Thursday November 27th 2014



The Neglect of a Loved One: Back to MixingReality

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you.  Whether it’s getting to the taxes that you filed an extension for, touching up the roots on your do, or finally getting the house painted after many years of hemming and hawing about costs and colors…time marches on.

So with no excuses, only time passing, I am back to my blog here at mixingreality.

For about 18 months I wrote a weekly column at EcoSalon, a blog I created for a client many years ago.  The column was called heARTbeat, and weekly, I attempted to create a connection between art and conscious living/thinking; the editorial direction of the publication.   My editors gave me full rein, and I thoroughly enjoyed this weekly exercise.  Though the publication continues, my team published their last posts, and my weekly ritual ended.

I also took a full time gig as a content strategist/director/curator for a digital agency, and mixingreality soon took a backseat to that thing called life.

At times, I wondered what would become of my baby.  After all, mixingreality reflects some of my work.  People referred to my writing and curation as a reason to know and work with me…such neglect.

So I’m back.  I’ve reassessed the way I will mix it up here.  We shall see where it goes.  But for now here are a few things I’ve noticed and want to share with you.

Apple Hires Former Yves Saint Laurent CEO for “Special Projects”

Naturally Clicquot, the first 100% biodegradable isothermal packaging ever created for a Champagne. via Feel Desain


We Think Alone
A project by Miranda July via Another Magazine.

Image: Napkin Head Photography by Mike Mills

Happy to see Apple attempting to breathe new life into their brand from other design paths.  Veuve, we love you cold and eco.  And Miranda July, your quirky, contemporary take on life and art always makes us smile.

Happy Summer, my friends.  I look forward to seeing you here more often.  :)


Hidetaka Onoyama’s Eclipse Photo of the Day

During yesterday’s annular eclipse, in which the moon passed in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, Hidetaka Onoyama‘s photo emerged as our favorite image.  Taken from Tokyo, it’s a beautiful reminder of the wonder of nature, and the power of science to understand.

The Hunger Games Trailer Starring Barbie & Crew

The Hunger Games meme has been released. And as a cultural touchstone it had to fall on others. Barbie stars in her own trailer for the film. And she brings along some of her friends.

Hack of the day: 1919 folding camera & Canon 5D

Gorgeousness from the almost hundred year old lens of a Piccolette Contessa-Nettel (1919) folding camera hacked onto the photographer  Jason Bognack‘s Canon 5D.

More photos on the artist’s blog todaystomorrow via thenextweb

Video of the Day: SOLIPSIST – Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang

According to Merriam Webster the definition of SOLIPSISM is:

a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing;  also : extreme egocentrism

In Andrew Huang’s version, which won Special Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival 2012, we get a chance to see his vision.  And it’s beautiful, strange, haunting resonance leaves us with a deeper understanding of the word.

His career started when his dark sci-fi short film “Doll Face” went viral on YouTube, earning him attention from J.J. Abrams, William Morris Endeavor and numerous international festivals and galleries.

His work has been featured at Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, SIGGRAPH’s Electronic Theater, the Annecy International Film Festival, MOCA Taipei, ZKM Media Museum, as well as various publications including Motionographer, DAZED & CONFUSED, and Creativity Magazine’s “Directors to Watch.”

We can see why.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Scott Scheidly & Mixing Reality

The art of Scott Scheidly seems apropos of wishing our readers a Happy Valentine’s Day.  May your hearts grow loveliness today and always.

See more work by Scott Scheidly at Hi*Fructose.

Video of the Day – The Wrinkles Of The City, Los Angeles by JR


JR is a French conceptual artist who works in the streets hanging massive photos in public spaces.  His art has transcended the streets with shows at Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou.  In 2011 he won a TED prize, and Forbes Magazine has featured him in their 30 Under 30.  At mixingreality we love him too, and have written about his work here and here.

So when Hustler of Culture pointed us in the direction of this new video about his work in Los Angeles, we had to share.


