Category: Art

ArtLouis Vuitton’s (Wo)Man Made Menagerie

 
Pets in your purse: out. Pets made out of purses, wait…. what?!
 
 
Billie Achilleos, “versatile artist & maker of things” (as stated on her blog), was commissioned by Louis Vuitton to create these adorable little critters out of their designer purses, wallets, and accessories to celebrate the fashion house’s 100 year anniversary. The collection, named Maroquinaris Zoologicae, is set to kick off a world tour this year, so be on the lookout for a flock of purse birds cruising by your window.
 
 
(Images courtesy of Billie Achilleos via Trendland)

ArtSticker Madness: The Obliteration Room

 
 
Nope, it’s not paint. 
They’re stickers.
And this is what the room looked like before:
 
 
Installed for the Queensland Art Gallery, this incredible exhibit, known as The Obliteration Room was created by Japanese artist  Yayoi Kusama for her Look Now, See Forever exhibition that runs through March. Beginning with a completely white room, Kusama invited children (and kids at heart!) to help “decorate” the space with colorful circle stickers for a period of two weeks. 
 
 
 
 
 
Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, this incredible 82-year-old Japanese artist is known world-wide for her conceptual art based largely on themes of repetition, pattern, and accumulation. She also holds the female world record for highest selling price for artwork at 5.1 million dollars.
 
 
As you can see from the pictures above, her artwork is often very tangible and necessarily autobiographical, and the fact that others help to create it is a very interesting note on the nature of art itself. Plus, it just looks like fun. I mean, who doesn’t like stickers?!!

Pics courtesy of the Queensland Art Gallery and Colossal.

ArtDate Stamp Paintings by Federico Pietrella

 
I’m a big fan of people who paint on, about, or with unexpected things. So, naturally, Federico Pietrella‘s date stamp paintings are right up my alley, and I hope you’ll agree!
 

 

 
As you get closer…
 

 
…and closer…
 

 
…you can see that the lines are actually stamped, just like the librarian used to pound into your borrowed copies of Roald Dahl. Incredible!
 

 

 


 
(Images courtesy of Federico Pietrella via Colossal)

ArtMoxy Creative House

 
Behold the awesomeness of minimalism! I wish I could tell you more about Moxy Creative House, but, in the spirit of minimalism (and their site being under construction, to be honest), let’s just ogle their awesome series of posters depicting iconic fashions (Dress the Part), eyewear (Framework), and beverages (Mixed Reviews) from movies and music (Ensemble). Very cool.
 
 

 






 
 



 
 
 



 
 
 


 
Prints are available to purchase here, plus there’s even more to browse just for the fun of it. Also, this interview with James-Alexander Mathers provides a little insight into the “Ensemble” project.
 
(Images courtesy of EveryGuyed & Moxy Creative Project)

 

ArtGuy Laramée’s Book Carvings

 
Silly me, all these years I’ve been reading books!
 



 
Over the past 30 years, Guy Laramée‘s resume has accumulated all of this: stage writing, stage directing, contemporary music writing, musical instrument design and building, singing, video, scenography, sculpture, installation, painting and literature. Dayam. So I guess sculpture + literature = awesome book carvings. Works for me. Though, I do have a particular affinity for book mutilation.
 




 
Though the artist’s statement is all about “the erosion of cultures” and “project(ing) us into this thick Cloud of Unknowing”, I like to think of it more as, “Oh the places you’ll go!” when you crack open a book. But erosion is nice too….
 






 
(Images courtesy of DeMilkedGuy Laramee)