Monday, January 25, 2010

damien in the bin.

starting with this: michael landy is a british artist who likes to make art out of trash. the picture above depicts "christmas tree", 1997, at the tate. with that said, his latest venture is the art bin, into which he has invited other artists to throw their art. damien hirst is one of these, along with tracey emin, julian opie, and gary hume. i love love love the irony. it's no secret that some (usually art-illiterate) folks don't care at all for a lot of contemporary art -- it's not art! my kindergartener could do that! -- you've heard it. you've maybe thought the same, or said. regardless, it's a great play on that concept. and the bin is enormous! over the span of the exhibit, starting january 29 and running through march 10, artists' works will be trashed in the bin, and as the exhibition's page states, "Art Bin will gradually fill up over the six week course of the exhibition to create ’a monument to creative failure’." fantastic!

worth noting, just for humor's sake, in 2001: damien in the bin.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

i'm a photographer, not a terrorist.

flickr gallery of photos from the protest at trafalgar square where a bunch of photographers and more showed up yesterday to protest the attack on photographers as potential terrorists: here. kind of wish i could have been there for that.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


i found a copy of cb2's (crate & barrel, you guys are geniuses!) catalog in my mailbox, courtesy of my thoughtful grandmother and mother, who realized that pretty much everything in there is practically must-have material. i suppose i could narrow it down, but seriously... after looking through nothing but urban outfitters catalogs and the ikea website (and a lot of target lately) while decorating my humble apartment -- not to count out of the thrift shops, which have proven MOST beneficial! -- this was a breath of fresh air! there are two chicago locations, and it seems now that the next time i'm in the city, i will be at a cb2 store at some point during my stay. it's necessary.

cb2 affordable in a good-design sense of the term. you can't really have quality AND good design for pennies... that's always kind of where ikea and target and such fall short. their brand is built on affordability with style, but the cheapness of the material and the whole diy assembly is kind of exhausting after a while. i sure don't need another particle-board shelf. nope. the very thought makes me feel as though my whole house will come crashing down if my books get too heavy.

therefore, though i have no purchased anything yet, i can maybe say preemptively that i indeed love cb2. :) i shall provide a further review once i actually find something to own. haha.

Saturday, January 2, 2010