Wirjo's starred items
In the terrifying wake of 2011 the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, funerals become a commonplace ordeal as the nation dealt with unprecedented loss. Like most cultures, Japanese funerals are somber affairs punctuated with black and white with any deviation considered taboo or inappropriate. Reflecting on the enormity of recent events, funeral home Nishinihon Tenrei approached Tokyo-based ad agency I&S BBDO to create an ad for a trade show that would buck the trend of muted colors so prevalent in the industry. The agency responded with this unprecedented figure of a skeleton made with pressed flowers that overtly celebrates the cycle of life by introducing color and elements of nature that are often avoided in such services. The image was considered so successful it went on to win a design merit award from the 2013 One Club Awards. You can see it in even higher resolution here. (via spoon & tamago)
Create:Fixate‘s spring multi-media event “Constellations” blended visual arts, live music, and DJs in a dynamic atmosphere for art appreciation that mirrored the diversity of Los Angeles itself. Held in Lot 63, a Downtown Los Angeles Arts District warehouse space just blocks from CARTWHEEL’s offices, Create: Fixate “Constellations” drew over 1,200 people who experienced some of the freshest and best art in LA, exposing talent in a professional, non-traditional gallery environment. Held quarterly, Create:Fixate attracts and cultivates a new generation of art lovers, as well as inspiring and stimulating the experienced collector.
Lola Ramona‘s new work in charcoal.
My parents with author, adventurer, and Renaissance man Paul Koudounaris