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A few days ago my friend Charlie showed me a book that rocked me like a hurricane. It’s called Word Into Art. It was created to coincide with an exhibition of the same name that showed at British Museum a couple years ago and featured the work of 80 artists from around the Middle East. As the name implies, the artists are mostly calligraphers and printmakers. I wasn’t familiar with any them, sadly, but now I’m trying to catch up on my homework.
One of the book’s most beautiful works is the one above, “Love” by the Iraqi calligrapher and writer Hassan Massoudy. His work spans decades and media, but, from what I’ve seen, it consistently graceful and strong. Many of his pieces visualize proverbs. Here’s a small selection…
- Ordos 100: Bringing a taste of everywhere to the middle of nowhere
I spent most of last week in Inner Mongolia as a part-time observer, part-time participant in Ordos 100, a gathering of architects from around the world organized by Ai Weiwei’s FAKE Design Studio and the good folks at Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Co. Ltd. It was a strange few days of socializing, work, worrying, gawking, furious drinking, and compulsive, borderline creepy recording. I’ll probably write a piece or two about it in the end, so for now, I’ll stick mostly to images & captions…
- nu un
For the past few days I’ve been in Guangzhou meeting up with friends and celebrating the opening of a new shop for United Nude, a fashion company owned by my friends Rem and Galahad that’s dedicated to improving the overall sexiness of women around the world. I was too busy hugging and irresponsibly drinking to take any photos of the opening, so here’s a shot from UN’s spring/summer collection, which I think demonstrates the brand’s core strengths: innovation, beauty, and stripper friendliness.
- Pic of the day
Shout to the Guangzhou crew.
- Zaplin & Powernap present: A Morricone Gangster
My friend Jesse aka Powernap and his partner Zaplin have thrown their hats into the Jiggaman remix ring. As I mentioned a while ago, that is a very crowded ring, but, somehow, the best of the best find ways to keep it fresh. A Morricone Gangster is a good example. It samples the shoot-em-up sounds of legendary composer Ennio Morricone and gives the American Gangster album a welcome dose of international flavor.
Here’s a sample: Morricone Gangster remix of “Sweet” (ironically one of my least favorite songs on the original album)
right-click + ‘save link as’ (mac) / ‘save target as’ (windows)
Download the album free from the Morricone Gangster site.
I’m a little late putting this up, but whatever. Classic material stands the test of time.