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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ivan Lopez has a Kickstarter project; Colorful Power Animals 2014 Collection! Please support him!

Ivan has been honing his style and has a very beautiful vision and product. Please support our alum and ID grad for this ambitious project. The video is really wonderful - so honest and sincere, just like his work. Check out the Vimeo piece he did - paint poetry is a beautiful concept and very well executed.

From his page:
"I LOVE TO PAINT! For the past five years I have focused on mastering the craft of hand painted apparel, including hoodies, dresses, T-shirts and lions, oh my! I have developed a technique in creating a great looking piece with original artwork & also a garments that can withstand the brutal washer and dryer. 

Each piece is one of a kind and made to order. No two garments are identical and each is carefully planed out with attention to size and color selection. Every piece will be painted on an American Apparel sweatshop-free blank. In order to make this 2014 collection possible, each garment is developed with an underlining image that is drawn in by hand. These are long lasting works of art that you can wear for life. "
Please support Ivan and send this link to those you know! He can use our support! click the image above or link below to get to his support page! Congrats Ivan!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Chrissy Angliker

Chrissy Angliker - 2013 Fall shows part 2!!
Superchief Gallery Solo show.


Check out the write up:

and she notes in an email invite:

Dear Friends, 


You are cordially invited to my upcoming solo show, "Bubblegum Nude is out of Town", at Superchief Gallery in the Lower East Side. <3 div="">

It's been a hot  minute since I've shown in NYC, 'cause Europe kept me on my toes. I am incredibly excited to be back with a show in the hood! 

Please come join me on opening night:
Thursday 14 November, 6pm-10pm.

Attached is the invite and additional info. 

Read a review on REFINERY29 for this upcoming show and recent work, here:

For further info (and a sneak peek of some featured works), check out my website: 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Isaac Lubow & Soma Helmi

What has Isaac Lubow been doing since we saw him at Pratt? 
(See the previous posting on Isaac for more history) 
Living in Indonesia, working hard as a Web/Creative/Graphic designer & writer, with Soma Helmi, filmmaker.
his website: http://isaaclubow.com - very sweet work.

and just because this made me spit my coffee across the room with joy when I saw it;
a young but already fully knowing - see the eyes - Lubow. Whom I may remember passing on the streets in LES before I even knew him.

From the facebook posting if you missed it:

These winning pair were on their way to London to receive yet another award for a television commercial they made. Just in 2013 alone, they have traveled to Sydney and Cannes to receive awards for filmmaking. They had a 7-hour layover in KLIA from Denpasar and I was very excited to take them out for a good stuffing. Glad to say that they are pretty efficient at demolishing the porky feast the restaurant laid out in front of us. I introduced them to BKT in my mafia neighbourhood, then we went to the supermarket to get some fish for the cat before chilling out at : poesy's art studio : till it was time to shuttle them off to KLIA express.

Soma Helmi Filmmaker did the trailer for Bald Empathy Movement in 2010, while Isaac Lubow, her writer boyfriend hailing from Brooklyn, has been writing for her projects. Together they have been nominated and won quite a number of MOFILM awards for a string for international brand giants. So proud of them

here is the trailer: 

I would so much like to hear more from this kind and gentle man, sensitive artist, whom I remember so fondly! Congrats Isaac!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Victor Monserrate - BBC and more

Victor Monserrate has been very busy. I've been meaning to post his success with the "Ingenio"
a project that was completed as part of his studies during a  double master's of Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College.
It's not often that a thesis is recognized by an international news agency like the BBC! Here is the link:


It's wonderful to see his innovative aesthetic combined with a lovely balance of practicality and compassionate vision.
Here is the link to his website: www.vmdesign.org

and from his bio on his site:

Victor Monserrate is an industrial designer, native to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.  Post graduating from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn,NY,  he moved to Brazil and interned with design superstars, the Campana Brothers.
        Upon his return to Puerto Rico, Victor established the VM design studio where he designs and fabricates the vast majority of his pieces. His Kanutos chairs have been featured on many websites including NotCot and Kanye West . His work has also been exhibited at the Pratt Show in NYC, BBC News, The L.A. Times,The Circa Art Fair in San Juan, and the Shanghai Contemporary Art  Expo, WANTED/ ICFF in New York, and 100% Design London.
       His work usually arises from the desire to tame a process or  material.  The result is a functional and modern cleanliness that refuses to forget it's tropical roots , even from foggy London where Victor has recently finished a double master's of Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College.

