State of America Posters

Print Collection a demandé à l’artiste Julian Montague de composer une série de visuels sur les 50 états composant les USA. Ces images au graphisme simple et très réussi rend hommage aux Official State Insignias représentant les Etats. Une majorité des visuels sont à découvrir dans la suite de l’article.

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America Messenger: Portable reminder to get out the vote

America Messenger

With only 61.8% of eligible voters showing up to polls for the 2008 US presidential election, everyone from Con Edison to the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) are attempting to persuade reluctant citizens to cast their votes next Tuesday, 6 November 2012. San Francisco-based company Timbuk2 recently joined…

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The Fortieth Parallel: North America’s bisecting line of latitude captured by photographer Bruce Myren’s large-format Deardorff camera

The Fortieth Parallel

Massachusetts-based photographer Bruce Myren is a man with a camera, on a mission to capture the many faces of North America’s 40th parallel. Stretching East to West from New Jersey to California and crossing 11 states in between, the 40th degree of latitude bisects the United States and is…

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Asos x Puma

Focus sur cette vidéo réalisée par Ben Newman marquant l’association entre Asos et Puma. Cette création appelée « Os Pixadores » suit un groupe d’activistes et graffeurs brésiliens sur les toits de São Paulo, expliquant leur philosophie. Une création à but commerciale à découvrir dans la suite.

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Joe’s Junk Yard

Lisa Kereszi’s photographic book on family and what’s been thrown away
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Photographer Lisa Kereszi has released “Joe’s Junk Yard,” a new photography book about her family’s junk business. In a documentary style similar to her Governor’s Island project, Kereszi records the final years of Joe’s Junk Yard, a business started by her grandfather, Joe Kereszi, in 1949. Located in southeastern Pennsylvania, the yard was a museum for American detritus. Reflecting on her father’s livelihood and her mother’s antique business, Kereszi writes, “I was surrounded by junk.”

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The book starts with Kereszi’s grandfather in the form of his collected scrapbooks. Repurposing various materials to create his work, Kereszi explains that her grandfather’s obsession represents a person coming to grips with injustice in the world. “My grandfather’s scrapbooks were something else entirely, works that clearly fall into the category of outsider art,” Kereszi writes. “The loose, tattered books were made of supermarket-bought adhesive-bound pads of multi-colored construction paper.” Beyond the scraps, Joe’s Junk Yard chronologically tracks Kereszi’s documentation of the operation from her high school days through graduate school.

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Photographer Larry Fink introduces the book, writing, “A junkyard is not an end run for matter; it is the beginning of a new condition for the curious, cultured and coincidental mind.” For Kereszi, the aesthetic of the yard started with people. Photographing her family around the yard with a student’s 35mm camera, Kereszi began the long process of documenting Joe’s Junk Yard. As the project evolved, Kereszi focused more on still objects and the iconic materials.

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“Later, the work starts to get more still and centered on these things that I’m finding and pointing to as things of importance,” Kereszi tells CH. “An engine that looks like a heart or a transmission on the ground that starts to look like an elephant’s trunk—things that start to turn into something else by me focusing in on them.” Part of her motivation for recording the junkyard had to do with the failing business and her uncle’s suicide, with the physical objects acting as a manifestation of this loss.

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It would be a disservice to dismiss Kereszi’s work as merely deadpan glimpses at a familiar subject, with a promient narrative of changing values and the abandoment of the DIY lifestyle shining through the documentation. “It was a part of life that you don’t throw stuff away when you’re done with it. You reuse it, and you fix it. Whereas today, we live in a much more disposable culture,” says Kereszi.

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Kereszi wraps up her essay on Joe’s Junk Yard with a reflection on objects and inheritance: “I’ve inherited a lot from the place, from the hood ornaments pried from cars and signage stripped from walls to the ritual of hiding baseball bats behind doorjambs. But I’ve also inherited the passion for scavenging, for collecting, photographically and otherwise, and a constant need to feel that rare moment of discovery of treasure among the trash, or better, of true meaning and transcendence amid the chaos, pain, and banality of life.”

“Joe’s Junk Yard” is available from Artbook and on Amazon. See more images of the book as well as image credits after the jump.

