When and why did the turntable morph from playback device to musical instrument? Why have mobile phones evolved changeable skins? How many meanings can one attach to such mundane things as tennis balls? The answers to such questions illustrate “Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects,” which examines the cultural meanings of things and the role of designers in their design and production. Meet author Prasad Boradkar, purchase a signed copy of the book and participate in the discussion about design at 6:30pm. Cocktails and book signing starts at 5:30 pm.
We were one of the lucky 300 guests invited to celebrate 10 years of Prius at the picture perfect, Wright Organic Resource Center in Malibu. The celebration included green workshops and presentations by Eric Wright (architect and grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright), Robert Llewellyn, and editors from Wired Magazine, live music by M. Ward, a DJ set by Shepard Fairey, and an unforgettable dinner under the stars by Outstanding in the Field.
Welcome to the 10 Years of Prius party in Malibu, California!
Private concert by M. Ward.
Grilled peppers for appetizers.
The dining table was breathtaking, elegant, and comfortable -- a perfect way to spend time with friends on an incredibly beautiful day.
I was fortunate to be invited to the 10 Years of Prius party in Malibu and before I recap the memorable day, I wanted to share a few photos of a Prius prototype with you. This beautiful machine was designed by the C&A Development Department. Um, hello?! I'm blown away. I wonder if you would even hear it roaring up behind you?! What a lean, green, kick ass machine!
Javier Piñón: O Babalon October 14 - November 13, 2010 Reception for the Artist: Thursday, October 14th, 6-8 pm
Javier Piñón’s 2010 exhibition of collages is built around depictions of the highly charged image of the earth goddess Babalon, her attendants, priestesses and their mystical terrain unfolding in a narrative of liberation, sensuality, death and rejuvenation. Together the female players act as warrior protectorates and elusive guards of mysterious natural rites, often in what appears to be an acts of sacrifice or sensual oblation. The densely rendered surroundings are a culmination of the singularly meticulous technical approach of the artist, carving and sculpting his original two dimensional source materials into optically accurate, air-tight backdrops that seem to heave and breathe with expectation.
Piñón’s works reference a wide range of visual precedents, from the French academic William-Adolphe Bouguereau and British Neo-classicist John William Godward to American illustrator Maxfield Parrish and pop-culture cult icons like Frank Frazetta. He unites the compositions in palette, light and tone with snippets carefully culled from mid-century magazines like Arizona Highways and The Time Life Nature Library, a group of books the artists studied as a child. Expanding on past concentrations of the heroic male figure, Piñón here investigates the distaff half of his mytho-poetic narrative; nearly absent of male presence, save two figures disguised or transmogrified into animals, only male skeletal remains litter the sylvan sets of a captivating drama.
The artist was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Houston, Texas where he became engrossed with the ideals and expectations of the American West and vintage Americana, in general. His work has been featured internationally in shows including El Museo del Barrio’s Bienal and the Beijing Biennale. Piñón received a 2007 artist fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). His work and the exhibition will be previewed in the October issue of Modern Painters.
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