Saturday, January 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Obama And Unicorns
Artist Dan Lacey has found his muse: Barack Obama, frolicking naked with unicorns. Above is, what I can only assume is, a wry and nuanced commentary on the future of medical reform in the United States. My god, it is so clear now what we must do! Thank you, fair artist. By the way, also check out The Obama Art Report.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Dames & Dogs #7
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Creepy Kid Vent Dummies!
As if ventriloquist dummies weren't creepy enough as it is, these are regular children photoshopped to appear to be dolls with articulated mouths. Sure, she looks like a nice, non-homicidal doll now, but just wait until she's been played with by an average child for a couple years:
NOW if lightning or magic gives this doll a life of its own, you better run for the freakin' hills, because it will have no mercy on beings of flesh and bone.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Jack Davis Collection
It's unbelievable just how much stuff Davis has done — records, magazine covers, ads, books, it makes his Mad-magazine days seem like a blip on the screen, even though that's his most recognizeable work. The guy has done so much, everybody online who's got his work has something different - I doubt you can ever have a complete Jack Davis art collection.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Octomom's Pink Tentacles
She has earned the hearts and minds of all Americans with her courageous journey to build a baseball team with a single womb, Nadya Suleman has now been embodied in this fine work of art, direct from the Collector's Art Mint Foundation and available only through this limited TV offer. Well, no; Daniel Edwards, the guy behind the Britney statue (literally and figuratively) has put together Souleman's likeness with two of the most awesome things ever: tentacles and disembodied baby heads. Get your Lovecraftian piece of art soon: the first 50 have a pre-order price of $199, but go up to $500 after.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Enstrom In Stereo
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
No More Happy Families
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Black Velvet Painting
Sorry the photo's not so great; but black on black isn't as showy as the colorful costume. So if you're going into the black velvet painting business and you need to photograph them for web sales or whatnot, remember you'll probably need special lighting or something.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
You Know What They Say About Artists With Big Noses
Le blog de mister M is au Francais -- which is, along with a few swear words, about all I know in French (sorry, Mlle Pfister, my high school French teacher) -- so I do not know what he says about this art piece... But I'm pretty sure the "big nose" euphemism is internationally understood.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The Cobra's Name Is Post-Holiday Tuesday
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Art From The Stuff In The Bottom Of The Toy Box
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Ode To Elloh
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Sitting Ork Style
Monday, June 30, 2008
Meet Beaver Greenway
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Nothing Says, "Welcome, Spring!" More Than A Skull Birdhouse
Friday, April 4, 2008
"Lowbrow, No-Brow, Pop Surrealism" -- Our Kind Of Thing
“You know, I’m completely ignorant of that artist’s work. I try not to pay any attention to art history.” I heard these words from a slight, young European artist, a lock of hair strategically hanging across his left eye, just frazzled enough to be chic. I wanted to smack him upside the head; thought better, maybe just a headlock and some nuggies. It wasn’t like I was talking to him about some cult figure from Albania or Bushwick. I was referring to Robert Rauschenberg, the Robert Rauschenberg. I’d bumped into this kid after closing time on a Sunday afternoon in the “Killing Room” at a Williamsburg gallery.
Where the following video can be found...
James Kalm ventures out east to visit an exhibition which melds the influences of Graffiti, Surrealism, science-fiction illustration and cartoon art titled "Pop Subversion". Curated by Andrew Ford, this exhibition inhabits an undefined realm that many young artists currently find themselves in, between the street and the gallery, the comic book and the hallucinatory dream. Features an extended interview with Andrew Ford.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Will She Make Underpants From Maps Of France?
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Everyone Needs A Demon Pig Mask
This free Demon Pig Mask Poster is from Fuzzy Balls Apparel, which, as the artist says, "sounds like I am saying 'Fuzzy Balls of Peril'." Hence the name of the pig mask poster.
While there, scroll for more free goodies and then click about, wildly, to see all the other madness.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
In Lieu Of Cards, Send Art
Illinois On A Stick
Illinois On A Stick, just one of the many states on sticks available by Erick Maldre -- and if you don't see the state you'd like on a stick, he does custom work.
I'd say he would sell cart-loads of this work at Lambeau Field -- better yet, if it was edible.
