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Zombie Boy with Makeup

Posted 2011-10-27 13:35:44 | Views: 31,191

A little makeup goes a long way for Zombie Boy. 

Ronit Judelman: Guns

Posted 2011-10-26 14:25:49 | Views: 19,705

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.

Ronit Judelman

Sculpture Gun

Mickey Ice Cream

Posted 2011-10-26 13:11:57 | Views: 20,156

Mario Bros. Piranha Plant Earrings

Posted 2011-10-26 12:03:48 | Views: 57,171

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 - Home and the World

Posted 2011-10-17 14:27:26 | Views: 23,154


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



Portrait Using 13,138 Dice!

Posted 2011-10-12 01:10:30 | Views: 38,130

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)

A Portrait of Tobias Wong Using 13,138 Dice

Tobias Wong is crazy. Made this portrait with dice. WTF! Skills!

Photos by Helen Warner

Posted 2011-10-10 13:26:29 | Views: 19,734

Helen Warner

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."

Chewing Gum Sculptures by Maurizio Savini

Posted 2011-10-10 07:14:00 | Views: 20,251

Chewing Gum Sculptures? 



The Italian artist Maurizio Savini makes amazing sculptures with fibreglass and pink chewing gum. Mario Codognato wrote about his work:


The sensual act of chewing, the voluptuous warmth of rebelling saliva, the artificial and secretly aseptic fragrance which spreads from the mouth as a promise and missed kiss. The synthetic fleshliness of the pink color, the obsessive square shape of the product unwrapped and ready to be shred to pieces by the power of the tongue, all compete in crashing on the senses. Applying all this to the power and energy of the Sculpture and its history causes a short circuit having the capacity of turning the ludic into stately and vice versa. The strict minimalism of parallelepiped is subverted by the uniform coating with many bars of chewing-gum completely cover it, rendering chewable to desire, soft and provoking to forbidden touch, what was abstract and distant.


Via: Bibi

Please Do Not Touch The Artwork - Jeppe Hein

Posted 2011-10-04 11:30:46 | Views: 16,290

Jeppe Hein
Please Do Not Touch the Artwork (Vancouver)
Neon text and transformers
26 3/4 x 22 1/2 x 3/4 inches

Stephen Jones - Hats: An Athology

Posted 2011-09-29 20:22:59 | Views: 18,618

“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



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)



Subways Used as Artistic Platform

Posted 2011-09-29 12:10:52 | Views: 15,918

5.15 million commuters travel by subway daily in New York alone. Still, 8.7 million riders navigate Tokyo by train, while countless of stray dogs trek across town using Moscow’s mass transit. The underground, with its familiar stairwells, turnstiles, and tiled vaults, has long been integrated within our urban geography. Whereas the subway marquee, like Guimard’s iconic Art Nouveau signage for Paris, and the subway station, such as Harry Weese’s splendidly Brutalist vaults spanning Washington D.C.’s underworld, not to mention a fair share of anonymous graffiti were once the extent of underground expressionism, the subway train itself has now proved a vehicle (yeah…) for artistic and commercial outlet. Click through for our favorite subway trains!


Most recently, Chicago’s Art on Track festival transformed a subway train into a movable art gallery of multiple installations by over 50 artists, from thematic rooms to choreographed performance pieces. The standout project, the Mobile Garden Car by noisivelvet, covered one of the train car with a thick carpet of greenery, including plants and sod donated by local . The moving greenscape looped around Chicago’s downtown for 5 hours, inviting commuters to sit on seats lined with bushy lawngrass and potted plants or stand amid tall grass and hanging ivy.

Subway Gallery?

Subway Trains, Medium for Artistic and Commercial Expression?

Fruit Drugs - Kate MacDowell

Posted 2011-09-28 13:04:11 | Views: 17,011

Drug Fruit

"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."

Kate MacDowell

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

Savage Beauty!

Posted 2011-09-27 15:06:05 | Views: 15,839

The exhibition "Savage Beauty" to honor exceptional designer Alexander McQueen, Costume Institute at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, broke all records. With over 600,000 visitors exposure exceeded about 100 creations from the life work of British artist all expectations. In order to meet the excessive number of visitors, the museum expanded its opening times to even out after midnight ...



"Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers."

Via: Thaeger



The 20th Anniversary of the label in 2013 is now planned to bring the exhibition to London ...

Who did not have the wherewithal or the time to the estate of unique designer watch live in New York, and not want to wait another 2 years, can get all 100 designs for home and marvel at the fanciful costumes in peace. Because fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø held firmly the exhibits in the Exhibition Catalogue for posterity.

























































Sculpture - Dirty Bomb

Posted 2011-09-27 13:05:08 | Views: 17,638

Inigo Manglano-Ovalle

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.



Relax by Francisco Lachowski

Posted 2011-09-26 12:31:15 | Views: 19,069






Photography: Daniel Jaems | Styling: Julian Gregory | Model: Francisco Lachowski @ Models 1

I just recently discovered and they got all sort of photo shoots with high end models and stylists and fashion designers. Make sure to check them out. This shoot by photographer Francisco Lachowski is pretty slick.