This documentary features the story of self-made curators Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, a couple who began collecting works of unknown artists in the early 60s, crowding their little one bedroom apartment with tiny artworks by following two rules: 1. affordable, 2. small enough to fit in their apartment. The collection developed into one of the most important contemporary compilations – many of the amateurs they befriended in their early years continued on to become world renowned artists. Today, the collection is worth millions of dollars, but the couple has yet to sell a single piece. Their apartment got so packed, Dorothy reminisced, “Not even a toothpick could be squeezed in.” The couple donated a great part of their collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The Vogels still live in the same little apartment, and have restarted their collection again. “Curatorial visionaries,” they started their collection on meager means, Herbert a postal clerk and Dorothy a librarian; even with the rising fame of their collection, the two have maintained a humble lifestyle, sharing their space with fresh art, 19 turtles, fish, and a cat!
Space age abstraction – the power of design tools. Bechira Sorin’s recent digital work, especially the one above, retain a Neo-Dali aesthetic. I love how seamlessly everything ties together, and how fluid his composition is. That said, the futuristic surrealism does not speak for all his work, check out his other illustrations and experiments with typography after the jump.
Short Order Cook | Marathon, TX | 2-Person Household | She can bench press over 300 lbs. | 2007
In his “You Are What You Eat” portrait series, Mark Menjivar examines the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the United States. The result is an exploration of hunger issues, of “how we care for our bodies, for others, and for the land.” The result is a full spectrum of interpersonal connectivity in which everyone is truthfully represented.
In his statement, Menjivar claims, “A refrigerator is both a private and a shared space. One person likened the question, ‘May I photograph the interior of your fridge?’ to asking someone to pose nude for the camera. Each fridge is photographed ‘as is.’ Nothing added, nothing taken away.”
3:2 An experiment in time travel. Subject lived in isolation for three weeks adjusting to a slow clock, experiencing only two weeks 2008
Continuing my Rhizome Commissions coverage, here is Office for the development of Substitute Materials. Their work deals in the relationship between objects and how humans use them, or how objects become more human just because we are using them. The ideas about tools and their relationships to us and each other is incredibly smart but at the same time, attainable in their simplicity. The way they document their work is also very beautiful. I’m a big fan. You can see their Rhizome proposal after the jump (it’s the last item in the post).
Daniel Entonado‘s work is friendly and wonderfully disproportionate. He conjures up whimsical situations, and executes them in a style mildly reminiscent of patchwork. I enjoy how his colors are not quite bright and not exactly pastel, but a nice medium.
Chow Martin uses ink and charcoal on mylar to create these magnificent half-animal, half-human, entirely fictional creatures. His intense, expressive linework seems to capture the flesh and muscles lying beneath the subject’s skin…or fur.
One of our beloved former interns, Lyndsey Lesh, recently designed the shirt “Music Mountain” during her stay here at Beautiful/Decay. We were blown away by Lyndsey’s drive & talent and one of her final projects before venturing out into the great, wide, world was to design June’s T-Shirt of the month! (In case you haven’t heard, we are releasing a limited edition, 300 print run T-Shirt in a unique color way each month on the online shop for 33% off retail price- $20 a shirt!)
Lyndsey’s illustration style can best be described as whimsical works that depict a world of idiosyncratic fancy, sweetness and charm. Her images have a soft spoken quality that reflect the hand-rendered application of her materials. Her shirt, “Music Mountain” depicts a sincere DJ atop a landscape of stereo equipment, musical gear and chubby hands holding records, drum sticks and microphones.
Check out Kako Ueda‘s cut paper masterpieces! With each project, she explores her deep interest in organic beings (insects, animals, and humans alike), and weaves them into mind-bogglingly intricate, extraordinarily precise patterns and forms. Her newest work (immediately after the jump!), still in-progress, is a hybrid figure measuring about 7 feet high!