A slushy mix of art and non-art that I use as references for my own art.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tom Friedman

Works with ridiculously mundane material to create miniature spectacles and impossabilities. I have no idea why it is so hard to find good images of his work online; but his book is wonderful.

Here is a sculpture of punched out holes.

A self-portrait carved into a single asprin.

And pubic hair quaintly arranged onto a bar of soap.

All images via Design Boom.

Walter Niedermayr

I just love the way that he contrasts the human figures in bright ski clothing to the starkly white snow.

They are so distant they almost look like drawings instead of photographs.

More information via White Cube.

Sausage Book Binding

Swiss-German artist Dieter Roth :

"Each book was made using traditional sausage recipes, but replacing the sausage meat with a book or magazine. The cover of the edition was then pasted onto the skin of the sausage and signed and dated." [wikipedia.]

Monday, April 6, 2009

Mc Donalds Chicken Nuggets CT Scan


Via the New York Times here.

Artificial bacteria?

This is something that is a bit too complex for me to technically wrap my head around it, but the concept is really intreguing.

Autoinducer_Ph-1 (cross cultural chemistry) exploits a traditional rice cultivation technique from SE Asia where Azolla is grown in large quantities and used as an organic, nitrogen rich fertilizer in the rice paddies. In the installation this process is reworked in an overly complexified, industrial, laboratory style way as a reflection on western agricultural techniques, our modern relationships with nature and the networked, machinic nature of ecologies.


I wish I could find more information on this person...like a name...nothing is given but fotopia. There's my credit. They're pretty gimmicky but this sort of gimmick totally works on me, they look insane. Link here.




Sunday, April 5, 2009

Nicolai Howalt's Car Crash Studies




I wish there were more of these images of the facade of the car. The series mostly consists of internal studies as opposed to external. I adore the violent glamour of the impailed outside, however. Website here.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Slowing down light?

I have no idea how this would work, but it is fascinating.

This new research could be a major breakthrough in the quest to create super-fast computers that use light instead of electrons to process information. Professor Lene Hau is one of the world's foremost authorities on "slow light". Her research group became famous for slowing down light, which normally travels at 186,000 miles per second, to less than the speed of a bicycle.

See more here.

Ryan Pfulger

I'm not very into this photographer but I really feel that this is a fantastic image.

"Bagged Lunch"