After moving to Philadelphia from Fort Collins, Colorado, artist Hannah Price started experiencing street harassment for the first time, and she came up with a novel way to respond to it: she turned her camera on the men who catcalled her. In a fascinating interview with The Morning News, Price describes how she takes the portraits: “Once a guy catcalls me, depending on the situation, I would either candidly take their photograph or walk up to them and ask if I can take their photograph. They usually agree and we talk about our lives as I make their portrait.” Keep reading »
If you’re a twenty- or thirty-something, “start an art collection” probably ranks somewhere between “buy a French winery” and “become a Bond villain” on your list of cool-but-unrealistic life goals. But guess what? Contrary to popular belief, buying a beautiful piece of art is not a luxury relegated to the super-rich. It’s actually totally doable, no matter your budget or level of knowledge. I recruited Jessica Breedlove Latham and Lindsay Jordan Kretchun, co-founders of Portland’s Duplex gallery and design collective, to clear up some of the common misconceptions about buying art. After reading their thoughts on the subject, I went to a fine arts fair over the weekend and snapped up two beautiful prints and a small painting from local artists. My grand total was $70, and I guarantee you I will treasure these pieces for much, much longer than a similarly priced dress or pair of shoes. Read on to get inspired… Keep reading »
Godohelp on DeviantArt has reimagined a number of Disney princesses if they were wearing neatly tailored versions of their male counterparts’ most iconic costumes. I’ve never seen so many pants on so many Disney princesses. Read more at The Mary Sue…
You can color them, you can pluck them, or you can let them grow wild atop your head like Gloria Steinem. But artist Jessica Lagunas had different ideas for her grey hair: she plucked each strand and saved them up each year and used the hairs to embroider her age on black canvas. Beginning at age 33, Lagunas began an annual tradition of embroidering her age with the grey hairs atop her head — she calls it an “ongoing life project.” Other cool artworks by Lagunas about the concept of femininity include a video where she continually paints her nails with red nail polish for two hours and another where she continually applies red lipstick for an hour. Very cool. [Jessica Lagunas]
They say those that cannot paint, write. Well, not actually. But as someone with absolutely zero artistic talent, I’m in awe of this monkey’s prize-winning artwork. Brent, a chimpanzee who lives at Chimp Haven in Louisiana, was awarded a $10,000 prize for his painting. Thirty-seven-year-old Brent is a retired lab monkey, who now lives at the rescue center. Brent’s winnings will go toward supporting Chimp Haven’s work.
And if you’re curious just how you get a chimp to paint, the answer is: very carefully. The canvases were held outside of each monkey’s enclosure while it went to town with tempera paint. “If we handed the canvas to them where it was on the inside, they might not want to hand it back,” said Chimp Haven prez Cathy Willis Spraetz. “They might throw it around and step on it.” (Me too, Brent, me too.) [Neatorama]
If you’re unfamiliar with her, the fearsome Hindu goddess Kali is known as the great destroyer and creator. She’s often depicted on a cremation ground holding a scimitar and decapitated heads. Her powerful image inspired South African artist Reshma Chhiba to turn a former women’s prison used to hold anti-apartheid activists into a giant vagina complete with a clit, pubic hair and disembodied screams. Keep reading »
Artist Sophia Wallace’s interest in the disconnect between women’s bodies being sexualized and the lack of pleasure many of them are experiencing led her to create a “Cliteracy” installation about the “true female sexual organ” and it’s virtual invisibility.
“It is a curious dilemma to observe the paradox that on the one hand the female body is the primary metaphor for sexuality, its use saturates advertising, art and the mainstream erotic imaginary. Yet, the clitoris, the true female sexual organ, is virtually invisible,”she told Creem Magazine. Keep reading »
One man’s trash is another man’s … trash. But trash that’s actually art, too. London street artist Francisco de Pajaro uses tossed out refuse as his medium, making cheeky and sometimes thoughtful sculptures from discarded garbage bags. “Rubbish is the only legal place you can make art on the street,” said de Pajaro of his work. “With the street art I’m trying to do things which haven’t be done before, I started working on the street with a clear conscience, like a virgin. You start with a purity and your mind changes as you go further into it, because the streets are very tough.”
The sculptures are fleeting, lasting only as long as the trash sits on the sidewalk, uncollected. “We consume a lot, and rubbish is part of that, it’s people wasting things,” said de Pajaro. “There’s a romantic aspect, somebody’s given it up, they don’t want it, because one little bit is broken, because they don’t want to fix it, that’s the Capitalist mindset, so I give it life, so there’s a sensitive and romantic side to the work. It’s not all about monsters and nightmares in the work. Even when I’m making monsters, I’m taking things and bringing them back to life, giving them meaning.”
Click through to check out another few trash monster pieces. [Societe Perrier] Keep reading »