Monthly Archives: December 2009

upside down house

Daniel Czapiewski, Polish businessman and philanthropist, built this house as an artistic statement about the Communist era and current state of the world. Many tourists who visit Upside Down House complain of mild seasickness and dizziness after just a few minutes of being in the structure.

inflatable street art

Joshua Allen Harris creates inflatable animals and mythical creatures that are in a constant pattern of living and dying. The air that fills then depletes them rises from the underground subways of New York City, where the re-structured garbage bag designs reside atop sidewalk grates. Harris’ use of soft sculpture, popularized by Swedish-American pop artist Claes Oldenburg’s 1974 Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks, lends the works a fragile tactility, similar to a person’s skin, which can be easily torn or damaged by the elements.

Sculptural Photography

Polish photographers Szymon Roginski and Kasia Korzeniecka worked together to create these images for the O Mia O Spring/Summer 2009 collection from fashion designer Ania Kuczynska. First, the duo took photographs of models wearing the collection. Then, they transformed the flat surfaces into 3D objects. These sculptures were then brought back into the 2D format when they were rephotographed. The final result yields a merging of the two dimensions, and hints at a cubist perspective.

The future of magazines?

This concept film by Bonnier aims to capture the essence of magazine reading on a handheld digital device, which illustrates just one possibility for digital magazines in the near future. With models like this, it appears that, although print magazines may become extinct, people’s enjoyment of them may not be in jeopardy afterall.

Hair Hats

Japanese multi-disciplinary artist Nagi Noda took time out from her busy schedule directing music videos and commercials and running her fashion line Broken Label to sculpt head adornments inspired by wildlife and domestic animals. Noda’s menagerie includes a boar, lion, rhino, bull, squirrel, ox, elephant, goat, rabbit, walrus, and various dogs. These Hair Hats are abstract contributions to the genre of hair art that lie somewhere between an elegant ancient headdress and an outlandish contemporary weave.

Destructif Modernization

Polish artist Jan Vormann incorporates modern materials into old architecture with his site-specific installations of textural resurfacing. For the exhibition Moje Twoje Miasto ("My, your city") at the Museum of Art in Lodz, Poland, he created Destructif Modernization, wherein he affixed a mirror following the shapes of brick outside the museum walls. In this work, Vormann traces history with a reflection of the present.

Dress for Dinner

London-based Héctor Serrano Studio approaches product design with the belief that a successful process yields a successful product. The focus of the client project Dress for Dinner Napkins was on the intersection between an everyday event (dinner) and its most commonly related object (napkin). The process resulted in an unexpected and humorous, but useful, reworking of the plain white dinner napkin.

Parallel universes and you

One of our all-time favorite IF shirts is Parallel Universe, pictured here. Although mathematically provable, the notion of parallel universes is almost unfathomable to most of us. In this short TED Q&A session, British physicist David Deutsch, leading proponent of the multiverse (or "many worlds") interpretation of quantum theory, does a fantastic job of making this complex idea comprehensible in the context of our everyday lives.

jim denevan

Self-taught Northern California artist Jim Denevan lives a life based upon the whims of the earth. His large-scale sand, earth, and ice drawings, which are created with tools ranging from his bare hands to a common garden hoe to 4-wheeled vehicles and are eventually erased by waves and weather, call to mind the fleeting beauty of nature and our earth’s resources. His use of geometrical patterns in the drawings is a reflection of the patterns that repeat themselves in nature and science, those that explain the existence of something as superficial as a blooming flower and as profound as human life. The work may may only last a few weeks or even days, but the impact of the art is anything but temporary. Denevan, who is also an avid surfer and accomplished chef, is the founder of Santa Cruz, California’s experimental food and dining project, Outstanding In the Field. IF you happen to be enjoying a meal at San Francisco’s historic Cliff House during the warmer months, you could be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the artist in action on the sandy beaches below.