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Wednesday
May292013

how it's made: ariel beads artwork

Artist Ariel Erestingcol’s process of reconstructing an image is rendered through the meticulous placement of colorful beads. While some beads arrive separated by color, mixed bags have to be separated by hand, further intensifying the process. Every so often his dog will get excited and knock over a bucket of beads so he’s grateful his nephews sometimes sort them on weekends—but Ariel says he still finds them all over the studio.

Once the beads are organized, an image is pixelated and then transferred to a mosaic filter, which creates a map for the placement of the colored beads—including some “glow in the dark” beads which were used for their color but technically they should emit a faint glow in the right circumstances.

These depictions of New York—in ariel times square taxi beads and ariel times square beads—are made up of over 5000 beads—each making one pixel of the digitized image and representing one unit of understanding. Through this process, the piece is given incremental meaning and its fractured nature attempts to create meaning of everyday events.

When the image is complete, it’s pressed with heat so the beads fuse together and mounted onto an MDF panel—the corners of which are routed to mimic the curved edges of the beads—and a hanging mechanism is added to the back which also creates a shadow lift and further adding dimension.

These numbered pieces are truly limited since they cannot be remade in the same colors—some are now discontinued—and requiring hours and hours of focus and intent, these limited-edition prints have a release of 75 each.

Friday
Nov162012

how it's made: peace posters

Created in collaboration with Kennedy Prints!,
a one-man letterpress printery in Gordo, Alabama, each unique peace poster comes to life using handset wood type and oil-based inks on eco-friendly chipboard made from lumber industry salvage.

Each poster is to be appreciated for its spontaneous colors mixed by sight and variations in layout and font—Kennedy Prints! guarantees no two prints will be the same.

Wednesday
Jul112012

silent film festival: san francisco

Photo Courtesy of: Orange County ArchivesWhat: The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival
Where: The Castro Theatre, San Francisco
When: July 12 thru 15

To mark the San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s 17th year, seventeen films of new discoveries, new restorations and favored classics will be previewed.

Select programs will showcase live musical accompaniment by top musicians in the field—including Alloy Orchestra, the Matti Bye Ensemble, and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

Monday
Jun112012

Apple I auction: new york

The Apple I. From zh.wikipedia. What: Fine Books and Manuscripts Auction
When: Friday, June 15
Where: Sotheby’s

This Friday, Sotheby’s will auction not only one of the first Apple computers, but one that’s still working.

As technology seems to advance exponentially, a functioning Apple I computer is now exceptionally rare—in fact it’s believed there are only 6 in working condition out of less than 50 in existence.

Purchased for $500 in 1976, the year Apple was created in Palo Alto by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, it’s now referred to as an artifact and comes with the original cassette interface and a rare BASIC users’ manual.

While the motherboard is expected to fetch over $100,000, accessories—such as a monitor, a keyboard, and power supply—are not included.

Thursday
May312012

accept and be poster, 2012

CB2 is thrilled to support Pride Month through partnerships with The Trevor Project in the US and the LGBT Youth Line in Canada.

Beginning today, 3,500 limited edition accept and be posters will be available in stores and on cb2.com with:

• 100% of the US proceeds benefiting
The Trevor Project—the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

• and 100% of the Canada proceeds benefiting the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Youth Line—a toll-free and online service provided by youth for youth, offering non-judgmental support, information and referrals to help youth age 26 and under find the resources they need.

This year, CB2 commissioned Chicago-based artist Matthew Lew to interpret our “Accept and Be” mantra in poster format. Through his artistic vision, these three simple words were transformed into powerful graphics that command attention while radiating confidence and optimism.

A variety of layouts and color combinations were used to create 72 different designs—and in keeping with the message of “Accept and Be”, surprises are to be expected and embraced as the designs are mixed within the lot.

In each of the CB2 stores will be an “Accept and Be” wall will be available for anyone to post a story about what those words mean to them. And while visiting during the month of June, drop an entry for a chance to receive the
39.5” x 62.5” (100 x 159cm) artist-signed poster.

Like us on facebook? Fans are welcome to post their interpretation of ‘accept and be’ on our page which will enter them in a chance to receive a 12” x 16” poster. All drawings will take place June 30th*.

To keep up with the latest news during Pride Month, follow us on twitter using the #acceptbe hashtag.

*Note: at our West Hollywood location, the drawing will take place on June 9th.