Design

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

The very first thing you see when visiting Stefan Stagmeister’s “The Happy Show” at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center is wall text boldly declaring: “THIS EXHIBITION WILL NOT MAKE YOU HAPPIER.” While the text may seem like a cheeky and sarcastic pre-summarization of the content, Stagmeister sets the stage for his internal conflicts.  The information presented on the walls ranges from dry, yet poignant data, to[.....]

The Art Fair Boyfriend or How I Survived Frieze Week and Learned to Love the Fair

Hugh Mendes, Obama Lama at The Future Can Wait

It’s autumn in London – the sun-dappled days at Hyde Park become distant memories as my brief trip back to California enters my rear view. The temperature drops, the leopard-print bikini begins its hibernation, and I stock up on Wolford tights again. The droves of art world professionals have returned from their envy-inducing Facebook check-ins in Saint-Tropez and Positano to the sudden realisation that Frieze week is[.....]

We Like STATIC

Static, Luxury Vandals MMXI, 2011. Five color screen print , 220 gsm Mirriboard, 46 x 46 cm. Edition: 35 (per color variant).

Long entrenched in British literary tradition, parody, pastiche and caricature have, more recently, been revived in contemporary British urban art. Street artist Banksy’s foray into social criticism of war, art world commercialism and totalitarianism (just to name a few) or Mau Mau’s sprawling colourful murals, elaborately scrawled on public surfaces are such notable instances of irreverent commentaries that satirise and caricaturise. A more domestic, less[.....]

Fan Mail: Mathew Zefeldt

Mathew Zefeldt, Cube Painting.

For this edition of Fan Mail, Mathew Zefeldt of Vallejo, California has been selected from our worthy reader submissions. Two artists are featured each month—the next one could be you! If you would like to be considered, please submit your website link to info@dailyserving.com with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line. Dripping paint shows us that paint is there. Love of paint often draws in[.....]

This Space is Mine, Again

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This was originally published as part of DailyServing’s week-long FORCE OF FAILURE in March 2011. Then, MOCA had opened a show of Rodarte’s Black Swan costumes that coincided with the Oscars and Fashion Weeks around the world, and L.A. performance artist Dawn Kasper had just done a performance in which she revisited Vito Acconci’s 1971 Claim performance. Since Autumn/Winter collections have just debuted in London,[.....]

The Curtain Call

Summer tends to be a time of spectacle in London – massive installations, blockbuster shows, international festivals and grand theatrical events. With smaller galleries closed and many leaving for a break from the claustrophobic city and intellectual rigour, the spectacle is relied upon to attract the attention of the audience who remain. Israeli designer Ron Arad’s massive undertaking at the Roundhouse, aptly titled Curtain Call,[.....]

Interview with Glenn Adamson

Today’s interview is from our friends at Art Practical, where Bean Gilsdorf gets a chance to chat with Glenn Adamson, deputy head of research and head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate program in the History of Design. My interest in Glenn Adamson’s work began in 2006 with his essay “Handy-Crafts: A Doctrine,” which is included in[.....]