The Photograph Gallery
Rex Ray is a San Francisco-based mostly advantageous artist and business artist whose work ranges from collage on paper to canvas and resin boards to digital items that mix a mid-century trendy aesthetic with a psychedelic colour palette. He’s designed house furnishings beneath is model Rex Ray Studio and stationery and equipment underneath the R2 Lab label. He’s designed for giant identify firms together with Apple, Dreamworks, and Swatch, along with Blik wall graphics, Taste Paper wallpaper, and tiles for modwalls. Ray has shared 5 sources of design pleasure with Design Milk for this week’s Friday 5.
1. Obsessive Dot Painters Let’s face it: We now have to thank individuals with OCD for just about all the sweetness on the earth which nature didn’t create. It’s the insanely obsessive individuals who make our artistic world go ’spherical. I rejoice the geniuses who enjoy repetition, sample, and accumulation. At the moment Yayoi Kusama, on the age of eighty two, lives by selection in a psychological hospital in Tokyo and continues to supply lovely artworks made virtually totally of dots. I don’t have to inform you about Roy Lichtenstein’s lovely work besides that the extra pure, summary, and dotty the work is, the extra I adore it. And don’t overlook one of many nice, unsung heroes of the Dot World: Vance Kirkland, from my previous stomping floor, Colorado. I’ve been fascinated by his work since I first noticed it thirty years in the past. In the event you’re ever in Denver, run don’t stroll to the Vance Kirkland Museum of Nice and Ornamental Artwork. You gained’t remorse it.
2. My Document Assortment Data are considered one of my private obsessions. I’ve been amassing for greater than forty years; I feel I’ve over ten thousand data. Music performs in my studio all day lengthy, and I play it loud. I labored in document shops in my youth, and I’ve by no means misplaced that fascination for albums. LPs – the large, black plastic discs with lovely sleeves. Searching, hypnotically flipping via rows of filthy, second-hand data is like being in my very own private joyful place.
About twenty years in the past I started accumulating copies of Fripp & Eno’s No Pussyfooting simply because there appeared to be so many copies round for a buck or two. I additionally love the music, so the act of shopping for it many times pleases me. Immediately, I’ve over eighty copies. I’ve collected to the purpose that I’m personally liable for driving the worth as much as roughly $35 for a close to mint copy. Typically, it’s soothing to slowly flip although and respect the variations in shade, tone, and levels of wear and tear. Some evenings, I make an set up by spreading them out on the ground, Carl Andre fashion! Sometime I’ll cowl a wall with them. They’re like an experiential and versatile artwork piece.
three. Stray Chairs For years chairs would comply with me residence. I’d move a pair of Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs on the sidewalk and subsequent factor you understand they’d be dwelling with me! Typically, with out me noticing, they might comply with me house and conceal in my storage unit for years. Sometimes I’d go to my storage unit and assume, “How the hell did you get in right here?” Ultimately I owned upwards of fifty chairs: Gio Ponti Superleggera chairs, Saarinen government arm chairs, Eames fiberglass shell chairs, previous fireproof workplace chairs, Harry Bertoia aspect chairs. That’s a number of chairs for one man! I’ve since divested myself of lots of them and now personal an inexpensive twenty or thirty, since you by no means know when the Supreme Courtroom judges and their dates may cease by for espresso.
I’ve two favourite chairs: the Eames molded plywood low aspect chair – an exquisite, iconic piece of publish-conflict American design. It’s a really early mannequin, and the end is in fantastic situation, so I fear about it getting scratched and admittedly, it’s not very snug – so no sitting allowed! The opposite is my Droog rag chair. It’s like some lumpy, recycled sculpture from the longer term previous. It weighs a freakin’ ton and is strictly as snug as sitting on a pile of folded laundry. It’s in the identical situation because the day I drunkenly purchased it, and I fear about it getting soiled. Who would dry-clear that factor? So, you’ll be able to’t sit on it both.
A chair continues to be a chair, even when nobody is sitting there… besides when it’s a sculpture.
four. Street Journeys and Images Is there something fairly as joyous and liberating as being hurtled by means of the American panorama in a car of your selecting whereas listening to your favourite music? The anticipation, the packing, the selecting of flip-flops, the loading of the iPod – it’s considered one of my favourite issues in life.
I often have a vacation spot in thoughts and a tough timeline, however I by no means plan a route apart from unusual private challenges like – immediately we solely journey on odd numbered highways! I wing it daily within the hopes of getting totally misplaced and discovering one thing new and weird. There’s a lot to see–the sky, landscapes, structure, the locals and their outfits, the signage and typography.
I all the time convey a number of cameras and cease steadily for photograph ops. Considered one of my favourite cameras is my beloved, twenty-yr-previous, disposable Kodak Panorama digital camera that I’ve re-jacked and hotwired into being re-usable. It’s duct-taped and shredded, and has an enormous pink filter taped to the entrance. It’s a stupendous previous workhorse of a digital camera. Altering the movie is difficult – it requires a really darkish motel room or a altering bag, nevertheless it takes probably the most spectacular pictures. I’m getting that wistful wanderlust simply excited about it!
5. Antiques Roadshow Objects and tales and tales about objects – what’s to not love? Once I’m not including to my very own hoard I really like watching individuals speak about their tchotchkes and doodads on Antiques Roadshow. There’s one thing comforting watching the specialists clarify to individuals what their very own stuff is. I additionally love the tales about how individuals acquired their issues. Then there’s the lottery-like anticipation of discovering that the odd however fascinating stuff somebody purchased at a tag sale seems to be value a half one million dollars, or is a complete pretend. I’ve come to understand many gadgets I by no means thought I’d notably like: Navajo blankets, all types of baskets, Tiffany something; and nothing makes me sit up now like a superb nautical portray!