skate moss

jeff gaudinet’s accidental idea transformed into a great site.  if nothing else, at least these are beautiful and seeping with originality.  the rest can be seen here. thanks to the beautiful k for the find. by sv

moonrise kingdom, an ethereal place

perhaps i am biased, but considering the amount of garbage that is forced upon us these days, wes anderson is a persistent and glorious breath of fresh air.  i was fortunate enough to see ‘moonrise kingdom’ this past weekend, and combining the effortless style and wit of all his other movies, i truly think he has perfected his craft with this one.  taking the elements of detail to an entirely new level and juxtaposing them with an unforgettable cast, anderson proves that he is truly a cinephile’s hero.  despite the wondrous performances of big name actors, suzy and sam, the star-crossed lovers and protagonists outshine all others on the screen. played by kara hayward (a pubescent margot tenenbaum) and jared gilman (a hemingway-esque noble young man) you are completely drawn to their love, its genuine intent and post-modernist determinism.  there is the languid air of an orphaned child and parental issues as in all other anderson films, but this is positively delightful.  and if you have a soul, you will want to see it immediately. by sv

hanging by a thread: incredible “drawings”

on view at the kunstgaleriebonn gallery in bonn from june 6th to july 20, 2012

detail:  the lines are actually thread glued down one at a time

“the thread has been adhered to the paper. the second layer… is adhered to the paper… at the intersections.”

incredible detail “drawing” by hadi tabatabi. that is if you can call them drawings, granted they are included in the sally & waynn kramarsky epic works-on-paper collection next to richard tuttle, robert smithson, jasper johns, eva hesse, donald judd, richard serra, john cage, and on and on. this new series is constructed with thread, a common material used by the artist in past work, but never in this manner… “in this new work there are two layers of thread. one layer sits directly on the paper, and the whole length of the thread has been adhered to the paper. the second layer which is perpendicular to the first layer sits on top of the first layer and is adhered to the paper only at the ends and to the first layer thread at the intersections.” this kind of patience and detail is something of an anomaly in our time, and that is exactly why i love this work. of course, nothing is like seeing these up-close. i bought a piece last year in new york from the danese gallery. if you are in germany in june/july check out the show “papier/paper III” at the kunstgaleriebonn, in bonn june 6th to july 20, and at the denese again in new york, june 14 through august 17. by wk

NSU Motorenwerke: NSU RO-80 suspiciously early audi looking

NSU motorenweke RO 80

1970’s audi 100GLaudio R8 advertising (history) i’m not seeing the NSU?

well it is… NSU was a lesser known german company founded in 1873 and eventually acquired by the VW group in 1969 who merged it with auto union and evolved it into audi and that answers the resemblance. it was a new discovery for me. by dd

She’s Electric by Santiago and Mauricio

the sierra brothers grew up in the ’80’s, can you tell?  drawing inspiration from japanese anime, atari video games and disneyland’s space mountain attraction has combined to create a pretty impressive beauty video featuring looks by makeup artist romy soleimani. this is glossier and more than a smidgen more techno than my taste generally runs, but i can’t help but be drawn by their ability to create velocity out of almost nothing in post. slick. by kl


when i was a little girl, i would make my mother take me to the eye doctor every year in hopes that i would need to get glasses. that strange desire is still there, and seeing these amazing ksubi sigma outlined frames has brought all those memories rushing back. it’s been a few years of optical abuse… maybe, hopefully, now is the time. the frames are not available yet, but you can reserve your pair hereby kl