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Sights: On the Grid

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I’m participating in Hyperkat’s On the Grid city guide for Houston, and it’s giving me a great opportunity to photograph some places around town that I love.

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Curiosities: Japanese Book of Science

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We have amassed quite the collection of old books from local bookstores and resale shops over the years. They have two functions, it seems. Sitting in a credenza, and being heavy in moving boxes. To change this, and to return them to the purpose they were purchased for, I’ve started photographing and scanning them to be put to use as design inspiration. There are three distinct sections in this series. Firstly, photographs of the books themselves, unchanged (1-3). Secondly, images and figures scanned from the book, isolated and slightly altered (4-6). Lastly, original work created from the images (7-9).

Observed: 무나씨 Moonassi

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The artist behind Moonasi, Daehyun Kimn, uses only black ink for her illustrations. There is no hidden significance in this, only that she she finds it simply, just enough. I find both her drawings and the description of her work refreshingly succinct. The expressionless face of her subjects was borrowed from old Buddist paintings, and she finds that it is perfect to conceal there feelings. The focus of her illustrations is on their gestures alone.

Moonasi sells her illustrations as originals, hand drawn editions, and prints. You can sign up on her site to receive updates, if you would like to purchase her work.

Sights: Wye Oak / Joshua Light Show

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A recent concert at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston had us reflecting on some of our favorite live music experiences. Most often they are outside the standard venues, or with an added element. Complemented with the colored oil light projections of the Joshua Light team, the Wye Oak show, pictured here tops my list.

※ Photograph by DC

Curiosities: Olivia Knapp

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Although I’ve chosen to share previous works of a more simple variety, Olivia Knapp’s crosshatch style is delightfully intricate. She has a new series completed called Prehensility, and it is on view at the Hellion Gallery in Portland. Her drawing style is influenced by European line engravings from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and she utilizes methods called “line to dot” and “dot and lozenge.” The result is extraordinary, and the subject matter surreal. Personally, hands and eyes are my two favorite objects that she draws. Her portfolio and blog are both worth a look. She shares many up-close images which show you the incredible detail if you aren’t able to view it in person.