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Oscar Wilde once said, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”  He also said, “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”  Clearly a bit concerned with imagination or a lack thereof, Oscar Wilde would surely have approved of San Francisco based interior designer Ken Fulk, a man who clearly possesses imagination in spades.  His own loft above his design studio in SoMa is punctuated with unique and tasteful pieces of contemporary and classic fine art, bold colors, and varied texture.  Recently photographed by Philip Harvey for the blog Style Saloniste, the loft is an inspiration to those wishing to avoid the boring, unimaginative, or consistent.  Moreover, it is a veritable pantheon devoted to eclecticism and taste.  For more of Ken Fulk’s designs, visit his website.  For more of Philip Harvey’s photography, click here.

Photography by Philip Harvey. Design by Ken Fulk.

-Jayme Catalano

Photograph by Philip Harvey. Design by Ken Fulk.

Photography by Philip Harvey. Design by Ken Fulk.

Photograph by Philip Harvey. Design by Ken Fulk.

The De Young in San Francisco has staged a ground-breaking multimedia exhibit featuring 140 of John Paul Gaultier’s haute couture designs.  With a career spanning more than forty years, the context of Gaultier’s work is often gritty and controversial although the superb craftsmanship and detail ensure the work is always beautiful.  Known in popular culture for his work with Madonna in the 90s and his costume design on The Fifth Element and City of Lost Children, Gaultier’s work transcends high fashion into fine art.  Working in collaboration with Montreal-based theater company Ubu Compagnie de Creation, the exhibit includes 30 animated mannequins who talk, sing, and blink in an eerily lifelike way.  The exhibit runs through August 19th.

An animated mannequin.

A wedding gown.

Beaded dress that took 1002 hours to complete.

For more information on the exhibit, visit the De Young website.

-Jayme Catalano

The de Young Museum in San Francisco is currently hosting their most popular annual fundraising event and exhibition, the Bouquets to Art.  150 floral designers took inspiration from the permanent collection at the museum to create works that pay tribute to the original works.  The exhibition runs through March 17th.

Two floral designs inspired by the artworks pictured behind them

Two more modern floral designs inspired by the modern works pictured behind them

Walking

For more information on the exhibit, click here.

-Jayme Catalano

The artwork of David Ball appeals to my inner, frightened child.  Reminiscent of children’s book illustrations, his works are surrealistic, uncanny, and haunting.  His creatures, simultaneously cute and grotesque, repel and fascinate.  When I first viewed them at 941geary.com, I was fascinated by this artist and I immediately wanted to know more about the brain behind these twee ghouls and their other worlds.  San Francisco based director and photographer Shaun Roberts made a short and fascinating documentary exploring Ball’s attempt to “process feelings about the tenuous nature of relationships” and the motivation behind the work.

David Ball — Moving Towards Light from Shaun Roberts on Vimeo.

Please visit David.Ball.Net for more information.

-Jayme Catalano