Mighty Life List
Mar 27 2013

Apartheid at the SF MoMA

Billy Monk makes me want to get a Tuesday night job at the local local and learn to use my flash.

Nov 29 2012

Foreclosure Quilts by Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Clark calls her Foreclosure Quilts an “historical record of difficult times.”

The above is “A map of the Forest Hills neighborhood in Cleveland, OH. The navy rectangles represent foreclosed or abandoned lots. The green applique patches show where community gardens have been planted on top of empty lots.”

(via design skool)

Jun 28 2012

Objects of Affection: Ana Kraš Bonbon Pendants

Gorgeous, colorful lights handmade by Serbian artist and photographer Ana Kras.

Images by Ana Kras.

Jun 21 2012

Objects of Affection: Rope Works by Doug Johnston

Does anyone else wonder whether Brooklyn artist Doug Johnston literally took Basket Weaving 101?

Trivet

Shoulder tote

Images via Doug Johnston.

Jan 4 2012

Transformed

The Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama
What happens when you give thousands of kids stickers and tell them to go to town. This makes my heart go boom-ba-boom.

Adobe’s Remake Project
Photographers reinterpret famous paintings. Photos paired with paintings used to be one of my favorite things to post about here.
(via A Cup of Jo)

Jan 5 2011

An Object of Beauty

The best parts of Object of Beauty by Steve Martin:

“Lacey was just as happy alone as with company. When she was lone, she was potential; with others she was realized.”

“… a young man, Jamaican, perhaps, his head circled in a scarf with sunbleached dreadlocks on piled on top, looking like a plate of softshell crabs.”

“He brought the Van Gogh out to the offices, where ambient sunlight would make any flaws in the drawing more visible. He hovered around Lacey’s desk, tilting it this way and that, looking for fading, looking for foxing. Lacey presumed he didn’t notice her, but when he said, “A beautiful thing… a beautiful thing,” Lacey, at her desk, said, “I do my best.”

“Auctions were, and still are, spectator sports, where the contestants are money.”

“Lacey squeezed back into her slot across from [Jonah], with Patrice having to turn sideways to sit down. She seemed genuinely in love with Patrice, and genuinely trying to rekindle Jonah’s fleeting interest of three years ago. Looking back, I think that both behaviors were valid. To her this was natural, to Patrice it was unsettling, to me it was bewildering, and to Tanya Ross, who had matured normally, it was creepy.”

Vocabulary

malfeasant – one guilty of malfeasance, an offender
incised – cut into a surface; engraved
prestidigitation – sleight of hand
feint – a movement made in order to deceive an adversary
vitrines – a glass display case or cabinet for works of art, curios, etc.
ovoid – egg shaped
argot – a secret language used by various groups—including, but not limited to, thieves and other criminals—to prevent outsiders from understanding their conversations

Oct 19 2010

The Commission Project

Paul Ferney has a studio downstairs from my office, and I pop in occasionally to chat and see what he’s been working on. Right now he’s working on The Commission Project, a series of 100 portraits commissioned by folks like you and me. They’re only $200 each, which is a steal — above is his painting of Hank from a photo taken by my friend Ryan Carver.

If you’d like a portrait of your kid, or your pet, or your backyard swing set, now’s the time to stake your claim. I have a feeling Paul’s schedule is filling up fast.