so i finally checked out Spike Jonze’s blog, we love you so. its sort of a influences database concerning Where the Wild Things Are (much excitement). its a pretty lovely collection of thoughts and references. Spike mentions a new kid’s book by Dallas Clayton, self-written/illustrated/and published wow wow. it makes me feel guilty about growing up. above is an image from the book, “An Awesome Book“…peruse the whole thing online heere.
also enjoying the blog missed connections. Sophie Blackall illustrates craigslist missed connection posts as one would a romantic fairy tale. of course she chooses proper interesting posts, not those “we made eye contact at the library. if you think this is you, tell me what i was wearing.”
everyone makes eye contact no one remembers what you were wearing.
this is definitely the most interesting meme referenced art ive seen in a while. and it reminds me of Cardon Webb’s flier redesign project Cardon Copy…
img “borrowed” from The Daily What
he’s like a graphic design robin hood. he finds dismissable, generic fliers selling things, wanting things, lost cat etc, and replaces them with his own work.
i dunno, i just think its interesting to see artists responding to our current culture. missed connections and homemade fliers are all about getting the attention of other people; about selling yourself and your idea. Blackall has found the stand-out posts on missed connections and turned them into illustrated sonnets, into sentimental and intimate scenes worthy of a reply. Webb, meanwhile, reimagines dull, hastily created tear-offs as visually exciting, attention-getting posters.
both artists are reimagining the half-assed dreams of others, rendering them more sincere and complete.
i like it.
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so i dont know when it started exactly, or even why im so enamored, but i am kind of obsessed with child beauty pageant culture.
not in that, i wish i had been part of it, or in that my children WILL be part of it, and not in that im completely reviled and disgusted…
all the facets of debate just fascinate me; the awful parents and spoiled children, the supportive parents and good family units, the OUTFITS, the posing, the grooming, the sexuality, the bribery, the mental damage and abuse, the psychosis of all involved.
and then yeah, these girls end up looking like dolls, like mark ryden paintings and perfect lolita nymphs. they look beautiful and perfect, and plastic, discordant and terrifying all at once.
im just blown away. im left with no opinions on the matter just sick curiosity.
this interest culminated two years ago at halloween. i went as jonbenet ramsey, complete with strangulation marks and nightie (she was found in a barbie nightie)….tasteless yes i know. the next day i went to the hospital with a scratched cornea from wearing false lashes, so karma dealt swift retribution.
but everyone else seems to approach this subject with the same sort of morbid interest. many artists view these girls as victims of lost innocence and document them as such…
of course jonbenet is the ultimate beauty queen victim, paraded on stage dressed as a sex object and then molested and murdered at the age of six. she died as she lived and no wonder her parents were under so much speculation…this brings me to Miss Landmine, a project based in Angola and Cambodia. with the tagline, “Everyone has the right to be beautiful“, the project includes among its goals:
* Female pride and empowerment.
* Disabled pride and empowerment.
* Global and local landmine awareness and information.
* Question established concepts of physical perfection.
* Replace the passive term ‘Victim’ with the active term ‘Survivor‘
obviously Miss Landmine has a serious political agenda and intends to destroy typical stereotypes of beauty. but its such an interesting twist on the idea of pageant victims. if one overlooks the organization’s intention, or maybe stumbled upon a photo out of context, one may assume it was in fact commentary or a spoof on the pageant debate.
Honey in the Sunshine
Gretchen Ryan is a painter whose subjects are mainly beauty queens. most of the girls strike a coquettish pose, or are painted into fairy tale backgrounds, the above painting appears to be Ryan’s most outspoken piece. Honey takes a pose reminiscent of Marylin Monroe and at first one doesn’t notice her missing teeth. were they violently knocked out or did she lose them naturally? both ideas make honey out to be a victim: of violence or projected sexuality.
Girls in a Peril
Susan Anderson’s collected portrait series “High Glitz” was shot on location at many different pagents. the series captures the bizarre quality of this microcosmic culture while at the same time pays tribute to the grandiose perfection that pageantry entails. look how glossy and perfect and plastic these girls are…
god i LOVE this puppy one, but i cant find a good picture of it
bonus!: vintage children’s pageant
double bonus!: before pedophiles existed
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so some things….first off…it smells like fall. and its starting to feel like fall and yesterday i broke out my jean jacket and all my sweaters and fall dresses and things and OH its exciting to mix it up and switch it around and wear something besides next to nothing in these groggy summer days.
and boots, i get to bring out the boots and so segway into
LOOK at these…
straight up HAND MADE by emma greenwood of emerge… rainbow stitching on white leather?! embroidered spats?!
are you kidding me…i want them.
pointy elf toes and all
and now, no real way to segway into…
JOHN WAYNE GACY
im reading the pyrotechnic insanitarium by Mark Dery, concerning “American Culture on the Brink”…of what? one can’t be sure…disaster, im assuming, but im not at the end of the book yet…
anyway theres a whole chapter about killer clowns…it discusses the clown as an indestructible, otherwordly character (think pratfall comedy) that we have collectively as a culture associated with sinister intentions and secret vices. its the fake face that does it really, that and the incessent desire to cajole…
img by jj pollard
in the chapter, Phil Snyder, the author of the essay “Exorcising Shameful Visions” recalls a childhood encounter with clowns…
“Somehow, I knew that something was wrong. Why the pasty makeup?…They tried so hard to make us laugh that they made me nervous. I was uncomfortable in their presence because I knew they were really just people in disguise. When you realize that this grotesque creature is another person in makeup, the clown act loses its humor and becomes intimidating”
…i remember being little and feeling that way about people in those big character costumes, like mickey in disney land or people in easter bunny costumes…UGH and the worst was when people would be all in furry costume except for their hands, and then theyd wear those cheapo, white cotton/nylon santa gloves, uuugggh and thatd just make their bodies look even MORE out of proportion to that giant head theyd be wearing on top.
anyway these are all paintings of john wayne gacy’s. yes that john wayne himself in a glass coffin via snow white surrounded by dwarves. also did you know that Jonathan Davis, Korn’s front man, owns 2 of john wayne gacy’s clown suits…its true. i just thought that was interesting…nee, disturbing…
here are a couple more of my favorites…
nice finger paints…
an interesting reference to dali….
gacy’s version of the zodiac killer…
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