Baseball is the quintessential American game. In fact, many non-Yanks I know, look at the game, and wonder at its pace, its simplicity, its invisible complexity, and scratch their heads.
Full disclosure: I am not a baseball fan. But I love beautifully worked wood sculpture.
Vincent Kohler’s series, Turnaround has just a hint of irony. He turns wood on a lathe in seemingly endless combinations creating baseball bats you have never seen before.
Utilizing more than classic maple to create his pieces, Kohler presents us with objects of desire beyond a baseball player’s obsession. He suggests art in the object as well as the game.
As the season comes down to the end of summer, it seems just the moment to present Kohler’s work, with only the slightest tongue in cheek.
So when a friend sent us Banksy’s new doc, we had to check it, and now we have to share. Without further ado, (though you might want to skip to :55) Banksy’s The Antics Roadshow:
Are you an avid book collector with overflowing shelves, a love of typography, and need to conquer the clutter? Well then, Jack Curry has a solution for you:
Problem: In the summer of 2010 I found that my bookshelves were getting to the point of needing proper bookends to keep everything in order. Naturally being typographically inclined, I began searching around for type-centric bookends. However, after much searching I was unable to find anything that caught my eye – lots of woodblock letters or “A & Z” bookend sets, but nothing worth breaking out the credit card for.
Solution: I’m a designer. I design things. Why not design myself some bookends?
Method: I’ve always had this lingering memory from when I was a kid of the big, orange bookends in my dad’s office. I was especially fixated on the way that the shape of the base seemed to have been punched neatly from the body, leaving a radiused rectangle in the upright plane of the bookend. This very concept seemed extremely economical; each unit could be cut from a single sheet of metal, then the base would be formed from the counter space. Leaning on knowledge from my house numbers project – Dash – I knew the type of perforations needed to properly bend stainless steel while keeping it structurally sound.
Process: Using some off-the-shelf black bookends as a reference, I began figuring out how each letter would begin to look if used in the given framework.
Letterforms with open counters – such as A, H, K, et al – lent themselves easily to this system; however, characters with closed bottoms – such as B, C, D, E, et al – proved to be trickier to manage. After several different directions – including a foray into making the entire set proportional as opposed to monospaced (a development which did not last long) – I came to the conclusion that the best solution would be to simply have the foundation of these forms contain both sides of the base, which would swing out in opposite directions; not unlike a gymnast doing forward splits. Using this dual-system of base formation, the letterforms could remain the same width, and the weight-bearing ability of the bookend would not be compromised.
A test batch of letters (spelling out “READ”) were then cut from 16 gauge stainless steel and powder-coated in classic library orange – just like dad used to have.
I’m happy to report that my books have ceased falling over unexpectedly.
Definition – Tag: a personal signature, usually vandalism with spraypaint, but can be any graffiti.
Have you ever wanted to tag something? You know, go out with a spray can and create on a wall or building…but the vandalism part of it gets the better of you?
These days, street art plays to a generally broad audience, well beyond urban centers with plenty of street players, taggers and graf artists.
We certainly love street art here at mixingreality. So we tried it out…it’s no Banksy…but with some practice, perhaps there is a tagger in the making.
Do be sure to check out Street Summer series on Britain’s Channel 4 site. They have a myriad of great programs, videos and art from the UK’s street scene.
I’m a letter and card writer. Though, as I spend more and more time communicating online, less and less do I send snail mail. So this idea is interesting, and may in fact inspire me to create this type of expression more.
As its creators describe it: Snail Mail My Email is a month-long (July 15 – August 15), interactive community art project created by Ivan Cash which seeks to both share the warm-fuzzy feeling of receiving a personalized letter as well as inspire people to send their own snail mail. Anyone with internet access can partake by simply sending an email, after which the very same message will be handwritten and physically mailed to the chosen recipient anywhere in the world, completely free of charge.
So who do you want to reach out and touch? You may not have the time, the inclination or the creativity to take it to the offline realm, but there are no more excuses with Snail Mail by Email. You can let the sentiments fly with nothing to lose, except a few keystrokes. And you can see that the results are individual and creative. I am going to try it, and will let you know what happens…if you do, please let us know too. Thanks Ivan Cash and your international network of 134 volunteers from around the world. Brilliant.
images via Snail Mail My Email’s flickr stream
Preston Moeller designs playfully upcycled furniture. During his tenure as a industrial design student he created the ‘rubberband chair’ which earned him the $3,000 first prize in the Appalachian State University’s 6th Annual Chair Design Competition.
Constructed from a wire frame on which 65, 000 colorful rubber bands are bound, the seat looks like a Dr. Seuss version of furniture.
We love the idea of getting a bit of a bounce out of our day in front of the macbook pro.
See some of Preston’s other work over on Coroflot.
Exploring Baxter’s site, I found her work from 2011 was just as engaging, if not as provocative.
It can be fascinating when an artist’s oeuvre is clearly about the medium they choose to work with, or not. In Baxter’s case, interesting? Absolutely.
The challenge becomes, how to use the materials in new and unthought of ways that encourage a new viewing of the medium.
As a jewelry designer, Baxter also has a unique touch. Her sculptural works ask us to consider the surfaces and edges of hard substances that seduce us with their qualities of light, texture and solid mass, while carrying lots of cultural baggage. She treads the territory without falling into the woo woo land of fairies and magic wands, by keeping us on our toes with presentation and distance. After all, one might tend to disarm the room, let alone chakras, with this piece on.
Ranging from the musical and visual wonder of oscillating guitar strings to cameos carved from the creamy center of Oreo cookies, last month’s top posts are eclectic, though with one consistent thread, almost all of them are art oriented.
Thank you for continuing to surprise us with your enthusiasm and support. This month, we will be doing a number of giveaways. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our readers’ favorites of the summer so far. Stay tuned, stay gold and keep us in the loop while you are mixing it up out there.
image : sushaki