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. The Borderland Birds / Aves Fronterizas, works on paper by David Tomb, featuring work inspired by Tomb’s birding trips to the borderlands of the United States and Mexico will close this Saturday, May 29th.

For this exhibition, Tomb, a celebrated painter of portraits of people, brings his rigorous attention to birds. Secondary to dealing with the subject matter of birds, Borderland Birds / Aves Fronterizas also highlights the impact of the US-Mexico border fence; a project environmentalists say spells disaster for the sensitive ecology of the region. Beyond simple cataloging and rendering of the splendid birds of the borderland region, Tomb’s work calls to mind the plight of people who have to cross this border on a daily basis, a feat fraught with problems migrating birds do with relative ease.

Part drawing show, part installation, in the gallery Tomb recreates the sights and sounds of the borderland region by use of native vegetation and ambient sound recordings.

Viewers will be transported to two fragile and unique areas: the beautiful Sky Islands of Mexico/Southern Arizona and the Lower Rio Grande Valley that borders Mexico and Texas. While much of this habitat has been converted to corporate agriculture some remote hidden mountain canyons still harbor a rich trove of beautiful and rare creatures. Tomb’s exhibition will focus on the following species: Montezuma Quail, Aztec Thrush, Aplomado Falcon, and Coati.

Tomb combines experience in the field with research of bird specimens at the California Academy of Sciences and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley. His final masterful renderings of the birds are life size and depict the birds in their natural habitat. As an avid birder, Tomb has been lucky enough to have his nerves rattled by the freaky chorus of Chachalacas in the thorny scrub and to have glimpsed the jewel-like Elegant Trogon during July monsoons.

Here are some photos from the exhibit:

all information and images courtesy of the gallery and the artist.

Tomb received his BFA from California State University Long Beach and has shown nationally and internationally.

Plants for the installation generously provided by The Dry Garden, Oakland.

The SF Electric Works Gallery site.
For purchasing information, please contact Noah Lang via email or at 415.626.5496. Prices and availability are subject to change.

if you’re not familiar with Tomb’s figurative work, check out my post on that here.

the artist’s own website

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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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