Artist Phillip K Smith III took a 70-year old wooden cabin in the California High Desert, added mirrors to the wood structure for an art piece that gives the illusion of transparency. Named “Lucid Stead,” the cabin’s optical illusion is impressive both in photos and in film. LEDs compliment the exterior during the evening by illuminating the interior.
On the weekend of October 12th in Joshua Tree, California, artist Phillip K Smith III revealed his light based project, Lucid Stead. What was expected to be a two day event for a handful of viewers, turned into over 400 people making the journey over two weekends. People as far away as New York City and Canada traveled to the California High Desert to experience it. Numerous media sources have asked to do cover stories on the work. Thousands of photos professional and amateur, were taken, posted and shared across blogs and social media sights. In just over 30 days, Lucid Stead officially became a phenomenon.
Composed of mirror, LED lighting, custom built electronic equipment and Arduino programming amalgamated with a preexisting structure, this architectural intervention, at first, seems alien in context to the bleak landscape. Upon further viewing, Lucid Stead imposes a delirious, almost spiritual experience. Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteader shack, that serves as the armature of the piece, reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain like a mirage or an hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desolate darkness. This transformation also adapts personal perception, realigning one’s sensory priorities. A heightened awareness of solitude and the measured pace of the environment is realized.
Smith states, “Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change.”
Phillip K Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He draws inspiration from the reductive logic of minimalism and the optic sensation of California’s Light and Space movement. Smith’s innovation and exploitation of new technologies keeps these ideologies current. He was honored as the 2010 Artist in Residence at the Palm Springs Art Museum and was included in the exhibition, Smooth Operations: Substance and Surface in Southern California Art, alongside artists such as Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, and Craig Kauffman at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster CA. He has been asked to return to the museum for a solo exhibition opening in January 2014. He has been commissioned to create over a dozen monumental art works and his light based sculptures are collected Nationwide. Phillip will open a solo exhibition of lightworks at royale projects : contemporary art in Palm Desert on November 29 2013. His work will be featured at UNTITLED art fair in Miami opening December 1st.
For more info visit: http://www.lucidstead.com
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Fall fashion is notoriously luxurious with layers, scarves, leather and coats, all the things that make fashion nerds wanna bolt to the nearest mall. Since fall is here I would like to draw your attention to the utterly gorgeous ASSASSIN’S CREED IV BLACK FLAG collection by MUSTERBRAND.
Musterbrand worked closely with Ubisoft to develop these stunning pieces which range from $59 to $240. Granted the line is inspired by the male protagonist Edward Kenway, however I find that the collection has a magnificent unisex appeal with the sleek lines and cuts. I can’t help but swoon over the attention to detail and the pigments of gray and black, not to mention the durable and rich fabrics. The line has all the makings of a true blue fall fashion collection while holding so true to the game that inspired it. BLACK FLAG is all about the nautical golden age of piracy and just by looking at the pieces, you can smell the salty air and taste the rum.
To add a special touch, all buttons are interchangeable with other designs and new designs will be released over time and the game franchise evolves. Now that’s a genius way of making the button bearing pieces a solid investment by keeping them fresh. I checked the size chart, and it appears everything goes up to XXL, which is pretty considerate from my point of view. This fabulous line will drop October 29th so head over to MUSTERBRAND and check it out, I have a feeling this collection will be a sold out success.
- See more on this collection and other geek trends at SugarGamers.com-
Written by Rebecca “Bonks” Rothschild
Romita Comedor is a restaurant that is less than two years old yet it has the ambience of a well-loved, casual tradition.
The interior touches – the use of wood and tile, the wood furnishings, the many plants and various surface treatments – all seem to belong here, and they seem to have belonged for a long time. Nice vintage-chic patina that also looks fresh and modern – not easy to achieve.
The dining room is located in Mexico City, in the heart of Colonia Roma, at Avenida Álvaro Obregón 49.
