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2014/10/20 / Shanan

A GHOST IS BORN

I’ve always been into odd, slightly spooky visual art so I’ll be embracing Halloween this year by featuring some of my favourite work.

Since 2012, Angela Deane has been collecting old photographs and painting over the figures. People and their memories are obscured, rendered completely anonymous and, to quote Deane, “become the ghosts of our everyday.”

I like that these give a little wink to both the spirit photos of the 19th century as well as the nostalgia we all feel for the physicality of old snapshots.  They’re kind of funny but many are also kind of creepy.  These are some of my favourites from the series but you can see many more ghost photographs here.

Image above:  Today’s Embrace, acrylic on found photograph, 2014.

ghost found photograph painting

One Year Older, acrylic on found photograph, 2014.

AngelaDeane-VelvetBench

Velvet bench, acrylic on found photograph, 2013.

AngelaDeane-TogetherForSoup

Together For Soup, acrylic and gouache on found photograph, 2014.

AngelaDeane-ReachForMeAcrossTheFlowers

Reach for Me Across the Flowers, acrylic on found photograph, 2014.

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2014/09/24 / Shanan

SHARING IS CARING

Chris came across this article last week and I thought it was such a novel (and dead simple) idea: Pumpipumpe, a community project based in Switzerland, is offering free stickers to people to display on their mailboxes which show illustrations of household items they’re willing to lend out to neighbours.  These range from power tools to a pasta machine, snowshoes to ping-pong sets — in other words, the sorts of things that you store in your basement and probably only use once in a blue moon.

I can already think of a ton of stuff I’d be willing to get rid of lend out, like golf clubs or our sous-vide cooker or fabric steamer.  And surprise surprise, I have to say that I’m also a fan of the analog nature of the enterprise.  You’d think we would have gotten to know more of our neighbours here by now, but the truth is we have not.  Nothing like knocking on a (potential) stranger’s door to ask to borrow their disco ball.  Maybe they can join your party, too?

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2014/02/05 / Shanan

THE OLD BACK & FORTH

This pretty much encapsulates my state of mind this week (and forever?), so my apologies for the late and ‘light’ post today… unintended double entendre? Why yes.

Nihilistic Optimistic by British art duo Tim Noble & Sue Webster. Neon, transformers, 2012.

ps. You can see some snapshots of Sue Webster’s London home via The Selby.  I love her plants and her un-styled collections of books, records, etc.

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2014/01/13 / Shanan

INFINITE POSSIBILITIES: COULD I MAKE THIS?

Hi hi, hope you all had a nice weekend.  I’m getting this Monday started with an interiors itch – it’s been ages since I’ve tackled any project of consequence for our home and I could really use a dose of something new and cool in here.  Caveat of course being that I want to spend virtually no money.

I collect lots of inspiration images of existing interiors and objects, and when I revisit them I wonder… Could I make this?  These are the latest designs I’m considering:

Image above: floral chandelier in the Paris loft of designer Paolo Navone, via Vosgesparis. Photo © Andrea Ferrari. This is kind of a classy, really oversized version of a Polish chandelier and from what I can tell, those are just fake flowers adorning it.  I love that it’s unapologetically bold, lush, and fun, and though time-consuming I can’t imagine it would actually be super difficult to make (famous last words, Shanan).

Kelly Wearstler pyrite gemstone brass jewelry box

Pyrite Matrix Bauble Box by Kelly Wearstler, via 1stdibs.com.  Isn’t this box so rad?  I’m willing to follow this gemstone trend all the way off the cliff, my friends, even if it’s towing the pretty/ugly line that Kelly Wearstler is so adept at.  You could definitely put your own stamp on this idea by collecting stones and gluing/wire-wrapping them to a basic jewelry box (kind of wish this had been on my radar for Christmas, in fact).

Catherine Kwong interior designer brass table legs

Brass table legs in the home of interior designer Catherine Kwong, via Coco+Kelley.  The embellished table legs are good, right?  And our dining table is kind of a mess right now.  Small modification, big impact.

Claire Anne O'Brien knit wool stools artisan

Sculptural knit stools by Claire Anne O’Brien, via Trend Tablet.  I won’t pretend I could get anywhere close to replicating these, but I love the idea of a really oversized textural knit on top of something very basic like a small stool or ottoman.  Cozy and very kid-friendly.

So what do you think – do any of these ideas stand out for you?  Should I give it the old college try?  I promise to show you the results…

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2014/01/10 / Shanan

THE DELICATE DRAG: NANNA HANNINEN

I’ve admired Finnish artist Nanna Hänninen‘s work for awhile now. There’s something so simple and pure about the splatter of paint, or the action of a palette knife dragged across a surface, but when overlaid on top of her quiet black and white photography, the effect is so beautiful and strange.  The paint feels like a colourful apparition of sorts, hovering in and out of the realm of the photo. I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as I do.

Image above: “People IV”, digital C-print on Diasec, 2012.

Nanna Hanninen Home digital photograph palette knife Finnish

Home (after Viktor Barsokevitsch 1893-1927), digital C-print on Diasec, 2013.

Nanna Hanninen People shadows black white photography palette knife painting

People I, digital C-print on Diasec, 2012.

Nanna Hanninen Finnish artist black white photography palette knife

Pine Tree Diptych, digital C-print on Diasec, 2012.

Nanna Hanninen Finnish artist photography black white Barn palette knife

Barn (after Viktor Barsokevitsch 1912), digital C-print on Diasec, 2013.

You can view more of Nanna Hänninen’s lovely work at her website. Coincidentally I just discovered that The Jealous Curator did a post on her this week as well, so do check it out. Great minds…?