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On Home Turf: A Creative Spaces Interview with Artist Angus McCullough

By |07.25.14|


Sometimes you have to leave home to discover surprises right in your own back yard. Such was the case with artist Angus McCullough, a Vermont-based artist I met this spring at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

The town of […]

  • Lewis Wickes Hine, a construction worker at the Empire State Building, 1931. Gelatin Silver Print 7 1/2 X 9 1/2 in. (Photo courtesy the New York Public Library Digital Gallery)

Skyscrapers: A Cure For Loneliness & Overconsumption? Judith Dupré on the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings

By |01.09.14|

Books Worth Reading
Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings
By Judith Dupré. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 176 pages

Architecture is the art form we spend the most time with in our daily lives, and yet it’s a medium that […]

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Gwarlingo’s 26 Favorite Art, Photography, Film & Design Books of 2013

By |12.12.13|


As an ex-librarian and book collector, one of my favorite things to do is to ferret out new publications and share them with readers. Whenever I’m traveling, I scour local bookstores and museum shops for interesting books. (Carting heavy art […]

  • Lisa Dahl, Aureolin, 20 x 30 inches, acrylic on color photograph, 2005. (Image Lisa Dahl courtesy the artist)

Writer Howard Mansfield on Clutter, Home Improvement & the Most Hated House on the Block

By |11.19.13|


“Everyone, rich or poor, deserves a shelter for the soul.” -Samuel Mockbee
The Click & Clack of Clutter

I am fascinated by how houses succeed or fail to shelter us, body and soul, ” says writer Howard Mansfield in his new book Dwelling […]

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Minka: How a Japanese Farmhouse Changed the Lives of Two Men

By |09.17.13|


It is rare to find a film that is pitch-perfect in its cinematography, story, pacing, and length, but Davina Pardo’s short film Minka is such a gem. (I owe writer Craig Mod a thank you for turning me onto this quiet masterpiece.)

Based […]

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Aten Reign, 2013
Daylight and LED light, dimensions variable
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Installation view: James Turrell, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 21–September 25, 2013
(Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

James Turrell’s Ambitious Light Installation Leaves Wright’s Guggenheim in the Dark

By |09.05.13|


“My art deals with light itself,” says 70-year-old artist James Turrell. “It’s not the bearer of the revelation—it is the revelation.”

While frequently lumped together with minimalist artists Robert Irwin and Dan Flavin in the art-history canon, Turrell has not had a major […]

  • This 1,000 square-foot weekend cabin designed by architect Tom Kundig is basically a steel box on stilts and can be completely shuttered when the owner is away. Situated near a river in a floodplain, the 20’ x 20’ square footprint rises three stories and is topped by the living room/kitchen. Large, 10’ x 18’ steel shutters can be closed simultaneously using a hand crank. (Photo by Tim Bies courtesy Olson Kundig Architects)

Architect Says: Less Is More. Less Is a Bore.

By |06.05.13|



Philadelphia is a city awash with memorable architecture, so it’s fitting that I stumbled across The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s store, which offers a well-curated assortment of books inside of Horace Trumbauer’s […]

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  • Barry Underwood, Archimedes. This photograph was taken while the new MOCA museum was under construction. (Photo C Barry Underwood. Click to Enlarge)

The Cleveland Art Scene: Be Prepared to Be Surprised

By |04.04.13|



As New York artists search for the next affordable, urban frontier in Bushwick and Queens, a renaissance of sorts is taking place in the most unlikely of cities: Cleveland, Ohio. Perhaps the city’s motto should be Cleveland: It’s Not What […]

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Why Design Matters: Imagining the Future of the Rockaway Waterfront

By |02.28.13|



A few months ago I shared Eve Mosher’s piece, High Water Line, a public art project in Manhattan and Brooklyn that brought the topic of climate change directly to the city’s residents.

Mosher’s inventive project showed what might happen if an […]

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Re-Branding the Barnes: Has a 25-Billion-Dollar Art Collection Been Disneyfied?

By |06.13.12|


A New Museum Mile?
Rush hour is still two hours away, but a swarm of cars is buzzing by me on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. As I parallel park in front of the new Barnes Foundation museum and feed […]

  • Artist Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne admires ??? made of ??? (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)

Soo Sunny Park & Spencer Topel Transform a Chain-Link Fence into Art

By |03.30.12|


On my recent visit to the deCordova Museum, one of the artworks I found most compelling was “Capturing Resonance” by sculptor Soo Sunny Park and composer Spencer Topel.

Park, who was born in Seoul, Korea, currently lives […]

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Ai Weiwei : Creativity Is the Power to Act

By |03.11.12|




Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009 has been good company the past few days. Between 2006 and 2009, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei used his blog as a daily notebook where he posted thousands of photos, documented his […]

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The Spectacular Snow Drawings of Simon Beck

By |02.29.12|



Winter has finally arrived in New Hampshire. We’re expecting about a foot of snow here in the Monadnock region by the time the storm ends Thursday evening. There hasn’t been a single opportunity for snowshoeing this year, which […]

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Gwarlingo Tours the High Line, New York’s Park in the Sky

By |12.26.11|


If you’re fed up with partisan bickering and political dysfunction in Washington, the gratifying, lavishly-illustrated book High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky, just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, might temper your burgeoning cynicism. […]

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Rockefeller Center’s Secret Roof Gardens

By |08.21.11|

Inhabitat has just published a short piece on Rockefeller Center’s hidden rooftop gardens. The Center has been maintaining these gardens for the past 75 years, but public access to the gardens is a rare event.

According to Inhabitat, the […]

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  • The Bat Tower designed by architect Joyce Hwang and her students The Bat Tower designed by architect Joyce Hwang and her students at SUNY Buffalo. "When I first became interested in bats and their behavior," Hwang explains, "I was surprised to learn that many species are able to live in spaces that we tend to think of as uninhabitable, for example, under loose pieces of tree bark, between pieces of building material, etc." (Photo by Joyce Hwang via Animal Architecture)

Animal Architecture: A Bat Tower, a Bee Folly, & a Five-Star Hotel for Bugs

By |08.15.11|

One of the benefits of living in a rural place like New Hampshire is that interactions with wild animals occur on a daily basis. I see birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects when I’m hiking, commuting to work, or simply […]

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Drainspotting: 61 Amazing Manhole Covers from Japan

By |08.14.11|


One of my favorite book discoveries this summer is Drainspotting by Remo Camerota. The book celebrates an array of fascinating manhole cover designs from Japan. According to Camerota, nearly 95% of the 1,780 municipalities in Japan have their very own customized manhole covers. […]

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Designer Milton Glaser on Creativity and the Fear of Failure

By |07.22.11|

You may not know graphic designer Milton Glaser by name, but you undoubtedly know his work. He is best known for the “I ♥ NY” logo, his “Bob Dylan” poster, the “DC bullet” logo used by DC Comics from 1977 to 2005, and the “Brooklyn Brewery” logo. […]

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A Tour of the World’s Longest Sea Bridge

By |07.05.11|

Last week the world’s longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in China, opened to traffic. The bridge, which is 26.4 miles long, would easily span the English Channel and is almost three miles longer than the previous record-holder, the Lake […]

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Gwarlingo Visits the Tate Modern

By |06.22.11|

This week I paid a visit to the Tate Modern in London. The museum is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world with over 4.7 million visitors a year. Currently, the Tate has special exhibitions by Joan […]

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Movie Barcodes

By |03.28.11|

The use of color in cinema has been on my mind in recent days because of a site called Movie Barcode, which offers a new way of experiencing a film. Movie Barcode compresses every frame of a […]

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