I just think these pieces are overwhelmingly complex.
Oooh: adverb (I must like this work if I'm using adverbs).
Here's an excerpt about it from the Maya Stendhal Gallery's website:
"Initially, we were inspired by the release of the IPEX bra by Victoria Secret. Advertisements for this bra espoused quite blatantly that it provides 'maximum nipple coverage!' This bra epitomizes the eradication and androgenization of the nipple. We find this ironic in an era where breast augmentation is done in order to gain a "more feminine look." So we wanted to reclaim our natural femininity and counter this strange phenomenon.
But as our project came to life, we realized we had touched something deeper. Women responded to our call for reasons we had not intended. We began receiving submissions breast cancer survivors. Their beautiful creations are an both an artistic and cathartic. Also, women who have lost a family member or friend to breast cancer have taken this opportunity to express their grief and respect to their loved ones. We have also received submissions from women who have recently become mothers and are inspired by the joys and rigors of nursing!"
"Once upon a time there was a blanket. This blanket had several sheets containing a traditional bedtime story. Each "page" adds a layer of linen making you warmer (or cooler) and comfier hopefully guiding you and your partner into a pleasant night’s sleep."
“'That’s when I started to scream' may be the most frequently used chapter ending in the hugely successful children’s horror series 'Goosebumps,' which a decade ago catapulted Mr. Stine to prominence. Now, for the first time in eight years, during which Mr. Stine tried his hand at creating other series, he is back with a fresh 'Goosebumps.'”My favorite part of the article (aside from hearing about the comeback kid) was the following:
"Mr. Stine got his start writing funny stories, not scary ones. Under the name Jovial Bob Stine, he was the author of dozens of joke books in the 1970s and ’80s. Influenced by the surprise twists of Ray Bradbury’s novels and devoted to comic books, he came to appreciate the way some writers were able to combine humor with the macabre."Read more via The NY Times
They also have a gloriously reworked train (another obsession of mine).
Color me impressed.
“Burtonwood and Holmes are a collaborative team working in a range of media to produce work that challenges mainstream ideas about warfare and consumerism. Their large-scale installations attempt to “bring the war home” to audiences on different levels. Illustrating the consumptive aspect of warfare and defining “materielism” (sic) as an integral part of the global economy.”
These images are from the Consuming War pieces these artists have constructed.
“Focusing on the U.S. conflict in the Middle East over the past 10 years, Consuming War addresses the ways the American media and consumer culture have manipulated and influenced our perceptions of war, often turning it into a spectacle for American consumption. While war is an underlying theme in all the works, each addresses the concept of war, and our relationship to it, from a variety of angles, creating pieces that range from political cartoons to sculptures that recreate the archaeological artifacts looted from the National Museum of Iraq and large suspended papier mâché bombs made from sale advertisements. Timely in its subject matter, Consuming War offers an innovative platform in which the complex and multifarious connections between war, capitalism, American consumer culture, and our everyday live can be re-situated and critically examined.”
“This model is meant to replicate the White House as it is today. John and Jan Zweifel and a dedicated corps of family and friends have spent more than 500,000 hours over 38 years building this 50-foot replica. On a scale of one foot to one inch, every piece of furniture is hand carved, every rug is hand stitched, and every wall is hand painted.
John Zweifel strongly believes that the White House belongs to American citizens. He has spent decades collecting measurements, matching upholstery colors, and memorizing architectural details, hoping to make an accurate replica of the White House available to the millions of Americans who have never travelled to Washington to see the original.
Since 1976, an estimated 43 million people in America and around the world have seen-in miniature-many of the White House rooms that are not included on the public tour. The Zweifels update the decorative details in their White House miniature to reflect changes made during each new administration.”