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365 A PAGE IN MY BOOK

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MY Idea

A Page In My Book

365

my experiment

one year long

Creativity of all types

short stories, photos, art, poems, etc...

You have one page to fill with anything you desire

send your ideas to apageinmybook@hotmail.com

one submission will be picked daily for 365 days

 

 



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discussion

  • mary ann, i took a digital photo of your flyer. if you would like to post it to...more
    - [ben]
  • This is a great idea! Are there any other criteria (i.e. one page per contribut...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Mass Market Consumerism vs. the Designer

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There is an interesting article I found at Newsday's website about Levittown in New York.  Levittown was the blueprint for the subdivision development we know today. 

"It was 1936, and every day for 10 months, Levitt would head to the Great Neck site where the designer was building publisher Ben Rehbuhn's house, a sweeping horizontal brick-and-glass structure that echoed Wright's earlier Prairie School designs. Alfred drank in the details, riveted by the foppish Wright's utopian theories (he believed form follows esthetics) yet repulsed by his profligacy (nine out of 10 bricks delivered to the Rehbuhn site were rejected as imperfect). Alfred loved the openness of the plan. The unity between interior and landscape. The signature fireplace, which served as the focal point of the house.

Thirteen years later, when Alfred, his brother, Bill, and their father, Abraham, turned out the first Levittown ranch -- the house that would so embody suburbia that the Smithsonian Institution is still hunting for a pristine version for the museum -- it was clear that Alfred had adapted many of Wright's ideals to his own, less affluent audience, all the while defying Wright's sense of elitism. Alfred, the self-taught student of architecture, explained, ``There's no point in trying to do something unless it can be handed out to the great masses of people as a cultural increase.''

If the Levittown house was one of well thought out and innovative architecture, does mass-market consumerism kill the artistry in it? 

Why is Frank Lloyd Wright more well known than the Levit brothers?  

Are designers like Philippe Starck, who pedal well designed utopian wares at Target, be discredited because they want to bring an idea or artistic product to the masses?



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discussion

  • Good ideas (like some of Wright's) seem to manifest themselves in the popular cu...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • That is a horribly unknown question to me anymore (it seemed so much easier when...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I think that we have defined "good" ideas as a culture as ideas that have some s...more
    - [stargrazer]

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speaking of video...

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vaskulas

i witnessed two of the most original video installation artists around, woody and steina vlaskus, (also founders of the kitchen [phillip glass, peter greenaway, brian eno, etc.]), at the experimental film program, evolution, in the leeds international film festival. most of their work is steeped in technology, and challenges preconcieved notions of video as art as performance. it changed my thinking of the medium, as well as (gasp!) art in general. enjoy: http://vasulka.org/


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discussion

  • What sorts of things did they have on display? Looks like really interesting st...more
    - [name not provided]
  • the quicktime videos of the pieces on display are nice. is it the artist in the...more
    - [Ande]
  • Anyone have any other places like this that they visit?
    - [nick]
  • Mmm...I'm not sure if it's like this, per se. But here is a site I found intere...more
    - [name not provided]
  • the work showed at the festival were (on video) examples of their installation w...more
    - [ben]
  • i always wanted a midi violin. mmm... zeta.
    - [nick]

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call for entries > jowai

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the journal of words and images (OCC's first publication) is seeking your artwork, photography, poems, essays, etc for issue number 1.
2 versions will be produced:
a free pocket sized, printer and copier friendly version, and a larger full color version.
 
all entries can be emailed to ben@gaydos.org. when emailing images, please keep the images hi-res (+150dpi) but file sizes below 20mb.  larger files may be sent snail mail. the entrants will be notified when published. to request snail mail address, as well as any other questions, email ben (see address above).
 
entry deadline: nov15 (11.15.03)


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discussion

  • Ben, I will send some jpegs your way. Also, I would like to enter the two "word...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey! It finally got it posted. Strangeness. Here is an entry, I'm no...more
    - [name not provided]

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my favorite f words

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f-off
recently i visited the manchester art gallery to see an exhibition by jim partridge, a UK woodworker. known for his furniture, vessels and site specific outdoor work, as well as his unconventional tools and treatments (chainsaws, blowtorches, and bleach), what struck me above all was his balance of form and functionality. architect louis sullivan is known for his famous quote, "form follows function," but for me creating a healthy balance between the two is more important. afterall, why not sit on something that looks nice too?
for more of mr. partridge's work, including some good looking benches, (which feel nice too- i sat on all of them), check out
comments on the above f words, or others?
please post ->



