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Avant/Garde Diaries Sights Blind Photographer Pete Eckert

by Ian Marshall on July 11, 2013
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Any talented photographer has been told he or she possesses a “good eye.” For Sacramento-based Pete Eckert, an artist blinded by Retinitis Pigmentosa, this is certainly still true. In a new short from Avant/Garde Diaries, Eckert discusses his journey into blindness and how he uses photography to continue to make art.

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Surreal Installation Grabs Attention of Avant/Garde Diaries

by Ian Marshall on July 2, 2013
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With the current popularity of MoMA’s temporary rain room, 2013 seems to be shaping up to be a good year for weather-based art installations. Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, featured in a new segment from Avant/Garde Diaries, practices his own weather-inspired installation by creating small clouds in interior spaces.

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Historian Barry Lewis Explains the Importance of Jefferson Market Courthouse

by Paddy Johnson on May 13, 2013
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The Avant/Garde Dairies should interview more historians. Barry Lewis, an architectural historian, who speaks like he’s been lecturing at institutions across the country all his life, is the subject of their latest segment and he’s absolutely captivating.

Here, he discusses the Jefferson Market Courthouse, a library made of red brick that’s located in Greenwich Village. “What could be avant garde about that?” Lewis asks rhetorically before explaining the long forgotten taboos of the 19th century. At the time exposing the structural materials such as brick was simply not done; architects were expected to place such materials behind beautified walls.

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Olaf Breuning’s Imperfect Vision

by Paddy Johnson on December 28, 2012
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Americans can’t pronounce the last name of Swiss artist Olaf Breuning. That’s not problem, so much as it is an introduction to Breuning, the subject of the latest edition of the Avant/Garde diaries. The artist has a reputation for transforming what might other wise be common situations and objects into the absurd.

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Sponsored Post: The Saltscapes of Motoi Yamamoto

by Paddy Johnson on November 12, 2012
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“I want to be in my work,” Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto tells Avant/Garde audiences, as he explains how he came to producing the saltscape installation works for which he’s now famous. Yamamoto’s desire to be inside the work is a little more complicated than its physical properties, though—his sister died of brain cancer in 1994, and in Japan, salt is a medium used in funerals. “I want to heal my grief,” he says.

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[Sponsor] The Avant/Garde Diaries: “Jonathan Jones & Cockatoo Island – Dialogue for the Future”

by Sponsors on July 9, 2012
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The Avant/Garde Diaries is a digital portrait magazine that invites leading creatives to talk about the cutting edge of art, design, fashion, music and film.

The Avant/Garde Diaries’s most recent entry, ”Jonathan Jones & Cockatoo Island – Dialogue for the Future” follows the contemporary site specific installation artist, Jonathan Jones, as he explores his native Sydney Harbor’s largest landmass, Cockatoo Island.

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[Sponsor] The Avant/Garde Diaries: “Redirect Our Medium

by Sponsors on June 18, 2012
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The Avant/Garde Diaries is a digital interview magazine that documents artists on the forefront of their creative field. In each article a featured diarist speaks about people or individual works of art they consider to be ahead of their time. These iconoclasts discuss the cutting edge of art, design, fashion, music and film. Through their eyes we experience uniquely personal profiles that celebrate and inspire the avant-garde.

The Avant/Garde Diaries’s most recent entry, “Redirect Our Medium” shines the spotlight on, Adam Green & Todd Diciurcio.

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The Avant/Garde Diaries: “Taking Chances”

by Sponsors on May 21, 2012
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The Avant/Garde Diaries is a digital portrait magazine that invites leading creatives to talk about the cutting edge of art, design, fashion, music and film. In each digital portrait, featured diarists are asked to introduce someone or something they consider to be ahead of their time. The result is a collection of very personal snapshots that celebrate new ways of thinking and spread inspiration. Be sure to check out the complete video portrait library at theavantgardediaries.com.

One recent video, “Taking Chances,” features Swiss pro snowboarder Nicolas Mueller and L.A. based action sports manager Circe Wallace. The two met in Muellers picturesque hometown Laax in Switzerland, went snowboarding and spoke about taking risks and the need in recognizing chances.

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[Sponsor] The Avant/Garde Diaries invites you to Transmission LA: AV Club Curated by Mike D

by Sponsors on April 2, 2012
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The Avant/Garde Diaries is a digital portrait magazine that invites leading creatives to talk about the cutting edge of art, design, fashion, music and film.

In each digital portrait, featured diarists are asked to introduce someone or something they consider to be ahead of their time. The result is a collection of very personal snapshots that celebrate new ways of thinking and spread inspiration. Be sure to check out the complete video portrait library at theavantgardediaries.com.

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