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Nesso Table Lamp by Artemide

Model #
USC-0056055A
USC-0056015A

Designed in 1967
Manufactured in Italy
Injection-molded ABS Resin
Colors Orange or White
Base Diameter 8 in
Fixture Height 13 in
Shade Diameter 21 in

ODE TO NESSO

Sometimes I wonder how the process works. How things get formulated into ideas and then ideas become brain storms and dots begin connecting, until our labors pay off and idea has become reality. To take what is essentially nothing and make it into a tangible, functioning, helpful, life-changing something… It’s truly inspiring to think this way of all the great (and unsung) minds that have gotten our society to where we are today.

N-E-S-S-O

MOD might be what they call you

and call you, they do

same style and form as the day you were born

definition of classic and traditional

still in the books, still in the guides

on how design standards rise

above the rest, true to the test

you’re the best of the best

minimal, that’s 1 not 2

you’re on the pedestal

 

I’m not a poet, I wrote that really quick to be cute. Did it work?

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about patterns, behaviors, and shifts that have happened in my life. I’ve been putting work into me, trying to work out issues I have with myself and the issues that keep me from having sustaining and rewarding relationships.

With this post, I’m attempting to try to take things a bit deeper. More personal, learning myself again, while blending it with my everyday. I realized that I’ve become a different person, as most do over the years, but what I realized is that I was treating myself as that younger self and the current version writing this very entry as though he were a ghost. A faint memory fading from any sort of presence. Allowing myself to think of tomorrow as though it wasn’t already on its way. I was allowing myself to not care.

A two for one sort of deal. When my anxiety starts rising and I’m aware of it in time to shut it down before it shuts me down, I try to use some techniques I’ve learned. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure where I learned them, probably online somewhere. So please, don’t try this at home, I am not a doctor.

My commentary with a little background on The Nesso Table Lamp. It’s a precursory to examining the creative process. As a creative individual, self-labeled, I have come to a place in my life where I seek to explore my own processes, down to a neurological level. Many factors in my personal life have lead to this, of which at this juncture are irrelevant to this article. 

Nesso Table Lamp
By Giancarlo Mattioli
from Artemide

photography by Justin w John

Designed by Giancarlo Mattioli and Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti Città Nuova, in the glamorous 60’s era, Nesso is an international icon of futuristic, democratic design. Part of the “Modern Classics” reissued line, it was a marvel of ABS thermoplastic injection-molding when first introduced in 1967 thus bringing industrial materials and methods to the home and office environments.

A dash of color and a design inspired from nature, Nesso stems from the visionary identity of Artemide. Its’ iconic curves wind into a true collectible, an expressive statement piece of internationally acclaimed calibre and fame. An iconic piece having staged its presence in various landmarks, Nesso is considered a valuable piece of art. An “icon” of design, part of the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art.

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Probably the most quintessential piece of design to represent the 1960s, its dramatic shape and scale is like that of a gentle giant.

Effortlessly fluid curves, clean color, and luminous glow never impede upon its environment or surroundings. Demanding attention in a coy manner. The dimpled shade, supposedly modeled after a woman’s navel,
also views as a mushroom shape from the side.

INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM
  • 1st Award Concorso Studio Artemide/Domus, 1965 Milan.
  • The Twentieth Century Design Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
  • The Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Permanent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, Colorado.
  • Represented in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem Permanent exhibit at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Montreal.
  • Permanent exhibit at the Museo del Design Italiano, Milan Triennale.

With headquarters in Italy, Artemide Lighting has been bringing a relaxing mood and harmonious ambiance to contemporary home living through their timeless lighting solutions since 1960. Artemide Lighting has a mission to create the perfect expression of sustainable design by blending old-world wisdom and next-generation technology to illuminate the future with high style lighting. Popular worldwide, Artemide Lighting offers an exclusive, high-end collection of ceiling, wall, and floor lamps to illuminate luxury in the modern home.

