Posts Tagged ‘Whoa Dude’

Travess Smalley

Published June 1, 2010 by Molly

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We’re not clear on how we wound up at Travess Smalley’s web page, but we happily spent a solid chunk of time staring hypnotized at the never-ending wall of images Smalley has arranged for all to see. Imagine, if you will, that a Magic Eye puzzle book consumed the entire internet circa 1997, entered a wormhole, took a cat-nap, woke up and shouted “HELLO” to the world. That’s a starting description. We challenge you to come up with a better one.

Joey Ryken

Published March 30, 2010 by Molly



There are countless ways to assess a work of art. One method we ascribe to is the “Whoa Dude” factor. If a piece of art brings forceful thoughts of “Whoa Dude” into your head, that piece of art can be said to possess serious intellectual and aesthetic strengths.

“Whoa Dude” is what we think of when we look at Joey Ryken’s work. Ryken makes drawings, installations, moving pictures and sculptures, as well as other, unclassifiable works. “My work is based on an attempt to connect personal anecdote, occult ritual/symbology, and references to both popular culture and sub-cultures, dismantling them through shambolic mimicry,” writes the artist. To this we can only nod with a look of studied concentration. This is art you can spend a long time looking at.

Seal Me In A Plastic Envelope And Pump Me With Inert Gas

Published June 19, 2009 by Molly

Here is your daily dose of cyberpunk, courtesy of William Gibson.

Taylor Baldwin: I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

Published May 21, 2009 by Molly


Monsters (loosely interpreted) figure prominently in Taylor Baldwin’s work. His drawings and sculptures feature such visual stimuli as skulls, fossils, ghost figures and an oversized kachina doll updating his personal software.

A young artist currently working out of Provincetown, Massachussetts, Baldwin sources his material mostly by bartering, stealing, borrowing and salvaging from locales both mysterious (a house destroyed by arson) and humble (dumpsters). The resulting works deal cheerfully with themes of mutation, history, material culture and the ebbs and flows of civilization.  These are pieces worth pondering.


Published May 2, 2009 by Molly


Tao Lin is either a shameless prankster or a living, locomoting piece of conceptual art, depending on your perspective. Lin, who lives in Brooklyn, is the author of numerous novels (his first is titled Eeeee Eee Eeee), a book of poetry and a book of short stories. He runs a small press called Muumuu House, blogs, tweets, and sells things when he’s not writing for eight hours a day on the public computers at NYU’s library. Right now he’s shilling his private MySpace account on eBay.

God knows what else he’s up to. Well, maybe God knows.