Konstantin Grcic has designed every object in the house. Even though he is one of thepremier industrial-design geniuses, he believes that expertise isn’t always the creative answer. Whether it be an espresso machine, a bicycle, or even a laundry basket, the Munich-based designer knows that the objects we cherish most are often funny, imperfect, and, occasionally, a little ridiculous.
Eddie Martinez is indomitable. He is a prolific draftsman, an active curator, and he's getting ready to fill a four-story gallery in Seoul, South Korea, early next year. His idiosyncratic drawing style is deceptively simple and has the magical, faux naïve quality of Paul Klee.
In Wes Lang's meticulous pencil drawings, America is a land of whiskey and country music, pinup girls and Walt Whitman. It's not a bad place to be, all things considered-a place of individualism that's been scarred by history, which pretty much gets reconstructed in Lang's roving works. The 36-year-old New York artist, who grew up in Chatham, New Jersey, has come to be known for his extraordinary portraits of American Indians, often on display at ZieherSmith gallery in New York. He also recently showed a series of large-scale paintings in "The Destruction of Atlantis," a group show that took place at Union Gallery in London this past fall.
Taryn Simon's series of photographs, "An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar," confirmed her as one of the leading artists to understand our moment in history. These striking still lifes, first exhibited in 2007, portray the periphery of American power, and are marked with an eerie tone and haunting beauty. The 33-year-old New York native is drawn to places where government policy converges with post-apocalyptic anxiety-like a nuclear waste storage facility or the art collection in the lobby of CIA headquarters-yet her images are underlined by a formal elegance and a modern unease. Simon has taken portraits of political figures as well, and she recently photographed Barack Obama for The New York Times Magazine.