Valentine’s Day brings an avalanche of platitudes, from the banal to the heartfelt, delivered to the subject of one’s amore. Normally, the recipient of these overtures is a person, but in the case of artist Stephen Powers, city neighborhoods, and the people that live and work in them, are the muse. Claiming the sides of forgotten buildings and outdated infrastructure as his canvas, Powers presents city dwellers with provocative text-based art that riffs on popular forms of communication, from self-help affirmations and advertising mantras to starry-eyed confessions. This earnest language cast in colorful formations is a satisfyingly jolting juxtapositio
Inflatables are back! Except, this time round, the pop-60s bubbles are hiding under the guise of other forms—literally. Barcelona-based Penique Productions specialize in transforming familiar interiors by filling the entire space with a custom-crafted plastic balloon.
Formed in1964 by Andrea Branzi, Massimo Morozzi, Gilberto Corretti, and Paolo Deganello, though it would soon add two more members, the Bartolinis. Initial products included Pop Art-inspired furnishings, such as the Safari Chair, which was upholstered with exotic animal skins, or the Dream Bed, which, with its kitschy color and shape, sought to disrupt any attempt at good taste in middle class homes.