Archive for January 2009

The Girl Project.

The Girl Project is a national collection of photographs taken by teenage girls that seeks to give us an insight into what is like to be a girl in 2008. The project, run by NYC photographer Kate Engelbrecht, will be turned into a book and exhibition in the future. In the meantime, pass the link along to any teenagers you know so they can be a part of it, or check out the limited gallery online here.

Here's to Lilly becoming a Bill!

President Barack Obama signed an equal-pay bill into law Thursday before cheering labor and women leaders who fought hard for it and the woman whose history-making lawsuit gave impetus to the cause.

Obama, choosing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as the first bill to sign as president, called it a "wonderful day" and declared that ending pay disparities between men and woman an issue not just for women, but for all workers.

With Ledbetter standing by his side, Obama said she lost more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in pension and Social Security benefits that she "still feels today." He then signed the measure that effectively nullifies a 2007 Supreme Court decision and makes it easier for workers to sue for discrimination by allowing them more time to do so.


In time for the release of her first album in 20 years, Grace Jones reunites with legendary Art Director Jean-Paul Goude for a new iconic image and an emotionally wrought conversation. ~V Magazine

What's so wrong with supporting the arts?

In the face of mounting criticism of the stimulus bill, I just have to say I think it's amazing that President Obama includes funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. As states, "The arts embody the American spirit of self-definition." As an artist myself I think every designer, illustrator and artist out there agrees with me that our industries could use some help too! Plus it's a proven fact that children who participate in music and art do better in all aspects of their lives - this is true for all of us. The arts are essential to our communities - stimulus comes in many shapes and forms, and the lack of disregard for arts and science in this country has set us back greatly. I sincerely hope this funding remains in the final form of the stimulus bill.
National Endowment for the Arts

Aline Smithson.

Aline Smithson has some very haunting and interesting work on her site, as well as a really thought-provoking blog for her own take on photography at

Irana Douer.

Argentinian Irana Douer has beautiful illustrative work that reminds me of the outcast gypsy girls in all of my favorite childhood fairy tales. Be sure to check out her ceramic section.

The ugly side of beauty...

After having 8 months access to how Vogue is run, filmmaker R.J. Cutler makes a documentary about the magazine's work process, including the September 2007 cover featuring Sienna Miller in which she is "airbrushed an inch from her life," including stripping her head on a different you know! Now you know.

Alli Good.

I love economy of word and I love economy of line. Alli Good's illustrative work is the latter...says so much with such beautiful and simple lines. From her site:

Alli Good’s paintings and works are a quasi-autobiographical exploration of family, social anxiety and feminism, tackled in the dark, surreal, but often humorous style for which she’s known. Her paintings, influenced by comic and pop art, depict large, fleshy females in unsparing and sometimes grotesque nudity, exploring deeply-ingrained issues of female body-image. It’s a kaleidoscopic journey in which women sprout ice-cream cone hands and have haloes made of unicorns, where female trolls cling to the legs of a woman and flesh turns to fish scales. Ultimately, the images are both disturbing and strangely poignant, forming a jagged path to beauty and self-knowledge.

REvisiting Madonna SEX book...

I just stumbled upon this link that had the entire Madonna SEX book...remember how cool and fearless she was (is) and how she took control of her own image and how she makes all the little Britney's seem like lost kindergardeners.

This might be the best question I've ever heard re. abortion:

How to Stump Anti-Abortion activists with One Question

Full post on here.

36th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, let us give pause, and thanks that we still live in a country where women have the freedom of choice, and let us wish that all who oppose abortion adopt a child this year. In addition, Obama finally lifts the ban on federal funds for groups that provide access to care and abortion, hopefully ending the back-alley/self-induced method that the former administration supported.
Organizations that had pressed Obama to make the abortion-ban change were jubilant:

"Women's health has been severely impacted by the cutoff of assistance. President Obama's actions will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and women dying from high-risk pregnancies because they don't have access to family planning," said Tod Preston, a spokesman for Population Action International, an advocacy group.

