Archive for the ‘Art and Sculpture’ Category

Mississauga Fresh

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We just love this hilarious can of Mississauga Fresh.

Canned in 1979 by MEDIA ONE in Waterdown, Ontario, the label states that it contains 100%, genuine, high quality fresh air.

Apparently there are 24 solid gasps so in an emergency you can ‘Suck in like there is no tomorrow!!’

Obviously Mississauga back in 1979 was a little less urban than today!

 

‘Bloom’ bowl by Georg Jensen

We love this sculptural stainless steel ‘Bloom’ bowl designed by Helle Damkjaer for respected Danish Jeweller/accessories maker Georg Jensen.

 

Inspired by the fluid contours of a water lily that the designer encountered in her trips to Thailand, this beautiful organic form would be a welcome addition to any modern interior -  fruit optional!

Available to view at Atomic or in our Online store.

‘Scott #4′ Crash test head

We love this rare and futuristic crash test head engraved ‘Scott #4′.

A combination of beautiful, otherworldly and vaguely   unsettling it provokes a wide range of emotions depending on the viewer.

Constructed from heavy solid Aluminium with orange rubber detail it is a superb piece of industrial sculpture evocative of films such as THX 1138, A Clockwork Orange and 2001:A Space Odyssey.

Circa 1970.

Available to view at Atomic or in our Online store.

 

 

 

Pop art ‘Love’ Radio

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching we thought that you would appreciate this great little pop art ‘Love’ radio!

Clearly influenced by the work American Pop artist  Robert Indiana it dates from around the late 1970′s and as with most small portable radios of the time it is AM only.

Excellent working condition.

Available to view at Atomic or in our online store.

Art Toronto 2012

 

 

Yesterday evening we attended the opening night of Art Toronto 2012 held at the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto.

Now in its 13th year, the Toronto International Art Fair provides the opportunity to view the work of some of Canada’s best contemporary artists as well as international representation from galleries based in the UK and the rest of Europe. This year the special focus was on Asia with thirteen galleries exhibiting work from China, Japan, and Korea.

The attendance was strong and energy levels high as collectors, gallery owners and artists shared opinions and ideas whilst ultimately selling and acquiring art.

Works which particularly appealed to us included:

Toronto based artist Angela Leach represented by Herringer Kiss Gallery.

The work of Los Angeles based artist Alex Couwenberg represented by The Jennifer Kostuik Gallery

The work of Tom Wesselmann exhibited by Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal,QC

The work of Denis Juneau exhibited by Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, QC

A new series of sculpture by Toronto based artist Jiri Ladocha represented by Julie M Gallery, Toronto

Art Toronto runs from October 26th to October 29th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto. Tickets can be bought online here.

 

Matt C ‘Homeland Security’ poster

We love this striking Pop Art poster entitled ‘Homeland Security’ by Matt C.

Printed on heavy paper with applied red paint this mixed media work draws obvious comparisons to Warhol and Lichtenstein.

Signed in pencil ‘Matt C’,  the artist is total unknown to us, but despite our limited information we are excited by the compelling nature and strength of subject!

Framed and mounted

 

New York Collection for Stockholm

We recently acquired this original exhibition poster for the New York Collection for Stockholm, presented at the Moderna Museet.  The exhibition ran from October 27 to December 2, 1973 and was funded by the Swedish Ministry of Education. This promotional poster was designed by renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg (American, October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008) and would have been made in a limited number prior to and during this exhibition.

Artists involved in the show included: Lee Bontecou, Robert Breer, John Chamberlain, Walter de Maria, Jim Dine, Mark de Suvero, Öyvind Fahlström, Dan Flavin, Red Grooms, Hans Haacke, Alex Hay, Don Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Morris, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Richard Serra, Keith Sonnier, Richard Stankiewicz, Frank Stella, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Kenneth Noland and Robert Whitman.

At the time these individuals were considered (deservedly so) to be some of the most important artists of the New York art scene. In retrospect, this list now reads like the who’s who of American 20th century contemporary art!

Art Toronto 2011

Yesterday evening we attended the opening night of Art Toronto 2011 held at the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto.

Now in its 12th year, the Toronto International Art Fair provides the opportunity to view the work of some of Canada’s best contemporary artists as well as international representation from galleries based in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and further afield.

We thoroughly enjoyed a great deal of the work exhibited.

Works which particularly appealed to us included:

Toronto based artist An Te Liu represented by MKG127 Gallery.

The work of Guido Molinari represented by Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary.

The photography of Michael Conway, represented by The Elaine Fleck Gallery.

The virtuoso work of glass artist Dale Chihuly represented by Sandra Ainsley Gallery.

Plus a monumental minimal installation of interlocking cubes, entitled ‘Strip Cube’ by Ross Bell represented by Georgia Scherman Projects.

Art Toronto runs from October 28th to October 31st at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto. Tickets can be bought online here.

´Pop art´spring sculpture

We have absolutely no idea who the designer/maker is behind this fantastic spring sculpture!

The proportion (it measures 8 1/2″ high) and cobalt blue colour give it a distinctly ´Pop art´ sensibility.  The finished ends which allow the piece to be displayed vertically indicate that it was never intended to be part of any machinery. We would assume that it has to be an art piece of some sort.

