Skulls were all the rage a few years back and just like with any fad, they have seemingly disappeared from main stream. However, our love affair with this symbol of death is alive and well. Case in point…this new art print ‘Momento Vitae’ by artist and illustrator Alexander Beeching.
This print proves skulls can be a thing of beauty.
Beeching states “I have long been interested in the idea of finding one’s way, both literally and metaphorically. The stars can give you your bearings, like Polaris, or tell you your longitude and latitude. The Mesopotamians saw many things in the heavens: Orion’s belt, and the twelve signs of the zodiac to name but a few. Later, others saw different patterns there so that, for instance, the Assyrian Hired Man and the Swallow became the constellations of Aries and Pisces.
What struck me about these star maps is that with the slight effort of imagination one can see what one wants there, just as a cloud can look like a camel, a hat and a trombone respectively to different people. A constellation implies a relationship. The stars are grouped together to form a pattern and then a label is put on that pattern. Perception works in much the same way. We call a flat surface with four (although not necessarily) legs a table. But whence this identity? What defines “tableness?”
I decided to come up with my own set of imaginary constellations. First drawn in pencil, they were scanned into a computer and then turned into a negative. I have sought to make them pleasing to the eye, and to give them a stark simplicity so that they will look well in many sorts of space.“
Visit Alexander Beeching’s website Inkandar to learn more about him and see his work.
The print is available from 20×200.
The exhibition ‘Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . zines . stickers‘ at The National Gallery of Australia is the first Australian institution to have collected this type of work. It surveys the past 10 years of Australian street art, featuring 150 works by over 40 Australian artists. This exhibition celebrates the energy of street-based creativity and recognises street stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and stickers as comprising a recent chapter in the development of Australian prints and drawings.
Jumbo and Zap
‘X-ray man-machine pointing a ray-gun at the amphibians’ 2010
Freelance graphic designer Matei Apostolescu, aka Beacoup Zero, creates the most amazing colorful works of art similar to paint by numbers.
The Gift of Finance
Everyone can name his or her favorite quotation from an author. But not everyone has the nerve to wear it forever on their skin. The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide introduces us to the amazing, emerging subculture of literary tattoos, in a full-color guide that includes quotations from favorite writers, beloved lines of verse, literary portraits, and illustrations.
Encompassing writers from Shakespeare to Rimbaud to Bukowski to Shel Silverstein, The Word Made Flesh is part photo book, part voyeur’s guide, part cultural artifact, and part literary anthology written on skin.
Official music video for Mumdance ‘Don’t Forget Me Now’ featuring Esser, directed by Ben Reed. You will never look at fruit the same way again.
ARCIBOLDO, 1526–1593: NATURE AND FANTASY EXHIBITION AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY
Sixteen of the composite heads painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, though bizarre, are filled with scientifically accurate components, are featured in their first appearance in the United States at the National Gallery of Art at the Arcimboldo, 1526–1593: Nature and Fantasy exhibition now through January 9, 2011.
Scott Listfield is best known for his paintings depicting a lone astronaut seemingly lost inside a pop-culture riddled landscape. Listfield has been exhibited extensively in Boston. Check out some of his paintings…
At the Gallery