July 19, 2010
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington, co-founders of BrooklynStreetArt.com ,wrote about it this way:
Last night, The Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego (MCASD) courageously opened the dialogue and its arms to embrace the chaos of the evolving street art scene. Smartly and incredibly in this city that has been described by Shepard Fairey as conservative, the installation is citywide and outside. It’s geographically expansive scope underlines the shows’ commitment to street art as a movement and may represent an important turning point in the recognition of it in the American public sphere. Naturally, much art is displayed in doors, which always begs the question, “Is this street art too?”. Well, no.
The urban environment of an industrialized world is home to the majority of the planet, so naturally the vernacular of graffiti, advertising, graphic design, photography, signage and all other visual communication has become fair game for the street artist. “Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape” is curated by Pedro Alonzo and it’s variety of artists well represents a freeze frame in the current scene. Not all of the artists are strictly street artists, and many began in graffiti but few have participated in a group show that has this much sanctioned access to public space.
The Logan building got called into the show after touring curator Pedro Alonzo through Barrio Logan and talking about the long-standing and essential tradition of street art native to the Barrio. “It would be a mistake to bring artist from around the globe to San Diego and not recognize the founding fathers of this movement.” we said. Pedro replied by sending Oaxaca, Mexico tattoo artist Dr. Lakra to art-out our building – The Logan. All of it happened in less than a day. The lift arrived, The Doctor blew-in, climbed on and painted non-stop for hours. A phenomenal work ethic and talent. In the end, he’d brought to life on our north wall, three of his hundred of tattoo sketched he carries around with him.
Come by and see what the Doctor created. Or take the bike tour of all the installations. And don’t miss the inspired show at downtown’s MCASD. And the MCASD has people joining as members now that have probably never breathed their air before. Pedro did La Revolucion right.
June 3, 2010
I’ve always liked the way Marty Neumeier thinks. For decades I can say that. He thinks first – designs second. The way it should be. Now he’s got a better way to disseminate his ideas- and even encourage us to “Steal This Idea”. I completely agree with his take on the power of making/ prototyping- ” Through the act of prototyping—using sketches, models, maps, mockups, simulations—the “making” step puts options on the table that weren’t there before.” And one reason we just installed an Epilog Helix 24″ CO2 laser cutter here at The Logan. A phenomenal prototyping tool. Can’t wait to see wait comes out of that magic box.
You can progress faster, accommodate new ideas- and reshape possibilities in your thinking- when you’re able to make stuff. To manifest. Not just work virtually in the digital box- but sampling it in the real world. I also feel that knowing what goes into “making” increases our appreciation for the efforts and value of the things that surround us. We become better smarter consumers too.
My son can’t change the tire on his bike. Can he appreciate and know the object as much as someone who grew up tearing it down and rebuilding it each month? Sure, he can probably build a better bike virtually in a modeling program. That’s very cool. Combined with the ability – to make - it’s an even more powerful combination. Dirty hands = faster learning.
I find Marty’s feed a definite RRS save and always a great thinking-improver. – RM
March 8, 2010
BARRIO LOGAN DESCUBIERTO is a visual celebration of the working waterfront Hispanic neighborhood in San Diego, called Barrio Logan. The 88 page book is a graphic expose of the visual richness and unique creative energy of the community, featuring details of murals, typography, sign painters, activists art and general community visual richness.
The book is designed by the team here at MG, led by Lauren English, many who have been active in the promotion and celebration of the community and it’s passionate and active creative members. The book contains a listing our neighborhood discoveries of cool, including artists, restaurants, activists, cafes, place we as designers have discovered and wanted to turn others onto.
While many work so feverishly to be wealthy, then build a fence around the property and never come in contact with the real world, the Barrio stands for the opposite. It’s a place where people share their feelings, their color, and eccentricities. The pathway to riches very much depends on how you define the riches. – RM
Preview the complete book at http://www.miriellografico.com/mg/barriobook/. The book is available from that link for about $68. That’s the publishers price, but they do a decent job. (We’ll even customize it with tipped-in found objects from the streets if you want to bring it in.)
January 25, 2010
Our Aussie friend Ian McCallum created the website This Ain’t No Disco to track design trends and in particular, design office spaces. After listing the The Logan last year, he called Miriello Grafico late last year to be featured in his book coming out in April. (I’d like to actually meet Ian someday . . .) and he put the entire project together in just a few months- a super-organized guy. Here’s what he says about his book- Where We Work – Creative Office Spaces :
Showcasing forty-five of the world’s most extravagant and inspiring work environments from internationally acclaimed and recognized agencies within the advertising, media and design industry, Where We Work explores how creative agencies transform lifeless commercial spaces into bastions of creativity, offering inspiring interiors and visual insight into the breadth and depth of each agency’s thinking. Spaces that not only inspire, but invite us to re-evaluate our lives from nine to five.
To complement the visual showcase of interior design, Where We Work provides an in-depth look at the direction and thought processes behind each agency’s work environment, giving important insight into current and future trends of creative office interior design from some of the world’s most creative companies. Whether the concepts are personal, indulgent or simply well thought out, Where We Work showcases a variety of offices where the pursuit of imagination is the driving force.
