one of the reasons i really like new york, is that on any given day or at any moment you stumble upon something awesome with no intention. randomly walking down Lafayette the other day about to hit up puck fair for a burger, stopped into this spot displaying super-future looking bikes. ill let the photos tell it, but many of these bikes function using solar energy. the designs are super sleek, and honestly just pretty fucking cool to look at, plus make a smaller carbon foot-print. there was this really dope tree. the steel leaves had panels for conducting solar energy, which would in turn light up these bulbs on the tree. peep.
a few official ones.
Creator, Josh Hadar has designed not only with a social responsibility in mind, but his creative aesthetic must also be addressed here. The exhibit which is on display for just a few more days, entitled “The Evolution of Steel” shows how Hadar has manipulated the metal in order to create these sleek and sinuous forms. He has taken the original form of a bike and stretched that to create something more sculptural and artistic, all the while focusing on environmental needs.
In addition to the show, which was put on by The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City, New York played host for 4 days, to a creative collaboration of downtown businesses, workshops, art groups, and exhibitions. The categories ranged from architecture and urban planning, economics and sustainability, and art and design. The topics were then facilitated through means of parties, lectures, video screenings, and live performances.
Josh Hadar’s ‘The Evolution of Steel” is on view until May 27th located at 285 Lafayette Street btwn Houston and Prince. Stop by if you have a minute. Dope show.
saw his show recently.AMERICA.
hadn’t been put on to this artist before. his style definitely evokes emotion.”an American conceptual artist whose works explore race, language, desire, and identity.”i found myself drawn to his text-based paintings, of which he is most famous for. on large canvas they feature a single line of text, repeated over and over ending in a mush of black paint. the ones on display were one-liners taken from Zora Neale Hurston, i was lucky one of the security guards was standing with eyes closed. snapped a few flicks.
stopped in this church before heading to the exhibit. random, cuz i dont usually find myself in a church. there is something very serene about the silence after walking on nyc’s noisy streets. you walk in and no one is talking, people are singing songs about god. made me feel like being very quiet. and i was, but only for a little! :).
Before going to the actual exhibition, I hadn’t heard about the World Press Photo shows before. Since its inception in 1955 and every year thereafter, World Press Photo has held contests for who has the winning photojournalism photo of that year, “a girl running naked after a napalm attack in Vietnam; a Buddhist monk who has set himself alight; a sole demonstrator standing in front of tanks on Tiananmen Square.” The non-profit organization started in Amsterdam, The Netherlands i.e. Holland, and since has held exhibitions across the globe, and currently it is the largest photojournalism contest in the world.
Initially I wasn’t sure what I would see. It didn’t occur to me the magnitude of impact press photos would have on me. The head of a dead girl peeking out of rubble on the Gaza strip or President Obama’s inauguration in Washington D.C. So many of the things that happen in the world, that you overlook, forget about, or are disinterested in because as always life has to be led, and your day to day grind often takes away from thinking of these things.
I’d also like to mention where the exhibit took place. In Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk. This translates to old church, and it is old; Amsterdam’s oldest (consecrated in 1306) and by far one of the most beautiful I’ve seen so far. The same exhibit takes place in New York City at the United Nations. It dawned on me how unfortunate that is, because I’m not likely to go. In Amsterdam the show is in an amazing old church, a beautiful structure with history, wooden ceilings (the oldest vaulted ceilings of any church in Europe), carved marble floors, and stained glass windows. Then you have the United Nations…a place that should symbolize peace and the continued thriving relationships that world countries build together, and somehow it seems like an effort lost. An attempt to change the world, but losing its way in the end. We could argue perhaps the same on the other end; churches, religion, politics, missionaries, topics that raise heavy debates, and question your own beliefs in the world at large. All very deep stuff no doubt. Lets look at a few photos for now…
My last and by far favorite photo of the show, was the one below by JR.
A friend of mine recently posted about JR over on her site. Below is the link and info on his current work.
Love these. I remember the very first pair of Melissa shoes I had back in high school. The entire sneaker was made of blue and clear plastic. If I wore them without socks, you could see the silhouette of my foot which was very sexy, after a fresh pedicure.
The most interesting thing about this shoe, is that the plastic discs can be cut and customized to the wearer’s liking. A few of the photos below, show some of these options…
Below are a few photos of the designer/artist and his work. Pesce is an Italian designer who has lived in New York since 1980 and has been described as one of the most independent thinkers on the international design scene today. He main works are furniture and house ware designs; chairs and ottomans, couches and vases, but to box him in would be wrong since his most famous artist work is the ‘Organic Building’ in Osaka, Japan. Some of his pieces are today part of the MoMA’s permanent collection, although many are not on view. Pesce, born in 1939, studied architecture and industrial design in Venice early in his career. The Organic Building was completed in 1993.
Check out the photos below…
The artist himself.
The Organic Building. The plant pots along the exterior of the building contain 80 different species of bamboo.
Pesce’s Rock Vase, made of resin.
Pesce’s Golgotha Chair made of dacron-filled and resin coated fibreglass cloth. FYI- dacron is a type of polyester fabric.
Pesce’s chair and ottoman designed for B&B Italia, as part of his “Up” chair series. B&B Italia is a luxury modern furniture brand and manufacturing company. Divided into two main brands under the B&B umbrella, they are B&B Italia and Maxalto, with Maxalto focusing more on wood processing.
Of course super excited for my dear friend Ivan. Siked to party with the homies. We always have such fun together. Here’s to having an extra arm, another ear, or quite possibly to be able to breather under water! 🙂
“…A collection of photos about love, life, walks, happiness, dreams, loneliness, and whatever you want in between.”
I was about to start posting for PPT4. People, Places, Things, which I have blogged a few times now. Generally giving way to things that interest me. Some how while looking at photos for the next installment, I wanted to get a photo of Medusa. This naturally led into looking at mythical photos, particularly of women, and perhaps with an interest towards the mythology of the ancient civilizations.
A few photos below…
The Egyptian goddess Hathor. She is generally seen to personify love, motherhood, beauty and music. Depictions of her are said to be in the tombs of royalty and common people alike, guiding them through the journey to the afterlife.
Andromeda, a princess from Greek mythology, she was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster.
Hindu Goddess, Kali, she represents the “dark mother” and the female power. She is often seen as a ferocious goddess who kills everything in her path. With her many arms, she holds knives, swords, and the head of a demon. She is often depicted with 3 eyes, which represent the present, past, and future.
Mayan Goddess, Ixchel, pronounced ‘ee shell’ said to be a goddess of waters, the earth and the moon. Her temple still stands in Cozumel, Mexico. Her darker side is said to represent a crone, an evil ugly looking older woman who deals with the cycles of life and death, by pouring water from a jug, that produces rainstorms and floods, that destroy land to give way to rebirth.
Roman Goddess, Minerva. Seen as a goddess of wisdom and science, she is said to have been Jupiter’s only daughter and sprung from his brain fully grown and armed. Created from his brain because man did not invent useful arts and science, they were instead created by the fountain of all wisdom. She was armed because with wisdom and virtue, man would be invincible.
I think the most interesting part of this post, has been skimming the surface of these ancient myths. there honestly things I havent thought about or explored since high school, when entire semesters were dedicated to the subject. But to re-visit these ideas, and stories however briefly, is very interesting indeed.