Shigeo Fukuda, visual trickster

Fukuda’s works are illusions. The featured photo is of his ‘Underground Piano.’ He broke down a piano and “reassembled” it so that if the viewer stood in a certain place in the room and looked in the mirror’s reflection, the piano would look whole. James Geary describes Fukuda’s art: “They play practical jokes on the…

“3x3x6”

3x3x6 is the standardized dimensions of a prison cell, and the motivation behind artist Shu Lea Cheang’s new exhibit at the Palazzo delle Prigioni. Cheang explores the imprisonment provided by sexual, racial and gender norms, particularly the increase of such “omnipresent imprisonment in this new digital age.” This large immersive installation spans four rooms, featuring…

The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth

Opening on May 1 in the Brooklyn-based art space Pioneer Works is a new exhibit titled ‘The CruptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth,’ by artist Atelier Van Lieshout. It’s an immersive installation featuring a large steel furnace sculpture in the center, surrounded by “domestic elements such as a kitchen, toilet, and sleeping quarters.” AVL’s message…

Skyscraper Wind Tunnels

Anybody who has walked on Locust between 38th and 40th is familiar with the Penn “wind tunnel” between our three high rise buildings. This is new to me (I spent all of my time before Penn in suburban low-building west coast), but apparently, this is a common phenomenon with tall buildings, particularly tall buildings close…

Pizza Box Art

I was trying to find that pizza box art competition that Jacob mentioned his friend was running, and I instead came upon this article (discussing Scott Wiener’s book ‘Viva la Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box’) praising the underappreciated art of pizza boxes. While some pizza boxes are none more than the store logo…

Color Palettes in Cooking

My friend from high school has been running a pop-up gourmet restaurant out of his dorm room for the past few years, and he just launched a Kickstarter campaign for his cookbook. To be honest, I have no plans of attempting any of his recipes. But I love cookbooks, especially his minimalist gourmet style. I…

Orbit, by JPL

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory a research and development center working with NASA and CalTech. But even rocket scientists recognize the importance of design. Thus is born ‘The Studio,’ a team of designers that works with the engineers at JPL. ‘Orbit’ is an outside installation developed by ‘The Studio.’ It is shaped like a shell, and…

Bar Stools

At Franklin Table, I noticed these two stools laid out in front of a cafe stand. I immediately imagined them as two protrusions from the ground, almost like two eyes peering up at the world. I realized that I, and others, often do this with design – that is, we look for familiarity in our…

Oscar Short: Late Afternoon

Late Afternoon was one of the nominations for Oscar best animated shorts. The drawing style was minimal, oftentimes not drawing the entire environment of a scene. Rarely were the images drawn to fill the frame to the border, which was fitting to put the viewer in the same mindset as the main character: grasping to…

The Singh Nanotech Center

The Singh Nanotechnology building at 33rd and Walnut is one of the few buildings on campus that do not abide by its brick-building, earthy-toned, gothic-type architecture. But that is not the only interesting design choice in this glassy, modern research center. The nano-fabrication labs are situated underground, isolated and situated exactly to minimize (if not…