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Friday Finds 02.17.12

Well, folks, it's time for yet another installment of Friday Finds. Scroll down for a look at Kate Bush, one of our favorite pieces from Stockholm Design Week, a stop motion vid, and much more. And if you have your own find to share, let us know in the comments section.
February 17, 2012
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Rineke Dijkstra at SFMOMA

Yesterday I was utterly knocked out at the press preview for SFMOMA's new show "Rineke Dijkstra: Retrospective." I'd seen the Dutch photographer's work before in dribs and drabs, but taken as a whole her brand of unflinching portraiture is overwhelming. Dijkstra's photos tend to come in series—adolescents at the beach, a Croatian refugee shot over a span of decades, teenagers in the park—and much of their power comes in a sustained yet varied look at a particular subject. The shots tend to be head-on and massive, at once making heroes of her subjects and opening them up to close scrutiny. Here's a selection of Dijkstra's work, which is on view from February 18th through May 28th in San Francisco. It's her first show of this size in the United States.
February 17, 2012
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Friday Finds 02.03.12

It's a balmy Friday here at Dwell's San Francisco office, and so we start our weekly roundup with a jaunt over to an outdoor art installation just a few blocks away. Scroll down for the full report.
February 3, 2012
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Sparano Mooney's Kimball Q&A

With the jury going into deliberations at the end of the week, the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, is poised to announce the architect and design of its new extension. I've reported on the quintet of finalists, but I was particularly curious to hear from the only Utah firm to make the final cut: Sparano Mooney. I asked John Sparano—whose house we covered in the July/August 2010 issue—about what his design means for Main Street in Park City, how it feels to be the only local firm under consideration, and what winning this commission would mean for his and Anne Mooney's practice.
February 1, 2012
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Models of the Kimball Art Center

As I reported earlier, the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, is just days away from choosing which of the five plans for their extension will go into construction. The jury makes its final deliberation on February 3rd, in part based on the models that the five contending firms—BIG, Sparano Mooney, Tod Williams Billie Tsien, Will Bruder + Partners, and Brooks Scarpa. I had the good luck of visiting Park City last week to see the models (currently stashed in board member Buzz Stasser's house during the Sundance Film Festival), but if you're anywhere else, take this exclusive look at what will be swaying the jury. The videos are only available here on and at the Kimball thanks to augmented reality technology from HP's Aurasma system.
January 30, 2012
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Friday Finds 01.27.12

If you've been itching to find out what's piqued our interest this week, you're in luck. This week in Friday Finds, a letterpress documentary, people who make themselves at home in Ikea's vignettes, and the answer to why TNG's Wesley Crusher always sports sparkly vests.
January 27, 2012
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Sea Shepherd Prints

I just came across a series of great, graphically inclined (and affordable!) artworks from The Utility Collective and Hub Strategy that features oceanic scenes printed on plywood. A portion of the proceeds from these pieces goes to Sea Shepherd, a non-profit marine wildlife conservation group. Good art for a good cause—what more can you ask? There are four different scenes—a seahorse, two different whales, and a shark (to which I'm partial)—all available at The Utility Collective's online shop.
January 24, 2012
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12 Questions for Luis Urculo

I've long been intrigued by the overlap of design, art, and architecture, and one of the most interesting practitioners working in that realm today is Madrid-based Luis Urculo, whose works tread—and test—the boundaries between the mediums. This Friday, "Jet Lag," Urculo's first solo show in the United States, opens at San Francisco's The Popular Workshop.
January 18, 2012
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Massimo Scolari's Drawings at Yale

Visit the website of the Italian architect, designer, and artist Massimo Scolari and you'll be surprised to see how many drawings and paintings are lumped in with his more three-dimensional work. Architects working as painters is nothing new, but Scolari pushes his work with the brush and pen to the fore of his practice of design. The state of drawing in architecture is just what he'll take up in a lecture entitled "Is Drawing Dead" at Yale University on February 9th. From February 6th through May 4th, Scolari's own output will make the case that the answer to the question posed in his lecture is a resounding "no." In the first American retrospective of his Scolari's work as a draftsman and painter since 1986, the Yale School of Architecture presents the show Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture 1967-2012. Check out this slideshow of his work, imagery that is at once fantastic, strange, and singular.
January 16, 2012