Heading to Sri Lanka in a week to meet up with A.R. and cannot wait. (Apparently Sri Lanka is known for rainbows.) Perfect timing, my latest guide for The Etsy Blog, about wanderlust:
“It’s already dark when you arrive, dazed from the layover all swollen feet and fuzzy teeth, carrying what’s left of the place you’re leaving and one overnight bag. The air is different here — hotter and stickier and less careful — and everyone but you is wearing sandals, and no one knows your name.”
Lead pencil on paper by Laurent Le Deunff.
Clothes made of paper from the “Utoption” collection by Nadine Goepfert and Lisa Haag:
“We developed two almost identical collections distinguished only in their materiality. In the ”slow“ collection we focused on the use of high quality [materials] to insure a certain durability. The second collection is based around fast fashion and the mentality of a disposable society. It is entirely made of paper . . . Both collections deal with the value and the actual worth of a garment.”
ALSO: Plastic bag with paint in it.
Paintings by Clare Grill: Wonderment (2011), Mop (2012), Bone (2012).
Awesome things by Rah and Rah: shale fingers, hook, mortars and pestles.
Details of handwoven jacquard by the amazing Christy Matson, who recently discovered that there isn’t a hand-operated jacquard loom within 350 miles of Los Angeles. To help her bring a loom to the city, donate here.
To celebrate Mimi and Brian’s move out West (hooray!), I wrote a guide to my favorite secret spots in LA, including the Time Tunnels, the house Joan Didion lived in when she wrote The White Album, and that billboard on Santa Monica Blvd. with the digital counter tallying the number of “Smoking Deaths This Year”:
“The numbers tick upward, of course, an argument for the reliability of human frailty, of never learning better, a marker of fatal mistakes. Except! For this once a year when at midnight the billboard resets to zero, and you can stand out on the balcony with M. in the warm Los Angeles winter and suck in the stuff that might kill you, and revel in a few too brief seconds of nothing you’ve done being nothing you shouldn’t have done, and the mistakes still ahead, still uncounted.”
Check out the whole field trip, part of the “Brook&Lyn now in LA” project, also featuring my beloved Jujumade and Stop it Right Now.
Per Oyvind Ruud via Luxe Pauvre:
“For me a creative process either starts from a philosophical or aesthetic point of view.”
Handmade jackets by XXY, from Zurich:
“In regards to content: transsexuality, queer culture, unisex, transformation, multifunctionality, variability.”
Overwhelming feelings of love for everyone who came to Creatures of Comfort last Saturday — photographs of the installation by Brook&Lyn, also on Sight Unseen (thanks, Jill!):
“Perhaps it’s inevitable that we would all want to touch and feel and hold the objects we covet from afar, and to make tangible the narrative we create every day. But maybe it’s just as simple as this: “It’s kind of lonely being a blogger. And this was a reason to get to know people. It’s kind of a scary thing: You think, ok, I admire their work, but will I actually get along with them?”
The answer is a resounding yes. I’m a huge fan of all the artists/designers/makers in this show, who took a chance on someone from across the vast internet and so generously trusted me with their work, and I’ll be eternally grateful.
I mean, I’m BEAMING.
Uncomfortable Objects. Finding Oneself Outside (2012) by Mariana Castillo Deball at Documenta 13 via Contemporary Art Daily.
Leather box by Welcome Companions from Welcome Projects that could be a clutch or a purse or a holder of important things, and perfect at all of it.
Wood inlaid with veneer, aluminum, and mother-of-pearl by Riccardo Beretta.
George Sowden interior designs via Creatures of Comfort.
“We’re Revolting” pop-up installation opens at Creatures of Comfort this Saturday, Oct. 20!
I’m still pinching myself that these amazing artists and designers were willing to be involved, and to create one-of-a-kind and exclusive pieces. It’s caused some serious soul-searching, as someone who spends a lot of time looking at images, how intense and satisfying it is to touch these dimensional objects, the weight of things and how they fit in your hand, and how incredibly made they are: each one a little lifetime, of beating hearts and scrutiny and utter gorgeous perfection. Come check out the show.
OPENING RECEPTION: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 20
WHERE: Creatures of Comfort LA, 7971 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
WHEN: October 20 to November 10, 2012.
(With sticker sheet illustrated by the multi-talented Building Block, of one piece by every artist.)
Jason Rens via new store Table of Contents, which looks pretty freakin’ sweet.
Paper cutouts by Edward Jeffrey Kriksciun at Nationale Fine Arts.
Amazing new Brook&Lyn collection, with lookbook styled by Stop it Right Now.
Hussein Chalayan A/W12 via Vogue UK and Stella McCartney S/S13 via Büro 24/7.
Megan Francis Sullivan phototransfers on canvas at freymond-guth.
The Well Polished Floor Sculpture (2010) by Ger Van Elk via Potz!Blitz!Szpilman!/whishful thinking.
Blue Sail (1964-1965), a blue chiffon sheet blown by a fan, by Hans Haacke:
“Of all the conceptualist artists working today, Haacke is the one who best understands how art bullies the viewer.”
“What’s appealing about Haacke is he knows exactly what he’s doing and doesn’t think he should be doing anything else. He never tries to tart his work up with irony or sarcasm or coyness or metaphors or jokes. “Art-making is just another part of the consciouness industry,” he said in an interview in 1994. His way of assessing art? Based on how intelligent it is, as with any other form of opinion-mongering.”
ALSO: Welle (The Wave) (1964) via grupa o.k.
Amazing, gorgeous things at new shop Mercado, curated by the supremely talented Kneeland Co, including woven, handmade chairs by Pacific Wonder Land.
The “Vary” couch by Nina Bruun. ALSO: Solar eclipse wall light.
Hats from Peter Jensen S/S13, inspired by the sculpture of Barbara Hepworth. ALSO: Holey shoes.
Drawings by Ronan Bouroullec from the “ERB” series at the Wrong Shop.
From a three-week residency at the island Sylt, Germany by Strijdom van der Merwe.
Cast concrete pieces by Ned Smyth via Salomon Contemporary.
My studio visit with the amazing designers of Building Block is now up on Sight Unseen!
“Maybe it’s not someone else’s perfect but it’s our perfect.”