Art


Infographics from a 1939 manual called “Graphic Presentation”. Check out the post at FlowingData; you can also download it in PDF from archive.org.

50 Vintage Advertisements from Wellmedicated. Nuff said. Check ’em out.

Check out it! A download/podcast of Kurt Vonnegut reading the entirety of Breakfast of Champions in 1970. How cool is that. From 92nd street Y online. For the record, this was the first Vonnegut I ever read, and it’s pretty dern sweet.

And, finally, I present to you a bearsharktopus* with laser eyes. Have a pleasant day!

*no idea where the original image came from, if someone wants to inform me I will happily link to it’s creator. But I did add the laser eyes.

(via Coilhouse)

So it seems that one of my patriotic companions over Inauguration Week (remember that madness?) took it upon herself to take some super rad pictures, which she has kindly also posted to the world wide interweb. A few samples:

by Kira Luxon

by Kira Luxon

by Kira Luxon

by Kira Luxon

Check out the full series here. Kira Luxon is a rad photographer and human being and I definitely suggest checking out some of her other work on her website.

Also, for anyone who’s keeping track (or cares), no, I havn’t written the last part of my series of essays on Inauguration Day yet. But it’s coming. Oh boy, is it coming.

I’m a huge fan of wonderful photography. I am also fortunate to have a number of wonderful photographers as friends (hi Elizabeth! hi JR! hi Kevin!) These connections have led me to follow Kyle Cassidy, a very talented photographer imbedded in a certain nexus of nerdery (Neil Gaiman/Amanda Palmer/etc) that I appreciate.

Anyway, Kyle recently concieved and executed a project called the Hive, where he tapped 22 followers of his blog/friends to carry a camera around for 2 days, taking a picture of whatever they were currently facing at the cue of occasional text messages. JR Blackwell was one of them, and her blog first alerted me to the project; of course, I followed up, and wow! Very engaging.

One of JR’s pics:

a JR Blackwell photo for The Hive

a JR Blackwell photo for The Hive

Explore the Hive. Description from the site:

As fine art photography increasingly at times adopts the tropes of snapshots I often find myself in galleries wondering if the artist didn’t possess some sort of faulty camera whose shutter tripped randomly. This got me wondering — “What if I were able to control the camera around someone else’s neck from far away? They’d go about their lives, and at random times, I’d use a remote control to take a photo. What would I see? This was the basis of the Hive Photography Project. I got a group of volunteers scattered across the country to carry their cameras with them everywhere for two days and, from dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of miles away, I triggered their shutters via an SMS text message.

Ultimately, I’m not sure what this proves. Perhaps that people have a desire to be part of something, and a desire to create, or that from idle hands will blossom art with a little effort or maybe that it doesn’t take an Infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of cameras to get a gallery show in New York.

In conjunction with any of those, it shows that technology enables people to collaborate on projects that even a few years ago would have required a Herculean effort. Some of these will fail, some will succeed, and the rest will land somewhere in the middle.

A Simple Pledge Poster from Lure Design

A Simple Pledge Poster from Lure Design

ATTENTION CITIZEN>TODAYS DISPACHES FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

Attention typography nerds and flash game aficiandos! Addictive, and frustrating, game at Veer: KERN IN SPACE. Don’t let anyone tell you kerning is easy. (via ilovetypography)

The Boston Public Library has posted an amazing collection of vintage travel posters to flickr. You can see a couple of my faves below. Radical. (via Design Observer)

Vintage Travel Poster

Vintage Travel Poster

Huge Train!

Huge Train!

A bizarre and engrossing animated stream-of-conciousness series of pencil drawings, ake The Drawing Archive. It’s about 5 minutes before it looks back to the beginning, and they are well worth it – some genuinely profound and pointed images, to my mind at least. (via Kempt)

Legos rule. In addition to Mechaton, you will probably be interested in the new LEGO Architecture series, wherein iconic and majestic buildings are given their own collectors-style treatment in the little bricks. Check it out at If It’s Hip, It’s Here (way more in-depth then my breif dispatch can entail).

Speaking of If It’s Hip, It’s Here, they also tipped me off to Winkler + Noah Photography, particularly The Puppet Show. Intriguing and disturbing portraits of children, given some treatment to turn them into dolls. I leave it up to the reader as to how they feel about the images themselves, but it’s certainly some cutting commentary on how children tend to be viewed in contemporary society. Sample:

One of many child/puppet portraits.

One of many child/puppet portraits.

Whew. Well, final dispatch is on a lighter note: the remix artist behind the Peaches/Muppets mashup I’ve previously posted has done a similar thing for academy-award winners Three Six Mafia/Alice in Wonderland. (via Boing Boing)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION CITIZEN> YOUR COMPLIANCE IS APPRECIATED>END TRANSMISSION

I recently had the opportunity to check out some of the exhibits running at two of the biggest Art Museums here in Boston, most notably “Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice” at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and “Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand” at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Now, I like Renaissance art in general, though at times the emphasis on portrature can become a tad annoying(oh my, the nephew of the Archduke of Milan holding a duck… marvelous!), and the repeted depictions of certian biblical scenes can get a bit tiresome. This exhibit, though, just about floored me.

Tintoretto, Kickin' it like a Gangsta

Tintoretto, Kickin' it like a Gangsta

The first thing I loved was the way that it was designed. Similar paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese are not only placed side by side so that you can compare their interpretations, but also placed in relation to each other, so that you can see how one particular artist’s conception of a theme evolved. Very cool stuff.

Likewise, the selection is just plain masterful. With such a huge variety of art to pick from, it would be easy to just throw up as many paintings by the artists as the museum could get it’s hands on– but instead, this exhibition was restrained and pointed. Every painting served as a specific and unique element to the exhibition as a whole.

Where the Venitian Renaissance Exhibit wowed me with it’s design and thoughtfulness, the Shepard Fairey just kicked my ass. It’s easy to dismiss Fairey once you’ve seen the 800th or so iteration of the “Obey” theme, but this exhibit (the first ever of his work) showed a depth of interest in style in his prolific career that you miss from the scatter shot stickers, t-shirts and murals that now coat most major American cities.

"War by Numbers"

"War by Numbers"

While it’s hard to pick out any specific piece of his art as a master work or anything like that, what’s clear from this exhibition is that Shepard Fairey has managed to create a phenomenon– even if it is one with out a clear purpose or message. The brilliant thing about him is that he has managed to create a booming voice for himself based on the non-sensical “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” campaign, and it is only lately that he has begun to use that voice to any actual effect. Very, very engaging stuff.

Also worth checking out at the MFA are the exhibits currently running about advertisements from the late 19th Century (I’m a sucker for Art Nouveau) and their Photography galleries… pretty much always. The ICA also has a cool exhibit on experimental situational film running that’s worth looking at, and it’s worth the price of admission alone for their permanent gallery and the fabulous space it’s housed in.

And since I couldn’t be satisfied with just one representative Fairey picture…

"Two Sides of Capitalism: Good" (Not pictured: evil.)

"Two Sides of Capitalism: Good" (Not pictured: evil.)

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