Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Magic Mountain by Cero9

This is one of the most amazing architecture models I've seen recently. The Magic Mountain by Cero9 architects is an ecosystem mask for Ames thermal power station, a 2002 competion in Iowa USA. I dont know much about Cero9 other than that they are Efrén García and Cristina Díaz, and they are based in Barcelona and maybe Sao Paolo too. This project was included in the last architecture Biennial and was extensively published in El Croquis 118

Destroy Usefulness

"Anti-Design objects break the magic spell of pure contemplation and visibility to destroy usefulness, even if they use smooth finishes and traditional leather, forcing us passively to experience and mirror various formal approaches ; we do not, in fact, contemplate them voyeuristically or celibately but posses them like lovers!" Ennio Chiggio from "The Rock Furniture: Il Design della Gufram negli anni del Rock" published by Castello di Rivoli.

I saw this show in Spetember 2002 but took so few pictures. The long space (Manica Lunga) of the Castello di Rivoli didnt help much since I think any show there is bound to look a bit weak. Still the book-in-a-brick-wall catalogue is amazing, and I'll post more stuff from it. The Gufram Multipli collection is heaven translated into foam.


Superneen, the show we are preparing in Milan is featured in two of my favorite blogs, the excellent Wifi-Art.com and we-make-money-not-art.com. Superneen opens Tuesday March 7th at Galleria Pack, Foro Buonaparte 60, 20121 Milano, T.+390286996395

Monday, February 27, 2006

Hysterical Architecture with a Byzantine twist as seen in Thessaloniki

80's architecture is almost everywhere the same, and I find myself strangely attracted to it. Its hysterical, it ages really badly and manages a subtle over-simplified complexity, and I dont even know what that could mean but I also love any building with mirrors.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Tombale da Soggiorno

This is the "Tomb for the Living Room" arcmcair (!) by the great Alessandro Mendini, produced by the legendary Gufram factory in 1974. It appeared on the cover of Casabella, number 395. Much more on Gufram soon.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Architecture Principe

Ok, so I'm not gonna post my entire library, but I was so surprised when I found this book. I had entered Form Zero in Downtown L.A. a couple of years back and asked if they had something on Paul Virilio and Claude Parent, thinking I might finally find a copy of "Bunker Archaelogy". Instead I found this fantastic facsimile of their manifesto magazine Architecture Principe, published in part by the bookstore itself, in collaboration with Les Editions De L'Imprimeur.


Angelo is in Milan, so he asked me to go and check on the production of his Emblem-flags for the Superneen show. The emblems are portraits of Angelo, Mai, Miltos, Rafael, Nikola and me, made with a traditional flag technique, and they will be installed at the courtyard of Galleria Pack. I just cant resist posting a quick pic I took of mine just 'cos its so perfect and I love it some thing crazy: A black forest, a noose and a little bird. If only I knew me so well.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Exit Utopia

This is Constant's "Model for a Gypsy Camp" (1957) a piece that floats somewhere between Architecture, Sculpure and Fabulous Fantasy. From the excellent "Exit Utopia: Architectural provocations 1956-76" Editions Prestel. I got this at PRO-QM, one of the coolest architecture bookstores (along with the now defunct Form Zero in Los Angeles). just be careful, PRO-QM can be a serious source of credit-card debt.

Monday, February 20, 2006


Evdokia (1971) is an awesome film by Alexis Damianos. It's a visual feast of the rapidly changing physical and social landscape of Greece in the 1970's. I just couldnt stop hitting the copy-frame button.

Andreas Dobler

These paintings by Andreas Dobler are so scary its not even funny. They remind me of the weird paintings you find in summer rent-a-rooms in tacky places like Myconos, painted by the german artist who decided to leave everything behind and move to the south to be artistic, and then he/she spends the whole winter doing these phycholandscapes. So cool actually. Its the inaugral show of the ultra hip Alex Pollazzon gallery in London, check it out.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Elmgreen & Dragset

Elmgreen & Dragset: Monument to Short Term Memory. Again I'm not sure where I saw this one, but this time it makes sense to have forgotten. I almost always love their work, because its gay, political and funny too. I cant seem to find any of the overly gay works, but I remember seeing a park bench with "no homos" on it. Or was it"homos only"?

