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Ralph Lauren : L’Art de l’automobile

I’ve always seen cars as art. Moving art. While friends of mine were into paintings, I somehow felt that the real beauty of owning a rare & magnificently designed car was the fact that you can use it. You can look at it, enjoy its visual qualities as with a painting, but you can also get inside and drive it – which means both enjoying the drive itself and going somewhere with it. How these are put together, the purposefulness with which they were created, in every detail – the engine, the mechanics, the outside ornamentation, the design of the wheels, the whole spirit – is very, very exciting. And on top of that you have the men who created these cars, Mr. Porsche, Mr. Bugatti, Mr. Ferrari, and their backgrounds, their heritages, their fascinating histories, their reasons for driving and building these cars – I find it all very stimulating.

– Ralph Lauren in Speed, Style & Beauty, 2004.

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Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

May 4, 2011 at 12:48 am

‘Never Judge…?’

A Group Exhibition In Association with Penguin Books
03.12.10 – 19.12.10 Never judge a book by the cover.

The age old proverb is easier said than done, when choosing a read who can’t be swayed by good cover art, the cover after all has the job of explaining thousands of words in an instant. Think of the classic covers that grace the jackets of thousands of books and the names of the truly great artists that have put their artwork to novels, creating iconic classic covers for these classic books, but is the book cover dying? With the advent of the iPad it’s now questionable how long the printed novel and its cover will be around, just like the album cover, it’ll be resigned to a thumbnail in iTunes.

StolenSpace in association with Penguin plan to celebrate the art of the book cover with a show titled ‘Never Judge?’ this December.

The broad and varied spectrum of artists were inviting to paint, print, etch, sculpt, photograph, whatever their medium, whatever their style… create a book cover for a novel of their choice, a book that has inspired them, a book that has had a profound impact on them or a book that they remember fondly as a child… all that we asked was that they create their original artwork to the traditional format and size of a Penguin book 198mm (h) x 129mm (w).

For this exhibition ‘Never Judge?’ we will be exhibiting these artworks and fill the gallery with original book covers from our favourite artists from around the world. As well as originals we will be producing limited edition prints of a selection of the artwork. The show promises to be a visual feast and working in conjunction with Penguin and their upcoming Penguin Essentials project the show will be a guaranteed block buster.

Featured Artists: Alex Fakso, Alexander Korzer Robinson, Alex Trochut, All City Media, Anders Nilsen, Andrew Council, Angela Lizon, Anthony Lister, Arth Daniels, Blek Le Rat, Brad Downey, Brian Cairns, Buff Monster, C215, Chris Stain, Chistopher Silas Neal, CUM, Curtis Kulig, Cyclops, DEM, D*FACE, David Bray, David Gentleman, Dave Kinsey, David Walker, Dominique Holmes, Eelus, EINE, Elsa Mora, EMA, Evan Hecox, Faris Badwan, Filthy Luker, Gabriel Dubois, Gary Taxali, Gerald Laing, Graham Dolphin, gray318, Hanna Melin, Hellovon, Ian Stevenson, James Alexander Burbidge, James Mylne, Jaybo, Jeff Antebi, Jeff Fisher, Jim Houser, Jonathan Darby, Jon Burgerman, John Pound, John Slade, Julie Verhoeven, Kai & Sunny, Kate Gibb, Kathryn Macnaughton, Kid Acne, Kristian Hammerstad, KRSN, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Herald, Marta Cerda, Matt Eco, Matt Small, Methane Studios, Michael De Feo, Mike Stilkey, Mr Jago, Mysterious Al, Mudwig, Parra, Pete Fowler, Rico, Ripo, ROA, Ronzo, Roxanne Jackson, Rul/Vomitorium, Russell Maurice, Russ Mills, Ryan Bubnis, Sam Flores, SAN, Shepard Fairey, Sickboy, Skull Phone, Steff Plaetz, TAB, Tara McPherson, The London Police, Tim Bessell, Tom J Newell, Toshikazu Nozaka, Tristan Eaton, Usugrow, Viktor Vauthier, Vinnie Nylon, Will Barras, WK Interact, Word To Mother & Zosen.

Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

December 9, 2010 at 10:48 am

The Vader Project Auction 7.10.10

100 customized, 1:1 scale authentic prop replicas of the actual Darth Vader helmet featured in the STAR WARS™ films are up for auction on July 10, 2010, 12pm eastern time at Freeman’s Auction. See LIVE auction at Artfact. Most bidding will begin at $1,500. Bid at Buying.

