Monday, September 29, 2008

Handmade by Angela on Etsy




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.

my new haircut...

...makes me happy because it reminds me of Edward Scissorhands.

I sorta look like the redheaded neighbor that was always trying to put the moves on Edward. (Post haircut of course.)

By the way, I LOVE this movie. If you haven't seen it in a while I recommend watching it again. Halloween is on the horizon so it's perfect timing.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sandy Skoglund



Shown above: Radioactive Cats & Fox Games

The other day at work, my bright yellow cat avatar reminded me of this photo, which I adore. I hadn't seen it in quite some time and didn't really know much about the artist. After looking at her site I realized that she has an entire serious of surrealist images. I think she may have been inspired by the "horse of a different color".
hehe. I always felt bad for that horse cause you know the poor thing got spray painted about five times. By the time they were done, it probably turned brown like the Easter egg you try to dip in every color and then looked like a normal colored horse again.

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

Russ Mills



From Top: Aeonium. Bitter Blasphemy. Hoya Carnosa.

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

two days

Well designed poster for the play Two Days by TurnWest Collaborative.

"Two Days explores how devastating external events in the new age of anxiety can lead to false expectations. The war-on-terror and the on-going health-care crisis are the platforms from which the play discovers universal truths about human dependence and fallibility.

deviant of the week

Child's Mind by Ryohei-Hase

Very Donnie Darko but sexier.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Other Voices, Other Rooms

Andy Warhol Other Voices, Other Rooms

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
http://www.wexarts.org/ex/

TICKETS
$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

Anthro Rings

Has anyone seen the selection of rings on Anthropologie? Nice.
A little to expensive for my broke ass but cute nonetheless.

my new hobby & kpixie

Yep...it's official, I've developed a new obsession.

Knitting.

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 has some serious deniro.



The article below refers to the recent Sotheby’s auction of Damien Hirst works. I find it interesting that Sotheby's waived seller's fees for Hirst and that he choose to sell his work without the help of the usual suspects. Apparently, this is the first time an artist of this caliber has taken the art dealer and gallery out of the process.

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
Afterlife

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

Factory Girl

I FINALLY saw Factory Girl. Loved it.



It's about Andy Warhol's "superstar" and muse Edie Sedgwick. Tragic what drugs can do to a person.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Gelaskins




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

I'll have a Sassy Red please!

Love the new look of New Zealand's Mac beer package design and advertising. The textured bottle neck and ring are a nice touch.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Warhol Museum 98th Annual Exhibition

This 98th annual exhibition features artists who live within 150 miles of Pittsburgh and are creators of all media visual arts. This year, John Carson, Professor and Department Head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, jurors the exhibition which will feature over 70 artists. With almost 500 member artists, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is the largest visual arts organization in the Pittsburgh region.

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.

If you haven't been to The Warhol then get in your car and go today. After you check out this show you can run through the Silver Clouds, always a good time. Beware...the artwork in the permanent collection features a lot of wang and has some sexual overtones. Yeah, maybe not appropriate for the kiddies. Did I mention this is one of my favorite museums?
Bonus! The Mattress Factory is close enough to walk to from the Warhol. For info on museum hours and admission prices click here.

Birds & Boobs



This is a collection of digital drawings made by graphic artist, Rubens. Love his style. The website is simple (long live this KISS method of design) but a beautiful way to display his work.


Robot Love


Brian Despain limited edition giclee prints available online. I believe they are numbered.

Cute Alert! babyfirst

Saw these Sanrio-esque babyfirst logos in a magazine and thought they were cute. I think the designer did a nice job of carrying out one common element while customizing each logo. Some are more successful that others. The United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, and United States versions are adorable, but the Italian version reminds me of a frog holding a pizza. A little odd but the chef theme somewhat makes up for the lapse in color choice. I do find the "safety" logo with the pin going through the little baby's head a bit ironic but overall these are nicely done. Bravo babyfirst!

...now get a website! Seriously, who puts out this quality of logo design and has no website? I'm probably just having a dumb moment but when I Google the company I get a UK site about laundry service for "nappies". 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Close your eyes. Open your heart.

So last night I decided to join movie lovers across the land and signed up for netflix. Yea! I’m pretty excited considering they have a gang of movies I've wanted to see for a while but am either too cheap or too lazy to rent. The first movie in my queue is The Science of Sleep, a French film written and directed by Michel Gondry. It starts Charlotte Gainsboourg and Gael Garcia Bernal, an actor that was in another one of my favorite movies, The Motorcycle Diaries. I don’t know much about the plot other than G.G.B. plays a young dreamer with a vivid imagination and C.G. is his neighbor. A Gondry film with a plot than includes dreamland and imagination sounds right up my alley.

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


Hyperballad Video