Daily Grind :: Art, Design and Oprah NOT Opera

"If you build it. They will come."

As a relatively new blogger, I'm hanging onto that old adage daily. I'm sure a lot of the artists & designers featured in today's Daily Grind had the same thought when they started out. I can hear Oprah in my head shouting in her only-Oprah-over-bearing-over-enthusiastic way, "If you do what you loooo-oooove, people will see your joy!!!" Yes, "love" has two very distinct syllables when Oprah says it.

I am loving what I'm doing nowadays which is such a juxtaposition to what I had been doing the past 9 1/2 years...I couldn't even tell you. So, it's my pleasure to shine a little light on a lot of other people who are doing what they love too. Some of them you may have heard of, one you'd better have heard of, and a few I know you know their work but may have never known their name. Enjoy and thanks for letting Ventipop be a part of your day.


Artist Ernest Zacharevic travels the world and playfully places art in urban environments. Looking at his work makes me wonder why art is not a priority in city planning and development. Think about how much more fun travel would be if pieces like Ernest's were in every city.


“Slow dance” is a picture frame that makes real objects appear to move in slow motion. Created by artist and scientist Jeff Lieberman, the slow dance frame utilizes strobe lights to turn any item you place inside of it appear to move in slow motion. The Kickstarter Campaign funded almost instantaneously. I like the world we live in.


Jimmy Fallon and Jonah Hill discover you can either hang art or art will make you want to hang yourself:


These crazy modern kitchen counter-tops make me want to go out the shed, grab my sledge hammer and demo my kitchen. Then...hire someone to remodel.


I enjoyed this collection of guitarists and singers morphed into superheroes.


Meet Dan Perri. He's the title sequence designer for a few films you may or may not have seen: Star Wars, Taxi Driver, The Exorcist, the entire Nightmare on Elm Street series, Raising Arizona, The Warriors and Airplane! Just to name a couple you may have heard of.



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  • You know I am a huge fan of the Netflix series Stranger Things; so no doubt I love these fan created pieces:

Upon first glance, a story about a baseball announcer doesn't have anything to do with art or design. However, when the announcer in questions has undoubtedly transformed calling a ball game into an art form...well, then Vin Scully belongs here maybe even more than anyone else. He paints a picture of the game, gives history lessons and tells anecdotes about nearly every player and manager for three hours at a time...all by himself. He's been doing this for 67 years and will retire after this season. It's safe to say...never another like him as highlighted by the video below:


...The Last Drop

French artist Mantra describes himself as a kid who grew up between the noise of the city center and the whispers of the surrounding countryside. He now shares both the noise and the whispers to buildings all over the world through his urban space frescoes.