Leave it to the French to come up with a fresh, creative, avant-garde use for a practical product from one of their most iconic brands: conceptual artist Fabrice Hyber crafted a 330-pound, one-meter cube, titled “1m3 de Beauté” (or “One Cubic Meter of Beauty”) of solid Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in shade 1 Le Rouge. Hyber (who, it’s worth noting, is male) told WWD of his masterpiece, “[Lipstick is] a material that is very supple, especially in a large quantity. The material permanently moves. It is a work that is never finished, which is always evolving. It’s a living oeuvre.” This makes total sense to me, as I know from experience that the buttery Rouge Pur Couture formula tends to make a melty “living oeuvre” out of my stupid face. The sculpture has just gone on show at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Bring a lip brush. [Elle UK]
Dear French Guy Who Buried Himself In A Hole For A Week,
Sometimes life gets really overwhelming, and I want to just, I don’t know, bury myself in a hole with a stack of books and not talk to anyone for a week! Yeah! That’s what I want to do! Do you think that’s crazy? Of course you don’t, because you did exactly that a couple weeks ago, when you descended into a two-foot wide hole dug under a Marseilles bookstore, equipped only with water, freeze-dried food, a headlamp, and some books, and didn’t emerge for seven days. That’s pretty much my life dream. I feel like you and I would have a lot in common. Maybe next time we can share your hole?
That sounds a bit dirtier than I intended, but hey, whatever floats your boat, mon amour.
Sue Austin is a performance and installation artist based in the UK. She has been wheelchair-bound since 1996, and dedicated her artistic work to “finding ways to understand and represent my embodied experience as a wheelchair user.” Most recently this goal has led her to team with scientists and diving experts to create a self-propelled underwater wheelchair. Using fins and a propeller, Austin is able to steer the machine with her feet and navigate a beautiful underwater world that was previously off-limits. Seeing her move through the water with ease and grace is both unexpected and powerful. Check out the video to see for yourself. [YouTube via Smithsonian]
Paris-based artist Olivier Kosta-Théfaine, aka Stak and Olivier Stak, uses only a cigarette lighter to create his ceiling masterpieces. A self-proclaimed suburbanite, he was intrigued by cities while growing up. His work is clearly influenced by street culture and graffiti art yet exhibits the nearly impossible symmetry of more classical art. Some his works are beautiful floral motifs, while others appear to be haphazard scrolls and dots. His art has decorated abandoned buildings as well as gallery ceilings. More photos after the jump. [Dornob via Dude Craft, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine] Keep reading »
Here at The Frisky, we’ve talked wearable towels, Gucci towels and recession-defying $500 towels, but here’s another sort of absorbent fabric type to add to the list: Artware Editions has just introduced their 2009 Artist Towel Series. It features three-ply designs from some pretty big-deal artists like Ed Ruscha, Karen Kilimnick, Raymond Pettibon and Julian Schnabel. (Last year the round-up included Jeff Koons (check it, above) and Elizabeth Peyton.) You should also know that these are massive towels. Seriously, you could throw one of these bad boys down on the sand and fit at least two healthy-sized adults on there. And while drying off doesn’t come cheap (they run $95 each), I guess they’re a bit more accessible than say, buying a Koons sculpture at auction prices. [Artware Editions] Keep reading »
In the past few years, Bravo has produced a mixed bag of reality content, gaining credibility with shows like “Project Runway” and “Top Chef” that actually succeeded in mass marketing two cultural categories. But then came the wave of housewives, Kathy Griffins, and NYC prep school kids, that took the channel to a lowbrow level — albeit it, one that we love. Bravo may now be looking to class things up again, by working with the ultimate in highbrow—the art world. The network is casting for a reality game show for artists, and is tapping major sources like the Art Institute of Chicago and reputable Manhattan galleries for promising students. Keep reading »
Artist Mary Yeager has created a line of “Female Merit Badges” which resemble Girl Scout Merit Badges, but represent female rites of passage like childbirth, inserting a tampon, breast exams, and birth control pills. While you can’t order the individual patches to sew onto your awesome Army jacket (What? You don’t have one?), you can order a full color poster which features 28 of the patches. [MaryYeager.com] Keep reading »
Finally someone has found a use for all that nasty and annoying spam that litters your inbox. Artist Janet Nelson takes some of the naughtiest headlines and shows how open to interpretation they can be when associated with innocent drawings in her collection, aptly titled “Innocent Spam”. You can find out the prices by contacting Nelson directly, if you want to decorate that blank wall behind your desk. [JanetNelson.net via Boinkology] Keep reading »
The Gap has joined forces with the venerable Whitney Museum to design a line of t-shirts celebrating the Whitney Biennial. The t-shirt above is not from that collection — it’s from Uniqlo, a Japanese chain that’s similar to The Gap. See, the Gap t-shirts are retailing for $28, but Uniqlo’s line of T’s with influential artists is only $15.50 and, we think, so much cuter. [Uniqlo.com] Keep reading »