i came across this great image take on the Walking Dead posters by Andrew Kolb and thought it was a pretty great rendition. I feel like Andrew does a great job of capturing the feeling of the show but in a sort of kids coloring book feeling, like it should be a Little Golden Book version of The Walking Dead. Or maybe even a Pixar animated featurette? Nice work, Andrew.
A lot of times I get some rather random songs stuck in my head. I’ll hear a word or phrase and BAM!, I’m suddenly humming a song I haven’t heard in 5 or 10 years. Such is the case when I got the Squirrel Nut Zipper song The Ghost of Stephen Foster stuck in my head a couple of nights ago. I used to listen to this album about 8 or 9 years ago in my best friends car and we totally loved it. Squirrel Nut Zippers back then became popular from their song Hell from their album Hot but the song/video above is from the album after it called Perennial Favorites.
The video is a throwback to the animated cartoons of the 30′s and 40′s, directed in partnership between Raymond Persi and Matthew Nastuk. Both of these guys are animation directors for The Simpsons, directing dozens of episodes between the two of them. It’s a super fun video and a really great song as well. My favorite part is the line, “Ships are made for sinking, whiskey made for drinking / If we were made of cellophane we’d all get stinking drunk quite faster ha, ha, ha”.
In the sharp transition from high school to university, you are generally bombarded with a vast array of strange, exciting and bewildering new ideas and concepts. I knew that the conservative hand-holding of high school was well and truly behind in me in one of my freshman English classes in which my tutor introduced us to “la petite mort” or “the little death”, a metaphor for orgasm. This moment came back to me while looking at Prue Gibson’s The Rapture of Death. Only recently published, Gibson’s book explores the complexities of morbid imagery in contemporary art; those that position the viewer in an emotional space between fear and frisson.
Covering a broad section of disciplines – including art, film, history and literature – Gibson’s small tome deals specifically with “the experience of delight upon escaping grave danger” and “offers the sweet knowledge that you are safe, at least for the moment, from the clutches of darkness.” Its thanatology through a lens of visual representation and provides an enlightening view into the myths, symbols, fetishes and narratives bound up with eternal rest.
These two photos are both of architecture models… just at different scales: one big, one small. Both are made of blue foam, a common model-making material, but models aren’t commonly 20 feet long or tall enough to stand inside. A Model is a project by Radim Louda, who describes the project using a verbal flip-flop: “A Model is not the representation of a project, the representation is the project.” Typically, smaller models like the one at the top are made using a table-top hot wire cutter (which are really fun to use since the hot wire simultaneously cuts and melts the rigid blue foam like softened butter). So I’m wondering if the larger model was as fun to make as the smaller one. And if it wasn’t, was it because of the scale of the model or because of the fumes from melting foam.
For the past few days I’ve been Augusta, Georgia visiting my boyfriends family for Thanksgiving. I’ve never been to Georgia before so this has been a really fun trip, seeing brand new things and experiencing a culture very different from the one I’m used to in California. During the trip I’ve been taking a ton of photos and posting them to Instagram (sorry, Instagram friends) but I thought I’d share my adventure so far through the photos I’ve taken.
I’m a big fan of the X-Pro II filter in Instagram. It gives photos a high contrast and high saturation which looks good when you have photos that are already pretty high in contrast. I know putting filters on photos is considered lame or whatever but for me I think it’s really fun to make my photos look just a little bit fancier. If you have an iPhone you should definitely get Instagram and up your game. If you’d like to add me you can find me as ‘thefoxisblack’.