Art In A Box!
: Modern artist Joseph Cornell
made a name for himself by creating minature collaged works
in boxes back in the 1930s when collage was still a relatively new art form. While his works and life story
are often romanticized, the fact remains that he was both incredibly creative and incredibly strange.
Certainly one of American Art's finest. (see old mefi post
For thirty-six weeks, a sketchbook was sent in random order between four artists: two in Brooklyn, two in Belfast... [Flash]
There aren't very many there yet, and the signs are illegible for all but the 3rd set of photos, but I still really like the idea behind These are the People in my Neighborhood
. You walk around your neighborhood and take pictures of people holding signs with the lyrics from Sesame Street. Very interesting and probably a good way to actually meet your neighbors. via
An Industrial Art Gallery
Is it just me, or do you
find hand-drawn mechanical diagrams capturing concepts of physics strangely soothing?
Fat Truckers Union
is just one of 35 sites hosted by Alkem foundation
. While at F.T.U. don't miss The Golden Age by scrolling right and set aside 8 hours to play the flash game.
seems to be a band that plays in livingrooms.
I'm not sure what GPI
is other than it has a lot of small print.
(contains flash, shockwave, sound and a few other things i don't know what they are.)
The Cactus Project
is a "transgenic artwork involving the fusion of human genetic material into the cactus genome resulting in the cactus expressing human hair." See also the Artist links
link for more transgenic art.
I envy the Japanese for the enormous clarity that pervades their work.
It is never dull and never seems to have been made in haste. Their work is as simple as breathing and they draw a figure with a few well chosen lines with the same ease, as effortless as buttoning up one's waistcoat.....
--Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh, 24 September, 1888
The term "Japonisme
" came up in France in the seventies of the 19th century to describe the craze for Japanese culture
and art. Van Gogh, like so many other Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists, was one of the admirers (and collectors
) of Japanese art. He defined
himself as “a simple worshipper of the eternal Buddha
”, and the most peculiar among his many self-portraits
is "Self-Portrait as Buddhist Monk
" (see a comparison here
), painted in 1888 and dedicated
to Paul Gauguin
. More inside.
Rug hooking must be one of the simplest and cost-effective of crafts (basically, cut old clothes into strips, use burlap, insert hook, pull up loop of fabric
), and so it’s all the more amazing that it can be used to achieve such cool
results. If you click on just one link in this FPP, make it this one, made by a Japanese woman out of her grandmother’s old silk kimonos
. I’ve selected just one excellent, comprehensive rug hooking web site
, but there’s a lot of resources and information available on the web
for this craft if you’re interested.
. A bit like Ralph Stedman
in style, Linda Zachs gives us her beautiful
, her bizarre
, her funny
, and her inspirational
. and sometimes her commercial
The gallery of random art
: computer generated random images posted daily, with voting enabled. To see the most popular images since the project began, check out the best-of gallery
Into the realm of Henry Darger
When Henry Darger died in Chicago
on April 13, 1973, he was a destitute man whose final days were spent at a home for the elderly. Now, 30 years later, Darger ranks among the greatest outsider artists
America has ever seen
Found in the astounding clutter of Darger's one-room apartment was a 15,000-page fantasy epic, bound by hand in 15 volumes, titled "The Story of the Vivian Girls
, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion
." Along with this were three separate volumes filled with 300 drawings, including 87 multi-sheet horizontal panels
, some 12 feet long with drawings on both sides
The discovery of Darger's NSFW work
spawned numerous books, a play, a British rock band (the Vivian Girls
), and an excellent y2karl MetaFilter post
. And now there's also Jessica Yu's documentary
"In the Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger
," a portrait of the reclusive artist
that has been shortlisted for the upcoming Academy Award nominations
. Again, Darger's art can be disturbing and must be considered not safe for work (more inside)
Fabulous images of the Moscow Metro underground,
also known as "the people's palaces
". Click "M"s on the entry map
to view gorgeous (often architecturally surreal
) panoramic images, and visit the picture gallery
for sweet details. Via Jorgen at Viewropa.
"Researchers have discovered the hidden laboratory
used by Leonardo da Vinci for studies of flight and other pioneering scientific work in previously sealed rooms at a monastery next to the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, in the heart of Florence."
A World of Invisibilia.
"The pictures are simple enough: the people in the photos have been digitally removed and replaced with drawings. Yeah, I know... anyone can trace a drawing. But so what? I am doing it, and you're not. You're sitting at home doing nothing."
I like the effect, and I'm sure it's been done before but I can't place it.
The 5th Dentist
:: a photoblog
Charles Eames (1907-78) and Ray Eames (1912-88)
gave shape to America's twentieth century. Their lives and work represented the nation's defining social movements: the West Coast's coming-of-age, the economy's shift from making goods to the producing information, and the global expansion of American culture. This Library of Congress exhibit outlines major themes of the Eames' life and voluminous works, including architecture
, and the film Powers of Ten
. It is wonderfully illustrated with artifacts
of their life and work, and examples
from the Eames' collection of 350,000 slides
is aiming to use the net to democratize yet another expensive thing in the world: the sale and distribution of art works. While the first works offered aren't that impressive and having to use your own inkjet is a limiting factor, I like the direction this is going in. From their Gallery
, you can purchase prints from a dozen or so artists, in the range of $20-50, and then print as many as you wish at home. The Seattle PI has a full story
. Perhaps this will spark a "long tail
" of small change art sales from folks used to getting several thousand per canvas sold, while at the same time allowing any Tom, Dick, or Harry to have some nice looking apartment walls at home.
