Tuesday, April 29, 2008

on the inside

Dream Anatomy is an online exhibit from the U.S. Library of Medicine. It features some interesting history and information about the development of Anatomy and Anatomical drawing throughout the ages. It is really amazing that most of what we know about the workings of the human body have become known only in the last few hundred years, when humans have been on the earth far longer than that.

If you follow the link to the Gallery section, you will see many images from the other sections of the website; click on them and some will open into extremely large files, which are great for study, and to really understand the difference in rendering and printing techniques used.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Found on FFFFOUND!

Hop on over to FFFFOUND and you'll soon realize that every clever, beautiful, amazing image that you were going to create already been done. It's an amazing site that will keep you engrossed for hours if you let it. The site is a never ending expanse of interesting images pulled from art, advertising, photography, design,science...and damn near everywhere else.
A warning though, if I may, your head will probably explode.

Monday, April 21, 2008

there in spirit

The late part of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th saw the fervent, some would say faddish, rise of Spiritualism. Out of that movement, some truly wonderful photography was born, with a definite artistry, and a type of mystery and off-kilter sensibility that modern "spiritual" images often lack.

These images and more can be found in the book "The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult", which can be previewed here.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

of fog and bicycles

Louise Robinson creates illustrative works of a quiet, desolate, archaic tone. Anthropomorphic girls, animals on bicycles, and repeated figures lurk out of backgrounds of neutral shades and stained paper.

Her technique is a mix of digital collage, painting, and heaven only knows what else, the images are rich and seamless, with a striking sense of color and just the right amount of restraint.

She sells her prints in her Etsy store, so be sure to stop in; if you're in the market for some unique, unusual, and haunting wall decor, you have stepped into the right place.

And hey, her first name is my middle name, so maybe I'm biased, but I really love the aesthetic she presents. Louises of the world, unite.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

a tale of two rabbits

It just so happens that Chris and I are both participating in an upcoming custom vinyl show featuring artists' takes on Frank Kozik's Smorkin' Labbit (see Figure 1 below):

Chris overhauled his into a new species of jaunty and amazingly cute ungulate...

...which is clearly herbivorous, spending its days quietly stalking low-lying plants.

Mine ended up like something excavated from the attic of a centuries-old home...

...complete with bendable wire ears, rotting frills, and a little cart that rolls when you pull it.

The show is at Rivet Gallery in Columbus, Ohio - I think we'll both be at the opening on the night of May 3, so if you're in the area, be sure to stop and say hello.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bits and Pieces

Kris Kuksi creates dark, macabre, purgatorial miniature landscapes that are littered with, what seems like, an endless number of figures of varying size. Besides being amazingly constructed and paintstakingly detailed, his assemblage sculptures are ingenious in their usage of everything from bones to star wars figures(if you look hard enough).