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Monday, January 18, 2010


CEBRA_toons is a site by architect Mikkel Frost, a partner in CEBRA Architects, breaking down completed projects into a single watercolour image, creating a 'wordless manifesto': 'if you can't tell the story in an A4 sheet (21 x 29.7 cm) you are either doing too much or too complicated stuff'. The pictures have a hint of Aldo Rossi about them, a willingness to play with colour and form and caricature, the building used as a playful piece of symbolism rather than a stern immutable object.

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The La Brea Matrix, a project wherein six German photographers use Stephen Shore's classic Chevron gas station shot as the basis for their own works. Developed with independent publishers Lapis Press, there is more in-depth information here, describing Shore's new landscape vernacular as 'one in which the details themselves their density and abundance, rather than the entirety were intended to be the focal point or subject. Each image is so sharp...'.

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Blast Books 'publishes illustrated books on cultural and historical phenomenons' / Duke Press is a new publishing house focusing on artist's and designer's books, including Risograph, a homage to the adhoc nature of material printed using the Risograph digital printing process. It's by New Found Original, 'a new online shop, selling NEW, FOUND and ORIGINAL items from the very simple to the rather special.'

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The Fuck Yeah! phenomenon doesn't exactly endear us, nor does it hint at tumblr being in it for the long run as an archival-quality resource, but some are very entertaining. FuckYeah Dioramas is testament to countless obsessions, for example / there's something about 2010 that induces large scale retro-futurist introspection, with everyone dipping into their grab-bag of remembered tomorrows, dusting them off and looking nostaglically at the way we should have been by now, e.g. 2010: Living in the Future by Geoffrey Hoyle (via Ballardian).

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If You Could, an ongoing collaboration project. The latest version, If You Could: Collaborate, has resulted in some interesting projects, including this alphabet, created by the Rogers Stirk Harbour Model Shop and Design By Praline / Tin Man Toys / Mustard Plaster, a weblog / worth exploring: OurGoods, 'a peer-to-peer online network that facilitates the barter of goods and services between artists' / Database: Injuries reported by emergency rooms / the year's 10 best cover lies / Did aliens play a role in Woolworths?, at Bad Science.

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