Sundance 2010

By Tom Ran

Published: January 15, 2010 under Film

<i>I'm Here</i> by short by Spike Jonze that will premier at this year's Sundance Film Festival

Photo: Spike Jonze

For years we’ve admired the Sundance Film Festival from a distance, reading all the highlights but never having the chance to attend. Well readers… this year’s no different. Sundance starts next Thursday and we’ll be keeping track of the progress from the web, then waiting eight months for the films to be released. But we’re already excited about some of the movies in and out of competition including Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Howl, Hesher, and Spike Jonze’s short I’m Here.

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Randomness 01.14.10

By Tom Ran

Published: January 14, 2010 under Randomness

Tilda Swinton in Ryan McGinley’s Pringle of Scotland Film

Photo: Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley directs his first film for Pringle of Scotland staring Tilda Swinton. McGinley will also be shooting the campaign.

The inaugural show at THIS Gallery in Los Angeles includes everyone under the sun. Opens February 12th.

Will have to make a visit to the vintage shop, DEAR:Rivington+ in the Lower East Side.

Ever want to open your own store? Well Kill Devil Hill is giving you the opportunity to. They have vacated their space in Greenpoint and are offering you the chance to open a pop up shop of your own. (via Racked)

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Berea College Crafts

By Tom Ran

Published: January 13, 2010 under Handmade

Right: Various handmade brooms Left: Skittles Game

Photo: Berea College

In the small town of Berea, Kentucky resides a liberal arts college known for it’s unorthodox methods of operation. Though the college was founded in 1855, it’s socially and environmentally conscious approach are quite progressive. Housing includes an Ecovillage comprising of 50 apartments with an emphasis on sustainability. Tuition is completely free, students are however required to work 10 hours a week. Work that include producing crafts using traditional techniques dating back to the history of the region. Woodcraft, weaving and ceramics are all part of the duties, producing products that are then sold to the public. We have a great appreciation for their handcrafted items, even something as simple as a broom can be so profound to us. Learn more about Berea College and visit their shop.

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Deitch Projects 1996-2010

By Tom Ran

Published: January 12, 2010 under Art

Deitch Projects

Photo: Deitch Projects

When we first read that Jeffrey Deitch was appointed the director of LA MOCA yesterday, we thought about the influence he would hold on both coasts, channeling his independent spirit into an institution that is MOCA. Then it was announced that because of this move, his galleries will cease its operations, ending fifteen years of business. In 2001, Deitch was able to continue what Alleged started, after the closing of Aaron Rose’s seminal gallery. He brought many of Alleged’s artist to a bigger and brighter stage, that in turn propelled their careers. With the departure of Deitch Projects a vacancy in the downtown art scene will be apparent. His spectacular openings were always memorable, expanding beyond the visual and exploring the aural and experiential through performances. Deitch Projects is reported to close on June 1st, the day Jeffrey Deitch is expected to assume his role. Our loss is MOCA’s gain, it will be interesting to see how he will shake up the traditional art world.

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By Tom Ran

Published: January 11, 2010 under Art

Ingo Giezendanner (Grrrr) at the Swiss Institute Contemporary Art

Photo: Swiss Institute Contemporary Art

Some choose to document their travels in writing while others in photography. For Ingo Giezendanner, also known as GRRRR, his choice is in pen and paper. He painstakingly illustrates the urban environments he passes through with meticulous detail – down to the gravel in-between the train tracks. Over the summer, Giezendanner traveled by train from his home of Zurich to Baku, Azerbaijan, observing the landscape and chronicling the different locales. The Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art has invited Giezendanner to exhibit his journey, arranging the illustrations in the order in which he took his trip, starting from Switzerland and ending in Azerbeidjan. Nieves has also publish this voyage with a new book titled Baku & Back. Ingo Giezendanner’s illustrations are on view now till February 13 at the Swiss Institute.

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Randomness 01.07.10

By Tom Ran

Published: January 7, 2010 under Randomness

"Drifting", 30"x40", acrylic on panel, 2009

Photo: Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes and Saelee Oh at Jonathan Levine Gallery. Opening reception next Saturday, Jan 16th, 7—9pm.

Opening Ceremony to open the ultimate gift shop inside the Ace Hotel that will include a McSweeney’s bookshop.

Studio visit to Peter Buchanan-Smith’s Best Made Axe Company.

We’re always intrigued by the way people live and work. “Where They Create” satisfies that fascination. Paul Barbera’s site documents the interiors of different creatives from around the world. (via @designunseen)

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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What’s In Store? – Outlier

By Andrew Craig
Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s conceptions is a testament to the uniquely serendipitous moments that life sometimes offers. Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens wanted to design a new breed of functional, smartly…

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