Posts tagged "art"

Nail Art As Real Art

Finally, someone looks beyond the superficial value of manicures. Photographer Molly Sorno focuses her work on nail art, salons, and manicure culture. Her pictures make you realize that your nails say a lot about you—concentrate solely on them, and you start imagining the person neon airbrushed tips belong to. Sorno's work is now o…
By: Leonora Epstein / November 6, 2009

A Sunday Drive To Meet The Boys In Prison

I came across this amazing photo series, "Sunday Drive," on PDN's Photo of the Day blog. It was shot by Luke Smalley, a photographer who died unexpectedly earlier this year. The photo story features three young women who are taking a weekend trip to meet their boyfriends who are in prison.
By: Susannah Breslin / November 6, 2009

An Affordable Work Of Art That Helps The Kids

I'm thinking about buying this beautiful piece, Burden, by Brooklyn-based artist Samantha Hahn. The original was done in concentrated ink on watercolor paper, and the matte giclee print is a brilliant reproduction. As for the subject: a woman holding a tower of chairs on her back. The description of the piece…
By: Susannah Breslin / October 21, 2009

Because You Care Enough To Send Your (Druggie) Friends The Best

Artist Mark McCloud has an unusual claim to fame: He owns the largest and most well-documented collection of printed or embossed LSD blotter papers in the world, aka the "Institute of Illegal Images." Now, he wants you to "open your mind" and stuff, too. At Blotter Barn (classy name!) you can purchase large-scale, photographic digital…
By: Erin Flaherty / October 15, 2009

Barbie Gone Wild!

As far as I was concerned when I was a little girl, there was only one proper use for my Barbie dolls—simulating sex acts. But Barbie and Ken humping (without privates mind you) got old after a while. Now I know that sex is not always a Barbie and Ken doin’ it missionary style event.
By: Ami Angelowicz / October 14, 2009

Menstrual Activists: The New Breed Of Artists, Writers, And Protestors Destigmatizing Your Period

I got my first period in the sixth grade. When my mom took me to the grocery store to buy pads, I remember glaring at every man that crossed our path, thinking, "You don't know what it's like to be controlled by your body! You're walking around all nonchalant in your Dockers, not a care…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 7, 2009

Buy An Ultra Chic Laptop For A Good Cause

The Dell Design Studio has just issued Product Red, a new line of laptop covers created by cool artists where part of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to help combat and eliminate AIDS in Africa. Photographer Ben Grieme created a series of beautiful ombre color gradations (like the one above), Klau…
By: Erin Flaherty / October 2, 2009

An Art Exhibit That Supports Your Girls

Forget the term "starving artist." ArtPrize is a contest currently in full swing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where any artist -- famous or total nobody -- can show work, individually or in groups, at a location of their choosing. Visitors to the festival will vote on their favorite pieces and the to…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / September 25, 2009

Keep Calm And Wear A Thong

Designer Liz Franco created this hilarious send-up of this iconic British WWII poster. [Via Fraying]…
By: Susannah Breslin / September 17, 2009

Artist Jenny Holzer Creates Temporary Tattoos

You may be familiar with the work of Jenny Holzer, whose word-based public artworks have become ubiquitous in our culture. One of her most famous projects, projected across the side of a building, features the phrase, "Protect me from what I want." Her themes often tackle womanhood, war, and consumerism. Now, the Whitney…
By: Susannah Breslin / September 11, 2009

A New Book Looks At Hair As Art

A new book on hair, Hair'em Scare'em, showcases the hair on your head as a medium for artistic expression. While you may still be struggling with that updo, some artists are taking locks to a whole new creative level in photography, design, and illustration. It's avant-garde art in which hair happe…
By: Susannah Breslin / September 10, 2009

Photographer Elena Kalis Takes Lewis Carroll’s Classic Story Underwater

Will recreating classic fairy tales and children's stories in photo shoots ever get old? Probably not. Photographer Elena Kalis took this amazing series of underwater photos in which her 10-year-old daughter plays out scenes from Alice in Wonderland in the clear, blue ocean surrounding the Bahamas, where they live. We'd like to…
By: Catherine Strawn / September 9, 2009

Restorers Discover A Big Old Erect Penis In A Classic 17th Century Painting

Sometimes it's hard to remember that folks back in olden times (a) had a sense of humor and (b) had dirty minds just as bad as ours. But it's true. An art restorer at the Louvre was tasked with restoring Nicolas Poussin's 17th century painting "Hymenaios Disguised as a Woman During an Offering to Priapus,"…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / September 3, 2009

What Would You Put on Display At the Museum Of Broken Relationships?

At this point in my life, I have enough memorabilia from broken relationships to fill an entire museum. As a writer, I tend to heal after a breakup by writing about it—helps me understand what went wrong. But there aren’t always words to express how painful, sad, annoying, or existentially confusing a breakup can be.
By: Ami Angelowicz / August 28, 2009

Sex And Fashion Meet Beads And Felt

Think arts and crafts projects are all about camp activities and innocent fun? French artist Marianne Batlle causes us to think again. While her handmade beaded broaches are super crafty, they also channel the world of haute couture with portraits of cute Coco Chanels with signature pearls, cartoonish Karl Lagerfelds, and a flamboyant…
By: Leonora Epstein / August 25, 2009

Missed Connections Art By Sophie Blackall

Admit it. From time to time, you browse Craigslist's Missed Connections, secretly hoping that you'll recognize a description and realize you are the "girl on the A train." What could be more romantic than someone experiencing love at first sight? Artist Sophie Blackall brings these moments to life. Using striking "New York Missed Connections"…
By: Leonora Epstein / August 23, 2009

Porcelain Planters Depict Parks And (True) Recreation

Some artists choose to see life through rose-colored glasses. Then there are those who see gritty reality, and still try to make something pretty out of it. Take Tristan Zimmermann, a designer who created these bonsai planters (pretty) and incorporated the concept of what parks are really like (reality). The white porcelain pottery depict…
By: Leonora Epstein / August 21, 2009

What Is A Junk Monster?

No, that's not the slang term for a hoarder, although it would totally fit. Junk monsters are the strange suits London-based photographer Danny Treacy crafts from items he finds in "lonely places," like the woods, parking lots, and landfills. Once the junk monster suit is completed to Treacy's satisfaction, he wears it in hi…
By: Annika Harris / August 20, 2009

Crave: 500 Colored Pencils

Calling all artists and creative types—and those who just think they're the next Da Vinci! Social Designer, a company that strives to get people thinking and creating differently, has started a colored pencils of the month club. Well, sort of. After you sign up, once a month you get a batch of 25 different colored…
By: Nina Carbone / August 18, 2009
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