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YAM NXNW

Billings, Montana

North by Northwest

JURIED ART SHOW

JULY 18 — OCT 10, 2019

The Yellowstone Art Museum is proud to present North by Northwest, The YAM’s first annual juried art exhibition, on view from July 18 – October 10, 2019. The show was conceived by the Yellowstone Art Museum as a way to feature up and coming contemporary artists from across the country, and giving some the opportunity to be accessioned in to the YAM’s permanent collection. The show features 55 artists from 18 states, selected from a pool of nearly 300 entries from 43 states. The works selected run the gamut from traditional oil on canvas paintings to avant-garde interactive sculptural work.

The public is invited to vote on their favorite piece in the exhibition until September 11th. The winning piece will be awarded the People’s Choice Award at the reception on September 12, 2019 along with the Juror’s Choice and Purchase Awards.

Two Can Play At This (in situ)

artists

Norma Alonzo, Phyllis Anderson, Brooke Atherton, Jesse Blumenthal, Kelsey Bowen, Paige Bowman, Richard Buswell, Boyd Carson, Michael Chaney, Brittney Denham, Sandy Dingman, Catherine Eaton Skinner, Candace Forrette, Fay Golson, Gail Gurman, Michael Haykin, Bruce Helander, Harper Henry, Eva Isaksen, Esther Jacks, Penny Jenkins, Justin John, Claire B Jones, Michael Jorgensen, Hooshang Khorasani, Marian Kirst, Mary Koenig, Ken Konchel, Hannah Kraus, Nyd Kraushaar, Mai La Thai, RoseMarie London, Kitrina Marcroft, Robert Mars, Karyn Mehus, David Mensing, Ann Maureen Meyer, Susan Moldenhauer, Rosella Mosteller, Ryan Parker, Regina Quinn, Jeremy Rabus, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Nora Schreiber, Fred Scruton, Mark Stafford, Michael Stanish, Susan Stone, Dave Thomas, Harriette Tsosie, Marissa Voytenko, Gregory Wilhelmi, Jenny Wong-Stanley, and Peggy Wyman.

The jurying was conducted by Julia Andrews, Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art, who had this to say about the selection process, “Without hesitation I can say that considering the entries for the North by Northwest was a true honor and privilege for me….It should be noted that with over 500 entries there were no entries without merit. Each and every work was thoroughly examined and appreciated for the ingenuity and creative process that delivered the beautiful artistic outcome. It was evident that all submissions had individual strengths and could have received some form of recognition. I resolved… to select work that is of museum quality demonstrated by a high level of skill in technique, composition and presentation. I was deliberate in choosing works that I felt would pique the interest and curiosity of the viewer. In the end, I am proud of the exhibition and believe this show represents the finest artworks submitted. The excellence of these works made the final award process arduous at best, but I feel certain the choices are well deserved.”

Two Can Play At This

Two Can Play At This

2019

Acrylic, gouache, charcoal and ink on stretched canvas;
archival matte varnish.
36 x 36 x 1.5 inches

I’m truly honored to have my work chosen as one of the 55 artists showing for this exhibition. Moments like this make all the time and effort I put into my work feel a bit more justified. The moments of questioning whether I’m making the right choices, the self-doubt, feelings of insecurity, they all start to feel a bit easier to swallow and keep pushing myself forward.

contact information

General Information
Amanda Daniel
curatorial@artmuseum.org
(406) 256-6804 x228

Exhibition Sponsorship
Ryan Cremer
development@artmuseum.org
(406) 256-6804 x226

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The Billings Cultural Partners (BCP) are creating an entire 10 day event kicking off with the reception for the North by Northwest Exhibition at YAM. Events will be taking place all around Billings, for more information, check out the following link.

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I’m also looking forward to visiting Billings when it doesn’t look like this.
Just saying. 

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I’ll be your best friend. Unless you’re a psychopath, in which case, we might have a difference of opinion.

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Thoughtless Painting

I just went to listen to a song, then it turned into two, the next thing I knew I had half a playlist and said, “well, I guess I gotta put a whole playlist together now.”

Really, I could go on forever with playlists sometimes. So I had to stop with this. The Spotify playlist was an indirect request. I got a good deal of it on there, but not all of it at the end. I may add to it later, but 30 tracks should keep some booties bumping.

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