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Wednesday
Feb052014

artist profile: bobby hill

photo by: sonia blayde Where was your favorite place to live?
New York City, because of the attitude. This city has a certain edge that no other city has that I’ve been to. The only place that remotely compares is London… maybe. I find that everywhere I travel to I compare it to my city. New York is a huge business capital. Almost every company is represented in New York and are easily accessible.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My whole space, no specific room.

What do you drive?
A Toyota.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A Lamborghini Veneno.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Apple Computers are the most well designed items because they are reliable. Until recently I had an iMac which lasted about 8-9 years. They are also aesthetically designed well and are extremely easy to use. They are good for both business and design.

Form vs. function?
Both coincide, but function comes first. When I am designing anything or buying anything my main concern is that it works well and serves a purpose. Design is also important, but that comes after.

What are your sources of inspiration?
My surroundings, specifically New York City. My life, where I’ve traveled along with my experiences. My perspective on current events, music, movies and pop-culture.

Who are you design icons?
Picasso, Warhol, Van Gogh, Rauschenberg, Ernie Barnes, Pollock, Keith Harring, Romare Bearden.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Eating out on a regular basis—LA Burrito in Williamsburg is one of my favorite places.

What’s your favorite possession?
My Rototex manual printing press—it’s helped me develop new art styles and feed my family.

What is your personal decorating style?
I have no specific decorating style.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Milk crates everywhere for everything … chairs, storage, tables.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Received: Don’t fall in love with one style…
be able to reinvent your style when you feel… every decision you make is the right one.
Given: Always be able to make money doing what you love… you can learn from everything… always be creative… you are always growing.

To see all of Bobby’s current works for CB2, go here.

Monday
Jun102013

guerrilla truck show: chicago

What: The 9th Annual Guerrilla Truck Show
When: Tuesday, June 11 from 5:30-9:30pm
Where: West Fulton Market

guerrilla: a small independent group of product, furniture designers and artisans that band together to provide an innovative venue to vent their ideas and creativity.

For “Chicago’s Annual One Night Art & Design Event”, local and independent artists and designers will be taking to West Fulton Market once again.

Every summer during Neocon, Morlen Sinoway Atelier hosts the show as a platform for creatives to showcase their work in a very temporary gallery—within the back of a truck.

What started with 13 U-Haul trucks, has expanded to both temporary and permanent indoor spaces—everything from furniture and lighting to metal and theatre fabrications should be un-expected.

photos courtesy of: facebook.com/guerrilla_truck_show

Thursday
May302013

artist profile: ariel erestingcol

Where was your favorite place to live?
There are a few favorites- NY, SF, but there’s no place like home, Los Angeles, because it’s where I grew up plus the weather and energy is amazing.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Technically there aren’t any separate rooms since I live in a studio so I guess…the studio. It’s a place where I can get involved in my own thoughts and express myself.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The French curve, because it’s traditionally used for drafting but you can use it as a drawing tool to produce fluid/smooth curves and varying radii. Plus digitally it’s used for vector based graphics. Aside from my art practice I am a graphic designer, I am always using the pen tool which is based on the French curve.

What are your sources of inspiration?
The urban quotidian. What’s better than to use what’s around you—the everyday is a great source of inspiration, the intricate architecture, the city landscape and the people that make it buzz .

What do you drive?
A gunmetal grey Toyota Tacoma 2010 pick-up truck. Practical for an artist LOL.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A time device that can make TIME still…

What are your interests outside of design?
Spending quality time with Friends/Family and tending to my dog, he’s the best dog ever!!!

Who are you design icons?
Paul Rand who created the (ABC logo). Marc Atlan, charles and Ray Eames, le Corbusier and whoever came up with the ‘Sunny D’ logo.

Form vs. function?
Can’t have one without the other.

What is your signature?
Illusion vs. allusion – it’s a re-occurring theme in most of my pieces – blurring the lines between what you are looking at and what is being presented. My works allude to the fact that the imagery being presented can only be grasped when you take a step back. It’s like when you see a realistic image at a distance but up close it’s just a jumble of noise and stuff.

What is your personal decorating style?
It’s a hybrid of reclaimed vintage materials with a touch of modern, what I like to call “modern vintage”.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My tools! “My tools…I love my tools…”

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Making art.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Use an old painter’s ladder as a bookshelf.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
My painting teacher at art school would scream at me about not using enough color in my paintings. He was always yelling at me, “ the whole world is in reverse!!!- it’s not about what you want, it’s about what it needs!!! It’s not about what you can’t do, it’s about what you can do- alternatives ways-haven’t you heard of that yet?!!!”

Although it was hard at times, those moments stuck with me through the years in my studio practice, not because of the yelling… it was clear to me that if you need to get something done you can’t get all caught up in your inabilities to move forward—to get there sooner or later you have to focus on what the situation needs. I guess it’s another way of being present through action and at the same time separating yourself from your fears and wants.

My advice: everything is a work in progress. See problems as challenges and get absorbed in the present because otherwise you might just miss that one important moment.

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
May172013

artist profile: kent youngstrom

Where was your favorite place to live?
Easy. Chicago.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Kitchen/Living Room open space. Lots of Art, lots of Action.

Who are you design icons?
Pollock, De Kooning.

Form vs. function?
Round dice do not work very well

What is your signature?
Circles. I paint a lot of circles.

What’s your personal decorating style?
Minimal but unexpected.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Other than the bikini? My back deck. It’s simple, comfortable and full of family and friends.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Sappy movies that really shouldn’t make me cry like Restoration. Stories of people coming full circle. Collections of things no one knows what to do with. The desire to be wanted.

What do you drive?
Ha. A mini-van with sto-n-go seats. I can carry a large amount of art & supplies along with my kids and their friends. Very artsy I know!

What one item do you wish you owned?
A large parcel of land with a Dwell style home and large studio within a few yards of the back door.

What are your interests outside of design?
Thursday night futbol. 5:30 am workouts. Laughing with the family. Scrambled eggs. Running the race to win.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
As far as i know, i can’t take anything with me when it is all over so i am not much of a collector. I will say that it would be hard to do what i do without my paint brushes and my Mac.

What’s had the biggest influence on you?
I think we are influenced by so many things in our life, but art-wise my grandfather could build/fix anything and he passed that on to my mother who has passed it on to me.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Oops Paint. You know… the discounted gallons at the hardware store that have been returned because the color didn’t look right or it was mixed incorrectly…

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
“I think your time here is over.” —a former boss. It forced me to figure things out on my own.

I am often asked how i manage to survive as an artist. My answer is always the same. “Hard work, hard work, and a little luck.”