Thirty | 2020

Thirty is the first project for the Contemporary Creative House,

Shrodrick Spikes named after the artist and designer. 

Spikes wanted to reimagine his approach to his creative

practice, while changing the way people experience art,

design, fashion, and wellness.

 

Due to COVID-19, Spikes couldn't curate an art experience for his 30th birthday at any local venue, so he had to pivot and rethink how he was going to provide an experience for his audience. That's when he discovered an innovated way to safely showcase an experience that was celebratory and a nod to the "dirty thirty" concept.

Thirty is an American afro-futuristic erotic short film written,

directed, and produced by American artist and designer, 

Shrodrick Spikes. The film was co-produced by Spelman

College Alumna, Diamond Sands. The film premiered on

August 22, 2020.

Set in current day 2020, the film focuses on

a designer being stuck in her contemporary home alone

on her 30th birthday, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As her day progresses, things start to take a mysterious

turn when she falls asleep.

Haus Gables

Thirty was filmed at the beautiful white Haus Gables asymmetrical home. It's located in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward. The home was designed by award winning architect, Jennifer Bonner.

Haus Gables is one of a handful of residences in the country made

of cross-laminated timber (CLT), an exceptionally strong wood material produced by gluing together layers of lumber that alternate in direction. A long-standing research project on roof typologies found in the American South informed this proof-of-concept.

 

Haus Gables is a cluster of six gable roofs, combined to form a single roof. In an attempt to rework spatial paradigms of the past, such as Le Corbusier’s free plan and Aldof Loos’s raum plan, MALL offers the roof plan as a way to organize architecture.

 

The roof plan establishes rooms, catwalks, and double height spaces in the interior by aligning these spaces to ridges and valleys in the roof above. In this case, the floor plan is a result of the roof.

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© NAARO

Cast

Deshanique Blanco as Day Blanco, model, fashion designer and star of the film.

Bamboo Cotton Underwear

Shrodrick Spikes Bamboo Cotton Underwear is an essential for the Thirty experience. Spikes designed these limited edition women's underwear with the thought of "Redefining Comfort At Home" 

for women at home during the COVID-19 pandemicThe underwear come in 2 styles, thong panty and cheeky. They will be available

in sizes S-XL.

   

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© Shrodrick Spikes

Who Eats The Vulture When The Vulture Dies T-Shirt

This essential for the Thirty experience was inspired by Shrodrick Spikes painting, Who Eats The Vulture When The Vulture Dies, 2019It was the first painting Spikes ever sold and it was on display for the first time at his Black Phase solo self-curated art experience.

To pay homage to the painting, the phrase was placed on the t-shirt that Deshanique Blanco wore in Thirty, which was Spikes first film.

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© Bonnie Blu