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discussion

  • I would have to agree that a healthy balance needs to be maintained between form...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Oh, and I forgot to mention my stapler and tape dispenser that I purchased from...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Sometimes form swallows function. This is a sort of design deception (although...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Everyone and No One

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I was so impressed with the four-panel mixed-media mural created by Fort Wendy's attendants that I have taken steps to preserve the finished pieces and present them mounted on masonite panels. If these are the first fruits of our collective labor and inspiration, then we have a bright future ahead!

Those of you checking out Ande's photo link will note that the panels are doubled over like potato chips (from just being painted on one side), so I gessoed the backs, which flattened them nicely. I also varnished the front surfaces to keep the pastel, charcoal, etc. from getting smudged. This had the added benefit of zinging up the color a bit and giving a slight gloss to the surface.

Once we get a few more collective pieces under our belts, we should seek out exhibit opportunities for the collective. They could combine group projects with individual pieces from collective members, or focus solely on group projects.

Thoughts?



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discussion

  • Peter - thank you for taking the time to save this work. I'm happy Ande was abl...more
    - [nick]
  • We can have what amounts to a permanent gallery online. I think that if...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i think for exhibitions they should be done with both ideas (group and solo work...more
    - [ben]
  • Lansing Art Gallery is booked through mid-2005, but they will likely do another...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • See the FLAK calls-for-entries for ideas.
    - [stargrazer]

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Add It Up

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The Outside Circle Collective group found-object sculpture has been launched! As part of the Fort Wendy retreat, a metal oven-bracket and a black bound journal were presented to northern Michigan artist Nick Fisher. Nick will add something to the bracket, photograph its changes and document it in the journal; then pass sculpture and journal along to the next person. In this manner, the sculpture will grow and accrete objects in an intuitive way and its changes and development will be logged in the journal. It is not constrained to OCC members, and like Paddle-to-the-Sea it may never return to us, but rather enter the ocean of greater consciousness. Then again it may bob to the surface at unexpected times and in unexpected forms. It is our hope that images of the sculpture will be submitted to the Collective periodically so we can watch its transformations.


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discussion

  • check out http://home.comcast.net/~ficknisher for a peek under this gentle giant...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nick (Fisher), a small package of some importance will be arriving in the mail s...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Any progress on this?
    - [stargrazer]
  • Okay, Nick...I have been remiss. I misplaced the photo of the oven bracket and...more
    - [stargrazer]

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At the Drive-in

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While at the PB last night, Noah brought up that he has always wanted to own a drive-in theater. I shared a dream of mine, to mount a projector in the back of a convertible and drive around, searching for blank white walls where an impromptu film-fest could be perpetrated. Ande had the great idea of having a second vehicle, like those trucks that have billboards for sides that can be rented out for ads. What if, he asked, those billboards were painted white?

Well, with visions of these two unique vehicles driving around the country, showing cool films, and promoting creativity, we are left with only two needs: drivers.



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discussion

  • I like both ideas, but I'm sort of drawn more to the idea of using walls and exi...more
    - [name not provided]
  • i thought that the roving billboard would serve two purposes: 1) to bring fil...more
    - [Ande]
  • Existing surfaces would be an interesting challenge...think of all those white b...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Kind of reminds me of Books on Wheels, or whatever those nomadic libraries are c...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Ouch! It does remind me of the Artruck, which was a sort of musuem on wheels...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think live actors would be too much for such an engagement. (Odds are, you'd p...more
    - [name not provided]
  • There's got to be grant money out there for something like this.
    - [stargrazer]
  • We staged our first Drive-in this past weekend on the sheet-metal sides of a bar...more
    - [stargrazer]

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rivers and tides

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julia and i got a chance to see an extraordinary film on sunday documenting the work of artist andy goldsworthy. incredibly moving and poetic, intertwining the sparse but beautiful soundtrack by fred frith, goldsworthy's insightful commentary, and director/cinematographer thomas riedelsheimer's equally profound camerawork makes for a balanced, gently powerful film. highly, highly recommended.

