Last night I got invited to the Ron Arad: No Discipline art opening at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, and let me tell you, it was amazing. This was the first time Arad was showing his work in America, and him and the museum both did it big for this event. Among the most influential designers of our time, Ron Arad stands out for his daredevil curiosity about technology and materials and for the versatile nature of his work. Trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and at London’s Architectural Association, Arad has produced an outstanding array of innovative objects over the past twenty-five years, from almost unlimited series of objects to carbon fiber armchairs and polyurethane bottle racks. He has also designed memorable spaces, some plastic and tactile, others ethereal and digital. This exhibition focused mainly on his design of innovative chairs, but there were some other great pieces that I truly enjoyed. I took a ton of pictures, but ill only attach a few of my favorites.
Chances are, you may not have heard of Eric Joyner, but a lot of people have. He has won awards from Spectrum Fantastic Art, and has been hired by the San Francisco Chronicle. His art is very popular among technology executives, and some movie stars have been known to collect some of his art. J.J. Abrams is a huge fan. (LOST baby!) I only came across him when I saw a preview for his book, “Robots & Donuts: The Art of Eric Joyner”, published by Dark Horse Books. Joyner paints his robots with an out of time feel and a vintage quality that never seems to get old. It is also right on time with the retro style that is ohh so popular today.
Joyner decided in 1999 that he was going to focus his art strictly on Robots and Donuts after his work in commercial illustration became too tedious. (I cant help but laugh to myself as I write this. Picturing someone fed up with commercial art, and saying “humm, well I love donuts, and robots seem really cool too, so maybe ill just focus on painting them. And ONLY them). All of his paintings start with an idea, then a photo opp featuring some robot toys from Japan. After he has his subject matter ready, he does a sketch and paints that with some acrylics. He finalizes his paintings with thick oils and 2 coats of spray Demar varnish. Joyner’s art is so refreshing that you can’t help but to love it. He paints with a childish, retro feel, and the subject matter forces a smile onto your face. I mean how can you NOT smile at Japanese Robots fighting giant donuts?