Target, who has teamed up with big name fashion designers like Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, and Jean Paul Gaultier in the past, is partnering with a slightly different name for their 2011 back to school collection: The Hamilton Wood Type Museum. The institution is the only museum dedicated to wood type in the world, with more than 1.5 million pieces in their collection.
Boris Bally's sophisticated reinvention of reclaimed street signs and found objects will rattle your mind. Bally transforms traffic signs into everything from entirely modern furniture to sleek jewelry and home decor items -- and even flatware! My favorite piece is a necklace created with 100 handgun triggers from Pittsburgh's "Goods for Guns" program. It's Bally's spin on the talismanic charms of aboriginal cultures, and he says, "this urban 'mojo' protects the wearer from the gun violence so prevalent in today's culture."
We could share many highlights out of the visual feast that was SOFA Chicago this weekend. The retro-cool outer-space-scuba-inspired work of Rik Allen. The delicious palette and fabulously messy composition of Therman Statom. The amazing metal torso sculpture of Niso Maman.
For craft aficionados, it is a great joy to walk into the Museum of Modern Art’s “Bauhaus 1919-1933” show and immediately see a display case of ceramic works. Among the introductory pieces was a pot by Marguerite Friedlaender (later Wildenhain) decorated with a bull in slip trailing. This design relates to other linear decoration in painting and drawings also on view.
Considering that it's home to a long-standing community of ardent skateboarders, where else but in California might you expect to see an anthology of skate art from the 1960s to the present? In what promises to be a refreshingly fun and enlightening show, over 300 skateboard decks by artists and skaters from across the country come out of the garage, the attic or off the shelf for display in “Full Deck” at Walnut Creek’s Bedford Gallery starting July 5th until September 13th.