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Daniele Tavella : The Italian Fella

Daniele Tavella : The Italian Fella

In Italy I’m the American DJ, but here in America, I’m the Italian DJ
Arcosanti | Paolo Soleri - From Turin to the Arizona Desert in 92 years

Arcosanti | Paolo Soleri – From Turin to the Arizona Desert in 92 years

With a bowl of soup, a piece of bread and many friends Paolo Soleri celebrated his 92nd birthday last week. While reaching 92 is unusual, what makes this event even more interesting is where it was celebrated –  at Arcosanti, the city Paolo started building in the Arizona desert 41 years ago. The unfinished Arcosanti...
Daniele Lago | Design by short - circuit

Daniele Lago | Design by short – circuit

As the tenth of 10 children, Daniele Lago readily admits that his role as innovative lead of a thriving design business is the result of “a little bit of inertia,” but also “a lot of passion.”   He might have been born into a company started by his family, but Daniele has proved to be...
Street Evolution at Annecy

Street Evolution at Annecy

Street art is a fashion product so most of the people are just doing it because it is “cool.”  Hope this street art game will end soon  ~   BLU This past weekend the animated short “Big Bang Big Boom” by Italian artist Blu was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Annecy Animation Festival....
Diego Stocco | Curious Sound

Diego Stocco | Curious Sound

  “I’ve always been terrible at remembering songs.” It’s a surprising pronouncement considering that it comes from Diego Stocco. As a leading sound designer Diego has created his own instruments such as the experibass, extracted sounds from sand, worked with Hans Zimmer on the Sherlock Holmes soundtrack, and created a series of youtube and vimeo...
Toys For Melancholics | GABRIELS

Toys For Melancholics | GABRIELS

Entering the Toy Art Gallery (TAG) in Hollywood, I immediately hope that some unforeseen, but not tragic, event will force me to spend a few hours in the waiting room.  An impressive array of Pop Surrealist art shares the space with an obsessively large number of art figurines protected by glass cabinets. Just over a...
The Ecstatic Design of Antonio Pio Saracino

The Ecstatic Design of Antonio Pio Saracino

  From ARTNews to Wallpaper*, Antonio Pio Saracino consistently holds a place on the “top” and “best” lists of respected magazines. Just what Saracino is the “top” of and the “best” at ranges from sustainable design to trendsetting to future furniture. Combine this artistic and technical breadth with a list of international exhibits that include...
Indepensense : Giuseppe Mastromatteo

Indepensense : Giuseppe Mastromatteo

As an Art Director Giuseppe Mastromatteo has created a transformative world where a motorcycle balances on a tightrope high above the city, black fabric melds into a sinister looking panther and the curves of a Campari bottle shift into a beautiful woman. His non-commercial work is equally dramatic, but remains unsettlingly understated. In his latest...
Spaghetti Brains

Spaghetti Brains

Italian street artist Blu makes spaghetti brains.
Moneyless

Moneyless

It’s sad that Italian street artist  Blu was censored at a show in the US, but I am enjoying the noncommissioned public sculptures of Italian artist Moneyless. Constructed while he was in San Francisco for an official show, Linear Empires at the White Walls Gallery, the strikingly geometric structures are now featured on several art blogs. See more...
Daniele Luppi: re-building Rome, In The Desert

Daniele Luppi: re-building Rome, In The Desert

5 years. Multiple trips to Rome Elderly session musicians. A photoshoot in the California desert. When Daniele Luppi, a composer and arranger born and raised in Rome, moved to LA he noticed an impressive collection of vintage Italian soundtracks in the home of a fellow musician. The musician was Danger Mouse (Brian Burton), a Grammy-award...
Luigi Ontani Continues to Perform

Luigi Ontani Continues to Perform

Ritual, memory and metamorphosis animate Luigi Ontani’s art.  Since the 1970s when he carve a path distinct from his arte povera contemporaries, Ontani has used masks and performance to craft paintings, ceramics and tableaux vivants that demonstrate an obsessive curiosity with the artist as subject. His work’s cultural breadth joins eastern and western symbols, icons,...