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Expansion by Paige Bradley

June 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Wow. Just wow. I haven’t encountered a piece of sculpture so beautiful in quite some time. Expansion is a recent work by sculptor Paige Bradley.

 

 



Art

Invasive crochet: Lace doilies and razor wire

April 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Artist Crystal Gregory created this Invasive Crochet installation as part of a show in New York called Art in Odd Places. Via her web site:

Invasive Crochet challenges gender roles by placing handwork on hardened city surfaces around New York. Crocheting lace doilies onto the razor wire of an abandoned lot for the 14th Street public art show Art in Odd Places, smothering the urban landscape in a soft, decorative, and familiar juxtaposition.

And suddenly I have no idea where I found this. Suffice to say, it was certainly somewhere.

 

 



Art History

Ramón Espantaleón: First Apple

March 9, 2011

Christopher Jobson

It’s hard to believe that almost ten years now separate us from September 11, 2001, a tragic, world-changing day forever seared in our memories as we watched the attacks unfold on CNN or encountered it firsthand on the streets of New York and elsewhere. As the anniversary approaches and the discussion begins on how best to remember and retell the events of that day artist Ramón Espantaleón has begun work his personal response. A native of Madrid, Espantaleón not only endured 9/11 while living in the United States, but returned home to experience the Madrid train bombings in 2004.

First Apple is an ambitious work that seeks to recreate various scale models of New York City and in some cases to map these three dimensional renderings to the Twin Towers themselves. To create the base Espantaleón painstakingly constructed Manhattan in clay by forming 31,920 volumetric units each representing actual buildings, at a scale of 1/65. These volumes were then used to create pixelated city blocks from which he cast silicon molds that could in turn be used to reproduce each block with epoxy resin and polyurethane. This reproducible method allowed for a potentially unlimited exploration of space, color, material (and in some cases typography) resulting in the varied forms of architectural model pointillism you see above.

In total there are 11 individual artworks soon to be displayed in Madrid and an additional 11 Espantaleón seeks to display in New York. Learn about the project via his web site Landspot. A huge thanks to Ramon for sharing his incredible work with Colossal, and thanks to our mutual friend Jeff for making the introduction!

 

 



Design Music

Live NYC Public Transit Data Converted to Music

January 31, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Google engineer Alexander Chen has converted live data from the NYC subway schedule into an online “stringed instrument” called Conductor (above is just a video example).

Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.

Learn more about how it all works on his blog, and definitely check out the live site. Brain Eno would approve.

 

 



Art

Pixel Pour 2.0

January 4, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Pixel Pour 2.0 as seen on Mercer Street in New York City. Possibly the work of Kelly Goeller who created another Pixel Pour in 2008. (via laughing squid)

 

 



Design

Made of New York: Upcycled modern furniture from discarded Manhattan lumber

January 4, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Made of New York is a simple, modern furniture collection constructed from industrial-era materials salvaged from demolished buildings. The furniture is the brainchild of former creative director of Ikea Sweden, John-Michael Ekeblad, furniture designer Jonathan Locke and timber-sourcing expert Brian Kane.

The process begins with sourcing the wood, much of which comes from torn down 19th-century buildings. In determining the use for each part the team aims to have “minimal treatment of the wood in favor of sustaining its naturally worn out beauty and charm.” The resulting pieces are each completed within five to ten days, using water-based stains and sealers and wood plugs whenever necessary.

Available now through NewYorkCitySnaps. (via cool hunting)

 

 



Photography

Yojiro Imasaka

December 27, 2010

Christopher Jobson

In my first college photography class we were frequently given 1-2 hours of shooting time to leave the photo building and venture out into downtown Chicago to knock out a roll or two of film. I found it enjoyable to be taking pictures during class but always felt slightly defeated knowing that thousands of students before and after me would be venturing out into a small radius around school shooting pictures of the exact same buildings, streets, and parks. What type of skill and eye would it take, to pass by the same thing seen by hundreds of passersby each day and recognize instantly the beauty and uniqueness of an image? It seemed almost impossible. It’s clear in Yojiro Imasaka‘s vertical shots of New York alleys that he posses just such talent. Something incredibly beautiful out of the completely mundane. (via pytr 75)