At first glance
it would seem to be something one would find in some photoshop gallery
. But then one finds out that she has been forced to justify her work,
for they are pictures of freshly killed animals. Much to the dislike
of some craigslistians
. With the growing uproar
, there is even a petition
going around (though petitions like that are hardly rare
.) Is this a work of someone seeking attention through offending
people? Or someone unable to use photoshop
? Whatever the case, I’m sure PETA
will join in. . . .
Wait, it has.
uses bubbles in the liquid to draw three-dimensional graphical patterns. (via
The mystery of Stefan Mart and the 'Tales of the Nations'.
"The Tales of Nations" was not an ordinary book that you could buy in a book store, and it's mysterious narrator/illustrator disappeared into the darkness of Hitler's Germany, seemingly without a trace. Learn the background, read the stories, and view all 150 fabulous colour illustrations — "small in size, but strong in expression, each a microcosm packed with action, each a feast for the eyes like a beautifully set jewel".
They say it's hard to make money from art, but some people find ways to make art
from money. Or at least a few accessories
The Hand Collector. I have no idea how these people got their
cats hands wedged into their scanners, or why.
The Most (and Least) Wanted Paintings.
Design by committee: Artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid
) used a professional market research group to survey aesthetic preferences and art tastes in 14 countries. The results
are the theoretically most desired paintings for each nation.
Custom Creature Taxidermy Arts
• "The artist does not view a dead animal as disgusting or repugnant; she feels that all creatures exhibit their beauty in death as well as in life." My favorites are the Mutant Pickled Piglet
, The Cackalope
, Boar Heart Under Glass
, and the Muskrat Feet Earrings
draws robots, creatures and vixens that live in a seedy yet swinging 1960's universe, drenched in the haze of a post industrial hangover. Flash enabled and ever-so-slightly NSFW
Will Eisner Dies at age 86
The father of the modern Graphic Novel and hugely influential comics figure has died today from heart surgery complications. His concept of Sequential Art
helped move comics out of the idea of being solely "kid's stuff" and was seen as a cannon in the comic art world.
He was working on a book called "The Plot" due out later this year. He will be missed. More info and Eisner Bio at Newsarama
. A gallery of sculpture and mixed media figures that span the whimsical to the unsettling by 35 international artists . Alternate bandwidth-intense view: 160 thumbnails
is the story of a nervous and confused little homunculus. It's an unsettling webcomic with moody artwork and fantastic pacing that creeps along slowly, like a severed hand across the floor.
Bill Dummond has another new project.
Previously he had been involved with the KLF
, and now seems to run the Penkiln Burn
The Open Manifesto
is a new offshoot - which admidst some nice design, captures peoples personal art manifestos- there are some true gems on here.
There are also some 10 ten 'charts' which seem to have stopped in August 2004
- including judgement by Stewart Home
- a fantastic author.
One of Bill Drummonds other projects
was previously been mentioned here
. More can be found through the fascinating Penkiln Burn
: a photo essay.
Bubbles the Artist!
If you've been looking for a Pee Wee Herman dinner plate
, a greeting card
featuring Paul Lynde, or a painting
of John Belushi drinking himself to death, then look no further. (If you love crappy disco midi files, you'll want to keep your speakers turned up.)
The graffiti art of Totem2
is astonishing in its depth, realism and style. I strongly recommend the 3D Science Section
where he creates astonishing art akin to something like sculpture.
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
took three b&w photos of his subjects using red, green, and blue filters. Now, they've been digitally composited, and we have stunning
, authentic color photographs
in the early 1900's
lay the water clocks
of Bernard Gitton.
+WAR +Iraq Poster Exhibit
Graphic designers from multiple political POVs collaborate, and the gallery
is up to 17 pages of thumbnalish posters since March, 2003. [via jennet.radio
Peace Art Project Cambodia
--turning the detrius of war into art,
in hopes of a more peaceful future. More info here,
"You can't help but think about what this machine has done to affect so many lives."
And that is really the point. These sculptures are political art at its most powerful - relics of a violent past transformed into expressions of hope for a more peaceful future.
Communication Grill Chang-tei
: Chat powered barbeque. "You have to continue carrying out the chat with the partner surrounding a table.
If a chat is stopped, the fire of an electric heater will go out."
The House on the Rock
in Neil Gaiman's American Gods
, worked on by the mysterious Dr. Evermor
... in your face, Frank Lloyd Wright!
Fred Smith's Concrete Park
near Phillips, Wisconsin. "Born in 1886, a tavern owner and former lumberjack, Fred Smith began building sculptures in 1948, in his 60s. He created more than 200 concrete sculptures and covered them with broken beer bottle glass from his tavern. Said Fred, 'nobody knows why I made them, not even me.' " [more inside]
Tis the Season
-- a new short story from China Mieville,
just in time for the Holidays™ ... Don't get me wrong. I haven't got shares in YuleCo™, and I can't afford a one-day end-user licence, so I couldn't have a legal party. I'd briefly considered buying from one of the budget competitors like XmasTym, or a spinoff from a non-specialist like Coca-Crissmas, but the idea of doing it on the cheap was just depressing...
The original plates
for the famous parody work (that was never sued over) Disneyland Memorial Orgy
, is on sale at eBay. Here's the whole story on the piece
, which ran in 1967 in a small underground newspaper and was created by Paul Krassner
. I bet a copyright/trademark lawyer with a sense of humor buys this to mount over his desk soon.
- multimedia artist and activist John Douglas portrays himself as a one-man citizen soldier army in a series of provocative photographic tableaus. NSFW.