Improvised Life » ideas from artists If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:24:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wondrous Sculptural Pottery from an Analog 3D Printer Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:00:44 +0000

Great Things to People is a studio involved in explorations in architecture, art and design, located Santiago, Chile. “We are in a continuous process of research and experimentation in digital crafting, promoting new encounters between the technologies for projecting and the richness of the local expressed in traditional materials and techniques.”

Their 3D pottery printer is not directly digital at all, but a fabulous rig that allows them to “work in the translation of computational logics and automations process in the material world through an analog machine.” Showing how they make their beautifully organic, assymetrical work is much easier than trying to explain it: (more…)

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2 Ways to Listen that Will Change Your Life Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:03:10 +0000

From Seth Godin:

You can listen to what people say, sure.

But you will be far more effective if (more…)

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Hanna Eshel’s Dream Loft with Sculpture Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:13:48 +0000

The truly inspiring, we-want-to-see-MORE piece in the recent New York Times Style Magazine is A Love Eternal, a short piece about artist Hanna Eshel and her Noho New York loft full of windows, light, and her elemental sculptures. What a vibe and look, from the patched floor to the 70′s style tracklights, plinths with artworks, ongoing projects, plants, sculptural plywood stools, white everywhere,  even the simple elevated loft bed, which here manages not to be a cliche. (more…)

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A Drawing Pad You Carry with Your Everywhere: Your Hand Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:01:01 +0000

Maria Robledo

Our friend Isabel Rower can’t NOT draw on things, and her favorite seems to be her hand. We’ve seen (and posted) all sorts of drawings Issy’s made on her hands. She treats them like an instant pad, always available for drawings or taking notes.  (more…)

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Birch Branch Canopy Bed Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:00:08 +0000

On the heels of our post about using vintage columns as bed posts, we found images of Fashion Designer Samantha Pleet's Williamsburg Apartment. In it, a bed made of lashed together birch logs. ]]> 0
Repurposing Artist’s Ideas, for Home and Living Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:04:20 +0000

I confess to being a barbarian. I routinely check out artists work for ideas I can apply as home design elements. I wonder why my generous artist friends don’t come banging down my door angry at my canabalization of pure art for utilitarian means. They don’t. And I keep finding inspiration from artist’s work, like these paintings by Shaan Syed currently on view at the Ana Cristea Gallery. (more…)

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Fischli and Weiss’ Fab Sculptures from Household Objects Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:13:21 +0000

via | Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York & Galerie Eva

Every since Holton Rower mentioned Equilibres, the inspired series of sculptures Peter Fischli and David Weiss made in the 80′s with ordinary household objects, we’ve been collecting images of them. Only images exist. The tenuous assemblages were dismantled after they were photographed. The subtitle of the series reads:  “Balance is most beautiful just before it collapses.”


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The Beauty of Unframed Art via Schnabel’s Palazzo Chupi Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:00:26 +0000

We’re so used to seeing images of tidy interiors with neat rows of framed pictures that it was a joy to stumble on this image of Julian Schnable’s living room at Palazzo Chupi. In addition to all the pink, there’s a nice mashup of art, much of it unframed. Unframed canvases have an immediacy and, well, naked-quality that cools out the framed art.

We found a trove of images of Schnabel’s extraordinary building, which appears to still be for sale, here.

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War Images Transformed by Collage Flowers Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:03:16 +0000

Mister Blick

Whether cut-and-paste real or photoshopped, we love how Mr. Blick completely re-envisioned a very dark subject with collage, and turned it to its opposite. It reminded us that collage is an artform do-able by anyone. Witness Mary Delay's.]]> 0
Estrella Morente and the Meaning of Olé Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:39:08 +0000

(Video link HERE.) The other evening we were invited to a concert of Andalusian-born Flamenco singer Estrella Morente, whose incredibly expressive, passionate and complex singing is legendary in Spain. We noticed that as Morente sang, members of the audience would occasionally say “Olé” (pronounced alé). Morante and her accompanists — three clapping as percussion, two playing guitars, one drums — would also utter “Olé “when one of them was performing particularly moving or daring passages.


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A Mirrored Fence to Reflect the Landscape Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:03:19 +0000

Jeremy L. Thompson

Spring is definitely coming —we just saw some hopeful shoots coming up in the park — and we’re more than ready for warm weather and enjoying the outdoors NOT all bundled up.  Alison Schotz‘ ‘Mirror Fence” installation at Storm King fuels that dream: a picket fence that mirrors whatever is around it.

Although we don’t know the actual practical reality of a mirrored fence, we love the beauty reflected here. (more…)

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The Wishbone Project’s First Crowdsourced Wishbones! Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:54:42 +0000

Holton Rower

Artist Holton Rower just sent us an image of the first batch of wishbones he received via The Wishbone Project, Improvised Life’s campaign to crowdsource wishbones for a monumental artwork Holton plans to make out of this unusual art material. We’re thrilled! Reader B.C.E. saved a stash of wishbones from various chicken dinners and sent them to Holton. In return, he’s sending her a thank you gift.

Holton is now that many wishbones closer (more…)

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Keith Haring’s Apartment Ignores Prewar Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:50:01 +0000

We recently came across some photos of Keith Haring’s apartment on Broome Street in the 1980′s. It was a railroad flat with prewar-ish lines. Haring totally ignored and defied “prewar”…and transformed it into a very original space, graffiti’d like crazy. EVERYTHING was a canvas to draw on. We especially love the fridge and his unique extra bedroom solution.  (more…)

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Improvised Life’s Unfolding Path (+ Principles) Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:09:46 +0000

Yoshinaga Yasuaki

I found this image from the great Miranda July in the early archives I created when the idea for Improvised Life was just forming. It’s from an installation called The Hallway that July made in Tokyo in 2008: a 125-foot hallway lined with 50 hand-painted wooden signs that act as an internal voice.  The signs raise questions that must have been on my mind as I contemplated a LEAP (more…)

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