Monday, September 29, 2008
These crocheted stuffed animals and monsters are hand crafted by Handmade by Angela on Etsy. They range in price from about $25 - $300+ for the giant squid monsters. So cute and creative! Be sure to check out her Esty, there's a wide assortment of critters.
I sorta look like the redheaded neighbor that was always trying to put the moves on Edward. (Post haircut of course.)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Shown above: Radioactive Cats & Fox Games
About the artist:
Sandy Skoglund was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on September 11, 1946. Skoglund studied studio art and art history at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa in 1969 where she studied filmmaking, intaglio printmaking, and multimedia art. Skoglund moved to New York City in 1972, where she started working as a conceptual artist, dealing with repetitive, process-oriented art production through the techniques of mark-making and photocopying. In the late seventies Skoglund’s desire to document conceptual ideas led her to teach herself photography. This developing interest in photographic technique became fused with her interest in popular culture and commercial picture making strategies, resulting in the directorial tableau work she is known for today. Skoglund currently lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. Skoglund creates surrealist images by building elaborate sets or tableaux, furnishing them with carefully selected colored furniture and other objects, a process of which takes her months to complete. Finally, she photographs the set, complete with actors. The works are characterized by an overwhelming amount of one object and either bright, contrasting colors or a monochromatic color scheme. She is currently teaching photography and art installation/multimedia at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
These are a few images from the online gallery of UK Artist/Illustrator Russ Mills. Mills studied Illustration at Leeds Met. University and specialised in experimental film/animation. A majority of the work has a point of detailed focus that radiates a frenetic energy through the movement away from that focal point. His color palate provokes an emotional response as well. The red is so striking, like blood from a gunshot wound. It's beautiful yet disturbing, which I think sums up my personal preference in terms of subject matter.
In the Fact & Questions section of the site he describes a his methods and materials:
For my Graphic work I compile as much source material as possible in the form of textures, random marks and scribbles etc and scan it all, the primary image is drawn and also scanned. I then manipulate the constituent parts on the computer, I keep the amount of layers to a bare minimum so the results are as spontaneous as possible. I don't use any filters at all to keep the 'digital' nature of the image to a minimum.
Prints are available from the online store.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
See Andy Warhol's work like you've never seen it before. This is the only U.S. presentation of over 700 of Warhol's works including films, videos, paintings, drawings, prints, wallpaper, installations, objects, seldom heard audio recordings, and archival material.
Other Voices, Other Rooms sheds new light on the celebrated pop artist and focuses on the ideas at the heart of his work: embracing consumer culture, exploring sexual identity, challenging social conventions, and erasing distinctions between high and low culture.
Sat, Sep 13, 2008 - Sun, Feb 15, 2009
Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High Street
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus Ohio 43210-1393
$8 adults. $5 visitors ages 13-17, 65 and above. Free to visitors every Thursday evening and first Sunday of each month. Free to Wexner Center and Warhol Club members, college students (with ID), and visitors ages 12 and under.
Friday, September 19, 2008
That's right, knitting. It started with my love of scarves. Between Shaker Woods and Etsy, I've purchased about five scarves or cowls over the past two months (all handmade of course). Sad to say, I do realize that buying five scarfs during the summer may be a sign of a shopping addiction but hey...shopping addiction is surely less offensive than a few other addictions that come to mind.
Anyhow, I started to think that instead of buying a bunch of scarves I should just learn how to make them. So I did. My first project, which will be completed over this weekend, is a green cowl that matches my bright green peacoat. It's a little messy but overall not too shabby for a first project. I'm looking forward to learning some new stitches soon. Right now I can cast on, knit, and purl. Binding off coming soon!
kpixie has some great examples of the style of knitting I enjoy. Keep in mind, my knitting skills have not reached this level yet. I also attached a photo of a cowl type scarf. I absolutely love love love these! I think they're the new hot item for this upcoming fall and winter.
I think the reason why I've taken such a liking to knitting is just the simple fact that to me, it is so amazing to hold something in your hands and know that some talented person put their mind, hands, and heart into making it. It's a beautiful thing.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Damien Hirst's bull in a tank of formaldehyde with its head crowned by a gold disc sold for $18.6 million on Monday, a record at auction for one of the contemporary art world's stars, Sotheby's said. The 43-year-old British artist stunned the art world when he said 223 new works would be auctioned by Sotheby's in London in the first mass sale of its kind by a major artist. The works on offer in the two-day sale called "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever" were created over the past two years and are expected to raise more than $116 million. They include Hirst's trademark animals in formaldehyde, butterfly and spin paintings, variations on pill cabinets and preparatory drawings. The sale price for Hirst's "The Golden Calf," the bull which also has its hooves and horns cast in 18-carat gold, was within the $14 million to $22 million estimate. However, several of the first works to sell on Monday easily surpassed their guide prices. "The Kingdom," a tiger shark suspended in formaldehyde, fetched $17 million, way above the $7 million to $10 million estimate. "Afterlife," a butterfly painting, went for $2.5 million, million, double the guide price. Hirst has been unapologetic about mixing creativity with cash despite accusations he is producing only for profit. One commentator referred to the auction as a "clearance" sale. By taking his new works straight to an auction house, Hirst is cutting out the art galleries that he says take an "extortionate" amount of the proceeds, or up to 50 percent. He has argued that if the sale raises tens of millions of dollars, at a time when the art market is booming despite economic gloom elsewhere, it may attract more people to art. Hirst also has come under fire from some top critics, including Australia's Robert Hughes, who has called his art "tacky" and "absurd." The sale coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Freeze exhibition in London which launched the careers of Hirst and some of his fellow "Young British Artists."
Pictured from top:
The Incredible Journey
The Golden Calf
Prior to this Hirst made news when he created “For The Love of God”, a platinum and diamond encrusted skull and the most expensive piece of art ever created. The piece sold for $100 million to an unnamed investment group and Hirst reportedly got paid in cash.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
I’m pumped right now because my uncle gave me an iPod touch yesterday (thanks Uncle Norm!). Compared to my beat-up old Mini it’s soooooo nice and pretty darn fancy! The first thing I’m going to do is buy some kind of protective cover for it so I don't ruin it on the spinning bike and treadmill. I’m thinking about one of these gelaskins. They even have Brian Despain designs! (FYI-I just posted something the other day about purchasing his prints online). I’m torn between Cable Cranes, Kurummachi, Bookshelf, and My Pop. If you buy three the forth is free, which is tempting but I’m thinking one will do. Right now I think Kurummachi is the winner. Which design do you like?
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual has been held every year since 1910, making it the second longest running annual exhibition in the United States. The first Annual was affectionately titled The Popular Salon of the People because of the support and encouragement the member artists received from the Pittsburgh community.
Bonus! The Mattress Factory is close enough to walk to from the Warhol. For info on museum hours and admission prices click here.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Gondry, he also directed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and a bunch of music videos including Bjork’s "Human Behaviour", "Army of Me", "Isobel", "Hyperballad", "Jóga", "Bachelorette".
The Science of Sleep