January 30, 2014 |
Animator Floyd Norman vividly recalled the first time he encountered Walt Disney. In early 1956, Norman was one of a few young animators hired for a one-month tryout at the Disney studio in Burbank. A few weeks into its training, the group was told to report to a screening room on the third floor of the Animation Building. Because the room was occupied, they had to wait in the hallway. "We saw this figure step out into the hallway moving toward us," Norman said. "As the figure moved closer, we suddenly realized - oh, my God - it was Walt Disney.
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November 2, 2013 |
Willie Wenzlau assembled the potential future of the Art Center College of Design's photography program in front of him one recent afternoon: a leaf he plucked off a tree, a piece of plywood and a shot glass full of an amber liquid resembling Jack Daniels. His iPhone stayed in his pocket. "Digital images are inherently less interesting just because everyone does it," said the 22-year-old photography student. He brushed some of the liquid on the wood, one step in developing photos using platinum, a technique that was last widely used before World War I. "When someone sees something like this, it'll hold their attention longer because it catches them off-guard," Wenzlau said.
September 5, 2013 |
An Aaron Curry sculpture commissioned by Dior Homme artistic director Kris Van Assche has been installed in front of the luxury brand's Rodeo Drive flagship, the label announced Thursday. At the same time, and on the opposite side of the country, the brand took the wraps of another Van Assche-commissioned art installation -- this one by Matt Keegan -- in front of the brand's 57th Street flagship in Manhattan. In the press release unveiling the two new, permanent site-specific installations by contemporary artists, the luxury brand called it "part of an ongoing initiative that aims to enhance Dior Homme's tactile and interactive retail experience ... " The artists' sculptures join existing original works on display in other U.S. Dior Homme locations including a wall sculpture by Robert Montgomery at Dior Homme Soho in Manhattan and a Bruce Weber film at Dior Homme Miami.
September 1, 2013 |
Fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes captured the gender-bending electricity of the 1980s style scene like no one else. He made a name for himself with his drawings of dominant women dressed in the theatrical haute couture of the day. In addition to putting pencil to paper, he was also a clothing stylist, makeup artist and hairdresser who collaborated with his subjects to create images with attitude. Twenty-five years after his death from AIDS at age 31, Viramontes will once again be in the spotlight.
June 14, 2013 |
Every house is a reflection of its owner. Some owners are just a bit more complicated than others. Tim Tattu is still settling into his new house, designed by Los Angeles architect Tom Marble in the steep hills overlooking the Silver Lake Reservoir. It is an explosion of angles, steel and outsized ambition. But the house is also filled with small spaces, contemplative moments and simple materials. It's an epic study in contrasts, as is Tattu himself. Tattu grew up in Hermosa Beach, studied art in the early '90s at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and at the prestigious Städelschule in Germany, and eventually became a set decorator for music videos and TV commercials.
June 6, 2013 |
Some bubbles are harder to burst than others. After a four-year run as director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Richard Koshalek says he is returning to California - and just might bring with him a version of the inflatable event space that he had championed in Washington, D.C. Koshalek originally envisioned the Bubble, designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, as a pavilion for cultural programming that would be erected in the Hirshhorn courtyard...