A girl’s hidden treasure

October 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Or, more accurately three girls’ treasures. Three tortured souls, three great artists. What were their favorite objects, their magic talismans? Bett Norris illustrated the (imaginary) most precious possessions of Sylvia Plath:

Sylvia Plath Treasures

Frida Kahlo:

Frida Kahlo Treasures

and Edith Piaf:

Edith Piaf Treasures

Flowers and death being the common denominator…

You can find these treasures on Bett Norris’ Etsy shop

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The usual suspects

October 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Are you familiar with law enforcement composite sketch software? You know, the software the police uses to create portraits of suspects based on eye-witness descriptions? Well, Brian Joseph Davis had the brilliant idea of using such software with literary descriptions of book characters. Some of the most iconic protagonists are there, from Jesus to Humbert Humbert, and from Jane Eyre to Holly Golightly.

Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby

A casting director’s dream, right?

Captain Ahab

Captain Ahab, Moby Dick

Unfortunately The Composites tumblr is closing down (but a book is coming out). Just my luck to discover something fun once it is about to end…

via freeweird

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The disappearing artist act

October 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am ambivalent about this. Is it ironic or moronic? Is it a critique of celebrity image, in this paparazzi infested world? Or is it a strained attempt to be the next meme? Here is the concept and you’ll be the judge:

Photographer Chris Buck had a side project. Once a photo shoot with an artist was completed, he would ask them to hide somewhere inside the frame and then he would take a photograph. The series is appropriately called “Presence“. Cleverly enough he asked witnesses to sign an affidavit affirming the presence of the artist. In the monograph of the series, this signed document is displayed across the photograph itself. An empty photograph and a legal document. What do you think?

Let’s do an experiment. Can you tell which artist hides in which photo? Do you feel their “presence”? (answers on hover).

David Lynch

Nick Cave

Jonathan Franzen

Admittedly, Buck seems interested in the concept of the public image of the celebrity. In another of his series, named ISNT, he explores Alison Jackson-esque scenes with celebrity look-alikes. By the way, if you haven’t already, you should visit Jackson’s faux celebrity blog.

via Vulture

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Those damn pigeons

October 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

I will shit on everything you love

Print by the lovely Etsy shop OliverandLyvia via istanbul loves Athens (Athens loves Istanbul back)

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10 more ways to visualize lyrics

October 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our first post on illustrated lyrics is one of our most popular ones, ever. It seems you share our obsession, hurrah! It is due time, then, to share some more visualizations that struck us as interesting and funny. Some interior design there, too. Again this list contains songs we love for the most part. So, for your viewing pleasure, here come 10 more ways to visualize lyrics:

1. The literal interpretation

adele: set fire to the rain

Set fire to the rain by Adele (source)

2. The eye-chart

3 little birds

3 little birds by Bob Marley (source)

3. The equation

every day is like sunday

Every day is like Sunday by Morrissey (source)

4. The upholstered armchair

perfect day

Perfect day by Lou Reed (source)

5. The stencil

maps

Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (source)

6. The cross-stitch

please please please

Please, please, please let me get what I want by The Smiths (source)

7. The street-sign

stop

Stop! In the name of love by Diana Ross & the Supremes (source)

8. The word-match

mambo no 5

Mambo no 5 by Lou Vega (source)

9. The staircase

hello i love you

Hello, I love you by The Doors (source)

10. The door-sign

push it

Push it by Salt-n-Pepa (source)

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The unexamined life is not worth living

October 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Quotes by some of the most influential philosophers, illustrated by Max Temkin:

Wittgenstein: at the core of all well-founded belief lies belief that is unfounded

Socrates: as for me all I know is that I know nothing

Descartes

via so bad so good

I will not make any more boring art

October 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

A portrait of the godfather of conceptual art, John Baldessari. A brilliant video for its inspiration, editing, graphic design and, of course, for its narration by Tom Waits.

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