Tactile Typography

I recently stumbled upon this website with some of the coolest examples of typography I’ve ever seen. It’s not necessarily how well designed the type is, it is more about the unusual materials and techniques artist, Dominique Falla, uses to create her designs. I find these to be fantastic examples of how typography alone can become works of art. For more examples of her work check out this link: http://www.dominiquefalla.com/

Materials: Pins and String

Materials: Magazine pages on Foamcore

Materials: Buttons on Canvas

Materials: smooth cardboard and rippled cardboard

– Brian K.

The Beatles, a Giant Elephant in Union Square, and more…

RTR Bag & Co is all about eco-friendly bag design.  Here’s their storefront display using painted paper bags as a city… Talk about creative recycling! This reminds us of our earlier post about artist Gwyneth Leech, who draws over used coffee cups, transforming them into beautiful art pieces.

This is Miquel Barcelo’s giant 2008 sculpture, Elefandret, in Union Square.  The question remains: is the elephant upside down, or is he/she just talented at standing on his/her trunk?  artnowMAG writes: “To further communicate the gravity-defying feat beyond the surprisingly slim trunk and large body, Barceló imparts the mass and weight of the creature through the downward sag of the heavily wrinkled skin, the off-kilter positioning of the huge legs, and the complete overturning of the floppy ears. The highly textured surface of the elephant recalls the artist’s tactile paintings, in which he creates rich topographic, sculpted surfaces on canvas.”

The sculpture is featured by Marlborough Gallery and will be up until the end of May 2012.

Then we spotted perhaps what every 14 and 15-year-old girl in the 1960s would have loved to have in her room: life-sized cardboard cut-outs of Ringo, George, John, and Paul, at Capitol Records.

And finally, we liked Spoon Catering‘s logo design.  Located on West 20th St, the sign’s simplicity caught our eye.  More REA Approved shots to come next week.  Drop us a line if you have any ideas!

From Pickles to Andy Warhol

REA Approved is back with more images of our beloved city, from storefront designs and bouquets to Union Square’s Andy Warhol Monument.

Rob Pruitt, the artist of the Andy Monument: “I was trying to make Andy as blank as possible. Having the iridescent surface, he reflects the environment around him. Like a police siren rushing by in the evening, and the activity in the farmers’ market and the life in Union Square Park.”

Designed by a combination of digital scanning of a live model and hand-sculpting, this larger-than-life statue of Pop Art legend Andy Warhol stands at the corner of 17th Street and Broadway, close to where one of his Factory spaces once stood.

Rob Pruitt: “Like so many other artists and performers and people who don’t fit in because they’re gay or otherwise different, Andy moved here to become who he was, to fulfill his dreams and make it big. He still represents that courage and that possibility. That’s why I came to New York, and that’s what my Andy Monument is about.”

“The Andy Monument” is on view until May 13th, 2012.

Peter Woytuk

11/15 – These magnificent sculptures by Peter Woytuk showed up out of nowhere — all over the Upper West Side. Most of the sculptures are located In the middle median on Broadway between the uptown and downtown sides. Above you’ll find a close-up of where all his other public sculptures are located.  It’s interesting to see how he uses color and natural elements (animals, fruits) in contrast with the urban environment.  Do you think the sculptures work well in New York City?  – MG

Don’t waste your talent!

10/12 – This is painted on the side of a building at Cortelyou Road and E. 17th street in Brooklyn.

I chose it because it’s pure street art — unplanned and random, especially for the neighborhood it’s in.  The added bonus is the billboard for divorce juxtaposed against the message of encouragement. Or, maybe, the message is saying that divorce allows you not to waste your talent.  It certainly made me stop and consider it.  – LL