The building dates back to early 1900s and its style was inspired by grand railway stations. It is also protected by the INBA (Instituta Nacional de Bellas Artes).
The massive windows, glass ceiling and a retractable awning all take full advantage of the station-style architecture, and let the light in for the benefit of the many plants.
The building’s current owner, Rodrig Espinoza, and his two partners, Marcela Lugo and Arturo, designed the restaurant with the idea in mind that it would become a gathering place that would attract not just the locals but visitors as well.
Mr. Wise ( aka Zechariah Wise), is best known for his work behind the scenes as President of the production crew, Team Demo. While his earlier work as an artist in groups like the Lower Life Forms and Team Demolition provide trivia for underground hip hop collectors, Wise continues to periodically release compelling solo material. His new single, “I Can’t Figure You Out,” is a taste of the hip hop, funk and blue-eyed soul fusion from his fourth-coming EP, “The Way of the Doh Doh“
Beginning as a self produced recording artist in the mid 90s, Mister Wise simultaneously built an independent record label and recording studio facility where his skills as a record producer and recording/ mixing engineer made him a fixture in the growing DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) urban music scene.
Wise’s list of credits includes such artists as 50 Cent, Wale, Kool G Rapp, Big Daddy Kane, Chris Brown, Obie Trice, Tabi Bonney, Phil Ade, Sean Price, Illa Ghee, Kingpen Slim, Styles P, Nikki Jean, Midian, Sauce Money, DJ Premier, Wais P, Gods Illa, Black Cobain, Lord Digga, Raekwon, Boobe, Juicy J, Pastor Troy and Joie 13 just to name a few.
While widely regarded as one of the forefathers of the DMV hip hop scene, it’s all just music to Wise. “I stopped thinking about genres a long time ago. I came up in hip hop so I’m most known for that, but I work on everything. There are only two kinds of music in my world: the stuff I worked on and the stuff I didn’t.”
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In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, inside of a deep dark cave for the last few years, we have a very important piece of information to share with you…IT’S LOLLAPALOOZA WEEKEND IN CHICAGO!
The number of celebs, industry execs, tastemakers, influencers, and any other cool title you can think of are in the city in celebration of one of the largest music festivals in the states. Insane? Yes. But hey, that’s the incredible power of the Lolla.
As can be expected, some really good will be happening and we just got our VIP invite to all of them
Our friends over at LFB Media gave us a summary of what’s happening at the Hard Rock Hotel. Look to us over the weekend to bring you coverage from these events on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter with a weekend recap back here on The Sevenology.
CK ONE MUSIC LOUNGE
The ck one color cosmetics brand will present the “ck one Music Lounge” – an exclusive VIP artist lounge and acoustic performance venue – this year at Lollapalooza 2013. The annual music event, created by BMF Media Group, will take place August 2 – 4 at the popular downtown Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.
Artists, bands, tastemakers, industry executives, and media will be invited to the “ck one Music Lounge” to take part in the ultimate music experience. There they will enjoy private performances by some of today’s coolest artists, including Eve, Rosco Bandana, Brick+Mortar, Stalley, The Mowgli’s, Blondfire, Héloïse and The Savior Faire, among others to be announced.
Guests will enjoy makeovers from the official CK One color cosmetics global celebrity makeup artists – Jodie Boland and Hung Vanngo – as well as an exclusive ck one color cosmetics manicure bar. In addition, attendees can challenge bandmates to a game of ping pong or foosball in the lounge.
Date: Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
IT’S SO MIAMI LOUNGE
This year, The BMF Media Group returns to Chicago during the Lollapalooza Music Festival to present the It’s So Miami Lounge, a highly-anticipated three-day oasis at the coveted Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. From Aug. 2 - 4, the VIP and artist retreat will provide the ultimate music experience for attending media, talent, artists, industry executives, and tastemakers alike.
