Thursday, October 30, 2008

Let the wild rumpus start!



One of my all-time favorite books is Maurice Sendak's “Where the Wild Things Are”. In 2009, director Spike Jonze is releasing a film version of classic children's story. For those of you who have been living under a rock, the story is about Max, a naughty little boy who’s sent to bed without his supper. With his imagination, he creates his own world - a forest that's home to ferocious creatures known as "Wild Things". The Wild Things crown Max as their leader and the drama begins.

The film version of this could potentially be amazing visually. I'm hoping they don't deviate too much from Sendak's original style of illustration. I don't know how much will be animated traditionally because according to IMDB the creatures are being portrayed by actors in 6-8 foot tall costumes, with some additional animatronics, and computer-generated faces. The costumes were created by The Jim Henson Company, who were responsible for the Muppets and Labyrinth creatures. How exciting!!!

I'm also curious to see how they interpret the book without scaring the living poo out of their target audience, aka children.

The screenplay was written by Dave Eggers, a well know author of novels. Word on the street is Eggers and Jonze keep in touch with Sendak during the writing process for consultation. I read one of Eggers' novels years ago and it was decent. Not fab but fine. Jonze and Eggers together does seems like an interesting combination of creativity that could come up with something that actually is "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". wink wink.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bicycle Black Tiger Deck

Playing cards that look like they were designed with the "invert" effect in photoshop. These are very Alice-esque. Noir Alice-esque. I must have these. There gonna have to be added to the list. That would be "Violet's list of stuff that she doesn't need and will never use but has to have anyway because it just looks so effing cool".

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Revelation!

I made a glove!

Yes that's right bitches, I've moved on from scarves only and knitted my first glove. It's grey, fingerless, and goes about halfway up my arm. I'm so damn proud of myself I might even make one for my other hand :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Eco Friendly & Cute

I've developed a minor case of recycling and eco friendly OCD over the past couple years and one of the benefits (other than not destroying the earth) is all the new super-chic products on the market. Instead of using bottled water I now carry a reusable bottle at all times. Sigg is probably the best brand out there and now these aluminum bottles are popping up everywhere. I got mine here. Just a few online right now....
You know you want one.
I also saw this tigo tea cup in a magazine today and I have to have this! Basically, you put loose leaf tea in it and the filter at the top blocks the leafs from mixing with your drink. Plus, it's cute and has a nicely designed logo.

Sold.

Friday, October 24, 2008

W-O-W


Discovered this W-O-W website the other day. Artists that present a new perspective on women and their world. I've attached a couple images by French born and New York based artist Elisabeth Arkhipoff.

Elisabeth Arkhipoff is an artist and designer who lives and works in Paris and New York. She was born in Ivory Coast to a Russian father and an Armenian mother. Graduating in Contemporary Literature and Philosophy, she started her artistic career in 2000 at the Paris Museum of Modern Art: her practice embraces music, painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation and drawing which explores the functioning and selectivity of memory and its building of identity. Among collaborations with designers like Laurent F├ętis, she creates designs for music (such as DJ Hell and Tahiti 80), fashion (Anna Sui, Swarovski, Eley Kishimoto, Diesel, Converse...) and directs videos and films (for M83, Japanther among others). Her works have been reproduced in several books, catalogues and magazines including: Frieze, Grafik, Gasbook, Creative Review, IDEA, Vogue, Ryuko Tsushin, Jalouse, +81, Self Service, Dazed & Confused and SHOWstudio.com.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Justin M. Maller



So hot. These images are from the portfolio of Aussie Freelance Illustrator and Art Director, Justin M. Maller.


Deviants of the Week



How 2 earn a beautiful million by SERZHant

To Be Everywhere by pahness

For JP

I think this quote probably applies to all great artists:

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Apocalypto

amazing

I heard about "Where's Waldo" being thrown in with all the dead bodies in this scene...

