Archive for December, 2008

Creating Generation Soft

Posted in Aesthetic Experience on December 31, 2008 by horseandbuggypress

 

This little gem came in the gas bill the other day.

 

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Whatever happened to kids playing outside?

And a gas log fireplace?!?

That is a major AP violation. The Aesthetic Police does not approve and doth issue tickets for this kind of offense. “Throw those video games in the trash and get your ass outside kids!”

Yeah, I know this is just some propaganda from the gas company, but this sadly seems to increasingly be how much of 21st century America lives.

Today’s post brought to you by guest columnist Ole Man McCloud.

Behind the Typeface…

Posted in Design, Typography on December 30, 2008 by horseandbuggypress

Behind the Typeface with Cooper Black Video Clip

Seven minutes, informative and illustrative in its typographic history, quietly funny in its delivery. Really hits a nice stride in the middle. Many thanks to my sister-in-law Angela for directing me to this.

Exhibition Catalogue in Process

Posted in Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Horse & Buggy Press project on December 22, 2008 by horseandbuggypress

I’m working on a catalogue for Thomas Sayre’s upcoming exhibit at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. The opening reception is Thursday Jan 22.

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There was a halfway decent N&O article in Sunday’s paper about Thomas’s earthcasting sculptures.

The show at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design will be more than fully decent and is slated to include vessels created especially for this exhibition, as well as paintings made after an inspiring visit to Colorado. This trip and subsequent experiments by Thomas resulted in a new process of creating imagery (visitors to the new Raleigh convention center may have seen one of these large scale Aspen paintings.)

Working on the catalogue has been pretty great. In large part, because of Roger Manley’s terrific essay that really delves into the person behind the artifacts and finished pieces and explores the why’s of making things.
The essay also does a great job of tracing the trajectory of an artist through their life, changes, realizations, and development. Many catalogues end up being merely an assemblage of images with captions and a rudimentary essay where one person pontificates on the meaning of the finished work. Thankfully, the Gregg is a place where you can count on not only a well curated show, but a catalogue that will still be interesting to read ten years down the line and be far more than extended captions and pseudo-intellectual masturbation.

Roger has woven some great quotes into his essay and this also creates a sense of overlapping narratives to absorb and feed into each other….

I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.—Thomas Edison

Architecture versus art is somewhat like sonnets versus free verse. Is one activity more creative than the other, simply because it has fewer restrictions? I don’t think so.—Thomas Sayre

I’m trying to ensure this will be a catalogue where the text and visual narratives will actually drive each other and come together in a holistic fashion as opposed to merely residing next to each other. This is where publication design projects are fun. Figuring out how to have the content feed into the form of the piece, and thinking about the experiential aspect of reading the catalogue, and considering the second and third readings as much as the first all encompassing glance and flip.
The fixed parameter of two page spreads means there is an element of time and pacing to be considered as a design tool. And this time measure and page flip does different things on different types of reads.

Another spread below in progress. We are likely going to use a relatively new typeface called Dolly. It actually came out in 2001 but I just purchased it and this is the first time I’ll be using it. The typeface came with a lil type specimen printed book with the story of how the shop dog is whom the typeface was named after.

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One of the the nice things about this typeface is it is a lower contrast serif book face, and semi-heaviyish. It lays down a fair amount of color when used as a text block. This means it looks good and will be easier to read. (In a high contrast typeface the thins would be quite thin and often be wimpy, this tends to look like crap and makes reading less than pleasurable). In the old days when letterpress was the printing method used the thins tended to thicken up a lil bit inevtiably due to the slight impression of letterpress printing. Nowadays, offset is how books are printed and we don’t get that thickening up of the strokes (and a few years ago when many design files began running straight to plate instead of going to film then plate we lost another bit of thickness/weight/color). Okay enough type primer.

See you at the reception. Maybe if enough people holler at the NC DOT and our local governments there will be a passenger light rail line in our lifetime and we can shoot the shit on the way to a cultural event at NC State?

Dare to dream… but in the meantime find some official and make some noise.

Do you really want $918 million of North Carolina’s share of the upcoming infrastructure bill to go to the 540 Outer Loop? I sure as hell don’t.

Miller Time, part two

Posted in Aesthetic Experience on December 20, 2008 by horseandbuggypress

Corner of Main & Forgotten

Posted in Durham on December 18, 2008 by horseandbuggypress

What’s wrong with this picture?

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As Morris Day likes to say….

” W H A T   T I M E   I S   I T  ? ! ? “

In downtown Durham apparently it is 6:51. For good.

Come on y’all, do the bird.

If a building has a clock, shouldn’t that clock work?

Really what does it say about your downtown when you roll up to a major Five Points intersection and you see a broken clock and…
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well luckily this is Downtown Durham. so if you just turn your head a bit, walk a few steps, you can find another clock…
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…that doesn’t work either.

Guess who owns the Five Points building? The city.

There used to be a good African restaurant here called Safari. (a good lunch for 6 bucks that filled you up was entirely possible). They “left” 2 years ago I think, and the city has neither brought the building up to code (I believe, but am not sure, the city inspectors forced Safari out, the same city that wouldn’t fix the building up) or found a new tenant for the corner space. (anyone have updates or more precise info?)

They did however do some spruce up work to the windows recently.
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I believe everyone already knows Durham has a baseball team. What good does throwing up some pixellated images of a ballgame do? That is not helping matters.
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Fix the building, or find a tenant and give them an upfit budget, or sell the building to someone who will. The “Find your cool” booster posters are an eyesore and insult. Now that they have been up for a few months they are stale too. Lame.

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Thankfully some of the other spaces in this building DO have tenants. Friendly folks at the both of them. I’ve got a pair of pants at the tailors now, and the convenience store comes in handy on the afternoon walk. You can get a 24 oz. of Sierra Nevada for $2.99 too if you feel the need. That’ll work.

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Friends: Kevin Peterson

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Art, Friends on December 16, 2008 by horseandbuggypress

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“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

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Kevin Peterson and I got to know each other at the School of Design in the early 90s (back when you could get down under the campus to explore the steam tunnels and smoke. . . cigarettes . . . without anyone catching you). He’s been working at the Bronx Botanical Gardens for more than a few years now doing just about everything under the sun.

He gets to work outside, build exhibits, tend the gardens, and do other creative work that demands a variety of hands-on skills and quick thinking (Meaning, in today’s world, he gets paid Jack Squat while a few miles south Joe Stockbrocker is getting bailed out while out on his two martini lunch)

Recently Kevin built a pretty magical installation and you can read about the process here on the NYBG blog. Gingerbread Town

juice4Kevin is a wonderfully strange guy (that is a good thing) and incredibly talented (painting, metalwork, music). You might recognize this painting of his from the first BCAC foyer gallery exhibit we had back in spring 2006. More of his work can be found here at the Kevin Peterson website

30 seconds of winter

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Bikes/Cycling on December 15, 2008 by horseandbuggypress

 

More Errol Morris clips here

Furnee (AKA the wife) particularly likes “Duct Tape.”