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Design Watch: Vial’s Fida Folding Mat

Appealing design and intelligent function come together in Vial’s Fida Folding Mat.  The next time you need to sit on the ground, plan ahead and get yourself this mat. Turn heads at the park, and make people jealous of your good taste and better design sense. It’s reversible, sturdy, has a pocket to store your reading materials, packs up easily and my favorite part is that it folds into a backrest. If you have a birthday gift coming up, this would be an awesome thing to get.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Justice- Civilization

 

Start the work day right with this video directed by Edouard Salier for Justice’s single Civilization. Watch the full video and see how buffalos bring about the end of civilization after the jump.

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A Gigantic Outdoor Disco Ball By Michel De Broin

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This is a huge disco ball.  The hugest, actually.  Michel De Broin‘s newest site specific installation One Thousand Speculations was created for Toronoto’s Luminato Festival.  The piece consists of disco ball over 25 feet in diameter hoisted 80 feet into the air, spun and spotlit each night of the festival.  The ‘thousand’ of the piece’s title likely refers to the ball’s mirrors – a thousand of which reflect on David Pecaut Square below.  Each of the individual mirrors reflect a large swath of light that travels over the yards and buildings each evening.  The surrounds, perhaps unavoidably, seem to feel just a little more lighthearted.

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Jeremy Willis

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Jeremy Willis had me over to his Brooklyn studio and we hung out and talked about his paintings.  Willis describes the paintings anthropomorphically – as wanting to be doing something human, like giving birth, hugging you or selling you illicit substances.  The majority of the paintings are big and surround you with saturated colors and chaotic space.  They do feel like they have an overwhelming emotional content, and the paintings reflect the messy nature of life.  Look for more from Jeremy soon.

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Danny Bertner’s Tracking Robots

 

T.I.M. (tracking interactive mechanism) is a kinetic installation by  artist/robot builder Danny Bertner. Using the open source development environment, Arduino along with Processing, Danny  uses an OpenCV library (open computer vision ) to track faces of the viewer. The mechanisms behavior is interactive, yet random when the audience “provokes” it  (i.e. stepping within range of a photocells value spectrum). Interested in our association with movement and how physical behaviors can provoke our innate behaviors, Danny is aesthetically inspired by early 90’s sci-fi animatronics and horror.  Watch a video of the installation in action after the jump.

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Melanie Daniel’s Apocalyptic Dreamscapes

 

Melanie Daniel explodes forms, objects, patterns, and color to make her paintings and the results are joyfully apocalyptic dreams. She gives us some recognizable forms–an arch, a fench, a tower, fish?– forms which make us turn much of the painting into a Rorschach test– Are those rectangle strokes cars? Are those squares buildings? Are those black lines woods that have overrun an industrial town? Or maybe they’re all just rectangles, squares, and lines, there to overwhelm us in this dreamscape. Whatever the case, her paintings are optical quick sand, making it difficult to stop looking and thinking about the worlds in front of you. Her show at the Asya Geisberg Gallery ends on the 20th, so try to stop by while you still can!

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Brent Wadden

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German based artist Brent Wadden has shown his psychedelic drawings and paintings all over the world, and with good reason. He also makes intense wall drawings and installation pieces that remind me a little of Andrew Shoultz’s work in all its expansive grandeur. Perfectly executed and beautiful in its simplicity, it’s the kind of art I love to stumble upon late at night when I should be sleeping.

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The Brush And Can Street Art Of Jaz

Argentinian Street artist Jaz can often be seen at work with an aerosol can in one hand in a brush in the other.  He sprays and blends in a way that makes his work especially expressionistic for street art.  Jaz’ style and process are more often found on the smaller scale of the canvas gallery.  While consciously veering from the typical New York based street art style, Jaz says

“But the main idea about graffiti is to work in the street.  It isn’t about the tools you use of the paradigm of signing your name” [via]

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