The It’s So Miami Lounge is presented by The Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Clearasil®, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Starbucks® Iced Coffee, Herbal Essences, Polaroid Sunglasses, District®, Heineken Light, smartwater®, vitaminwater®, Belvedere, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Blue Microphones, VH1, Code of Conduct, and Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.
DJs: DJ sets by MR. BEST, Franco V, Mike Nouveau, Jeffrey Tonnesen, DJ Cobra, and more to be announced.
Date: Friday, Aug. 2 – Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
#ASOSRocks VIP AFTER-PARTY SERIES
Chicago. From Aug. 2 – 4, the #ASOSRocks after-parties will feature exclusive musical performances and custom brand experiences for attending media, talent, artists, industry executives, and tastemakers alike.
#ASOSRocks will offer guests access to a number of exciting ASOS experiences, including a showcase of the brand’s new collections, a digital tablet wall displaying exclusive content, and contests offering the chance to win a $6,000 shopping spree, as well as $1,000 gift cards, to asos.com. Festival-goers will also be gifted with ASOS festival survivor kits and $50 gift vouchers to asos.com.
On Aug. 2, VH1 will kick off the first #ASOSRocks VIP after-party – “#ASOSRocks + VH1 Rules” – with exclusive live performances and surprise guest appearances. VH1 will also be capturing footage and artist interviews for its Top 20 Video Countdown and news programs.
#ASOSRocks is presented by ASOS, VH1, Belvedere, and Heineken Light.
Friday, Aug. 2
Saturday, Aug. 3
Sunday, Aug. 4
The Dolls: Mia Moretti & Margot
DJ SETS BY:
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Date: Friday, Aug. 2 – Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Time: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
HARD ROCK HOTEL CHICAGO LOBBY TAKEOVER
This year, The BMF Media Group returns to Chicago during the Lollapalooza Music Festival to bring back the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago Lobby Takeover. On Aug. 2 – Aug. 3, the hotel lobby will feature gifting, and other exciting experiences for attending media, talent, artists, industry executives, and tastemakers alike. Courtesy of RadioShack, guests can try out an impressive showcase of SOL REPUBLIC new products including Tracks headphones, Sound Track headbands and a brand new product.
Attendees can also pop into a photo booth to create fun animated GIFs to post and share. In addition to a variety of giveaways, Polaroid Sunglasses will be offering pedicabs to and from the festival, while guests looking to cool down can pick up ice cream and shaved ice from the ASOS cart.
The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago Lobby Takeover is presented by the RadioShack Experience with SOL REPUBLIC, Polaroid Sunglasses and ASOS.
DJs: Appearance by Steve Aoki on Friday, August 2 and more to be announced.
Date: Friday, Aug. 2 – Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013
Time: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
If someone were to ask you how you felt about your body, what would you think of? Would you think of your imperfect skin, your cellulite, your too-thin hair? Understandably so. Our culture has driven us to think of what we lack before all else (after all, how else will we be convinced to buy so much?).
Interrupt Magazine has done a project of its own, examining the way that females view their bodies, and how they feel about themselves. “By the age of 13, 53 percent of girls say they are unhappy with their bodies,” Interrupt states. They decided to ask girls between the ages of four and eight what they liked about their body. The results were wonderful and insightful.
Here are a few of the girls’ answers, but really you should check out the magazine in its entirety. An interactive publication, Interrupt allows submissions on particular themes and hosts interactive projects. Its current art lab, the You Are a Genius Bar, is going on in New York right now at 215 Bowery.
Where the Hell did Nylo come from? I mean, I guess I know where she came from, she grew up in Chicago. But, how does a pop star just fall out of the sky like this? How is “Fool Me Once” not flooding the airwaves 15 times a day next to Adele and Nickelback?
Somehow, quite unfortunately the songstress’s 2012 release, “Memories Speak” EP, slipped right under my radar but “Indigo Summer” won’t likely be missed by many. With pop music today incorporating more and more elements of EDM and hip hop, catering toward fusion artists like Lana Del Rey, and producers like Emile Haynie, I’m anticipating Nylo’s rise to be rapid and right around the corner. What’s more? Nylo works. I mean, really works. The sequel to “Indigo Summer” and her second full length release this year, “Indigo Rose” drops this Fall.
