's path is one which radiates positivity and wonder - illustrated in his description of "working" with fireflies as subject:
"So these creatures are really cool. I don't know if you've ever noticed them. We call them fireflies or lightning bugs, but they aren't a fly or a bug. They are beetles, and there's over a 1000 different species of them. Some get in sync when they blink and some don't even light up at all. In most cases the males are the ones flying around blinking while the female blinks from a leaf or branch. They munch on small snails and such when they are in the glowworm stage of their life, they don't seem to eat anything in their short 24 hour to 7 day adult life, however after the mating it's not uncommon for the female to devour the male. They don't bother you or bite you, not a pest by any means… Fireflies just bless you with their presence, light up, make love, and call it a life."
©Vincent Brady
To be enveloped within subject matter - to feel a part of it - one with it - is where art resides. Much like an inventor using everyday materials to develop a thing entirely new, an artist develops a technique, a process, over a certain course of time, using trial and error until the desired effect is manifested. Always experimenting, searching and stretching beyond his limits, Brady's personal process is touched upon as he states:
"While experimenting with different photography tricks and techniques back in 2012, I was shooting 360 degree panoramas in the daytime and long exposures of the stars streaking in the sky at night. It suddenly became clear that the potential to combine the two techniques could be a trip! Since the Earth is rotating at a steady 1,040 mph I created a custom rig of 4 cameras with fisheye lenses to capture the entire night-sky in motion. Thus the images show the stars rotating around the north star as well as the effect of the southern pole as well and a 360 degree panorama of the scene on Earth. Each camera is doing nonstop long exposures, typically about 1 minute consecutively for the life of the camera battery. Usually about 3 hours. I then made a script to stitch all the thousands of these panoramas into this time-lapse."
The dynamic activity of our planet, as illustrated by stars in continual revolution or daubs of light, floating in space, resembling a hyper-active Larry Poons' painting - nature's elements and creatures in movement, create a world where artist and subject are as one.
©Vincent Brady
As I viewed each video, I was transported into the sphere of the photographer. I felt the dynamic quality of nature and its rhythms. Ultimately I was captivated by the work of Vincent Brady.

For more information, and to view videos, please visit:
Vincent Brady's website
Music by Brandon McCoy
All photographs on this page are copyrighted by Vincent Brady. Please contact Mr. Brady, directly, if planning to publish his work. Thanks.

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