ABOUT: The Vader Project features 100 of the best underground artists and designers working today.  “From a simple idea in 2005 to a record-setting exhibition in 2009, it’s time for our child to venture forth into the world,” Kelemer and Marks said. “We are pleased to have partnered with Freeman’s to make these fine pieces of art available to the public for the first time.”

Since its premiere in 2007, The Vader Project has toured the world. The collection launched in May 2007 at the Star Wars Celebration IV event in Los Angeles, and travelled internationally to Europe in July 2007 and Japan in July 2008. Most recently The Vader Project was on display from February 13 – May 3, 2009 at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

ARTISTS: Josh Agle (Shag), Troy Alders, Kii Arens, Attaboy, Anthony Ausgang, Axis, Aye Jay, Gary Baseman, Andrew Bell, Tim Biskup, Mark Bodnar, BXH HIKARU, Andrew Brandou, Buff Monster, Mister Cartoon, Chino, mr clement, Robbie Conal, CRASH, Steven Daily, Dalek, Dehara, DGPH, Cam de Leon, Devilrobots, Yoko d’Holbachie, Bob Dob, Tristan Eaton & Azk One – Thunderdog Studios, Marc Ecko, Eelus, Ron English, FERG, David Flores, Brian Flynn – Hybrid Design, Paul Frank, Gargamel, Huck Gee, Fawn Gehweiler, Mike Giant, Girls Drawin Girls, Dan Goodsell, Gris Grimly, Joe HahnHaze XXL, Jesse Hernandez, Derek Hess, Itokin Park, Jeremyville, kaNO, Mori Katsura- RealxHead, Sun-MinKim & David Horvath, Jim Koch, Frank Kozik, David S. Krys – DSK Designs, Peter Kuper, Wade Lageose – Lageose Design, Joe Ledbetter, Simone Legno – Tokidoki, Mad, Mad Barbarians, Madtwiinz, Marka27, Mars-1, Bill McMullen, Melvins, Mori Chack, Brian Morris, Nanospore, Niagara, Mitch O’Connell, olive47, Martin Ontiveros, Estevan Oriol, Alex Pardee, The Pizz, Plasticgod, PlaysKewl, Dave Pressler, Ragnar, Jermaine Rogers, Erick Scarecrow, Secret Base, J. Otto Seibold, Sket-One, Shawn Smith, Winston Smith, Jeff Soto, Damon Soule, Bwana Spoons, Jophen Stein, Suckadelic, T9G, Gary Taxali, Cameron, Tiede, Touma, UrbanMedium, Usugrow, Michelle Valigura, VanBeater, Amanda Visell.

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DKE Toys in conjunction with Freeman’s produced a 200-plus page, full-color, limited edition catalog that features all 100 helmets, artist bios and some history on the project. Available at The Vader Project. View entire leaf-through.

DKE Toys, The Vader Project, Email, T: 818-765-3500, [Facebook, Flickr, Twitter]; Freeman’s Autioneers & Appraisers, 1808 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, T: 215.563.9275; The Vader Project Press and Media Inquiries: Angelique Groh | Charm School, T: 323-363-9338. [Hi-res images available upon request.]

Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

July 9, 2010 at 9:39 am

Eel-eat-chef

The 59-year-old man, a chef, was reportedly taken to a Sichuan hospital complaining of abdominal pain, dehydration and a great deal of anal bleeding. He was soon diagnosed as being in a severe state of shock.

Doctors were mystified as to the cause, and obtained permission from his family to undertake an exploratory laparotomy. Cutting open his innards, they discovered a 50cm long Asian swamp eel lodged in his rectum.

Though dead, the eel had apparently already wrought havoc on his innards, biting its way through his intestines prior to dying. Internal bleeding and infection rapidly set in.

He was reported to have eaten a lot of eel the previous day, but otherwise doctors had no idea how the creature had got there. His condition quickly worsened.

He lingered for 10 days in intensive care but eventually succumbed to the injuries and sepsis.

The likely cause was eventually established – he had apparently been drinking with friends, and had passed out. His friends had decided it would be amusing to insert a live eel into his anus whilst he was comatose.

Police have reportedly begun an investigation.

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Furreal? You be the judge.

[Source: Darkztar]

Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

May 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Architonic Concept Space III

The latest Architonic Concept Space has been presented at the imm cologne, to great public interest. This year, the commission went to Zurich architect and process designer Oskar Zieta, who, together with the ITA Institute of the ETH Zurich, developed a new process whereby metal panels, cut into shapes and welded, are inflated under high pressure, forming three-dimensional elements.

