Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Worn Out Frying Pans

Christopher Jonassen's exploration of worn out frying pans.

"To eat is to appropriate by destruction." -Jean-Paul Sartre

Vegetable Orchestra

"Worldwide one of a kind, the Vegetable Orchestra performs on instruments made of fresh vegetables. The utilization of various ever refined vegetable instruments creates a musically and aesthetically unique sound universe.

The Vegetable Orchestra was founded in 1998. Based in Vienna, the Vegetable Orchestra plays concerts in all over the world.

There are no musical boundaries for the Vegetable Orchestra. The most diverse music styles fuse here - contemporary music, beat-oriented House tracks, experimental Electronic, Free Jazz, Noise, Dub, Clicks'n'Cuts - the musical scope of the ensemble expands consistently, and recently developed vegetable instruments and their inherent sounds often determine the direction."

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bright Night Sky

Poland residents of Poznan celebrate the summer solstice with a massive release of over 8,000 paper lanterns.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wood Sculpture

"Korean sculptor Cha Jong-Rye works with wood as if it were clay or paint. She layers and sands hundreds of delicate wood pieces to create pockmarked canvases, threatening beds of thorns, or wall-sized recreations of crumpled cloth napkins. Jong-Rye completed her graduate work at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul in 1996 and has had numerous group exhibits and five solo shows, her latest at the Sungkok Art Museum."

The surfaces have an almost cactus like texture. Her works are formidable and her patience impregnable. I'm wowed.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Animate Embroidery

This is the work of Atlanta-based Aubrey Longley-Cook

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Le Diner en Blanc

"Good weather in Paris always brings out an army of picnickers carrying folding chairs and baskets. But when Parisians-in-the-know descended on the Louvre courtyard last week, they were actually participating in an annual dining event that's some 20 years old. Known as "Le Dîner en Blanc, the city's clandestine dinner party attracts a crowd dressed entirely in white that comes together at an undisclosed location through a word-of-mouth campaign."

After pitstops in Paris, Lyon, Amsterdam, Munich, Zurich, Berlin, Quebec City and Montreal New York City will now be having it's first Dinner in White on August 25, 2011. I've got my fingers crossed that my spot on the waiting list will be called. Check it out here and sign up!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Motoi Yamamoto

With the patience and precision greater than that of a mere human Motoi Yamamoto spends on the order of 50 hours creating floor installations made of salt. Meditatively piping out his work line by line Yamamoto reflects on his process: “Perhaps salt supported our lives in the distant past? Pershaps contained in salt is the memory of life itself?” His labyrinths swell and deflate with the moisture in the air and possess an other-worldliness and wonder of crop circle proportions.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Art Deco Swimming Pool Turned Museum

"In the last few years of the twentieth century the Mayor of Lille in northern France had a quandary. The old swimming pool in the small town of Roubaix had been closed in 1985 due to safety problems."

"The swimming pool was turned in to a museum. Originally built between 1927 and 1932 by the architect Albert Baert, the swimming pool had served the people of Roubaix for over fifty years and the Roubaisiens, rightly, were very fond of their pool. Yet the health and safety issues meant that it could no longer be used for that purpose."

"The problem had been with the vault under the pool. After fifty years of supporting the enormous weight of a pool full of water it was estimated that it would probably collapse if it continued to be used as a pool.If there were bathers in the pool at the moment of collapse that might possibly present an issue for the local council."

"So, the repair work was undertaken and ten years ago in October a vast crowd attended the re-opening of La Piscine as it is called. The first year exceeded all expectations. Around 80,000 visitors were anticipated but the museum (the La Piscine-Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent to give the place its proper name) drew over two hundred thousand."

via kuriositas 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Geometric Beach Drawings by Jim Denevan

Surfer, sand artist, and chef Jim Denevan marks up miles of California coastlines...hardly finishing before his drawings are taken away by the tide.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

de culinaire werkplaats

Food blurs the line between nourishment and art at the de culinaire werkplaats in Amsterdam. Owners Marjolein Wintjes and Eric Meuring have created a restaurant that doubles as a culinary shop where the cuisine is transformed into edible masterpieces.

de culinaire werkplaats is an eating concepts restaurant that among other gustatory wonders is known for its fruit and vegetable paper.

Founded by textile designer Marjolein Wintjes and chef Eric Meuring, de culinaire werkplaats focuses on the intersection of food, design, and art.

close-up of red cabbage and fennel paper

edible paper made with red wine and onion slices.

Eric Meuring

Swing the day away

In the process of snooping around the internet looking for the next fantastic idea I've come across a bunch of repeats, ideas so happy-inducing that adaptations sprout up all over the world. The simple swing is today's dose of happy.

San Francisco resident Jeff Waldman might go down as the most prolific swing assembler of the century. He began hanging swings in locations around LA until he caught the attention of the Awesome Foundation. The Foundation awarded him $1000 to hang another 50 swings and propelled the project to expand to installations in the Marshall Islands and Bolivia where he plans to hang a couple hundred more.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Floor Installation

Since 1999, The Glasgow-based artist Jim Lambie has used vinyl glossy tape in varying colors to build floor installations.

"For me something like Zobop, the floor piece, it is creating so many edges that they all dissolve. Is the room expanding or contracting? ... Covering an object somehow evaporates the hard edge off the thing, and pulls you towards more of a dreamscape." -Lambie

Monday, June 13, 2011

Official Business Card: Dinosaur Hunter

Red Balloon, an English-language school in Brazil asked their students what they want to be when they grow up. Each student was then made an official business card for their chosen profession even if it happened to be a Dinosaur Hunter. Adorable...

RedBalloon Kids Business Cards from digous machado on Vimeo.

Caleb Gardener from The Exceptional Man comments:
"Imagine if we were all given this degree of creative freedom from such a young age. We start with this kind of imaginative power and the uninhibited ability to create any sort of future for ourselves. What I like about Red Balloon's project is that it gives these kids something tangible, something they can literally hold in their hands in order to remember how big their dreams were."

Helen Rodel

This short meditative documentary portrays Helen Rodel's meticulously crafted clothing line from conception to creation. I'm off to spend the next hour digging through my closets looking for a crochet needle.

Documentário Helen Rödel - Estudos MMXI (english subtitles) from Helen Rödel on Vimeo.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Peanut Butter Floor by Wim T. Schippers

"Museum personnel smear the floor with peanut butter, as they prepare the art installation 'Peanut-Butter Platform' at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The artwork called Peanut-Butter Platform by Dutch artist Wim T. Schippers was acquired by the Museum last December and will exhibit the work publicly from 05 March 2011."

Schippers' peanut butter installation is part of a series of floor sculptures. The series conceived in the early 60's includes a floor covered in salt and another "sculpture" of broken pieces of sheet glass.

This poor man along with ruining his shoes was slapped with a hefty fine for disrupting the floor.

"If you see a tree you don't wonder: 'what is this tree about?' It just is." I really admire his unpretentious appreciation.