Brent Wadden is a Canadian born artist who works in textile, drawing and installation.
His feeling for geometry and the tension between the perfection of an idea, and the flawed human drive toward that perfection is of particular interest to us.
His works are intuitively thought provoking and still deceptively easy on the eye.
We're excited to watch his career develop, and see which direction he will take.
TRON is a 1982 sci-fi classic that visualised a man's journey into a computer. The film baffles and inspires in equal measure. We love it because of its extremely free way of visualising the world.
The depiction of spaces as grids and wireframe outlines is reminiscent of late 60s early 70s Italian theoretical architects Superstudio. (below)
The more or less outrageous use of wireframe visuals mixed with live action actors and actresses, as well as the bold and fresh colour palette inspired our SWITCH wire basket.
However, people love this film...
Some winter mornings can't be overcome without a warming bowl of porridge. As an Irishman it pains me to say that after much testing, I have to concede that the Scottish custom of using only water in preparation yields the better result. (In Ireland and southern England the tradition is to use milk, or half-half). However, when oats are cooked in water, it draws the gluten out into the broth, creating a wonderful thick, creamy texture. Milk hinders this process somewhat, and is more likely to stick to the bottom of the pan.
Don't think you're getting away with a...
1 hour and 20 minutes of crisp, fresh, hearfelt and sincere festive songs drawn from the calypso, bluegrass and folk scenes, that we've been listening to on repeat to get into the festive mood without drowning in shopping mall cliches.
This is the perfect dish for when you open your fridge and see a whole load of veg that is too old to get excited about and still too good to throw away.
The principle is to create a savoury, wintry spicy base with the harder root vegetables and some good spices, then add a few more delicate veg on top with the stock, throwing in a can of beans or so for protein if you like.
Here is a sample of the principle with some typical ingredients:
- 2 onions
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 Carrots
- Half a celeriac ...
It's a common trope among the cogniscenti that Arne Jacobsen is overrated as a furniture designer and underrated as an architect. I'm not here to dispel any conventional wisdom, but I would like to further point out that he is even more underrated as a colorist.
Architects tend to have a simplistic relationship with color - lots of naked materials, then a strong primary contrast. However Jacobsen is adept at working with a range of tones, often greens and earth tones. Some attribute this to his passion for gardening.
Jacobsen even shows that the...
This salad is delicious in two very different configurations, depending on the availabity of ingredients in your area.
- half a head of red cabbage
- 5 carrots
- 2 red peppers
- 2 lemons or limes
- 2 cloves of garlic
- fresh ginger
- optional: fresh chilli pepper
- optional: buttermilk
- a handful of fresh corriander or parsely
- two handfuls of peanuts/cashews/mix
Shred half a head of red cabbage finely, grate 5 carrots and slice two red peppers in long thin strips. The colour combination of purple, orange and red is irresistable.
For the European version:
Make a dressing with...
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Sottsass took the Art Deco sensibility, interpereted it through post war pop culture and unleashed it on the yuppies of the 80s with the help of the highly distinctive Memphis collective.
For us, he is mainly a poet of things. Like a poet, much of what he produced are best read as fragmentary and non-sequitir, and all the more beautiful for it.
Much of the work is flat out ugly, almost all of it...
This month we pay homage to the work of Canadian-American artist Agnes Martin.
The sincerity and precision of this work and its humbling relationship with perfection reveals itself on closer inspecition.
Agnes Martin (1912-2004) studied to be a school teacher, but came to New York City in the 1950s to pursue her art, living alone in a loft in lower Manhattan.
However, she soon took flight, leaving the art world behind her, and ultimately settling in New Mexico after a long road trip. She lived alone all her life....