These beautifully designed limited edition Blu-ray packages for three of Sagmeister & Walsh's typographic films, currently shown as part of the traveling exhibition "The Happy Show", each contain a unique earthenware USB drive (specific to each film), the disc and a certificate of authenticity. All the black boxes were individually written on by Stefan.
Centered around the designer's ten-year exploration of happiness, the traveling exhibition of Sagmeister & Walsh's The Happy Show presents typographic investigations of a series of maxims, or rules to live by, originally culled from Sagmeister's diary, manifested in a variety of imaginative and interactive forms. To contextualize the maxims that appear throughout the exhibition, Sagmeister has gathered the social data of Harvard psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Steven Pinker, psychologist Jonathan Haidt, anthropologist Donald Symons, and several prominent historians. In addition to individual works, some of which have been custom-made for this exhibition, The Happy Show includes a personal narrative, as Sagmeister's individual experience is portrayed beside social data detailing the role of age, gender, race, money, and other factors that determine happiness.
above photo of Stefan Sagmesiter and partner Jessica Walsh, credit to John Madere (johnmadere.com)
Stefan Sagmeister talks about The Happy Show exhibit:
Bill Rodgers of C-file reports that "The Happy Show was a 2012 traveling exhibition by the New York design firm Sagmeister & Walsh. Spearheaded by Stefan Sagmeister, the show premiered at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in August 2012 (and has since traveled through Los Angeles, Toronto and New York). In addition to being a personal narrative of Sagmeister’s quest for happiness through meditation, therapy and pharmaceuticals, The Happy Show also looked at happiness through social data with factors such as age, gender, race and money. Sagmeister’s work employed graphic design, graffiti, bright yellows, free gumballs and activity cards suggesting things such as cutting out of the show early to go home and have sex.
Video was also a feature of that exhibition. Three of those films are now available in a limited series of boxed USB drives. Each box was written on by Sagmeister; they bear individualized therapeutic reminders to be present, flexible and to ask for what you want. The USB drives themselves are made of ceramic and resemble horns, or tentacles or worm specimens. They look like exhibits taken from the mental health wing of the natural history museum.
Physical media is dead. The conventional wisdom among people who produce this soon-to-be-ancient material is that physical media works best when it enhances the experience of the song or video contained within. Within the last decade we’ve seen musicians release albums that are pressed on X-ray images or are part of a vast alternate reality game. Sagmeister, who has worked within the music industry creating album art for musicians such as Lou Reed and OK Go, seems to be working with similar logic as he created a highly-personalized artifact from his exhibition that draws the experience of his work forward, even if you’re only viewing it from your home computer."
Creative Director : Stefan Sagmeister
Art Director and Designer : Santiago Carrasquilla
Designers: Christian Widlic, Esther Li, Thorbjørn Gudnason
Ceramic Production: Janine Sopp
Box Production: South Side Design and Building
Check out the fun title sequence on this one Happy Show video:
all images and information courtesy of Sagmeister&Walsh
above: Photographs by Maja Smend, food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun
A new fundraising initiative from the Art Fund encourages art lovers to create edible masterpieces with all funds raised going toward helping UK museums and galleries.
Asking the public to combine their love of food and art, they are encouraging you to get together with your friends, family or colleagues on Friday 9 May to see who can make the most amazing edible creation inspired by your favorite work of art or cultural icon, while raising money for the Art Fund.
above: Photograph by Maja Smend, food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun
You could decorate a cake to look like a contemporary artwork, bake a biscuit that resembles an Old Master painting or make a pie inspired by a landmark building. If you’re not a dab hand in the kitchen, don’t worry. You can recreate a whole host of artworks with uncooked ingredients, such as vegetables, fruit or cheese.
above: an sugar cube arrangement inspired by Rachel Whitehead's Embankment, Photograph by Maja Smend, food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun
For inspiration, take a look at these edible artworks along with the links to the recipes:
Here's the recipe for the Hirst Skull cake
Here's the recipe for the Mondrian Battenburg.