Congratulations Victor!! So proud of you!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Chrissy Angliker - Painting her heart out!

Chrissy Angliker has been painting up a storm now, as you are all probably aware.
A short time ago she announced the launch of her new website; http://www.chrissy.ch
Her site is brimming with the spirit and talent that we recognize from her days at Pratt, and more. Her voice is clarifying with every passing month, and the press is wonderful!
Check out her latest FB note copied here if you've missed it;

Hi Guys! 


You are cordially invited to my upcoming 2 Person show in beautiful Diessenhofen, Switzerland. 
( like OMG beautiful...)

Juri Borodatchev was my friend and artistic mentor for many years starting at age 13. He is one of my biggest influences. 
Juri passed away in 2011, and this show is our time to unite one more time to share with you guys our biggest passion of painting.

All the paintings I will be showing have been created in the last 6 month specifically for this show, my source of inspiration being Juri.

I am incredibly honored to be able to show my paintings alongside his.

Please come join us for this special show! 

The Opening is on Friday the 30th of August, starting at 7pm.

I will be present at the Museum Friday through Sunday during opening hours.

On Sunday Juri's wife Maria and I will give a guided tour through the show and discuss the works.

Attached is the invite and additional info ( in German ). 
For further info and a sneak peak of a couple paintings I will be showing, click the link to my website below
and let the show info load. Then click on the August 2013 info Square for the images :)


also check out my tumblr for more current work.

I hope to see you guys at the show!!!!! <3 div="">

And for those who won't be in Switzerland, I will be having a Solo show in New York this November!
Stay tuned :)

Have a good one!

 Please check out the website - and if you haven't been to Switzerland,  perhaps now's the time to go! Congratulations Chrissy - great work!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Imagine Corp.

Ryan Rutherford is taking on the world! Happy bits at a time!
click on link above for his FB page for Imagine or https://www.facebook.com/TheImagineCorporation?hc_location=timeline

Showing at the Javitz Center - Booth 466 - Still on Ryan ???

He notes he is:
Director of Awesome at The Imagine Corporation and KING OF TOYS at Brutherford Industries

He is truly awesome...
from the Brutherford Blog:

OK... are you guys ready for this? Here's the exciting part.

I along with two partners have purchased a domestic manufacturing company!!!
The company is an existing business focused on blow molded and injection molded products.
Our plan is to take over existing customers and grow in to new areas with a strong focus on U.S. based manufacturing and FUN! I'm not quite ready to share all the details yet but we are calling the company The Imagine Corporation and it's going to be awesome!!! Brutherford Industries will absolutely continue but it is highly likely that i will finally be able to blur the lines between my personal projects and my day job and that is very exciting to me.

Thank you for all the support and I hope you'll all stay tuned for what i hope will be a very exciting 2013.


From Matthew Burnett & the Maker's Row Team:

NPR's Morning Edition featured Maker's Row this morning! Listen in!

"It could revolutionize the industry domestically because it could create a lot of labor for domestic factories and keep them around" 

Check out the link:

Check out the site: http://makersrow.com/

Again, congratulations to Matthew and Maker's Row for doing something HUGE with design, manufacturing, and commerce!!

At Otto's Shrunken Head
For details:  https://www.facebook.com/OttosShrunkenHead
Dana Young - Little, Big - Free show tomorrow !!!

Dana Notes:
11pm - Little,Big
10pm - Perp Walk

A free show at a tiki bar!!! It doesn't get much better than that.
It's going to be a blast. Little,BIg is filming a scene for their upcoming music video, so come be in it and dance your faces off!

Go Little, Big!!

Kimberly Lewis Home - 2 years!!

