Friday, April 1, 2011

'sup Internet?


"First off, internet, I want to express my displeasure with your use of such antiquated terms like, like 'talent' and 'making.' Who you think you is, internet? Brancusi?"


(via Larry Mizell Jr.)

In the Studio

Jane, art history student and model

Image of the Day

Today is one of those rainy but luminous-feeling, spring-in-Seattle days, and this seemed somehow appropriate.

[+] Roger Mayne (b. 1929),
Girls in the Rain, Sheffield
, 1961.

Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

One chunky turtleneck sweater
[Land's End Canvas cable cowlneck sweater,
$34.99 (originally $69.50) at].

One ridiculously, fabulously large ring
[Druzy ring, available at
hitchcock Madrona].

One pair skinny black pants
[T by Alexander Wang stretch skinny pants,
$150 at

One pair uptown-goes-downtown stilettos
[Christian Louboutin Pigalle spiked pumps,
$975 at


Classic with a twist.

The Test of Any Artist


Fran Lebowitz, national hero, on Jane Austen – part of the exhibition A Woman's Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy at the Morgan Library last fall.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Best Foot Forward

Fashion x architecture.
From the Invisible Shoe series by
Brazilian-born designer Andreia Chaves

(two of three models from her first commercial
which debuted at NYC fashion week
last month).

h/t to Kyle Johnson and Dezeen.


Polaroid photograph by Patrick F. Tobin capturing
Rob Pruitt's chrome-plated sculpture of Andy Warhol,
which was unveiled yesterday in NYC's Union Square.

The piece is on view through Oct. 2.

Image of the Day

Joseph Szabo: Untitled, from Szabo's Teenage series – on view in Art of Attraction, the current show at F.L.O.A.T. Gallery in New York. More info at and see a slideshow of more images from the show at Wallpaper*.

See more of Joseph Szabo's work here.

I Have No Choice


Dum Dum Girls "He Gets Me High"

from the EP of the same (2011, Sub Pop). Here's a Nardwuar interview with Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

True Colors

Cannot get this collection out of my head. Possibly my favorite of the season.

Proenza Schouler Fall 2011

Runway images via (see the whole collection here); detail shots by Tommy Ton (more here - definitely worth a look).


Causing a stir at the corner of Houston & Lafayette:
See if you can spot the subliminal F-bomb in the photo above, from Calvin Klein's current CK One billboard. I'm guessing it's unintentional but once you notice it, you notice it.

The image of Lara Stone is a still from video by Steven Meisel – watch it at

(via Refinery29)

Closed Form

Toshiko Takaezu (1922–2011) with some of her "closed form" works.

Early in her career [Takaezu] made traditional vessels but in the late 1950s, strongly influenced by the Finnish ceramist Maija Grotell, she embraced the notion of ceramic pieces as artworks meant to be seen rather than used. She closed off the top of her vessels, leaving a vestigial nipple-like opening and creating, in effect, a clay canvas for glazing of all kinds: brushing, dripping, pouring and dipping.

She became known for the squat balls she called moon pots; the vertical “closed forms,” which grew sharply in height in the 1990s; and thin ceramic trunks inspired by the scorched trees she had seen along the Devastation Trail in Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park. At times Ms. Takaezu exhibited the moon pots in hammocks, an allusion to her method of drying the pots in nets. She also cast bronze bells and wove rugs.

Strongly influenced by her study of Zen Buddhism, she regarded her ceramic work as an outgrowth of nature and seamlessly interconnected with the rest of her life. “I see no difference between making pots, cooking and growing vegetables,” she was fond of saying. Indeed, she often used her kilns to bake chicken in clay, and dry mushrooms, apples and zucchinis.
(More here.) Here's a 2010 interview with Takaezu in her home/studio:

An Interview with Toshiko Takaezu from D.B.Long on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I Saw Your Picture In a Magazine

James Pants "Every Night" from James Pants
(forthcoming May 2011,
Stones Throw)

(photo: 23rd & Union, Seattle, March 2011)

In the Studio

Gwen, fashion designer and member of Prison

Image of the Day

.Ed Ruscha: La Brea, Sunset, Orange, De Longpre, 1999 (Acrylic on canvas, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Heinz Family Fund) on view in the exhibition Ed Ruscha: Road Tested at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, through April 17.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Image of the Day

I meant to post this awhile back: one-to-one comparisons by Miss Moss of select pieces from Suno's Fall/Winter 2011 and the inspiration behind them: paintings by Félix Vallotton. Click here for more.

(via hot tip from Seattle design power couple Spencer & Nicole)

Tapes 'n Tapes

This month at Complex magazine, Chairman Jefferson Mao counts down the thirty greatest hip-hop demos of all time – including dustily sparkling gems from Lord Finesse, Jay-Z, Tha Alkaholiks (formerly known as ESP: Everyday Street Poets), Hieroglyphics, Eminem, Big L, Brand Nubian, O.C., Mobb Deep (f/k/a Poetical Prophets) Ras Kass, DJ Shadow, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and Organized Konfusion (f/k/a Simply Too Positive), Nas, and Public Enemy. The list includes sound clips and Mao's ridiculously well-informed commentary – a must-read for fans of '90s hip-hop. Click here to check it out.

Patterns and Warmth

Selection from Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum, on view at said venue through October 11th. You might not know it, but Pacific Standard is huge fans of the quilt as an art form (in fact, my final typography project at Parsons was a quilt incorporating a Marshall McLuhan quote, which maybe I will post another time).

Artist unidentified, possibly New York State, 1880–1900 (Silks, including satin, 75 3/4 x 64 inches. American Folk Art Museum, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Weinstein, 2007.15.7)

Artist unidentified, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1910–1925 (Wool, 78 x 78 inches. American Folk Art Museum, gift of Freyda Rothstein, 1998.8.2)

Seems like I should be able to get to New York to see this before it closes, and maybe you can too.

Quilt by Jessie B. Telfair (1913–1986). Parrott, Georgia, Dated 1983 (Cotton with pencil, 74 x 68 inches. American Folk Art Museum, gift of Judith Alexander in loving memory of her sister, Rebecca Alexander, 2004.9.1)

Click here for info.