Call/Fax Arlen Specter Today: Stop Obstructionism!

Call Arlen Specter (R- PA) at 202-224-4254 or send him a fax at 202-228-1229 (since his line has been busy nonstop!)
Tell him to stop holding up the confirmation of Eric Holder for Attroney General. He is practicing obstructionism at the request of Karl Rove to hold up the confirmation so the statute of limitations runs out on some things that would incriminate Bush, Cheney, Gonzalez and probably Rove himself.

Harry Belafonte Speaking at the Peace Ball Last Night.

I was listening to KPFK this morning and heard this speech that Harry Belafonte gave at the Inaugural Peace Ball last night. It's so moving...yup I cried, as I keep doing with anything Obama apparently these days, but I wanted to share.

Kristina McDanolds Candid Photography.

Kristina McDanold's Photography site is like looking into her private diary and that!

10 prints by 10 artists.

I love this ROJO® limited edition poster series, including this one by fellow fp artist Catalina Estrada, one of my favorites!

Jordan Duvall Photography.

My friend Jordan Duvall, a great graphic designer is now embarking on her photography career! Go girl!~

Vanessa Prager's upcoming show:

New paintings by Vanessa Prager and Kathy Grayson at the Robert Berman Gallery, opening Saturday, January 24th. Her paintings are like dark girls' fantasy fairy tales full of secrets.

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Court halts Utah oil and gas leases

Environmental groups win a temporary restraining order, potentially leaving the fate of the 110,000 acres to the Obama administration.-LA Times

Goodbye Rainforest: Bush Signs Free Trade Pact with Peru

On his way out, Bush is making sure to give one last smackdown to the economy, environment, civil rights, women's rights...the list goes on and on.
The pact goes into action on Feb 1 and has been criticized due to Peru's inaction on improving labor rights and environmental standards, due to Peru's new law which allows large portions of the rain forest to be used for biofuels if deemed "a matter of national interest." For Peru, the deal will expand the duty-free access it has had to the US market since the early 1990s."
Just what we need at home during this recession, and just what our planet needs with global warming - oh wait that's just a liberal myth right? This man cannot go soon enough! ( - Courtesy of BBC News)

Read the full article here

US Secretary of the Arts: Sign the Petition

While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We in the arts need this and the country needs the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues. (Courtesy of ArtSlant)
Sign the petition here

RIP Andrew Wyeth.

One of my favorites. I'll never forget I used to get lost in this painting, a print of it was on the wall in my grammar school library.

Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay for Women goes to Senate:

Senate Votes Imminent on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act! Tell your Senators to vote yes to end wage discrimination against women.

Coco Rocha Poses

I don't normally peruse models' websites, but this is a really beautiful site. Check it out.

Trip out in pink fantasy with Pipilotti Rist.

Why does everything good happen in NYC? I feel like climbing into this fuzzy escapist installation right now!: Pipilotti Rist's lush multimedia installations playfully and provocatively merge fantasy and reality. MoMA commissioned the Swiss artist to create a monumental site-specific installation that immerses the Museum's Marron Atrium in twenty-five-foot-high moving images. Visitors will be able to experience the work while walking through the space or sitting upon a sculptural seating island designed by the artist.

Finally! House Passes: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act!!!!!

WASHINGTON – The House has passed legislation to assure that employers live up to their four-decade-old legal promise to provide equal pay for equal work. Democrats led lawmakers in approving a bill making clear that women who are victims of gender-based discrimination can sue for compensatory and punitive damage. Well it's about fucking time!

John Waters' Advice for Obama

I just watched a video of John Water's hilarious advice to Obama upon taking office, courtesy of BBC News. One of my favorites - instead of the army's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, let's do the opposite and have an "...all volunteer army of lesbians. Believe me - they could find bin laden...." It doesn't get much better than John Waters AND the Wire...I need to visit Baltimore!
Watch it here

The Problem with Palm Oil...

