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Mushroom Book Installations by Melissa Jay Craig

January 22, 2015

Christopher Jobson

…an installation of 99 books made to look like common Amanita Muscaria mushrooms by Chicago artist Melissa Jay Craig. The installation has been shown in a various configurations the last few years, and only once in its entirety at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio back in 2010. From her statement about the installation: Fungus is an agent of change. I’m fascinated with its myriad forms, and I love to go in search of it. I can become more…

 

 



Art Photography

Sinister Architecture Constructed from Archival Library of Congress Images by Jim Kazanjian

January 19, 2015

Christopher Jobson

…igued with the narrative archetypes these writers utilize to transform the commonplace into something sinister and foreboding. In my work, I prefer to use these devices as a means to generate entry points for the viewer. I’m interested in occupying a space where the mundane intersects the strange, and the familiar becomes alien. In a sense, I am attempting to render the sublime. You can see much more of Kazanjian’s work on his website,…

 

 



Design

Hotel That Inspired ‘The Shining’ Announces Contest to Design a 61,500 Square Foot Hedge Maze

January 7, 2015

Christopher Jobson

…sitor was more significant than writer Stephen King, whose stay at the 140-room neo-Georgian hotel inspired him to write The Shining. While the movie adaptation wasn’t filmed at the Stanley, that hasn’t stopped the hotel from embracing their share of fame in association with the legendary book and 1980 horror film. Now the Stanley plans to build a 61,500 square foot hedge maze, similar to the backdrop of the heart-pounding final moment…

 

 



Art Illustration

Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White

December 27, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…tist Maude White (previously) continues to create beautifully rendered illustrations with cut paper, creating dozens of new pieces since we explored her work this summer. White relies heavily on thin lines and negative space to create each illustration, a subtractive process with no room for error; a single bad cut could be fatal to a piece. Her latest series titled What’s Left on the Farm involves portraits of women with objects in their ha…

 

 



Art

Mona Caron’s Murals of Weeds Slowly Overtake Walls and Buildings

December 11, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…nd, India, and around her current home in San Francisco in what she describes as “a tribute to the resilience of all those beings who no one made room for, were not part of the plan, and yet keep coming back, pushing through and rising up.” Definitely watch the video above to see more of these plants coming to life, and you can learn more here. (via Laughing Squid)…

 

 



Design

Amazing Little Flip Books Use Negative Space and Secret Compartments

November 15, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…These fun little flip books made in Japan feature a number of unexpected designs that make use of negative space and secretcompartments” that are gradually revealed as you flip through the books. There are several books in the series published by Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo and you can pick them up on Amazon. Here’s the bug one. (via Travelry) Update: Flipbooks are now available in the Colossal Shop….

 

 



Art

Artist Carol Milne Knits with Glass

October 15, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…wax, leaving behind an empty cavity in the shape of the artwork. Pieces of room temperature glass are then placed inside the mold which is then heated to 1,400-1,600 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of glass. Afterward, the piece is slowly cooled over a period of several weeks, followed by a careful excavation process, where Milne delicately chips away like an archaeologist to reveal the final piece. You can see much more of Milne’s…