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    February 1, 2013

    i first met cindy gallop in 2003 as part of a very lucky group of investors who found their way into buying shares of what would become the residential conversion of the first-ever YMCA in new york city, the mcburney y. the windy road from shares to square footage eventually led to our designing two incredible apartments, one for ourselves to use as the agency’s community space: the basketball court and cindy’s now famous the black apartment, built upon the foundation of the ymca’s men’s locker room. obvs. at that first meeting, in my living room, i knew that cindy was not like other people you just meet along the way, you know, the people always looking for themselves in every drawer, unsure of who they must be, rather preferring the easier road of choosing who they should be. cindy, for as long as i’ve known her, has never searched but found who she must be in many a drawer but never tentative, never timid, never speculative. when cindy decides what she is going to do with who she knows she is, she goes all in, always. that is the way she ran the new york office of BBH as chairman, that is how she throws parties and that is how she now runs not one but two startups!

    above all, cindy is helping. she doesn’t just want to help, as so many of us with tumblrs, she actually puts on the gloves and gets boxing in order to give us the tools to beat inevitability down to the mat. if we ran the world, her first adventure out of the advertising cocoon is a thriving community of people like you and i (ok, mostly like you…) who help each other through the magic of microactions, each furnishing one peg of a ladder too big for any one person to climb on their own. i’ve always said it and i learned it from cindy, good intentions are for suckers; action, either succeeding or failing, is the only thing that counts and the motor behind asking what we would do if we ran the world. more recently and as a reaction to what she discovered dating younger men, she founded makelovenotporn.tv, a site that tries to reverse the lead that porn as sexual education has had for new generations learning to be intimate with each other. one too many young buck cumming on your face will do that you. so this community of lovers, not porners, gets together every week to ask for and collect from real people, video examples of what real fucking looks like, what real kissing looks like, what real love looks like. this is a vision she outlined at TED, because of course…

    see? that’s cindy gallop! she helps and we couldn’t thank her enough. really, we literally couldn’t. oh, actually, today is her birthday so why do you go ahead and tweet her a nice word or two. or better yet, start helping or fucking… happy birthday cindy!

    February 11, 2010

    mcqueen_skull_ring_1-2_fd128just learned of lee mcqueen’s passing, from apparent suicide at his london home, and i am not quite sure why i feel so sad… is it because he was, in fashion terms, a loud voice that yelled out the learned rules and did what he thought was true? maybe. is it because it is shocking that a 40 year-old man at the height of his talent and success could see no other way out of his quiet misery? probably. a little over a week ago, his mother died, and, as i have heard some people do, he wept for her. still, as if insta-psychiatry it provides might be enough, he tweeted “but life must go on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” apparently, he had a change of heart. what is it that happens which leads one to consider that way out. we have manufactured systems so deep in order for us to feel comfortable in our own lives that it suddenly becomes impossible to cope with the infinite layers of pain once the we take a peek behind whatever curtain you have drawn to achieve aforementioned bliss. this is crazy. rest in peace mr. mcqueen.

    January 22, 2010

    chamarellithere’s of course nothing original about mixing the old and meaningful with the new forms of creative expression but fernando chamarelli does it better then you. the evident pre-columbian sources of his material fit perfectly within the grid-obsessed confines of today’s graphic design manifestos and the result is museum-worthy. love it. (via the science of design

    choosing between guy bourdin and helmut newton is like being asked to pick marouva over purple basil vinegar for the salad dressing, in other, less pompously culinary words, impossible! who would ever think of pitting them in competition anyway, a fool’s errand if i ever saw one. which brings me to this post… oh, never mind! bourdin. documentary. trailer. have fun. stop bothering me.

    January 8, 2010

    1094eugenio recuenco‘s technical skills are second to none, that’s obvious but what’s absolutely amazing is his gift for telling stories, one frame at a time. always something photographers claim but rarely competently execute is to honor the legacy of the masters of yore for whom there was no technology to aid in the narrative of their art. i believe eugenio is different as he seems to put subject matter first and texture second, just flip though his portfolio and you’ll see what i mean.

    dali-jazz-loftfrom 1957 to 1965 legendary photographer w. eugene smith made approximately 4,000 hours of recordings on 1,741 reel-to-reel tapes and nearly 40,000 photographs in a loft building in manhattan’s wholesale flower district where major jazz musicians of the day gathered and played their music. that, my friends is a life well-lived… the result is the jazz loft project which will open february 17, 2010, at the new york public library for the performing arts at lincoln center and will run through may 27, 2010. go and stop wasting your precious bodily fluids!

    November 3, 2009

    jroperthe textures of one mr. james roper are debilitatingly good. do you know what that means? it means that i don’t understanding how he does it, how he even thinks of such things!… (see more about the sense of mediocrity i am feeling right now here) anyway, imagine how an entire room (yes floors and ceilings too!) might look if he were given free reign. that will now be the goal of my life, to find the client willing to allow it! anyone?…

    October 30, 2009

    daoustnathalie daoust‘s sense of storytelling is finely tuned. whether it is pinup-ing or documenting her two years living from room to room in the carlton arms hotel, she sets her cast of characters within a context that we can identify with. never devoid of familiarity, we are encouraged to feel as opposed to merely see. beautiful.

    October 29, 2009

    kasukii don’t exactly know how he does it, or at all, but the art of kasuki katamatsu is simply stunning. all done in shades of grey, he represents scenes of indisputable lewdness as well as what seems like technical drawings. beauty = eye of the beholder and i will never be one to look down on anyone’s choices of inspiration. other than for this guy, naturally. ooh, i so hate to have soiled a perfectly awesome artist with a link to the antichrist…

    humlegarden_apartment_by_tham_videgard_hansson_architects_photo_ake_e_son_lindman_at_yatzer_16boy this is the kind of renovation i would have loved to do! born from the superb brains over at tham & videgard hansson architects this renovation of an apartment in stockholm reaches out to actually advance the interdisciplinary arts and, in my humbled mind, succeed extraordinarily. the groups of people who are actually able to translate their own thoughts and execute these kinds of thoughts are too far and far between. this is the kind of work that inspires me.