I keep getting into arguments with people over this one. From Palm oil plantations are expanding into the planet’s most biodiverse ecosystems, including rainforests, grasslands and peat swamps in South America, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Africa. These regions are home to millions of plant and animal species, including highly endangered orangutans, clouded leopards, and sun bears. Here is the list of the "Dirty 20," the top 20 Offenders whose companies who are contributing to rainforest destruction and endangering the above, not to mention adding to greenhouse gasses and displacement. This is a tough list to avoid. Most greenies I know refuse to believe that Odwalla is on there. They are owned by Coca-Cola. Chanel is another. See the rest.

4th Annual Focus on Female Directors.

Tonight: The Egyptian Theatre's Focus on Female Directors series features eight shorts, including Green Porno, Isabella Rossellini's titillating probe into the sex lives of insects. Another eclectic and innovative highlight, Lana Kim and Andy Bruntel's C'mon Baby features stop-motion photography, while haunted Kirsten Dunst fable Welcome boasts an appearance by Winona Ryder. The program also includes documentaries, video art, and narratives, and concludes with a discussion with Amy Axelson and Kimberly M. Wetherell about their short Why We Wax. Words from Nicole Mitchell, whose Zoologic won her a 2008 Student Academy Award, round out the evening.

Katrin Olina

Being a vector artist myself, I am really inspired Katrin Olina's multimedia, digital installations. She has currently transformed the Cristal Bar in Honk Kong and has an exhibit at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland. She partnered with materials manufacturer 3M using the company's specialized film and print technology. Beautiful! (~ courtesy of Dexigner)

Sylvia Ji's Day of the Dead Paintings.

Veronica and I both love the work of Sylvia Ji...particularly these illustrative Mexican figurine pieces which evoke both sexuality and death.

Kaitlin Wilson-Bryant.

Kaitlin Wilson-Bryant's botanical photographs are hauntingly lonely and sensual.

Raised As a Pack of Wolves.

Reminding me of the Singapore version of Larry Clark's Kids, from Genevieve Chua, 24, comes the intriguing photo series Raised As a Pack of Wolves. In her words:

Raised as a Pack of Wolves is a visual narrative revolving around a family
of youths who come together in support of each other where they fend for
themselves in the wild. This series shows their attempts to establish
familial ties during the awkwardness of adolescence, as they move about
together like wolves on a hunt.

The story runs along with a written narrative that is on the cover of the
site. The photographs feature the "wolf spirits" as androgynous youths,
who are assumed girls, as the real gender of these wolves are not yet
apparent. The series consists of 60 photographs that were shot in low-light,
at dawn, where these characters emerge from the wild.

Raised as a Pack of Wolves is a commissioned series by M1 Singapore Fringe
Festival 2009.

The life of an artist...or two.

I read about in the LA Times and thought I'd pass it along. I love the idea of peeking backwards into artists' lives to learn about how they went about their daily routines. It's written in a picturesque way too:

Days were as unvaried as the notes of the cuckoo. Flaubert, a man of nocturnal habits, usually awoke at 10 a.m. and announced the event with his bell cord. Only then did people dare speak above a whisper. His valet, Narcisse, straightaway brought him water, filled his pipe, drew the curtains, and delivered the morning mail...(this one is the life of Gustave Flaubert)

Somewhere between the Sublime and the Grotesque...

lies the work of artist Janice Sloane...her mission statement reads:

In my work, the theme of skin and its impermanence has always been a constant -- from the use of wax in painting, to create a textural body, which emerged from the surface to the elastic skin of a model I collaborated with and photographed for 7 years until his death. I am now making heads using pieces of latex Halloween masks pieced together with stainless steel pins. I find that latex is a very tactile and sensuous medium in which to convey my ideas of the flesh. These works are primarily inspired by cosmetic plastic surgery, African art, ritual objects and painting references. These heads display many of the features people want to rid themselves of or prevent by means of plastic surgery, namely aging wrinkles, deformities, discolorations, exaggerated features; etc. -- the list of "imperfections" is very long. These heads are also intended to address society's pressure for "perfect beauty", eternal youth and conformity.