San Francisco is a city that can really make you feel like a transplant. You ended up here like a tumbleweed, blown into this golden city by the bay by some sort of random chance.
Alec Huxley’s acrylic on canvas spacemen trapped in San Francisco struck me in this regard. His artist statement states that his work captures the reality of a lucid dream through the lens of a vintage space helmet. The city of San Francisco truly seems like a lucid dream; in what other city in the world does every house have excessively large bay windows and is painted the primary colors akin to a kindergartener’s lunch box? It is many ways an urban version of Alice’s Wonderland. Huxley’s San Francisco is stripped of its iconic colors and its other trademark identifiers, captured in a greyscale whose figures are floating above it rather than immersed within it. They are outsiders, transplants, tumbleweeds like me.
Alec Huxley is from California, Alaska, Texas, Scotland and Washington. His work is currently showing at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. Scope his work this weekend before the exhibition closes on the 28th.
Anthony Cudahy is a recent graduate from Pratt and is a phenomenal painter. His work is reminiscent of a time gone by, a romantic view of the world with a lot of his work focusing on portraits of men. There’s something really captivating about these portraits that I keep getting drawn back to. A part of me really likes them because of the color palette’s he chooses to work with, with streaks of blue and pink popping up unexpectedly in the piece at top. A sense of vagueness also seems to be there, which I caught mention of on his Tumblr.
It doesn’t come down to the style of the image, but more so it comes down to this one question: Does the image invoke or tell? I hate images that tell me things- that explain. I love mystery and something resonating on a deep level that goes beyond words.
Over on It’s Nice That they have a look at the newly redesigned frieze magazine as well as an interview with their art director, Sonya Dyakova.
I wanted to project the Frieze personality — authoritative, confident, on the pulse — by creating something that was contemporary, instead of trendy. I wanted to create something intelligent — a design that can evolve with time and last. Setting up design principles and a typographic palette rather than a rigid system is what I’m striving for.
It certainly does look a lot cleaner and sharper. The organization and layout seems to be on par with a publication like Monocle, and it certainly fits the same crowd for the most part. Really excited to grab a copy for myself this weekend.
Freelance designer Zoë Mowat lives and works in Montreal. Her ‘Cache’ cabinet is just one of a number of great pieces which she has designed over the last few years. Combining color, material and form in unique ways – Zoë creates work which continually strives to question the value of objects and what it means to have them.
Her combination of simple forms, smooth lines and bold colors are really fantastic. Her designs feel fresh and her use of materials are appealing. Her ‘Cache’ cabinet is a really good example of what she does so well. Here we see solid walnut sitting beside a simple grey and a strong blue; together they form a cabinet which is as fun and playful as it is simple and elegant. For me, it’s a winning combination and I’d love to have one of these in my house.
I was totally unfamiliar with the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) up until today, and I’m still having a hard time believing it’s real. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the city is split into eight pieces like the bridge, an open air park and even an IMAX theater. To get a good look at the building I suggest taking a look at this Flickr set from James Leng, who took the photo above.