Thursday, March 31, 2011

100 Million Sunflower Seeds

"China's 1st global art star"
"Beijing's Andy Warhol"

Ai WeiWei is a Chinese artist with an opinion. Known for publicly criticizing the Chinese government Ai WeiWei's outspokenness has been met with considerable backlash, including an incident that landed him in the hospital for brain injury after a scuffle with police.

His latest exhibition, Sunflower Seeds, was installed at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall in October of 2010. 100 million individually hand painted porcelain sunflower seeds cover the floor of the exhibition hall.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sarah Kay's Beautiful Stories

"If you make me laugh hard enough, something I forget what century I'm in."

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tim Hawkinson

This artist I'm about to highlight might be completely out of his mind, but his work oozes with creativity. I've recently decided installation art should be huge and eye-catching. When I walk into an installation art gallery I want the experience to hit me in the face. I'd prefer not to weed through nonsense to find subtle far as installation goes. I love this. His stuff hits the spot.

Here's Tim Hawkinson...crazy man extraordinaire.

He even wrote the music for the Uberorgan. Here the black dashes and dots are electronically read and turned into sound.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

While I'm sure a bunch of people have seen Randy Pausch's "last lecture" I figured it was worth posting...makes me smile.  His fearless demeanor is inspiring.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tomatoes, Hot Springs, and Jellyfish

Today I'm sharing part of  my "things to do before I die" list. Although I obsessively journal and make lists I've really avoided writing this one down.  It's constantly in flux so to spare unnecessary stress and a sizeable tree stump worth of journal paper I like to keep it in my head. In no particular order...

La Tomatina!! I can't gush enough about this. Enough tomato goop to flow and coat the streets.  This just looks like ecstasy

As longstanding a desire and Number 1 here's Number 2 (still in no particular order) I want to bathe in Iceland's geothermal hot springs. As a child I had a t-shirt with the map of Iceland on it and my mind has romanticized the place ever since.

I'm a pretty conservative eater. Anything not appealing to my texture sensitivity usually gets a glare and a place push no matter how redeeming its other delicious qualities might be. BUT I've always wanted to try Jellyfish. I want to try it in every traditional form in which it's served. Bring it on jellyfish.

Much like the rest of my life I have the experience built up in my head so I'm waiting for the "perfect jellyfish moment" to indulge.

Friday, March 18, 2011

JR: Street Artist

This guy's work is amazing. He's a street artist, a socially unifying force, and an inspiration. Watch his ted talk! It's a bit long, but it's worth even just skipping around.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Crumb: The Documentary

Most bizarre, capturing, and sexually deviant documentary I've ever seen. Stick through the low res. I swear you won't regret it...or maybe you will. :) This is just a short segment of the documentary.

-Maxon Crumb

The Crumb brothers are a few extremely talented yet subversive artists.

Robert Crumb- The most famous of the three is the creator of the Keep on Truckin' comics and Fritz the Cat. His sexually deviancy...fetishizing women's lower half and a childhood attraction to Bugs Bunny.

Maxon Crumb- I believe the most talented of the three, Maxon spent his early years painting and molesting women. With maturity he's dropped the habit and has turned to repeatedly swallowing and passing long pieces of string living as an ascetic in San Fran.

Charles Crumb- Charles is the oldest brother credited with inspiring his two younger brothers to begin drawing. A life long obsession with the little boy in Treasure Island motivated much of his early work.