Wednesday, March 30, 2011

While listening to songs from Carole King's Tapestry, I slid into one of my habitual roundabout internet surfing sessions, when one curiosity leads to another, and another, then another. From CK's Tapestry I started researching woven tapestries, first stop Wikipedia. Found a couple of interesting ones, of a tapestry (Chuck Close) and tapestry as painting subject,

but then decided I'd get more out of a museum website, so I hopped over to the website of the American Folk Art Museum, which, I'm embarrassed to say, I've never been to. This is sad, given the fact that I've been conveniently volunteering right next door at MoMA for years now. Anyway, before I got any further with tapestry research, I was distracted by the art of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and his aptly named exhibit: “Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: ‘Freelance Artist—Poet and Sculptor—Inovator—Arrow maker and Plant man—Bone artifacts constructor—Photographer and Architect—Philosopher’”.

This exhibit name attempts to express, or reign in, the magnitude of his weirdly inventive and exhaustively productive life as a self-taught artist. The few images I've pulled jump from his wife acting as pinup, her tapestry-like dress almost blending into the wallpaper behind her, the architectural sculpture made of painted and glued chicken bones and the clean minimal drawings, rendered with a ballpoint pen. I was so intrigued I had to find out more, via Roberta Smith's glittering review.

All this to say, I made one last internet leap to report this all right here along with the announcement that I will be paying my first visit to the American Folk Art Museum, imminently, where I'll learn about tapestries and let Eugene inspire me.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Christoph Niemann for The New Yorker

I was so touched by the new cover of The New Yorker, illustrated by Christoph Niemann. It has such a solemn grace, a poignant visualization of the catastrophe in Japan but also a nod to the signature qualities of Japanese art.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Rain

Despite the fact that there was fresh snow on the ground this morning in Brooklyn, it's officially spring. Seeing rain and snow fall on fresh sprouting crocuses and daffodils is a bit frustrating, but I'm happy to see that plants are starting to bloom and that this spring rain will give way to a new season.

Paintings from David Hockney's Weather Series.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wedding Flowers

I have this fantasy of making huge paper flowers for the table centerpieces at my wedding this fall. This is exactly what they would look like, and the stamen would be gold.

Photograph by 唯以 / 以 via Flickr

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I came across this photograph of Anna Pavlova in the LIFE magazine archive on Google, on the same day that I read about this Rodarte costume exhibit. The costumes designed by the Mulleavy sisters for Black Swan appear to be strongly inspired by the costume above. I'm always mesmerized by ballet costumes, they're so mysterious and dreamlike, their other worldly qualities succeed in transporting the viewer from reality into an alternate time and space.

Monday, March 7, 2011


EF - Live The Language - Paris from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo.

This video makes me miss Paris so much, and gives me nostalgia for my study abroad days. I thought it was just this fun (polished) personal project that some people worked on, but it's actually a super pro commercial for EF International Language Centers What a fun video and great typography. Directed by Gustav Johansson, type by Albin Holmqvist.

via Wanken