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Tuesday
Sep152015

Curio: Lucy Liu, Artist

Alexa here with your weekly art break. Lucy Liu made the surprise announcement recently that she'd had a baby boy via surrogate, congrats to her!  In following some links I was also surprised to see that she'd launched a website dedicated to her art, under her own name.

As we've posted before, Lucy had been making paintings under the pseudonym Yu Ling, but now she is ready to unveil new, varied works without the pseudonym.  Her use of media has expanded from painting to screenprint, sculpture, and fiber. 

More pieces after the jump...

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Curio: Oh Sew Nerdy

Alexa here with your weekly arts and crafts. Since I first posted on pop culture cross-stitch in 2009 the craze has only grown, with new styles and patterns hitting etsy daily; now even a novice can spend some free time stitching Wes Anderson characters. Last weekend Gallery1988 opened its first-ever cross-stitch only exhibition, and it is a great one: a solo show by one of my local heroes Derek Sanchez-Hoeksema, aka OhSewNerdy. Derek stitches about some of his pop culture obsessions from here in corn country, and has quite a knack for blending words and image. Here are some of his movie-inspired designs featured at the show.

After the jump I've left them without captions because guessing the film is part of the fun...

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Monday
Aug242015

Curio: Getting Intimate With Ingrid

Alexa here with a curio in honor of Ingrid Bergman's centennial.  A few years ago, during a stop at Brooklyn thrift shop The Thing for some record shopping, I spied a paperback lying with a small pile of vintage books. There's nothing I love more than a pulpy celebrity biography, so I left the store without any LPs and with Ingrid Bergman: An Intimate Portrait in my bag instead.

It turned out to be perfect summer reading...

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Tuesday
Aug182015

Curio: Too Cool For School Supplies

Alexa here. This year was the first year I had to get school supplies for my daughter and it was pretty depressing. She isn't allowed any choice, even in the color of her folders! As a form of rebellion by proxy, I've been searching for the coolest supplies out there to keep things weird at home.  Some for my daughter and, of course, why not choose a few for myself, too?  Here is a selection of film-themed supplies that could help my cause.

After the jump: Werner, Duckie, Cher, and more...

 

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Tuesday
Aug112015

Curio: James Charles' American Iconomics

Alexa here with your weekly arts and crafts. At the Bad Dads show in New York last week, currency artist James Charles' had some work up, but I thought he deserved his own post. James has been working for years on his series called American Iconomics. In it, James alters actual U.S. currency with the faces of actors, actresses, musicians, and other icons of popular culture.  Similar to Andre Levy's coin portraits, James morphs the familiar presidents’ faces into his new portraits, even successfully altering the text at the bottom to carry a message together with each portrait.  

Here are some if his bills from the world of film...

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