dreaming of a life after cubicles

Picasso Time Lapse
January 16, 2007, 11:33 am
Filed under: art, photography, streaming media

Mark Frauenfelder: Picture 5-18
This 1955 time-lapse video of the development of a Picasso painting is fascinating. (From the documentary The Mystery of Picasso) Link


Clockwork Insects
December 18, 2006, 9:29 am
Filed under: art, nature

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Behold, the sight of his noodly light
December 18, 2006, 9:15 am
Filed under: art, photography, xmas

Junk robot sculptures
December 13, 2006, 7:40 am
Filed under: art, geek, sci fi

Cory Doctorow:  There are lots of amazing, beautiful robot sculptures made out of junk parts out there, but the robots at Bennett Robot Works in Brooklyn are really spesh. Link (via Watchismo)

Custom portrait of you as a zombie
November 27, 2006, 2:56 pm
Filed under: art, graphic design, gross, humorous

Cory Doctorow: Canadian illustrator Rob Sacchetto has opened a business selling zombified portraits of his customers. Email him a picture of yourself and he’ll mail you back a hand-drawn cartoon of you as a horrible zombie. He got the idea after doing a couple friends’ zombie portraits for Hallowe’en — now he’s charging US$85, including shipping. Link (via Neatorama)

The Art of the Soviet Montage
November 23, 2006, 9:45 am
Filed under: art, graphic design, print, retro

0lepremiermaiWe Make Money Not Art has posted a great review of a current exhibit at Paris’ Passage de Retz,A Visual Weapon: Soviet Photomontages 1917-1953. When 70% of the country can’t read, photomontages became a powerful form of propaganda… so powerful that even the Nazis took notice.

During the WWII, the photomontage becomes the main propaganda weapon inside the country but also outside of it to demoralize the enemy. Jitomirski, for example, designed thousands of propaganda leaflets during the war. So many of them were thrown to German troops that Joseph Goebbels put the name of the artist on the list of the “Ennemies of the State” with a commentary that said “Find him and hang him!”

A hell of a thing, to end up on a Nazi murder squad list just because you’re good and cutting and pasting pictures onto pieces of construction paper. Despite the fact that these photomontages were used to propagate a political system that led to tens of millions of deaths in the Twentieth Century, some of the work is truly beautiful in a way both industrial and dystopian. Maybe one will come to a coffee shop near you!

Soviet Montages 1917-1953 [We Make Money Not Art]

Old engravings of animals are charmingly strange
November 23, 2006, 9:13 am
Filed under: art, graphic design, print, retro

Mark Frauenfelder: Bibliodyssey has an excellent gallery of 18th century engravings from ‘Die Saugthiere in Abbildungen’ at Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon (named as ‘Histoire naturelle des quadrupèdes’.

The absurd rendering of many of the animals comes about because the engravers/artists working on the project did not actually see the animals. They had to rely on descriptions and their imagination and, as was the fashion of the time, the animals were placed in contrived settings and often given human facial qualities, which only serves to heighten the sense of bizarre. And thankful we are too.