Christopher Jobson is the creator and editor of Colossal, a blog that explores art, design, photography, and other forms of visual expression. Three years after launching, Jobson recently left his job as a web designer to blog full-time and open an online shop. Jobson also brings art to the pages of Wired Magazine, Mental_Floss Magazine, and Slate. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife and son but spent the other half of his life in central Texas. Let’s see what inspires him in this week’s Friday Five.
1. Chicago Lakefront
Chicago has a lot of things going for it: art, culture, amazing food, theater, architecture, you name it. What it doesn’t have is geography. Flat as far as you can see. Its only saving grace is Lake Michigan where our family spends an inordinate amount of time year round. A great place to take the dog walking, my son swimming, to run along, and to give your eyes a rest from all the concrete and visual noise of the city.
2. Museum of Contemporary Art
One of my favorite places in the city to escape and get lost in some of the best contemporary art in world. Here the stairs at the MCA photographed by Manuela Martin.
In the late 1980s when most kids were catching movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Honey I Shrunk the Kids, my art director dad showed me Godfrey Reggio’s Kotaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance. I would have been about 9. I can’t tell you my exact reaction the first time I viewed it, but I know that it immediately and deeply impacted the way I viewed the world in terms of the environment, my own mortality, and the power of art. Philip Glass’ minimalist score also laid the groundwork for my taste in music.
4. Maskull Lasserre
Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre is one of my favorite contemporary artists working today. In his sculptural artworks he infuses the anatomical forms of insects, animals, and humans with inanimate objects like axes, pianos, and old books. While definitely somewhat macabre I find the craftsmanship behind his work outstanding and every piece is like this strange, unexpected miracle, and I find myself asking how is this even possible?
5. Shun Chef’s Knife
Coming in third place behind my laptop and toothbrush as my most used daily tool would be my Shun chef’s knife. I cook almost every day in one form or another and this knife is central to that. It’s lightweight despite being made from some 30 layers of stainless steel, extremely comfortable in the hand, and is just plain gorgeous to look at while you’re cooking.