Tag Archives: art

art deco nostalgia

20 Sep

I’m not really into posting nostalgic meditations on movies from my childhood, but I did need to share a poster I ran across today while searching for an article I’d read on the disparity between the art of the film poster and the non-art of the DVD cover. I’d never seen this poster before, and was pretty much in awe.

So I guess in honor of the 20th anniversary of the movie that brought youngsters like me another reason to hate Nazis, a crush on a young Jennifer Connelly, and the inspiration to craft (with my big brother and our mom) a wearable cardboard replica of the movie’s iconic helmet (complete with green cellophane for the lenses), here’s the 1991 film poster of The Rocketeer.

The Rocketeer's Art Deco-style film poster, circa 1991

The Museum of Nature

13 Sep

Ilkka Halso's "Roller Coaster," part of the Museum of Nature

"Kitka River"

"Museum of Nature #1"

how many a’s in your alphabet soup?

7 Sep

This book is so brilliant, I’m surprised no one beat Ursus Wehrli to it. The premise? Take an everyday scene and sort it.

Jason Kottke’s favorite combination is worth checking out as well.

james franco’s non-visible art

2 Sep

MONA: Museum of Non-visible Art, by James Franco et al

The Museum of Non-Visible Art is the latest venture from faux-renaissance man James Franco. Although, given that this news is a month old, he may already be on to something else. Hard to blame the man though; this venture is already profitable. According to Paste Magazine, a woman living in Montreal purchased a piece of Franco’s “non-visible art” for $10,000.

What exactly is this “art” they’re peddling? Not much. “Ideas,” they say, but I think that gives ideas a bad name. Here’s their pithy description:

“The Museum of Non-Visible Art is an extravaganza of imagination, a museum that reminds us that we live in two worlds: the physical world of sight and the non-visible world of thought. Composed entirely of ideas, the Non-Visible Museum redefines the concept of what is real.”

Really? Does it redefine what is real? I have my doubts, because here’s their supposedly revolutionary piece, titled “Fresh Air” (remember, what you’re about to read is the art):

“A unique piece, only this one is for sale. The air you are purchasing is like buying an endless tank of oxygen. No matter where you are, you always have the ability to take a breath of the most delicious, clean-smelling air that the earth can produce. Every breath you take gives you endless peace and health. This artwork is something to carry with you if you own it. Because wherever you are, you can imagine yourself getting the most beautiful taste of air that is from the mountain tops or fields or from the ocean side; it is an endless supply.”

Not only is this not worth $10,000, but of all the non-visible things in the world, air is the most cliche. Non-visible art could be anything. Anything. But they go with what 4th graders try to peddle as a joke.

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31 Aug

Via Kottke, spliced portraits of pairs of relatives by Ulric Collette showing facial similarities.

Some are downright incredible.

This last could easily be one woman. The two are twins though, so it’s not so startling.

Some of the others though, like the father and daughter just above, look more and more alike the longer you look; check out their smile lines, brow lines, and nose shape.


low-res fauna

24 Jul

Completely charmed by these pixelated animals, by Laura Bifano.

The prints sell for just $40 on Etsy.

via Kottke


16 Jul

One explanation of a surprise storm last week

Chicago, as seen by geotagged posts via Flickr and Twitter

"What Bringeth Forth the Morrow?", propaganda poster from the Soviet Union, 1942

Kurt Russel and Meryl Streep at the 1989 Academy Awards

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image 1 by Andrew Huff

image 2 by Eric Fischer

image 3 by Vladimir Vasil’evich Lebedev

image 4 by Alan Light

hand-painted movie posters from 1980s Ghana

31 May

One bit of a Ghanaian movie poster for 'Barracuda'

“These posters are vividly colorful, hand-painted advertisements used to lure Ghanaians into makeshift video centers erected in the country throughout the ’80s and ’90s. During this time, wily African entrepreneurs would travel from town to town with generators and AV equipment, bringing with them reels of sordid, gory stories of redemption and modern sin. Before the showings, they would commission artists to hand-paint lurid, splashy scenes from these flicks on the back of old flour bags.”

—A.V. Club Chicago on a new exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center

stories in watercolor

18 Apr

When Wendy MacNaughton drives out to Bolinas, California, or wanders around San Francisco’s Mission District, and interviews the people she meets, those conversations don’t become the written narratives of a normal reporter.

They become paintings.

It’s a fascinating way to read a story, and Wendy has a gift for it. I owe her for reminding me that there are infinite ways to tell a story, and for inspiring me to explore a little more the next time I’m telling one.

Here’s an excerpt from Meanwhile, Mission Bartenders, an installment in a series she does for The Rumpus Book Club.

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10 Apr