For Zieta, the commision offered the opportunity to use this so-called FiDU (Freie InnenDruck Umformung, or free internal-pressure forming) technology architecturally for the first time, thus showing the process’s far-reaching possibilities for application.

Right up to the physical production phase, the modular structure was subject to modification; FEM (Fine Element Method) was used to simulate and refine it. The final design comprises essentially of an assymetric form, which can be configured in different ways. The identitical 3.2-metre high modules can be linked in different positions, next to or on top of each other, thereby creating seemingly random spaces – ordered disorder.

You don’t need a trained eye to see that the modular parts differ slightly. The soft creases indicate the extraordinary production process and leads to the viewer’s astonishment, having thought up to that point that what they were looking at was a piece of solid, moulded metal. Within certain parameters, FiDU is extremely precise; each uncertainty is controlled. These planned vagaries ultimately lend the structure its liveliness.

Oskar Zieta explains: The use of sheet metal is associated above all with the car industry. There, it’s pressed in a highly precise, very expensive tool and each piece is identitical to the next. But it’s only because you’ve got several tons on the go that you’re able to achieve this exact deformation. With the FiDU process, we don’t use a special, purpose-built tool, but rather work with the deformative property that the material offers. We factor in a certain uncertainty, because each piece of flat metal, in spite of its identical cut-out shape, takes on a slightly different final form.”

The Architonic Concept Space III was also exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.

[Source: Architonic]

Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

March 10, 2010 at 1:07 am

Gundam giant

Gundam night show

For those who missed this:

To celebrate the original Mobile Suit Gundam 30th anniversary, a full scale 18 meter tall, 35 ton RX-78-2 robot was built in Odaiba, Tokyo and was officially unveiled last July 11th in Shiokaze Park.

This massive installation was in part of Japan’s “Green Tokyo Gundam Project“ to promote the revitalization of parks to produce a greener, more eco-friendly city for Tokyo’s next generation and future.

Mobile Suit Gundam was created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, spanning 43 episodes between 1979-1980. The series has since gone on to becoming an iconic symbol of Japanese anime worldwide.

[Images: Japanana]

Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

November 21, 2009 at 10:13 am

Dark Night of the Soul

About the album [Billboard]
One of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2009, “Dark Night of the Soul” is a collaboration between producer Danger Mouse and critically acclaimed psych-rock act, Sparklehorse. However, due to unspecified legal issues with EMI, the project’s official release has been either scrapped altogether or put on indefinite hiatus.

Cast of contemporary artists to lend their vocals include the Flaming Lips, Black Francis of the Pixies, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, James Mercer of the Shins, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Nina Persson of the Cardigans, cryptic Southern songwriter Vic Chesnutt, avant-folk icon Suzanne Vega, punk titan Iggy Pop and even Lynch himself. [Hear entire album]

About the book [powerHouse Books]
To create the images that accompany the music, Danger Mouse chose David Lynch who is known for revealing the gripping horror beneath suburban banality. Lynch crafts eerie beauty from the most irregular of elements and for Dark Night of the Soul, he delivers a gorgeous, hypnotic series of photographs.

This captivating project explores and escapes the reality of the world. The book package includes the full sequence of Lynch’s images, a foreword by Danger Mouse, selected lyrics and an art-printed CD-R (in replacement of unreleased album), in a run of only 5000 copies.

About the exhibition [OHWOW]
The stunning and haunting photographs from this groundbreaking project will be showcased on December 2, 2009 at Art Basel Miami Beach. The exhibition consists of over 50 original Lynch photographs, displayed alongside the accompanying soundtrack. Seven limited edition prints of each photograph will be available for purchase.

About the collaborators
Danger Mouse is an eleven-time Grammy Award nominated; two-time Grammy Award winning artist and producer. He has created a diverse body of work, including albums with Beck, the Black Keys, Gorillaz and his own hugely successful band Gnarls Barkley. He was recently named one of Esquire’s 75 most influential people of the 21st Century.

Sparklehorse is Mark Linkous, a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Richmond, Virginia. He has released four acclaimed albums and collaborated with Tom Waits, the Flaming Lips, Thom Yorke of Radiohead and many others.

Filmmaker David Lynch has twice won France’s César Award and served as President of the jury at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, where he won the Palme d’Or. He has received a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival and four Academy Award nominations as Best Director for The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive as well as Best Adapted Screenplay for The Elephant Man.

Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

November 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm

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