"The singular mind of Andy Goldsworthy is at work in 'Rivers and Tides.' When "Rivers and Tides" begins, it's not clear that its subject, British environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, will be able to command our attention for 90 minutes. By the time it's over, however, we take our leave with reluctance, even sadness. It has been a kind of privilege to see the world through this man's eyes.

Goldsworthy is celebrated for creating art in the wild using whatever natural materials are at hand, stones and driftwood as well as leaves if it's summer and ice if it's winter. He puts enormous effort into making these pieces look effortless, as if they could have been on site all along.

Because his works are often delicate and always open to the elements, they frequently last a finite amount of time. "The thing that brings a work to life," the artist says, "will cause its death."

rivers and tides

venues and dates



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discussion

  • Looks cool!
    - [nick]
  • Fred Frith has a number of far-out records if anyone digs the abstract guitar st...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • surprisingly, frith's score doesn't utilize his guitar all that often in this fi...more
    - [ben]
  • You'd be surprised at some of the more "ambient" sounds that frith can coax out...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Holy archipelaggios, Batman!
    - [name not provided]
  • ...but we were talking about andy goldsworthy.
    - [stargrazer]
  • yeah he does some neat stuff too.
    - [ben]
  • Improv nature-sculpture at the retreat? With ambient nontraditional guitar acco...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • sounds fun to me!
    - [pax]

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fashiontech prototypes

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"IDEO Japan's e-fashion won Design Distinction in this year's Annual Design Review for ID Magazine. Included in the collection is jewelry that throbs to the wearer's rhythms, a shirt equipped with a camera in the front that sends the captured image to a circular display on the back, a shoe that records distanced walked, solar panel glasses that protects as well as store power (eliminates need for batteries to power another wearable fashion item, I suppose), pants with touchpad keyboards in the fabric on the two sides of the pant legs, and bags and make-up light up when opened. The lead designer for this line is Naoto Fukasawa."

Some ideas include:

  • Pulse Necklace and Bracelet: Jewelry that pulses in reaction to the wearer's body rhythms
  • Hole in the Body: A camera pointing out the front of the shirt sends an image to an LCD panel on the back
  • Make-up Light: Adds light to the makeup routine
  • Bag with Interior Light: Interior of bag lights up when opened
  • Solar Sunglasses: Beautiful solar panels do double duty, blocking sun and storing power
  • Tachometer: The shoe records data about distance walked

[ via Bev ]



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discussion

  • As a design head, I always get excited about IDEO concepts. IDEO dreamed up many...more
    - [nick]
  • is ideo based in japan? or are they international?
    - [ben]
  • i don't like neat squeeze toothpaste.
    - [ben]
  • I don't like toothpaste.
    - [name not provided]
  • IDEO is based in california, but has offices in Germany and Japan (and probably...more
    - [nick]
  • I would like to see more accesories/personal electronics that derive their own p...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Outside Circle weekend retreat at Fort Wendy

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I am pleased to announce the first OCC weekend retreat, August 22, 23 and 24 at Fort Wendy. What is Fort Wendy? Fort Wendy is more of an idealized meeting point for creatively minded people than it is an actual location...e-mail me at richar66@msu.edu for directions to the Fort this time around. There is plenty of camping space, a pit for bonfires, walking and mountain-biking trails, abundant wildlife, and I am told that crop circles have been appearing in the area. Details will be released to the collective as they unfold. If you have ideas or would like to help out as a volunteer, contact me or Ben.