His Facebook page featured this post:
JR told me that he sometimes thinks that the act of pasting is as important to his art as the images themselves, and I could understand why: pasting is a communal and tactile experience, and when it is done illegally or on a low budget there is an element of danger to it. I took some iPhone pictures of the crew… Raffi Khatchadourian (journalist/photographer)

Bravo JR.  Perhaps it is precisely your connection to the humanity of your work that keeps us wanting more.

Top image via aas1988 on Instagram.  Bottom image via The Slant on Tumbler.

Do Not Covet Your Ideas: Give Away Everything You Know


It is an interesting thought, and perhaps counter-intuitive for most of us to give our ideas away.  In fact, in the creative world, ideas make the world go round.  And get us paid.  But it is something I have noticed:  The more you give, the more you get in this ever changing world of trends, images and ideas.

Here is to a New Year filled with creativity; enough to go around…and then some.

Thanks to this isn’t happiness for the inspiration.

Holstee Manifesto : Lifecycle Video


The creatives at Holstee have tapped into something.  Their manifesto for life seems to have ignited a subculture to remember that: 

Life is short.  Live your dream and share your passion.

(it has been viewed over 50,000,000 times!)

In keeping with the vibe of their graphic,  (which is available as an 18×24″ poster printed on 100% recycled post-consumer paper, locally made with hydro-electric power and benefiting Kiva, as well as a letterpress card printed on handmade acid-free paper derived from 50% elephant poo and 50% recycled paper). Holstee released a video.  It visualizes beautifully, the manifesto, with a suggestion that bikes can help you manifest the dream.  We couldn’t agree more.



A Collaborative Process: Laurel Roth & Andy Diaz Hope

All of the work is intended to question what it means to be human on this evolutionary path through time.  ~  Laurel Roth & Andy Diaz Hope

Together Laurel Roth and Andy Diaz Hope represent an ideal of artistic collaboration.  They not only make artwork together, they co-create two artists’ live/work cooperatives (one in San Francisco and one in Sonoma County), raise farm animals, and are life partners.  Seeing the work they make, collaboratively and separately, brings a glint of amazement to the eye.  Whether a fantastical sculpture or a beautifully placed column of redwood salvaged from their forest property, they have amazing vision and an even more amazing combined work ethic.

First up is Roth’s latest in a series of peacocks called, Beauty, 2011.  Utilizing fake fingernails, barrettes, false eyelashes, nail polish, costume jewelry, walnut, and Swarovski crystal Roth presents us with an undeniably over-the-top notion of beauty from decidedly man-made objects of feminine decoration.

Reflected off of Diaz Hope’s Geode, 2011 and Centering Device #4 2011 we sense the collaboration starting to come together with objects encouraging contemplation and self-observation.

It’s in The Reflection Engine where their combined efforts create the magic to be realized in their upcoming exhibition titled 2011.

The piece...”takes the form of an elaborately carved walnut wardrobe, the inside of which is mirrored like a crystal geode in which you can sit, door closed, and surround yourself with self-reflections in an ever expanding infinity.

The artists describe the exhibit which opens at Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery in New York on November 17th:

Our show, titled 2011, uses the tableau of a grotto to explore the odyssey and definition of humankind. This grotto was conceptualized with an eye to the longstanding relationship of humankind to caves and the millennia of slow processes that created them even before modern man started his own development towards the present.  Grottos are different than caves, though they allude to them. A grotto is a mix of the sacred and the profane – by definition it is artificial to some degree, a man-made enclosure representing the inner world of humankind and intended to mimic an idealized and mythologized underworld. They are spaces meant for relaxation, contemplation, mythology, and sometimes worship.

Juxtaposed among these crystal formations, Roth’s carved wood and cast brass primate skulls highlight the evolutionary changes that brought about the numinous transformation into modern humankind. Carved wooden skulls and bones of animals that evolved alongside of us, first hunted and then eventually domesticated, bred, and controlled by humans for use as food are displayed near these offshoots of our own evolutionary path.

Along their evolutionary paths as artists, Roth and Diaz Hope continue to grow, and with them, our expectations of what is down the road for us, as created by them.


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