Monday, November 30, 2009
There have been many concepts incorporating Lego. More recently Dee & Ricky with their Lego built heart brooches. Here is a closer look at his Lego New Era Caps by JC de Castelbajac.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Text via the artist's website:
Invent alternative ways. Troubleshooting, manufacturing, and Calendar Mark chatter. Glean, recycle, extend the life of obsolete items, technology and the fight against their alienation. Ask, question, influence, sarcasm, irony and paradox. I like the contradiction, I like poetry, simplicity and complexity together, surprise and amaze. I like people to smile when the piece explodes inside, I like, incite, I like to think that art has a transforming power, politics and creative, concrete and tangible results and with sublime and subtle effects. I like the tools, materials and enjoy transforming joy of the forms, I try my pieces have various levels of reading, I love the metaphor and puns. I love the humor simple and lucid. I like the sound and its ability to evoke and provoke. I enjoy the process and the collective work, I tend to be obsessive about good bill of parts. Playing the last science and doubt it, doubt everything, doubting the doubt itself, verge on the metaphysical comments and concluded., Fearless and fearful, I enfuerece arrogance and social injustice.
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Running through till April 26 next year, Tim Burton is exhibiting a host of drawings, paintings and sketches all of which have been collated throughout his illustrious career. The exhibition takes place at New York’s Museum of Modern Art where further Burton works will be available to purchase. This video gives a fairly in depth behind-the-scenes insight to the way in which the exhibition came about, and what it means to Mr. Burton. If you’re in New York over the period, get down to this one and see how many pieces you can spot that inspired or are inspired by the films of the celebrated director.
Suzuki's concept bike Falcorustyco was not missed by many of the visitors of the 1.2 million motorcycle enthusiasts that visited the Tokyo Motor Show in November 1985. The concept bike (a one of a kind experimental model, not for sale) surely looked different, and had some interesting technical solutions as well.
Although the Falcorustyco was the designers high-tech dream bike, Suzuki had intentions to make a concept bike that was not impossible to put into serial production within a few years.
The Falcorustyco had no frame like a normal bike. The front and the rear swing arms were attached to the 500cc square four engine. Not the RG500 Gamma engine - According to Suzuki it was a new water-cooled four-stroke power plant with 16 valves and three cam shafts.
The final drive was not chain, belt or shaft, like all the other bikes. No, Suzuki chose to use hydraulic pumps that transported the movement energy to both wheels. No gear box was needed. Hydraulic hub-steer.
The brakes were electromagnet type and the suspension was maneuvered electrically.
The motorcycles journalists were convinced that the Falcorustyco (a Latin word for gyrfalcon) would be mass produced in the near future. They were partly right. A model called gyrfalcon was produced by Suzuki in 1999, the GSX1300R Hayabusa (a Japanese word for gyrfalcon), but it was a conventional motorcycle with chain drive, an inline-four with two cam shafts and conventional brakes and steering...
Friday, November 20, 2009
T19 Skateboards out of Japan worked with Medicom Toy on a 400% Bearbrick figure. Known for their love of blue, the metallic hue of this toy is no surprise. Features a flying hamburger on the back. Now available at select retailers such as Invincible.
Made & Sold, a new book from Laurence King Publishing, collects the work of over 90 artists who make and sell art products, taking on the role as both entrepreneur and designer. Curated by Agathe Jacquillat and Tomi Vollauschek of Fl@33, Made & Sold cleverly takes the form of an online store, dividing the content into shopping cart categories such as clothing, toys, fonts and zines.
For the artist, the pursuit of an ISBN is of less importance than artistic expression, which is why the chapter on Books, Magazines and Zines is particularly rich, kicking off with Masahi Kawamura’s self-published Rainbow In Your Hand flip-book. Stefan G. Bucher started the DailyMonster website to promote his Upstairs Neighbors book and although that didn’t work, people fell in love with the Daily Monster project, which was published in book form as 100 Days of Monsters. Retaining creative control is the most desirable feature of self-publishing, urging Bucher to say “He who signs the checks, controls the type size.”
Indeed, nowhere is control more evident than in the independent publishing of posters and prints. With the popularization of high-quality digital production methods, the mark of the artist can seem almost antiquated. But not among this group. Hand-pulled screenprints and labor-intensive letterpressing leave the resulting print with an artist’s stamp that just can’t be rendered digitally. Scien and Klor of 123klan were among the first to mix graffiti and graphic design. “I think we release our own products because of our graffiti background,” they said. “We just can’t stop writing our names everywhere on everything. The cool side of goodies, though, is that you get money back from your hard work.”
As we’ve seen with recent books like Stuffz: Design on Material and One Day of Design, artists are increasingly turning to 3D platforms. Made & Sold catalogs an array of toys, including hand-cast resin figures by Jon Burgerman, hand-carved wooden figures by Tado, screen-printed inflatable toys by DGPH and whimsical hand-knit plushes by Kate Sutton. Many of the designers in this chapter also make limited and mass-market production toys, but as Sutton puts it, “Even if I had a range of manufactured products, I would continue to make small runs as I love all things handmade, and it’s just part of what I do.”