Kimberly Lewis, now 2 years in business, will be participating in Brooklyn Designs this year;


See the article in DNAinfo.com

Her website it above. She has been very busy!
Congratulations and see you at Brooklyn Designs!

Chen Chen & Kai Williams - Third Eye Opening at Creatures of Comfort

From Chen and Kai;

MAY 17 - JUNE 7




Beverages will be served

Congratulations! See you there!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tom Billings - An artist's profile


     I wrote this profile for Tom Billings a few years ago for an article. He is a master of the universe.

“Painting is the one and only thing in my life that I have ever been able to master.”
This statement by Tom Billings is as much a truth as it is a lie. It is a simple and powerful declaration filled with contradiction, honesty, and sense of challenge. 
This is a portal to the landscape of emotional alchemy where a prismatic interpretation of time, history, and culture fuel the vehicle from which the painter, Thomas Billings surveys his domain. Tom’s canvases are his records of these surveys – transcriptions - illuminations of a life filled with humor and honesty, lies and disgust, indulgences of the mind, the flesh, tempered through quiet meditations on self, society and the search for purity.
Thomas Billings began his formal career as painter and printmaker while convalescing after a life-threatening head injury in 1982. His apprenticeships with Sam Rosby, Bill Foust and John Knudson at the Harper Community College, outside of Chicago introduced Tom to the formal processes of lithography, etching, silk-screening, and other printmaking methods. The young artist pursued a directive to master the formal and academic aspects of printmaking while challenging the very parameters and legitimacy of those processes as they became familiar to him. Appropriation, transformation, simplification and saturation of iconic imagery became the immediate and powerful language that is now the hallmark of Billing’s artwork. 
The use of written language, printed matter, and simple symbols merge easily on Tom’s canvases, often discarded or recycled artifacts themselves “from failures of other people’s lives”. These elements are taunting tools provided for viewers as a means of decipher Billings’ landscape of emotional alchemy, and the iconographic language he has developed as a means of describing the survey of his territory. They are small notions; comic, cryptic, ambiguous and poetic pointers, seemingly abandoned, or simply forgotten amid the bluster of colorful picture planes filled with vibrant archetypal images of women, animals, mythological figures, and impossible landscapes. 
For the careful viewer it becomes quickly and joyfully apparent that the pointers themselves require careful consideration. What appears at first to be deceptively simple and innocent markings on canvas are instead masterful alchemic transformations themselves. How could it be otherwise? The meaning, the method, and the appearance of these seemingly simple pointers rarely look like anything more than the crude and often rude doodles penned in the margins of an elementary school notebook or scrawled in the toilet stall of barroom. 
This is where the past and present are drawn together, time flattens out, and history loses its linearity. The artist frees himself from the structure and burden of age. He defiantly unfastens himself from the withering disillusions associated with responsibility and false maturity, where all too often, innocence is replaced by guilt, childishness is lost to pragmatism, dreams are reduced to expectations, and fantasies are nothing more than lies. Billings creates his artwork tethered to no such flawed commitments - his provocative translation of the world around him transcends the arbitrary and fashionable limitations of common culture.

Contradictions, distortions, and oversimplifications of image and concept appear to abound in Billing’s work. “Object simplification is not an attempt to be visionary in any way; it is only the truth, without pretense. I don’t think about it and I don’t care what anyone thinks. I am flawed, the truth is flawed. If I tried to do this I couldn’t do this.”
And yet embedded in every canvas there is a daring, but masterful combination and formal application of painting principles that include repetition, variation, balance, transition and opposition. There are studied and significantly personal translations of formal elements such as line, color, texture and value.
The printing processes, the paint strokes, and the colorful palates appear at first glance to be simplistic, na├»ve - flawed to the point where any viewer would drop their guard just long enough to be drawn into Mr. Billings’ territory. By then it’s too late to leave unchanged.

