I have always been a fan of the Danish ceramist and designer Ole Jensen - actually I once stumbled into him in Milan, without knowing who he was (until he introduced himself to me). I own a few of his designs - known for the characteristic shapes e.g. the Washing-Up Bowl for Normann Copenhagen.
This time he has designed a new iconic collection, “Ole Jensen for Room Copenhagen" and to me it’s very much an Ole Jensen-design. It could be from the 70s. 80s. 90s. It could be from 2013, which it is. it is both classic and contemporary. Both out of fashion - and fashion. What do you think?
#allgoodthings #danish spotted by missdesignsays
Tangled Up in You by Beth Cavener hangs suspended, gently swaying. Gripping a thick rope, the snake strives to consume a large captive hare depicting a conflict with no resolution, a psychological state powered by tremendous emotion. Elegant tattoo patterns illustrate this story of conflict, striving and beauty on the skin of the snake in subtle blue on blue, adding to the watery aesthetic. Requiring the intent viewer to follow the muscular movement of the snake around the tortured hare to read the tattoo, the careful observer is rewarded with secret insight as they decipher the poetic symbolism.
The huddled hare, compressed and dangling within the constrictive musculature of a serpent, appears placidly composed, resigned to fate. As if stunned by the shear beauty of the tableau it inhabits the hare’s concession seems poignant, a willing partner seductively bound into complacency by a highly narrative, writhing design. A superficial ploy, the graphic storyline applied with dexterity introduces an intoxicating lure to which we fall prey. Referencing Aesop’s hare, Chinese ceramics, and Japanese tattoos the piece presents confused moral metaphors of entwined cultures, and a common conundrum: high craft as trap, from which there is no desire to escape.
Letha Wilson - Photo Sculptures (2010-12)
Bonkers still life photography by L.A. based Those People Studio
Ceramic Coral Reef by Courtney Mattison
Our Changing Seas III is the third piece in a series of large-scale ceramic coral reef sculptures by artist Courtney Mattison. The sprawling installation is entirely hand-built and is meant to show the devastating transition coral reefs endure when faced with climate change, a process called bleaching. She shares via email:
At its heart, this piece celebrates my favorite aesthetic aspects of a healthy coral reef surrounded by the sterile white skeletons of bleached corals swirling like the rotating winds of a cyclone. There is still time for corals to recover even from the point of bleaching if we act quickly to decrease the threats we impose. Perhaps if my work can influence viewers to appreciate the fragile beauty of our endangered coral reef ecosystems, we will act more wholeheartedly to help them recover and even thrive.
Our Changing Seas III is currently on view at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College through June 15, 2014.
The western terrace at Nemrut Dağı, eastern Turkey (by richard0428).
“Lattice receptacle” series
LASER CUT ALUMINIUM, CNC MILLED POLYSTYRENE .OBJ, BUBBLE WRAP, TAPE, NYLON CORD, GUY-LINES, BIOLITE CAMPSTOVE, EUROFOREST LTD. BIOMASS, HTC ONE -V SMARTPHONE, RT ARABIC ANDROID APP. 2014
My two sons. One just hours old.