Seat Assignments
April 6, 2012 10:33 AM   Subscribe

Seat Assignments: "While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror. The image evoked 15th-century Flemish portraiture." Seat Assignments will be on view in San Franscisco's Catharine Clark Gallery from April 14th through May 26th.
posted by Greg Nog (52 comments total) 96 users marked this as a favorite

 
i can't not love everything about this!
posted by anya32 at 10:34 AM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


That explains why the john was clogged when the jet landed.
posted by Ardiril at 10:36 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


You need that profile for evoking that look. I would simply look like a trussed up doughnut. With glasses.
posted by infini at 10:36 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


And that, boys and girls, is how to do art. Wonderful.
posted by stonepharisee at 10:43 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


*bang bang* ARE YOU EVOKING 15TH-CENTURY FLEMISH PORTRAITURE IN THERE OR WHAT *bang bang bang*
posted by theodolite at 10:44 AM on April 6, 2012 [73 favorites]


ARE YOU EVOKING 15TH-CENTURY FLEMISH PORTRAITURE IN THERE OR WHAT

Yo, Van Dyck, can we get a courtesy flush out here or what?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:49 AM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I don't need to know which Dracula I am to be a Dracula. Nerd.
posted by Navelgazer at 11:05 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is just fantastic. She's really got the facial structure for it, too. Bravo! I will try to make a point to get to the gallery to see them in person. Hmmm, 150 Minna. Gotta be some good bars near there. Meetup? Hmmm.
posted by rtha at 11:09 AM on April 6, 2012


C'mon, guys, this is a serious artist. I mean, we all loved her Saber Dance, right?
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:09 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I must say I love this. this woman is a stone freak of the highest order....art indeed!
posted by supermedusa at 11:13 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I also came here to say that she definitely has a face that was made for 15th Century Flemish Portraiture.
posted by Scientist at 11:13 AM on April 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror was really, really high.


FTFY.
posted by R. Schlock at 11:15 AM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I also came here to say that she definitely has a face that was made for 15th Century Flemish Portraiture.

Hers certainly beats my face made for prehistoric cave painting!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:15 AM on April 6, 2012


While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat cover over my head and took a picture in the mirror was really, really high.


FTFY.


Even I never did that on KLM.
posted by infini at 11:19 AM on April 6, 2012


"You got a face that was made for 15th Century Flemish Portraiture" is my go-to pickup line.
Also, I think the ones with the neck pillow are my favorite. Thanks for sharing this!
posted by word_virus at 11:20 AM on April 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


this project really epitomizes boredom as a spur for creativity (or the being high thing, maybe...)
posted by supermedusa at 11:21 AM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mile High Club takes on an entirely different meaning, Ms Jung
posted by infini at 11:24 AM on April 6, 2012


I love this. Thank you for posting it.
posted by small_ruminant at 11:28 AM on April 6, 2012


I love this. When my brain is really astonished/delighted by something, I often tear up (...I don't know); this project made me cry a tiny bit. Superb.

(The one with the headpiece crafted from a seat cover and her inflatable neck pillow is my favorite.)
posted by thehmsbeagle at 11:30 AM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Another delightful by-product of Nina Katchadourian's time on airplanes: Sky Mall Kitties
posted by neroli at 11:31 AM on April 6, 2012 [15 favorites]


Another delightful by-product of Nina Katchadourian's time on airplanes: Sky Mall Kitties

HOLY BALLS THIS WOMAN IS AMAZING
posted by Greg Nog at 11:34 AM on April 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Frequent Flyer With Pearl Earring
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:38 AM on April 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Here's a related tip for frequent flyers: If the plane isn't completely full, you may be able to get a little more seat room by making a couple of puppets out of barf bags. Put on a play with them, and keep doing it until the person next to you finds a different seat.
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:42 AM on April 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Fantastic.
posted by ericb at 11:44 AM on April 6, 2012


Here's a related tip for frequent flyers

You might think this would work best on Southwest, but be careful. If you try this, they will make you purchase two more tickets for your friends.

The more you know
==========★

posted by R. Schlock at 11:47 AM on April 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


I didn't see the word "new" in that description. Did you? I mean, eww.
posted by Splunge at 11:50 AM on April 6, 2012


I'm just glad she wasn't dragged out of the bathroom and tased by sky marshals for acting "suspiciously."
posted by JoanArkham at 12:09 PM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


High art indeed
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:12 PM on April 6, 2012


FREE COWBOY HATS
posted by porn in the woods at 12:30 PM on April 6, 2012


I want to favorite this about 3000 times! Thank goodness I wasn't drinking water or I'd have to replace my shit here.

Damn. Awesome.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 12:59 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


That woman has a nose I could lay down my life for. God damn, I love a woman with a thrusting prow.
posted by Decani at 1:07 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Flemish art and Sky Mall? This woman just became my hero.

Meetup? Hmmm.
YES!!!

posted by grapesaresour at 1:17 PM on April 6, 2012


As someone who routinely drapes his head with a t-shirt and stomps around as Pharaoh, I heartily approve.
posted by Graygorey at 1:46 PM on April 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


Having just spent the last three days looking at various Van Eycks, Van Oosts, Memlings, Van Dycks, and Rubenses, I can say with some degree of certainty that she is not wrong.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:54 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


How did she manage to keep a straight face in all of those photos? Amazing!
posted by SPrintF at 2:11 PM on April 6, 2012


She's hilarious! I fucking love it.
Thanks for that, Greg Nog.
posted by alicesshoe at 2:28 PM on April 6, 2012


I second making hand puppets out of barf bags.
posted by pixienat at 2:59 PM on April 6, 2012


This woman's work speaks to me--Jonathan Schipper's (in the link above) does not--scrolling through her website is weird and wonderful.
posted by crush-onastick at 3:00 PM on April 6, 2012


Ha ha it's the same artist that did that repaired spiderwebs series!
posted by Tom-B at 3:10 PM on April 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


There is some really great stuff here.

For one half day, we proposed to sort all the incoming cars by color into the 14 different parking lots at the school.
posted by Big_B at 3:16 PM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think I have a new favorite contemporary artist. This is AWESOME.
posted by KathrynT at 4:12 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Her Hampton Jitney video is great too! Thanks for posting.
posted by the young rope-rider at 4:38 PM on April 6, 2012


I really need this woman to be my BFF.
posted by elizardbits at 5:02 PM on April 6, 2012


Holy gerboas, it's Motel of the Mysteries in real life!

Bonus: this lady would be the best on-the-cheap theatrical costume designer EVAH
posted by nicebookrack at 6:35 PM on April 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think this might be the first art-type art that I've enjoyed for a long time. It reminds me of the kind of rigorous silliness that sometimes used to turn up in the 80s (for example, Elya Kabakov). I'm definitely now a fan - thank you!
posted by Grangousier at 6:48 PM on April 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


(Ilya not Elya)
posted by Grangousier at 6:57 PM on April 6, 2012


I love this.
posted by odinsdream at 8:09 PM on April 6, 2012


Fantastic, funny and brilliant. Artists make Art? Damn straight.
posted by marienbad at 3:19 AM on April 7, 2012


Totally doing this next time I fly.
posted by Pallas Athena at 6:30 AM on April 7, 2012


From her Carla and Friend photos, that mouse is the Scheherazade of mice.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 7:09 AM on April 7, 2012


rigorous silliness

This should be the dictionary definition of "nerd humor."
posted by straight at 10:12 AM on April 10, 2012


I like her artificial insemination photos.
posted by straight at 10:18 AM on April 10, 2012


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