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R.O. Blechman in Eye Magazine 95

Eye, the international review of graphic design, a quarterly printed magazine about graphic design and visual culture features a large article on R. O. Blechman’s career and work.

 

January 24, 2018

Burly Knits

To promote his product line of heirloom-quality knitted goods, James Janz commissioned Reactor to develop a logo that would emblazon his handmade creations and create a web presence to connect with his customers. You can see more of James’ work here.

 

 

January 17, 2018

The lights blink on and off like the rhythm of a fish breathing underwater.

“At night the roof of the tower when lit seems to lift off and the lights blink on and off like the rhythm of a fish breathing underwater. After my meal I walked towards the building as the rain had stopped. At ground level the tower is all blocked off with barbed wire and an iron fence secures the site as foreboding. It is no longer a Pirelli building but Comune di Milano.”

Jeff Jackson’s Ponti Milano show starts this Thursday, September 1st. The reception runs from 6pm–9pm. See you there!

Augustus Jones
33 Davies St.
Toronto, ON
M4W 2A9

 

September 19, 2017

Select Works With A Twist Exhibition

SELECT WORKS WITH A TWIST
January 16 – February 5, 2017

Idea Exchange Art + Design | Design at Riverside Gallery
7 Melville Street S.
Cambridge, ON
519.621.0460

Selected from the Idea Exchange Permanent Collection, nine limited edition tapestries commissioned in the 1960’s and ‘70’s by French arts impresario Marie Cuttoli by famous artists of the time. They were manufactured by the renowned weavers of Aubusson, and sold in art galleries around the world. Idea Exchange acquired them through donation and has never before exhibited them as a group.

Accompanying this collection of tapestries are 17 rugs by artists and illustrators represented by the studio, Reactor Art and Design. Starting in 1987, Reactor began creating one-of-a-kind and few-of-a-kind rugs for homes owners, architects and interior designers in Canada and the United States. The goal of Reactor’s rugs was to bring art off the walls and bring it to the “fifth wall” by exploring the visual opportunities that looking down offers. Sometimes the rugs were the result of commissions, others were the result of a personal vision. Most of the rugs were one-of-a-kind and others were done in small numbers. Jamie Bennett, Federico Botana, Steven Guarnaccia, Barbara Klunder, Jeff Jackson, James Marsh, Maurice Vellekoop, Tracey Wood, and Rene Zamic were the Reactor artists who designed Reactor rugs from 1987 to 2001.

SELECT WORKS WITH A TWIST features the work of Fernand Léger, Max Ernst, Jean (Hans) Arp, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Barbara Klunder, Rene Zamic, Jeff Jackson, Maurice Vellekoop, Jamie Bennett, James Marsh, and Steven Guarnaccia.

Curated by Esther E. Shipman.

Mon – Fri 12:00 – 5:00pm
Sat 10:00am – 12:30pm, 1:00 – 5:00pm
Sun 1:00 – 5:00pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information, visit ideaexchange.org/art, call 519.621.0460 or follow on Twitter @IdeaXchngART.Idea

Exchange Art + Design presents contemporary art, architecture and design from three galleries in the City of Cambridge: Design at Riverside, Preston, and Queen’s Square.

 

January 20, 2017

Idea Exchange Collection Exhibition – Select Works with a Twist

‘Select Works with a Twist’ opens today at the Idea Exchange in Cambridge. The collection exhibition features 17 rugs by artists and illustrators represented by Reactor Art and Design, as well as nine limited edition tapestries designed by famous 20th century artists.

Featuring the work of Fernand Léger, Max Ernst, Jean (Hans) Arp, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Barbara Klunder, Rene Zamic, Jeff Jackson, Maurice Vellekoop, Jamie Bennett, James Marsh, and Steven Guarnaccia.

Curated by Esther E. Shipman.

January 16 – February 5, 2017
Idea Exchange Art + Design | Design at Riverside Gallery
7 Melville Street S., Cambridge, ON
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 18, 7:00pm

For more information, visit http://ideaexchange.org/art/exhibition/select-works-twist.

  

January 16, 2017

FISHAUF DESIGN Artist Shop on Threadless

I’m pleased to announce that the FISHAUF DESIGN Artist Shop is now open on Threadless, the premier online site for graphic tees.

The shop address: https://fishaufdesign.threadless.com

fishaufdesign_homepage

Back in the 1980s, as Creative Director of Reactor Art + Design, I helped our then-client, footwear retailer Roots, to develop their first line of graphic tees and sweats. The incredible success of the Roots Athletics line catapulted the company out of the niche leather and footwear market to become one of Canada’s leading clothing retailers.

Roots_log+tee

Roots’ success inspired us to create Reactor Artwear, a line of wearable-art tees and sweats with graphics created by Reactor’s talented artists and designers. We produced the garments in Toronto, and sold them to boutiques and department stores in Canada, the US and Europe.

The press and public loved the product, but owing to our inexperience and naiveté, some poor business decisions and the cutthroat nature of the garment business, we were unable to make Reactor Artwear a financial success, and had to shut it down after about three years.

Now, 25 years later, the advent of the internet and on-demand garment printing has allowed me to once again indulge my interest in creating wearable art and design on that most democratic of clothing items, the tee shirt. My Artist Shop will feature new designs, as well as some revivals of Reactor Artwear classics.

Talk_tee

Featured designs in the shop today include my FLORA collage, which was recently chosen from over 2,000 submissions to be part of the Collective Brewing Label Series, and a revival of TALK IS CHEAP, one of the most popular Reactor designs from the 1980s.

Flora_tee

I plan to add new designs on a regular basis, so check back often.

https://fishaufdesign.threadless.com

May 30, 2016

‘Cameraworks’ by Tomio Nitto

IndexG Gallery Shop is inviting you to see ‘Cameraworks’ by Tomio Nitto.

The reception will be held on Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 5-8pm and the exhibition runs through June 5th, 2016.

The gallery is located at 48 Gladstone Avenue. See you there!

 

Camerworks by Tomio Nitto

 

 

 

May 25, 2016

3d Art by Tomio Nitto

Tomio Nitto created 3D art for INDEXG’s month of May ‘Contact’ exhibition.

http://indexg.com/

 

April 27, 2016

A is for Animal: Showcasing a Typeface in an Illustrated Alphabet Book

“A is for anteater” and “z is for zebra,” but in James Marsh’s A-Z Book of Animal Verse, every letter of Sanzibar Pro font has an accompanying two-page spread featuring an animal, image and four-line verse. This 60-page book is printed on Colorplan Mist paper and only 150 signed, limited-edition copies are available for purchase.

http://www.printmag.com/typograp…/illustrated-alphabet-book/

 

April 8, 2016

Louis Fishauf | Collage

titlepage

www.fishauf.com/collage.pdf

February 6, 2016