we stumbled upon artist jeffrey gibson by chance and we’re so glad we stayed and continued looking into his work. while his geometric abstract paintings are quite beautiful and have been a part of his newer work, we were more drawn to his adorned punching bags. visually, you can see how he draws inspiration from his native american roots, especially traditional pow-wow dance regalia as seen by the bead work, sequins, tin shingles, color, etc.. but, there is also a very modern touch and other inspirations at work here which make it very fascinating!
in the december 2013 issue of artnews magazine, gibson explains his artistic choices: “the adornment references subcultural fashion, not just native american but also punk and queer – alternatives to mainstream that signal defiance and rejection of hetero-normative culture.” curator marshall n. price of the national academy museum describes gibson’s work as a “mash-up” or “remix”. some of the adorned punching bags are even wrapped in pieces of re-purposed paintings. how cool is that! sure, there is a decorative and beautiful element to this collection of work from gibson, but if you stop there you have missed the whole trajectory he has attempted to take you on. gibson further explains this best himself in this video. (mind you, there are probably quite a few kpi clients that we think would love one of his pieces in their homes!)
this summer, the southwest is in for a treat! in addition to being the subject of an exhibition at the denver art museum, gibson will begin a residency in the native arts artist-in-residence program. we’d love to be a fly on the wall for that class! some of gibson’s most recent exhibitions were at volta, national academy museum, institute of contemporary art in boston and marc straus gallery in new york city, where he is represented. we can’t wait to see what gibson does next! and, it seems we don’t have to wait too long. he recently collaborated with a peace treaty on a line of jewelry and scarves that are based on selected works of his. we are more than just a little obsessed now! how about you?
german photographer and founder of shoutout magazine, bernhard handick, uses any kind of technique to produce new works. from painting to photography, analogue to digital, pixelation to overlaying; the manner in which handick approaches his mixed media art is certainly destructive. having been published at vogue italia, glamcult, juxtapoz, we are selecters, and washington post, handick creates collections of striking imagery which seem to fuse pieces together that, although contemporary in their foundations, carry a rather haunting undertone. of his artwork, handick says, “my understanding of myself as an artist is not that I produce artwork which is completed after my process of creation. rather, the spectator is the one who finishes the work in the particular way in which he interprets it – in this sense, he is the one to add the final brushstroke.” well said! if you enjoy bernhard’s classically deconstructed works, check out his website.
we sure wish we had the chance to visit the palais de tokyo this past summer, so we could marvel at the custom wood installation by brazilian artist henrique oliveira. the architectural anthropomorphism, as the museum called it, plays off the building’s existing structure, surrounding visitors in a twisted, knotted exploration of a tree-like structure. the installation is made from recycled tapume wood sticks, a typical material used in brazilian construction, the artist’s home country. the interplay of organic materials, with a man-made dimension, joins a growing trend of biologically inspired design. below you can see multiple views of the installation at the palais de tokyo, and also some beautiful examples of his previous work. to find out more about oliveira and his painterly wood installations, check out his website!
while getting our daily art fix last week, we stumbled across new evocative art work from charles wilkin. born in buffalo, new york, wilkin has been evolving as a collage artist for fifteen years. he has been featured in various magazines like metropolis, rojo, and juxtapoz. at first glance his pieces seem to have a sense of nostalgia, but the image is decayed and distorted with layers of color and shape, that create an eerie yet thought provoking feeling. derived primarily from the study of headlines, sounds bites and idle conversations, he aims to show remnants of media overload and targeted consumption as a tangible yet uncertain analogy. the pieces below have been chosen from his most recent works over the past two years. to see more from charles wilkin, check out his website, or browse his collages currently for sale at saatchi! oh, and if you aren’t already wowed by charles wilkin’s cool work, when he is not collaging, he is busy keeping bees, practicing speed metal guitar, and contemplating obtaining a pilot’s license.
a few weeks ago we visited the greystone mansion for the design house showcase which featured designs based on the tastes of iconic titans from the entertainment, fashion, technology, and finance industries. this included jim henson, stevie wonder, julia child, and alexander mcqueen to name a few. while we thoroughly enjoyed the showcase house, what also caught our attention was the animal chair collection on exhibit.
the animal chair collection, by maximo riera, is a mixture of sculpture and furniture, incorporating animals as an equal part of the design. it is intriguing and beautiful, whilst serving as a reminder of the animals we share this diverse planet with. of course, no one can describe it better than maximo riera himself; “this collection is homage to these animals and the whole animal kingdom which inhabits our planet, as an attempt to reflect and capture the beauty of nature in each living thing”. each animal chair has been carefully thought through and designed to accurately match the skin textures, and sometimes even the scale of the animal’s actual size. riera says that he “wanted to preserve the real elevation of the animal making the person who sits on it share the same perspective”. not only are these pieces of furniture incredibly interesting, but his explanation for each work of art is beautifully thought through and meaningful. we highly suggest you stop on over to his page and read it in full after viewing his work below!
