Big ups to self-proclaimed "backpack hip hop designer of the 21st century" and creative director Kevin Lyons, whom I had the distinct pleasure of working with at Tokion way back when! And I mean waaaaay back...
I love Doze. And I am happy to see him drop knowledge and tell his story. My favorite quote... "Fuck being clever. Fuck just being smart. It's about feelings. It's really about destroying, man. About being your own god. And not taking any shorts. Have big balls. Crap your nuts. And say, 'Hey, fuck it'. Don't be afraid, man."
'Architecture & Influence' is one of two new films produced for the Philip Johnson Glass
House Oral History Project. It features interviews with friends of Philip Johnson including starchitects and other creatives such as Robert A.M.
Stern, Charles Gwathmey, Michael Graves, Vincent Scully, Richard
Rogers, Norman Foster and Jaquelin T. Robertson.
Following are two choice clips from friends participating in the 'Installation 5' charity auction. Buy art for a good cause. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to support Creative Capital. Auction closes Sept 30th. More information on the tour at scion.com/installation
"I'm very much interested in the whole metaphysics of the criminal aspects of life." - Rob Abeyta Jr.
"Think about what you really love to do and make that a priority." - Souther Salazar
An interview with French artist, Invader. I especially enjoyed his explanation of the genesis of his signature mosaic style. I love hearing how or what made someone start down the creative path of an artist:
"I think I could say my life was saved by art when I was young. I really did not know what to do [with] my life. One day I realized art was made for me. Maybe that was my way to follow and that was a solution for me to do something with my life. Then I started to study life and read books about art and art really became my life. To be an artist... to have the only way for me to have a life and to do something in my life."
Buff Monster, Hustler of Happy Pink, 30, Hollywood California
If you’re ever in a room with Buff, it’s hard to miss him. His hair’s unusual, sometimes colorful, and he’s generally got his head cocked back, laughing at something. The Hawaiian born artist loves Japanese culture, the color pink, ice cream, and heavy metal. And if you couldn’t guess that by looking at his art, you’re probably pretty daft. To find out how one can live in such a happy fantasy world, read on...
How many careers have you had? What is your current title?
I used to work as an Art Director/Creative Director in the magazine world, but now I’m an Artist. Sometimes I do design work.
I'd never heard of digital artist Cassandra C. Jones before viewing this BoingBoing clip. But now that I've seen what she does, I've decided I really, really, really want her kaleidoscopic cheerleader "wallpaper" to hang in my home. Having been a jr. high, high school, and college cheerleader, this "money shot" piece entertains me on so many different levels. It's fun... it's fucked up. It's cheeky and unexpected.
Ms. Jones' original works are created by taking the mundane (redundant shots of sunsets, flamingos, flying geese, etc.) and refashioning them meticulously into more exciting works. We are made painfully aware of her attention to detail as she strategically pieces other people's photographs together to create an entirely new work of art. What's old is new, again.
Cassandra Jones' art opening for "Send Me A Link" opens at Baer Ridgway tonight in San Francisco. Don't miss it!
Humor plays a big role in award winning illustrator and artist Gary Baseman's life. Listen to him wax poetic about how the real world inspires his work in this White Canvas interview.
Knowing Gary well, I really, really enjoyed this clip. He is true blue, " Everything in my art is all very bittersweet. And the bittersweetness is pretty much a major theme in everything I do. And it's not that it makes things horrible, its just part of life. That's what life is, it's the beauty of it that makes a great song, that makes a great story. Everything isn't going to be happy. Everything's not going to be perfect. My goal is to find the human truth, to find things about the human condition and not being able to stop myself because I think I may offend somebody. My goal isn't to offend somebody, but if I do, tough."
The Eames Office is hosting an exhibition "Notes for a Celebration" to celebrate the art and design of Ray Eames. She was an American designer, married to Charles Eames, who worked in furniture, graphic, and industrial design, film and architecture. What I enjoyed so much from the show were the paper doll cut outs Ray made as a child. Well, those and the incredibly beautiful hand-written notes.
Matthew B. Nelson, Hustler of Stitches, 36, Arlington, VA
22-year friend. Musician. Artist. Matt has been true blue his whole life. A creative force from a young age, I remember stage diving at his high school performances and later supporting his live concerts in legit Los Angeles night clubs. Fast forward another decade and I'm falling in love with his fabric art all over again. The folk inspiration. The human touch. Matt's creative output is full of feelings. Here's some of the tenderness. And lots of the soul.
How many careers have you had?
I have quit more jobs than any person ever. Student, mail room boy, musician, barista, INS employee, student, graphic designer.
I had the pleasure of meeting Noel Hidalgo at Lift 08. He spoke about his trip around the world on other people's dimes. He seemed like quite the adventurer and someone who lived life fully. I liked that Noel seemed to be a doer, not just a talker. I guess those who seek will always find.
NPR interviewed Noel about his new job as a Manhattan taxi driver. If you want to keep track of his whereabouts, follow his taxi cab tweets or his blog/vlog, taxinyc, where he documents his road trip in becoming a New York City taxi cab driver. If you live in Manhattan, I hope you stumble into Yellow Cab (3y43) someday. I guarantee this driver will have plenty of stories to share!