Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
My sister, living in China (and probably thinking a lot about the pros and cons of souvenirs herself these days), recently sent me this essay by Matt Gross from the Frugal Traveler, discussing the merits (and pitfalls) of bringing home travel souvenirs.
Prints have, for hundreds of years, had a close relationship with travel. The 18th century Italian printmaker and draftsman Giovanni Battista Piranesi popularized the modern-day postcard by creating a series of etchings showing views of Rome (Vedute) for middle-class and wealthy travelers to take home and show to their friends and family.
There is a wonderful little ode-to-the-print in the essay, towards the end. I've copied it here, below.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Poster for a side show at the Vermont state fair, Rutland (LOC), originally uploaded by The Library of Congress.
Sometimes life is just like this. Your name is Ruth, you're an Acrobat, nobody makes shoes that fit you right, and no one's willing to really look you in the eye when they're talking to you.
Thanks, Library of Congress. You really show me some neat stuff sometimes.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Gilbert & George: OH GOD they are the cutest.
Those matching ties turn me into a puddle of I-want-to-be-your-best-friend-oh-please-oh-please.
Designboom ran a story about a show -- Jack Freak -- of G&G's in Brussels that just closed. The Jack Freak photos and article can be found here.
I am simultaneously intrigued and bored by their recent work. Conceptually, I really like the images, but I'm really not into that plastic, digital, just-discovered-Photoshop aesthetic. The Gilbert & George show at the Milwaukee Art Museum last year was really quite good, despite my reservations, but I liked it more because I could see their earlier work in comparison with the new stuff.
Check out this new font, Alright Sans, posted on Myfonts.com. Diggin' it! (Those SMALL CAPS, especially!)
The "t" is a wee bit distracting, however.
The font was created by Brooklyn designer Jackson Cavanaugh (such a name! Oy!) and his digi-foundry, Okay Type. I'm drooling over his personal website design, too, by the way:
It's perfect! I've been trying to find good examples of artist websites that adequately merge all of these multi-varied sources of information outlets that we use all of the time (blogs, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, etc) and Cavanuagh's website just what I'm looking for (except I would need more portfolio-type images).
The New York Times recently ran a story (titled Cinematic Soulmates) about the working relationship between writer-director Pedro Almodóvar and actress Penélope Cruz, and the article has a little bit of info about Almodóvar's new film, Broken Embraces, which I'm excited to see in a couple of weeks (opens Nov. 20th).
There is also a 2.5 minute video (an interview between the two) accompanying the article.
This is a charming tidbit:
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
This is a stunning short film made by Colin Nusbaum, his submission for the TRUNK SHOW. The photograph shows how the film was displayed during the opening night. His artist statement appears below.
Video, found suitcase, clothing, magazines, toiletries
This video installation fixes the camera’s eye on scenes of Brooklyn and New York City. By climbing on bridges and sneaking on rooftops, I was able to see the city through a lens from high above. The actual aerial images were captured in sunlit high definition and focused in a tilt-shift technique to shrink space and virtually magnify the spectator.
Like much of my work, this project was designed as a sincere documentation and playful invitation to turn the camera on oneself. apple inspires reflection from a new perspective as it gazes at movement through city space. Specifically, the montage celebrates transit and motion itself, without regard for destination—showing people in mid-gallop. The video makes the big city small before us, so we can might scrutinize and innocently indulge.
I was initially drawn to the scenes because, when eyed from above, locomotion appears both mechanically trivial and yet utterly graceful. Ironically, it was not until I finished shooting the project and descended back to ground level that I began to feel disoriented and dizzy with vertigo.
So I dropped the ball on getting to so many good Chicago Humanities Festival events this year, but I'm happy to say that this afternoon I'm headed to Lincoln Park to see The Not-So-Funny Situation of Alternative Comix, a discussion with Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Matt Groening, and Jules Feiffer. So many of my favorites in one room! My head might explode.
Also, I just saw on The Chicago Reader's Free Stuff listings that Mount Eerie is playing for free at the Reckless Records on Broadway on Sunday!