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Agenda Post Game Wrap Up

With Thousands of visitors the Agenda show was a huge success despite the dismal economy. Thanks to all the buyers who stopped by the booth. Keep an eye out for B/D’s Spring season coming to a shop near you in March.

Gateway to apparel paradise!

Gateway to apparel paradise!

 

The booth before the doors opening

The booth before the doors opening

 

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Shop til you drop

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Anish Kapoor’s Dark Whirlpool Installation Churns Ceaselessly Beneath An Old Movie Theater

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In a place usually left to stillness and silence, black waters churn ceaselessly. Anish Kapoor, a London-based artist known for his sculptural installations using stainless steel, PVC, and other media, has created a whirlpool beneath the wooden floorboards of a former movie theater in San Gimignano, Italy. With a spine-tingling power that seems to suck your gaze to the center of the earth, the vortex pulls endlessly downward into a lightless void. Darkly beautiful and hypnotic, the waters evoke feelings of both admiration and fear. Appealing to the fascination we have for black holes and infinite space, Kapoor has created an existential zone of disturbing liminality, a place which exists between presence and absence, here and there. Speaking of his fascination for spatial emptiness in the press release, Kapoor explains:

“All my life I have reflected and worked on the concept that there is more space than can be seen, that there are void spaces, or, as it were, that there is a vaster horizon. The odd thing about removing content, in making space, is that we, as human beings, find it very hard to deal with the absence of content. It’s the horror vacui. This Platonic concept lies at the origin of the myth of the cave, the one from which humans look towards the outside world. But here there is also a kind of Freudian opposite image, that of the back of the cave, which is the dark and empty back of being. Your greatest poet, Dante, also ventured into a place like that. It is the place of the void, which paradoxically is full – of fear, of darkness. Whether you represent it with a mirror or with a dark form, it is always the ‘back’, the point that attracts my interest and triggers my creativity.” (Source)

By creating this zone of dread — a vacuum of inverted reality that threatens our mortal existences with its apparent soullessness — Kapoor’s whirlpool unveils a special form of significance. The whirlpool is a world “which is paradoxically full,” for instead of beauty and safety, we are confronted with a vital impulse: a void brimming with life-affirming fear that destabilizes our constructions of reality. The whirlpool evades all concrete meaning by always moving, existing beyond our knowledge, troubling us with the notion of infinite absence.

The show ran until May 9th. This whirlpool is an another version of Kapoor’s Descension, which was featured earlier this year at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Visit Kapoor’s website and Galleria Continua to learn more. (Via My Amp Goes to 11)

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Sophie Crumb Can Draw!

I had no idea that famous comic icon R. Crumbs daughter, Sophie Crumb was making some amazing drawings of her own. She has that just came out along with a solo show at DCKT.

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Lisa Rienermann’s City Sky Typography

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Lisa Rienermann‘s Type the Sky series is reminiscent of the big city tourist’s point of view.  The tops of metropolitan buildings squeeze in the sky to form a unique alphabet.  Rienermann uses the negative space, the small patches of cloudy sky, between roofs to as the structure of a fun typography.  The font has been understandably popular.  The series received an award from the Type Directors Club New York.  It was also used by Mercedes and Renault for respective advertising campaigns.

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Joe Van Wetering

Joe Van WeteringJoe Van Wetering is a 22 year old designer/illustrator that prides himself as a Chicago native. Right now he works for a little T-shirt company called Threadless, and if you haven’t checked out their tees before, you should probably do so right now. Joe is also damn good at Tetris and if that isn’t your cup of tea, he will take you down in ping-pong. Watch your back.

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Rory Dean

Rory Dean deserves to be as prolific in the arts scene as pop culture references are within his work (read: very prolific). Dean, who graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2006, wields his brush and pencil with great acuity, throwing the world we’ve created for ourselves back into our faces with merciless black humor and insight. His colorful yet maddeningly dark paintings and drawings pull no punches in shedding the current state of affairs in an honest, and concurrently scary light. But cultural context aside, Dean’s work is mainly fun, quality stuff. You really can’t go wrong here.

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Gowri Savoor’s Compelling Sculptures Created Out Of Seeds

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  Gowri Savoor

Gowri Savoor

Gowri Savoor

Although Gowri Savoor experiments with dozens of different mediums, ranging from drawing and painting to mixed media sculptures made from fabrics, woods, her Seedscapes series might be the most immediately powerful. Taking various plant and fruit seeds which are pinned against boards like butterflies, in more geometrically-challenging patterns and formations, the sculptures resemble other natural forms, such as waves, sound-waves and snow or sand dunes.

The Leicester, England-born artist currently lives and works in Vermont, USA, where she gathers the various seeds used as materials in her metaphorically ephemeral works (including pumpkin, apple and sunflower). Says Savoor of her loaded-material choice, “In themselves they’re very fragile. No matter what I do, the pieces will continue to decay. There’s a human sadness as well, that everything will eventually die.” (via junk-culture)

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Covered

Original cover by John Byrne; Marvel 1985. Cover by Josh Holinaty.

Original cover by John Byrne; Marvel 1985. Cover by Josh Holinaty.

Covered is a blog that posts reinterpretations of original comic book covers by currently working illustrators and cartoonists. Some are mostly faithful tributes, others are clever subversions that alter the meanings of the originals. Others still are completely bizarre, eschewing traditional comic aesthetics for something totally different. I’d love to see Kyle Thomas do one of these.

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