“Really, I just wanted to make small, beautiful things,” writes artist-programmer Jonathan Harris in a recent story about ruts, how to get out of them and so much more. The piece is an inspiring medium-length read for this month of new beginnings, with such gems as the Bob Dylan quote, “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” To see more of Harris’ work, visit his site Number 27.
An art project to cover Los Angeles with native wildflowers? Sign us up! Artist Fritz Haeg started the endeavor last year to sow areas of the city, bringing back the “story of the season” in blossoms. We can’t wait for the “opening” later this spring.
Image via @RogerKlemm
NYC-based photographer Cheryl Dunn turns her lens on the lensmen in her documentary on NYC street photography, “Everybody Street,” now available from Vimeo On-Demand. Even the trailer shows how widespread the tradition is with stunning imagery, such as a young man peering through the trigger of a gun (likely the work of Boogie), and quotes from well-known photographers, including “fourth Beastie Boy” Ricky Powell. We’re looking forward to cozying up with the film for more from Martha Cooper, Jamal Shabazz and others. Read Hunger TV’s interview with Dunn to learn more.
Inspired by his migraine-induced hallucinations, Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi’s turns more than just tapestry on its head with his gorgeous creations. His modern textile approach incorporates natural and man-made yarn using both traditional Jacquard techniques with non-traditional themes. The results transform his negative experiences into beautiful artworks, such as our favorites, “Arbor Vitae” (pictured), and “Hiding in Plain Sight.”
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From the cheeky mind of Father John Misty frontman Josh Tillman, these original artworks are charming send ups of contemporary magazine covers. As much as mock headlines like “Other Numbers + Words” poke fun at print publishing conventions, we sense at least a little affection for the joy that glossies bring us within the parody. After all, imitation is the sincerest form, sardonic or not!
Imagine checking into this pink palace and finding the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton and Willem Dafoe as guests… This poster for Wes Anderson’s next flick, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” has us looking forward to the fantasy. Watch the trailer here.
If you pored over the liner notes of Sonic Youth’s album “Dirty” like we did, you’re already familiar with the deadpan pop of artist Mike Kelley, who died of apparent suicide in 2012. While cut short, his work goes far beyond those cover art images of readymade stuffed animals, which MoMA shows in their Kelley retrospective that opened at their P.S.1 space last weekend and runs through February 2, 2014. The show paints the full picture of an artist that, as his friend Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth said, “was on a ride, and he just didn’t quite know how to get off it.”
Image via the New York Times
In a first for any major museum, MoMA dedicates their upcoming exhibit, “Soundings: A Contemporary Score,” entirely to sound. The show examines 16 of the world’s foremost most artists who currently make auditory-based work, whether using the visual arts, architecture, performance, computer programming, or music. Our favorite (pictured) is Stephen Vitiello’s “A Bell for Every Minute” (2010), which samples tones from bells throughout NYC in a piece installed in the MoMA courtyard.
“Soundings” opens August 10, 2013 and runs through November 3, 2013 at MoMA.
Global Yodel, a site dedicated to stories about “travel through a local lens,” brings their first-person perspectives to your personal locale with the introduction of their print shop. Consisting of limited runs of images snapped by their contributors, the photographs make the spontaneity of an Instagram-style aesthetic worthy of hanging on your wall.
Framed photos come printed on high-quality, 100% rag paper in sizes ranging from tiny (5″x5″) to statement-making (44″x44″) and are priced accordingly ($20-$3,000), though Global Yodel sells unframed options too. And if you have your own insider POV honed from years of living someplace, you can sign up to join the collective on their site—maybe your photography will be here next!
Crafting a bolt of denim into a great fitting, comfortable, fashion forward pair of jeans is a form of art in itself, but London-born artist Denimu makes denim into art in a whole different way. Initially attracted to the textures and wear patterns of denim, 27 year-old Denimu quickly discovered that working with denim was a way to breath life into garments that had passed their prime, but still carried a lot of personal meaning for people. By cutting and layering denim into different shapes and patterns, Denimu creates beautiful portraits, urbanscapes, pop art, and pretty much anything else that can be interpreted in denim. This is the type of life passion that can only come from a true denimhead. In his own words:
“I became fascinated by the rich heritage of Denim. A story that has run alongside that of modern history. A material that abounds in dualities and meanings. A symbol of both egalitarianism and of materialism. A reflection of the world in which we live.”
We’re just hoping he is aware of the colored denim trend – that could open a whole new realm of possibilities, and we can’t wait to see the results.