Saturday, October 31, 2009

Daily Book Graphics #241 / Birds of the West African Town & Garden

This is the third, and sadly last, book I own in the West African Nature Handbooks series. I previously posted from West African Snakes in DBG #11 and Small West African Mammals in DBG #76. Illustrations: Ernest C. Mansell / ©1960

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Big Rigs

We live just a block away from The Peace Bridge (between the U.S. and Canada), so we often see strange things passing by on trucks. This appears to be part of the shaft of a windmill.

Daily Book Graphics #237 / Limits to Medicine


UpArt/Rooms of Wonder at the Gladstone

I was in Toronto last week from Tuesday to Sunday participating in UpArt at the Gladstone Hotel. I was there thanks to Hallwalls and John Massier who curated me into the show. The Gladstone is a boutique Hotel that uses its second floor exclusively for art installations and exhibits. I've been to a number of really cool art and design shows there over the last couple of years. I re staged my Abandoned House/Decay Community/Secondary Occupants Collected & Observed that was part of the Ecologies of Decay show that just ended in Buffalo. I had a much smaller space in which to intstall, but I was happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately, despite being part of the Toronto Art Fair, attendance was lower than everyone expected. The weather played a part, it rained from Wednesday until Saturday, and on Friday night, just as the big opening party was about to start there was a blackout that lasted for an hour. But a good number of people passed through the space, and there seemed to be a lot of enthusiasm for the work. It was also nice to spend time in Toronto, I took my bike with me which was really liberating. Normally when we go up we basically trudge up and down Queen St. but this time I got to see a lot more of the city.

The real show stopper was Cologne based artist Achim Zeman's installation in the foyer/hallway

Achim Zeman

Hallwalls curator John Massier and artist Jennie Suddick having a conversation during the blackout.

Drinks by flashlight

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

UpArt at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto

I'm headed up to Toronto in an hour to participate in UpArt: Rooms of Wonder at the Gladstone Hotel. I'll be taking the installation I did for Ecologies of Decay and re-staging it in a hotel room, a fairly large hotel room, but still, it is bound to be a very different installation. More later.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Daily Book Graphics #232 / The Big Ones

This a middle school reader from 1969. It has stories about athletes, war heroes and musicians.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Kingdom of the Spiders

A little while a ago a friend gave me the DVD of William Shatner's 1977 movie Kingdom of the Spiders (my interest in spiders here.) I finally got around to watching it last night. I can't say it's a great movie, (actually pretty anti-climactic) but it does have a lot of classic Shatner overacting. The original poster for the film is amazing, I think I need to own it.

Daily Book Graphics #231 / The Meaning of the 20th Century

©1965 / Cover Design by Ronald Clyne. Clyne was the art director for Folkways Records from 1951 to 1981. I just took a quick look to see if there was a good collection of his work online, the best I could find was the web page for a retrospective from New Zealand in 2007: here. I have been disappointed to find, through doing this project, that there are a lot of great designers from the mid century period that have a negligible web presence. I'm thinking particularly of John+Mary Condon, Rudolph De Harak, Fred Troller and Davis/Aviles. The AIGA archives are helpful but low on content. I guess I should start Flickr groups for these designers and see if we could collectively make something happen.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Daily Book Graphics #229 / Designing with Type

©1971. This didn't quite fit on the scanner, it actually extends a quarter inch or so to the right.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Daily Book Graphics #227 / The Adventurers

In a strange way I really like this photo collage style. 37th printing, July 1973. Designer: Lockhart / Photo: Ivan Nagy