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discussion

  • I'm excited, Peter. I'll look that place up in the internet in the meantime. I...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Hiram, I don't think you'll find Fort Wendy (you see, it isn't so much a place a...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • To all: Some things you may want to bring: Camping gear if you will be staying...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • if anyone has any suggestions as to what events could take place at the retreat,...more
    - [ben]
  • those interested in the Stargrazer project, we will have a songwriter's round-ro...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Speaking of volunteers, we could use two or three people to help things run smoo...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Must one attend the entire weekend? I feel like I'm going to be pulled rather t...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Ah, and whichever night I am there, there will be an ad lib cook-in by the fire....more
    - [name not provided]
  • Friday and Saturday nights will also feature around-the-fire discussions about w...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is clothing required? If so, Is there a dress code? If so, Can we get www.wigg...more
    - [name not provided]
  • happy birthing day to hirma! i think hirams idea of cooking either around the...more
    - [ben]
  • clothing will not be required, but pixelization is a must.
    - [ben]
  • peter, do we absolutely need to rule out any sort of electronic instrumentation?...more
    - [ben]
  • Can I bring a walkie-talkie?
    - [name not provided]
  • Ben, yes. My main concern is that we don't upset the neighbors (who own the pro...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i know you can count on nick, julia, and i to carry share the load. i'm not sure...more
    - [ben]
  • ideas from last nights barrel discussion: possible guest speaker (not telling wh...more
    - [ben]
  • I have invited three guest artists to give a quick talk about their work. Their...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think that we will schedule things loosely, using "morning," "afternoon" and "...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Here's a tentative schedule: Friday afternoon - guests start arriving...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Let's talk about food: Can someone bring a sack of potatos? Or oranges? Veggi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • peter please email itinerary to nick (nick at edict.com) and i as well. we'll se...more
    - [ben]
  • Julia and Ben, can you lead a workshop on Saturday? Ande? Can anyone get ahold...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think i'll be helping people get their work documented and lead somewhat of a...more
    - [ben]
  • Probably not a huge surprise given recent events, but I don't believe I will be...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Bring photos, artwork, poetry, design work, etc (of scannable size or on a CD) t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Top 5 Reasons to RSVP: 1. You'll receive accurate directions ...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Detroit Through Our Eyes

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For those who will be in the Detroit area on July 12, the Bagley Housing Association is hosting a reception and auction to mark the last day of "Detroit Through Our Eyes: Visions of Southwest Detroit Captured on Film," which is a neighborhood photography project created through the eyes of the community. This will be the final day of the showing of these images at the Bagley Housing Association, 2715 Bagley Ave., Detroit. The reception is from 2pm-5pm. For more info, contact the Association at 313-967-9898.


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Recycling ideas in design

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"Herman Miller is shipping the Mirra, a new chair that costs half as much as the Aeron and symbolizes post-boom austerity.

Herman Miller hired a small German company called Studio 7.5 to design the chair; the group initially started developing an innovative seat back that could scale from a small woman's narrow frame to a tall man's broader shoulders. But the approach failed, three years into development. Then, in the spring of 2001, the designers hit upon the solution; the Aeron's signature mesh and aluminum construction has been replaced with a less expensive molded polypropylene back that comes in eight colors, from citron to garnet. Aesthetically, the Mirra borrows the biomorphic silhouette and the transparency of its precursor, but the materials are more commonplace. The result is a chair with less attitude; more like an iBook than a Titanium PowerBook."

[via Boing Boing Blog]

I love industrial design and was impressed with the clever use of materials on the Mirra.  Herman Miller is comfortable in its element.  The design draws heavily on the Aeron and that is where they will stay for a while.



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discussion

  • i liked herman miller's animated intro on their site. sounds too good to be true...more
    - [ben]

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voyage of the stargrazer

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to all interested musicians: I am launching a parallel musical collective project to compliment the outside circle. Dubbed "stargrazer," I am billing this as a "non-traditional songwriting think tank." While traditional instruments and structures will not be excluded, the emphasis will be on writing and arranging outside of the box. Improvisation as a compositional tool will take precedence over improvisation as an end in and of itself. Incorporating diverse elements like field recordings, editing techniques, performance and constructive critique, stargrazer seeks to advance songcraft in interesting new directions. While it may be easier to meet in person or exchange tapes or files at first, eventually a web-based archive of some of our results will be a goal.


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discussion

  • Peter. This sounds really cool. Let us know how we can participate.
    - [nick]
  • Nick, just judging by the musical skills of collective members that I know, I am...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i think this is a great idea! count me in... it reminds me a bit of the real wor...more
    - [ben]
  • Ben, I like the Outside Circle Weekend gathering idea. Peter... what do you thi...more
    - [nick]
  • Input on where and when to do something like the Outside Circle gathering? It ne...more
    - [ben]
  • I think this is a great idea. There are several threads that we have all starte...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Workshop ideas: "Promoting OutsideCircle's Visual Identity" (poster, flier and...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I like the idea of someplace centralized, say somewhere between Lnasing, a2, Det...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Hiram, I have about 12-15 beats and loops that I've put together for you to try...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • All: Please see the post about the weekend retreat at Fort Wendy for the offici...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Creative Outputs, Resources, Misc, Etc.

