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May
2011

jessica harrison’s “broken” porcelain ladies

On 01, May 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

The porcelain ladies of Jessica Harrison’s “Broken” series are lovely, graceful, and feminine. Of course, they’re also maimed and bloody. Harrison’s sculptures are violent and delicate, disturbing and funny. She creates the pieces by searching out secondhand, mass-produced ceramic figurines whose faces and poses appeal to her, then modifying them.
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01

May
2011

street art portraits by miso

On 01, May 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Street artist Miso (Stanislava Pinchuk) creates portraits that are simultaneously melancholy and joyous: they depict isolation and a forgotten past, but also celebrate tradition, storytelling, and community.
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Apr
2011

after the final curtain

On 07, Apr 2011 | In Art, History, Selected Posts | By sue

Photographer Matt Lambros’s After the Final Curtain project is a series of photo essays exploring “the effects of years of neglect and decay in some of America’s greatest theaters.” Love the lonely, haunting, forgotten feeling of the photographs—and I hope the project will inspire renewed restoration efforts.
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01

Apr
2011

mike kelley’s “kandors” glass art

On 01, Apr 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

Artist Mike Kelley’s new book “Kandors” chronicles his decade of work creating and recreating images of Kandor. Kandor, for non-Superman fans (that includes me—Batman forever!), is the former Kryptonian capital, shrunk and placed in a bell jar by a villain. Inspired by this story, Kelley creates installations using colorful hand-blown glass bottles and bell jars.
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01

Apr
2011

firework studies by pierre le hors

On 01, Apr 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

I was organizing my bookmarks (a great way to avoid GRE studying) yesterday, and I came across Pierre Le Hors’ Firework Studies (2009). I initially thought these were pastel drawings, but they’re actually photographs. Le Hors digitally manipulated the photos to achieve a raw, often abstracted look.
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01

Mar
2011

richard mosse’s psychedelic, haunting infrared photos of eastern congo

On 01, Mar 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

I’m loving Richard Mosse’s recent infrared photography of Eastern Congo. The combination of psychedelic, lush colors and beautiful landscapes with the grim evidence of violence and poverty is really striking. The photos have a whimsical element of magical realism, but the use of infrared also reflects the intangibility and ubiquity of the conflict taking place in Eastern Congo.
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10

Jan
2011

kenji hirata

On 10, Jan 2011 | In Art, Selected Posts | By sue

I recently came across the artwork of Kenji Hirata. I love how much Hirata is able to convey using simple shapes. The rhythmic patterns in his art evoke both nature and technology, from retro video games to futuristic worlds. What sets Hirata’s work apart, for me, is that it’s never too slick: It’s bold and visually appealing, but always retains a sense of playfulness.
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01

Dec
2010

1950s christmas cards from the walt disney studios

On 01, Dec 2010 | In Art, Design, History, Selected Posts, TV & Film | By sue

These Christmas cards sent by The Walt Disney Studios in the 50s were collected by Disney animator Claire Weeks, and now they’re being featured at the Hollywood Animation Archive. I love how lively the drawings are! I think the Never Never Land calendar might be my favorite.
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01

Nov
2010

glass art by the crystal chain gang

On 01, Nov 2010 | In Art, Design, Selected Posts | By sue

I saw the Crystal Chain Gang featured on Designsponge last week and was blown away by their gorgeous work. I love unique glass art, and the colors and detail in these pieces are amazing. The projects are also based around really interesting concepts and stories.
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