Table Topography

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Pulling logs from the river that runs behind his studio in northern Washington, furniture-maker and designer Greg Klassen’s latest collection draws on the natural lines of rot and decomposition to create topographic map-like representations of rivers. With a piece of hand-cut glass inlaid atop the joined pieces of wood and the texture from the wood’s grain, there is both depth and a sense of calm …

Investigating Urban Legends

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A recent paper in the British Journal of Psychology takes a scientific look at why urban legends are so culturally successful. In short, findings suggest the stories are so easily perpetuated due to the way human intelligence and memory has evolved over time—our brains have grown to learn, remember and transmit valuable (mis)information that may be useful for survival within a given environment. Seems reasonable …

How High Can Low Art Go

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Musician and artist Brian Eno once said it best: “high art” is, by definition, exclusionary. That understanding, coupled with his diverse body of artistic work—which is often deemed “low art” despite being shown at some of the most prestigious galleries around the world—led MoMA’s curator Kirk Varnedoe to invite Eno as the keynote speaker for “High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture” back in …