Saluting Design: An Army Of Military-Inspired Art and Products.

Saluting Design
above:American Flag by Dave Cole, made up of thousands of plastic Toy Soldiers and acrylic paint.

In honor of Memorial Day, here’s a collection of modern art and fun furniture, jewelry and home decor that incorporate military related icons such as soldiers, tanks, bombs, missiles and more. Read more

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Dennis Hopper Behind The Camera And The Canvas.

Dennis Hopper Tribute

By now you’ve heard the sad news. Actor/writer/director Dennis Hopper has finally lost his battle with prostate cancer and passed away on Saturday, May 29th at the age of 74. Read more

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So Long Easy Rider. Dennis Hopper Dies Of prostate cancer at 74.

Dennis Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010)

Actor, writer, director, photographer, painter, voice-over and patron of the arts, Dennis Hopper finally succumbed to prostate cancer this morning at the too young age of 74.

above: portrait of Dennis Hopper by Andy Warhol. This 1971 portrait of the famous actor Dennis Hopper was painted just a couple years after his appearance in the hit movie “Easy Rider” of 1969.

Best known for edgy film roles in such classics as Rebel Without A Cause, Easy Rider, Apocolypse Now, Blue Velvet, Hoosiers, The River’s Edge and many more respected productions (check out his massive film credits at imdb). He was also a painter, a photographer, a voice-over and a friend to hundreds.

Below are a few photos from his illustrious career. I will be following up with a post on his art and photography, which will surprise you if you are not familiar with it.

Rebel Without a Cause (with then dear friend James Dean):

Robert Altman photo of Dennis:

1978, photo by Bruce Broom:

Apocalypse Now, 1979:

Easy Rider, 1969:

Self portrait:

Blue Velvet:

Water World:

Dennis in front of Julian Schnabel’s painting of the actor:

No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos:

Rest In Peace. Dennis.

In tribute to his recent passing, Dennis Hopper, Behind The Camera And The Canvas, is a comprehensive retrospective (100 images!) of the actor’s work as a photographer and fine artist.

Dennis Hopper, Behind The Camera And The Canvas.

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See This Art Exhibit Before It Migrates. Borderland Birds By David Tomb.

There’s only a few more days to visit this amazing art exhibit/installation at the San Francisco Electric Works gallery. Borderland Birds, works on paper by David Tomb, features work inspired by Tomb’s birding trips to the borderlands of the United States and Mexico will close this Saturday, May 29th. Read more

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Design That’s Up To Par. La Bolleur’s Mini Golf Course.

La Bolleur’s mini golf club, a constructed nine hole course with a clubhouse and bar, has been traveling abroad. The installation by the multidisciplinary design group ( who won the Dutch Design Award in 2009 for their excellent method of communicating their brand), most recently appeared at Milan Design week and at Zona Tortona.

A little background:
Five years ago Timon van der Hijden, Zowie Jannink and Steie van Vugt decided to change the scene at La Bolleur – a former brothel in the city of Eindhoven. They literally transformed the lounge and made it their own by undertaking major creative projects which the city of Eindhoven never experienced before.

Since its inception, they’ve added five members to the collective; Cris Bartels, Bram Burger, Ivo J. Daniëls, Mark van Gennip and Frank Winnubst.

With their ‘hands-on’ mentality, the multidisciplinary collective has appeared in many events all over the Netherlands and exhibited at the ‘Salone del Mobile’ in Milan.

La Bolleur

images and info courtesy of La Bolleur and Timon van der Hijden

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The Safe House In Poland Is A Modern Fortress With Sliding Walls.

Modern Fortress With Sliding Walls

It looks like a modern fortress and is built as such. The Safe House by architect Robert Konieczny of Polish architecture firm, kwk promes, is a giant concrete cube whose walls were designed to move. The house was recently a shortlisted entry for the 2009 World Architecture News Awards. Read more

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Vintage Style DC Comic Posters By Michael Myers Jr.

Just last week I introduced you to the illustrated LOST characters by artist Michael Blaine Myers, Jr. Now, I wanted to show you his beautiful posters of various DC comic book Superheroes. From Aquaman to Wonder Woman, they are rendered in a style that is simultaneously both vintage and modern. Simply beautiful, they may actually be available for purchase soon. Read more

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Damien Hirst & Other Artists Do Deck Chairs

above: Deck Chair by Damien Hirst in blue

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a post on 16 fabulous artist designed deck chairs.

Now, Just in time for summer, Artware Editions is offering a selection of artist-designed deck chairs by Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Sir Peter Blake, Keith Tyson and others.

Perhaps the most recognizable of the designs is Damien Hirst’s suite of chairs showing butterflies with six possible background colors: blue, black, red, orange, yellow or lime green:

Other designs show bright florals, beautiful blue skies, birds in flight, text or calming abstractions, all of which revolve around themes of the natural world and summertime.

Available Deck Chairs by other artists:

above left: Keith Tyson and above right: Gary Hume

above left: Rob and Nicky Carter, above right: Marc Quinn

above left: Sam McEwan, above right: Sir Peter Blake

Each deck chair is made of a solid Merpauh wood frame and has a digitally-printed, sailcloth sling that the artists designed specifically for the chairs. Suitable for outdoor use, the deck chairs fold for easy storage. Each chair measures 48 h. x 23 w. x 30 1/2 d., inches. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Damien Hirst deck chairs: $425 + shipping
All other deck chairs: $375 + shipping
buy them here.

Be sure to check out these other original artist deck chairs, too!

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