TUNNEL THROUGH BROTHERS GRIMM ENCHANTING BLACK & WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS

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There’s nothing I like more than good old fashioned folk-lore storytelling meant for children – mean enough and creepy enough to scare adults. Pair that up with a craft as delicate as weaving a story from threads and you have gold. Book gold, that is…

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm has a fresh translation and enchanting new illustrations created by Romanian-born visual artist Andrea Dezsöto.  Her delicate ink drawings mimic monochromatic, delicate black and white paper layered cutouts – a great play on the light and dark elements in Grimm stories.

When asked how she chose which fairy tales and which particular scenes to illustrate? Dezsöto explained,  “I chose tales to illustrate that gave me immediate, strong, clear mental images as I read them,” explained Dezsö. “The scenes to be illustrated popped into my mind, often fully formed—like the whale rearing from the water with a man sitting in a tiny boat in front of it. I love tales that feature the devil or other nonhuman creatures, so that influenced my choices, too.”

I’m looking forward to tunneling through the stories in between the spaces of Dezsöto illustrations.

GREAT LINKS

Take the time and pour through this wonderful interview with artist, Andrea Dezsöto here at Brain Pickings.

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‘The Twelve Brothers’

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‘The Frog King, or Iron Henry’

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‘The Singing Bone’

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‘The Golden Key’

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‘Herr Fix-It-Up’

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‘The Godfather’

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‘The Devil in the Green Coat’

Filthy Lurker’s Green Tentacled Monster Attacks Jidal Mansion

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Lurker’s Green Tentacled Monster Attacks again…

That’s right, the Jidal Mansion (as in, Steel magnate Sajjan Jindal) in Mumbai has been Lurked!  

Street artist, Filthy Lurker has popped up in India with his trademark inflatable green octopus. One look on Instagram (#startmumbai) and you can see folks are having a blast capturing the over sized tentacles spilling out of the windows and off the balcony .

Lurker’s installation is part of the month long street art exhibition hosted by St+art Mumbai – bringing over 20 artists from around the world to Mumbai to share in the celebration… don’t you just love it when art attacks!

St+art India Website

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Project Hashtag #startmumbai

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Haunting Double Exposure Portraits Give A Delicious Slip Out of Reality

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Some of the best mistakes in photography are double exposures…or so I think. It’s like being caught in a parallel universe…stuck somewhere in between the places you’ve been and the places you dream about. As if you could be grounded one second and take flight the next.

Enter the haunting layering of untold stories seen through London-based photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten‘s double exposure portraits. Fullerton-Batten is known for using cinematic lighting, and beautiful backgrounds to frame her subjects in a aura of intimacy and grace.  These double exposure prints are from Batten’s personal collection… in her bio “She insinuates visual tensions in her fine-art images, and imbues them with a hint of mystery, that combine to tease the viewer to re-examine the picture continuously, each time seeing more content and finding a deeper meaning with every viewing.”

These photographs are no exception.

Julia Fullerton-Batten Website

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Luminous Bike Path gives Gentle Nod to Van Gogh’s Starry Night

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s – known for developing the Netherlands first glow-in-the-dark Smart Highway has designed a new cycle path inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night.

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path opened yesterday in Nuenen [The Netherlands]. The cycle path is illuminated with swirling patterns, coated with a special paint that uses energy (gathered from near by solar panels) during the day to glow after dark. LEDs curve alongside of the paths turns to generate extra light when the weather doesn’t allow the panels to charge the surface to its full capacity.

Very poetically, the swirling paths that reference the patterns in Starry Night, go right through the Dutch province of Noord Brabant, where the artist was born and raised.

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Chicago Artist Fills Potholes With Amazing Mosaics

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I think its apparent that Chicago based artist, Jim Bachor got tired of his city’s pothole problem. These beautiful flower adorned mosaics are more than just a axle saver – it’s some serious street art that I hope catches on in other cities (preferably my own …Philly potholes are murderous and plentiful).

The mosaics were put in this fall; Bachor has a handy list of addresses up on his website – go discover if any of the mosaics survived the crush of the tire.

If you’re in the windy city, Bachor is exhibiting his free standing mosaics at the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, November 9 to December 13, 2014.

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VISITING DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM FOR ‘LIGHT RAILS’

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I wrote about the Bill FitzGibbons LED Light Installation in Birmingham about a year ago, only I hadn’t really had the chance to visit the actual site and see it for myself.

I visit Birmingham quite often, it’s really a shame that it took so long to see the installation in person. This section of town can be very uninviting at night – there are lots of abandoned buildings, dark stretches of road. The 18th street underpass where ‘LightRails’ was installed is a public pathway that connects the north side of downtown Birmingham to the south side.

FitzGibbons, known for his large scale light installations collaborated with REV Birmingham to transform the 1931 Art Deco, 18th street public pathway into a halo of computerized rainbow lights that has the ability to be programmed with 16 million different colors and frequencies. It’s a welcomed beacon of light for both communities and a perfect example of how public art can enhance our neighborhoods. Especially this one…this visit surprised me, the buildings and lofts once left empty now seem inhabited. Quaint little coffee shops and independent business are slowly cropping up, dotting the landscape. Cant’ wait to see what happens next.

