In an effort to make the wait for 2014 a bit more tolerable, I’ll be giving away a copy of the new edition of the Orange is the New Black book by Piper Kerman - the same book our beloved TV show is based on.

All you need to do is Like or Reblog this post and I will choose a winner at random on…



Explaining the Surreal with Artist @daniel_arsham

For American artist Daniel Arsham (@daniel_arsham), nothing is what it seems. He recreates recognizable objects with unexpected materials—volcanic ash cameras, stone and crystal baseball gloves and melting walls. On Instagram, Daniel shares the process behind his perception-bending pieces. “Because Instagram is really visual, it gives me the chance to bring followers into the full worlds that I build in my work,” he says. “I think for many viewers the creation of an artwork, stage design or installation is an abstract gesture. Instagram allows me to give people the full sense of what I am trying to create as well as understand the many collaborators who inspire and influence what I make. I feel that the story and images in my feed are in many ways an even better reflection of my practice than my own website.”

Daniel also uses Instagram to share where his work will be on view with interested followers. In addition to a special project with Pharrell (@pharrell) that kicks off tonight in New York, Daniel has upcoming exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong. “I have followers from these places who already know about these shows and are following the process of how the work goes from an idea to what they will see in the gallery.” To follow Daniel’s practice and learn more about his upcoming exhibitions, including the #arshamxpharrell project tonight, be sure to follow @daniel_arsham.



Abandoned Beginnings | Michael Light | Via 

The Sun Belt cities experienced the most rapid growth of any American urban area in the early 21st century, and were hardest hit in the economic downtown. The ferocious demand for housing — over-sized, over-watered trophy housing — resulted in major alterations to the landscape.

“What humans do stays evident for a long time,” says Light, explaining his attraction to the region. Light, who is based in San Francisco, focuses on how economic vacillations impact our terrain and the American sense of entitlement toward homeownership. As Light puts it, these developments promised a dream of “classless classes, endless exuberance, Medici living for the everyday guy and a castle on the cheap protected from the politics gathering just outside the gates.”

SoP - Scale of Environments