Animals and Statues Serve as the Protagonists of Startlingly Realistic Post-Apocalyptic Paintings by Josh Keyes

“Landfall” (2018), Acrylic on wood panel, 30" × 20"

“Landfall” (2018), Acrylic on wood panel, 30″ × 20″

Portland-based artist Josh Keyes (previously) paints hyperrealistic depictions of what he perceives the world might look like after the fall of humans. Animals such as sharks, tigers, and bulls remain as the final witnesses to the aftermath of human destruction—observing blazing fires, investigating displaced commercial objects, and swimming amongst melted ice caps. Monuments and statues also remain in this post-apocalyptic world, like in the artist’s recent painting Siren, which observes a graffiti-covered angel with a horn being splashed with the ocean’s high tide. Keyes’s solo exhibition Tempest opens on October 13, 2018 and runs through November 3, 2018 at Thinkspace Projects in Los Angeles. You can see more of his paintings on his Instagram and website. (via Supersonic Art) Continue reading

StudioAC coverts Toronto church into minimal Pape Loft

Toronto firm StudioAC has overhauled part of a church in the city, creating a contemporary two-bedroom home with a curved balustrade clad in pale wood.

The converted religious building now houses the Pape Loft, which takes its name from an informal term for a Roman Catholic priest or pope, often used in Scotland in the mid-1900s.

Pape Loft by StudioAC

StudioAC overhauled the 1,143-square-foot (106-square-metre) property for clients who wished for a more organised home, and as a result, a more minimal one too.

“We were asked by the client to help them de-clutter and they really put their lifestyle in our hands,” the firm said. Continue reading

Tom Sachs updates Nike Mars Yard trainer to resemble shoes worn by astronauts

New York-based artist Tom Sachs has released an updated version of his Nike Mars Yard trainers, which look like the lunar overshoes worn by astronauts.

The newest edition of the trainer, the Nike Mars Yard Overshoe, features a nylon-reinforced dyneema – a dense polyethylene – overcoat stitched onto a previous iteration of the shoe, with a knitted collar on the inside. It can be worn rolled up or down depending on the weather conditions.

“Dyneema is super-strong and they use it for boat sails so it is impervious to weather. You can also roll down the bag when you are inside in heated spaces so your foot can breathe,” Sachs told Dezeen. Continue reading

interview with james turrell on ‘the light inside people’

in this second edition of ‘creative strategies’ — a series of artist interview documents produced by designboom in collaboration with novelist anne philippi — james turrell discusses life in cities, being a quaker, and of course light, the kind that you might ‘only know from dreams’.

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“Wonderful stuff”

In this week’s comments update, readers are pleased to hear first hand what it is like to live in BIG’s affordable housing development in Copenhagen.

BIG saving: readers are envious of residents of an affordable housing development in Copenhagen, designed by Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG.

“They are affordable for Copenhagen, which is not cheap. I live in one and couldn’t be happier. Light, airy, spacious, which is a luxury here,” said one of the tenants, Nikolai Kotlarczyk. Continue reading

Hand-Sewn Portraits by Sheena Liam Capture Quiet Moments of Self Care

Malaysian-born artist and model Sheena Liam (previously) creates self-portraiture through dark green thread and embroidery hoops. The hand-sewn images imitate her own subtle gestures from her day-to-day life, focusing on rituals of self care. “In a strange way modeling parallels my art in the sense I often have to use body language as means of expressing a certain sort of mood,” she explains. “It’s no different from my embroideries.”

Long locks flow off the canvas from sewn ponytails and braids, which give the monochromatic work a sense of movement from their static position on the wall. Liam’s first solo exhibition in France, Times New Romance, opens at Item Gallery in Paris on October 19, 2018 and runs through October 27, 2018. You can see more of her works on Instagram. Continue reading