A little makeup goes a long way for Zombie Boy.
GUNS (2009). Sculpture, resin and found objects, 15x79x60cm. No human hands pull the trigger. The gun/mob appears to take on a life of its own. Guns induces a sense of sadness and helplessness. Limp, wasted, lifeless miniature people suggest the impotence of war. The work impacts by using visual ambiguity. The multitude of colours implies playfulness, only to induce, on closer scrutiny, confusion and doubt.
Via: Ronit Judelman
Super awesome accessory for any Mario fan! This Piranha Plant earring set made of polymer clay will sure put a bite in your day! Wear these anywhere and your sure to get a second look! Piranha Plant earrings have the appearance of having quite the grip on the ear. That’s a scary thought but don’t worry these adorable earrings will cause you no pain, maybe tears of joy though! Buy here.
Piranha Plant Earrings
Adam Fuss Medusa, from the series 'Home and the World', 2010 Unique gelatin silver print photogram 241.3 x 137.2 cm Courtesy the Artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Canadian artist and designer Tobias Wong died last year at the young age of 35, or more specifically, 13,138 days. In tribute, his friend Frederick McSwain created this immense portrait of Wong entitled Die using 13,138 dice as part of the BrokenOff BrokenOff exhibition at Gallery R’Pure in NYC in memoriam to the artist during NY Design Week. McSwain via Core77:
The idea of a die itself was appropriate—the randomness of life. It felt like [a medium] he would use. Because [Tobias] was a very street-level force, I thought it was appropriate [to install] the portrait on the floor. Its not something I wanted to suspend on the wall; I wanted it to be right there on the floor where you almost interact with it.
The idea of every decision you make and everything you’ve done in your life, defines who you are. All of those days symbolically makes up the image of Tobi.
The dice were first meticulously organized into individual sheets of 361 pieces and then laid to rest free on the floor without adhesive. The time lapse above shows the process in detail. A big thanks to Frederick for providing the photos of Miller Taylor for this post. (via core77)
Tobias Wong is crazy. Made this portrait with dice. WTF! Skills!
Via: This is Colossal
Photo as Theatre
Warner's photos has a dark, intense and a down right frightening quality to them. The set up for each shoot seem to have the layers of a theatre production. Some of the photos appear as if they were film stills for their theatrical complexity and effort.
In her own words:
"I try to create photographs that allow us escape into fictional worlds, mainly influenced by mythology and legends. I like my shoots to be full of movement, theatre and expression, it's a complete collaboration between me and the models."
Via: Helen Warner Flickr
Please Do Not Touch the Artwork (Vancouver)
Neon text and transformers
26 3/4 x 22 1/2 x 3/4 inches
Via: 303 Gallery
“Does anyone still wear a hat?” This lyric from Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece musical Company, as crooned out by Elaine Stritch, rung in my head as I found out that master milliner Stephen Jones’s show Hats: An Anthology would travel across the pond from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to the Bard Graduate Center in New York City this Fall. Though English aristocracy continues to include interesting headwear in their luxe lexicon (remember the Royal Wedding?), are hats still so much a sartorial staple in the United States that they warrant an exhibition?
The introductory tableau sets the scene for the entire exhibit: a small selection of hats that run the gamut from historical (bonnets), to stylish (a dramatic spray of black pheasant feathers), to subversive (a masculine top hat rendered in soft hot pink satin) gives us a taste of the varied and venerable examples presented. Initially what strikes the viewer is the endless possibilities of beauty, from the simple elegance of a fedora to the inexplicable tangle of delicate, colorful feathers that manages not to collapse on itself.
Stephen Jones for Christian Dior Haute Couture, “Olga Sherer inspiree par Gruau” Hat (2007-08) (photo via Catwalking.com)
STEPHEN JONES LOVES
Supplementing these fashion tokens are bonnets, turbans, tiaras, helmets and more, pieces of headwear worn only by royalty, military officers, aristocrats or fictional characters. A replica of Darth Vader’s helmet is on display, next to an authentic Japanese samurai helmet. Mickey Mouse ears mingle with 19th C. Indian crowns. Sarah Jessica Parker’s acorn and butterfly fascinator worn to the Sex and the City premiere plays off of a sable fur hat worn by Napoleon III’s wife Empress Eugénie. A Disney tiara provides contrast to the real diamond-studded deal. The mixture of high and low culture shows how hats, and fashion generally, have come to define important sects of class and taste in the world.
The exhibition also explores the variety of mediums used to create hats, offering creations of feathers, paper, flowers and straw that defy typical expectations of craft. Adjacent to these experiments in handiwork is a mini-vignette of Jones’s atelier, illustrating the hectic process of creation amidst bolts of fabric, tools, magazines and the horrifying stare of Styrofoam heads. Instantly we are transposed from the haute fantasy of headwear into the laborious process of millinery.
Balenciaga, Green Straw Hat (1960) (photo via V&A Images)
"In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world. In others, animals take on anthropomorphic qualities when they are given safety equipment to attempt to protect them from man-made environmental threats. In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices."
MacDowell's well crafted works are thought provoking and are clever takes on worldly issues we face today. Below is a quote from her artist statement
Via: Kate McDowell
Interesting and massive sculpture titled "Dirty Bomb." You can take a wild guess what the commentary can be about. The artist is represented by Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin.