My mom is an artist — a painter, specifically, though she works with other mediums — and a talented one at that, so whenever I encounter a news story about some artist who is doing seemingly “controversial” or weird conceptual art that I, frankly, think is pretentious bullshit, I like to check in with her for her opinion. Which is what I did this morning, when I saw this article in the Daily Mail about an artist named Millie Brown, who swallows colorfully dyed soy milk and then vomits it onto canvas. You may recognize Brown from her appearance in a Lady Gaga music video, in which she vomits all over the singer’s dress. EDGY! But what does it all mean?
“It’s very much about timing, I find the whole process fascinating and the long meditative fast can be very inspiring. I often set out with an idea of what I’d like to create but I enjoy the uncontrollable element of my work and just go with it. … I feel my work is an expression of raw human nature, that pushes boundaries mentally and physically to create work that has true beauty.”
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Any “Girls” fan worth her battery-operated boyfriend knows that Jemima Kirke, who plays Jessa, is first-and-foremost an artist. In this new short film presented by the Tate galleries and Le Méridien hotels, Jemima takes us back through Western civilization’s long history of ignoring female artists. (Obviously such a conversation could not exist without the feminist activist group The Guerrilla Girls, who are front and center in the short film!) “There were always women who were artists, but men who wrote the history books,” says Jemima. “And somehow, they forgot to mention them.” I do recommend you watch — it’s a must see for any feminist or art history buff. [Unlock Art]
God bless the Swedes and their sensible, sex positive outlook! A middle school principal in Nykoping, Sweden has thrown his support behind a mural inside the school depicting a modern art-style vagina.
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Update: A publicist for Dasha Zhukova has sent a statement which you can find after the jump.
If you thought that Sarah Palin telling President Obama on her Facebook page to stop “playing the race card” was the most tone-deaf and ignorant thing to happen on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you are actually wrong. That prize goes to the Russian blog Buro 24/7, which published a photo of socialite/billionaire’s girlfriend Dasha Zhukova sitting on a chair made to look like a Black woman. Keep reading »
Artist Karen Graw created these “real life” versions of Disney characters by turning their cartoon faces into realistic photo illustrations, inadvertently proving that the vast majority of Disney princesses look exactly the same. Still, her renderings are pretty impressive. Can you guess who’s who? Check your answers after the jump! [Laughing Squid] Keep reading »
We already know Photoshop can be used as a makeup applicator, leg-lengthener, and rib-remover, but here’s a use for it that’s much more interesting: virtual time machine. In a series titled, “Imagine Finding Me,” photographer Chino Otsuka masterfully Photoshopped her adult self into photos from her childhood, creating double self-portraits that are both haunting and mesmerizing. “I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged,” says Otsuka, “and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” Check out a few more of her time machine photos after the jump! [Ago] Keep reading »