OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR
Science fiction artist Chris Foss’s new monograph is an amazingly obsessive piece of cataloguing. At first it seems almost too relentless, with every painting precision welded into the grid, all the pictures equidistant, and no room to breathe. But the most visionary pictures have a stillness, a control of atmosphere and a mood of wonder, even when something beyond our terrestrial grasp is taking place.
OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE
Would you like your culture with a side of opinion?
CHANGE OBSERVER : PHIL PATTON
Many features of a car reveal personality as much as performance. The instrument panel used to tell many tales — of water temperature and oil pressure, amps and volts, revolutions per minute and pounds per square inch.
Now, energy-efficient technology under the hood is augmenting the instrument panel’s design.
PLACES : DANIELLE DUTTON
The last word in our August reading series belongs to the narrator of Danielle Dutton's comic novel S P R A W L
. In her house on a quarter-acre lot, with her husband's gleaming sedan in the garage, she arranges and rearranges everyday objects, piecing together a theory of the American suburb that involves "cows, furniture, farms, real estate, azaleas, corn, curtains, dust, passion," a great deal of sadness and perhaps just a little magic.
OBSERVERS ROOM : ROB WALKER
An amusing study finds that an aesthetically pleasing annual report signals superior financial health, even to experienced investors.
OBSERVATORY : THE EDITORS
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OBSERVATORY : WILLIAM DRENTTEL & JESSICA HELFAND
In our studio, we find ourselves drawn to books at the intersection of multiple disciplines that are, more often than not, only accidentally visual: books about science and history, fiction and film, culture and language. While our personal interests differ greatly, the thing that unites us is an enduring fascination with people’s lives. In the late summer, we share a reading list first published in Frieze
, April 2011.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on "Rising Currents," an exhibition of New York City design solutions to the flooding predicted by climate change experts, which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, March 24–August 9, 2010.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2005
How to turn a lackluster midwestern campus into an international cultural destination.