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http://deviantart.com/
This is an online gallery. Mostly visual artists: painters, illustrators, photographers, and designers. Wide range of talent and skill level as I've seen so far from the contributors. Even contains forums/blogs/posts for discussions, comments, suggestions, and whatnot.
http://www.greyanthology.com/
For those of you that know Casey Sorrow (bald art store manager at Kresge-MSU), this is his site for B&Willustrations Maybe you have something you'd like to contribute?
http://neopseudohappening.org/
Local Lansing (young) artist group looking to expand the creative scene of its environment through projects, experiments, and exhibitions. The group exhibits once a month for a single day at Bare Bone Studios in Oldtown Lansing, during the Sunday gallery walk (. . . for now). Group roster varies from project to project. Core group within NPH: Aaron Curtner, Tim Lane, Latricia Horstman &Dustin Dorothy Smith, Lorie Waldie, Joe, and myself. NPH is looking for creative individuals to get involved in future artistic projects, experimentations, and the like. The site is being renovated currently before the next show in July. Look for it soon! There is a meeting this Friday the 27th, 8pm at Bare Bone Studios (1236 Turner). We'll be going over July's project progress, but we'll answer questions about the group, future projects, etc. if any of you decide to visit. We're planning to go bowling after the meeting!


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discussion

  • Seems like it would be good to turn on some of these folks to the collective. W...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I gave the Outside Circle web address to one of the peeps with everyone's e-mail...more
    - [automaton]
  • great ed. share the word and vice versa. i checked out NPH's site and it's prett...more
    - [ben]
  • yes, nice site - i enjoyed the poetry!
    - [pax]

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Looking at clouds

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Does anyone ever look up at clouds and describe what they see anymore? My sister and I would entertain ourselves for hours in this manner when we were young. The same can be done with skylines, rock formations, landscapes, etc...

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discussion

  • often i'll take a photograph of a natural formation based on whether i think it'...more
    - [ben]
  • I take photos of what some might call "urban decay" as abstract imagery sources....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • You know, I am glad that you mentioned the clouds. Lately I have been feeling a...more
    - [flower]
  • Other "shape-changing" substances that are good visual source material are: the...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i think that one of my favorite pastimes is still to lay out in the summer and l...more
    - [pax]
  • You know, I've never heard of anyone ever looking at the sky, or at a sunset, an...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Very interesting, Peter. It certainly has taught us to value symmetry. I'd ven...more
    - [nick]
  • well even supermodels are asymmetrical. that's the beauty of nature- it pretends...more
    - [ben]
  • Interestingly, sometimes it is "flaws in the matrix" that cause things to grow....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Yesterday I saw a chain of cumulus clouds that resembled a toy elephant being pu...more
    - [stargrazer]

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lost futurist

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In downtown Philadelphia, there is an exhibit of the portfolio of a lost Michigan artist, Arthur Radebaugh. "From the mid-1930s onward, Radebaugh created radiant worlds filled with gleaming machines, sleek Art Deco skyscrapers and stylish robots. His space age but pragmatic inventions, from modular homes to be delivered by helicopter to jet-propelled commuter trains, all have a wild utopian sensibility that is now both nostalgic and magical." -- Jared Rosenbaum, Curator, Lost Highways Archive &Research Library They are seeking information for a book on Radebaugh, who is "elusive and nearly forgotten." They would like to know: Has anyone heard of Radebaugh, or can anyone recommend any collectors/galleries that might specialize in his type of art? They are looking for biographical information, copies of his works, originals, etc.. They will be traveling to Michigan to research the book, so any tips or insights would be appreciated. The exhibit can be viewed at http://www.losthighways.org/radebaugh.html.

