Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Retail Therapy

I was grumpy the other day so I bought myself these two tshirts (on sale!) at Blood is the New Black.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Global Warming

This lonely snowflake wants to know where all her friends went. Read more here. (Photos by Riitta Ikonen)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Roberto Bernadi

Hyperrealistic paintings (!!) by Roberto Bernadi.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Street Art

I would probably have a heart attack if one of these trash bag sculptures blew up beside me.

Here's a video: http://www.wimp.com/streetart/

via Smosch

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Abandonment Issues

Pictures of an abandoned amusement park in Japan. It just had to be foggy, didn't it?

via Black Eiffel

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

The Atomic City

Interior of a railway station, village of Janov, October 1996

Winnipeg based photographer David McMillan first traveled to Chernobyl in October 1994 in order to document the results of the nuclear power plant disaster that occured eight years earlier. He has since traveled back on numerous occasions to follow up on the developments in the exclusion area, which include the continued proliferation of vegetation and the further deterioration of buildings and human artifacts. Haunting, fascinating, apocalyptic-type stuff. He was also a professor at my University. Represent!

Sinking boat on the Pripyat River, Chornobyl, October 1998
Village church interior, October 1996
The Sarcophagus, October 1994
Dog near unfinished apartments, April 1995
"Hell Wheel", October 1994

All photographs by David McMillan

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Shadow Play

Someone mentioned that my gardland chandelier must look lovely lit up at night, and indeed, it does. This is what happens to my walls once it gets dark out.

Karel Funk

Hyperrealist paintings (yes, paintings) by Winnipeg-based artist Karel Funk.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Cruel Summer

In the midst of summer, when I'm lying on the tile in my bathroom because its the coldest surface in the apartment, I hope to remember to look at these photographs by Yiorgos Kordakis. The are sweet, nostalgic, and haunting. And most importantly, they remind me that summer (as with all things that are good) eventually ends, so I should enjoy it while I still can.

photos via Bored and Beautiful

Monday, January 5, 2009

Test One

My first attempt at smocking...more tests to come.

Perfect Symmetry

Continuing the theme of music collaborating with art...

To create the cover and sleeve art for Keane's album, Perfect Symmetry, artist Osang Gwon took approximately 1000-3000 pictures of each band member and used the resulting photographs to collage lifesize versions of them. And according to the art director, the triangle imagery on the front cover was based upon 1920's Bauhaus modernism, which the band was supposedly influenced by while recording in Berlin. Read the whole article and interview with Osang Gwon here, its pretty fascinating.

All images via Creative Review

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sunday Songs

A 7 minute and 40 seconds long video you may want to skip if you dislike artsy-fartsy melodrama or Sienna Miller, but I happen to like the song.

Directed by Tony Kaye, Art Direction by Damien Hirst.

Speaking of Hirst, apparently he recently laid off about 17 people who he employed to produce handpainted pills. He also laid off three employees who made his butterfly paintings. What's interesting to me is not that people lost their jobs during a recession, but that Damien Hirst must be the only artist in the world who could hire, let alone lay off, employees. I guess he'll have to count on the tiny staff he has left to help him make things like £50 million diamond encrusted skulls.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Gone to a better place...

Apparently, teddy bears + death = maximum artistic irony. Its a popular theme. The latest victim appears in Kilimanjaro magazine, via Creative Review.

Corporate Type

Typographic illustrations and designs by Sebastien Lester.

New Light

I finally put up my new garland chandelier from Habitat. Thanks M!!!