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Archives for April, 2008

Juxtaposition #4

Hochgekocht, 2008 Sarah Illenberger Vertumnus (portrait of Rudolph II), 1591 Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Nature Gone Wrong

Untitled (labrador), 1995 Stuffed labrador, polyester Merijn Bolink Reader Jan-Maarten kindly directed me to the artwork of Dutch sculptor Merijn Bolink: In Untitled (labrador) from 1995, a stuffed female dog is followed by a bevy of small plastic dogs -at first glance the host of little ones appears to be puppies, but close inspection reveals…

I’m completely infatuated

This week, I’m completely infatuated with the eclectic, macabre vision of young Irish designer Jonathan Anderson. From his fall/winter 07 collection: A contemporary look at Russian surrealism, J.W. Anderson’s autumn/winter 2008 menswear and jewellery collection, The Rattle Bag, delves into the intricate mind of Grigori Rasputin and his relationship with the Romanov family in the…

It looks like the British Museum has a good chance of keeping this medieval brass astrolabe quadrant on public display in the UK. The export license for the device has been delayed until June, giving the BM a chance to raise its 350,000-pound selling price – which should please retrotechnophiles and Chaucerians alike. The astrolabe…

Silvio, 2005 turtle shell, brass hardware, beads, bone, antique vestment trim, leather, glass eyes Jessica Joslin I sat down on the Metro this morning and read a most inauspicious horoscope: “Your interest in things unusual, unexplained, bizarre and at times tasteless is likely to make it difficult for you to find a friend.” Hey! That’s…

Ok, I’m not sure if I should be pleased or not that my friends automatically send me links to stories about octopus courtship. Apparently “marine biologists studying wild octopuses have found a kinky and violent society of jealous murders, gender subterfuge and once-in-a-lifetime sex.” Whoa! Why isn’t this a reality TV show already? Be sure…

Untitled (Everything at once, or one thing at a time?), 2004 oil, paper, and printed matter on board Robert Van Vranken Commissioned by the National Academy of Science This is my favorite artwork at the National Academy of Science – a trompe l’oeil window of reclaimed architectural elements, peering into a scientist’s study. Artist Robert…

Blog to the Future

Yeah, yeah, I know I haven’t been posting much lately. I’ll remedy that shortly. I was hoping Gmail Custom Time would enable me to post some things last week, but it appears Movable Type doesn’t support the feature yet. . . so sad. I knew all along Google had a flux capacitor. How else do…