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discussion

  • Stylish robots?
    - [stargrazer]
  • all: see 4/16/03s entry for prevous discussion: http://spaces.outsidecircle.com/...more
    - [ben]

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"the grid is not only something we can't get out of... it runs right through us, it dominates the way we look at the world around us." - dan cameron

npr's studio 360 tackles what probably every art student has found to be one of the most liberating and constricting things they were taught.

the show investigates the origin of the grid and how it can be applied not only to 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional visual spaces, but aural spaces as well. the grid, which is often misread as limiting those who function with and within it, is discussed here not only through it's rigid lines, but also the openness of its neccesity, practicality, and instinctual relationship that we share with it.

chuck close is the show's guest.

check out the audio archive of the show: http://www.wnyc.org/studio360/show.html



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discussion

  • The concept of the grid brings out the mathematical side of artistic thought and...more
    - [pax]
  • We did a design project with non-linear "grids." They were arrived at by cuttin...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • that's refreshing peter, freeing the composer of the initial binds that the grid...more
    - [ben]
  • Ben, sorry about the lag time -- It was in Professor Funk's 8-hour Design class,...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Peter, I'd be interested in seeing the results. Any chance you have that file o...more
    - [nick]
  • I've listened to this studio 360 show twice now... with a month or two to digest...more
    - [nick]
  • Uhh...it's on one of those Zip 100s. I may have a hard copy I can scan, though....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • yeah preetty cool stuff, huh? peter, if you can wait until i get back i can put...more
    - [ben]

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Disposable Art

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Julia (not Yezbick, but Smith-Heck....which very nearly rhymes), who works at the Boarshead Theater, gave me this website to check out. It is a collection of 25-30 "portraits" created out of nothing but a single toilet paper roll (just the cardboard part) each. Every one is unique and they are very expressive. I am impressed by someone who can express artistic vision through something that most of us just throw out without a thought. The site is: http://www.spazio.org/arte/vara/varas1.html. Enjoy!

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discussion

  • Very neat Peter. I'm always impressed with art made from common sources and wit...more
    - [nick]
  • cool. no wonder luca takes so long in the bathroom...
    - [ben]
  • If you made a flag out of toilet paper, would it be unpatriotic? Subversive? T...more
    - [name not provided]
  • i liked Herb best - he's cute.
    - [pax]
  • Bert's got a dope mullet
    - [name not provided]
  • jim, have you heard if they can trigger the brain to see color through the tongu...more
    - [ben]
  • Tongue-seeing seems like a harnessing of a form of synesthesia, which used to be...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Imagine these "heads" Easter Island scale, maybe rolled out of huge slabs of cla...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • dude, easter island is pretty big. i don't know if someone would have the resour...more
    - [ben]
  • Sorry...I meant to say Easter EGG Island.
    - [stargrazer]
  • I can't imagine how they would represent color with the tongue-seeing technology...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I like how what is disposable is redefined by this artist. Think about how many...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • The Lansing Art Gallery (where I work) is having art camps for kids this month,...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Escher-like fountain appears to defy gravity

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Award winning water fountain appears to run uphill, actually an optical illusion. [via Boing Boing Blog

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discussion

  • I'm at work right now and waiting for stuff to happen. If I need to, I will cle...more
    - [name not provided]
  • do germans use fountains like this for that sort of activity, hiram? if i had th...more
    - [ben]
  • do you think they could train fish to jump up the cascades and slide down the ra...more
    - [pax]

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portfolio design meets fine art

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take a gander at this beautiful online portfolio, "design union - everyday ." displays the work of what i can tell to be one designer, paul lee. in addition to displaying this designer's impressive collection of print, packaging, and web design, the sites layout showcases the artists etheral illustrations, along with zen-like dialogues revolving around the theme "everyday." design union pushes the rule book on navigation layout in hyper-space... quite inspiring.     

 

                  www.designunion.net


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discussion

  • kristen is not working
    - [flower]
  • why is kristen not working today. She is a good little worker bee!
    - [ducks]

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Oblique Strategies - creative guidance while under pressure

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I ran across Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's Oblique Strategies today.  Very interesting.  This printed set of cards had words of guidance that were to provide clarity during moments of pressure.

"Both Schmidt and Eno realized that the pressures of time tended to steer them away from the ways of thinking they found most productive when the pressure was off. The Strategies were, then, a way to remind themselves of those habits of thinking - to jog the mind."

Gregory Taylor has provided quite a write up on the history of the Oblique Strategies.  Take time to peruse his wonderful resource.

The originally printed cards are very hard to come by. But there are many versions available electronically:

What do you do to get through the pressure to be creative?



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discussion

  • i find that pressure itself is a driving force for creativity. these are great t...more
    - [ben]
  • The saying "If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done" is a...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Speaking of "artist's block," Ben and I just watched the movie "Adaptation" the...more
    - [stargrazer]

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klockwerks

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mr.wood

I was really impressed with Roger Wood's unique timepieces.

