Facebook's physical expansion in Menlo Park displaced the studio CS building and ushered in a time of nomadic projects and R&D. Change happens—good to see an inspiring example of sustainable (green) architecture take its place in Frank Gehry/Gehry Partners' design.
An award winning SCS project has entered a well selected motorcycle collection in Los Angeles. It will be in good company with early Indians, Ducatis and other classic examples of motorcyle design excellence. Special thanks to a visionary collector, (who is also an avid rider).
I first met Richard Serra in 2007 while installing the exhibition Richard Serra Sculpture : Forty Years at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Years later, his firm handshake and decisive manner came to mind as his sculpture, Sequence, was installed on the West Coast at Stanford University and then SFMOMA. If you haven't had the chance to experiience Sequence in person, the last day to walk through it in San Francisco will be December 24th. Fortunately, it will be returning to the Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford University Campus early next year.
The Piaggio Vespa is a stylish classic known all around the world. Mid-century examples are featured in the Museum of Modern Art and have appeared in films like Roman Holiday and Quadrophenia. This stylish Rally 180 model rolled out of the Pondetera, Italy factory in 1972 and remains one of the most successful models ever produced. Miles of chrome and thoughtful upgrades, like F.A. Italia Milanese wheels and a Giuliari Super Corsa seat, ensure this Vespa will be a treasured objet d'art by it's new owner. Restoring an icon of art and design has been a pleasure—thanks go out to my Dad, who also turned wrenches on this project.
Virtual reality circa nineteen ninety three. A studio topic back in the early nineties, virtual reality has made great strides in both development and usefulness across disciplines. Leanness of Soul is a mixed media artwork from the studio archives, which explored concepts realated to VR and its impacts on society. A recently unearthed trove of 35mm "slides", (photographic film transparencies), provides a glimps of an early SCS artwork.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the world famous Baja 500 desert race. I was fortunate to participate as a member of Team 377x and have the opportunity to pre-run the course. Officially acknowledged as, "the roughrest, toughest, and longest race course in the history of the legendart SCORE Baja 500", this mexican desert race provided a perfectly punishing environment to test my Honda front sprocket cover prototype. Crafted from CNC machined aluminum, polished, anodized, and graced with Honda's iconic wing graphic, this proto passed the test with flying colors. Our team came in 5th place in the Pro Moto 30 class. A heartfelt thank you goes out to my team mates. For more information about SCORE International Off-Road Racing click here.
As part of an upcoming project, I'm designing custom parts for a Honda CRF 450x desert racer. In progress is a front sprocket cover, which uses factory mounting points and features internal geometry designed to accomodate a larger diameter drive sprocket. Several iterations were 3D printed to optimize fit before machining an aluminum protoype.
DGR - San Francisco, California = Riding motorcycles to support a good cause. A beautiful day in the Bay with stops at City Hall, the Legion of Honor, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Studio CS project Bella raised funds and awareness for the Movember Foundation alongside hundreds of fellow motorcyclists.
A commission to develop brand and wayfinding signage across two campuses of the Waldorf School of the Peninsula has been awarded to Studio Colin Stinson. Loosely inspired by Hector Guimard's Art Nouveau entrance to the Porte Dauphine metro station in Paris, the signage program will consist of three free standing, sinuously curved, hand wrought steel frames, each with a carved cedar wood oval sign suspended in their center. A cedar wood wall placard will welcome visitors inside the main campus and complete the signage. It's truly a pleasure to be entrusted by a well known Renaissance education school to create signage for public display.
SCS Motorcycle project takes 3rd place at Deus Ex Machina's Bike Build Off! Thanks to the talented staff at Deus LA for a fun day in sunny SoCal.
Winners can be found on the Deus web page here.
SCS will be competing in Deus Ex Machina's Bike Build Off! Round the world, on one weekend in September, five continents will gather the masses together to celebrate the challenge of the Bike Build off – to make the most with the least. This year, the event is taking place Saturday, September 24th from 5pm - 9pm at the Deus Emporium of Postmodern Activities in Venice, California, (1001 Venice Blvd.) Stop by for food, beer, and live music at this unique exhibition of creative design solutions involving motorcycles.
Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center has completed a 6-year project to make it's collection accessible online. Colin Stinson was the Digitization Project Coordinator for this project.
To learn more about the project check out this video.
