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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Artist, Moon Beom - "Possible Worlds"

The work of Korean artist, Moon Beom

In the work of Korean artist, Moon Beom, imagery both alien and recognizable fills almost every inch of finite space. While the space is finite, the artist's intent, via his nature based subject matter, is not. Mr. Beom manipulates oil stick into frenzied, yet organized (with a pen's black ink lines), organic shapes - transforming abstract, action-oriented movement into seemingly recognizable forms. 
Chrysanthemum-like leaves cascade and move through space, giving the impression of splashing ocean waves, frozen in time.
According to the artist, "It is impossible to fully comprehend the happenstance of nature. When I come across something like a small blade of grass in a deep forest, or water frothing on the endless cresting ocean, or cumulus (clouds) rising up and disappearing diaphanously (sp), I tell them to keep their place as objects that are more lasting, not transitory, ever changing backdrops. At twilight during the very short time that this planet seems to rest, nature begins to take a stroll and the world repeats itself again."
Themes of infinity, immersion and that moment where time stands still before nature changes course, permeate Mr. Beom's work. As in all abstraction, the viewer, in order to feel and understand the artist's intent, must immerse him or herself into this seemingly endless, surreal and invented world.
Moon Beom (Korean, b. 1955), received his MFA and BFA from the College of Fine Art, Seoul National University, 1980. His current exhibition is at Kim Foster Gallery, New York - closing, November 27, 2010.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Poul Henningsen - Artichoke Lamp

DESIGNING A THEATER - An Architectural Journey
Additional information
In our earlier posting regarding The Geffen Playhouse, we forgot to include the following story.
Whenever  a building is scheduled to be modified and/or conserved, all items must be removed. This forces current occupants to search through every nook and cranny, sometimes discovering long-lost treasures.
In this case, one important item was indeed found: a PH Artichoke Lamp. Originally designed by Poul Henningsen and considered a masterpiece of modern design, this particular Artichoke Lamp, which was discovered in the third floor tower space of the building, is composed of 72 "leaves" with a light source which is perfectly concealed within.
Architect, Ron Frink, AIA, (RFA), suggested the perfect solution. Rather than store the lamp, why not hang it at the entry of the new Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Since the building, at one time, housed a Danish furniture store - what would be more appropriate? So, today, as patrons of The Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater enter the building, they view and walk beneath the lovely, preserved Artichoke Lamp.
 Poul Henningsen at Louis Poulsen

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Los Angeles Dance Company

For the love of dance and voice

World premiere of "Gods and Marionettes"
at the Ford Amphitheatre 

Featuring performances by SONOS and LACDC

Choreography by Kate Hutter
Music by Christopher Harrison
Filmed and Edited by Peter Monro

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Vegetables Are the New Meat

According to Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite:
"At serious restaurants all over town, carrots, peas, and the like are no longer just the supporting cast—they’re the stars. Move over locavores, here come the vegivores."
Restaurant owners mentioned on thought2form - of Forage, Chez Panisse and Ubuntu might agree. To find out more, please continue on to the article at The Huffington Post:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Gwyn Hannsen Pigott

The ceramic work of artist, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott
Unadorned, the vessels of ceramic artist, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, are arranged in a rhythmic procession, expressing an authoritative, yet, meditative presence. They are a counter to the "noise" of our daily lives and lead us into contemplation.
Too often, we are seduced by loud colors and patterns, making us think that more is best. However, Ms. Pigott's work gently nudges us to stop, step back, eliminate and reduce. We learn about ourselves as we journey into the artist's tranquil world
Ms. Pigott was born in Ballarat, Australia, 1935. She received her BA from the University of Melbourne and is recognized as one of Australia's most important artists.

Galerie Besson
Gywn Hanssen Pigott at Galerie Besson

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Architect Kazuyo Sejima

A perfect combination of form and function
Designed by Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA

Video produced by Howard Silver for Bloomberg MUSE. Edited by Seth Karten, DP Scott Sinkler 
Annie Leibovitz photo of SANAA architect, Kazuyo Sejima - intently gazing at her model for the New Museum of Contemporary Art:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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