(1st, 2nd, and 3rd from left) Nic Hess, Automatic Crash Response. Mixed-media tape drawing installation, 2009 (4th from left) Environmental design outside Billy Wilder Theater (5th from left) View of an adjacent building from the courtyard of the Hammer
Swiss artist Nic Hess is known for his inventive wall works composed almost entirely of masking tape. Mixing drawing, bright colors and icons from a variety of sources, Hess makes us reevaluate our understanding of familiar signs in consumer culture. In his elaborate compositions he draws new connections and weaves a loose narrative of worlds colliding and visions exploding. (Read more from Robert Summers essay here)
I created this blog to have a collection of art and design that inspires me so that I may better understand the commonalities I am drawn to as a designer. The word retained, in short, means to hold on to physically or mentally, and through this blog I hope to do both.
oceans, songs referring to transportation (especially airplanes & trains), sugar, conceptualization, interpretation, friendly animals, photomontage, line quality, coffee, scarves, looking out windows, big noses, dancing, watches, vacuuming, cheese, cheesecake, baking cheesecakes, sunshine, colors & textures (all of them), markers, old paper, snapshots, herbs on pizza, shiny shoes, well oiled machines, sad movies, whistling while I work, peace making, crooked teeth, free thinking, and mixed media