Robert Mirek – Recent Work at the DCDT

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Closing reception Friday, March 25th, from 5-8pm, at the Detroit Center for Design + Technology.

Detroit Center for Design + Technology

4219 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201

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Reading the Signs with Robert Mirek

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A truly generous article by Sarah Rose Sharp
March 20, 2016

Walking into Robert Mirek’s studio space on 9 mile, where he has been working for 15 years, is like walking into the offices of the anthropologist of a forgotten world. Atlantis, maybe — there is something very undersea/advanced civilization/alien language about the proliferation of art, reference materials, and found objects in his suspiciously tidy front room and workshop.

In finished form, these sometimes manifest as sculptural symbol sets in series, which have a hieroglyphic or linguistic feel — it came as no surprise to me to hear that Robert made a living for a long while as a graphic designer. The collections of symbols, with common materials but variations on shape, imply language and invite decryption (though Robert says they are not literal letters). And while computer-assisted design plays a big role in the design process, they are cut, routed, and finished entirely by hand, giving them a crafted feel that saves them from being clinical. His most recent body of work, Threads (pictured above), is bare wood, with surface details in multi-colored thread. These shapes suggest architectural models, accounting not only for buildings, but the spaces between them — parks or green spaces, in Robert’s mind — and the threads suggesting an overlay of city infrastructure, such as transportation lines or utilities. It’s an interesting way of incorporating architecture and design principles into work that is still firmly sculptural. These are a stripped down iteration of a previous symbol series, Strands, which began with wooden shapes, but finished with a layer of moldable, rough, pumice acrylic, the insets filled with broken safety glass in a matrix of eerie green epoxy resin. While Threads look like the product of an advanced future society, the crude and vaguely asymmetrical Strands look like an artifact of a very advanced fallen society of the past (or myth).

BTW … My favorite comment from the article: “He seems very nice for an insane person”.

Read the complete article and view more photos here >
http://sarahrosesharp.com/2016/03/20/3172016-reading-the-signs-with-robert-mirek/

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Studio Open House and Sale

Please join us!
STUDIO OPEN HOUSE & SALE
Sunday, April 19,  1 – 4:30 PM.

LMstudio — Bob Mirek and Karen Larson
8104 W. Nile Mile • Oak Park, MI 48237
Map: http://www.lmstudio.com/studiomap.htm

Our open house is part of the Huntington Woods Studio Hop —
more details here: http://www.ci.huntington-woods.mi.us/GalleryHopPoster.pdf

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Our Valentine To You ~

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LMstudio Valentine

TAKE AND MAKE ART

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I was honored to be asked by GlitschkaStudios to be a featured artist in his new book TAKE AND MAKE ART. It includes hundreds of royalty-free vector images to be used in your next creative project! — Karen

Check it out — Take and Mark Art, by Von Glitschka

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Live Sketch Notes from TEDxDetroit 2014

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Live Sketch Notes from TEDxDetroit 2013 from LMstudio on Vimeo.

I’ve shared all my live sketch notes from TEDxDetroit 2014.

NOTE: Sorry for any misspellings in the sketches — it’s was more important to get the concept down.

— Karen

HealthCall’s Brand Update

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It’s been a busy month! We’ve been working with HealthCall of Detroit to re-brand their look. A new case study is coming soon on our website, but in the meantime check out their rebranded website: http://healthcallhomecare.com/

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One-of-a-kind gifts online

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Just a few of the items available for purchase on LMstudio’s ETSY.com site.
Great gifts for all the fabulous people in your life!

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Client Communication: Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?

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A few months back a client asked me to be very honest with him about a business design issue — this one little comment displayed to me that he respects my opinion and point of view — what more can a consultant ask for, it’s what we all work so hard to achieve. With a little nudge from my writer/editor friend, Doug White, I wrote a blog posting for The Creative Group about the rewards and risks of being honest. I hope that it inspires you to take the risk to honest with yourself and your clients.

READ NOW:
http://blog.creativegroup.com/client-communication-is-honesty-really-the-best-policy