Dike Blair is part of a tradition of artists who also write. From an early point in his career Blair has worked on parallel paths, with his writing both reflecting and influencing his artistic production. His paintings and sculptures celebrate momentary conditions of light and the skewed formalism of retail displays. Yet in his writing, the restraint he deploys in his art explodes into a voracious appetite for the complex interrelations between creative work and commercial culture.
Again is a fascinating tour through the breadth of Blair’s interests, with essays on a variety of contemporary artists, such as Richard Prince and John McCracken, as well as interviews with sci-fi authors, movie special effects teams, and industrial designers. Blair ventures far beyond the usual contours of the art world, introducing readers to retail anthropologist Paco Underhill, robotics scientist Hans Moravec, and furniture designer Xavier Lust as well as acquainting us with the Minneapolis Skyway and the Akari floor lamp. Accessible to experts and laypeople alike, Again is the product of an inquisitive thinker examining his interests and influences from a number of angles and making inspired connections between them.
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About the Author
Dike Blair is adjunct professor of painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is an editor of Purple Journal and was a contributor to the renowned catalog Let’s Entertain: Life’s Guilty Pleasures. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited at Centre Georges Pompidou, the Whitney Museum, and the Walker Art Center.
Table of Contents
01 Auto-Emotive Design: Interview with J Mays
02 Meanderings on The Age of BLUR and blah, blah, blah
03 Fast on His Feet: Interview with Gordon Thompson III
04 The Tree
05 Celebratory Spaces: the Rockwell Group's immersive architecture and an interview with David Rockwell
06 Interview with Xavier Lust
07 Bondi Blue: Interview with Jonathan Ive
08 Corporate Collage: The Minneapolis Skyway
09 Flip-Flopping Fictions and the Interface of Some Spaces:
Interviews with: retail anthropologist Paco Underhill; store owners
Gina Alvarez and Stefan Boublil; and gallerist Gavin Brown
01 James O'Barr-Shadows on the Wall
02 We've Got Twenty-Five Years
03 Steve DiBenedetto
04 Otherworldly: interview with John McCracken
05 Interview with Hudson of Feature Inc.
06 Grappling with the Context: interview with Artforum's new editor, Tim Griffin
07 Strange Haze: Drugs, Artists and Art:
Interviews with Richard Prince, Fred Tomaselli, Motohiko Tokuta and Stephen Pesce, M.S.W.
08 The Cell'sMates
09 Akari floor lamp (Model UF3-S),
10 A Reflection or Two
01 Retiring The Human Race: Robotics scientist Hans Moravec
02 It's Always the Same: Interview with Jack Womack
03 An Attractive Repulsion: Writer Carl Zimmer and Parasite Rex
04 The Whole Ball of Non-Zero-Sumness: Interview with Robert Wright