“My Mom was a professor of painting, my father was in advertising”. The form and style of Tom Billings’ work carries the legacy of this fact to rich reward. Harsh one liners pose as moral lessons, brightly colored harlots, biker chicks, harpies and Lilith in a thousand disguises describe a delicate pattern of virtue and tolerance.
The artist’s ability to remove himself from the burden of social responsibility can be both hilariously playful and dreadfully threatening. The artwork does not allow itself to distinguish what is painful and what is pleasurable. What at first brings a light smile may suddenly deliver a painful blow, and images that appear dark or lurid have a habit of quickly transforming into brutally honest meditations on virtue. 
The portrait of a young girl wearing pigtails with her fingers gently pressed into the corners of her mouth should be, wants to be a tender moment, but instead is a terrifying vision of anxiety and dread. This is a portrait of Tom’s daughter, Madeleine, painted by the artist the day he and his wife separated.
“I loved you and then you died” is a canvas that delivers a heart-wrenching image of a mangy dog, riddled with arthritis and sores, with the titled scrawled across the face of the canvas for all to view. This work was executed after the death of a beloved pet, but is not actually a painting of that beloved pet. It is another animal, another’s beloved pet, and one that is not dead. And the statement, the declaration of love and loss is neither about the dead dog nor the live dog, but about the death of a relationship between two people. There is nothing to suggest any of this in the simple and seemingly crudely painted portrait of the animal. This is a work that should certainly inspire tears, but more often elicits laughter, alternately anxious and joyful. It is the powerful sense of candid truth that brings on such emotion, but it is also the idea that in this crude rendering, there is symbol inside of symbol inside of symbol. 
“Feedback is important, dialogue is important – being a cheap voyeur... for me, that’s a payoff.”
Challenge and confrontation are blended into the layers of paint on every canvas. Drawn in and with guard dropped the Billings territory begins to shift and transform. And while Billings finds payoff in confrontation, it is that very confrontation that offers payoff to the viewer - the thrilling realization that we are somehow not at all safe in front of one of these canvases. We take false comfort in the fact that every canvas is a personal, historical illumination, and will mistakenly assume that we are immune to the folly of the artist’s translation and perception of events in the past of his own life. But once engaged it becomes fantastically clear that every canvas is a living landscape filled with very real ghosts and demons, angels and martyrs. These entities have been given form by the hand of the artist but the responsibility for breathing life into them rests on the viewer. Erotic notions, bad behavior, romantic challenges and heroic feats; the significance and aspects of these changelings are inextricably dependant on the viewer’s psyche. We are responsible and at the same time blameless for what is taking place on each and every canvas. For the daring viewer, this psychological alchemy produces rich rewards. Billings appropriates and transforms the iconography of mass media, history, and religion. By doing so, he questions the tools we use to understand ourselves, our culture, and the world.    

A host of highly developed characters and icons make regular appearances in varied candy-coated guises – Mr. Happy, The Horny Dog, The Mermaid, The Cowboy, The Boxer, lure us in to smiles, reverie – all draw up our own archetypal references of innocence and aspiration. We remember these things and by remembering become invested in the artist’s canvases just moments before realizing that these icons are cleverly handcuffed to desire and judgment. With one smile or sneer or laugh, we find ourselves complicit in a moral and emotional heist. Billings has turned a canvas into a getaway car and as viewers we are driving, aiding and abetting, speeding away from predictable safety. 
Mr. Happy may suddenly transform into a head bursting with sexual frenzy. The Horny Dog is, upon closer scrutiny, smiling and drooling for many good reasons. The Cowboy of our childhood dreams is suddenly dissected, scrawnier than we remembered, and stuck in time, hopelessly unable to take action, with his hand on his gun, waiting to draw.  And of course, there is the Sexpot - long-legged, high-heeled, wet-lipped wearing little but an invitation to pleasure surrounded by a corona of Master Locks, with a small set of visual instructions that can only leave you wondering; who here is the master, and who is the slave?  
And from canvas to canvas we find ourselves side by side with the rest of the cast of evolving characters, swimming, shooting and punching our way through ominous trials of glory and doubt.

