I don’t normally go in for crafty stuff, or faux-vintage design, or, um, purses, but I have to say I am really digging these embroidered purses from Olympia Le-Tan. They may appear to be books, but as style.com reports “The ‘books’ in question are actually rectangular box clutches that feature hand-knit copies of the covers of some favorite reads.” These make me wish I carried a purse, err, “rectangular box clutch.” Maybe she can make some laptop bags or something? Or some actual book covers? Come on Penguin, commission this woman!
Korean-born Min Kim will be exhibiting new works at ATM gallery this month. Her sparkling, innocent collage and pen and ink images remind me of lost children’s book illustrations. If you are in New York, her opening is on November 12th, from 6-8pm.
Speaking of “festering goodness/grossness”, check out these music videos directed by artist, pervy collage-ist, animator and I guess sort of a Japanese equivalent of Paper Rad, Sekitani Norihiro. They’ll be sure to accompany you into seizures induced by metal death, mashed sound bits and flailing bloody organs. Also be sure to get a good look at the artwork on Sekitani’s site (which is hosted on Geocities, RIP Geocities free hosting!).
Roberto Calbucci, an Italian en route to Toyko, is a graphic designer and artist. His website/blog is dedicated to his drawings, as he explains:I have been working as an artist (painter) and graphic designer for many years. and until recently I never started a website to show my work. Now I have decided to start displaying some drawings online…so I started a blog, where I don’t post my paintings or my (concrete) graphic design work (cds, packaging, magazine work, advertising, logos, etc./business)…BUT ONLY MY EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING AS RESEARCH OF THOUGHTS…”
While this video could be mistaken for an orgy of Beautiful/Decay shirts, it’s actually awesomely thought up by James Sutton, 22 year old photographer. His work is beautifully colorful and ghetto-fabulous without being overly so. In his world, everything has a smooth finish and a sense of style. Jam is “inspired by pop culture, art & music, his work is a collision of colour and culture with a subtle hint of his love for surrealism.”
These amazing works of art are quite more than they seem. Cute, yes. Clever, obviously. But can you tell that they are acrylic on canvas? Us either. Andy Awesome, who is awesome indeed, creates these quite adorable circular renditions of popular culture reference for the pleasure of the public (and probably himself). The series goes on forever, find more at his website!
I can not help but find myself indescribably drawn to taxidermy in all shape and forms, especially unconventional artwork as with the case of Les Deux Garcons. They seem to have a surrealist, Gothic freak-show aesthetic all combined into one. There’s something horrific about manipulating the animals’ lifeless, frozen forms into eternal works of art against their will…it reminds of the scene in Chronicle of Narnia where you walk through the White Witch’s front yard, and poor Mr. Tumnus and all the other forest animals have been turned to stone sculptures in various states of fear and despair by her ghastly spell.