Graffiti artist ROA was in Chicago this week and managed to finish two pieces, the larger of which is the side of the Hedrich Blessing architectural photography studio. Images courtesy Pawn Works. (via unurth)
Last November German conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann was named the winner of the eighth Biennal Hugo Boss Prize, a bi-annual award bestowed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for significant achievement in contemporary art, with an attached honorarium of $100,000. In a unique gesture to the museum Feldmann proposed the idea of creating an installation that would involve tacking 100,000 $1 bills to the walls of a large gallery off the Frank Lloyd Wright ramp. Via the NY Times:
“I’m 70 years old, and I began making art in the ’50s,” Mr. Feldmann said in a telephone interview from his studio in Düsseldorf. “At that time there was no money in the art world. Money and art didn’t exist. So for me $100,000 is very special. It’s incredible really. And I would like to show the quantity of it.”
It took museum art handlers roughly 13 days to pin the out-of-circulation bills to the wall and to condense the surface area required by so much currency the dollars were slightly overlapped. The exhibition will be up May 20–November 2, 2011. The photographs above by David Heald were provided courtesy the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.
For most of my life a wallet was something I treasured little more than an umbrella or gym bag, that is, whatever got the job done was fine by me. Then a few years ago my wife gave me this impeccably designed Time to Swim wallet from db clay and I was floored by how beautiful and perfect it was, so much so that I’ve owned no other brand of wallet since (currently sporting this puppy). db clay is helmed by Portland-based designer and entrepreneur Garett Stenson who endured a number of hardships due to the recent financial crisis and was forced to temporarily cease wallet production, however he’s recently cranked things up again and a new series of five ultra-thin wallets called LINE 0.0 (my two favorites shown above) is now available for pre-order via a Kickstarter project. I’m not a particularly fashionable person, but I get questions about my wallet every week.
This wonderful 200 foot (63 meter) mixed-media mural reading “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will always save me” was recently installed in Adelaide, Australia by street artist ABOVE who fell while working on the installation, breaking his scapula in two places and suffering a concussion that required two hospital visits. Luckily he wasn’t working alone and a number of other talented artists helped to complete the project including illustrator and wood-carver Chris Edser, designer Tristan Kerr, public artist ANKLES, and Joshua Fanning. A big thanks to photographer Jonathan VDK for providing his images for the post. Definitely click the panorama thumbnail above to see the completed piece. (via unurth)