My friends Tina and Ryan Essmaker are the folks behind a fantastic interview series that focuses on creativity - The Great Discontent. This week, they sat down with Sara Blake, an illustrator/designer that I’ve been a fan of for some time now. I always admire when talented people have a lot of candor about what they wrestle with to get to make their work. See more on Sara’s site and her blog.
I can recall the first time I came across Dan Flavin’s artwork in person. I was completely enamored by it and still am. Yet, I’d struggle to explain exactly what it is that I’m so compelled by in his work. More interesting to me than what an adult would have to say of his work is what a child might have to say. Here are 3 minutes worth of kid’s opinions on an untitled Dan Flavin piece that was installed in their Liverpool school for one day.
Nina Katchadourian has a rather peculiar, yet clever way to kill time on long plane trips. She locks herself in the plane’s bathroom and takes self portraits in which she imagines herself the subject of a 15th Century Dutch painting.
15 Extraordinary Black & White Films (Since 1980)
The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke, 2009
Control by Anton Corbijn, 2007
Lake of Fire by Tony Kaye, 2006
Angel-A by Luc Besson, 2005
Dark Days by Marc Singer, 2000
Institute Benjamenta by the Brothers Quay, 1996
La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz,1995
Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch, 1995
Ed Wood by Tim Burton, 1994
Man Bites Dog by Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel, and Benoit Poelvoorde, 1992
Tetsuo: The Iron Man by Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989
Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders, 1987
Rumble Fish by Francis Ford Coppola, 1983
The Elephant Man by David Lynch, 1980
Raging Bull by Martin Scorsese, 1980
Metropolis II is a short docu-film on the kinetic sculpture of the same name created by Chris Burden. The project which took 4 years to build is a massive cityscape inhabited by a never ending stream of toy car traffic.
I love this so much. Check out Edward Gorey’s previously unseen letter correspondence with a children’s author and the illustrated envelopes they came in.
The erotic world of Salvador Dali as seen in Playboy (maybe NSFW).
These one of a kind, handmade, decoupaged vintage globes by Wendy Gold are just so darn lovely.
The world is filled with people who have unusually strange ways of creatively expressing themselves. I just read about a man who decided to decorate his home with over 50,000 beer cans. And then there is the guy who creates temporary dust paintings on car windshields (also from Texas). Color me inspired. I know that all those bags full of dust bunnies that I’ve been saving will one day find a purpose.