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Current art project

February 13, 2009
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This project is escalating into a bit of an obsession. It’s actually scaring some of my friends. But I think it’s a big idea so I decided to share.

I loved spin art birthday parties when I was a kid. I couldn’t get enough of that. So, when I saw Damien Hirst’s spin art paintings I kind of fell in love all over again. I can’t afford his work, by any means. So I decided to tap into my childhood and create my own.

This weekend will be my third attempt and I think I finally nailed it. See plan below (illustrations by Rob, thanks for the help dude). I anticipate magic.

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How (and where) to shop online, part 1

January 28, 2009
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20×200 (Art)

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I love this site. Love. They sell original art, curated by Jen Beckman who owns a great gallery on the Lower East Side. Each piece comes in three sizes at three price points. The smallest size is printed in batches of 200 (hence the name) and run $20 a pop. The largest size is an original and can go for $2,000. They introduce two new pieces a month and each comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by the artist. I just ordered this guy:

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Craigslist (Furniture)

I know this is not rocket science, and it’s not new. But it is my favorite place to find mid-century pieces. It is the best scavenger hunt. Try these search terms “mid century” “vintage modern” “danish” “danish modern” “french deco.” Here are some finds from just today:

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Etsy (Home decor, art, furniture, accessories)

Etsy can be a joy. It can also be scary Christmas sweaters. That is what happens when everything is handmade and anyone can set up their own store. But if you know your style or which sellers are good it’s a great place to find art, decor, furniture and handbags. My favorite sellers for the home are Spruce Home and Highstreet Market; for art, luludee and JennSki; for accessories Valhalla Brooklyn. Here are some of my favorite pieces:

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Hermes Smart car looks delightful

November 23, 2008
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For Smart Car’s tenth birthday Hermes designed a beautiful special edition series. The regular Smarts retails for around $12,000, but this one will go for about $48,000.

For my tenth birthday I think I received a copy of Little Women and a slice of cake.


More than a gift card

November 13, 2008
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One of Target’s gift cards is a digital camera. I’ll put that on my list please.


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Spelling change

October 14, 2008
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If you love Obama, head over to spellingchange.com. There you can show your support by creating t-shirts, bumper stickers, postcards, banner ads and posters using letters of the alphabet specially-designed by designers, photographers, and artists. Each artist reinterpreted one letter of the alphabet to reflect what Obama’s candidacy means to them.


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Library of dust

October 13, 2008
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David Maisel’s book, The Library of Dust, documents one of the most hauntingly beautiful photo projects I have seen lately. The canisters in this series house remains of the patients who died within the walls of the Oregon Insane Asylum. Unclaimed by family or friends, their bodies were cremated. The remains sat untouched, sealed inside copper canisters since the nineteenth century.

The chemical reactions and corrosion that occurred over time produced the unexpected and vibrant colors. It’s strange how beauty surfaces in the most unexpected places.

Read more about the project here.


Artists create mural from of thousands of images on the Web

October 3, 2008
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LA-based collaborative artists, Simmons & Burke, created this awesome mural from thousands of images curated through Flickr, Google Images, Photobucket and more. It’s a pretty brialliant reinterpretation of the collage. You can go see it at Kim’s Light/Lightbox gallery on La Cienega through Novemeber first.

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Artists look differently

October 2, 2008
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Psychological studies show that artists actually look at the world differently than non-artists. These pictures represent the eye motions of  of one trained artists and one average joe when looking at a photograph.

The human brain is loaded with cognitive biases, distortion in the way we perceive reality. Anchoring, aka focalism, is the common human tendency to rely too heavily on key traits, objects or pieces of information. This is why we usually exaggerate key features of the face, like the eyes or mouth. Or focus too heavily on objects in the foreground and gloss over the background. Artists are trained to see the whole picture, and draw the world as it truly appears. Artists see more honestly.

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