25.09.08 by Jeff

Tauba Auerbach

I admit it. I have a design crush on Tauba Auerbach. Actually it’s not a design crush it’s more like genius-envy (wow I’m copyrighting that). The article on her in the latest RVCA ANPQ was so engaging I had to find out more about her. She is equal parts artist and math-enthusiast. I have always been a fan of logic-puzzles and lateral thinking books, and when I look at her work I get excited about it in a similar way.

Much of her work is about binary opposites, and the idea that the thing is not always the thing, sometimes it’s the exact opposite of the thing. She is equally as fascinated by the patterns that emerge from the chaos of television static, as the chaos of human error that occurs when she attempts to create a perfectly repeating pattern.

She once wrote a series of statements logically proving that Yes equals No. I love this kind of stuff.

I especially love her series of colourful anagrams (using the same letters to form two different words or phrases) and her series of reconstructed typewriters. The typewriters were modified so that characters and keys were all mixed up and you had to kind of figure out the pattern through trial and error. “A” might have typed “B”, and “B” typed “C” etc.

I think there is a real sense of wonder and adventure to it all, like a child drawing a blueprint for a time machine.

I tried tracking down an online version of the ANPQ interview but no dice. If you can get your hands on it, it’s a great read (I enjoyed it more than the KAWS cover story).



Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • http://www.myspace.com/peterkeep Keep

    this is cool stuff! i’d love to see the Yes = No logic..

  • http://www.mediumstudio.com john

    wowee – i LOVE the type posters

  • avert your eyes

    they’re original paintings, not “posters.”

  • http://thankyousaku.wordpress.com/ Ben

    even better then, great stuff

01.12.15 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions: December


Thanks to every single one of you who submitted work to the November Reader Submissions post, it’s really cool to see all the talent in this community!

For those of you who are new, these posts are the best way to submit your work to be considered for a post on Booooooom. Up-voting work you like and leaving the positive comments to each other helps me see what work you like really pumps people up. I encourage you to do both! These posts get a lot of traffic so even if your work is not a fit for Booooooom it still gets seen by many (and definitely sends traffic to your own websites).

Please share your work here this month by leaving a comment below. The commenting system allows images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website.


Submission guidelines:

1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

2. If you see good work posted by someone upvote it so it appears at the top. This is not just a nice thing to do, it helps me see what work you actually like.

3. You can/should also encourage people who are sharing good work here! Comment on their posts and let them know you like what they’re doing. I really want to foster a community here, and this is a simple way you can connect with other people making work.

4. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough.




01.12.15 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Caiti Borruso


A selection of photos from “Whale Creek is Flooding” a series by photographer Caiti Borruso, found via our November Reader Submissions. More images below.

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01.12.15 by Staff

Hilarious Hack of the Day: The Secret Selfie Stick aka Really Long Arm


For anyone who finds selfie sticks too embarrassing to use in public, a guy named Mansun has come up with a solution. Made with two right hands ordered off Amazon (naturally), two original selfie sticks, and a shirt with extremely long sleeves, Mansun’s hack certainly addresses one problem. (Of course, he may have just created another).

Click here for a more detailed account of his process. More hilarious images below, love the shot of the shirt sleeves!

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01.12.15 by Staff

Strangely Satisfying Video of the Day: “ENDLESS”


Directed/animated by Buenos Aires-based creatives at molistudio with music by Argentinian duo Anybody There. “ENDLESS is a story about seeking and (not) finding,” featuring brightly coloured and beautifully mechanized routines. Watch below!

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01.12.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Victoria Siemer


I like this simple series of illuminated text by Brooklyn-based Victoria Siemer. More images below.

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