One thing that always seems to steal my heart is the juxtaposition of the modern and traditional. Old buildings with modern fixtures? I love it. Crazy angular modern images with over the top gilded frames? Love it. Taking a technique that has been passed down for thousands of years and giving it a modern application? Be still my heart.

Huang Zhiyang learned the age old art of Chinese calligraphy growing up, and now brings those skills to a new light in large scale ink washes on silk, oil paintings, and drawings. A bit more about the artist:

“His work has been summarized by critics as the application of traditional Chinese techniques to an American tradition of Abstract Expressionism. Frequent motifs in Huang’s work make reference to the natural world, particularly to bamboo and landscapes, though the images are not immediately recognizable. Huang also produces abstract installations, and has worked in sculptural materials like bamboo and gilded bronze. His work has also been prominent in fashion: Huang’s drawings are source of inspiration for the French fashion designer Anne Valerie Hash, and in 2011 he collaborated with the designers of ETRO to produce a line of silk scarves.”

Amazing patterns? Abstract Expressionism? Motifs from nature? Fashion? I think it’s love.

-Shelly

“As a pilot and photographer, I love everything about this work.”  - Jesse

Read more about this here.

This amazing crazy twisty knot exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo from 6/21/13-9/8/13. We had so many differing reactions to it in the office- some people thought it was creepy or dark, others said it looked like bones…. to me, it’s magical. It’s one of those pieces that I just want to stop and stare at for a good long time. Or climb up inside the branches and build a little house…

“Creating a spectacular and invasive Gordian Knot, Henrique Oliveira plays with Palais de Tokyo’s architecture, allowing a work that combines the vegetal and the organic to emerge. The building itself becomes the womb that produces this volume of “tapumes” wood, a material used in Brazilian towns to construct the wooden palisades that surround construction sites.”  -Shelly

Read more about the installation on the Palais de Tokyo’s website HERE.

“A remarkably compelling and insightful 20 minutes on how art and science combine to shape our world” – Jesse

For the entire clip, click here.

 

I love Phototrails’ way of aggregating Instagram images to create ways to make sense out of thousands of images at once. And the visualizations are stunning, too.

Phototrails uses shared images, their locations, and other characteristics like color or the time of day the image was shot to tell us about specific places and their photo-taking (and sharing) techniques and habits.

Here are some of my favorites! - Jon

On The Phototrail

On The Phototrail

On The Phototrail

Read more about Phototrails here.

“What a fascinating house design… the slide show in the article is a must!” – Jesse

Read more about this beautiful home here.

Very inspiring short video about being creative…

THE GAP by Ira Glass

 

- Helen

I am always impressed by new printing technologies and I’m constantly bugging our production team about what they can make happen with our own equipment. But let’s face it, I also love Star Wars. When I saw these dresses hit the runway at Rodarte’s Fall 2014 show I fell in love.

Could you imagine being younger and your bedroom has a large window covering with the moon of Tatooine!? Or the Death Star? Whatever your allegiance, step into a galaxy from far, far way and let your inner kid dream! — Jon

What Would Yoda Wear?

art takes all forms… be interesting to see what the courts have to say about this one. – Jesse

Dumb Starbucks

Dumb Starbucks

Read more about this here.

 

I am a huge fan of the olympics. Winter, summer- doesn’t matter, I love it all.  I think I secretly love the winter olympics just a TINY bit more, because somewhere deep inside I have dreams of being a super slalom skier.

That being said, I am super excited about the Sochi Winter Olympics starting up today.  This crazy art installation by Asif Khan makes me even a little bit more excited.

Visitors to the Olympics can have their faces scanned by a 3D scanner, which then re-creates a model of their face on the side of a building out of a system of 10,000 cylinders and LED lights.  The building will show up to three faces at a time for 20 seconds each.

Check out this video of them testing it out.

So cool!  It also kinda creeps me out. Seems very hunger-games-ish.

GO USA! – Shelly

MegaFaces

MegaFaces

 

MegaFaces

Source: http://www.dezeen.com/2014/01/10/asif-khan-mount-rushmore-of-the-digital-age-sochi-winter-olympics/