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The Abominably-Awesome Imagination of Virgil Finlay

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Seeing as it’s Halloween and all, I thought I’d take this week’s post to write about renown sci-fi, fantasy, and horror artist, Virgil Finlay. While the medium he worked within, Pulp Magazines, might have been considered kitsch—Finlay’s work stands out as one of the extremely talented examples to have adorned the covers. What better a time of year to appreciate the work of Virgil Finlay than that of Hallow’s Eve?

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The ‘pulp’ in pulp magazines derive from the cheap wood pulp paper that the publications were printed upon. Reaching their peak of popularity in the first-half of the 20th century, these mags were famous for their lurid and exploitative narratives, one might liken graphic novels as the successors to pulp publications. While the narratives set them into a genre of their own, so did the sensational cover art. Covers were so important to sales that they were often drafted and designed first, then handed off to the authors so they could write stories around them. I can imagine it wouldn’t have been difficult to write within the fantastical works of Finlay, his pieces stand out as stellar pieces of art amidst an industry of mostly tawdriness.

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Happy Birthday Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns - White Flag (1955)

Abstract expressionist painter Jasper Johns turns 82 today. I thought it would be nice to include him in gold week, and even though the painting above is titled ‘White Flag’ it still looks gold to me. The New York times wrote a nice piece about Johns back in 2008, I especially loved this quote regarding the art world.

Unlike so many contemporary artists producing in today’s overheated art market, Mr. Johns relies neither on dozens of assistants nor a computer to make his creations. He executes his work by hand. “It’s a different art world from the one I grew up in,” he said, relaxing in his living room in a pair of khaki shorts, a light blue shirt and sandals. “Artists today know more. They are aware of the market more than they once were. There seems to be something in the air that art is commerce itself.

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An installation of 3,000 paint dipped teabags

An Installation Of Three Thousand Painted Teabags

An Installation Of Three Thousand Painted Teabags

I love me some tea, guys. It was no surprise that I instantly fell in love with a simple and elegant installation that featured three thousand teabags strung together after steeping in paint. The piece is called Tea Sunburst and is hidden in the back of a little store in town called Rolling Greens. We didn’t count how many teabags there actually are but we do not doubt that it reaches many thousand bags that drift from yellow to red to pink to brown and back again. It’s a very patient piece that makes you wish you had the time and energy to create your own version of it yourself.

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Ceramic lunch kit by Lorea Sinclaire

Ceramic lunch kit by Lorea Sinclaire

Ceramic lunch kit by Lorea Sinclaire

Ceramic lunch kit by Lorea Sinclaire

I’m not one for packing lunches, I’m too busy in the morning (sleeping), but I love the look of these ceramic lunch kits by Lorea Sinclaire. It’s made of slip cast ceramic, cork, metal fittings, and mimics the classic and always handy bento box. I think the materials and faceted shape really give the bento box a nice twist, and the cork top is a nice contrast to the smooth, white ceramic. Really well done.

Bobby

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A town of Germans hate Peter Zumthor’s pants

Peter Zumthor gate design for Isny Germany

Peter Zumthor gate design for Isny Germany

The small, bavarian town of Isny, Germany does not want a giant pair of glass pants welcoming people to their town. I know this because recently a majority of the townsfolk have voted to block the design of Peter Zumthor from moving forward. The town invited Zumthor to design an entry gate for their town, except once the design of the gate was revealed the townspeople came up with various nicknames including “glass underpants” and “giant molar.” Now the town has voted to kill the project, which is sad because a project from one of the most celebrated practicing architects has died. Still, it’s hard to look at a model of the project and see anything other than a pair of pants. Surely, in the hands of Zumthor, it would have been the best giant pair of glass pants anyone could have imagined.

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