The Extension

sick.shit.sustainability.bikes.solar.energy.

Posted in Art, Design, Good Work, NYC, Out by ologundudu on May 23, 2011

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.

glenn.ligon.whitney.art.etc.

Posted in Art, Good Work, NYC, Out by ologundudu on May 17, 2011

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! :).

WHITNEY

World Press Photo 2010

Posted in Art, Good Work, Photography, Press, Travel by ologundudu on March 25, 2011

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.

Inspiration of the Day: JR

JR-ART.NET

World Press Photo

Delfina Delettrez Fendi

Posted in Design, Fashion, Good Work, Jewelry by ologundudu on March 22, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve seen someones work and was so completely inspired, to work on my own shit more, developing a design aesthetic. Delettrez is a Fendi by birth. Her mother Silvia Venturini Fendi, is the accessories director at the luxury fashion house and her father, Bernard Delettrez is a french jeweler.

Its no mystery then that a sense of fashion, style and design are innate for this young lady. She is currently 24, and at the time that Delettrez showcased her jewelry for the first time in the U.S. at Opening Ceremony she was only 20. Delfina has sited her father as a huge inspiration, learning how to work with metals and stones and putting the two together. You can see when looking at her work and his side by side how much he has influenced her work. The pieces are very similar, but Delfina definitely has a style all her own.

As a given we have the large jewelry houses; Tiffany’s, Bulgari, Cartier, H. Stern and David Yurman. Then you have other brands that fall somewhere in the middle tier between fine jewelry and bijou; Giles and Brother, Ten Thousand Things, Tom Binns, and Eddie Borgo. Delfina’s work in my opinion would fall in this middle category, although elements of fine jewelry are seen throughout her collections. Her price points fall in the range of $175 to $11,000 roughly, depending on the piece and/or style. She has worked with silver and gold, and marble and enamel, along with other materials. I think its important also to note that being born into a family of fashion royalty, its no wonder that a life of privilege and influence have helped her along the way. But on her own, this young lady has a great sense of style, and an interesting way of putting different materials together in a cohesive manner.

Below are a few photos of her fathers work. Bernard Delettrez.

Bernard’s pieces all are hand-crafted in Rome. He has been dubbed “Mr. Skull” and loves the title. Saying his name will always be associated with skulls. “The dark romance of crosses, skulls, and keys – this is my passion.” – Bernard Delettrez

Below are a few photos of Delfina’s work.

For her FW2011 presentation during Paris Fashion Week, Delfina showed her pieces in a factory setting, inspired by a shoe factory in Florence. The collection entitled ‘Roll-in-Stones’ was inspired by The Wasp Factory, a novel written by the Scottish writer, Lain Banks. Each piece has an element of movement, whether rotating stones, or chains that dangle and sway.

Below are images from the collection.

Scenes from the MoMA

Posted in Architecture, Design, Good Work by ologundudu on January 7, 2011

I posted about the architecture exhibit at the MoMA on Social Change not too long ago. I have some photos from this day. Again I think I want to talk about the fact that its important in our world, to do some kind of meaningful work, that gives you more than a paycheck, but also a sense of pride in what you have created. I’ve always felt a special affinity towards architecture, and its impact on societies. Just thinking of the process of designing something on such a large scale all the while trying to tap into the world of the people surrounding that area. What they do, where they go, how they eat, the music they listen to, and also the existing landscape in which they live, must all be taken into account. Below are some of the images…

The 3 above give statistics on the lives of people where architects have built structures. Some give the percentage of children who are illiterate, others give the number of people who now benefit from schools, apartments, and cable cars built in cities that before did not have these things.

“We as architects, could and should pay a stronger roe in the formation of living space and the habits of people. We have to come up with innovative ideas to help conserve resources and therefore help nurture a future free of crisis.”

Diébédo Francis Keré

The link above will give you more information on Francis, who began his architectural career in Berlin. For his part in the exhibit, Francis designed a primary school in his own home town, Burkina Faso, in West Africa.

“I hope that the human ability to build with nothing but the natural material just under our feet – and with our own hands – will improve and not vanish. This  skill is essential now and in the future to build sustainable housing for all.”

Anna Heringer

Check this link to find out more information about Anna and the projects she is working on. For this exhibit her part included a hand-made school in Bangladesh where 80% of the children are illiterate.