The Ziering Residence in California's Pacific Palisades is a 9,000 sq foot private residence with a three car garage, a swimming pool, evacuated tube solar collectors, radiant floor heating and IPE wood siding.
Designed by Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects and constructed by Winters-Shram associates, the sweeping curved modern home overlooks the ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains.
It was crucial to preserve the views of the neighboring homes to obtain approval from the neighborhood residential association. Addressing this constraint provided the signature formal gesture of the gently rising roofline.
The elegant, comfortable and accessible interior design by Chimera Interiors is perfectly suited to the modern open floor plan.
•You can view images of the Ziering Home residence construction here.
•Interior photos of Chimera Interior Design by Samuel C. Frost
• Exterior home photos for SPF by Bruce Damonte
Invisible Hieroglyphics is an experimental collaboration Between Andre Woolery (whose wonderful thumbtack art I shared with you here) and Victor AbiJaoudi II.
The two artists studied how people interact with technology while using some of the most popular apps on the iPad (e.g. Angry Birds, e-mail, Facebook, Temple Run, Twitter, Camera and Fruit Ninja). They preserved the fingerprints and strokes left behind by the grease from use by photographing them and turning them into actual artworks.
Andre and Victor describe the project as follows:
"As the world becomes more digital, we pull further away from an analog, handcrafted world. However, the one remaining human component of the digital experience is touch. Our hands have become the communication conduit through devices with a series of taps, swipes, and pushes. Left behind, on our electronic devices like smart phones and tablets, are the oil-stained remains of finger smudges on a screen. We have extracted these marks and transformed them into vibrant, acrylic prints."
Examples of prints from popular apps are shown below.
WHY THE TITLE?
Hieroglyphics is a system of writing that serves as a form of communication. They represent an imprint of the world as it was told in the past for the future to decipher and understand. These writings are a window into another world. Today, the touchscreen interface is our window into another world and the writings are smudged onto the screen instead of carved into stone. Its subtle, but if you strip away the hardware and software, what’s left is a finger painting that illustrates the story of how we communicate.
The colors are vibrantly portrayed on satin paper that is placed between a white backing and 1/4” acrylic glass. The acrylic glass gives each piece an incredible luminosity and optical depth that mimics an actual screen.
Also note that the limited edition B/W artwork offers a unique, 3D appearance as the white paint is on top of the acrylic:
“Its very much a representation of who I am. I work in digital media during the day and make art at night. So it is a manifestation of that collision of digital+analog, screen+hands, day+night, … Increasingly there seems to be a divide between the two and this is an interesting way to unify them in a natural way.“
“For me, it's about paying attention. By paying attention, you realize that art is everywhere. And by recognizing art, we recognize humanity. With all that is distracting in today's world, we could all use a little reminder of what matters most - being human. Everyone is creative and everyone creates. Even if just with your fingers as you check your email. ”
They collected a series of apps ranging from daily productivity to social networking and gaming. What they uncovered is a really interesting set of blueprints for interaction. A shout out to all the user experience designers that worked on all these apps… this artwork is as much theirs as it is a showcase of human intuitive pathways.
If you have an app not included that you would like to request a commission, contact them here.
As with every new project, there has to be a way to give back to the area of inspiration. In this case, digital technology has done so much for Andre and Victor's lives in various ways that they want to ensure its also inspires the youth. As the world progresses, the ability to understand technology is absolutely critical. Andre and Victor want kids to be able to code, design, prototype because that is at the core of the future's infrastructure. Therefore 10% of proceeds of this project will go to CODE NOW…
Purchase Invisible Hieroglyphics Prints here
The Kama Sutra Alphabet is a personal project from French born and London based illustrator Malika Favre. In 2011, Malika was commissioned by Paul Buckley at Penguin Books US to illustrate the new Deluxe Classic Cover of the Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana (shown below).
Using the original set of 7 letters she created for the cover as a starting point, Malika then decided to develop the full set of 26 letters as part of an exhibition project.
The Kama Sutra prints are currently on show at Pick Me Up from the 18th to the 28th of April 2013 at Somerset house in London and below is her animated Kama Sutra Teaser for the show:
Selected animations by Maki Yoshikura, Patrick Smith and Robin Davey.
Music credits : "La Decadence" by Serge Gainsbourg
Each letter of her alphabet is available in a very limited edition of 25 screen prints for £45 each, printed on Mohawk superfine 270gsm, signed and numbered by the artist.
The Kama Sutra Project Website
Concept and illustrations: Malika Favre
Website: Guy Moorhouse
Graphics and identity: Present Perfect
Lead animators: Patrick Smith, Maki Yoshikura
Guest animators: Robin Davey, Timothy Mc Court, Robert Milne, Liam Owen
Screenprinting: George Hurst
The latest fashion tome from publisher Prestel, “New Fashion Photography,” had a living launch on the walls of Berlin’s CONTRIBUTED Gallery on April 12th. The gallery is displaying the best images as limited edition art works until May 18.
above: An image from Yasunara Kikuma featured in "New Fashion Photography"
The 21st century has brought about seismic changes in photography, technology, fashion, and art. At the nexus of these exciting movements is a group of fashion photographers who are breaking ground in a variety of ways, including cultural referencing, digital imaging, photo manipulation, and the use of new media. The stunningly illustrated book "New Fashion Photography" profiles 28 artists from around the world. New fashion portraiture is challenging conventional ideas of beauty by confronting us with the unexpected. The photographers explore new avenues previously off-limits, opening the art of fashion photography to thrilling possibilities.
The book, which was edited by Paul Sloman and Tim Blanks, includes images from the following photographers:
Nick Knight, Miles Aldridge, Rankin, Markus + Indrani, René Habermacher, Ruven Afanador, Chadwick Tyler, Yelena Yemchuk, Paola Kudacki, Aram Bedrossian, Daniel Sannwald, Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello, Sean + Seng, LaRoache Brothers, Alice Hawkins, Kourtney Roy, Eugenio Recuenco, Wing Shya, Bruno Dayan, Paco Peregrín, Takahiro Ogawa, Pierre Debusschere, Catherine Servel, Serge Leblon, Daniel Jackson, Sean Ellis, Daniele & Iango, Yasunari Kikuma.
All in all, more than 30 photographers are featured in a selection Sloman calls “hierarchy-free.”
above: Wing Shya is known for his work with filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai.
“The book is an exciting combination of big-name heavy-hitters that many people will recognize and a younger wave of experimental photographers who have been either inspired or nurtured by them,” said Sloman, who wasn’t in Berlin for the event.
above: An image from Takahiro Ogawa that appears in Prestel's "New Fashion Photography" book.
Famous faces include Daphne Guinness, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey, and a host of models like Iris Strubegger, Liya Kebede and Carolyn Murphy.
above: A photo from Sanchez and Mongielle that appears in Prestel's "New Fashion Photography" book.
“High-end fashion photography in the 21st century is creating amazing escapist worlds, but at the same time these images go very much to the heart of the way we think about ourselves,” Sloman commented.
above: Lily Cole photographed by the LaRoache Brothers.
above: An image from Kourtney Roy that appears in Prestel's "New Fashion Photography" book.
above: A photo from Spanish photographer Eugenio Recueno that appears in Prestel's "New Fashion Photography" book.
above: Newcomer Aram Bedrossian has only been shooting for a couple of years but has earned inclusion in Prestel's "New Fashion Photography" book.
The 224-page hardcover book sells for 34.95 euros in Germany and will sell for $49.99 in the U.S. But, Amazon has it available to pre-order for only $29.81