Friday, October 19, 2012

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Be aware that disappointment and failure 
are stepping stones to satisfaction and success.  Robert Genn

A Frank Lloyd Wright design you can safely demolish and rebuild again without fear, the new Pop-Out Guggenheim Museum is an entertaining eight-piece puzzle conceived by Atlanta-based artist Marc Tetro. The simplified cardboard version comes packed flat, and the large components easily pop out and fold up.  Get it at the Guggenheim shop 

This Data Necklace was made by taking key words from people's Twitter streams and similarly visualizing them through laser cut designs. For example, the "Love" necklace takes a year of his wife's Twitter feed and measures how often she used the word.  Stef Lewandowski uses acrylic to showcase laser etched examples of Emily's most interesting "Love" tweets on the individual strands of the necklace. Also striking is the red acrylic "Death" necklace which according to Lewandowski is "A visualization of all conversations on Twitter for a 47-day period on the subject of death." (Lewandowski has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding for the development of his Data Necklace concept. The money will help him afford materials, time on the laser cutter to perfect the process, and perhaps even invest in a laser cutter of his own. Through the campaign you can pre-order your own bespoke Data Necklace with whatever word from your Twitter stream you'd like to wear around your neck, with fundraising prices from $5.)
 This goes down as one of my favorite things EVER.  Globe Chandelier by Benoit Vieubled


 One of the most outstanding artworks in Grand Rapids was this gargantuan drawing (13x26') on exhibit at the GRAM by artist Chris LaPorte who attended the New York Academy of Art and now lives and works in Michigan. By day he works as a caricature artist, having drawn some 85,000 portraits over the last 18 years, but he also spends significant hours in his studio where he labors over gargantuan life-size pencil drawings, one of which actually won the top ArtPrize honor back in 2010. This latest work, City Band, began when LaPorte discovered an 80-year-old photograph of his grandfather’s high school marching band while rummaging through his mother’s basement. The photograph is somewhat blurry and damaged with age, but he decided to use the piece as inspiration for a drawing that now spans 13 x 26 feet and was drawn with over 100 2H pencils spanning roughly 1,200 hours of drawing time.

An archival film fo  Andy Warhol & Roy Lichtenstein working together.  

Have a nice weekend.  Mine is going to be very productive finishing a little artists book, starting a baby quilt, adding on to a previously-thought-of-as-finiished quilt, and a good vacuuming of the studio.  The spiders are overtaking me again.  Art on!

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