When I first started this blog I was desperately looking for a WordPress theme that I liked, which if you’ve ever tried to parse through WordPress themes it’s a bit crappy. But I was able to come across a blog by a fellow named Michael Bojkowski who had a theme that was simple and everything I wanted. Well, I still use that theme to this day, though it’s been tweaked to the nth degree, but I owe Michael for helping me out.
Anyhow, he now runs a blog called Linefeed which is filled with all kinds of interesting design and ideas. Every time I visit I’m always amazed by all the new stuff he has up, it’s like he finds things from a different universe, it’s amazing. One thing he does consistently is his Reading List, which is his review of magazines from the month. The one above is a mixture of December and January, but he presents some interesting magazines you might not know about and some insightful commentary on ones you do.
Two of my biggest are design (obviously) and comic books. Sadly though, these two worlds hardly ever mix unless Chip Kidd is involved. So it was nice to see DC redesigning a new version of Frank Miller’s classic Ronin into a huge, deluxe version they’re calling Absolute Ronin. This new Absolute version was designed by Amelia Grohman who I think did a wonderful job. She was really able to capture the spirit of the book by blowing up a lot of the images from key scenes in the book, giving you an intimate look at the wonderfully detailed line work of Frank Miller.
I actually had my boyfriend read this last month because he wanted something “fun and action-y” and I thought this fit the bill. If you’ve never heard of it before, I’ll paste this long but accurate description of the book for you:
“The story involves a feudal Japanese samurai whose master has been slain (a ronin), a magical sword, and a shape-shifting demon who intersect with an apocalyptic future New York City wherein neo-Nazis, Black Panthers and the occasional sixties survivor drift around in toxic squalor, making tribal war with one another in the shadow of an über high-tech research facility where a limbless, telekinetic man-child with unknown powers is being held in the care of a sentient biological computer (which seems to have its own agenda) and the computer’s creators, including the beautiful female Chief of Security, struggle to contain and negotiate the use of their diabolical biotechnology.”
I’d highly suggest grabbing this book if you’re looking for a comic book with a bit of depth, great artwork and a lot of fun. Tachi.
There are few gallery directors that I could name off of the top of my head, and the three I can think of don’t work at museums, they were at small independent galleries. Jeffrey Deitch is one of them with his now famous gallery Deitch Projects. His gallery was started back in 1996 and since then has featured works by artists such as Barry McGee, Steve Powers, Os Gemeos, Swoon and Ryan Mcginnes. These artists were once considered to be “low brow” but Jeffrey Deitch showed them for the true geniuses they are and helped launch their more mainstream careers.
But times change and now he’s decided to switch coasts and become the gallery director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. This presents some very exciting opportunities for Los Angeles, which really excites me. Unfortunately it also means that he will no longer have anything to do with Dietch Projects. From what I read it’s a conflict of interest for him to run an art gallery that makes money while working for a donor based gallery. Nonetheless I’m extremely excited to see what he does with the MoCA. I can’t say that I’ve ever been to an exciting show there, so hopefully he revitalizes the museum and brings in some really interesting artists, like the ones I mentioned above.
My last, and most important point, though, is suck it New York, haha…
I’m a sucker for a certain kind of photography. I like long exposures, saturated colors and foreign locations and the photos of Kevin Cooley definitely fit all three criteria. Kevin calls Brooklyn his home base but he takes beautiful photos from all over the world. He has this amazing way of catching light streaks from airplanes and fireworks that seem to light up the night sky like I’ve never seen before. Definitely be sure to check out his Iceland and Svalbard sets, they were two of my favorites.
I’ve seen Christopher Bettig’s work before, but the other day I realized that I’d never posted about him, so this is here to remedy that. Chris is a Los Angeles based designer who got a degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has since been making lots of rad stuff. The guy does a little bit of everything, from CD covers to apparel and even dinnerware. My favorite bits of his work are the mixed media pieces he does that you see above. I love all the random shapes and textures and the colors, man oh man, the colors are beautiful. Lots of fun stuff to look at.