you can’t get more colorful than klari reis, and her newest ongoing collection, entitled petri dish paintings, is the most vibrant yet. we stumbled upon klari’s work via her fun blog, the daily dish 2013, where she is featuring a different petri dish painting everyday of this year. when most of us think of a petri dish, we probably get grossed out by the thought of multiplying bacteria, but one look at the mesmerizing paint colors in one of klari’s petri dishes and you’ll fall in love! klari uses reflective epoxy polymer to depict electron microscopic images of natural and unnatural cellular reactions. the effect is hopeful, almost playful, belying the serious nature of the subject matter. pictured below is a selection of a few works from her ongoing collection, petri dish paintings, but don’t stop there. check out her fun website to see her other collections, 99 apothecary bottles, and street anatomy, as well as over 300 petri dish paintings.
with six creative and curious minds in the kpi office now, we are constantly coming across miscellaneous things throughout the week that keep us inspired, make us laugh, tempt us to make unnecessary purchases, or seriously make us wonder how we have made it this far in life without the newest genius gadget! so we have decided to join in the blogger crowd and share with you all of things that got us through another crazy week at the office! you can keep up with our three adorable pugs, learn some of our fave sources, see what the kpi ladies do in our free time, and anything that made us smile!
our sweet petey says ‘fine, i will take your bed since you took mine’
seating cards can be such a simple yet personal part of a dinner party. great roundup here
check out these amazing sculptures shared by mr. finch
from the innovative mind of lucas maassen and the creative technologies of dries verbruggen, comes the amazing brainwave sofa! although the brainwave sofa is an intriguing delight for the eyes, the true beauty is found in it’s concept. the shape of the brainwave sofa is entirely determined by a three second recording of maassen’s neural ‘alpha’ activity. neural ‘alpha’ activity is recorded during an eeg or fmri, which uses magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate an individuals brain functions. the three second computer file is then sent to a cnc milling machine that mills the brainwave sofa in soft foam. a warm grey felt with buttons in the valleys is applied by hand to ensure the shape of the brainwave is honored. the brainwave sofa is a futuristic reference to a production workflow in which the designer merely closes his/her mind, and a computer prints the result as a three-dimensional functional form.
lucas maassen and dries verbruggen are no strangers to innovative design, and have many prior creations that lead them to this phenomenal collaboration. most well known for his lively sitting chairs, lucas maassen is not interested in the conventional, and his work seems to challenge our perspective of the world as we know it. pictured below are some of his most intriguing projects including: sitting chairs, singing chair, and lucas maassen & sons furniture factory. to learn more about his inspirational projects and watch some awesome short videos, check out his website.
dries verbruggen, the tech designer behind the brainwave sofa, is ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and product creation. the design studio, unfold, was founded in 2002 by dries verbruggen and claire warnier, after they graduated from the design academy. the unfold-duo challenges the viewer to have a closer look by subtly playing with aspects such as spatial alienation, unexpected material combinations, and a good dose of humour. pictured below are their most futuristic, indepth projects including: kiosk, the 3d ceramics printer, and ceramics made by the printer. to find out more about their astounding, technological creations, check out their website.
in the words of walt whitman, “i think i could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained, i stand and look at them long and long.” this poignant quote opens sharon montrose’s most recent book, menagerie. melding her passion for photography with her love of animals, award winning artist, and friend, sharon montrose’s definitive photographic style has made her one of the most sought-after commercial photographers specializing in animals for over a decade. here at kp we love to shop her amazing online store, the animal print shop. prints from the animal print shop, specifically her series’ babies and little darlings can be seen adorning some of the most perfect nurseries and children’s bedrooms. being long time friends, we love seeing sharon’s new work, and even have a little top secret project we are currently working on together! stay tuned for more animal prints and of course darling nurseries.
world renowned, award winning artist, andy goldsworthy, has had the world in awe for close to 40 years. thanks to mister finch we got a look at some of his newer work recently and are enraptured all over again. goldsworthy, is a british sculptor, photographer and environmentalist, who produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. most of us were introduced to goldsworthy in the 2001 documentary directed by thomas riedelsheiner, rivers and tides, which documents goldsworthy in action, at home in his natural surroundings. if you havent seen it, is a must watch and can be viewed in its entirety on youtube.
goldsworthy is most famous for his ephemeral works, in which he often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials. the materials used in his art often include brightly colored flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. there is no glue involved, no paint, no scissors, just nature. goldsworthy takes great pride in the process of his art, which seems to provoke a meditative quality in creator and viewer. his work below is just a small sampling of his large and ever growing collection.