Monday, October 20, 2014

Flirting With the Dark Side

“The Art of Mourning” at the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Credit Misha Friedman for The New York Times
A look from Gareth Pugh’s spring 2015 show.
“There is this darker feeling, a pervasive sense of melancholy in culture and fashion,” said Shelby Lee Walsh, the president and head of research at the Trend Hunter website — perhaps an acknowledgment, Ms. Walsh said, “that life isn’t as wonderful as we see it portrayed on our Instagram accounts.” Full article here.

Ann Hamilton at the Henry Art Gallery

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/ann-hamilton-fills-the-henry-with-scans-of-dead-animals/Content?oid=20807897

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eugene Von Brunchenhein

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Untitled (VB-c-15, blue Closed Top Vessel), n.d., painted clay, 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches
In his late twenties, Von Bruenchenhein became obsessed with botany and horticulture, interests that would develop throughout his life. These interests, alongside an affinity for the mystical, were a driving influence on the ceramic vessels he created beginning around 1960.
To produce the vessels, Von Bruenchenhein mixed his own clay dug from his property and nearby construction sites. He first sculpted hundreds of tiny individual leaves, all of which were later attached to one another to form the finished piece. The structures were baked or "fired" in a coal burning stove in the parlor used to heat his home, and finally painted with whatever unwanted or discarded paints he could gather from local stores.
The identity of the vessels and their intended function remains elusive. There are credible theories that the aesthetics were informed by an awareness of Victorian ceramics and the royal ornamentation of ancient Greece.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sworn Virgins

via: featureshoot.com
‘Sworn Virgin’ is the term given to a biological female in the Balkans who is chosen to take on the social identity of a man for life. Dating back hundreds of years, this was necessary in societies that lived within tribal clans, followed the Kanun, an archaic code of law, and maintained an oppressive rule over the female gender. The Kanun states that women are considered to be the property of their husbands. The freedom to vote, drive, conduct business, earn money, drink, smoke, swear, own a gun or wear pants was traditionally the exclusive province of men.

Mary Reid Kelley

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dem bones


Dem Bones — also called Dry Bones and Dem Dry Bones — is a well-known spiritual song. The melody was composed by African-American author and songwriter James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938). Both a long and a shortened version of the song are widely known. The lyrics are inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-14, where the Prophet visits the "Valley of Dry Bones"[1] and prophesies that they will one day be resurrected at God's command, picturing the national resurrection of Israel.

karl lagerfeld drawing of Chanel on her deathbed

It's a live!

guilty

"Pep, The Cat-Murdering Dog" s a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924

Monday, October 6, 2014

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Repaired with brass staples, this dish is a great example of how people would "make do" and save pots for repair by itinerant tinkers, rather than throw them out. The repairs are watertight! Andrew Baseman lectures surveying the history of repaired ceramics. He writes an incredible blog called Past Imperfect. If you don't follow him already, please do. http://andrewbaseman.com/blog/

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Eugenia Falleni

Special Photograph no. 234. When 'Harry Leon Crawford', hotel cleaner of Stanmore was arrested and charged with wife murder he was revealed to be in fact Eugenia Falleni (sometimes spelt as Eugeni), a woman and mother, who had been passing as a man since 1899. In 1913, as 'Harry Crawford', Falleni had married the widow Annie Birkett. Four years later, shortly after she announced to a relative that she had found out 'something amazing about Harry', Birkett disappeared. Crawford told neighbours that she had run off with a plumber. In 1919 Birkett's young son, who had remained in Crawford's custody, told an aunt of attempts made on his life by his drunken stepfather. The aunt contacted police. A charred body which had been found in Lane Cove in 1917 was belatedly identified as Birkett's. 'Crawford's' astonished second wife, when finally convinced of Falleni's true gender remarked, "I always wondered why he was so painfully shy ..." The photograph shown here shows Falleni in male clothing, probably on the day of her arrest. The negative was found in a paper sleeve inscribed 'Falleni Man/Woman'. It is also possible that Falleni was made to dress in a man's suit for the photograph.