Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Barbie Breasts

This image of a pair of breasts was made with an assembly of naked Barbie dolls.

Close up:

By artist Chris Jordan

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

1 800 Call "Sam"

Attorney Sam Bernstein is so well known in Detroit he doesn't need to put his name or occupation on his billboards, just his face. 1 800 Call "Sam". That's hardcore market dominance.

Friday, August 05, 2011

On the Language of Form: Luxury & Degradation

Curious how often things that are inherently malevolent or undesirable are presented with names or veneers that make bold claims to the opposite. Below, 2 unsavory and dilapidated motel's: "Mona Lisa" and "Esquire" (the top hat is an especially nice touch).

The use of nature imagery in the packaging and marketing of unhealthy and processed foods is common practice: Visual Tropes: Pastoral Farmlands

"Luxury & Degradation" is the title of a series of sculptures by artist Jeff Koons.

On Color/Off Color: Cream Condolence

The color of this car is best described as "Cream Condolence", that taupe pallor often found on the upholstery and wallpaper of funeral parlors.

Signs of the Apocalypse

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Study Links Creativity and Arrogance

"At the age of six years I wanted to be a chef. At the age of seven I wanted to be Napoleon. My ambitions have continued to grow at the same rate ever since." — The first sentence of Salvador Dali's "Diary of a Genius".

The study, just published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, was conducted by a research team led by psychologist Paul Silvia of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Focused Arrogance of the Highly Creative (
New research links creativity with lower levels of honesty and humility.

Pride and Prodigy (WNYC radio interview with psychologist Paul Silvia)

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Reading Pictures: Italian Archetypes

Barberini Faun / Dolce & Gabbana

Reading Pictures: The Ambush

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Sebastian's Voodoo