Weaving in general is my obsession and in addition to spending most of my free time at the loom, I also search Instagram for other weavers in hopes of finding inspiration and new techniques. There’s plenty of great work, but a lot of it is … the same. Lots of geometric, vaguely Southwestern patterns, or really organic, free-formed designs. I count myself among those weavers doing similar work, by the way, but I’m getting closer to finding my own signature style and I’m super inspired by those who’ve carved out a unique niche for themselves.
No one exemplifies that more than Erin M. Riley, a Brooklyn-based weaver who transforms photographs, in particular the kind of “sexy” selfies that have become ever-present on the Internet, into intricate and and extremely beautiful woven textiles. “I am drawn to the images taken for private exchanges that become littered on the internet,” she has said of her work. “I am using my own images that I have sent to lovers as well as the objects that I have formed psychological attachments to, objects that have impacted people’s lives, displays of arrests, deaths, addictions.” The work is provocative, especially since it both defies (subject matter) and exemplifies (technique) the art form’s traditions. Click through for some of my favorite pieces by Erin M. Riley and check out her website for more. [Erin M. Riley]
Kim Kardashian‘s butt is not done breaking the Internet. While Paper, Kim Kardashian, and photographer Jean-Paul Goude think the photo of Kardashian’s shiny, oiled butt is art with a capital-A in its own right, one Danish dude decided that to qualify as art it really should be painted in oil … with his dick. Read more on The Gloss…
Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz’s art performance, Carry That Weight, has topped Vulture’s list of 2014’s best art shows — beating out even Kara Walker’s widely acclaimed A Subtletly. Sulkowicz has been carrying a mattress identical to the one on which she was raped everywhere she goes, by herself or with others, since September to draw attention to Columbia’s negligence of her case. Columbia still hasn’t delivered anything even approaching justice to Sulkowicz, but she’s inspired women on campuses across the country to be vocal and visible in the fight to get universities to handle rape investigations with the respect and thoroughness they deserve. Keep reading »
Despite the fact that I love video games, I don’t really keep up with news about them — I just kind of hear about games, play them, and if I like them, keep playing them. So I didn’t know about the preview of the upcoming Zelda game that aired on the Game Awards on the 5th of this month until yesterday. Forgive me, Frisky readers, but I need to nerd out about this for a second. When my boyfriend showed me the preview, I was sitting on the couch with my jaw on the floor grinning like an idiot for four minutes while we watched the clip, and then afterward I launched into a short lecture on player demand for realism in the Zelda games and the compromises Nintendo is making to have a realistic-feeling game without sacrificing the fantasy-inspired design the series has always embraced. Keep reading »
“Light Is Time,” an art installation that consists of 80,000 watch parts, made its debut at this year’s Milan Design Week in April and was on display (in a slightly scaled down form) at Tokyo’s SPIRAL Gallery last month. I’m crossing my fingers that it will be on view elsewhere soon (cough cough, New York City please?). Japanese watch company Citizen and French architects DGT put the project together “with the belief that technology is meaningless without beauty.” Thousands of watch plates, which serve as the base for the rest of a watch’s parts to be mounted on, suspend and shimmer from the ceiling as visitors walk amongst them.
A release from Citizen further explains the artists’ inspiration:
“From beyond the horizon, the rising sun slowly covers the earth in light, shadows transform into a different shapes, the seasons to transmit colour in nature and the waxing and waning of the Moon changes. When humans noticed these things, we unknowingly created the concept of time.”
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Ever wish your food had a bit more flair? Man, me too. I find myself longing for a home-brewed cup of coffee that’s artfully presented, say topped off with a doodle of a mouse or something.
The CinniBird — “the world’s first and only spice pen” — might be the answer. The pen lets you decorate dishes and drinks with ground materials like cinnamon, paprika, cocoa powder and sugar. Read more on Huffington Post Weird News…