Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Everyday Objects with Jonathan Callan

In this installation at Pittsburgh's Mattress Factory, Jonathan Callan uses books to replicate, what at first glance, looks like a cross-section of a felled tree. Viewers find Callan has erected his entire installation out of coverless books that are drilled together to create an organic structure which beings to approach a painting or drawing. There's talk of how the work encourages viewers to consider how we now address traditional modes of relaying knowledge such as through the use of textbooks, encyclopedias and atlases but I can't help think about the way he's taken the book off its pedestal and has us focus on its essential materiality. He moves us away from the cerebral to the sensual, from spirit to soul. He is literally shaping the way we define, use, and think about everyday objects. Tasty stuff.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Several Circles

"the most modest form, but asserts itself unconditionally...simultaneously stable and unstable...loud and soft...a single tension that carries countless tensions within it.” -Vasily Kandinsky, on the circle

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Inforgraphics Resource

Good Magazine Fantastic resource for inspiration and information (visualization).