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Monthly Archives: January 2012

  • One for the Books

    2012 may not be the year to invest in a postage-stamp kiosk. Or a pay-phone company. But we can't bring ourselves to add the beloved bookshelf to this list of all-but-obsolete items. If we're totally honest with ourselves, we have to admit that the day is near when book collections have gone the way of record collections, or even--gasp--CDs (wasn't that just yesterday?).

    But there's something about a bookshelf: it's useful for displaying all sorts of things other than books, and in the case of these pieces, it even falls in the category of modern home decor:

    Claudio Bellini's Urban Shelving comes in a variety of colors and can be nestled together in myriad ways. Shawn Soh's fabulous tree is equal parts art and shelf, and would look terrific with family photos in its branches (get it?). Fabio Novembre created the ROBOX, a shelving unit that's exactly as tall as he is (don't you just love artists?) that can easily--ahem--stand on its own as sculpture.

    Two designers who have figured out a way to turn books into art objects are Sean Yoo and Jane Dandy. Yoo's Opus Incertum frames a collection of books like honey in a comb, while Dandy goes one step further: in her piece, books are part of the art. Send her the books you want to include in your table and she'll custom fit a piece for your collection.

    Which just may be our favorite--because the books are integral to the piece, they become artifacts instead of things to be picked up and read. Fitting, don't you think?

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Tyson Anthony Roberts

    It can be said that the landscapes we have come to know are in a continuous state of change. These often inspire feelings of “constant movement” that take us on a journey through our everyday lives from “what was to what may be.” Tyson Anthony Roberts’ work incorporates this idea and transforms landscapes into an ever changing scene right before our very eyes. This talented California based artist is our featured artist of this month.

    GB:  Did you always want to be an artist?
    TAR:
    It wasn’t until 2003 that I made a distinct effort to create something. Around that same time I was experimenting with different visual ideas and reading about art history. I find that as I continue to create, adjust and learn, that I am driven by challenging myself. The marks that I make feed back to my brain as much as my brain generates the motive to place the mark in the first place. This feedback loop is important to completion of my landscape pieces. I am inspired by landscapes and the familiarity that they can present, but my work is a filtration of select rural and urban landscapes through my methods of portrayal.

    GB:  Do you listen to music while you paint and if so, what music most sparks your creativity?
    TAR:
    Yes, I do listen to music while I paint. I have recently been listening to a lot of bands from the following music labels: Sargent House, 4AD and Def Jux.

    GB:
      How many hours do you paint at a time?
    TAR: I usually paint for multiple hours at a time.

    GB:
    How has your artwork changed or progressed over the years?
    TAR: Early on in my work, I was using these paint-heavy strokes to start a piece and after a while I liked the way they looked without too much refinement. It is a bit deconstructive in a way. I was previously building up a painting with all of these layers then I started to take layers away. The tube-shaped and rounded strokes that show up in some of my paintings was discovered during a time that I was experimenting to see if I could make my paintings look digitally rendered. I sort of think about my current work as neo-impressionism for the digital era.

    GB:
    What are you currently working on?
    TAR: I am currently working on new paintings for upcoming shows.

    GB: What do you enjoy doing when you are not working on contemporary wall art?
    TAR: I enjoy spending time with my wife, learning about science and cooking.

    You can also find more info about Tyson here and here as well as watch a You Tube video of Tyson Anthony Roberts Painting Progression here.

    See Tyson's GreenBox stretched canvas art collection.

  • Andy Anh Ha and the Dark Art

    True Blood fans may be familiar with the appearance of Andy Anh Ha's killer artwork gracing the walls in this hot series. Andy's style is definitely clean with a focus on simple, strong designs.

    We think this work of art is the perfect contemporary wall accent for this darkly elegant room design. Modern wall decor never looked so supernatural.

  • A Case of Nostalgia

    It's hard to argue that "the good old days" would not have been even better with a smartphone in your pocket. As much as we love waxing nostalgic now and then, we'd never want to give up a pocketful of world-wide access.

    Here's an ideal way to bring the good old days and smartphones together: the trend of retro-styled phone covers. Not hand-made knit cozies, though those are available too, but cases that make your phone look like something else entirely--a very old something, at that.