A few days ago, I changed my profile picture on Facebook.
The picture was taken on a particularly marvelous hair day and I hadn’t even thought twice about it. My makeup looked great, my skin was behaving, the lighting cooperated nicely. Whatever.
So why did I feel so weird posting it?
Well, friends, for the sake of disclosure…
It was a selfie.
Now you all see where I’m coming from, right? The stigma associated with that horrible ‘S’ word has justified my insecurities.
Maybe you’re rolling your eyes, like the girl in my Sociology class who made the argument that selfies were narcissistic. Maybe you’re cheering me on for having such candor, in which case I appreciate your support, but I really don’t think this is a praise-worthy confession (because, really, nothing I’ve ever done on Facebook has largely benefited humanity). Maybe you’re on the fence about selfies and what they convey about our society at large. Maybe you haven’t analyzed it that deeply and don’t care to. Maybe you’ve stopped reading because using an entire article to discuss the selfie stigma seems superfluous to you. And maybe, you’re right.
But if you’re like me, and you enjoy feeling and looking nice, this discussion has broader implications. In my opinion, there isn’t anything superficial or narcissistic about taking pride in your appearance. In fact, confidence in how you look is important, whether we want to say so or not. So why are we ashamed of looking and feeling “pretty” and wanting to present ourselves accordingly?
Girls are taught a million horribly contradicting maxims their whole lives (through parents, the opposite sex, the media, etc.). “Be innocent, but sexy!” “Look young, but mature!”. Not to get totally ridiculous here, but if I were to conform to every one of societies suggested ‘girl’ tropes, I would be sporty, thin, intellectual, unassuming, curvy, unintimidating, sexy, powerful, muted, passive, dangerous, outspoken and easily coerced. I would actually have to simultaneously deal with multiple personalities, body types and levels of sexual experience to be the ‘perfect girl’ defined in Generation Y.
“Okay, neat. Cool feminist rant about male oppression and cultural flaws. What does this have to do with your stupid selfie problem?”
Everything, darlings. This has everything to do with the selfie problem.
If we’re always told to be all of these things, in just the right measures, how can we ever actually enjoy feeling attractive? The minute we admit to feeling aesthetically pleasing we’re being overconfident. So, whether we’re having a day when the face is our last priority, or if we’re having a Tyra Banks approved “good-god-I’m-hot” moment, we feel like we’re doing something wrong. We cannot win. This is why the selfie has long been condemned… it perpetuates the idea that women shouldn’t put any stock in their physical facade. Meanwhile, dressing down and not messing with our eyeliner renders us “uggos” who really should have considered everyone else’s impression of us when getting ready this morning.
I’ve never seen the shame in feeling good about how you look. Never has walking down the street loving my outfit made me less intelligent, less driven, more inwardly focused, or big headed. Never has strutting a little bit made me feel cheap, or like I was setting back the female empowerment movement. No amount of makeup has ended Women’s suffrage and, as far as I can tell, taking an occasional selfie certainly hasn’t lessened a ladies pay any further.
I take pride in my appearance, (most days… I mean, I’m not above occasionally leaving the house with toothpaste smeared on my face and rats nests congealing in my hair) and I don’t see why we should all be raised to fear that ‘pretty’ feeling.
Girls of every age, race, size, credo, sexuality, ambition and ‘look’ should enjoy feeling attractive the same way as men should, and celebrating this with a picture taken by yourself is a perfectly healthy way to tell the world that “I look good. I know it… and maybe I want Facebook to know it.”
So, live on, dear selfie. You give usefulness to the screen-side iPhone camera and you’re fun on a Wednesday night at 11 pm when my side-part looks inexplicably fabulous. You’ll always have a place in my camera roll.