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Intriguing Line Art by Thomas Broome
December 29, 2006 6:20 PM   Subscribe

Swedish artist Thomas Broomé's series "Modern Mantra" is a collection of 14 New Yorkeresque ink illustrations of scenes using the names of the objects being drawn as the illustration technique itself; it's complicated to describe, but the results are pretty compelling. Another exhibit worth checking out at the artist's homepage is the Coca-Locust gallery, a series of locusts made from Coca-Cola product logos worldwide.
posted by jonson (15 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
funnily enough, NotCot is showing Broome's work and, a few posts down, MeFi's (and MetaChat's) own Specklet's flickr page with her "tiny animals on fingers"
posted by matteo at 6:29 PM on December 29, 2006


That NotCot site looks cool, I hadn't heard of it (but it's bookmarked now!) - I actually saw this over at Table of Malcontents. Thanks for reminding me to via.
posted by jonson at 6:32 PM on December 29, 2006


I recall a music video like this from a few years back? I think it followed a couple having a baby...? Anyone?
posted by gwint at 6:51 PM on December 29, 2006


Broomé must be a fan* of Al Hirschfeld.
*And by fan, I really mean disciple.**
**And by disciple, I really mean copycat.

posted by rob511 at 7:34 PM on December 29, 2006


Meh. Different much from what a high school kid with a steady hand, a ruler, and a decent sense of perspective could do?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:20 PM on December 29, 2006


gwint - Alex Gopher's The Child?
posted by shortfuse at 8:23 PM on December 29, 2006


Oooh, love The child video, thanks shortfuse.

As ever, nice find jonson. Thomas Broomé's art is amusing visually and conceptually. Saul Steinberg's line drawings/etchings come to mind.

I like his Brain Bar creation: Brainbar is a mechanical bar that mixes drinks according to the visitor's brainwaves. The bar reads the brain frequencies (electroencephalogram [EEG]) in the alpha and beta wavelength –these wavelengths are generally considered to be synonymous with the states of relaxation and activity in the mind. Thus the BrainBar gives you the drink most suited for you, at the moment of measurement.

And his darkly funny KnifeHand [the son]

A mechanic sculpture of the headless body, of a seven-year-old boy. The body plays the mindless game in which a knife is stabbed in a furious tempo between the hands fingers. The maximum speed of the piece is 1/10 sec per stroke!

Yeah, that NotCot site is cool. Thanks for the link to The Table of Malcontents site as well, where I watched the video of that strange Perpetual Baby story.
posted by nickyskye at 8:51 PM on December 29, 2006


shortfuse: Bingo! Thanks.
posted by gwint at 9:36 PM on December 29, 2006


ps from Thomas Broomé's site, re the Coca cola locusts:

Did you know that Coca-Cola was sold in pharmacies, as a medicine?
Did you know that Coca-Cola is used for cleaning rusted nails?
Did you know that Coca-Cola is sold under the counter in Iran?
Did you know that Coca-Cola has contributed to world peace.
Did you know that Coca-Cola can be read in a mirror and then spells in Arabic:
”No Muhammad No Mecca”?

posted by nickyskye at 9:36 PM on December 29, 2006


Meh. Different much from what a high school kid with a steady hand, a ruler, and a decent sense of perspective could do?

And if a high school kid with a ruler did it, it would still be pretty freaking neat.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 11:06 PM on December 29, 2006


Reminds me of these.
posted by lovejones at 2:26 AM on December 30, 2006


Broome's work is charming, very likeable! Made me think of Al Hirschfeld's old "find the Ninas" schtick. Only Broome's stuff is all "Ninas".
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:59 AM on December 30, 2006


You find great stuff, jonson! This is no exception - thanks.
posted by madamjujujive at 8:13 AM on December 30, 2006


wowee, that's a creative output. love the later ones in the collection.
posted by Busithoth at 8:29 AM on December 30, 2006


Thank you very much for this!
posted by dov at 9:33 AM on December 30, 2006


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