From the category archives:



These mandalas made by artists Hillerbrand and Magsamen are making me re-think the daily messes around here.  Maybe I should just create art instead of picking up all these legos!  ha! Found via Boing Boing (the very first blog I ever read).







Etienne Lavie replaced ads and billboards all over Paris with reproductions of famous paintings. This project appeals to me both as an art lover and someone who feels assaulted by advertisements (NB: I just googled “how many commercial messages do we see a day” and it turns out we are indeed assaulted by advertisements – some 30,000 a day).  Found via My Modern Met.



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I came across Jason Travis’ Persona project in my recent Flickr binge(s).  He combines portraits of people with the contents of their bags –  pure voyeurism for those of us who like to look.  There’s even more to see in the What’s In Your Bag group on Flickr. [click to continue…]


Screen shot 2014-01-18 at 12.40.38 AM While I love looking at photographs and taking photographs, I’m not a very good technical photographer.  Long ago in the time of actual film photography, I liked to totally disregard anything technical (fstops, white balance) and  make photographs by leaving the camera aperture wide open in a dark room and use a flashlight to illuminate my subject.  This example, above, is the only one I could find tonight, and dates from 2000.  Looking at it now, I see that is it a selfie taken before we even knew what a selfie was.  I still love how weird but beautiful these photos were, with the flashlight reflections almost looking like reflections of water. [click to continue…]


Lollie and Alan, 3 months.

It only took me five years, but I think I’ve gotten the hang of Twitter (or at least, who to follow). Whenever I check Twitter these days in those odd moments when I should be making eye contact in an elevator or chatting with my cab driver or rolling over and going back to sleep (read depressing/enlightening article all about our digital destiny),  there is now always something interesting to read or look at.  Some of the Twitter accounts I read and enjoyed in last 24 hours:  @wsj, @slate @WNYC and @brianlehrer @bookbinge @TheAtlantic  @TheWire @evencleveland.

In any case, @slate recently tweeted a link to Dona Schwartz’s photographs of empty nesters in their children’s rooms.  For those of us who like to look (voyeurs!) this is a bonanza.  Especially poignant to me since we just cleaned out my husband’s childhood bedroom (so much history gets embedded in our interior spaces (constructed environments), whether  we like it or not).

Carol and Charles, 9 months.


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A few months ago I came across Mary Jo Hoffman’s amazing photography site.  She takes a walk every day (mostly in Minnesota) and takes a picture of what she finds (or of natural objects in her home, such as the gems above).   As you can see, the images are nothing short of miraculous and both the blog, Still, and Mary Jo’s instagram have quickly become some of my favorite spots on the internet.





Dutch-Amsterdam Students Kitchen


Dutch photographer Erik Klein Wolterink  makes these composite portraits of kitchens; the voyeur in me can’t get enough. The more you look, the more you see.   My favorite is the third image down, where the oven is packed full of dirty dishes.  The Slate article quotes Wolterink “I can’t cook, for example,” Wolterink said. “And I’m not really into kitchens. I’m interested in the way we live, our daily environment, what surrounds us, the everyday stuff we normally don’t see or pay attention to.”  Click over to Slate to see more and larger images.

Surinam-Amsterdam Kitchen

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August 18, 2011

I came across this amazing photograph of Walter Gropius’s 80th birthday party in the Archives of American Art and it reminded me of the photo below that Joanna posted this week.

T: Walter Gropius’s 80th birthday, 1963. Photographer unknown. Marcel Breuer papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. B: Photo by Streetfsn, via Melanie.

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Brown Paper Packages

July 18, 2011

One of my favorite parts of NYC is the laundries in every neighborhood that wrap up clean laundry in brown paper packages.  I’m always catching a glimpse of neat rows of packages waiting to return to their rightful owner out of the corner of my eye.


On my list of exhibits to go see is Lorna Simpson’s exhibition Gathered at the Brooklyn Museum.  In one of the works in the exhibition, Simpson juxtaposes images of a young woman who posed for pinups in Los Angeles in 1957 with self-portraits in which she replicates with precise detail the poses and settings of the original photographs. Simpson bought the album on Ebay and then spent nine months thinking about how to incorporate the images into her work (the video below gives more detail!).  The exhibition seems to explore ideas about photography and memory, fact and fiction, and identity and history.



On the Norfolk Broads

May 5, 2011

The Metropolitan Museum recently acquired one of the first photographically illustrated books, Peter Henry Emerson’s Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads (a coastal region northeast of London).  This image is one of my favorite from the book; the composition, the content and that perfect water lily.

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Inspiration In Hats

March 2, 2011

Unknown Artist, American School, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks Selling Liberty Loans During the Third Loan Campaign at the Sub-Treasury Building on Wall Street, New York City, 1918, Gelatin silver print, 19.4 x 24.1 cm., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996 (1996.246).

Currently on view as part of the Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand exhibition up at the Metropolitan, through April 10.  I was obsessed with Charlie Chaplin movies when I was little.  We’d didn’t get any TV reception (I grew up in the sticks) and cable was a distant technological dream.  So we watched a lot of Charlie Chaplin on VHS.  I also think its interesting that Charlie Chaplin was selling Liberty Loans;  Today that would be sort of like having Adam Sandler sell Treasury Bonds.  Funny.


Snow Art

January 10, 2011

New York is bracing for another storm: I just discovered the site Printersting, and this awesome piece of snow art by Luke Aleckson.  I especially appreciate that he made this installation with bread tray snow shoes.  A little reminder that art can be made with anything.


Santa, Just one of these photographs from artist Yuji Obata (which are of actual snowflakes as they fall from the sky!). I’ve been a good girl, I promise.

See more over at Danziger Projects.