killing denouement

maurizio saviani chewing gum couture
July 13, 2008, 6:36 am
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I came across these amazing works by Italian artist Maurizio Savini at the art of the prank recently. They’re not made entirely out of gum alone but fibreglass too, to produce these surprisingly detailed sculptures. I like that he seems to have chosen to use only the pink kind.


human mirrors
July 13, 2008, 6:06 am
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How ill is this? In which Improv Everywhere gathered eight sets of identical twins for a NYC subway ride, lining them all up in once car sitting opposite each other, much to the consternation/ amusement of the other passengers. They got them to wear identical clothes and accessories too, to boot. Kind of wish I’d come across this earlier when it was still happening. [via urban prankster]


July 11, 2008, 8:39 pm
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[photo by Den]

This is rather superfun.

walking up 23rd street
July 11, 2008, 7:31 pm
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It’s true – I often navigate my way through the city using Jeff Lewis songs. Last night I walked well over a hundred blocks and several avenues across the island uptown from Alphabet city. It was kind of wonderful, seeing the districts and the people out on the streets change as I traipsed northwards. Replete with several creepers and the token underdressed sobbing girl. Mostly though, I was just tired. Somewhere in the early 100s I bought myself flowers and my feet really hurt by that point but I was happy. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever done that, save for an orchid i had for several weeks, maybe months of my first year here. It’s a pretty bougie thing to do, maybe ameliorated only in small part by my having to stick them in an empty soda bottle. (Soda? Pop? What a very American word. I guess I would normally say soft drink, except that I seem to associate soft drinks with cans).


korean trompe l’œil public art

Maybe trompe l’œil isn’t the right term for these kind of mindbending visuals – optical illusions? They’re still pretty fascinating all the same, especially the 3D anamophic pieces by artist Tracy Lee Stum. Who doesn’t love silly jump poses? If you think about it though, almsot everyone who passes through the spot for a picture must make the same, or similar leaps in in the air.

At that, each piece of public art probably develops an associated collective pose. Like someone struggling under the presumable weight of Noguchi’s Red Cube in Manhattan’s Financial District. Or holler-riding the Wall Street Bull, for example. I guess it’s not a bad thing.


kay 2 korean street art
July 10, 2008, 4:13 am
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I came across these sick hyperrealist pieces by Kay 2 in Busan, South Korea today over at wooster. The double orange effect on the left too. I can’t tell of the kid is crying against the wall or hiding and counting. Either one illustrates how Arabic is making me feel right now. A plugholish life-consuming Loch Ness type monster would also do.

And as for Kay 2 I can’t seem to find anything about her/him (zir?) which got me looking for other South Korean street art, and some of this stuff is pretty sweet:


corey arnold humans as animals as humans
July 9, 2008, 8:05 am
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Spain has recently decreed that apes are to recieve human rights – or rather, the right to life, freedom and to not be tortured. It’s a bit of a shame that the same rights don’t really apply to all humans. They are also banned from being used in experiments, and being kept for circuses, TV commercials or filming under the country’s penal code. These rights to privacy definitely don’t apply to humans. I’m a little reminded of these wonderful images by Corey Arnold, [via fff] a photographer and Alaskan Crab fisherman. And as for human rights for animals, eh. While I most definitely do not support torture I do sometimes wish that animal rights didn’t end up being enacted to the detriment of human rights, or rather, the rights of other (Other?) humans.

marc chagall floating like two lovers
July 7, 2008, 7:07 am
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The Promenade 1917-18

“My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my purse is empty, but they say I have talent.”

I don’t normally notice or recognise the redone google logos but today it seems, is Russian-French painter Marc Chagal’s birthday. Dying at 97 years old, he lived and worked on the periphery of a number of movements, from Surrealism to Cubism and Fauvism, and tends to be associated with the Paris School. There’s a pretty good biography here. I don’t remember particularly liking his work; an image search today proved that this is still be the case. A little bit weird as I generally don’t find myself being unattracted to the entire oevre of any one artist but eh. I do rather like this Yousuf Karsh portrait of him though.


chris jordan and american consumerism
July 6, 2008, 9:52 pm
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After coming across Chris Jordan’s work in the Envisioning Change exhibition, I decided to look up some more. He addresses the issue of American consumerism, with portraits of, as he puts it, Intolerable Beauty. I’m especially drawn to the Washington photographs of the life cycle of a car, from shiny machine produced nodules in a parking lot to the colourful sneezes of the junkyard to finally, the raw gorgeousness of varicoloured rent and shredded metal of crushed cars.


blank is the new black

Seems like every other instant, there’s a new ‘… is the new black’. This collaborative piece from Gil Cocker, Pete Bell, Luke Bird, Nic Kane, Paul Niblock, Lucinda Randell, Fiona Storey and Carys Tiley creates a lovely comment on this with what they call “a look at the fickle and ever changing trend of the new black in fashion”. In which they created a fake space and filled it with thousands of balloons representing every colour that isn’t black.



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