the fictional suburbia of ross racine

Walnut Village, 2006

I'm fascinated by the work on Montreal artist, Ross Racine. These fictional suburban landscapes are digital drawings, not photographs. It calls to mind the idea of utopian societies. There is also a kind of darkness and subversion to the work of the science fiction novel variety. I have both a fascination and an aversion to that cookie-cutter, Stepford Wives kind of suburban idealism. Which makes the aerial point of view of these constructed landscapes so interesting. Everything looks perfect, abstract and safe from this distance.

inspired pattern experiments

These beautiful, experimental patterns were created by Yale School of architecture student, Elijah Porter. These drawings were originally conceived in three dimensions as potential constructed landscapes. I responded to them aesthetically – as a graphic designer. I love the delicate quality of the lines, the overall texture and composition. The forms are reminiscent of flowers and jellyfish. This would be so amazing as large wall murals – or even as animations. 




first love : rivane neuenschwander

Of all the works by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (currently at the New Museum), I loved this installation the most. It's entitled 'First Love.' It is a collection of forensic sketches made for visitors of the museum when asked to describe the faces of their first love. The artist wasn't there when I came through the museum today. But I was so struck by it nonetheless. There is something so universal about the memory of that significant figure (whomever it may be). It's that much more interesting for a forensic artist to render a sketch of this person – a process only used to find accused criminals. I love the parallels drawn between love and crime in this piece. The viewer is also contributing to the work. It's brilliant. Stop by the museum or write a description of your first love here. It may end up becoming part of the show...you never know. 

mapping human architecture : jason thielke

Jason Thielke's drawings are amazing to look at. They're done using laser-etching (on wood) as well as lacquer and other materials. The architectural techniques he uses give them a precise constellation map-like look. It also has a science fiction-like quality which instantly evokes the future. There's also something very tactile and alive about these portraits. I am transfixed.

All images via designboom