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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thursday Three

From the first bionic eye called Argus II, to Angus Hyland's cleverly covered Penquin phrasebooks, to another new invention - 3Doodler, a 3D printing tool - three bright ideas for Thursday from T2F.
Bionic Eye on POPSCI

Pentagram: Penguin Phrasebooks on Designboom

3Doodler - YouTube

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Artist, Luciana Rondolini

"Calamidad Cosmica" - artist, Luciana Rondolini
Upon first viewing of the work created by artist, Luciana Rondolini, I smiled. How could one not smile at the larger-than-life popsicles; colorful, impaled with enormous wooden “sticks”- perhaps, sugary-sweet. They melt - their fluid contained in over-sized trays.

Ms. Rondolini has titled the exhibition, “Calamidad Cosmica” (Cosmic Calamity). Suddenly our sweet thoughts are doused with cold water. Colossal, colorful, sweet and icy, the frivolous and cooling summer treats act as metaphors for impending doom. We may choose to think sweet thoughts of the future. However, the future may not be so sweet. And our problems, which once were small, are now larger than life. We may not be able to stop the melting, the oncoming shoreline changes - the destruction. Time moves forward and we are carried along, befuddled or in a state of denial.
This work brings to mind, artist, Claus Oldenburg, known for his colossal sculptural work. We think of “Clothespin” or “Lipstick”, or soft pieces such as his various "Hot Water Bottles". Claus Oldenburg's Pop-Art imagery allows us to see objects as though through a magnifying glass and we are introduced to a new frame of reference, a fresh view of mundane, everyday objects. Ms. Rondollini does much the same thing – at first. Then, we are led away from amusement as meaning takes shape. In time, we are left deflated - and maybe even, worried.
As we sit, comfortably, in our homes, watching television, reading or playing with our technological devices, glaciers are melting - leaking fresh water into our salty oceans.
Artists tell us the truth - visually. They need not write a treatise to illustrate meaning. With these large-scale, seemingly pleasurable "eye-candy" works, Ms. Rondolini has written volumes.

The artist, born in 1976,  lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has received several awards for her work and has exhibited in a number of group shows, with a solo exhibition in 2011. View her full bio (CV), here.
All photographs, courtesy Luciana Rondolini
For more information:
Luciana Rondolini website and Facebook

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Three More

Three, selected from the world wide web.
Beautiful hand-made Japanese stools by master wood worker, Shuji Nakagawa to a stunning cathedral designed by Schmidt/Hammer/Lassen to a larger than life popsicle, poignantly created by Luciana Rondolini - our recommendations for Tuesday.
Ki-oke Stools by Shuji Nakagawa

Cathedral of the Northern Lights by
Schmidt/Hammer/Lassen Architects

Melting Popsicles - large size, by Luciana Rondolini
Watch for our upcoming story!

Friday, February 8, 2013


Whenever I’m in Santa Fe, I usually visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. As a young art student I was drawn to O’Keefe’s strong, ethereal work and her unembellished life-style.
Reading an article about an upcoming exhibition at the museum, titled, “Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage(Santa Fean Magazine, Eve Tolpa, February/March 2013), the renowned photographer describes her first visit to O’Keeffe’s, Abiqiui home: “I didn’t expect to be moved when we walked into O’Keeffe’s studio, but I found myself weeping. It’s hard to describe the sense of solitude and peace in that room.” And from that visit, Ms. Leibovitz traveled two more times to Northern New Mexico to photograph O’Keeffe’s home, the landscape at Ghost Ranch, the “Black Place” where the latter artist walked and painted, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum vault.
While Annie Leibovitz is best known for her Vanity Fair celebrity photographs, the work in this exhibition goes beyond the confines of career, stepping into territory that is more personal and meaningful. Sixty-four photographs of the rooms and objects of historically famous people (including Thomas Jefferson, Emily Dickinson) and significant places such as Niagara Falls and Walden Pond are included in this body of work produced between April 2009 and May 2011. The entire exhibition was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution for its permanent collection.
Opening at the O'Keeffe Museum, February 15 and continuing through May 5, 2013, we read from the exhibition statement :
“Annie Leibovitz’s Pilgrimage is much like Georgia O’Keeffe’s work in that it captures a place in time with such evocative power and emotion that you cannot help but feel the connection, the deep sense of place,” said Rob Kret, Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “We are honored to have her work here and feel that it truly commemorates and compliments the ongoing ‘Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image’ exhibition with paintings and photographs of O’Keeffe’s most beloved and inspiring locations in the Southwest.”
“Pilgrimage” is an evocative and deeply personal statement by a photographer whose career now spans more than 40 years, encompassing a broad range of subject matter, history and stylistic influences. Together the pictures show Leibovitz at the height of her powers, unfettered by the demands of her career and pondering how photographs, including her own, shape a narrative of history that informs the present.
Also in the statement, Ms Leibovitz provides insight into the personal value of this work:
“From the beginning, when I was watching my children stand mesmerized over Niagara Falls, this project was an exercise in renewal. It taught me to see again.”
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage is organized by guest curator, Andy Grundberg (former New York Times photography critic and Associate Provost and Dean of undergraduate studies at the Corcoran College of Art + Design), for the Smithsonian American Art Museum - along with Senior Curator  and coordinating Curator of the Smithsonian Museum, Joann Moser.
The exhibition is presented in conjunction with a new book published by Random House.
Following its presentation at the O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM., Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage will continue its tour at the following venues:
San Jose Museum of Art
in San Jose, California (June 6, 2013–September 8, 2013)
Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina (October 4, 2013–January 5, 2014)
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinios (February 7, 2014–May 4, 2014)

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