Every Tom Billings canvas is a ticket to a tumultuous journey through the trials of a life viewed and recorded with daring honesty, wry humor and intelligent musings. The works, collectively, offer an animated adventure hosted by the artist and driven by the collective spirit of those who view it. The experience is one of discovery, fueled by a masterful visual language, a dream of ideal truth and the promise of sincerity.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Karn Piana - Pinchyandfriends.com

Karn Piana is friend and associate. He is a man who is so enigmatic I long ago gave up on trying to understand what he is about, what his work is about, what his vision of the universe is about, and decided instead to simply enjoy being a part of it, and experience it. WE laugh a lot. Wanted to share him with all of you. His "OLD CAVE", "PYROPLASTIC DEFORMATION", and "SUPERGROUND" have been on the blog list at the bottom of this blog for a couple of years; worth revisiting. His website is in the Good Egg links section.


      I think you will enjoy some of these new mixes I made: Books on Tape 1 -6: here. Volume 5 has an appearance from Mr. Beckett.

      Say! that's some great shit! I'm going to have to set some time aside - very intriguing - I love the fact that I feel completely lost with each passing moment, and so must be stuck in each uncomfortable moment until it either becomes comfortable, or doesn't, it either carries me into it or doesn't, brings me to a meditative or transformative state - but that is just because it was such a surprise - so familiarity will be required. I will have to listen to these while I paint.
      My only foray into acousical arts was when I decided to find the "beast" in the city - I taped a recording device to my wrist and went through the day in the city - turning it on and off at varied intervals - what i got from it was so frighteningly chaotic, i would say psychotic - that i had to abandon the project within days.
     I think your project is a pleasant one - still filled with the Karn brand of humor, wry assaults, and transcendent pathways that are so familiar in your visual work.
sweet - I'll let you know when I have listened to more; maybe I will meditate to this if possible.
thanks for the new window!

Monday, February 11, 2013

luis carlos reyes


 Luis Carlos Reyes is a Pratt alum (2007 grad) who was among the first few "true visionaries" that I encountered as a professor. Luis had magic just under the surface and it was beginning to emerge. His aesthetic would guide him, stood before his words, drew him into design and intellect and the magic of creation. I am happy to have been there to watch the blossoming of such creative force. Luis is a good man, and I find him now, after years of travel and search for knowledge, back in his home town.... Better to let him tell it;

I dedicated the last couple of years to the science of ceramics. My love for ceramics and tableware took me to Pratt, and were I am right now.
I finished my studies with an intensive program in Japan, were I meet my Sensei, a master potter who's the 14th generation of his pottery studio.
The US is lovely, I learned to love her and respect her as my dear Colombia. The artist movement in Brooklyn is pretty fresh but my heart was always back home. And back in NY I was just another designer in line for a Job. I guess I was running away from the Rat Race.
I did a geology study of the region were I grew up, and found out that the richness of the minerals needed to produce ceramics is quite bast. Also I found out that nobody has touched this subject. Most companies, big corporations, use this minerals to produce construction materials (tiles for example) & toilets and such. Therefore I decided to go back to South America to start a more advanced pottery movement. Hopefully I will be able to teach local craftsmen the art of glazing and firing high temperature ware. And if I have time, I will express my self with design and some political satire of the mining industry that is darning our country dry.
Right now I have a lab were I refine and test all materials related to the project. And in a couple of weeks my pottery master from Japan will come to make sure all my formulations are right.

As for the art side, I keep filling my sketchbook with stuff that only makes sense to me.
The Lab has a FB page I kept in English for the sake of my Japanese friends. As for the work I did in Japan, I am not sure if its design worthy. I went to Japan to learn a bit more about their sensibility towards design in general and architecture. The pieces finished in Japan respect the craft and I don't see them as design proposals. Hopefully in about 6 months I will have a design collection that will show what I learned at Pratt. Anyway the pictures are in my personal facebook page under the "Works at Kasen" album. The labs page is called "In search for Anagama". Anagama is a special type of wood fired kiln. The whole proces of firing it is a ritual that takes about 10 days. I am still searching for the quality, knowledge and an actual Anagama that will be built here in Colombia, when? a year or so.

