--- an interactive portfolio. Part puzzle, part artwork. I can't tell you what the payoff is because I got stuck on, like, the 5th page. [note: flash]
posted by crunchland
on Jun 18, 2004 -
displays an exhaustive list
of little-known rock bands seen live by the proprietor. With photos and a near-functional guestbook. UK-centric.
posted by LionIndex
on Jun 15, 2004 -
Five galleries of (literally) fantastic, mostly figurative images by Maggie Taylor. Serendipity has me reading Perdido Street Station
at the moment, and these quaintly eerie portraits seem almost as though they could have been plucked from Miéville's mythic population of bizarre Remades, uncanny constructs and outlandish alien races. Beautiful. (Click the eye.)
posted by taz
on Jun 14, 2004 -
Alexandra Gapihan Fine Art
"Born in Cape Verde, raised in both Cote d'Ivoire and France, Alexandra Gapihan is currently studying fine art in Baltimore, Maryland. Inspired by her heritage and guided by a unique vision, Alexandra interprets the struggle, passion, and tradition of three worlds—sharing with us an intimate vision of life's deeper meanings."
posted by quonsar
on Jun 12, 2004 -
A couple months back, there was a cool flash-based front-end
to Google News that displayed topics and their relative importance based on size. Now comes another visualization
that's a little bit more abstract, but can be used in the same way, to get "a picture" of what the world considered news on any given day (and it has archives). Slick stuff, rollover all the colored boxes to see topics and click to see archived data.
posted by mathowie
on Jun 9, 2004 -
Microsoft is giving away a nifty piece of software.
It's the beta of Expressions 3 by Creature House, something I used to use back in my Mac days but hadn't heard anything about in a long time. Apparently MS bought Creature House last year. I downloaded it (after filling out a somewhat arduous survey/profile thingy) and think it a nice drawing program. Both Mac and Win versions are posted.
posted by bz
on Jun 9, 2004 -
Safe For Work
A photoshop competition just for Metafilter. Nudes from the history of art, only with clothes on. You can see the originals too. My favourite is the water carrier. (SFW!)
posted by Zootoon
on May 29, 2004 -
Nick Hornby discusses pop music in this NY Times essay:
"Maybe this split is inevitable in any medium where there is real money to be made: it has certainly happened in film, for example, and even literature was a form of pop culture, once upon a time. It takes big business a couple of decades to work out how best to exploit a cultural form; once that has happened, 'that high-low fork in the road' is unavoidable, and the middle way begins to look impossibly daunting. It now requires more bravery than one would ever have thought necessary to try and march straight on, to choose neither the high road nor the low. Who has the nerve to pick up where Dickens or John Ford left off?
In other words, who wants to make art that is committed and authentic and intelligent, but that sets out to include, rather than exclude? To do so would run the risk of seeming not only sincere and uncool - a stranger to all notions of postmodernism - but arrogant and vaultingly ambitious as well."
posted by grumblebee
on May 26, 2004 -
"Time passes, or rather doesn't pass.
It is just there, solid as a coffee mug
on the diner's counter
. Time hangs
like the reek of old tobacco in the hotel furniture
". We all think we know Edward Hopper
's images, even if we've never seen his paintings
. Somehow the solidity of the world
-- even the sky is like a wall
-- is at odds with the transience
of the people
in it, however long they sit
. Hopper's people, like Manet
, often appear consumed by the irreducible business of being
, too, would descend into his own silences
, would delay himself in self-doubt... (more inside)
posted by matteo
on May 25, 2004 -
facettes de la petite mort
No nudity, but not safe for work. I love it when eroticism is found where you might not expect it. Like, simple facial expression, for example.
posted by travis
on May 11, 2004 -
Cirque de Sore Legs
may have won the people's choice award, but the competition [including a giant poodle, a bird's nest, and Kafka mid-metamorphosis] wasn't half bad. Baltimore's annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, an unholy amalgam of engineering and art, occurred last week. Created by Hobart Brown
in 1969, kinetic sculpture races require participants to build human-powered vehicles that can traverse a racecourse over land and sea, not to mention mud and sand. And they have to do it in style. Don't live near the Chesapeake? Then visit similar races in Arcata
, and even Perth
, Australia. Too tame for you? Perhaps you'd like to try a flugtag
or the Providence
posted by ubersturm
on May 6, 2004 -
The Hirschfeld Follies:
A charming and generous gallery of Al Hirschfeld's portraits from The New York Times, spanning from 1928 to 2002 (registration required
), indexed by date
. Are there any outstanding young contemporary caricaturists out there who are doing good work (not necessarily in the theatre) we old-timers should know about? [Be sure to accompany with plep's great post on American cartoon and caricature and PeteyStock's January 2004 obituary post. And while you're at it, if you'll excuse the immodesty, my own David Levine post, with a (superb) still-working link.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 5, 2004 -
You might know Ernie Barnes from Sports Illustrated
, or from a Marvin Gaye
album cover. He has a powerful 9/11
painting. This past February he was named “America’s Best Painter of Sports” by the Board of Trustees of the American Sport Art Museum
posted by ashbury
on May 5, 2004 -
features rare stills and artwork for viewing, with a healthy (but not exclusive) emphasis on cult cinema, and only occasional reviews and comments to compete with the goodness and/or bad-assedness
. A movie fan shares his wealth with the world.
posted by LinusMines
on May 3, 2004 -
"Learning to Love You More
is both a web site and series of non-web presentations comprised of work made by the general public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher and various guests."
posted by kickingtheground
on May 1, 2004 -