Before the days of the internet, we were lucky to be exposed to the few artists our teachers knew about (and had slides of). I’m not old, but I do remember the days before we were all attached to each other through wires and screens. I saw a few Sandy Skoglund slides and thought they were so magical, these colorful rooms filled with creepy plastic animals. I believe these are early works, feel free to check out her newer work.
More on her website: http://www.sandyskoglund.com/
A British woman (with a name straight from Hogwarts) has been buying up lost and unclaimed luggage at auction and photographing the contents like a forensic scientist. She then puts all of the photos up on her website in the hopes of finding their proper owners. I don’t understand where all the dirty underwear and hotel soaps went. I’m looking at you, Heathrow security. Perverts.
See them close up at: http://www.isthisyourluggage.com
Maybe it’s yours? I won’t tell, unless you own that cliche nurse outfit.
Because I can’t afford anything, I’m a huge fan of advertising. Think of it like the kids of the migrants during the Great Depression who would stand at the glass doors of candy shoppes. I think the real reason is that where I grew up, the government owned everything, so there was no need for flashy design or complete and total coersion to buy any specific kind of product, like there is here. I’m fascinated. Here is some work by a creative director for an advertising firm, Brock Davis. I’ve actually seen some of this work in multiple places on the internet, never realizing they were done by the same person. Of course, he may have gone the Multiplicity way and created a team of Brocks (one can only dream).
It’s worth a trip to see his Flickr stream, which has the titles for all the work. For example, you wouldn’t know that those are portraits of people “Born with Googly Eyes”.
I’m really into these weird and funny paintings and drawings by Jacques Flechemuller.
More on his website: http://www.flechemuller.com
and here: http://www.pdxcontemporaryart.com/flechemuller
It’s true that I’m into strange art, but this might be even too strange for me. I discovered these on Etsy by accident (no, I did not search “squirrel feet earrings”, that would be madness), and am fascinated and repulsed.
Good thing they’ve been professionally freeze dried. There’s a squirrel foot necklace, too (to match?)
Etsy listing here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=25881038
Found on Google image search and Flickr image search.