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Via cHickEnfRied pArTs.

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Miya Ando 2014

Emptiness The Sky (Faint Pink), Pigment, Urethane, Aluminum.

New work by Miya Ando for 2014.

A descendant of Bizen sword makers, Ando was raised among Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Combining traditional techniques of her ancestry with modern industrial technology, she skillfully transforms sheets of metal into ephemeral, abstract paintings suffused with color.

The foundation of Ando’s practice is the transformation of surfaces. She applies heat, sandpaper, grinders, acid and patinas to metal canvases, irrevocably altering the material’s chemical properties to produce subtle, light-reflective gradations of color and texture.

As with her earlier metal paintings, her new works are luminous blue, pink, green and gold, a palette she conjures from a limited selection of industrial dyes. Ando uses different techniques to adhere the color to the aluminum panels, including anodization, in which sapphire crystals are electroplated to the metal, allowing the dyes to bond. Another approach is the layered application of pigments and urethane, which allows for variations of color and finish, with some areas of the painting matte and others glossy. To produce a high-gloss finish, Ando adds up to twenty layers of urethane and resin, which vividly amplifies the reflective quality of the metal. The resulting works subtly evoke ethereal, minimalist landscapes, cloud formations and abstracted metallic horizons.

Miya Ando’s solo exhibition, ‘Kisetsu’ (Seasons) at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York.

Exhibition dates: October 16 – November 15, 2014
547 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001.

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Gillette

Gillette

Beautiful packaging concept for Gillette by Karin Olafsdotter.

A great improvement over the existing direction by Gillette, it befuddles me why this elegant, timeless approach remained just a piece of marketing research and was not adopted.

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Lauren Withrow

Photograph by Lauren Withrow.

Via The English Group.

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Kelly Mittendorf x Billy Kidd

Kelly Mittendorf photographed by Billy Kidd.

Via The Gifts of Life.

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SALT SURF skateboard

SALT SURF skateboard

Skateboard by SALT SURF featuring walnut top and bottom veneers, sandwiching layers of maple veneer and a top deck with spray-on clear grip tape.

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Satin Island

Book jacket design by Peter Mendelsund.

Via Jacket Mechanical.

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Hopscotch

Book jacket design by Peter Mendelsund.

Via Jacket Mechanical.

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The Man From Avon

“He’s A Paperback Salesman On The Road Of Scorching Adventure. He’s Larry McKnight And Even UFO’s Can’t Stop Him!”

Pulp cover artwork by Stanley Borack, 1967.

Via Pulp Covers.

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I may be old but...

Via Generic

… to which I must add my own personal selection… The Ramones, The Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, X-Ray Spex, Magazine, The Slits, Buzzcocks, PiL, The Stranglers, Killing Joke, A Teardrop Explodes, Bauhaus …

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