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Saturday , August 21, 2010
May I Present To You... THE HUGEST GENIUS OF ALL TIME
Last night my best friend was like, "Let's get really stoned and watch this video on Youtube of this chick who won Ukraine's Got Talent. She makes sand art," and I was all, "I'm so incredibly skeptical of this plan but I trust you so let's do it," and then we did it.
Honestly? I may as well quit writing right now. The Beatles may as well be an alarm clock, and Ulysses may as well be Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, compared to this girl. Plus, she has perfect hair. In conclusion,
GET STONED AND WATCH THIS VIDEO:
Tuesday , August 10, 2010
Mad Cuteness Alert! Poketo for Target!
Oh, Target, I just can't quit you, especially now when you're only three subway stops away from me in Brooklyn Heights. Target, of course, racks up killer little designer collabos left and right. Not just for fashion, though that's probably the highest visibility--they do some great jewelry ones (generally I find these to be my favorites) and lots of accessories. Now Tarjay has teamed up with the fine folks at Poketo, a LA-based art/design studio that's known for bring art into the everyday via super-adorable, super-charming accessories. They take artists' work and put it on bags, wallets, umbrellas, keychains--livening all kinds of utilitarian objects with creative flair. Poketo's stuff for Target is so very close to their own line that it's no pale imitation of their main stuff. (I only wish they did some apparel for Target, but sigh, you can't have everything!) I peeped some of the stuff at the Target at Atlantic Terminal last night and made off with a keychain and camera case for my trusty little pocket HD camcorder and I still want a bag and an umbrella and especially that laptop case! I love things that just make you happy when you look at them, and Poketo does that so well with their lovely objects.
I mean, LOOK:
AND THESE TOO!
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Tuesday , August 3, 2010
And The Winner Is... REVOLVER! I agree that the winner is Revolver. This little cartoon was drawn by good old brilliant old Klaus Voormann, the number one dude the Beatles made friends with in Hamburg who looks like an elf. Klaus is easily the coolest member of the Beatles Inner Circle: he designed the cover of Revolver (the process of which is documented in the illustration above), and played bass at the Concert for Bangladesh, among other things. Here is some cool Beatles-themed art he made. My greater point being, I've never loved Revolver quite like I'm loving Revolver in early August 2010. In fact, I love Revolver SO MUCHHHHHHH that I can't help but constantly typo it as Re-lover.
Tuesday , August 3, 2010
And The Winner Is... REVOLVER!
I agree that the winner is Revolver.
This little cartoon was drawn by good old brilliant old Klaus Voormann, the number one dude the Beatles made friends with in Hamburg who looks like an elf. Klaus is easily the coolest member of the Beatles Inner Circle: he designed the cover of Revolver (the process of which is documented in the illustration above), and played bass at the Concert for Bangladesh, among other things. Here is some cool Beatles-themed art he made. My greater point being, I've never loved Revolver quite like I'm loving Revolver in early August 2010. In fact, I love Revolver SO MUCHHHHHHH that I can't help but constantly typo it as Re-lover.
Tuesday , January 12, 2010
We're Obsessed: Nick Cave's Soundsuits, Now Invading L.A.
Lately I'm into costumes, like wearing facepaint or buying old seafoam-green floral-collared minidresses that make me look like a go-go dancer on her way to Sunday school. My dream costume, though, is the above piece from Nick Cave's "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" exhibition (on display now through May 30 at UCLA's Fowler Museum). It's one of the collection's 35 "soundsuits" - wearable sculptures made from materials like vintage toys, sequins, and bottle caps, and (as Kat explained a while back) worn for Cave's modern-dance performances. I went to the opening last Saturday night and wanted real bad but to jump right into the bird-branch soundsuit (which can be seen in full here), as well as the one at the bottom right (which shall henceforth be known as the "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" soundsuit, btw).
And I wonder if, given LJ's ornithophobia, it would totally bug her out if I wore the bird sculpture next time we get together? Would the kitty-cat mask offset her terror, or just intensify it all the more? These be the questions one must ask oneself, before slipping into a full-body suit made of pretend birds and beads and other beautiful objects.
So: the Fowler's open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; admission's free. Get there fast as you can, and check the Fowler's Twitter for times and locations for upcoming soundsuit dance performances.
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Wednesday , January 6, 2010
Random Picture Entry: Charley Harper
Why did no one tell me about Charley Harper earlier in my life?!!!! I confess that I don't know much about illustrators as I'd like, but I saw Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life at Barnes & Nobles and was floored by how bold and whimsical his work is. It's one of those things where you just have an instinctive reaction to it, and my particular instinctive reaction was pure happiness and joy. How can you not feel these emotions when you look at his stylized, utterly charming drawings and paintings of wildlife? I love the color sense of his illustrations, and the way they have both simplicity and complexity: the forms themselves are simple, but the arrangement of elements in the space has an intricacy that makes you feel like you are looking at the world's happiest puzzles. I'm especially fond of his illustrations of birds, and he must have been awfully fond of winged creatures as well, because he drew and painted many of them.
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Wednesday , November 4, 2009
This is one of those sites that makes me rue the fact that I don't live in Europe! Belgium-based Envelop takes artist- and member-created graphics and patterns and applies them to all sorts of sundry articles: aprons, place mats, tote bags, basically anything that is a textile. Normally, you'd get a bunch of "I'M WITH STUPID" logos plastered on coffee mugs, but not with Envelop -- they vet their patterns, so everything has a certain level of visual quality. I have to say, the results are pretty stunning, especially if you have a strange fixation with really cool aprons like me. The site's fairly new so the selection may not be super-extensive (yet), and I'm waiting anxiously for someone to design a really cool duvet. But the site's relative youth (they're still in beta) just means there's more room for all you artist, illustrator and graphic designer types out there to become a member and submit your work. I'm only sad that I have only dollars and not euros, but they do ship worldwide. Still, if only I could live in Europe...