Friday, February 17, 2006

Electronic Ruins

I love the title Electronic Ruins, so much so that I decided to call my next lecture that, just to see if I can come up with something interesting to say about it. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment. I'm giving this lecture on Friday 24th February at the Center for Contemporay Art in Thessaloniki, 8 P.M.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Random House

This is a prison tower from somewhere in Florida. Looked interesting enough to save in my Misc Image folder of Dec 05. I must have been thinking about something for sure.

So, I dont know what this is. My guess is its a house by Andrew Geller, the architect of the Double Diamond house that I posted a while back. It was in the same folder as the prison tower and they kind of look a like.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Sea of Stupid

Grayson Perry's "Map of an Englishman" is just one of the most amazing print pieces I've seen. I wish I had a great scan of it, just to spend hours and hours traveling the mountains of Despair, the villages of Anger, Hate, Spite, crossing the rivers of unloved, unwanted and of course uninspired, to end up in the sea of stupid.
Ok so I dont remember all these places, I'm sure the map is very different and I'm just projecting (!) I saw it in full scale at Perry's Victoria Miro show two years ago. He was there with all his fabulous tranny entourage.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Belatedly Bernhard

Ok so why dont all the catwalk sites publish the full Bernhard Willhelm fashion week presentation? is it because its just too fabulous? Hello. Here some pics via the always good but not so often updated Hintmag, from Willhelms' winter 2006 collection showed at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris last week.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Hippy Trippy, gimme some Tiki

Ok so maybe its the extra weird music, or maybe its the weather, or maybe its me. I'm supposed to be filling in my Agenda for the catalogue of the New Trends exhibition, instead I'm obssesing (tsk tsk spelling) with anything tropical, exotic, polynesian, deserted-beach life and lost kind of thing. I just googled tiki image and this weird rock (bottom) came up. Is it a house? Is it a sculpute? Is it a rock? why its all of the above.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Cute Architecture

Recently Todd asked me what I thought of the new MOMA in NY, and I said it was really cute.
Todd suggested that this would the only time that this building is ever described as cute.
Is architecture even allowed to be cute?

Cute is a very diffictult thing for a building to be. It sits so close to so many bad stuff, such as cartoony and kitsch etc etc.
I’m interested in the emotion that a building expresses, even from the way that it stands in the world, from how it carries itself. The pose can express the phycology of this building, the personality. Do buildings have personality?

I suppose that is why I was never interested in processed forms like blobs or deconstructivism. I am interested in forms that relate to stuff, look like stuff, can be described. The interenet is full recognizable forms, stuff that looks like other stuff, but its also full of abstract feelings. So I am interested in my buildings to be easily describable (a cloud house) but I want the effect or the feeling produced by the architecture to be as abstract as falling in love with someone in a chatroom. The feelings that you have for that person is the new definition of abstraction.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Holland Days

Around this time last year I was a lot in Holland, finishing off my Blue Wave exhibition at MU, in Eindhoven. For such a small place Eindhoven (which means "End of the Fields") has a number of very cute buildings, starting off from the train station.
The super funny Evoluon, a flying saucer with rotating lights, made in the 60's as a Phillips showroom. And the De Bijenkorf department store whose facade was designed by Gio Ponti. I liked this other building too, but only when its upside-down and reflected in water;
Speaking of water, right next to this building is the Eindhoven City hall, and in the lobby you can still see the main maquette from the Blue Wave. It was too big to travel so we just parked it there, but I wonder if it gets lonely in the lobby, since it was really made for a public space.

Friday, February 03, 2006

How Gay Are You

Take this quiz to find out how gay you are.
There must be a mistake though because I just rated 11.
where the hell is my missing 1?
(via the excellent jockohomo)

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Jim Lambie

These birds are from Jim Lambie's show Byrds that took place somewhere, and I randomly happened upon them when I remebered how super-inspiring his work is. Does this make sense? Was this a valid sentence? And is this golden door zig-zagging over this stripped floor while eating an oval mirror?