Artist Brian Dettmer uses surgical tools to carve up old encyclopedias, dictionaries, and medical journals. No materials are added and nothing inside the books are relocated, he simply carves the existing paper, one page at a time. When he’s finished, the vintage text and illustrations become intricate 3D dioramas with stunning detail and unexpected themes. This kind of stuff always gives me a headache, but in a good way, you know? Click through to see a few more examples of his work! [Karan Arora]
Who knew the combination of spray paint and prominent literary figures would be so delightful? Flavorwire tracked down the best examples of literary street art, including a Robert Frost quote on a London street and a Sylvia Plath portrait in Portland. More of our favorites, after the jump… [Flavorwire]
As I’m sure you’re well aware, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is in full swing, and so is all the festivity that comes along with it. Last night, the biggest (and most notoriously fun-loving) fashion superstars this side of the Rive Gauche celebrated the launch of Prada’s 24 hour museum. A collaboration between Prada and the Italian visual artist and satirist Francesco Vezzoli, the pop-up extravaganza is open for today only. Talk about a whirlwind! The evening began with a private dinner, and the afterparty featured a DJ set by attendee Kate Moss (all decked out in silver furs, natch). With a roster that boasted Salma Hayek, Catherine Deneuve, Marianne Faithfull, Anna Wintour, and Emmanuelle Alt among guests, this was the party to be at last night. To have a look at the museum exhibit before it’s gone, and the photo gallery from the event, check out 24 Hours Museum.
I have a sister, who shall remain nameless despite the public humiliation she deserves, who not only wears Crocs but actually wears Crocs with socks. Crocs with socks! I am related to this person!
The only “crocs” you’ll ever see on my feet are these gator-themed high heels by the Dutch artist Sit. These can at least be forgiven for not being fashionable by being awesome. [The Daily What]
There’s playing with your food, and then there’s taking that play to an artform, which is exactly what Brittany Powell over at Low-Committment Projects did. Here, she made a sandwich in the style of Piet Mondrian. After the jump, check out her sandwich-y takes on Damien Hirst’s dot paintings and the work of Jasper Johns. [Low-Committment Projects]
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Well, these framed pieces by artist Steve Lambert just say it all, don’t they? The three-piece companion set of Lambert’s work, entitled Drawings for 3 Rooms in Your Home, is intended to really cover all the bases. Check out the other two pieces after the jump. [20 x 200]
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Like many of us, the first thing I like to do when I’m wasted is find the nearest multi-million dollar painting and rub up all on it. That’s just what poor Carmen Tisch, of Denver, Colorado, was trying to do when she was stopped by police for punching and then pressing her bare ass on a $30 million Clyfford Still painting.
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Holy disturbing, Batman! These little nuggets are much too small to be sucking on the cancer sticks! Thankfully photographer Frieke Janssen didn’t give the children real cigarettes or cigars — they are “smoking” cheese. The artist was inspired, apparently, by that two-year-old boy in Indonesia who smoked 40 cigarettes a day. The depressing thing is, though, that lots of people won’t realize smoking is gross at any age. [Neatorama] Keep reading »
Artist Susan Stockwell makes intricate, gorgeous dresses out of paper goods, like maps and sheets of currency. The dresses mimic colonial styles, and reflect her interests in ecology, geo-politics, mapping, trade and global commerce. It’s this confluence of ideas that give her work an extra charge. Check out some of her paper dresses in this gallery.
Lining the walls of the MTV Voices Dinner were a collection of classic portraits reimagined with celebrity faces. Beyonce was cast as Queen Elizabeth I. We should probably expect the neck ruffle to make a comeback any second now. And Eminem wasn’t looking half bad as a decorated nobleman. I’ve always wanted to see him in epithets. Other portraits included Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez as a pair of Thomas Gainsborough masterpieces (no Mariah Yeater portrait was to be found), Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. These would be perfect to hang in my salon … if I had one. [MTV]