Yesterday I inquired about who took the beautiful photo on the cover of the new Fanfarlo album. Helpful TFIB reader Shane informed that it was the work of Japanese photographer Toshio Shibata. What inspired me to post about his work was the fact that he was able to make unnatural, concrete structures look so natural and beautiful. For example, the concrete bricks in the image at top look almost like an extreme close-up of salt crystals. The second photo looks like it could have been taken from space. It’s all so abstract and beautiful.
Matt W. Moore is an unstoppable force of brightly colored geometric patterns. I love posting about Matt’s work because of how bright and vibrant it always is, his style is kind of how I think my soul would look like. He’s back with a new project for the Vincci Bit Hotel in Barcelona, specifically the 4th floor corridor. The mural is 50 meters long, he used 14 gallons of paint and it took him 2 weeks of painting.
His effort has totally paid off though, as he’s created such a beautiful experience to walk through. Matt was awesome and decided to take some video of the corridor, so be sure to check that out below. You can also see lots more photos of the corridor by clicking here.
Designer Trevor Tarczynski may just be the visual “voice” of all the cool kids in Los Angeles. Located out in Echo Park and working with some of the biggest concert venues, party people, and even dodgeball teams in town, Trevor has carved his own niche of visuals through design: if you live in this city and consider yourself to be hip and with it, you have seen his handiwork, the work of his Studio Destro. We spoke with him a few months back about his work and thoughts on design in the area, which was great considering we haven’t really gotten a chance to sit down with that many graphic designers in and from Southern California. You can read the interview here.
One of my earliest childhood memories is going to a birthday party of friend and playing Legend of Zelda, mystified by what the hell you were supposed to do. In my young brain it all looked the same, until suddenly a rock was moved and the main character was taken into a dungeon where danger lurked around every corner. I think it’s these same memories that spurred Portland designers Always With Honor (who designed my fantastic black fox logo) and Jolby to curate an art show called Triforce Tribute.
The show opens on Friday, March 9 and runs until April 21 at the Land Gallery, featuring over 30 artists, many of them my friends and favorites. I sent AWH and Jolby some questions about the show, here’s what they had to say.
1) What spurred you and Jolby to get together and organize the Triforce Tribute?
The Triforce Tribute came to be mostly as an excuse to make some Zelda-themed work. We had joked about curating a show for a while, but weren’t sure there would be much interest outside of ourselves.
2) You have over 30 artists in the show, all creating original art. Was it difficult to find so many people?
Initially we were a bit concerned that there wouldn’t be much interest since it’s such a specific subject matter, but the response has been nothing but positive, and we’re super happy that so many amazing people are involved.
3) Were you surprised by other people’s passion for the Legend of Zelda series?
We knew people were passionate, but have been more surprised by the amount of folks that have gotten excited about the show- it turns out there are a lot of Zelda fans out there!
4) I grew up playing the original Legend of Zelda, but what’s your personal favorite and why?
Jolby: Our favorite Zelda game is A Link to the Past for the SNES. The game (at the time) was everything you wanted in a video game; It was filled with puzzles, rich with detail and depth, it had another dimension to explore, secrets to find… it was so good. Even the songs have stuck with us over the years. Hands down our favorite title in the series.
AWH: We agree on ALTTP, it was the first game in the series we ever played so it has a special place in our hearts. It also holds up so well, it’s still just as fun to play today as it was back then.
5) Any future plans for more shows like this?
No plans at the moment, but we’ve had so much fun putting this one together it’s definitely a possibility!
They were also kind enough to send me some preview art of the show, which is both above and below. You can see the level of talent in the show is pretty huge.You can see more previews of the work from the show over on their blo by clicking here.
Also be sure to check in tomorrow, as we’ve got a special Triforce Tribute wallpaper.
Yesterday, the Hyatt Foundation announced Wang Shu as the 2012 laureate for the Pritzker Prize. If you’re first thought reading this is “Wait, who?!” then you’re not alone. His work is fantastic, even if it’s unfamiliar to nearly everyone outside of architecture, and unfamiliar to a sizable number of architects, too. I’ve been reading reactions to the news of his selection, trying to gauge if other folks are as surprised as I am by his recognition. It’s surprising not because his work doesn’t deserve the recognition, but because the committee selected the architectural equivalent of “a band so cool you haven’t even heard of them yet.” So here’s a few of the reactions as well as more information about Shu and his hilariously-named practice: Amateur Architecture Studio.
• Christopher Hawthorne just happened to sit down to lunch with Shu this weekend in downtown LA (Shu is in town and spoke last night at UCLA) asking if Shu’s wife, Lu Wenyu, deserved to share the prize with him.
• Alejandro Aravena, a member of the selection committee for the prize, wrote an eloquent essay, er talk, about Shu’s selection, describing a moving visit to a history museum designed by Shu (and his wife) in the city of Ningbo. Aravena repeats some of the points from the official announcement about the rapid development of China and Shu’s use of material reclaimed from older constructions.
• Aaron Britt, from Dwell, says that Shu’s recognition may signal more awards in the future to Asian architects. Britt’s not alone, as even the press release talks about the rising importance of China:
“The fact that an architect from China has been selected by the jury, represents a significant step in acknowledging the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals.In addition, over the coming decades China’s success at urbanization will be important to China and to the world. This urbanization, like urbanization around the world, needs to be in harmony with local needs and culture. China’s unprecedented opportunities for urban planning and design will want to be in harmony with both its long and unique traditions of the past and with its future needs for sustainable development.”
I’m not sure this means the committee will rain Pritzker medallions all over China for the foreseeable future, as it’s anyone’s guess where the prize will land next. Some of the more combative comments about Shu’s selection for the award have something do with the friction between Shu’s talent and how his selection is perceived. I would guess that folks unhappy with his selection view the prize as validation of someone’s reputation: a lifetime achievement award that cements some pre-existing reputation. In Shu’s case, the prize creates his reputation for many people. “He’s won the Pritzker Prize so he must be amazing, right?” He is, and I think his selection is appropriate even if surprising. Maybe Wang Shu is a band you haven’t heard of, but maybe you’ll like listening to it, too.
More photos of Shu’s work, and more information, on the Pritzker Foundation website.