Cut the Conflict at the Rook & Raven Gallery in London will exhibit Noma Bar’s distinctive mixture of ‘double-take’ imagery and biting social commentary to a new level, by collecting different materials from countries in conflict and exposing their current political and social situation.
Lou Danziger once offered these words of advice: “Work. Think. Feel.” Work: “No matter how brilliant, talented, exceptional and wonderful the student may be, without work there is nothing but potential and talk.” Think: “Design is a problem-solving activity. Thinking is the application of intelligence to arrive at the appropriate solution to the problem.”
The occasional series “Lost Designers” spotlights those who left behind some visible icons and artifacts, but haven’t been recognized in design histories. Today’s subject, Arnold Shaw, was submitted by his daughter, also a designer, Susan Shaw. His most iconic designs were the Composing Room type catalog and logo for the New York shirt maker, The Custom Shop.
Just returned from the MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta) exhibition Paul Rand: Defining Design, and if you have any reason to be in Atlanta do not miss it. Culled from many collections are original collages and comps for some key work and many printed pieces that will surprise even the most avid Rand-fan. Here are some highlights.
Stencil was a moveable immoveable form of typesetting. In the early 1900′s, S.G. Monce Inc. manufactured the IMPROVED INTERCHANGEABLE “LOCK” STENCIL set with complete set of capital letters, numbers,and more. The only thing that’s old fashioned about this set is, that it was made in the early 1900s.
Art is inspiring and inspiring art can be appreciated in many ways. Of course, some of those ways (e.g. greeting cards, wrapping paper, pop-up books and other kitsch art ephemera) are anathema to art purists. But those like me, take our art where we can find it. My favorite art proxies are made of resin and brilliantly articulated. Enter H. Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights,”a sight for sore eyes, quite literally.
A new documentary film Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case by Andreas Johnsen will be out soon and the poster announcing the film is as provocative as the artists. Thanks to Kellerhouse and Johnsen I reached Ai Weiwei through email with a few questions about art and provocation, and how he felt about this particular interpretive depiction.