A few weeks ago, we went over to The Fashion Institute of Technology to check out the 2017 MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Exhibition, which was entitled 13 Stories. It is while visiting the exhibit that I discovered a cool Pink Thing created by FIT student and MFA candidate Necdet Yilmaz, who is a native of Turkey. Necdet’s visual thesis, Happy Tank, is a story about a little machine built for war that doesn’t want to fight. Happy Tank must be sent to war, but refuses to fire at a large building where a child is seen crying. For disobeying the order, Happy Tank is decommissioned and melted down. The story concludes with Happy Tank being recycled and used to construct a playground years after the war is over.
Screen Shots from Happy Tank Animated Film (Above and Below)
Necdet explains that this project “is related to my written thesis, War Themed Childrn’s Books and Propaganda. In wars, children are often affected and exploited as a propaganda tool. However, my project is in opposition to what I researched in my thesis. Personally, I am inspired to create these piece because of my background. My home country, Turkey, is located near the Middle East where there is constant war. This instability affects people in the region, like myself, economically, socially and psychologically.
“This body of work is executed in three different mediums: animation, print in the form of a children’s book and toy design. Using pdf software and animation for the first time while I was creating this work was an exciting challenge for me. I learned a lot about myself while discovering the intricacies of unfamiliar technologies. In particular, especially, when I created the animation I learned how designing three-dimensional characters, objects and environments, using different camera angles, lighting and sound in combination enhanced my creative skill.”
Given our political climate today, Happy Tank could be considered more relevant now than ever. You can see more projects by Necdet at his website, located at This Link.
Photographed in the Museum at FIT, Located on Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, as Part of the 13 Stories Exhibit, which is now Closed.
Well-made shoes always look like works of art to me: Like tiny wearable sculptures. It’s probably not entirely unexpected then that others feel similarly — one of those being artist Sebastian Errazuriz. In 2013, Errazuriz debuted his installation, 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers at Miami Art Basel. A collection of twelve shoe-like sculptures inspired by twelve of the artist’s ex-girlfriends, and realized through the use of a 3D printer, these shoes were really quite spectacular, and were featured in a couple of The Gig’sPosts from that time. Because: Shoe Art.
After Errazuriz gained popularity by creating the best insulated work boots for major Brazilian construction and government companies, his idea of creating wearable shoe art was just too good to lay dormant, Brazilian plastic footwear brand Melissa Shoes has unveiled a special collaboration with Errazuriz in which two of his designs from 12 Lovers — The Boss and The Gold Digger, have been reproduced as shoes you can buy in the Melissa stores located around the world. Galeria Melissa in Soho, NYC threw a fun launch party last week and we were lucky enough to snag an invite. Please enjoy our photos from the event!
The Boss, on Display
The first design to be created as a fully wearable shoe is called The Boss, which is a black stiletto featuring a brass knuckle-like embellishment under the arch of the shoe.
The Boss’ prototype was on display at the shop, along with most of the other shoes from the original 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers exhibit. Each shoe is displayed along with the highly stylized backstory of the woman who inspired it.
The Boss In Action!
The updated Boss design has a more manageable heel, and three instead of for rings.
We posted the above photo on FaceBook and it got 100 Likes in ten minutes. You can imagine that these shoes will sell like crazy.
The second design on sale at Galeria Melissa is based on the Gold Digger (with the heel of the shoe resembling a Golden human form).
Boy, You’re Gonna Carry That Weight…
Both The Boss and The Gold Digger sell for $450 per pair and are available to purchase right now, but for a limited time only.
If you haven’t already been there, Galeria Melissa is a gorgeous boutique with this fun Chandelier that has little parrots and other birds hiding in it. Let’s take a closer look.
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Here is Sebastian being interviewed by a reporter. We did not get to meet him but he seemed very nice and happy to talk about the shoes.
Here are some of the other shoes from 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers:
The Heart Breaker
The Cry Baby
The Hot Bitch
The Virgin, Detail
The Ice Queen
Ice Queen and The Rock, Installation View
It was a fun party and an absolute thrill to be able to see the 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers in person!
Galeria Melissa is Located at 102 Greene Street (Between Prince and Spring), Soho, New York. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Sunday from 12 Noon to 6:00 PM.
To make Cost of Living (2014) and other works in this series, Josh Kline interviewed workers – janitorial staff and package delivers – and then made casts of their body parts that they used to complete their daily tasks. In this case, he spoke with the housekeeper named Aleyda, who worked at the Rivington Hotel.
The artist created each element of the sculptural assemblage using a 3-D printer. The results call attention to the laboring bodies of an often invisible work force, and offer a grim reminder that these workers’ humanity is often valued less than the tools they use to complete their job. Cost of Living (Aleyda) reflects what the artist has described as “the relentless push to squeeze more productivity out of workers – turning people into reliable, always–on office appliances.”
Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan.
Over the weekend, I a made pit stop into the 3D Print Show taking place in the Chelsea Gallery District and got a quick but eye-opening crash course in what this phenomenal technology is all about and a sneak peak at the best affordable 3d printers that are about to hit the market. It’s amazing how these objects are made! Anyway, here’s a Pink Owl I took a photo of.
If you have timed tickets to the Bjork Songlines exhibit and need to kill a couple of hours at MOMA while you wait, be sure to visit the third floor Architecture and Design Galleries, many of which have just recently been restaged!
That’s where you’ll find Geoffrey Mann’s Attracted to Light hanging lamp (2005). According to the designer “Attracted to Light narrates the erratic behavior of a moth upon the stimulus of light.” The insect’s path through the air is captured using cinematic technology and materialized through rapid prototyping (also called 3D printing), a process by which computer-controlled lasers solidify liquid or powdered resin layer by layer to create a three-dimensional rendering of a digital design – in this case forming a delicate hanging lamp.
Attracted to Light (Detail)
The design is part oh Mann’s Long Exposure series, which also features lamps based on the trajectories of a bird in flight, taking off, and landing.
Puffed Star II, 2014, Polished Aluminum (All Photo By Gail)
Can you believe that Frank Stella is 78 years old and he is still making amazing sculptures like Puffed Star II? I can’t even believe it — and yet, it is true. Right now, Marianne Boesky Gallery presents Frank Stella Sculpture, the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery since joining in the spring of 2014, and you really have to check it out. Because, Look at this:
Just Look at it!
If this were the only piece in the show, it would still be worth going to. K.150, as it is called, was rendered using rapid prototyping or 3D printing. So remarkable.