I found myself walking through a hotel made out of hand painted cardboard. Every room is filled with an incredible amount of detail, hinting at the type of guest staying there. If you keep your eyes open you might spot a gun, or drugs, fancy little slippers, a phonograph, a box of chocolates, matches, cat food, and a multitude of other objects revealing stories. Walking through the hotel lobby, guest rooms, hallway and bar felt like walking within a series of drawings. A funny mix of fantasy and reality settles in as all the objects are so familiar yet, completely fictional. The walls separating the rooms are paper thin, giving the exhibit it’s title.
Zoey Taylor and David Connelly (members of Dosshaus), are part of the exhibit — literally. Zoey was sitting on the floor, leaning against the bed in room 101, writing in a journal. Behind her, a suitcase full of cash. David was lying face down by a film camera in room 105. Not far from him, a desk with RX pill bottles and several alarm clocks.
The detail and the innumerable amount of items in the hotel was humorous. Entire personalities were whipped up from common “stuff”. Every item relatable to anyone yet, the combination of said items set characters apart. We categorize each other and identify through the things we display. We surround ourselves with stuff, in a constant attempt to voice our identities. Whether what we come up with is real or fictional remains ambiguous.
If you haven’t seen the “Paper Thin Hotel” yet, it’s definitely worth a stroll before the show ends.
The beauty about Los Angeles is that the minute you look at the city’s calendar, there is definitely something going on. This Saturday I attended the opening of Heather Cook’s exhibit, “1D 5L 2D 6L 3D 7L 4D 8L 5D 1L 6D 2L 7D 3L 8D 4L” at the Praz-Delavallade gallery.
Two series of woven work was presented throughout three rooms. You are first presented with Cook’s Shadow Weaves and then lead to see the Weaving Drafts. The compositions are made out of yarn. The yarn is painted with acrylic before being woven together, creating a picture in which the image lives within the canvas as opposed to on the surface.
While standing in front of one of the huge woven creations and letting myself drown in the complex graphic imagery created by the weave, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own line of work.
There is a certain presence of chance in all finished work. The process of planning followed by building will be inevitably altered by interference. This sort of distortion that happens in the creation of every project is why shaping an idea into form is addicting and forever drives a creative mind to design.
If you have a free afternoon, stop by the Praz-Delavallade
The Heather Cook exhibit will be displayed until June 16th.
Creativity comes from the world around us. Dallas, talented 3D generalist proves it through his awesome work and inspiring lifestyle.
Dallas Holloway on his Los Angeles sailboat, Emily Lynn
After a couple of back to back Wednesday meetings, I got to detach myself from the ground beneath my feet. I went out on a sailing adventure with my good friend and colleague Dallas Holloway on the coast of San Pedro, CA. We talked design, shared freelance experience, and philosophized about the motion industry. All this while catching incredible views of dolphin packs, grey whale blows, seagull dives, and barking seals.
Throughout the years I’ve known Dallas, I have seen him seamlessly juggle his busy freelance life with family, friends, music projects, and sailing. His ability to never lose touch with the physical world around him is what makes him so great in the virtual worlds he creates.
Dallas is an extremely talented 3D artist with a passion for outer space and sailing. He freelances between Los Angeles and Wichita. He is one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with. He is fast, organized, has an answer for almost any 3D question — and if he doesn’t, he’ll figure it out in no time. Besides all this, he is also just a good person. If you ever have a chance of working with this guy, do it! Check out his work at dallasholloway.com
I got to steer the wheel. The happiness was out of control.
Dolphins! And check out that tuna splashing in the background.
By the time we got back, it was dark. Here’s a view of San Pedro Marina.
Giorgia Romiti is a talented photographer and passionate world traveller. Our love for adventure and its necessity for our work is something we have in common. Giorgia writes a fascinating blog about her traveling experiences and inspirations. Her recent blog post features some of the work I have done and the integration of traveling in my professional thought process. If you speak Italian, read this insightful and inspiring article on her Love Live Wander blog. If Italian is not your forte, please do yourself a favor and check out her photography on her official website, giorgiaromiti.it. I promise you’ll be impressed!