A Beholden Purpose

March 22, 2016 Film By Tom Ran

Brennan Stasiewicz explores the paintings of Brad Kunkle in his most recent short film, A Beholden Purpose. The Pennsylvania born, Brooklyn artist use of gold leaf and central female subjects have drawn comparison to Gustav Klimt. Though their styles are nothing alike, Kunkle’s women lean towards realism while set in forests and surreal environs.

The film opens with a voiceover asking the artist to describe the woman he imagines. Kunkle’s response is enlightening. His paintings often depict women shrouded or swept up in a flurry of gold leaves. They are not vulnerable figures, instead they are “intuitive.” They are aware of their purpose and have control of their destiny.

The film bypasses the usual behind-the-scenes depiction of an artist. The viewer only sees a glimmer of Kunkle’s thought process. What the film lacks is entirely intentional and what it exceeds in is the highly visual. In a way, it serves as an extension of Kunkle’s paintings with the representation of a woman from his artwork.

Brennan has come a long way since he directed our short docs. A Beholden Purpose is further proof of his talent and the evolution of his artform.

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Kapital World Premier

December 24, 2015 Film By Tom Ran
On location in Paris for Kapital's Spring 2014 collection.

Photo: Eric Kvatek

Kapital, the denim and American inspired clothing label from Japan has been around since 1984 but it wasn’t until the release of their epic catalogs did the rest of the world take notice. The locations that each catalog featured was as much a part of the brand as the clothing. From urban settings in Rio de Janeiro and Paris to rural landscapes in Lapland and Santo Domingo, New Mexico. This year marks the ten year anniversary between designer Kiro Hirata and photographer, Eric Kvatek.

We got a bit of insight into the collaboration last year when Hsiang Chin Moe tagged along to document the making of Kapital’s Spring 2014 collection. It not only gave us a behind the scenes look into how the shoot came together but the special friendship between the two creative forces.

The only way you were able to see it was through a handful of intimate screenings held around the world. But starting today, it’s available for everyone. The worldwide release of Kapital World is now on view on their website.

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The Artful Wooden Spoon

November 8, 2015 Publishing By Tom Ran
The Artful Wooden Spoon: How to Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen from Chronicle Books

Photo: Staff

Joshua Vogel, the Kingston, NY woodworker has substantially grown his body of work through the years – beginning with his hand-turned art vessels up to his meticulously constructed furniture. Along the way, his workshop (Blackcreek Mercantile) began producing everyday objects and tools for the kitchen that included cutting boards and his wildly popular wooden spoons.

In celebration of these dining tools, Vogel is releasing his first book, The Artful Wooden Spoon. It documents his approach to making this everyday utensil. From the methodology to the actualization of the spoon. Through historical methods and traditional forms he guides us through the steps to creating our very own keepsake.

The Artful Wooden Spoon by Chronicle Books goes on sale tomorrow.

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