Steve Lambert: Why I’ll give away my ArtPrize winnings

ArtPrize 2014 finalist Steve Lambert, as I reported yesterday, has vowed to give away his prize money—either $20,000 or $200,000—should he win at tonight’s awards ceremony. His interactive mobile billboard Capitalism Works For Me! True/False is shortlisted in the “time-based” category (along with Mel Chin and others). His designated beneficiary: the LGBT Fund of the Grand Rapids Foundation. Here, in an email interview, he shares his rationale. Continue Reading

Ficciones Typografika: Erik Brandt’s neighborhood-global back-alley design show

Graphic designer and design blogger Erik Brandt‘s work has been celebrated around the world. A design professor at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and a member of the prestigious AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale), his work has been featured in publications from Maurizio Cattelan’s Charley (Greece) and CRACK Magazine (UK) to designboom (US) and IDPURE (Switzerland), and his client work has been just as diverse, including, but not limited to, work for artists, videographers, and festivals. Given the international nature of his design practice (and residences: he’s lived in Malawi, Cameroon, Japan, Germany, and Egypt, to name a few), his latest project stands out for an opposite characteristic: its intensely local nature. He’s curating an ongoing poster show in his back alley in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn Park neighborhood. But in typical Brandt fashion, Ficciones Typografika offers a global lens: He’s invited artists from around the world to contribute work to the 24″ x 36″ space on the side of his garage. A neighbor and friend, he agreed to share some of the thinking behind the project. Continue Reading