    Remember Gameboys? That wasn't so long ago, was it? Actually, it was.

    For those who can't quite admit to their love of technology, here's one from Moleskine; it's even got a real notebook inside.

    You can also look like you just happened to have a really old camera or a pencil case/sewing kit-type thing handy. Who doesn't need one of those?

    But our favorite is the one that makes us sigh and is guaranteed to start a conversation that will last through several rounds: the old mix tape. You know what? If we had to choose between a smartphone in our pocket or a carefully recorded mix tape from an admirer, it might take us a few minutes to decide on an answer.

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Fine Art of Doodling Scribbles

    Yes, we do think doodling and scribbling can be fine art! Especially by the hand of uber-creative artist Jennifer Mercede. We've loved her art for years- immediately finding a place in our non-juvenile wall decor, along with our children's wall art. Look closely at her art and you'll be pleasantly surprised to find hidden messages and doodles - some have meaning, some are funny, some we'll never know where the idea came from!

    If you'd like to try your hand at this eccentric art form and learn from the absolute best, then her upcoming workshop is a must! She promises to delve into artistically courageous and enriching experiences including blind contour work, experimenting with the non-dominent hand, collaboration, and more. Follow her on a path you've never experienced and digest her methods of "letting go of the outcome" and loosening up!

    The workshop will take place in Santa Ana, CA - March 3-4 2012. Visit Studio Crescendoh for more information and to sign up!

  • Revolutionary Theater in Albuquerque

    If you're going to be in Albuquerque, New Mexico between now and January 29, you're in luck (if you're not, find a way to get there!). Because you'll be able to catch the Revolutions International Theatre Festival.

    This event takes place at various venues around the city and features innovative performers from across the globe. Titzina Teatro, a theater group from Spain, performs a four-person tragi-comedy called "Exitus."

    The Loren Kahn Puppet and Object Theatre, from Albuquerque and Paris, France, performs "Insomnia," about thoughts that emerge during sleepless nights.

    The festival is sponsored by Albuquerque's own Tricklock Company, who performs their celebrated "Lullabies for My Father."

    Poetry readings, masked performers, cutting-edge theater, and the Southwest in January. What's not to love?

  • Eli Halpin

    Artist Eli Halpin is known for her lavish depictions of animals and their wild appetites. The Texas-based painter creates her art on recycled hollow-core doors that have been sliced, sanded and prepared. We caught up with her recently:

    GB: What inspires the primal subject-matter you often choose?

    EH: I grew up in Alaska. There were bears that could eat you and eagles that could take little babies away. There was just lots of danger—everything could kill you there.

    GB: How would you describe your art?

    EH: Cheeks, paws, claws, and whiskers. I paint a lot of more innocent paintings, too. It’s all the same idea, really: I like to paint about eating, living together, working together.

    GB: Do you ever face artist’s block?

    EH: (laughing) I have the opposite of that! There’s an infinite amount of inspiration. I have a 110-pound Rottweiler [Cashius] who eats raw meat—working and eating are all around me. I have so many ideas of things to paint that I could never paint them all.

    GB: That must make being a full-time working artist a little easier.

    EH: Yes. I have to paint all the time and have new work all the time to keep people’s interest. I owe that to people who are interested in my art.

  • Echoism

    Have you ever heard the theory that the more symmetrical a person's face, the more classically beautiful he or she is considered to be?

    Ever wondered what that means, exactly? We have. Isn't everyone's face symmetrical? A clever artist named Julian Wolkenstein set out to answer that question, and you can be part of his project.

    Wolkenstein's site, echoism.org, allows anyone with a webcam (or, if you download the app, an iPhone or iPad) to take a photo of his or her face. (Note that your photo will automatically be uploaded onto the site, though no names or email addresses are attached). What ends up on the site is a double image; one featuring the left half of the face mirred against itself; the other featuring the right.

    The results are fascinating (disclaimer: if you end up squandering an hour at this site, don't say we didn't warn you!). Some folks look the same in both photos, more or less, while others look like 2 entirely different people.

    How about you? And what does that say about our perception of beauty?

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