Pre-info. is up on Amazon now. The book is published by HarperCollins
February 17, 2009
Muralists Crol and Werc finish up their latest commission in Barrio Logan.
Also check out the La Entrada Project community arts website to see how the mural tradition is being kept alive and directed to positive outcomes.
February 4, 2009
The high energy of graffiti artists Crol vs Werc are at it again -painting a huge mural across the street from Miriello Grafico here at The Logan. Not only are they painting a massive piece three stories up, they have also organized a series of mural painting seminars over the next three months. Called the La Entrada Project, “A collaborative art project of public art in personal spaces, meant to “actively cultivates the rich arts tradition in Barrio Logan.”
Teaching in the series of mural training are such long time gurus Mario Torero, Victor Ochoa and people from the Voz Alta Gallery from here in the Barrio. These guys have their heart in the right place and ask little in return. I’m looking forward to all six weekends seminars with these guys learning mural work, silkscreen and . . . – RM
January 21, 2009
The great people at Sanctuary 143 pulled off another stellar arts event last Saturday- CONSPIRE – their latest nomadic arts installation. Since the wildly successful Reinventing The Wheel event here at The Logan, CONSPIRE took advantage of Greg Strangmans Martin Building+Flats in Bankers Hill. Each room in the four story 1950’s apartment building was turned into a separate artists or musicians space. Those showing include: Acamonchi, Josh Higgins, Mike Maxwell, Josh and Jeremiah Zimmerman of The Silent Comedy, Josh Shelton, Sean Kelley, Joel P. West, Wes Bruce, Sandee Manuel, Keikichi Honna, Jeff Faeth, Sean Christopher, Tocayo and Will Redd.
I kinda felt like I was walking through a really creative college dormitory where everyone was focused, productive, social and collaborative. Just the way you hoped college would be – but never was. Check out Jeff Durkin’s video of the event at http://vimeo.com/3050203
Miriello Grafico was a sponsor of the event, in total support of giving young artists exposure. It seems to me that groups like Sanctuary 143 and SEZIO are connecting a new audience of people with the arts in ways formal museums can’t, or have no idea how to. If I was a museum curator in San Diego, I’d be at every one of these events with my notepad and mind wide open.
See more CONSPIRE pictures on Flickr.
January 18, 2009
I’ve noticed an undeniable resurgence in the interest in bicycles- older bicycles- over the past year. Classic steel-frame bikes in particular, have made a return and are being recrafted now into individual custom-assembled, personal statements about their maker.
The show we had here at Miriello Grafico/The Logan last September – Reinventing The Wheel- featured cool frameworks by Sky Boyer and the boys at VeloCult, in San Diego. I must have six friends currently scouting for particular frames they can build their custom creations around. Buying off the shelf is out, scanning eBay and garage sales for forgotten and neglected bike parts is in.
Pushing the trend even further from the fine arts end, is Willie Cole, an artist from New Jersey (born 1955) who transforms ordinary domestic parts, irons, lawn jockeys, and bicycles parts into sculpture with references to African-American and West African religion, mythology and culture. Cole has shown at The Whitney, The Walker and The National Gallery in D.C. A Toronto friend sent me these shots from their museum where she spotted Cole’s work this week.
October 16, 2008
TOP Magazine from Ukrania Splashes Bordello Bar, Miriello Grafico and Dubai’s Al Rostamani . . . (but what did they say??)
The editor of Top Estate magazine from the Ukraine is Lubov Franchuk., a sharp and professional editor of one of the leading life style magazine in the region. He just sent us a copy of the latest edition which features a wide selection of highly creative architecture and design from far flung places. The Miriello Grafico office is in between a spread on the Bordello Bar from London and Al Rostamani’s latest real estate mega development in Dubai. Rich visuals throughout, and absolutely no idea what the stories might be about.
Share in the confusion at Top Estate’s website : http://www.top-estate.com.ua
October 7, 2008
Scheduling a major party on the first day of the stock market’s downturn and the Vice Presidential debates might seem like its own form of social-suicide. Instead, the opening party of The Logan building was exactly what the masses needed. A place to meet, share, commune and understand that we are all in this together. And quite possibly, the innovation and problem-solving skills of the creative community may be more essential to the national dialogue than ever.
Ron Miriello toasted the crowd, “Our shared abilities of creativity and collaboration are fast becoming a new and important currency-type. As the financial markets waver and the myopic drive for individual wealth is paused, there’s an opportunity for the creative mindset and their unique abilities of invention, collaboration and informed risk-taking. The unique abilities of the people in this room are needed at a time like this.”
The celebration brought over 300 designers, architects, politicos, writers, artists and business people together to enjoy an evening in the creative beachhead neighborhood of Barrio Logan. The hosts – Miriello Grafico and LJG Partners – invited friends, clients and community members to a celebration – and celebrate they did. The Barrio restaurant, The Guild, managed the food and Temecula Valley ConVis organized the wines, all offerings from Temecula Valley. The Barrio Logan spokesperson Rachael Ortiz, arts tagger Crol, and the Mariachi Juvenil helped first-time visitors better understand the rich culture and history of the neighborhood. San Diego architects were plentiful, including the designer of The Logan, Jonathan Segal, who created a space where people obviously love to linger, share and invent.