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Trouble: Paintings by Jay Ryan

April 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

If you’re in Chicago on Friday I recommend stopping by Rotofugi Gallery to check out the opening of Jay Ryan’s latest collection of paintings. To get a taste, here’s an online gallery from last year’s show, and see some of his screentprints over at the Bird Machine. The show runs through May 22.

 

 



Art

Automatons by Kazu Harada

April 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Some wonderful automatons by Japanese artist Kazu Harada. See more over on his Youtube page. How does the duck work!?! This will haunt me forever. (via automata / automaton)

 

 



Art Design

Stop the Violence Book

April 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The founder of design firm Thirst/Chicago, Rick Valicenti recently art directed this incredible book using the photography of Francois Robert from his series Stop the Violence. Each spread features an individual letter from the alphabet—compositions made of human bones arranged by Robert—in juxtaposition with a page from President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech from 2009. I just got my copy in the mail and the book is truly stunning. It’s 36 pages and over a foot tall. How much would you be willing to pay for such a killer publication? It’s free. Whoops, looks like you folks snapped up the last few copies. Published by Classic Color.

 

 



Art History

Jen Bervin embroiders Emily Dickinson’s handwritten punctuation and editorial notes

April 19, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Textile artist Jen Bervin has created something wholly peculiar and wonderful in her project The Dickinson Fascilies. During her lifetime Emily Dickinson tried to avoid publication, referring to it as “the auction of the mind,” and yet she continued to write, completing some 1,700 poems.

Between approximately 1858 and 1864, Dickinson grouped her poems into small handbound packets, later called fascicles. They are very humble bindings: stab-bound with twisted red and white thread and tied off teeteringly near the folded edge. The stitch held the stacked folded sheets together but made them a harder to open. […] Her fascicles and fragments were dismembered, regrouped, scissored, and marked by her various editors as they changed hands and often her poems have been restructured and changed considerably for print.

Interested in the editorial patterns Bervin abstracted the editor’s notes, punctuation and other details from Dickinson’s poems and used cotton and silk thread to embroider the marks on enormous cotton sheets nearly 6′ tall by 8′ wide. I’m seriously geeking out over these. A fascinating idea. (via quipsologies)

 

 



Art

The segmented sculpture of Robbie Rowlands

April 18, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Melbourne-based artist Robbie Rowlands creates these mind-bending segmented sculptures and installations from everyday objects and places. Enormous strips of floorboards are peeled up from abandoned buildings and street signs are sliced into rusty, serpentine artworks. Lovely. (via booooooom)

 

 



Art Design

Currency origami from Won Park

April 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

As part of a rebranding effort for Payment System Group, Seattle-based States of Matter commissioned a number of currency origami works from Won Park. See more over on Behance.

 

 



Art

Crayon sculptures by Diem Chau

April 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Wonderfully detailed sculptures carved from crayons and pencils by artist Diem Chau. (via beautiful decay)