Monday, August 20, 2018

"Ghost" by The Acid

Totally grooving on this spooky, minimalist dance song "Ghost" by The Acid, previously here. And I just put two and two together and figured out that marvelous, smooth, silky RY X, previously here and here, is also a member of The Acid!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

BEAUTY: Photography--Christy Lee Rogers

The photography of Hawaiian photographer Christy Lee Rogers is immediately arresting. Floating bodies, swirling and twisting fabric, and chiaroscuro lighting give her astonishing works the feeling of a Renaissance painting. Her work is all the more astonishing when you understand that she creates her artworks underwater!

She says, "My purpose behind the work is to question and find understanding in the craziness, tragedy, vulnerability, beauty and power of mankind."

Her website bio speaks about her process.
Christy Lee Rogers is a visual artist from Kailua, Hawaii. Her obsession with water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography has led to her work being compared to Baroque painting masters like Caravaggio. Boisterous in color and complexity, Rogers applies her cunning technique to a barrage of bodies submerged in water during the night, and creates her effects using the refraction of light. Through a fragile process of experimentation, she builds elaborate scenes of coalesced colors and entangled bodies that exalt the human character as one of vigor and warmth, while also capturing the beauty and vulnerability of the tragic experience that is the human condition.

Top to bottom: Apparition; Awaken; If The Heart Could Fly; Imagine; Our Hopes And Expectations; Rhapsody; Shine; The Gravity of Water; The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter; The Innocents; The Unending Journey

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Bill Amberg Studio Prints On Leather

English leather craftsman Bill Amberg of The Bill Amberg Studio commissioned artists and designers to create patterns to be digitally printed onto leather hides. This new technology offers exciting possibilities in the world of leather upholstery but also other applications as well: leather floor tiles, wallcoverings, and fashion items like bags and shoes!

Avant garde furniture designer Faye Toogood opted for an abstract pattern reminiscent of cave drawings...

...while L.A.-based interior and product designer Natasha Baradaran went a different route with a traditional floral lace pattern.

Design icon Tom Dixon created a pattern that mimics crinkled aluminum foil! This trompe-l'œil effect will surely delight anyone who first sees the pattern and then feels the soft smoothness of the leather!

And interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud imagined a set of hand drawn concentric circles in soft, comforting colors. They recall growth rings of trees.

Friday, August 17, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Alan Taylor Jeffries

Lovely abstracts by Alan Taylor Jeffries. Wonderful color use, and intriguing shapes and composition.

Top to bottom: Ancient Ways; August; Passion Play; Station To Station; Stillness and Certainty; Traveling Light; Under Heaven; You Can't Get There From Here

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Now You Can Sleep On A Masterpiece!

A collaboration between London's National Gallery and English bed-maker Savoir Beds (first created for The Savoy Hotel in London in 1905) has yielded the possibility of sleeping on any piece of artwork in The National Gallery's collection!

Savoir Beds says:
"Adorn a Savoir bed with one of the world’s finest paintings from the prestigious National Gallery in London. In an exclusive collaboration, Savoir Beds and The National Gallery have joined forces to deliver an inspiring approach that takes art in interiors to another level.

Housing over 2300 pieces of art dating from the mid-13th century to the 1900s, The National Gallery showcases paintings by the world’s greatest masters, including Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Monet and Van Gogh. Now Savoir’s clients can create their own masterpiece to treasure. Working closely with our design and upholstery specialists, we can incorporate and customise any National Gallery owned painting.

Once commissioned, the design is specially printed in the UK, by Andrew Martin, using the latest technology on a selection of three fabrics – lustrous velvet, textured linen viscose and versatile cotton. Finished with a bespoke plaque detailing the portrait and artist, every commission will be personally approved by The National Gallery to guarantee the design preserves the essence and integrity of one of the greatest art institutes in the world. The fine art of sleeping beautifully.

A design from our collaboration with one of the world’s greatest art institutes, The National Gallery, this Harlech No 2 features Claude Monet’s, Water-Lilies, Setting Sun. With the vast number of paintings in the National Gallery to consider, Monet was a destined choice, considering our historic connection to the iconic artist. In 1899, 1900 and 1901, he stayed at The Savoy, on a Savoir bed and it is from the fifth floor he would spend his mornings painting the sun rising over London. We’ve worked with the National Gallery closely to apply the artwork to the design, with the calming water lilies in the sunset, flowing from the headboard down to the base in a beautiful velvet specially printed in the UK, by Andrew Martin. The detail is incredible with the brushstrokes in a range of deep purple and rich pink hues, complemented by the simple bed design. Finished with a bespoke plaque detailing the portrait and artist, this bed has been personally approved by The National Gallery.

