Randomness 12.11.09

By Tom Ran

Published: December 11, 2009 under Randomness

<i>One Deck of Playing Cards</i> by Tauba Auerbach

Photo: DZEK New York

Tauba Auerbach recently designed a deck of playing cards for DZEK New York. The set is elegantly housed in a linen slipcase. Only 250 produced One Deck of Playing Cards is available at Project No. 8.

It seems that an Ace in Tokyo is inevitable. We can see it being extremely successful in this metropolis. Until then, Tokyo can get a taste of the brand with their pop up shop at Isetan. Prints by Evan Hecox, products from Rudy’s, shoes from Generic Surplus, and other collaborations are all represented at the shop. (Photo after the jump)

We’ve been meaning to do a profile on Grahame Fowler and his West Village shop. The Cut went ahead and did it for us. Read the interview here.

Yes it’s the end of the year, and an end to a decade. New York Times presents it’s Ninth Annual Year In Ideas.

Private spaces are turned into public galleries. The NY Times explore the city’s many domicile art spaces.

More photos after the jump.

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Michael Johansson

By Tom Ran

Published: December 10, 2009 under Art

Garden Pack, 2008

Photo: Michael Johansson

The current issue of DAMNation has an article on Michael Johansson, a Swedish artist using ordinary objects to create extraordinary works of art. Chaos is transformed into order while the mundane is turned into a thing of beauty. Johansson explores these contradictions by gathering objects and arranging them to color and perfectly interlocking them into place. While many of his sculptures are compact and unified others take on an opposite approach. Broken into pieces and positioned into 1:1 scaled model pieces, it shows a restraint opposition to the compact sculptures. One of the better examples of this is his 1998 sculpture, TOYS’R’US, where components from a life size row boat is held together in one piece. More photos of his other works after the jump. (via Ignant)

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By Tom Ran

Published: December 9, 2009 under Retail

Judith Auora Ryan from "Clairvoyant"

Photo: Subports

We share your pain in finding the perfect gift, especially how you have only two weeks left to shop. If you need some assistance, you may want to consider “Clairvoyant.” A pop up shop opening this Thursday in Williamsburg hosted by Judith Auora Ryan, a psychic ready to offer a helping hand at finding a gift for that special person in your life. Culled from a selection of items from designers and shops that include Alter, Kiosk, Cabinet Magazine, In God We Trust, Other Music and others, it’s guaranteed that the gift she selects will be better than the set of steak knives you gave away last year. “Clairvoyant” opens December 10 to the 12th from noon to 10pm at 303 Grand Street in Brooklyn.

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Herriott Grace

By Tom Ran

Published: December 8, 2009 under Handmade

Herriott Grace baby spoons made from black walnut

Photo: Herriott Grace

A spoon is just a spoon and nothing more. A Herriott Grace spoon on the other hand is a functional piece of art where its beauty supersedes its purpose. Nikole Herriott started her business with her father after receiving care packages that included hand-carved spoons. Her understanding and appreciation of the craft prompted her to launch this venture. Herriott Grace is exclusively sold online, offered in its catalog are spoons, bowls, plates, boards and rolling pins, all hand-carved and hand-turned by her father, Lance Herriott. Many of the items are sold out, however the site will be updated again today at 10am EST. Thank you Kelly for the lead.

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The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

By Tom Ran

Published: December 7, 2009 under Art

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield Connecticut

Photo: Peter Arron/Esto

Just over an hour north of Manhattan in the small town of Ridgefield, Connecticut situates a museum set against an idyllic backdrop. Founded in 1964, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is know for exhibiting emerging and established artists. Past exhibits include, Tom Sachs, Charlie White, Robert Lazzarini, and group shows that included Phil Frost, Barry McGee, and David Ellis. In 2003 the museum underwent an extensive expansion. Face with the difficult task of designing a contemporary museum within a historical district, the architects, TappĂ© Associates, were able to harmonize the museum’s design with its landscape. Looking ahead to next year, the schedule will include a simultaneous exhibition with Fritz Haeg of Edible Estate fame and Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS.

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By Tom Ran

Published: December 4, 2009 under Media

Aaron Rose's <i>Don't Move Here</i> a documentary on Portland's independent music scene.

Photo: Aaron Rose

Since 2001, Portland based advertising agency, Wieden and Kennedy has been producing television shows and films from their subsidiary division W+K Entertainment. Through the years it’s changed its focus to producing original shows on arts and culture, separating itself from client based work. This transition also brought them to the web, serving all its content online. Earlier this fall the division relaunched with guidance from Aaron Rose renaming itself to WKE, presenting audio and video content that will rival any cable art channel. First to appear is DIY America, from the producers of Beautiful Losers and Rose’s documentary on Portland’s thriving independent music scene, titled Don’t Move Here. Other shows will follow including Califunya, How To! and 12.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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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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