November 9, 2013 |
For the next installment of our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide, we turn to the Ojai Art Festival, running through Nov. 24 -- a celebration of work made from trash and meant to provoke questions about waste. That's where, if you're lucky, you'll see the barbed wire baskets of Karl Vidstrand. The artist scavenges in the Mojave, near where he lives, for the desert detritus that accents his pieces. What's intriguing about the resulting designs is that they subversively prevent each basket from performing its function: holding stuff.
July 6, 2012 |
Everyone who has ever painted knows that bristles can fall off the paint brush and mar your new surface. It probably should not be a great surprise, then, that bristles can come off a wire brush used for cleaning an outdoor grill, get taken up by food and ingested. Once in the throat or intestines, the bristles can cause serious damage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned this week in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. A team of physicians from Brown University's Alpert School of Medicine reported that they had observed six cases of such injury between March 2011 and June 2012.
April 26, 2013 |
AMC's "The Walking Dead" is adding another cast member from HBO's acclaimed "The Wire" series to the zombie apocalypse drama. Larry Gilliard Jr. will play Bob Stookie, a former Army medic deeply haunted by his past--both before and after the apocalypse. The character is a loner, though he maintains a charming yet self-deprecating facade. In "The Walking Dead" comics, the character was a Woodbury resident (and alcoholic) responsible for saving the Governor's life after he was tortured by Michonne.
March 19, 2013 |
Guarav Nanda, the Los Angeles designer behind the Bend collection of brilliantly colored indoor-outdoor wire chairs you've probably seen in stores and restaurants across Southern California, has a bistro table and chair launching through West Elm on Tuesday for just $249 to $299 -- an attractive price for anyone who's been following Nanda's line. We first discovered Bend in May 2011 -- at the time noting that the materials and production translated to prices ($450 to $495 per chair)
January 13, 2008
I enjoyed Matea Gold's article Jan. 6 on "The Wire." My personal connection is multifold: The show was responsible for me getting my SAG card; my friend, Jeffrey Pratt Gordon, plays Johnny "Fifty" Spamanto; I'm from the Baltimore area, and I'm a fan of just plain old good acting/writing/directing. The reason I believe "The Wire" has never caught on is the same reason that the ills of our cities aren't addressed -- minorities make up a large portion of the show, and frankly, much of America has proved that a show about true urban minorities is not something they are interested in ("The Cosby Show" being a success because the family was wealthy)
August 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ruth Asawa, a San Francisco sculptor recognized as a major post-WWII American modernist for her intricate hanging wire creations, died early Tuesday, her daughter Addie Lanier said. She was 87. Asawa, who as a Japanese American woman navigated decades of discrimination as well as internment during the war, had a lasting effect on the arts in San Francisco, where she moved in 1949 to join her husband, architect Albert Lanier. In addition to breaking the barriers of craft with her crocheted wire sculptures, Asawa dedicated herself to fostering the arts for local youth and adults.