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Paris deflates McCarthy’s ‘so called’ Christmas Tree Installation cause it looks like…

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Here’s a fine time to talk about how we view art. How many people see a Christmas tree and how many of you see…well, you know.

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US artist Paul McCarthy drew outrage from some Parisans’ when his 80 ft high installation erected at the famed landmark, Place Vendome was said to ‘vaguely’ resemble a Christmas Tree.

The inflatable green sculpture, Tree was part of FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair), who gave the artist carte blanche to create a piece for the square as part of it’s ‘Beyond The Walls’ program.  Seems like they may have wanted to preview this one.

Shortly after its erection, came reports of vandals efforts to sabotage the piece by cutting the support cables, and tampering with the fans that allowed it to inflate properly.  The artist even reported being struck in the face by several angry bystanders. By Saturday evening, McCarthy agreed with the decision bring Tree down permanently.

McCarthy talked with French magazine, LeMonde on Friday, admitting that some of the inspiration for the installation was derived from a joke about a sex toy.  “It all started with a joke. Originally, I thought that a butt plug had a shape similar to the sculptures of Constantin Brâncusi. Afterwards, I realized that it looked like a Christmas tree,” McCarthy said.

“People can be offended if they want to think of it as a plug, but for me it is more of an abstraction.” (thanks Google Translator)

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Lets’s face it…this is McCarthy’s style, less we forget his landing a giant pile of  inflatable poop on the lawn in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon district during the outdoor art project “Mobile M+: Inflation! or his 2011 ‘Santa’ sculpture in the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which held that suspicious looking ‘tree’.

Meanwhile he’s got a new show coming up in Paris, Chocolate Factory, opening on October 25th at the CCC. I’m guessing that’s going to be the site of the next McCarthy controversy.

(AP Photos/Francois Mori,European Press Photo Agency )

story via RTnews, LeMonde, Wall Street Journal

 

Josh Kline’s Unusual Juice Fast Hits New York’s High Line Art

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It’s been awhile since I’ve been to New York’s High Line, but the current group exhibition Archeo, about technology and obsolescence, is calling me back. In particular I’m dying to see this clever and snarky installation aimed at contemporary lifestyles by artist Josh Kline entitled “Skittles”.

The piece features an industrial refrigerator stocked with fake juices that resemble those over-priced $10 bottles you find in your local ‘healthy stuff’ store. Kline gives them that familiar look – you know, where a simple list of ingredients serves as the only labeling. There they are all lined up and packaged like color coded, stylized advertising kool-aid. A closer look at the labeling will uncover an ‘unconventional and poetic combinations of ingredients’ Kline feels make up the latest lifestyles we’re all so quick to consume.

“Each smoothie stands as a portrait of a different contemporary lifestyle. When grouped together, they evoke a landscape of aspiration, taste, and – at times – deprivation in a metropolis like New York City.” – Josh Kline

Archeo will stay on the High Line until March 2015.

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KID HAZO TAKES OUT THE LAUNDRY

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Philadelphia – We get it Kid Hazo, no one likes having to stay in and do laundry on a beautiful day.  I mean, how else would you iron a giant tighty whitey?

Need more antics?  Kid Hazo’s having his first-ever solo show this Friday, October 3rd at LMNL Gallery at Bluecadet from 7-9PM.

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Photos: Conrad Benner

Fun Fact

Kid’s public art is actually using public art. That Monopoly piece is just one of the giant game pieces you’ll find scattered outside the Municipal Services Building in downtown Philadelphia.  The sculptures are called, Your Move by Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis, Roger White.

 

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THE FELT CORNERSHOP

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This past August, an abandoned storefront in East London was transformed into a temporary art installation.

Cornershop, the brainchild of fiber artist, Lucy Sparrow, is a fun take on consumerism where the shelves are stocked with every traditional shop item you could think of:  cash register, magazine rack, newspapers, ice box, biscuit isle, lady items, beer, crisps – my personal favorite ‘the oyster card’ (think public transportation pass).

You’re waiting for the fun part right?   The items were hand-stitched by Sparrow and her assistant.  The undertaking took 8 months and they blew through 984 square feet of felt.  Sparrow describes corner shops as a “slice of life…The exhibition encourages people to take a closer look at the everyday.”

All the items were available for purchase in the store and online, during that time Sparrow offered a variety of sewing workshops, designed to engage the local community in public art.  In a interview with The Guardian, Sparrow openly expressed her fear of selling out the shop…”Obviously it would be nice to sell it all on opening night, but I have this fear of having to make it all again,” she said.  “I don’t think I can go though that.  It might actually break me.”

As well as £1,000 of sponsorship money from Swizzels sweets, the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which raised £10,500, and £8,000 of Arts Council funding.

The project is closed now, but you can still browse the items online.

photos via Sew Your Soul and Fashion For Lunch

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HOW’S ABOUT A PANTONE COLOR CODED BREW?

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It would make it considerably easier to order a 1595 C than say the usual menu of 25 different crafted brews that take me 20 minutes to decipher before I can taste. Spanish creative agency, Txaber reimagined beer label designs by packaging them as a Pantone-inspired brew, each brew was matched to a corresponding Pantone color.

Right now it’s just a concept, but these trendy brew cans seemed destined show up at a hipster bar near you. What can I say, the typeface (Hipstelvetica – created by Spanish typographer José Gomes) sealed it’s fate.

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