Street Art

May 29, 2009

posted by Kaitlyn Miller

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Ray Noland

Everyday I pass by this image of former Illinois governor, Rod Blagovich dressed in his black tracksuit in mid-run on Ashland Ave, just around the corner from my apartment. Besides appreciating its hilarity, I haven’t thought much about it or its creator until Newcity’s recent article about the artist responsible, Ray Noland.

The article explained Noland’s emergence as a known artist around the streets of Chicago from easily recognizable images of Obama during his election. His iconic images have caught my eye over the year without even knowing who he was. Noland is an artist that I respect and enjoy for his political stances and for his sense of humor.

Anonymous Dad

May 19, 2009

posted by Kaitlyn Miller

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Anonymity and the internet seem to be moving further apart as the internet ages, which is why it’s so frustrating that I can’t find out who the genius behind Lunch Bag Art is. Lunch Bag Art is a blog hosted by an anonymous dad who, every day, creates a new piece of art on his kids’ lunch bags.

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Many of his designs appear to be rooted strictly in pop culture, but at times he does branch off into original material. From Pokemon characters to Loverboy heart tattoos, Lunch Bag Art’s throwaway art spans generations and makes me wish I was back in elementary school.

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Movie {POSTERS}

May 10, 2009

posted by Kaitlyn Miller

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Movie posters as art is nothing new. Collector’s have been tracking down original posters from Saul Bass for decades and movie promoters have mimicked his work more recently (ie: the poster for the Cohen Bros. Burn After Reading and Spike Lee’s Clockers). Great movie posters generally come from great graphic designers and blogger Film the Blanks has taken this idea to heart.

Film the Blanks (http://www.filmtheblanks.com) is a blog that takes movie posters from all genres and decades and creates minimalist, blocky versions of them – skewing the original movie poster, yet retaining essential elements necessary to identify what film the images belong to.

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Film the Blanks could be considered movie poster as art as trivia. New posters are posted each week and visitors of the site are given a chance to guess which original poster the remake mimics. Select posters are also available for sale as individual prints.

Film the Blanks has been blanking posters since May of 2008 and given the unlimited amount of material available, shows no sign of stopping any time soon. Artists, movie buffs, and graphic geeks should definitely check this out.

Food as Art

March 29, 2009

posted by Kaitlyn Miller

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Food as Art

Bento is a single-serving take-out or homecooked meal common in Japanese cuisine. Generally, they consist of rice, meat or fish and pickled or cooked vegetables. Bentos have been a part of the Japanese culture for a vast part of their history, dating back to the Kamakara period (1185-1333). Even today, modern Japanese homemakers are known to spend considerable amounts of time and energy producing an appealing lunch.

Being an American, bentos are something that I’m not very familiar with. I was amazed when I came across a popular blog created by Pikko titled “Adventures in Bentomaking.”  Pikko is a mom who decided to create this blog in an effort to show the public what bento was. Some of her most impressive bentos include images that are drawn from popular culture. Your browser may not support display of this image.

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This particular bento box features the character Ben from the popular TV show Lost. Everything included in this work of art is edible and actually something that she eats as her lunch. She meticulously spent four hours constructing each part of the scene and lays out the process in the blog so that the reader can to take a stab at making it. The creations on the blog are pretty remarkable and definitely display food as art.

Blu, Street Artist

March 8, 2009

 

Blu, Street Artist

by Kaitlyn Miller

 A friend of mine recently introduced me to the works of Italian street artist Blu. He is known for his large, often surreal artwork presented in public spaces. Blu creates a two-dimensional works of art across various landscapes that he later turns into a stop-motion film, allowing his art to take on a whole new persona. The sheer size and detail put into each movement of the graffitied scene is remarkable, given the amount of time that must have gone into the planning alone. Blu’s artwork is unique in that it presents itself as legalized street graffiti – while simultaneously covering other, non-sanctioned street art. 

MUTO is an incredible piece of Blu’s work in which his characters crawl across the walls and buildings of Buenos Aires and Baden, Germany. 

 

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Another amazing video to check out is Blu in Berlin

You can find other works by Blu on his website: http://www.blublu.org/sito/news/news.htm.