"Roger Wood creates with time in mind. Yet even though the clock can be a consistent element of his work, it’s often secondary to its creation. Whether it’s a curious timepiece or a unique assemblage, Wood thrives on working with an immeasurable array of findings from the tarnished and forgotten to the odd or intriquing. He is a devoted collector of usual and unusual objects with one thing in common, a history."



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discussion

  • Damian Hirst made some interesting pieces that address time. They are enclosed...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • The uncannily accurate Aztec calendar resembles two gear-wheels that mesh togeth...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Here's a quick google search on Damian Hir...more
    - [nick]

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nothingism restated

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many say, "nothing is sacred." I would alter this to say, "nothingness is sacred."

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discussion

  • It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing. It receives but does not keep. --Chuang...more
    - [ben]
  • It was in my painting that I first embraced nothing, by blacking out large areas...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • For some time, I've been fascinated with the creation-destruction duality presen...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • There is a state of mind that I call "the Happy Empty." It is when the mind is...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • To me, nothing has taken on a visual identity as the "color" black...actually th...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is nothing the cusp between creation and destruction? Or active/passive? Is no...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is there even a possibility of nothing? Dust-motes whirl, seen and unseen. The...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothing as the absence of something came home to me in a most personal way. Whe...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Large white rectangles -- the impassiviveness of a blank canvas, daydreaming tha...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Funny that blankness is so intimidating. An untouched canvas, the first word of...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Starting. Just initializing motion seems the most difficult thing for the artis...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothingism is an invisible journal, where everything but the nature of the conte...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I have nothing to add.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Oh! Sorry to break the train of thought, but regarding nothingness, this summer...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis, break in any time you want. I'll try looking Ryman up.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Oh, do that. It's really neat stuff. I had thought, as I did with War...more
    - [name not provided]
  • That is the sign of successful art, I think. I have a little saying that (I thi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • True. Such is the same for advertising. I often end up scolding myyself for be...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Or pointless jingles...or 70's classic rock lyrics...
    - [stargrazer]
  • I checked out Ryman, and was surprised to learn that he is the most likely inspi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Interesting. I've never heard of it. Sounds very applicable. And, as...more
    - [name not provided]
  • My painting instructor had a great comeback to "my five year-old could paint tha...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothing is now where I lay, for I have nowhere to go. And "nowhere" is quantifi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Here's something to chew on. I was reading an essay today by Lucy Lippard, "The...more
    - [name not provided]
  • "...until we find you, nothing until we kiss you, nothing until we sin...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • john cage once said that all he knew about method was that when he was not worki...more
    - [ben]
  • Yes. For me, when I am painting, I suspend my intellect and let the paint deter...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • How many practitioners of abstraction (in art, in music, in film, etc.) have mad...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • If it is not art that comes from within -- if art comes uniquely from without --...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • What comes from within is unquantifiable -- raw emotional "data" that we assign...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • To create a non-symbolic visual experience, in paint. This does not mean that t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • ...non-symbolism divorced from notions like irony or post-critical cleverness?...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Well, it's been a while, but I'd like to respond to a few thoughts: ...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Hi Louis,I wanted to respond, but I've had trouble posting from my home c...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hi. Yeah, my aplogies if I was a little blunt, as I do realise these are genera...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis, I have not been avoiding your queries -- just been having trouble posting...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Speaking of abstraction, why do people perceive that they have such a problem wi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think that Yoda actually has one of the most profound observations that can be...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Now seems like a good time to bring up corporate culture's co-opting of modernis...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • A response. In no particular order. The more I learn about Frank Ste...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I had no idea that there was a film about that. I made a comment to that effect...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Okay, here's the information (thanks for making me look it up):
    ...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Is there such a thing as a graffiti museum? If not, there should be.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Lots of stuff out there: ...more
    - [nick]
  • There are good zines (or used to be, at least). A year or so ago, I ordered som...more
    - [name not provided]
  • A filter for frustrated ideas. A clearing house for dreams. An auction of forg...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nothing is a reservoir for something. In effect, "something" lacks de...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey. Been a long time since I've seen this post.. Some more off-base things to...more
    - [name not provided]

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