Modern architecture may be most celebrated for its sun-drenched interiors, but darkness brings its own particular esthetic pleasures (why, we’ve dedicated a whole Pinterest board to the topic). Ask Australian photographer Tom Blachford, who crossed the pacific to document Palm Springs’ famous trove of Mid Century houses far from the blinding desert sun—and under the glow of moonlight. Midnight Modern is the Melbourne-based Blachford’s photographic essay—recently on view at the Melbourne gallery, Modern Times—shot on location during two different trips to Palm Springs earlier this year, one visit deliberately coinciding with the arrival of a super moon.
Notes Blachford, “After experimenting with a few houses I found that the only shots that would work were when all the lights were off, except for perhaps one lamp inside the house. Curiously, all the older palm springs suburbs have no street lights, which also helped.” What strikes about Blachford’s photographs is how ordinary these exalted houses look in near-darkness; a far cry from the dramatic, cantilevered hillside homes of Mullholland Drive, Palm Spring tract houses, with their low-slung profiles, manicured lawns, and stark, palm tree-dotted backdrops, present modernism at its most modest. These are, despite the cultural romance projected on them, homes in which actual (and ordinary) lives are lived—a fact hardly lost on Blachford.
“I love to imagine what is going on behind closed doors. These images of the houses raise so many questions and possibilities for stories. Even better is the thought of the scenes that have already played out behind these doors in their 60-plus years of existence. Every time I look at them I like to imagine something different going on behind the breeze-bricks.” As do we.
Via Tom Blachford, Modern Times
For years Mark Dean Veca has been painstakingly painting ornate and intricate patterns on canvases as well as walls across the US. Using a mix of references that run the gamut from 60′s psychedelic art to 90′s graffiti, Veca has managed to create an alternate world where his signature technique takes 2-D graphics and breathes new life into them.
Primarily known as a painter, Veca doesn’t hold himself to only paint and brush. For over a decade he has collaborated with some of the best brands in the world creating iconic apparel and product illustrations for the likes of Nike, Lucasfilms and Burton; so it should come as no surprise that he recently teamed up with curated online marketplace RARE to create a new signature line of apparel featuring the imagery that he has become known for.
Veca’s first collection of apparel with RARE includes bold color ways and patterns covering every square inch of the garments. You can get patriotic with the Godsmith , Flag II, and Merica II tees. If bending your mind is your thing you can toss on Veca’s The Duke shirt which takes inspiration from Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Last but not least lets not forget everyones favorite theme, Money! Ladies can look fresh in the Red Leg$ leggings while the guys can spread the wealth with the Monopoly inspired Penny Bag backpack that has room for all your cash as well as your laptop!
Check out the complete collection on Mark’s RARE shop and learn more about Mark Dean Veca’s artwork and clothing by watching the above video.
See Veca’s new work (Everlast — new paintings and works on paper) in person this month at Western Project gallery in Los Angeles.
Rare is a curated marketplace powered by the SKYOU manufacture-on-demand platform. Rare will be featuring collections by hand picked artists on a bi-weekly basis.
SKYOU (pronounced skyo͞o) is an manufacture-on-demand platform powering curated sites that allow artists to create and sell their own retail quality products, with no up-front costs. SKYOU puts the entire process of creating and selling products directly into the hands of the creative class. For years, the good folks behind SKYOU have been pioneering and perfecting manufacturing-on-demand for the likes of NikeiD, Reebok and Timbuk2. Now they have harnessed that cutting edge technology and teamed up with creatives to offer a selection of products that marry retail quality styles, state-of-the-art product creation software and on-demand manufacturing. SKYOU is now powering sites that enable professional artists and designers to create and sell amazing products without any of the headaches of traditional merchandise programs.
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Although the clothing and other aesthetic aspects can easily reveal the era the photos were taken, the scenes of Sage Sohier’s series “At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980’s America” are strikingly honest and ever relevant. Sohier photographed female and male gay couples, sometimes with their family members and sometimes alone, in their homes. It is important to remember the context of these photographs, because of the time they were taken. As Sohier stated in an interview for Slate:
“My ambition was to make pictures that challenged and moved people and that were interesting both visually and psychologically…In the 1980s, many same-sex relationships were still discreet, or a bit hidden. It was a time when many gay men were dying of AIDS, which made a particularly poignant backdrop for the project.”
The general public very harshly rejected the gay community in America. There was a deep stigma attached to the community because of the rampant spread of aids. Sohier’s photographs provide portraits that demonstrate the humanity of the men and women who often felt ostracized or persecuted because of their sexual orientation. In media even today, there is limited representation of gay people. A list of stereotypes might include the overly flamboyant gay man, or the bull dyke. Sohier’s photographs are relevant today because they help to counteract an outsiders limited understanding of the dynamics of a gay household.
All images © Sage Sohier 2014
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In one of those rare meetings of form and function, Nendo’s stationery and office supplies looks great and works well. The cubic rubber bands are one example. According to the company, “The geometrical shapes make the bands easy to find in a drawer and easy to pick up.” The Tokyo and Milan-based design firm created the blue, charcoal, and white three-dimensions bands for their brand ‘by | n’. They’re a part of the eleven item collection, which also includes a flip pen, contrast ruler, circle tags, paper clips, outline tray, cross pen-stand, peel pen-case, hard cover memo-pad, edge note, and dot envelope.
