Wonderful series of photorealistic drawings by Minneapolis, Minnesota-based artist Melissa Cooke. Based on photographs Cooke took of herself, the closely cropped images are an experiment in traditional portraiture and personal reflections on feeling overwhelmed in a new place. More images from Plunge below.
“What does it feel like being you?” is a question Poetry Is Useless both asks and addresses, offering a unique meditation on the very idea of uselessness and self-reflection. That’s not to say there isn’t also a whole lot of fun/poking fun!
See more images and our interview with Nilsen below. Also enter for a chance to get your very own copy of Poetry Is Useless by sharing your favourite poem in the comments section below. We have two copies to give away!
Yoshiyuki Morioka has taken curation to the next level with this bookshop that only carries one title! Every week Morioka selects a single book to offer his clientele, along with special talks and meet-the-author style events intended to enhance readers’ engagement.
Takram, the design studio responsible for the branding of the shop, played a crucial role in Morioka Shoten’s conception. The idea won the support of Masamichi Toyama (CEO of Smiles Co. Ltd.) who gave a “New Business” lecture at an event held by the design company last year. Morioka attended the lecture, fittingly presenting his business plan with a single sheet of paper, which simply said: “Regeneration of Bookseller Atom → A bookstore with a single book.”
Morioka Shoten opened in Tokyo back in May. More images of the execution of this unique concept below!
“The Peristal Singum” is a large-scale installation by German artist, Tim Henrik Schneider. The interactive project spans ten different chambers that visitors must walk, climb, and crouch through. Of course, the physical challenges of navigating the space are entirely intentional.
Mimicking the human digestive system, “Peristal Singum” is a response to how quickly (and dismissively) art tends to be consumed. According to Schneider, “the physical experience of art is the only way people will start to self-reflect.” The labyrinthine layout is meant to force people to take their time and really engage with the art that surrounds them.
The installation opens at the Aus Berlin Festival in Tilburg on November 28th. See below for images from the original Berlin show.