You can find more of his conceptual, original postmodern art at Etsy. And check out his blog, Etsy Art.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Put That Cephalopod In Your Glass And Read It
This particular piece is for the Coptopus cover (Front, back, what's the diff? It's a cover people!) and I for one love it. I wouldn't touch it if a serving wench brought it to my table, but on a cover it's quite delicious.
Collin wants INPUT, DAMMIT!, so give it to him.
Note: This post is my input :p
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Dad Sketching On A Cake
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I Love The... Crusty Artist
Timothy Ray on the Herd About The Prairie buffalo event:
On the one hand, this project has been repeated so often with so little variation, that one cannot be blamed for saying “Oh, no. Not again” On the other hand, these projects are enormously popular, easily out-drawing even the most important museum exhibitions. So even though it is corny, trite, and represents a feeble effort to raise cliché to the level of kitsch, one must participate. Otherwise, if one simply opts out, he doesn’t get to make these statements.Which I find really amusing -- mainly because I didn't dare utter such a thing when our daughter, Allie, had a part in painting a buffalo. Mommy-work collides with my true aesthetic response. It's not that I don't find her work or the other artistic bison messages interesting, or even non-art; I support the arts (nearly) as much as I support my kids. But damn if Ray doesn't speak the truth of such events & 'opportunities.'
From his Studio Crawl note we glean more about Ray's views on art:
If you're looking for ducks, cute children or fall landscapes, try someplace else. There is lots of that out there.
Oh, he's so damn wise. He describes the reason why I avoid many art shows. I've got cute kids at home. I collect ducks. Fall happens for many months -- every year. With art, I want something new. Something... else.
It can't be wrong to covet an artist's work for his personal crusty-factor; it's like the living artist's statement.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Honoring Old Vegas Hotels
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Spiders Made From Stolen Scissors
If spiders made out of scissors doesn't make your skin quiver with horror, you're not doing it right...or something like that. Remember, those scissors were taken away from airline travelers, which means these scissors are terrorists. Turning them into spiders is only empowering their horrible, violent spirits. Run, run while you still can. (via)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
(Don't) Just Eat It
Dig the use of what I (and Donte) presume to be Alpha Bits to spell King of Pop.
Monday, October 15, 2007
That Sad Little Piece Of Folk Art
Well, (drum roll) here it is:
Officially known as a woolie, this charming art piece had a much higher appraisal than I could have imagined. Mine is definitely not as old, nor as 'clean' in short tight stitches, as most woolies -- and valued accordingly (mine at $150, most others over $4,000) -- but it was lots more than I had paid ($4). And lots more than the estate sale had it priced at ($40). I figured the $40 had to be too high because, as Daddy says (when I mention estate sale and antique shop prices), "Well, it's still there... It didn't sell because the price is too high."
While doing research on woolies (for this wild and woolie article, full of history and fact) I began to seriously ponder my woolwork.
It certainly makes sense, given what I now know, that this particular American made woolie would be made later than most British woolworks -- so the circa 1930s-50s decree makes sense. Americans made few woolies, and those they did were made later (which also matches the later trend towards larger stitches). And being painted, it likely was created by a retired sailor. Which accounts for both the larger size and again, the later time period.
But it still seemed rather more 'primitive' or 'naive' than the other woolies I was seeing in photos...
Upon closer inspection though, there are many charming details which impress upon me that my woolie is authentic -- and the sailor had great artistic flair.
The flames & smoke are consistent with a boiler fire, which shows at least some rudimentary ship knowledge. And the flames on the lines are also most precise. The iceberg is reflected in the waters -- waters which have a choppy impressionistic quality, rather like a Monet. Clearly this sailor-artist was workin' it in this piece.
So I'm most proud of it, and even more charmed than when I first purchased it. The appraisal value is cool to know, but secondary.
Then again, if I had not brought it in to the appraiser, how would I know what it is called? I needed to know the name 'woolie' in order to research it. And find more of them.
Which brings me to two points.
First of all, I apologize to my woolie for calling it a "sad little piece of folk art." It is grand and I love her.
Second, while I am not likely to over-estimate the monetary value of my stuff (it's just not in my nature to do math -- and round up -- where the main issue is charm), I don't think I will ever again be so anxious about attending such events like Trash or Treasure. Or even getting appraisals.
We originally planned to only bring one thing each, but after a fab first round, we brought several more items the second day.