“If I didn’t go to art school, my mother would send me to a military academy.” A week or so ago, we featured the work of Brooklyn based artist Mu Pan. Here’s a brief interview with the artist in his studio from Kristen Holmes in which he expounds on some of his influences, inspirations, and process. Video after the jump.
Photographer Abelardo Morell brings that outdoors in in his series Camera Obscura. Morell installs a lens or prism in a window and transforms an entire room into a camera obscura. The view outside is then projected on the opposing wall – upside down through the lens and right side up through the prism. A long-exposure photograph captures the outside world as its projected within the room. He says of the process and series:
“Over time, this project has taken me from my living room to all sorts of interiors around the world. One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and outside.
Much of the work of Brandon Vickerd carries an uneasy quality about it. They often feel as if a situation is suddenly shifting from normal to worst-case-scenario. Vickerd’s work reveals the death and disaster hidden beneath the mundane we take for granted. For these pieces, The Passenger and The Passenger II, Vickerd creates life like sculpture from previously living material. Taxidermied animals appear to make up the body of a person that is otherwise waiting. The sculptures were installed in public areas wearing normal clothing.
Guy Laramee delicately cuts caverns through the centers of books. He carves the pages away to reveal caves that seem to be ready to be explored. His work explores the insides of books in a very literal way. Indeed, Laramee’s sculptures in way recall the plot of a classic: Journey to the Center of the Earth. And, in fact, Laramee mentions this book in his statement on the series. He says:
“Like in Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, we seem to be chained to this quest. We “have to” know what lies inside things. But in doing so, we bury ourselves in the “about-ness” of our productions – language, function, etc- all things “about” other things.”
Elyse Busenbark, it is with a heavy heart embossed upon antique letterpress stationary set that I bid ye farewell. Where to begin waxing philosophic of your many talents? Your enthusiasm, hard work, tolerance of Ziggy’s tummy-shames and epic masterminding of our new and improved intern binder have all brightened everybody’s days here at the office! Not only have I grown so fond of you that I call you by your spirit name (as opposed to the serial number we assign to all B/D interns), I will actually miss you! All jokes aside, we here at B/D wish to issue you a resounding thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your help during your time here! And…Elyse is a great graphic designer. (That’s why we hired her, duh.) Check out some of her work after the jump…and leave a comment wishing her well! Better yet email her and give her freelance work!
NYC via Arizona artist Joe Sorren creates oil paintings of idyllic children and their soft, forgiving companions. He shares a similar palette with Dave Cooper, and both artists have also been represented, at one time or another, by the same gallery (Jonathan Levine in Chelsea, NYC). But that’s pretty much where the comparisons end. Where Cooper depicts hedonistic wood-nymphs frolicking in the woods, Sorren places children sitting on a blanket reading a book. The artist’s beautiful paintings show us that there is as much intrigue and mystery in the lighter (and perhaps also sad) elements in in life as there are in the dark, animalistic realm of self-serving greed. Sorren will hold a small solo show in Levine’s project room in December.
Fixed Design hails from San Francisco and we first saw them at this year’s Dwell on Design event. Their products are pretty stunning, our personal favorite was this turntable and record collection friendly shelf called the Extended Play.
It’s an acrylic stone shelf nestled at an angle inside a walnut shell, the unit has casters making it super easy to move from room to room. They are even stackable! Thumbs way up!