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Tuesday , July 21, 2009
Yo, Toronto! Go See Sonja Ahlers' Installation at Magic Pony!
L TO R: Walruses! I love walruses!; Cool paper house things made out of Sweet Valley High books, The Female Eunuch, and Watership Down; Mountains! Mount Everest! I love Mount Everest!
Toronto-based artist/genius/all-around-awesome human being Sonja Elizabeth Ahlers has been one of my dream best friends (second only to Keith Moon!) since I was a wee bairn on a school-bus to the Stratford Festival, back in '01. I'd picked up one of Sonja's gorgeous, hand-sewn zines at Canzine, and it was the COOLEST THING IN THE WORLD. I sat alone, poring over it, listening to Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney and fantasizing about how awesome it would be to, like, not be sixteen.
Right now, Sonja has a crazy immensely gorgeous installation up at Magic Pony (694 Queen Street West, @ Manning), one of those stores that I am usually not allowed to go into because it makes me want to blow all my non-money on Japanese toys shaped like smiling squares of tofu and etc. I checked out Sonja's lovely window display, called "Skid," with my Mom, who thought it ruled. Even Moms love Sonja Ahlers!
PS: In addition to being crazy immensely talented, Sonja Ahlers is one of the most crazy immensely sweet and positive people I've ever met in my life. Also, Sonja made me Wrangler! Here is a picture of me and Wrangler. I am kissing Wrangler, but it kind of looks like I am eating Wrangler. But I'm not! I would never eat Wrangler!
Tuesday , February 24, 2009
Something Awesome You Wish You'd Thought Of: Facebook Status Updates in Cartoon Form!
Dudes, I'm squealing with joy at having been included in "Everyone We Know: Portraits of Facebook Status Updates," Marissa Falco's contribution to The Sketchbook Project. Marissa made brilliantly daffy cartoons out of status updates from 32 of her friends, including me and our very own Meggy Wang, plus nogoodforme buddy-pals like Thara Harris, Amanda Wheeler, Teri V., Laura Fisher, and Anke Weckmann. Apparently the Sketchbook Project's going on tour very soon (like, this week), so if you live in Atlanta, D.C., Philly, Boston, St. Louis, or Brooklyn, definitely check out the homepage for info - and lemme know if you'd be interested in having me fashion a cardboard likeness of myself for you to take along to the show and fulfill Marissa's wish of getting photos of all her subjects flanked by their cartoons.
P.S. My update references a lyric from "The Mummy" by Benji Hughes, whom I love mostly because Emily Richmond told me I had to (and also because he makes really great songs). Listen now! Listen forever!
Wednesday , February 4, 2009
Random Picture Entry: The Art of Alice Neel
Lately I have been way into the artwork of Alice Neel, not only as fashion inspiration but as inspiration in general. Neel had a crazy life, full of lots of intense, volatile marriages, political activism, a nervous breakdown, and of course some stunning art-making: her portraiture -- of everyone from neighbors to lovers to celebrities -- is arresting, focused, psychologically acute and unsparing in its honesty. She kept to her style no matter what was happening in the art world, and she made art for a long, long time until her death in 1984.
Every detail in her paintings served to amplify her sense of who the sitter was, and when I look at her work, I'm amazed at how much interiority -- and how much sociopolitical detail -- she is able to evoke with such small details. Even though clothes are not the "point" of her work, I do love the way they amplify character in her paintings, and it would be fascinating for a fashion historian to look at the clothes of each subject in her paintings in context of interpreting the work. I like the severe lines of the shift dress in Priscilla Johnson -- they speak to the subject's aspirational sense of womanhood, but there's a look in her eye that is kinda proto-riot grrrl:
And I love this youthful quirkiness of the green tights and black-and-white dress next to the super-serious faces of Swedish Girls -- for some reason, this feels very Northern European to me, this juxtaposition of pattern and color against a seemingly innate melancholy:
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Thursday , January 15, 2009
To Go: Nick Cave (Not THAT Nick Cave) at Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC
Sorry dudes, it's not the epically Goth, lanky Australian Nick Cave that we all know and love. This particular Nick Cave is an artist and professor in Chicago, and he makes pretty astonishing art, which you can catch RIGHT THIS MINUTE at Jack Shainman Gallery in Nueva York. Anyone with an interest in textiles, crafts, dance and even African/Caribbean art would find Cave's work fascinating: he makes what he calls "soundsuits" out of basically anything that can be sewn onto something: plants, twigs, tchotchkes, fabrics, sequins, bric-brac, etc. They're worn as costumes for his modern dance performances, but seeing them in person, they work on you as sculpture -- the scale of them (BIG) makes them fascinating and even a bit fearsome. (To paraphrase my friend Megan at the opening, things without faces are a little freaky, no?) I was at the opening and didn't stay long enough to take a look at them closely, but I returned a few days later and was super-impressed with their detail, their craftsmanship and their sense of color and texture. I also have the urge to break into the gallery to glue giant googly-eyes onto them, but that's just me. Anyway, if you can brave the cold snap in NYC, I highly recommend checking it out.
Here's a video of Nick Cave talking about his work -- plus you can see the soundsuits in motion, which is pretty dope (PLUS you can see the adorable Thelma Golden, chief curator of the AWESOME Studio Museum of Harlem):