Yoko Honda‘s use of vibrant neon colors and the swirly, zig-zagged and geometrical designs that defined the decade completely bring you into the 80s. Through a combination of digital painting and print, she constructs scenes of resplendent kitsch, made up of palm trees, motels, neon signs and swimming pools, all inter-dispersed with structured lines, tiles or interior architecture.
An illustrator and creative design artist, Ray Oranges combines retro color palettes with abstract geometric shapes. The absence of cluttering matter, enhanced by the mastery use of long shadows and bursts of light creates an emotional response in the viewer.
The skilful use of full and empty spaces within the composition, with a predominance of the latter, is open territory for the viewer to fill the space with feelings and experiences; Ray aims at creating a meaningful dialogue with the viewer rather than establishing a relationship of command.
Sébastien Plassard is a talented editorial illustrator who knows how to turn simple images into powerful ideas by adding a little surreal touch. His style is characterized by a reduced use of contrasting and complementary colors as well as dreamlike scenarios, which quickly draw the viewer into a surreal world. He skillfully combines influences from the golden age of the 1920s with contemporary graphic trends. His distinctive work could be seen in a wide range of publications such as magazines, books, posters, etc.
Ryan Heshka was born in Manitoba, Canada, and grew up in Winnipeg. Fueled by long prairie winters, he spent a lot of his childhood drawing, building cardboard cities and making super 8 films. Early influences that persist to this day include antiquated comics and pulp magazines, natural history, graphic design and music, movies and animation. Formally trained in interior design, he is self-taught as an artist.
The artist blends his childhood memories with the image of a postcard Canada, a snowy land of evergreen forests and frozen lakes, the habitat of deer, beavers and legendary creatures like the Sasquatch, or Bigfoot merged with clichés and stereotypes, attempting to construct an original image of his nation, balanced between reality and fiction, past and future.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has commissioned a series of posters celebrating the future of space travel with retro-inspired designs. Evoking a golden age of exploration, the Visions of the Future campaign imagines a time when one might travel to Jupiter for weather balloon rides the same way we seek out Hawaiian vacations for their sunsets, and encourages us to think not only about the kind of future we want but how we might get there.
ACL mentioned what we have thought since we first tried on a Batten jacket at Steven Alan earlier this season: Batten Sportswear is an Engineered Garments to the surf/ retro-outdoor world. ACL got a glimpse of the new Fall/Winter 2012 line that Batten will be releasing, and those fleeces, the pocket-crewneck sweatshirt, and these parkas are near the ideal of what we like to wear all day everyday. We live in SF, the comfort-wear capital of the world (we stole that line from Parra when he was here a few weeks back).
It’s the happy medium between camping and a hotel, plus you are allowed into trailer parks. Think of the photographic opportunities. You can go ready made style and luxury in the Eddie Bauer Airstream or do it yourself with a fixer up like the ones below:
First off, a nice collection of Air Jordan IIs, in the form of the Retro “Candy” Pack here. Fun shoes, shoes we wouldn’t wear per se, but if you were a sneaker head, these are good. The backs are fresh.
But the reason we post these, is that if you go to 248 Fillmore right now, there is a similar look at the Open Office we noticed this morning… interesting.
This goes for men and women. You can never go wrong with this shoe. In any color. In any year. The Nike Air Jordan 1 retro will always be in style and look good. Yes, women, too. HUF will have these on Saturday, June 19. We posted some other new things at UPSEEN today, so check those out.