APP ART is a quirky exhibit of new works by Chris Georgalas and Peter J. Ketchum at the scruffy TNC Gallery on 1st Ave, New York. With warped sensibilities Ketchum investigates the past refelected in vintage printed matter: ads, card games, matchbooks and black and white photos from the 1860s to the 1960s. In repurposing these words and images, the new work becomes uniquely his own. Actually, who else would claim them? Georgalas combines images with found objects – a full BED! – to make funny, melancholy, challenging pictures. He’s been called the new Duchamp. Yikes! The exhibition runs until October 26.
Our friends over at Buzzfeed have compiled a wickedly fun collection of 27 Things That Are Not Like The Others, with the disclaimer that ‘Something about each these pictures just seems to stick out.’ Indeed they do. Priceless. [via Buzzfeed]
London based Bif creates creates really great promos and commercials. Elements is just something they did for fun, and like much of their work, is wonderfully weird and funny. I think work like this is emblematic of the new visual possibilities offered by more accessible and powerful CG software.
Not just since Harry Potter have owls been so popular. Hardly any hipster girl is to be seen without her owl chain these days! These nocturnal creatures represent wisdom and dignity. All the more funny, then, is the idea that the people from Hungover Owls had. They take random pictures of knackered looking owls and combine them with a funny ‘hungover remark’. The result certainly triggers a giggle. Or three.
Jokes are often hit or miss but, once in a while, someone will stumble upon something so fundamentally funny that there is no choice but to expand that joke into a full blown blog. Posing With Friends is one of those jokes. Contributors take pictures of themselves mimicking the poses of unsuspecting tourists, leading to some hilarious and awkward photos. I hate to think how uncomfortable it must be if you get caught.
I was ready to hate on People of Da Hood for being another racist, classist meme blog making fun of poor people, but it’s actually mostly just pictures of weird-looking people doing weird things. Some of the images I don’t even really get, like the guy shoveling sand/salt onto icy roads out of the back of truck. Why is that funny? Am I missing something?
Gentlemen, start your Mengines! The latest in a series of grueling (grooming?) preliminaries in the build-up to the World Beard and Mustache Championships took place on October 2 at the picturesque surrounds of the East Bavarian Beard Club. Oh, and the turn-out was impressive: 150 participants, competing in events as varied and, errr, hairy, as Freestyle Beard and Natural Moustache. [Photos via the Huffington Post]
We pulled into a small settlement; a place with twenty or so small houses concentrated together with a tiny store. I walked to the outskirts and looked at the land falling in front of me. I passed caged pigs and cow skulls lying in the dirt. On numerous occasions I’d read that Patagonia houses a ferocious wind like no other land. To quote Bruce Chatwin: ‘it is a wind so fierce it strips men to the core’. Trees stood ripped and battered at some angle; one side bare, the other clutching at what branches remained preventing them from being ripped from the truck. The tops of the trees bent and cracked as if in an invisible arm wrestle. They had struggled with the wind since saplings.
Treasure Chests is a book by Mel Norman and Arthur Benwood which was published by Alexion Corp in 1967. The book compiles retouched pictures of female breasts, so it’s full of beautiful ladies with three or four breasts, breasts that pop up from the lower part of the abdomen, or even from the back.
Getting freaky with the USB? You betcha. These are some of the hottest varieties on the market right now, starting with the USB Sushi. For the health conscious power-lunch crowd, sushi and sashimi is all the range, but maybe this is taking it one step too far. Oh, and then there is the Fingertip-sized USB. What? Well, if you thought a drive the size of your thumb was small enough, think again. Thumbnail size and stores 256MB. This is the ideal gift for 007 wannabes.
Writer-director Martin McDonagh has a talent for snappy dialogue which makes this crime-drama surprisingly funny. He has previously written for theatre, and it is obvious from the intelligently constructed dialogue. Theatre does not often translate well to film, but In Bruges is violent, suspenseful and hilarious throughout.
We’ve featured him before, but it bears repeating: the work of Brooklyn-based photojournalist Boogie is so gritty and personal it makes you feel as though you’re right there in the front row, rolling with the punches as he documents the malaise of contemporary urban society. His photos are not so much a critique of the worlds that his subjects inhabit but rather a candid portrayal of what goes on when the rest of us have our backs turned. With themes such as the New York subways, the Serbian counter-culture, the Nazis of Belgrade, and the crack houses of New York City, his work is raw and honest – there are few windows lurking beneath what’s captured in the frame. And yet, while it’s confronting and challenging, it never degrades the subjects or the choices they’ve made in their lives. Instead his photo essays allow the essence of the characters to shine, never overwhelming the moment with unnecessary visual clutter, in the process adding a nice sense of pathos to an otherwise still existence. And then there are the moments of genuine tension where he exploits the potential for explosive action for everything it’s worth. It’s vibrant, compelling work, all cloaked in a sense of underlying melodrama – as if something is just about to happen at any moment, whether or not anyone is watching. Yet they are. And they’re armed with a rather expensive camera.