These customized quilts bring together the line work of topographical maps along with the tradition and elegance of widecloth cotton quilts. These heirloom quality quilts reference the topography of specific landscapes
and places which often hold a specific memory or meaning to the person who has commissioned the work.
posted by badego
on Apr 22, 2013 -
“When I was doing my Post-Doc at UCL I used to go to the British Museum to relax, and work in the beautiful library there, so I chose the space for the mix. I wanted to capture the ambient atmosphere in the central courtyard, so I did some binaural recording to include in the mix. I also wanted to make the mix something of an exploration through history and ideas in line with the contents of the museum, so I brought in lots of disparate music spanning the centuries and continents. I also mixed it in a way to be like a journey though the museum, turning corners and regularly coming across something totally different and unexpected, with each track being like a different exhibit. Hence the name of the mix, in that, each piece of music almost has a visual content.”
-- Max Cooper & The British Museum [more inside]
posted by empath
on Apr 21, 2013 -
That Salvador Dali fell victim to his Russian wife Gala's lust for domination and very young men is no longer a matter of conjecture....some terrifying new facts, which reveal in more detail and depth than ever before how and why this quintessential Surrealist—the master of the soft watches—allowed himself to be destroyed by one of the nastiest wives a major modern artist ever saddled himself with.
Art critic John Richardson examines Dali's life with Gala
[PDF, should be SFW]. This article originally appeared in Vanity Fair
in 1998.A slightly edited version of the article
illustrated with different photos [NSFW]. [via Nag On The Lake
posted by CCBC
on Apr 17, 2013 -
Weird, funny, surreal, fun, silly, bawdy, macabre, cool and strangely beautiful
. The Discarded Image
is a Tumblr collection of Medieval illustrations gleaned from various illuminated manuscripts, bestiaries, books describing the cosmology of the Middle Ages, ordered and maintained by a celestial hierarchy
. The Discarded Image
is also the name of CS Lewis' last book, about the fascinating Medieval mindset and world picture. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Apr 13, 2013 -
Does anyone here speak art and tech
? "Indeed, for a certain sort of hoodie-wearing entrepreneur more keen on trips to Tahoe than the Tate, the rules of the art world can seem especially opaque." No, they are two different cultures
. "The traditional art world appears to be recognizing that it is going to need to collect some of this money to continue operating in the manner it has grown accustomed to. What it doesn’t seem to recognize is that it may be selling the wrong thing, a brand of social status that the technology culture is not interested in buying."
posted by Xurando
on Apr 12, 2013 -
The art of Omar Rayyan
’s artwork includes fantasy-inspired paintings of dragons, mythological creatures set against a backdrop of seemingly ordinary buildings and people, works of abstraction such as the teapot hat on a man drinking a cup of tea in “Mists of Oolong
,” and all manner of woodland creatures as one might expect to find in an animated Disney film or a children’s book of fairy tales."
posted by dhruva
on Apr 12, 2013 -
You keep doing your work, because you have to, because it's your calling... one does their work for the people. And the more people you can touch, the more wonderful it is...
Patti Smith's Advice to the young [more inside]
posted by nickrussell
on Apr 9, 2013 -
Saving Basquiat: Seeing the Art Through the Myth-Making at Gagosian
The show is overwhelming and difficult to write about, partly because there doesn’t seem to be any idea behind it at all; the works are hung neither by chronology nor by theme. They are merely a spectacularly impressive collection of largish Basquiats from a number of private collections. In this way, the show replicates the tragedy of this artist’s short and chaotic life, where the feverish buzz of celebrity came to overpower any assessment of the works as individual objects.
posted by R. Mutt
on Apr 5, 2013 -
Rational reductionist approaches to the neural basis for beauty run a similar risk of pushing the round block of beauty into the square hole of science and may well distill out the very thing one wants to understand.
by Bevil Conway and Alexander Rehding in PLoS Biology. (via
posted by nangar
on Mar 29, 2013 -
Circlesquare is a band that I like. They have kind of a post-punk meets dance music feel to them, and if you like those things you might like them too. I like their songs Hey You Guys
, and Timely
. The man behind the music, Jeremy Shaw
, does some interesting art projects, like "DMT", "7 Minutes", and "Representative Measurements", which his site won't let me link. He did an interview with Interview Magazine
posted by Rory Marinich
on Mar 29, 2013 -
Each year on March 25, the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Ruth Sergel and a team of volunteers have installed "Chalk," a public art project commemorating the lives lost that day in 1911.
Sergel, who also founded the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition
has made a publicly available data map that records "the name, home address, likely age, country of origin, and final resting place of all known Triangle Fire victims.
" Says Sergel, "The chalk will wash away but the following year we return, insisting on the memory of these lost young workers." [more inside]
posted by liketitanic
on Mar 26, 2013 -
In 1967, Charlie Haughey
was drafted into the United States Army and was assigned to work as a photographer, tasked with taking morale-boosting pictures of service members. He shot over 2,000 images, the vast majority of which were never published and languished in boxes and envelopes. Until now. [more inside]
posted by gkhan
on Mar 25, 2013 -