Brooklyn-based artist Elana Adler uses the traditional craft of an embroidery sampler to outline the crude things said to her by street harassers. The series is titled You Are My Duchess, and features small, decorative pieces of needlework (which historically feature bible stories or other imagery) that say some negative, disgusting things. Adler stores each saying in an elaborate frame, and writes in her artist statement:
This series of thirty-two (plus) samplers is intended to be provocative and evoke emotion. It is a contemporary feminist interpretation of women’s work and an objectification of my personal experience. Each captures a moment, giving these words a visual presence, a power, and a state of concreteness. These words were hurled casually and heard quickly but required hours of time-consuming, careful stitching.
The physically delicate, traditionally feminine, form of the piece engages the viewer and confronts him/ her with a sweetness that may mask its crassness and vulgarity.
She goes on to explain that the strength of this series comes in numbers. While you might read one and be amused, the more you read will change your response.
The inherent filth emerges. It is a beautification of an assault. Perhaps in the moment these statements are meant to compliment, but most don’t find vulgar, highly sexualized statements whispered or screamed at them by random strangers complimentary. Rather, they are an invasion of personal space. (Via Got a Girl Crush)
Rainbow Arabia in a couple words: “A small but eminently worthy example could even be found in the mere existence of this rad new band called Rainbow Arabia. Based in Echo Park, they’re the husband-and-wife team of Daniel and Tiffany Preston, whose colorfully tough new dance-floor exotica rocks so hard at least partially because of what we and they have learned about ‘world music.'”
Things to note in the video directed by Jacqueline Castel: the neon colored instruments, guns, fast cuts and zooms, and lastly, the ability to bring Echo Park to just about anywhere in the world! I love it.
Stephen Aldrich carefully cuts woodcut prints, steel engravings, and other printed epehemra from the Victorian Age to create these sardonically surreal new vistas of the era. Yes, Garret, I like this because it’s Victorian!
He will be showing his work at NYC’s Foley Gallery from September 9- October 23.
I’m loving the vintage feel of Maine based painter Suzannah Sinclair’s washed out nudes. It’s odd that someone who lives in one of the coldest parts of America would paint these nostalgic images of young beautiful naked girls frolicking at the beach. Perhaps Sinclair longs for some of the amazing California sunshine that I take for granted 365 days a year.
The graphics-heavy street work of Malark, found primarily in and around London and Barcelona, dominates space with color block characters of quirk. But it’s not Malark’s attractive, sharp-toothed chroma buddies that make this stuff so special. What is so attractive about this artist is that he gets up relentlessly, and on all surfaces- walls, cars, trucks, storefronts; and, benevolently, our brains.
Come Clean is… a tulip scented soap by Wieki Somers. “A juxtaposition of forms which represent the old and new Holland…the traditional image disappears (soap) and the reality appears (porcelain).” Via wiekisomers.com I’m assuming these wouldn’t work as well as wooden clogs and wheels of cheese.
Previously B/D interviewed artist Erik Mark Sandberg recently sent in this beautiful new print! I believe its a cosmic rainbow-vision ghome appearing between two prismachrome portals, that also happened to let in a couple visitors from beyond. Just a guess. Some detail shots below- now hanging in my office!