Interestingly one of the design books that we are currently reading, ´Twentieth-Century Design´ by Jonathan M.Woodham shows a photo of an installation of a Machine Art exhibition at the MOMA in New York during 1934 which displays functional objects such as aircraft propellers, industrial insulators, ball bearings and large metal springs as purely aesthetic forms. It is amazing to think that even in 1934 commercially produced objects were starting to be viewed as pure abstract form.

Jean-Pierre Vaserely ´Faces of Dali´ silkscreen

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We are excited to be currently exhibiting this striking original silkscreen by renowned optical artist Jean-Pierre Vaserely (French 1934-2002).

The piece is entitled (for obvious reasons) ´Faces of Dali´ and is signed in pencil ´Yvaral´(professional name) with a low series number 63/200.

Jean-Pierre was the son of another highly influential member of the optical movement Victor Vaserely (French/Hungarian 1906-1997)

Jean-Pierre studied graphic art and publicity at the Ecole des Arts Appliques between 1950 and 1953. In 1960, Yvaral co-founded the  Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel whose aim was to develop a coherent abstract visual language composed of simple geometric elements.

Interestingly in 1975 Jean-Pierre  coined the phrase ‘Numerical Art’ to describe artwork composed (or programmed) according to numerical rules or algorithms. From this time onwards he used computers to digitally process and manipulate images, although the final images were always hand executed. He used this technique to produce several series of portraits (including Salvador Dali) starting from instantly recognisable images, and processing them to the point where they became abstract compositions, whilst the original image remains recognisable.

The combination of visual technique and subject matter make this particular work instantly compelling!

Tin Can Storage by Christina Covello

Tin can storage by Christina Covello

We absolutely love the ´Pop´ aesthetic of this unique tin can storage unit by Canadian artist/designer Cristina Covello.

The whole unit is hand fabricated and is composed of catering tin cans, laminated cereal box draws and painted wood tops.  When we acquired the piece we assumed that it was part of a series. In order to find out more we contacted Christina directly, who now lives in Vancouver.  We discovered that she made the unit in 2006 as part of a project whilst attending Sheridan College, Toronto. We also discovered that it was a complete one off project and was never intended as a series.  Amusingly Christina also divulged that the tin cans came from the kitchens of the Royal York Hotel!

More details  and a photograph of the unit can also be found on the excellent Canadian Design Resource website.

With special thanks to the talented Christina Covello for all her helpful info on the piece.

Stiletto Studio ´Consumer´s Rest´ chair

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We are delighted to present this rare and iconic supermarket trolley chair attributed to German designer Frank Schreiner, founder of Stiletto Studio, Berlin.

Originally Schreiner was a metal and locksmith in the German armed forces and then in 1981 became a video and super-8 artist. By 1982 he began to design furniture objects and during this period founded the avant garde Stiletto Studio.

The chair was produced in a limited edition and is constructed from a zinc-plated, cut and bent supermarket trolley. The design is aptly  entitled ´Consumer´s Rest´ The functionality of this once everyday object having been radically transformed has now become a wry and humorous comment on consumerism!

`Maya` steel bowl by Alessi

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We love the geometric form of this polished steel bowl by world famous Italian design company Alessi. Designed in 1977 by Giulio Confalonieri it references an `Art Deco` sensibility  whilst retaining a harder edged futuristic style that was prevalent in much of Italian design during the mid to late 1970`s.

As a design company Alessi are considered one of the most respected in Italy. The designers who have created for them are some of the most influential within the design world right up to present day. Notable designers have included Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Michael Graves, Achille Castiglioni, Philippe Starck, Frank Gehry, Jasper Morrison, Richard Sapper, Zaha Hadid and of course Carlo Alessi himself.

Alessi was founded in 1921 to produce crafted products in metal for eating and drinking, by Giovanni Alessi and remains even today a privately owned company.

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Toronto 5th International Film Festival poster

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We are excited to present this rare poster created back in 1980 to promote the 5th Toronto International Film Festival.

Not only is the image extremely striking but it is also printed on silver foil paper, a material and printing method which is very costly and seldom seen today.

The foil contrasts effectively with the black ´pixelated´ image, giving the whole piece a feeling of movement. You can almost hear the ´click´ of the cut board!

We also love the title ´Festival of Festivals´ a perceptive choice indeed, given that today TIFF is now considered internationally top of its class.

Dated 1980. Framed and matted.

´Cloud & Rainbow´ tea set

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This wonderful ceramic tea set by San Francisco firm Vandor has to be the most fun set we have ever had!

The patten is called ´Cloud & Rainbow´, and has a distinctly ´Pop Art´ sensibility, so it is no surprise to discover that it is dated 1978.

Interestingly the Vandor label on the underside of the teapot indicates that they were made in Japan. We have not been able to find much information on Vandor but it is quite possible that the company commissioned the design from a Japanese ceramic factory or decided to imported them into the US after viewing the design at an international trade show.

Design speculation aside, we  guarantee that you will be on ´cloud #9´ every time you serve tea with this set!