Waldo's hard to see, you have to pause it right at about 8 sec, so I attached a screen shot of him below. I just have to say...WTF?! Ummmm weird. Mel Gibson frightens me a bit. He seems like a twisted mofo. Draw your own conclusions I guess.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Circus Posterus

Circus Posterus is a Tampa-based artist and designer collective that provides professional fine art printing, design, illustration, and sculpting services. The backgrounds of the collective include over 50 combined years of industry level art direction, conceptual design and fabrication, digital color, character design, storyboarding (television and film), artist toy design, gallery curation, event coordination, package design, comic book illustration and color, product design and marketing, maquette and prototype production, web design, and a few other graphic services.

Sas Christian Prints

Travis Louie Prints

Sunday, October 5, 2008

deviant of the week

Hair by gunnmgalley

Agency: Art and Advertising at the McDonough

After you see the Singer show you can walk across the street to the McDonough for the Agency: Art and Advertising exhibit. This show runs September 19 - November 8, 2008 and explores artists’ use of advertising media as sites for works of art as well as its subject. The exhibition will focus on works of art in and about advertising media from the 1960s to the present.

I wish I had some better images to show you but unfortunately the McDonough site only has this image of two weird guys in their logo suits. The advertisement for this exhibit has some provocative and interesting work but I guess you'll have to see it in person.

Clyde Singer at the Butler

I've heard Dr. Zona speak highly of Clyde Singer before during a few art history classes I took at YSU but I never knew much about him. Today in the Cleveland Plain Dealer I came across this great little article about them and and his work. I love the parts about his wife and the secret santa presents. Can you imagine being the lucky dawg who got his $1.98 painting!?

Born in 1908 in Malvern, 15 miles southeast of Canton, the undersung artist came of age as an American Scene realist in the middle years of the Depression.

His timing wasn't great. The rise of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and a dozen other movements after World War II soon marked Singer as behind the curve. He's been viewed for many years as competent, if sweetly nostalgic and irrelevant.

The Canton Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown want to correct that impression. The museums have collaborated on a big, vibrant Singer retrospective, now shared between the venues. It's a major event and well worth making the drive to get the full effect.

"Clyde Singer's America" surveys the full sweep of Singer's achievement, from raucous scenes of small-town life, to climatic moments in baseball and football games and glimpses of fashionable women on the sidewalks of New York.

The revelation is that Singer's best paintings deserve comparison with those of American Scene realists such as John Steuart Curry, Thomas Hart Benton and Kenneth Hayes Miller, under whom Singer studied at the Art Students League in New York in the 1930s.

The biggest surprise is the sheer, unflagging, roiling energy of Singer's enormous output. For 55 years, he worked as assistant director of the Butler Institute, a day job that had him doing everything from leading tours and curating exhibitions to filing documents and building an archive. For five decades, he also filed a weekly art column for the Youngstown Vindicator.

Singer nevertheless found time to turn out more than 3,000 paintings, most of them created in the basement studio of the modest house in Boardman where he lived with his wife, Bernice. The two never had children, which may explain in part how Singer was able to pour so much energy into his art.

Singer tried abstraction several times but never took to it. The more things changed, the more he remained loyal to the street-smart artistic reportage, rooted in life drawing, that he learned on scholarship at the Art Students League. His images of Depression-era barn dances and adolescent boys swarming around a rural swimming hole burst with acuity of observation and characterization.

The two parts of the exhibition, in Canton and Youngstown, are organized in loose chronological and thematic fashion. Both explore Singer's favorite topics, such as sporting events, rural landscapes and small-town street scenes. Both also feature self-portraits made by Singer throughout his life, which depict him as a man of modest stature with a calm, enigmatic expression and hooded eyes that missed nothing.

Drafted into the Army in 1942, Singer served as a technical corporal in a tank unit, in New Guinea and later in the Philippines, where he saw action in Luzon, according to the show's catalog.

In one catch-in-the-throat letter to his wife, Singer describes himself as "war weary, army weary & sick of everything" but cheered himself up by sketching images of himself and his wife eating peanuts and caramel corn at a baseball game. He signed it, "See how much I loves yuh!!!!!!"