Here's the recipe for the Jackson Pollock-Inspired Krispy Treats
Here's the recipe for the Wedgewood Shortbread
Here's the recipe for the Sarah Lucas-inspired Gingerbread
Here's the recipe for the Vincent Van Gogh Ploughman's deli platter
Sign up for their free information pack, which contains recipes, stickers, a poster and fundraising tips. You could raffle off the cakes, organize a private view or hold a bake sale – the choice is yours! Once you've raised your funds, you can either send them back the tear-off slip included in your pack or simply pay in online.
The Art Fund also provides you with downloads for your own event, such forms, invitations, posters and how to make a rosette to honor your creative cooks:
All funds raised will help to support museums and galleries to buy and show great art for everyone – from Picassos at the National Museum Wales and Constables at Tate, to the Staffordshire Hoard in Birmingham and Stoke, and Titians at the National Galleries of Scotland.
They are encouraging people to take lots of photos and post them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ediblemasterpieces – they will be sharing their favourites. Have fun!
Everyone who sends them the donations they have raised by the 30th of June 2014 will be entered into a competition – the top 25 fundraisers will have the chance to win: a Travel Editions UK cultural short break for two (worth up to £800), an iPad mini, a £100 art voucher from Easyart and tickets to a London blockbuster exhibition, including a £25 voucher for the gallery cafe. Please read the competition terms and conditions.
Learn more about the Art Fund's Edible Masterpiece project here
This 2012 edition by Damien Hirst reflects in miniature his original, classically posed Carrara marble sculpture of the same name (shown below at the Tate Modern).
above: 'The Anatomy of an Angel' and 'Doorways to the Kingdom of Heaven' during the press view of Damien Hirst's work on display at the Tate Modern.
The Hirst sculpture was based on Alfred Boucher's sculpture ‘L'Hirondelle’ from the early 1900s:
above: Hirst's angel is based on Alfred Boucher’s sculpture ‘L'Hirondelle’ (1920)
In Hirst’s version, cross-sections of her body show the anatomical structure beneath the skin, revealing she is human after all.
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above: Autobiography (02) by Maurice Costello
In honor of Veteran's Day, I wanted to share with you some very personal and intimate art pieces from the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago. The National Veterans Art Museum inspires greater understanding of the real impact of war with a focus on Vietnam. The museum collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans. The pieces express their experiences through photography, sculpture, paintings, drawings and mixed media.
Please note: The work in this museum- and shown here- was made by veterans of war and the depictions of their experience is poignant and uncensored.
Good Morning PTSD by Christopher Arendt:
Real Life Souvenirs by Jay Burnham-Kidwell:
Towers (1) by Victoria Bryers:
Exiles on Main Street by Elgin Carver:
Title Unknown by Ronald Doc Cook:
58,000 Plus by John Dell:
Angel In The Desert by Marcus Eriksen:
(un)clothed and in her right mind by Iris Feliciano:
Aftermath by Michael Gottschalk:
Orphan III by Bill Hackwell:
In the Jar of Mars by Michael Helbing:
Where the Publisher Meets the Writer by Jay Burton Hellwege:
Tourist Photographs from Iraq - This is How I Wanted to See Myself by Aaron Hughes:
Fascinating Vietnam by William Hoin:
Memory of a Conflict by Louis Janetta:
Blown Away by Richard Lindsay:
Seventeen Months, Twenty-Nine Days by Grady C. Myers:
Early Out by Scott Neistadt:
Morphene, Anyone by Neal Pollack:
Mending by Scott Rogers:
The Wall by Michael Rumery:
Anguish by Bruce A. Sommer:
Together Separately by Anthony Stetina:
They Also Serve (POW) by Gary Tillery:
Prayer Boots by John Turner:
Head by Gregory Van Maanen:
Diptych Self Portrait by Kimo Williams:
This is How You Died by Richard Yohnka:
Punji Trap Wound by Bernie Zawiki:
Autobiography Installation by Maurice Costello:
The above pieces only represent a few of the works within the museum. You can view the online collection here.
God Bless all the brave men and women who give of themselves for the rest of us and this country. Thank You.
all images courtesy of the NVAM Collection Online website © 2012 - National Veterans Art Museum