Some of you long time B/D fans know that I originally started the magazine in 1996 while growing up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. Although there is a lot of talented artists in the region I wouldn’t say that the local community is very supportive of underground magazines, the arts, or creativity in general. Most people are wrapped up in the politics of D.C. and could care less about art. So it was a a great surprise to get a call from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) asking me to come to my hometown and give a talk about B/D. Needless to say I jumped at the chance.I’ve always wanted to go back to where it all started in hopes of inspiring the next wave of Viriginia artists to give the middle finger to mediocrity and make things happen. Not only are the fine folks at NOVA flying out yours truly but they have an entire week of events including a public mural program, workshops on stenciling and wheatpasting, and a batch of other talks to get your creative juices flowing. This event is completely free and open to the public. If you’re in the Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland area come by and say hello. It should be a good time!
I heard about a new public art installation called Event Horizon set to debut in the area around Madison Square Park in New York, so I decided to go check it out for myself, not simply because Event Horizon is one of my all time favorite horror flicks, but because it also sounded like an amazing way to spend a beautiful friday afternoon. English sculptor Antony Gormley cast 31 different molds of himself, and has placed them on a series of rooftop perches along the city skyline. There are supposed to be more of these naked men standing on the grounds of Madison Square Park and on the sidewalks in the surrounding area, but I could not find them when I was out and about. It was pretty cool to spot one of these guys from far away, but I’m not sure I would’ve noticed them if I wasn’t already looking. Nevertheless, very very cool. I dug a little deeper, and it turns out Gormley is an extremely accomplished artist, with museum shows all over the world, and several prominent public sculptures, including The Angel of the North located in Gateshead, England. He also won the Turner Prize in 1994, which if you didn’t know, is kind of a big deal. I strongly suggest going to check it out!
Chicago’s Paul Octavious creates imaginative and whimsical scenes from household objects and everyday life. His work is full of clever ideas that always make me smile. Make sure to check out his gravity-defying “The Book Collection” where he plays a literary Jenga to spell out words and numbers.
See more of Paul’s work at his website and below the jump. Then see how many books you can stack up.
Design partners M/M (Paris) put their spin on the alphabet for a collaboration with Prada, creating architectural black and white type where each letter is related to the others. They will release 5 collectible shirts with different letters on the front and the Prada-M logo on the back. Wear a different one each day and see what you can spell!
Now who will be first to make this into a font? More alphabet fun after the cut.
James Chong touches some of my favorite things like Star Wars, flannel, and dinosaurs with chest hair. He creates colorful and sometimes chaotic illustrations full of hidden gems. The longer you look the better they get.
Check out the Los Angeles illustrator at his website and hit the jump for more goodies.
Danish-icelandic Olafur Eliasson has done it again! “Your chance encounter” is showing at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan. His intent to make his work engaging and relevant in the tailored museum space brings the institution to life. The rooms and corridors are transformed through his use of light, mirrors, shadow, color, wind and fog. Eliasson re-proposes the idea of the art museum as not just simply a building we go into to see art removed from society, but as more of a public space with the potential to engage society and the urban environment. If you’ve had the “chance encounter” with Olafur’s new installation, let us know what you think- was he successful in doing so?
What if you watch a film and whenever you pause it, you face a painting? This idea inspired Reza Dolatabadi to make Khoda. Over 6000 paintings were painstakingly produced during two years to create a five minutes film that would meet high personal standards. Khoda is a psychological thriller; a student project which was seen as a ‘mission impossible’ by many people but eventually proved possible!