Paper Art – A Prosaic Object Transformed

Danish artist Peter Callesen is currently working almost exclusively with single A4 sheets of paper. The beautiful artifacts he creates are even more stunning because of the everyday nature of the medium he works in.

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Stop Motion Art – At Last!

It seemed to me that every couple of weeks during 2009 someone would ask, “Hey… did you see that amazing stop motion thing?”

“What thing?”

“That ad… you know”

And my heart would feel a twinge of nostalgia and then sink sadly.

Ever since the epic skeleton fight from Jason and the Argonauts I have loved stop motion. For the uninitiated, here’s Continue reading

Lego Art

I came across a fantastic series of photos at the NY Times blog page today.

Christoph Niemann, whose illustrations have appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration to name but a few has recently moved to Berlin with his wife and three sons. Gazing at their scattered lego blocks one night he created a series of Continue reading

The Weekly Revisit

This is just a quick update on a few of our posts from the last week.

Follow up #1: Will a new “American Dream” emerge from the current recession?

First of all, in recession news, the New York Times yesterday carried another story of large amounts of people applying for Continue reading

Art News: From Populist Art Hero to Plagiarising Hypocrite

You're a fucking thief

You're a fucking thief

When guerilla street artist Shepard Fairey produced the Obama Hope poster in 2008 it confirmed him in the eyes of the art world as a great new talent. The New Yorker art critic, Peter Schjeldahl called the poster, “the most efficacious American political illustration since “Uncle Sam Wants You”.

The poster hooked into the growing wave of “Obamania” sweeping across the US and Fairey distributed 300,000 stickers and 500,000 posters during the US election campaign and, as a consequence, saw his poster and fine art sales go through the roof. As a final seal of approval he received a personal letter from Barack Obama endorsing his art… Continue reading

The World’s Got Talent™

Like some nightmare cross between Victorian freak shows and old fashioned vaudeville theatre, the Got Talent television franchise continues its steady march across the airwaves of the world. Argentina, Finland, Croatia, South Africa. . .  the number of countries that have leapt aboard this entertainment juggernaut is now over 20 with new franchises, or straight copies of the format, being developed in a dozen more.

So what is it about this type of show that so appeals to modern audiences?

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