Last Saturday we had the pleasure of taking a fun day trip to the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya with our Art Board. We spent the day on a remote island, enjoyed red snapper on a floating restaurant, and topped it off with a breathtaking trip through the Gulf. Not a bad "day at the office!" Pura Vida as they say...
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And then there was Basel.... A massive week of art in Miami. Everything one needed to catch up on what is happening in the world of art. Although the massive Art Basel normally takes the spotlight, I truthfully enjoyed PULSE, OHWOW, GGG and other shows much much more. Just walking the streets of Wynwood was a rare experience, watching each block get painted by artists like Futura, Shepard Fairey, and many more. There was something to be said about such a public process that lacks all exclusivity. There is also something to be said when one can witness art in process. Seeing my close friend David Abir put his piece together into the early hours of the morning grinding before PULSE opened doors, and then seeing the reaction on people's faces when they finally saw it was unforgettable. A girl ran up to David crying and said, "Thank You!" as she gave hive a warm hug. Everyone I've shown this piece to has been forever touched. Such moments are hard to describe but you see people connecting with art, that is the artist's most immense gratification, a true marker of their tremendous efforts.Walking through the shows some pieces stuck out more than others, others had a certain subtle yet genius quality, and as always there were pieces I couldn't connect to. But the saturation in this culture, especially when guided by friends in the industry, was an interesting experience as whole, especially learning more about the artist's purpose/background with each piece. The variety of mediums, materials, and ingenuity was mind blowing. The ability for such an immense display of expression and talent to exist and reach such a broad audience is truly a feat in and of itself. Enjoy the images I snapped while there...[gallery link="file" columns="5"]
When Costa Rica's brightest young architects, designers, and creatives get together, the results speak for themselves. Such a wide array of talent was exhibited at the show. The variety of installations, mediums, and expression was mind blowing. The beauty of this show was the interaction. The ability to touch, use, enjoy all of this art was amazing. This interactive experience allows one to form a greater bond and truly grasp things we see. Shows like this one need to go on, as the collaboration and the exhibition of young talent is priceless. Its a rare glimpse into the minds of the future, to see what envelopes are being pushed, what crazy ideas are popping up, and what norms are being shattered. Unless people take risks and step out onto the limb, it is hard to get good results. This show was about risks, it was about the cutting edge, and it was about creativity. The ideators, dreamers, and open minds behind this show succeed beyond their imagination, and not just because of the turn-out but rather the reaction their pieces evoked. Fore this is the true award - the look on the faces of those who have been moved and enlightened by these installations. I look forward to seeing further collaborations of this kind![gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"]
Hi friends, I will be documenting Art Basel Miami this year in a search for the ultimate experience. As art steps out of the realm of exclusivity and into our lives, it is the experiential element that allows anyone to appreciate it. As a layman myself, there are few pieces that really touch me and teach me about my sense and my understanding of art. The below installation will be a feature at Pulse in the center of Art Basel. David Abir is an artist, composer, philosopher and has become a dear friend. The below images do not do justice to his work, but it has changed the lives of many of my peers and has opened my eyes. These massive rooms combine a shifting of the most emotionally powerful colors and moving pieces of music David creates. I am not only happy to have experienced this in my lifetime, but excited for others to have this in their lives. I will not bore you with the typical art banter, but David's work is truly next level. Timeless, moving, and truly valuable in the emotion it evokes and the state of mind it puts one in. This is one of the great artists of our time, and we need not a museum or a gallery or a critic to tell us this, this has been validated by each and every person i've taken to his studio.
See Live coverage of David's work and others at Basel on Dec. 3!
I like the interaction between graffiti and urban architecture! Like the zipper on the side of the building posted last month. There is so much room for creativity and so many interesting examples I've seen in Costa Rica. This one brought to us by the Wooster collective.
Via Wooster Collective
Crack is Wack! I remember driving by that wall along the FDR so many times. Keith was an NYC artistic period piece embodied in one man. Loved by the likes of Warhol, grew up with Madonna, worshiped by art lovers around the world - he was such an integral piece in the NYC puzzle at the time. Christina Clausen's - Universe of Haring was an amazing documentary I enjoyed at the Tribeca Film Festival.
PS Going back to Costa Tuesday!
Ridiculously awesome. Look at the hand sown binding and the laser cut stencil! Damn thats nice.
On fun packaging that has recently shown up ~ how awesome is this Made Of Japan (TAB Exclusive Boxed Edition) by Onitsuka Tiger ~ the packaging is stunning with a laser cut tiger motif on the cardboard sleeve that i’m just itching to spray paint as a stencil to see how it would look… From the TAB site: “Exclusive to TAB: the book comes in a box with a laser-cut Tiger sleeve. Limited to 250 boxes! Onitsuka Tiger is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year - an event of major significance in Japan. Made of Japan is the beautiful result of a journey into taste: 260 pages presenting the brands’ original sports heritage, its vision and evolution, and its influence as a style icon amongst fashion leaders, artists, athletes and sports fans around the world.” Take a peek on the next page of the awesome packaging (the sleeve and box are gorgeous ~ and the binding style as well!) + some of my favorite pics from within! Continue reading...
Nice Piece for Costa!
James Dyson's Water Flow Illusion
This fountain, which appeared at the Royal Horticultural Society's recent Chelsea Flower Show, was designed by noted British vacuum sexifier James Dyson. Inspired by Escher's "Waterfall," Dyson's "Wrong Garden" incorporates a clever design to create the illusion that water flows up each of the four ramps before cascading over the end. A detail of how it really works is below. Massive props to Flickr user zeddy1200, whose photograph, shown above, seems to be the only decent hi-res image of the fountain online.
Must see indie: The Cove
This is a crazy documentary that won the audience award at Cannes 2009. You must watch the preview. Guerrilla Documentary meets Bourne identity. Loco
PS Also cool that I saw this on Kottke.org. He is considered the first blogger ever - woo hoo. Bet he's a dork. But I guess so am I hehe.