So - Check out this website Luis has created - I was elated to see his work again!! Congratulations and I hope to hear more soon


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dylan Schibanoff

Dyla Schibanoff recently contacted me and I'm glad to now include him here in the ID alum blog! He's been a busy man! Check out his website; he's got quite a bit of work, and his travel log is something to drool over!
PS - check the paintings!

I have been working at Reebok since graduation.  I've been able to design more shoes than I can count, travel extensively, and spend time with professional athletes.  My most recent notable project is a special custom pair of shoes I did for the tallest man in America.  Hopefully you'll check out my site and see a few things that interest you.

See Dylan's website here: http://www.dylanschibanoff.com/

Dylan, thanks for joining us! It's a pleasure to see you and your work!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ana Linares - 2 Museums!!

Ana Linares is moving very quickly into superstar mode with the inclusion of her Conversation Chair in the Museum of the City of New York, starting tomorrow, and the Duo Bookshelf which has been selected by the Museum of Modern Art as part of their offerings in the NYC and Tokyo retail shops!!

A summary of her work noted above in AXXIS Magazine from a few months ago !!

Congratulations Ana!! Super!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Michelle Ladin & NY Smash Design

Michelle Ladin has had her new business, NY Smash Design,  up and running now since September 2012. She's been using her extensive experience to present a remarkably rounded cache of services to clients; From the NY Smash Design website:

Michelle Ladin is the Creative Director and Owner of New York Smash Design. A seasoned Product Development Brand Manager and Industrial Design graduate of the Pratt Institute. She has an extensive background in the consumer home goods and small electronics industries.  Michelle has designed products and packaging for SHARP, NELSONIC, Jelly Belly, Louise Carey, Saturday Evening Post, American Atelier and Crystal Clear.  She has traveled to Bentonville and China to consult with top vendors, packaging suppliers and sample makers and Is available to travel for consultations. Her designs have been placed in stores such as Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target, BB&B, Office Max, K-Mart, Meijer, PCH, Dollar General and are available on store websites.


Design Services:
Concept Development, Brain Storming, Market Research, 2D Design, Concept Sketching, Graphic Design, Logos, 2D Color Product Renderings, 3D Design, Control Drawings, 3D Renderings, Foam Models, Prototypes, Packaging Design, 3D Packaging Mock-ups, Packaging Printer Ready Files, Product Photography.

Check out the site:

Another NYC design powerhouse! Congratulations Michelle!

M//E Design - Erik Cooper - New Work

Eric Cooper & Matt Flego Pratt Alum, contacted me, noting he'd just finished a new project,
It had been some time since I'd seen what Erik was up to, checked their beautiful website
and found a beautiful array of projects that blend sculpture, hardcore design tech, architecture
and the Pratt touch - sensitivity that borders on magical.

Check ou the site: http://www.mattanderikdesign.com/
I will have the site listed in the alum site portion of the blog as well - check it out. brilliant work.

From The website; This is the new Rollator project that has just been completed.

Client: Chester and Polly Rothstein
Project: "Walk and Roll" Rollator
The Walk and Roll rollator is a patented device that came to us in the form of a 4th stage prototype that had many problems and was basically unusable for the client. The client noticed that many of the rollators available were poorly designed,  and lacking the ability to become more narrow to get through tight spaces when needed.  M//E was asked to create a new prototype that would be lighter than the previous one and fold smaller for travel. We constructed the device from thin walled 6061 Aluminum, laser cut steel, and a plethora of off the shelf bike parts.  Utilizing Solidworks to test the geometry we were able to reach all the design criteria set forth by the client, and reduce the weight by nearly half from the original prototype. 4 way adjustable arm supports were designed to allow full articulation for a wide spectrum of ergonomic needs. Strong locking brakes allow the user to put a tremendous amount of force on the device while getting up out of a seated position. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Zac Feltoon with Mulvanny Architecture - Wins HP competition!

Guess who won the HP Ulitmate Smart Office design challenge?!!



Congratulations to Zac & Co!

Zac notes, "Hey Andy, good news: We Won the competition with HP! Thank you again for putting up the project for the voting, now our design will be built and displayed at the Altitude Design Summit at the end of the month. I will be sure to send you over photos!!"

very nice work!