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Apparently the guy’s from Denver, and I’m town, reading the paper (which I never do) and I see an article about this guy.  I tear the sheet out, because it instantly grabs me, and of course, promptly lose it.  I even forgot the name of the artist, and I’m too lazy to try to track things down on the internet, so I thought it was all over for me.

Denver has a great First Fridays art scene.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s the first friday of every month that the galleries throw their doors open and stock the counters with cheap booze and crackers and invite people in to look at art.  Me, I like going to make fun of it, but every once in a while something grabs you.  The area I was in isn’t exactly known for famous artists; it’s more the haunt of the up-and-coming.  But glory behold, I walked into a gallery I’d never been in before, and there it was.  Rex Ray.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been living in Arizona for a while now, or if everyone’s just so depressed they need a little bit of escapism, but I am loving the 60’s-swing thing that’s all around us nowadays.

I love the bright colors, the wonderful patterns and the irrepresible cheeriness of his works.  I had an opportunity to talk to the curator of the show for a few minutes, and he gave me the lowdown.

Apparently, the man hand-creates all of the papers you see in his “paintings”, and then meticulously cuts them out and applies them to these canvases.  It’s not so easy to see on your computer screen, but the texture and depth of these works is amazing.

Clearly, being able to afford one of these works is out of the question (some of the smaller pieces were going for $24k – yeah, not in this lifetime) but I did manage to pick something up.  He did a major installation at another Denver location and had wallpaper specially made for the wall.  It is apparently impossible to get, as it is way too expensive, but I did get a poster of a portion of the wallpaper, and it was signed!  That will have to do me for now.

I love him.  That is all.

Coming soon (I promise, I know)….some more wedding stuff, a blog redesign, and hopefully some more content.  Life is pretty crazy.  When it rains, it pours they say.

PS – a hilarious side note – my spell check wants to capitalize the word “internet”, and it refuses to acknowledge that blog is a word.  Excellent.

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So lately I’ve been really into midcentury architectue and design.  I think part of it is that I’m so surrounded by it down here, but I really find the lines and shapes appealing.  Plus it’s really interesting to look at all of the old materials that people used, what color palettes were in vogue, etc.  My personal asthetic is a midcentury design feel with modern materials and odd accents, but that’s for another time (and another house, when I can actually do what I want to it).

I was just fortuante enough to aquire a massive personal library of books dealing with this era and its design.  There are some really awesome examples in there!  I love all of the pictures – they’re very techincolor-ish.  I also find that it’s fun to take color palletes from these pictures when you’re working on a project and stumped to come up with a color scheme.  I’d like to show a few examples here – there’s tons (and more coming everyday) of pictures of these midcentury homes and color palettes to go along with it.  I hope you’ll like them as much as I do!

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I know that Tucson, AZ probably doesn’t get a lot of good press, but this is a way hip town.  Filled with retirees and a definite lack of hipsters, it’s like a time capsule of midcentury design.  No one’s bulldozed or taken over anything.   Plenty of awesome 50’s and 60’s buildings still stand, original everything, but sadly they’re not really being utilized.  Ripe for the picking, I say!   You can also tell that it’s a midcentury town because of all the strip malls – there is a downtown area, but mostly this town was built around the car (kinda like LA).

ohmygodtiki-0161We’ve driven past this place a million times and I always thought it was funny, but it was usually in the middle of the day and who wants to go to a bar then?  Too depressing.  Last night, filled with curiosity and with nothing to do, we stopped.

ohmygodtiki-036It was an honest-to-god Tiki Bar.  After asking around a bit, we found out that it had been built in 1962 and hadn’t changed a lick since then.  The drinks, the atmosphere, even the menu, has been exactly the same for the last 50 years.  And let me tell you (other than the fact that I don’t think it had been cleaned since 1962) it was AMAZING.

ohmygodtiki-018We also discovered that if you want anything to drink, it’s a scorpion.  Words cannot describe how potent this drink is.  Rum, gin, brandy and a hint of strawberry.  It was delicious, mind you, but about the size of my skull.

There was even a giant terrarium behind the bar that held a gigantic Nile Monitor Lizard.  When is the last time you went to a bar that had a resident lizard?

Here’s some more awesome pictures, just to give you a taste.

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*Update – they have a website!  Learn more at http://www.kontikitucson.com/*

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