Gary Baseman Creates A Quirky, Wearable Collection with Coach

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At this point, Gary Baseman has probably marked everything off of the bucket list for his career. He has won several Emmys and had a huge, traveling (brilliant) major museum show and even successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign: dude has done it all. The latest addition to this lengthy list of creative triumphs is a luxury fashion collaboration, one on par with Kenny Scharf for Jeremy Scott and Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton: Coach enlisted Baseman to provide complimentary monsters for their Spring Ready-To-Wear collection. This sounds like it could be a troubling pairing, yes—but the collaboration is absolutely spectacular.

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Baseman’s characters are used in myriad ways: they are at the center of a few t-shirts, seemingly painted on purses, and even patterned very elegantly onto dresses. Like the shirts, the characters are even knitted into sweaters. No, they aren’t appliqué but woven into the material, a seamless and quaint and quirky effect that takes Baseman’s creations and transforms them from art objects or cartoons to these high fashion objects of intrigue. Coach wisely uses an understated palette of pastels—and a few complimentary prints like cheetah (which Baseman may have created)—to place his work at the center of the clothing. Moreover, the 1970s-meets-1990s design of the clothes somehow works here: it’s then and now, fake and real, imaginative and real.

What’s most surprising is this pairing: Baseman is phenomenal while Coach has become so suburban mall. Whoever thought to enlist over at Coach needs many, many high fives. The designer(s) who also worked with Gary to figure out how the pairing would manifest itself did an amazing job as well. Collaborations between art and fashion require a great amount of editing—and confidence. You can see more from the collaboration here.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

September 8, 2014 / By

Hibou Goes Post-Surf Rock With His New EP, ‘Dunes’

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There are few musical acts who actually employ the human voice in a traditional way that I find enjoyable. That is an incredibly ridiculous statement, I am aware, but I’ve never found work in this style to be interesting. I’d rather hear synthetic sonic experiments or human distortions: that’s more fun. But some bands hit a sweet spot usually occupied somewhere between indie rock and drum machine tuning. It’s a spot that acts like Wild Nothing and DIIV and Dog Bite, these sun faded bands making music for dirty beaches. The newest addition to this entry of acts is Hibou, a Seattle act who easily can break into this new genre of post-surf rock quite easily.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

April 28, 2014 / By

The Adobe Challenge: Sagmeister X Walsh

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Sagmeister & Walsh is undoubtedly one of the best design firms working right now. They’re a powerful little team who have done everything from branding Jay-Z’s Barneys collaboration with jagged gold to providing an Art Deco trophy for the New York Festival. You can see very clearly that they love what they do and that they are very, very talented at it too.

As a means to create some friendly competition and put their work hard, play hard vibe to the test, Adobe invited Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh to participate in a series of creative tasks that involved their making the Adobe logo out of random objects. Produced by the always lovely Art Directors Club’s Young Guns division, the resulting project is an online game show called Sagmeister X Walsh. It’s a bright, fun, design based series that shows how creatives have to stay on their toes.

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April 17, 2014 / By

Kim Byungkwan’s Monsterized Versions of Hollywood Starlets

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Kim Byungkwan is a South Korean artist who takes images of Hollywood stars, namely beloved and iconic starlets, and breaks their image with scribbles and smears of paint. He creates them with acrylic on paper, giving you what you need to “get” who the person is—and then he rips it apart. They remind of monsterized and zombified depictions of celebrities but done in a frightening and manic way—but they retail a fascinating beauty. They’re like caricatures made by a crazy person.

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April 11, 2014 / By

Get Surreal With It: Opening Ceremony X Rene Magritte

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A few weeks ago, Opening Ceremony released a quick flash of a collaboration: the renowned fashion makers “collaborated” with surrealist painter Rene Magritte to create a very tiny collection of wild clothing items. The items are extremely limited edition and seem to have been wiped from the brand’s website—but they still can be celebrated for being a brilliant mashing of art and fashion.

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April 9, 2014 / By

Gregory Hayes Paints Detailed Microcosms

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Gregory Hayes can make an entire artistic galaxy with a small smudge of paint. He is a hyper-pointilist who makes work that consists of small painted dots. The little parts work together to make a bigger image or movement—and each part has its own beauty. Unlike pointillism practitioners who dabbed a single color at a time to a canvas, Hayes’ “dots” features dazzling, bright marbling. His paintings require a closer look.

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April 8, 2014 / By

Zack Dougherty’s Tech Art Reflexive GIFs

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Of course the best way to comment on the current state of art and technology has to be through a GIF. What other form could it take? A website? A painting? No: a GIF. (Or perhaps a single channel video on a flat television, a la Brian Bress?) Portland artist Zack Dougherty is colliding classical art with very forward focused technologies that come together in retro future GIFs. They’re mesmerizing and dark, perhaps admonishing the dwindling talents of contemporary artists.

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April 7, 2014 / By

Sevendeaths’ “Petrograde” Is A Visceral, Cavernous Listen

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You could describe the music of Sevendeaths as something very visceral. His sound seems to punch right through you, shaking out your ears in order to reveal itself to you. His latest release Concreté Misery is gripping, dark thirty minutes. It is a combination of cold stone techno with foggy white ambience: it’s an intriguing combination and a thrilling listen. The EP’s opener “Petrograde” serves as the best taste of Sevendeaths and truly is a modern masterpiece. It has a sublimeness to it yet feels absolutely based in the earth: it feels like a vision from the past of the future.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

March 24, 2014 / By

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