Chicago

A New Take on Mid-Century Modern Influences.

I’ve always had a soft spot for well designed, well made, high quality ceramic tableware. The same thing holds true for Chicago artist Mary Laskey’s copper enamelware with their deep rich hues, and beautiful organic contemporary patterns. Inspired by midcentury modern table settings her work is refined, fresh, and instantly classic. It looks like right now she is only selling her jewelry online, but hopefully that will change. Especially when you take a look at the breadth of her work here.

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Chicago. Five Great Buildings.

Here is a nice little animated short that features five iconic pieces of architecture from the Chicago skyline. Designed and animated by Al Boardman, this minute and a half video put a smile on my face. The animation features great timing, a subtle yet effective color pallet, a simple illustration style, and nothing to take away from the form and detail of what makes the building standout in the Chicago skyline.

Joshua Harker, Kickstarter and the Arts.

Chicago based artist Joshua Harker is a sculpture that uses 3D printing techniques to create his works. Working with Shapeways printers he literally grows his complex art from powder, after creating the original master file is a 3D program on his computer.

skulls

 

I know that many people are going to say this isn’t “Art” for any number of reasons. I for one think it is. The man is creating unique works that require skills and tools that are beyond what most of us can create. As a former print maker and digital designer I have no issue with Harker making editions of his work. Frankly I’m really happy to see someone making something in the art world that requires a high level of skill and process.

His latest endeavor on KickStarter is a follow up to the 1 most funded Sculpture project in Kickstarter history. Anatomica di Revolutis is a highly detailed mechanical sculpture that in the artists words;

“Anatomica di Revolutis” (loosely intended to mean “Anatomy of the Revolution”). Each component is designed to assemble together to present a larger narrative about the developing 3rd Industrial Revolution. The fully assembled sculpture features all 3 pieces & symbolizes liberty & prosperity through an empowered participatory populace.”

His goal was just $500.00. To date he has $30,789. Not bad for just 3 weeks of live funding. I think this is great. I’d love to see more artists funded by Kickstarter, no matter what their medium, or how they promote themselves.

36+mpg

Yesterday I made the trek from Kansas City to Chicago land via the highways and byways of Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois. As we motored North and East, the cost of gas crept up  slowly topping out at $4.45 a gallon on the South side of Chicago.

The good thing is, my MINI was rocking the mileage at 36+ per gallon the whole trip. I set the cruise at 75, let the car roll and watched the miles go by. While I didn’t get 36 plus the whole time the lowest average my dash board read out gave me was 35.1 which isn’t that bad when you consider how hilly I-80 is in Iowa, and the fact that I was going faster than the gas sipping sweet spot of 65 miles per hour.

Stopped behind a truck on I-80 in Illinois. So much construction hampered my mileage with frequent stops.