Art Chicago was held at the Merchandise Mart this past weekend. Even though it was much smaller than last year, I still had a great time. The “optical illusion American flag” and “Recycled Face” were my two favorites this year. Check out the full gallery below. Click on any of the photos to see them full size. You can also see the full Art Chicago gallery.
Check out this insanely cool animation from James Jarvis. Entitled “Onwards,”it sees one of Jarvis’s iconic ‘potato-headed’ characters stretching before running through his hand drawn landscape. Animated by Richard Kenworthy. Read more about the animation on James’ blog.
What does all the stuff you own say about you, and do you really need any of it in the first place? That is a central question in Objectified, a new documentary from Gary Hustwit, the director of Helvetica. I saw the Chicago screening tonight and was blown away.
The director says the term objectified has two meanings. “One is ‘to be treated with the status of a mere object.’ But the other is ‘something abstract expressed in a concrete form,’ as in the way a sculpture objectifies an artist’s thoughts. It’s the act of transforming creative thought into a tangible object, which is what designers in this film do every day. Continue reading →