As the year winds down and the art world packs its suitcases for Miami Art Week next month, it's good to remember creative treasures nearby and support local art venues. Between Life and Death, an excellent exhibit currently at the de Young Museum of Robert Motherwell's Elegies drawn from Northern California art collections, is one such reminder here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The exhibit is a testement to the true spirit of collecting and underlines the valued role collectors play in any vibrant art community.
The Phage project is fresher than ever as it celebrates a twenty year anniversary in 2015. Popular interest in cyborgs continues to grow as breakthrough developments in android technology and organic computing compliment Hollywood summer blockbusters like Mad Max : Fury Road and Ex Machina.
Commonly in use throughout Asia, extra-large format digital printers are transforming the way we interact with images. These machines are capable of printing on oversized, rigid panels instead of just flexible rolled materials like paper. The Index series of paintings made use of the first Canon Oce Arizona 480XT printer operating in North America. The printer is able to secure the artworks aluminum structure while portions of the surface are printed from digital files with ultra-violet light hardened ink.
Image courtesy Obayashi Corporation
As stated in Stanford University's News, "Cantor Arts Center's entire collection will be online to everyone this fall, allowing scholars and the public greater access to the encyclopedic collection and presenting the Cantor staff with a clear picture of the museum's holdings." Colin Stinson is the Digitization Project Coordinator for this project. The full articale can be read here.
Images can be seen in the Artwork section.
Our sunny climes welcome PACE Gallery, which opened an exhibition space in our neighborhood this month with a fun event.
Located in proximity to the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and Louis Kahn's architectural landmark, the Salk Institute, these two paintings are happily situated at this coastal destination known as San Diego's jewel by the sea.
Studio Colin Stinson is particularly excited about the 2014 Why We Ride trophy. One motorcycle entered at the event will be presented with this honor - the only award voted on, and selected solely by, children 12 and under. We're keeping out fingers crossed!
The Quail Motorcycle Gathering
Saturday, May 17th, 2014. 10am - 3:30pm
The Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel, California
Studio Colin Stinson will donate a framed artwork and an experiential event at the studio. Experience an intimate avant-garde evening of art, film, music and scintillating conversation fueled by champagne and artisanal cupcakes.
Artful Harvest will take place at the Djerassi Program Artists' Barn in Woodside, California on Sunday, October 13th, 2013. For reservations and more information please visit - www.djerassi.org/artfulharvest
Look for an upcoming international design collaboration between Studio CS x Eze Design lab in the near future.
An LED, or Light Emitting Diode, is a durable, electroluminescent light source, which is free of toxic chemicals and is 100% recyclable. It gives off little or no heat and produces zero UV emissions making it an ideal lighting choice for sensitive objects, such as fine art. Besides reducing the studio’s carbon footprint, LED’s are just cool. They elegantly meet today's lighting needs while helping to protect our environment for future generations.
Red Dot Miami Art Fair
December 4 -9, 2012
Opening reception, December 5, 11AM - 7PM
3011 NE 1st Avenue at NE 31st Street, Miami, FLA 33137
For more information visit: cca.edu/simpsonexhibition
Simpson Award Exhibition
Sep. 27 - Oct. 27, 2012
Tecoah Bruce Gallery
at the Oliver Art Center
5212 Broadway, Oakland, California
HRH Princess of Hanover established the exhibition as part of her GEMLUC initiative. GEMLUC, (Groupement des Entreprises Monegasques dans la Lutte contre le Cancer - a group of Monegasque companies united against cancer), was established in 1973 by Princess Caroline to fund research, innovation and patient care related to the fight against cancer.
The exhibition, entitled Couleurs du Monde, will be held in the prestigious Auditorium Rainier III atop Grand Prix Tunnel in October, 2012. If you find yourself in the sun drenched French Riviera this Fall looking to purchase superb art for a good cause, please visit the GEMLUC Art exhibition.
October 1-15, 2012
Auditorium Rainier III (open daily 10h-18h)
Boulevard Louis II
9800 Monaco, France
The Dust to Dust book, which includes an audio compact disc, is best described as a meld of art, science, music, architecture, and writing.
The school's name and symbol were cut in relief into a solid cedar wood panel, which was suspended in a powder-coated steel frame. The project was designed to fit pre-existing location and base conditions, and was completed within budget on schedule.
School Board of Trustees member Simona Martin summed up the community's positive response to the project when she said, "The sign is beautiful and perfectly exemplifies the image we hoped to project. Thank you."
Waldorf School of the Peninsula was recently featured in the New York Times, and on both CBS and NBC News.