The contrast ruler is another success. Simple, but considered, the design has the ruler markings fade from white to black on either edge, making the ruler easy to read against all color backgrounds. Smart, too, are the paper clips that are made out of recyclable paper.
The minimalist collection sells itself, but the clever illustrations explaining the functionality of the various pieces are a whimsical touch, adding a softer element to the crisp, clean-lined, designs.
Nendo’s philosophy is clearly evident with this collection. The website states:
Giving people a small ” ! ” moment. There are so many small ” ! ” moments hidden in our everyday.
But we don’t recognize them. and even when we do recognize them, we tend to unconsciously reset our minds and forget what we’ve seen.
But we believe these small ” ! ” moments are what make our days so interesting, so rich.
That’s why we want to reconstitute the everyday by collecting and reshaping them into something that’s easy to understand.
We’d like the people who’ve encountered nendo’s designs to feel these small ” ! ” moments intuitively.
That’s nendo’s job.
Photos by Akihiro Yoshida. via Spoon & Tamago
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Short on drawer space in the kitchen? This Bin 8 Multi Kitchen Tool will help. It has 8 essential kitchen tools, all housed within a shape similar to a wine bottle. You’ll have a funnel, a lemon juicer, a spice grater, and egg masher, a cheese grater, a lid grip/opener, an egg yolk separator, a measuring cup, and even a little attachment to use the funnel as a vase. It’s not expensive, so it might not last the longest, but if you’re on a tight budget it’ll do the job(s).
Available from Amazon, by Bento & Co., $13.99.
South African born Robin Rhodes has a very special talent of bringing 2-dimensional street art drawings to life. Not only does he animate materials like chalk, charcoal and soap, but he inserts a very strong political and economic agenda into his work. He chooses to show his “performative drawings” in rapidly changing environments (Berlin and Johannesburg), commenting on luxury, privilege and gentrification. These two cities in particular are central to these ideas, and he feeds off the energy and grittiness of both places.
His work features imagery of everyday and consumer objects, such as paper clips, light bulbs, and champagne flutes, found in desolate urban settings as a reference to his upbringing, but also to broader universal ideas including desire, luxury, and the influx of consumerism into South African society. (Source)
In his latest show “having been there” (on now at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Hong Kong), he exhibits photographic documentation of his unique street drawings. Rhodes not only brings to life simple linear sketches, but also includes himself in the process, adding to the whole dreamy feel of the scenarios he animates. His marks and gestures transform into quick, simple ideas surrounding his topics of focus: he pours champagne over a pyramid of glasses, he goes fishing on a blue wall, mounts and attempts to ride a bicycle – all acts linked into ideas of exuberance he could not afford as a child.
Rhode has also created a new animation that examines aspects of established Chinese myths, weaving a tale of struggle, of growth, and ultimately of evolution… highlighting themes frequently referenced in the artists’ work such as reinvention and transformation. (Source)
Rhodes is a quietly out-spoken street artist who stands out from your standard political activists. See more of his effective visual protests here and here.
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Borondo is an unconventional street artist, using a broad variety of materials to make his murals that are mostly portraits. Both his technique and choice of situ are excitingly unexpected. In a few of his works, he has used the smoke from candles to create the markings of the images. Though it would be safe to assume that this is a difficult technique to have control over, he is able to mold the forms into recognizable imagery.
Another strategy he employs is using reflections in water to be a part of his images, and sometimes even as the main event. In one, he creates the image of half a face on bails of hay – something he had done at an even larger scale beforehand – and planted grass in a pool of water to complete the second half of the face. It’s a nice contrast between the dried hay that looks as if it was burnt, and the living grass in the pool of water. Although in this one, the reflection completes the image, in the upside down mural portrait, the artwork is meant to be viewed right side up in the water, at least considered at an equal importance to the painted image. (Via I Need a Guide)
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Artist Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen combines something that we’ve seen many, many times throughout the history of art – figure painting. But, he does it with a contemporary approach. His moody paintings feature partially obscured people as they rest beneath the water. They are just below the surface of the dark, deep pool, and the light from their bodies is all that’s visible.
According to Uldalen’s artist statement, his work, “…explores the dark sides of life, nihilism, existentialism, longing and loneliness, juxtaposed with fragile beauty. The atmosphere in his subject matter is often presented in a dream or limbo-like state, with elements of surrealism.” Although these figures are rendered realistically, they rest in a void with little additional visual information. We can’t be sure of where they are or what brought them there. And, for some, if they are dead or alive. It’s this open-ended narrative that gives drama to Uldalen’s paintings, and the hauntingly gorgeous images are the kind that will stay with you – even if you don’t want them to. (Via I Need a Guide)
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This is so ridiculous it’s wonderful. The EYEteleporter is a mask that displaces your eyesight. Put it on and you’ll either see the view point of your belly, above your head, or above your head, backwards, and upside down. Those three modes will hopefully insert a little bit of fun into your day at the office, as long as your coworkers don’t mind you wearing a large, cardboard, telescope-like contraption. Yes, you’ll look weird, but at least you’ll have fun.
“EyeTeleporter mask is made of high grammage corrugated cardboard, two mirrors – one convex, another flat (the mirrors are acrylic, non-breakable, safe to play with), some wood and a little bit of elastic band.”
Support the project over at Kickstarter.