Images courtesy of the artist and the Yancy Richardson Gallery

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Joe Jr.’s girlfriend Patty and Evans with truck bed, 1998

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Joe Jr. and Patty in emptied-out office, last week open, summer, 2003

“Yard Sale” sign with junk, Media, PA, 2009



Jeep and USA Basketball

The American car brand partners with the Basketball Men’s National Team
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Two American icons come together with the Jeep brand’s official partnership with USA Basketball. As a focal point of this partnership, the Jeep brand introduced its special edition model, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude featuring a new, more powerful V6 engine and customized interior and exterior design cues.

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Unified in their drive for excellence, the Jeep brand joins USA Basketball in rallying the “Power Within” as the National Teams endeavor to realize their dream. “The Jeep brand embodies the American spirit,” states Chris Paul, campaign spokesman and member of the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team. Paul appears in a partnership behind-the-scenes video series as well as a TV spot featuring the music of hip-hop artist, Common, giving voice to “a legendary vehicle supporting a legendary team.”

Launching the start of the exhibition season, the USA Basketball Men’s National Team hits the road on 5 July with the opening of training camp in Las Vegas. To celebrate the tour, the Jeep brand teamed up with acclaimed designer Jeff Staple to create the Believe Collection, featuring custom items (some limited to 25 pieces each), including an exclusive, handmade basketball by Leather Head and a basketball duffel bag designed by 3×1, handcrafted from American selvedge denim.

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3×1 also contributes a custom scarf that tops off a classic look along with the collection’s vintage inspired, limited edition Ft. Knox sunglasses by Knockaround. Combining timeless appeal with the latest in technology, the collection also includes custom editions of sleek Aviator Headphones by Skullcandy, custom protective iPad and iPhone cases from Uncommon and a Big Jambox, a hi-fi portable wireless speaker by Jawbone. Built NY contributes the Cargo Travel Organizer, a must-have case for keeping cords together while on the go.

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Each item captures the USA Basketball’s team pride with the iconic American flag logo and “When We all Believe” tag line that is designed to commemorate the belief we all have in a common goal as we support our team. Visit Jeep to enter to win a shot at the entire Jeep for USA Basketball Believe Collection.

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Partnering with USA Basketball to pave “the road to victory,” the Jeep brand upholds achievement and distinguishes itself as a leader in capability. Check out the Jeep High Altitude content series as it features interviews with profiles of influential designers, digital entrepreneurs and adventurers demonstrating the latest in edge, power and innovation.



Chances With Wolves’ 35 Summers Mixtape

NYC’s favorite DJ trio curates a special playlist for your 4th of July festivities
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Perpetually on the hunt for “overlooked, hauntingly beautiful music”, DJ trio Chances With Wolves has been serving NYC and beyond with a dose of carefully considered sounds since 2008. Their weekly East Village Radio program fills the airwaves with a thematic mix of obscure tracks that are sure to fire up any party or ignite a newfound interest in an old name.

To celebrate America’s independence this year, we asked Chances to create a sequence of songs that speak to that classic Fourth of July activity—firing up the grill. To kickstart your holiday brouhaha, check out their “35 Summers Mixtape“, which includes tracks like “Tokyo Boogaloo” by The Happening Four, Billy Stewart’s “Summertime”, “Yeah Yeah Baby” by Stranger & Patsy, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble’s “Spottie” and more. Catch them in the act tonight at ISA in Williamsburg where they will be playing with Cosmo Baker (The Rub) & Queen Majesty (Deadly Dragon Sounds) from 9pm on.



Whitney Biennial 2012

Four dynamic contemporary American artists

Now in its 76th year, the bi-annual compendium has gathered a new group of 51 contemporary artists to take over the museum through 27 May. While the focus on performance has become a central one in 2012, we found a group of four artists across different mediums—from sculpture, painting, film and living installation—each dynamic in their own right. Here, just a small selection of highlights from our walk through the Whitney Biennial.

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K8 Hardy

The multi-faceted multi-media artist behind the lesbian zine FashionFashion and the “feminist queer artists’ collective” LTTR presents a set of characteristically contemplative wall-mounted sculptures. The conversation around gender identity can grow noisy, but Hardy manages to cut through the chatter with a genuine, thoughtful perspective addressing fashion advertising. Besides her installations, which combine flashy and everyday products, and accessories like hair extensions oddly plucked out of context, Hardy will stage a runway show 20 May.

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Dawn Kasper

Turn a corner on the third floor and Dawn Kasper’s lilting voice—along with the whirring of a spinning tennis racket on a motorized stand—carries through the hushed gallery. In the spirit of Marina Abramovic‘s seemingly hot-again performance stylings, the LA-based artist brings her Nomadic Studio Practice Experiment to the Whitney for the duration of the Biennial. Living, working and interacting with museum-goers for three months turns her creative process into a real-time, interactive installation.

