For better or worse, the closest thing to “natural” that many New Yorkers experience in their day to day lives may very well be shopping in the organic section of Whole Foods. Guerilla street art collective Mosstika is trying to change all that with their latest “graffiti” project. Rather than sprawling tags across the city in spray paint, Mosstika’s works are created using living grass and moss.
“We believe that if everyone had a garden of their own to cultivate, we would have a much more balanced relation to our territories,” they write. Read More
Have you ever thought about what future civilizations (or alien invaders) will think of us when they inevitably discover the remnants of our society? Yeah me neither. But while we’re on the topic, I think most of us would agree that if our new alien overlords happen to flip through the pages of today's glossy fashion magazines, they may very well paint a picture of us that is a lot skinnier, a little whiter, and a lot more pore-less than most of us actually are. Read More
If there’s one thing I’m sure of at the BUST office, it’s that everyone here loves cats. We might have found our rival, though: a man by the name of Louis Wain. Wain, an extremely successful freelance illustrator throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, gained his reputation with hundreds of humorous cat illustrations. He was even the President of the National Cat Club, according to the Henry Boxer Gallery. Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on May 29, 2012
Do you love Draw Something, the Pictionary-esque smartphone game, as much as we do here at BUST? I started strong in the game, trying to draw recognizable pictures, but at a certain point, I just gave up trying.
But Sarah Sitkin is a player who doesn't take this game lightly. She not only draws the word, but incorporates it into an entire scene, then meticulously creates brilliant pieces of art. Now my stick figures with talk bubbles just seem extra unacceptable. Click here and prepare to be wowed. Read More
I’m convinced that the French band Ödland is made of pure magic. Comprised of members Alizée Bingöllü, Lorenzo Papace, Lea Bingöllü, and Isabelle Royet-Journoud, their sound is at times ethereal and haunting--conjuring up images of ghosts and fairies in foggy fields--and at other times childlike and playful, reminiscent of hopscotch and make-believe. With the use of a variety of instruments, including the musical saw and children’s toys (think percussive Old MacDonald songbook meows and moos), their music is beautiful and a little bizarre. Read More
Dear BUST blog readers who either live in Paris or are currently visiting: I am extremely envious of you! As if I needed another reason to dream about flying over to the lovely land of France, I just read on one of my favorite go-to art blogs, BOOOOOOOM, about an incredible gallery opening. Sure, New York is nice and well, but it’s gloomy and rainy today and the idea of walking along cobblestone roads with some fresh bread in hand on my way to an art show doesn’t sound all that bad. Read More
BY Intern Christina
on May 24, 2012
Get your mind out of the gutter! Well, only slightly out of the gutter. British street artist Banksy's newest creations have been posted to his website, and one is more than a little suggestive. Check out the piece below, and his website for even more.
Image courtesy of HighSnobiety. Read More
Adapted from an old parlor game by the Surrealist artist movement in the 1920s, Exquisite Corpse is a method of collaborative image or word collection. The method, indicative of the movement’s purpose to express the real functioning of thought, features unusual juxtaposition and the element of surprise. Sort of like round-robin, but without the whole anarchy thing, a group gathers together and one person begins either drawing, collaging, or writing something, then hides part of it and passes it on to the next person to add to, continuing throughout the entire group. Read More
American artist and filmmaker, Cindy Sherman has been creating works that comment on both social and sexual roles and stereotypes since the 1970s. One of her earlier and best-known photographic works, Untitled Film Stills (1977–80), portrays women in their socially assigned roles and presents the potential danger and instability of these constructs. Read More
BY Lan Truong
on May 04, 2012
Finding cool and affordable art to hang on your walls can feel downright impossible. Sure, you can go to a big-box store and pick up some okay looking art in the home decorating section, but if you're on the hunt for some jazzier pieces for your walls, check out the following websites.
1. 20x200: Prints start at just $20! That's right, $20! Prices go up to $200 for larger, more limited prints. Prints can be purchased unframed or framed (framed prints costs extra).
2. Tiny Showcase: A portion of sales from each print is donated to a charity chosen by the artist.
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