A design from our collaboration with the prestigious National Gallery, the Felix No 4 features Gherardo di Giovanni del Fora’s, The Combat of Love and Chastity. Part of a series illustrating the ‘Triumphs’ by the poet Petrarch, our design and upholstery specialists worked closely to perfectly incorporate and position the painting on the Savoir Felix design to create maximum impact. This commission is specially printed in the UK, by Andrew Martin, using the latest technology on a luxurious cotton fabric. In this exclusive collaboration, we’ve joined forces with The National Gallery to deliver an inspiring approach that takes art in interiors to another level.

The Felix No 4 with Van de Cappelle’s, A Shipping Scene with Dutch Yacht firing a Salute, is a design from our collaboration with The National Gallery. A painting that is a notable example of a calm seascape with billowing clouds is the perfect scene to be upholstered on to a Savoir bed. Savoir’s skilled design team worked closely with The National Gallery to carefully take elements of the painting and incorporated them in to the Felix design, ensuring the headboard revealed the mood of the scene and the base featuring the calming clouds. The painting has been specially printed in the UK, by Andrew Martin, in a cotton fabric, which shows the minute detail of the painting. Our skilled craftsmen then being their magic, upholstering the headboard, ensuring the exactly placement and hand tapping every nail.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BEAUTY: Photography--Andria Darius Pancrazi

I'm loving these last-days-of-summer images of pink buildings at or around sunset by French photographer--well, I will let him introduce himself:

"My name is Andria Darius Pancrazi, and I'm a French photographer from Corsica, now based in Oxford, UK.

I grew up in Corsica, a Mediterranean island, a blue paradise always half-asleep in the heat. When the evening comes, everything comes to life again, the world turns pink for a while, the birds sing, people go out again. It feels like walking in a dream. Living far away from it most of the time, my perception of it has slowly turned into a very aestheticized, nostalgic version of reality.

For each photo I take, I try to channel that dreamlike, surreal mystery. I like my photos to be as disembodied and abstract as possible, to accentuate that feeling of oddness and otherworldliness that is yet to be found in the most mundane, everyday things if one looks closely enough.

My influences range from David Lynch movies to 80s aesthetics in general. Enjoy your (photographic) summer!"

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"still feel." by half•alive

Josh Taylor and his band half•alive released their EP called 3 last year, and they have just released a new, follow-up song called "still feel."

I love how Josh and his fellow adorable dancers move in this video. There is something very sexy about watching a guy dance who looks like he may not be "the dancing type."

Of the song, Josh says:
"'still feel.' was never supposed to be a 70s-inspired, electro-halftime-chorus jam complete with a highly-choreographed music video. Nay, the track had very humble beginnings; born from a 50 song project three years ago i had challenged myself to in hopes of improving my skill as a songwriter. Brett and I had back to back studio time around then so we ended up just combining our times and writing many of those 50 songs together; J Tyler would end up joining the posse later and contributing instrumentally to those songs which became the foundation of half•alive. ‘still feel.’ was song #11 on that 50 song list, although back then it had a different title and belonged to a different genre entirely. The song sat comfortably in an 8×11.5 back leather inch notebook for quite some time before it was ready to see the world. Now look at it; in its prime, and shakin’ its booty like its 1979."

Monday, August 13, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Tae Lee

I like Tae Lee's paintings of people as part of the universe. Her artist statement says:

"My work is my exploration of place of human consciousness in an universal causality.

Finding patterns in ancient investigations of consciousness of the Buddhist sort, to the New Age American psychedelic movement in the 60's and 70s, I am striving to connect the blips of various epiphanies the world provided. Painting as a process gives me the time to focus on this contemplation, not only in an opportune sense, but the act of manifesting itself seems conducive to capturing clues from the Universe.

Are we free to make decisions or is every current moment the ultimate product of the mechanism still reacting and forming from the beginning of time?"

Top to bottom: All The Unwanted Parts Of Himself; Cosmosis; Invisible Waves; Last LIfe In The Universe; Rejoicing In The Ordinary Things; Sending A Dream Into The Universe; Smiles and Tears