Archive for the ‘Design Stimuli’ Category

The mood of my Bathroom

I often find the light in my bathroom to be a bit much at times.  I mean, I just have to go pee… I don’t need to read anything or figure out too much in the mirror.  Sometimes you need just enough light to get your business handled.  I took this olive jar and shoved a string of Xmas lights in it.  Boom.  Red Room.



I went to Lake Clinton and all I got was these trippy sunspots

Went to hang on a boat last weekend.  Pretty fun.  lost my farmers tan, found a new love of miller lite, and took these pictures… yeah, not so exciting.  But I like that no two can be remotely the same because of the movement of the water on the lake.  word.


Krannert Art Museum

Yesterday I needed to find a space.  A particular space that would allow me to just shut off some aspects of society, a space that would take me from the mental place I was at.  After a long coffee and  longer bike ride, I figured a visit to the Krannert Art Museum might just be the fix I needed.  I hadn’t been there in over 10 years, so even if things hadn’t changed, it would be a bit fresh to me still.  It was!  My favorite surprise would be all of the Ancient Peruvian artifacts in the basement.  Don’t sleep on the ancient South Americas.  Crazy shit, Peep the rope and wood record keeping device in the gallery I’m linking to this.  The textiles and gold works were also pretty stunning.  There was a particular drinking vessel that I wanted to rock some Makers Mark in.  You meander through the old world ceramics room and the Greek/Egypt area first.  These rooms may be the first you hit, but don’t feel a need to rush through, they are filled with things that are amazingly from times long ago.  Especially the Greek and Egyptian pieces.  The main entryway was closed because they were prepping a new exhibit, so when I was there, you had to hit the museum via the basement rooms.  I would imagine in a week or so, the normal flow of the museum will be different, and the basement rooms could go overlooked…. Don’t let that happen when you visit.  There is this somewhat hidden Sun Porch area that has several massive sculptures and statues.  Big ups to Lorado Taft, Former UofI grad that became a booming figure in American Sculpture.  His pieces there are beyond dope.  There is this one room of bougie whigged up white folks, that is not really my scene, but all other paintings rock the most.  Landscape and Modern, both represented nicely.  I found myself fixed on several pieces for long periods of time, and well… thats the idea right?  I got lost in wonder and sight, and will try to make this a stop for my busy mind at least once every other month.  This spot is pretty overlooked in the minds of a lot of Champaign Urbana people that I have mentioned it to, so I hope you stumble upon this, and check it out for yourself.  Suggested donation is $3, I put $2 in the box, yeah, I’m kind of like that.  All in all, peep this hidden gem in Champaign Urbana.  Take a date, take the kids, take yourself.

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