Posts Tagged ‘Animals’

Dan Bina

Published April 19, 2010 by Molly

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Science lesson!

The term “fluorescence”was coined by one George Gabriel Stokes in an 1852 paper for the Royal Society of London titled “On the Change of Refrangibility of Light”. Chemically speaking, fluorescence occurs when an orbital electron relaxes to its ground state after being excited to a higher quantum state by some kind of energy. Then it gets really complicated.

Fluorescent lights, on the other hand, were first brought to the public at the 1939 World’s Fair, and we can thank that event for eventually precipitating glow sticks and highlighter pens. At the very end of this long stream of influences lies Dan Bina, an artist who creates images that often incorporate hints of fluorescence. The paintings are magical—check ‘em out at Dan’s blog. Deploy shades if your eyes are sensitive.

Ashlee Ferlito

Published March 18, 2010 by Molly

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San Francisco-based painter Ashlee Ferlito started out at Yale as a biology major but switched to art— a move that we can’t imagine happens very often within the ivory tower. Ferlito’s love of science abides, though, even as it intertwines with the influences of painting masters like Velasquez and Goya. The artist’s subjects have lately tipped towards animals (horses, swans, bulls, diabolical dogs, butterflies) and the cosmos (Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter), all rendered in glowing oils.

Best of all, Ferlito blogs about her painting endeavors in fascinating detail. You can watch the paintings evolve as Ferlito fiddles with them, fixing this and that and generally perfecting the images (”In this piece I was aiming for bark-like explosive feeling, an oppositional energy outward, so after it was pointed out to me that it seemed like the dog on the left was being stabbed I went back into the painting to try to rectify the situation.”)

Meryl Smith

Published February 18, 2010 by Graham

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Sculptor Meryl Smith, who crafted the lovely life-sized rodents in Spike’s new short, I’m Here, and designed Opening Ceremony’s tie-in window display, is the mother for a number of other radical animal-inspired creations. Majestic deer headpieces, morbid pigskin pigs, and adorable handbag puppies gush forth from Smith’s dearly sinister imagination. She’s also responsible for a number of hilariously gruesome Halloween costumes, like her 2006 opus: Timothy Treadwell Inside of the Bear That Ate Him. Don’t miss her collaboration with Neckface and make sure to check out Todd Selby’s set of photos capturing Smith’s warmly rococo Noah’s Ark of an apartment, over at The Selby.

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Charley Harper & Todd Oldham

Published November 6, 2009 by Molly

A very brief introduction to Charley Harper, Cinncinati-based artist and king of style. If you’re unfamiliar with the man’s visual style, this short n’ sweet primer will whet your appetite. Todd Oldham wrote that “Charley’s inspired yet accurate color sense is undeniable, and when combined with the precision he exacts on rendering only the most important details, one is always left with a sense of awe.”

Well said. After you’re done with the video, check out the book.

Tamara Kostianovsky

Published November 2, 2009 by Molly

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When was the last time you encountered a gigantic raw side of beef? How about an anatomically-correct side of beef hanging from a gallery ceiling by meat hooks? Such objects are part of Tamara Kostianovsky’s repertoire. Happily, the meat hunks are rendered in fabric, complete with frilly little ribbons of fat. Kostianovsky’s fabric meat project was titled “Actus Reus”, meaning “guilty act”. Fill in the blanks yourself.

Born in Jerusalem, the artist grew up in Buenos Aires and currently lives in New York. Her other endeavors include maps made of hair, sculptures made of clothing and hangers, a world map made of the artist’s own clothes with yarn and ink, and currently on view: “The Persistence of Agony”, an enormous sculpture of a bisected fin built from foam, wood and vinyl. Kostianovsky might not produce the sort of picture you’d hang above your mantle, but she certainly wins the award for most unpredictable.

Brian Dettmer

Published November 2, 2009 by Molly

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Argh! In this bewilderingly speedy age, technology practically becomes obsolete before we figure out what all the buttons do. What’s a potentially annoying problem for the average civilian, however, is fodder for artist Brian Dettmer, who collects cassette tapes in order to fashion anatomically-correct skulls and skeletons from ye olde bygone analog media.

Dettmer keeps his process a secret, revealing only that the pieces are made without any outside materials except for tapes. Maybe black magic is also involved.

The Adorably Lonely Beasts of Ben Kehoe

Published October 21, 2009 by Graham

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Populated by unexpectedly cuddly alligators, fuzzy buffalo, and mustachioed men, the curious paintings of Ben Kehoe balance precariously between gloom and whimsy; sadness and terminal cuteness. The permanent overcast of Kahoe’s wintry locales and the vulnerable expressions that his characters share create a cocooned dreamscape that’s punctured only by bouts of dark humor and well-executed absurdity.

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Lucy and Bart

Published October 15, 2009 by Molly

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Lucy and Bart is a collaboration between Lucy McRae and Bart Hess, both Netherlands-dwellers with a shared interest in pushing the boundaries of art, fashion, and that nebulous area where the two meet.

McRae was trained as a classical ballerina and architect, so her interest in the human body is one with a precedent. Hess, for his part, maintains that he’s a better storyteller with visuals than with words, and has a fascination with robotics and imaginary animals. Together, the two “work in a primitive and limitless way creating future human shapes, blindly discovering low – tech prosthetic ways for human enhancement.”

Their manipulations of the human form (via costume and digital voodoo) are eerie and beautiful in equal doses. Also occasionally grotesque––but never less than perfectly executed.

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Les Animals

Published October 7, 2009 by Molly

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Simplicity is best. Not sure if that’s a truism or just true, but it’s always a good axiom by which to live. We’re big fans of these notebooks for a few reasons: their clean colors, the artfulness of the letterpressed covers, the animals that look straight out of a Rudyard Kipling book, and the slim but sturdy size of the things.

A good notebook isn’t easy to find, particularly one with a sweet French fold and a couple of built-in ribbon bookmarks. This is one to tuck under your arm next time you go adventuring.

Neckfox

Published October 6, 2009 by Molly

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Broadly speaking, there are two categories of clothing that directly relate to Where The Wild Things Are. One concerns clothing that makes you resemble a wild thing. The other concerns clothing that simply invokes a wild thing. The former is an immersive experience; the latter is a subtler method of demonstrating allegiance to the bestial nature within us all.

On this tip, Lazy Oaf’s Fox Stole Scarf might be the ne plus ultra. Count the benefits: it’s an animal-friendly, expressively drawn, cuddly neck-warmer with a dozing fox (wait!––he’s not supposed to be dead, is he?) woven right in. His paws are bubblegum pink; his tail looks like a stylized Christmas tree. Best of all, scarves are the ultimate unisex accessory. Appropriate for wild things of all genders.