The same sweet, endearing charm comes across in Singer's paintings. He brimmed with affection for his subjects, be they barflies at McSorley's Old Ale House in New York's East Village or politicos at small-town political rallies. He had a keen sense of the highs and lows of American life and a frank acceptance of human nature.

Singer painted parishioners praying in church and a topless dancer in a hula skirt. He painted a crowded sidewalk in Times Square, with a prostitute in a miniskirt and high boots standing near a man in a grubby overcoat who rummages through a trash bin.

Singer's longevity was amazing. He did solid work into the 1980s, when he was in his 70s. His desire to paint was as consistent as the subtle randiness that runs throughout his work.

"Brownstone," a remarkable painting from 1980, depicts two attractive women striding a Manhattan street. It repeats a favorite motif he had used for decades - that of a gust of wind lifting a woman's skirt to reveal a flash of thigh.

It's rare to have virtually the entire career of an important, but little known artist laid at one's feet. It's also a risky curatorial proposition. It's possible to love an artist too much and to put so much work on view that it highlights weaknesses rather than strengths.

The Singer show does, in fact, expose ups and downs. In the late 1940s and '50s, Singer's palette went chalky. He relied too heavily on white for highlights, giving his paintings a bleached, snowy look.

At times, the stock characters in his paintings become cloying, as if Singer had seen too many Frank Capra movies. His tendency to portray people with doll-like features, pneumatic bodies and button eyes can wear thin.

Despite such lapses, the impression conveyed by the Singer show is that he deserves far more attention than he's received. In some ways, Singer was the painterly equivalent of Viktor Schreckengost, the brilliant, Cleveland-based industrial designer who worked quietly in Ohio rather than seek fame by moving to New York.

Like Schreckengost, Singer remained essentially modest throughout his career, a quality that only heightens the appeal of his work.

Louis Zona, director of the Butler, wrote in the exhibition's catalog that Singer always contributed a painting to the annual employee Christmas gift exchange at the museum, even though the ceiling on gifts was $2. Singer got around the rule by putting a tag for $1.98 on the works he contributed.

"Naturally, we all hoped that Clyde had pulled our name from Santa's hat," Zona wrote.

How do you get a fair hearing for an overlooked artist like Singer? The Canton-Youngstown show is a start. Despite the occasionally murky reproductions in the catalog, both are important contributions to art history in Ohio and the industrial Midwest. Both deserve attention outside the region. For now, though, it's enough to know that Singer is getting his due on his home turf. The tribute organized by the two museums is magnificent.

Christmas in the Woods

Ok so this image has nothing to do with the topic but it's one of my favorite things about Christmas. It ranks right up there with It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story. At the end when they sing and their little mouths make that shape it's just priceless. And Charlie Brown is wearing a hat, which makes the fact that he's about 8 years old and bald less noticeable.

Technically, they are standing outdoors and near a tree.

And now the real subject...

The 14th Annual Christmas in the Woods will be held October 11-12 & 18-19, from 10am to 5pm, in Columbiana, Ohio. This event is similar to Shaker Woods but with a Christmas theme (obviously). It's a great opportunity to find one-of-a-kind presents for your friends and family this holiday season. Admission is $6.50 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under.

From their website:
Here's your opportunity to shop for hand-crafted holiday gift items from some of the country's best craftspeople in a setting that only Shaker Woods can deliver.

The woods will be transformed into a holiday wonderland with each booth beautifully decorated in an old-fashioned holiday theme. Each craftsperson will be demonstrating his/her unique skills and fashioning those precious gift items right before your eyes.


Craftspeople include woodworkers, floral designers, blacksmiths, potters, tole painters, basket weavers and many others.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Yaya Papaya



So cute! Get it here.

I love me some Halloween and a handmade costume is far better than one of those cheesy, store bought get-ups anyday. My costume is top secret as usual but I will say I'm on the hunt for a crown. If anyone sees one please send me a message.