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George Kuchar

The venerable underground filmmaker passed away in September 2011, and the Biennial pays tribute with a series of screenings of his lauded Weather Diaries. In characteristic revelatory fashion, Kuchar’s Hi-8 films document the mundanity and anticipation of his yearly trips to the El Reno motel in “tornado-alley” Oklahoma.

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Nicole Eisenman

Nicole Eisenman’s installation dominates almost an entire room. The artist’s powerful and introspective portraits are deeply striking, instantly drawing the viewer in for a closer look. The work, which at times appears crude, instead offers deep insight into the human experience through shifting lines, wild expressive characters and a feeling of general chaos combined with melancholy detachment.



Threat: Name That Bat

Re-designed baseball bats at AmDC’s upcoming home invasion-themed show

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Just past 3 A.M. you hear an unwelcomed guest in your home. What do you grab to protect yourself? This was the question posed to 10 leading designers taking part in the American Design Club’s upcoming show Threat: Objects for Defense and Protection. Using a raw wood XBat baseball bat as a template, each designer reached deep into their imagination—or nightmares—to envision how they would respond to a home invasion.

The 10 resulting pieces represent a range of reactions. Jonah Takagi and Fort Standard go on the offensive with meat tenderizer-inspired bats, while Paul Loebach‘s ultra simplistic saw blade embedded bat seem equally aggressive. On the other hand, David Weeks‘ wooden rifle takes aim at a more design-driven defense.

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Matthew Bradshaw‘s molded bat features a sculpted handle formed to the nervous grasp of imaginary men, the stacked hands resembling the schoolyard competition of hand over hand. Harry Allen teamed with Swarovski crystal on a bat emblazoned with the phrase “namaste”, while Joe Doucet split his bat down the center with a blazing orange streak offering a warning of what’s to come.

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Now, AmDC has launched a fundraiser for the as-yet-untitled designs called “Name That Bat“. Donate $10 to submit a name online between now and the end of March. AmDC, along with the designers, will select final titles, and the winners will receive the bat they named.

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Threat: Objects for Defense and Protection runs only from 9-10 March 2012 at Brooklyn’s Present Company. Be sure to visit the website to check limited viewing schedule.

Photography by Kendall Mills



Martha Davis

The designer’s latest footwear collection with the Workshop Residence uses reclaimed materials from the Bay Area
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A long career in industrial design informs Martha Davis‘ footwear collection, which was first launched back in 2009. The multifaceted designer spent the last few months at San Francisco’s Workshop Residence, creating shoes by hand from custom steel shanks, vegetable-tanned leather and reclaimed wood from the Bay Area. Debuting today, the three new styles represent Davis’ embrace of natural materials and minimal fashion.

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Davis found her work straying away from objects for a time, as she moved into designing user interfaces for digital products. “That’s when I decided to go to Italy,” she says, feeling a need to make things once again. While she appreciates the traditional craftsmanship she learned abroad, the need to experiment eventually won out. “The Workshop Residence was an opportunity for me to really play around with stuff, and I’ve always been interested in natural materials and how to use things without disguising them.”

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Davis is the third participant of the Workshop Residence, an organization that provides makers from all walks with the space, funds and access necessary to realize their creations. “I think of the Workshop as being an incubator for makers and designers with Bay Area local manufacturers,” says Davis. Much of Davis’s work relies on the Workshop’s relationship with local manufacturers. For the steel shanks of her shoes, no local manufacturers could be found, so a local metalworker was called upon to custom build the pieces.

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All materials used in the collection were sourced locally. The uppers are made from thick, vegetable-tanned leather, and the wooden heels upcycled from a variety of sources. Davis used the remnants of forests burned by local wildfires, their charred character pairing nicely with the designer’s unfinished aesthetic. She also reached out to a San Francisco trolley repair shop for discarded wooden brakes, which are made from Douglas fir and disposed of after only a few days of use.

The shoes strike a balance between chic and utilitarian. “My approach is always fairly architectural,” explains Davis. “I don’t do a lot of decorating.” One of Davis’s more progressive creations has an elliptical heel that can be turned on its side to bring the height down by an inch.

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Martha Davis’s collection launches with an event tonight, 24 February, 2012 from 6-9pm at the Workshop Residence and is now available through their shop.

The Workshop Residence

833 22nd Street

San Francisco, CA 94107