farm city!

saturday evening.

December 8, 2010
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Norman Rockwell. Illustrator. Painter. Photographer. 1894-1978.


I never cared much for photorealism. I guess because I like photography a lot. And it seems that photorealism is just a technical-talent-wank on canvas – doesn’t leave much space for the imagined, for creativity. And so I never really cared for Norman Rockwell.
But then, I saw the recent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, ‘Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera’ and I was intrigued. He’s a talented illustrator and super-meticulous about arranging and photographing all the scenes he painted. And so much of his subject matter is right up my alley – in just these two works, he incorporates books, axes, tattoos, sailors & woodsmen. I guess I was converted by the art…


the pathway to fitness

November 8, 2010
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The Book of the Bicycle. Roger St. Pierre. 1973.

Thrift store find…
I own a bunch of books about bikes – almost all of them published in the 1970s, that heyday of bicycles.
I like this one especially because of two chapters: one about the children, brainwashing them into loving bikes and the other is about fixed-gears, which I like because I ride one everyday.

writers’ houses.

August 13, 2010
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M + E. Analog Graphic Design. USA.

Two-colour screenprinted posters of writers’ houses. By M+E, A.N. Devers to announce the launch of her Writers’ Houses website.

on the south side.

July 22, 2010
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Michael L. Abramson. Photographer. Chicago.

Michael Abramson took these great photos of funky crowds at shows in Chicago’s South Side in the 1970s. The photos are published in a book by Numero Group, accompanied by a 2-LP soundtrack of Chicago’s sweet soul.

old photos! books!

July 6, 2010
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More vernacular photos from America’s past. All of these were found at Square America, a really fucking great website / collection of found photos, interesting subjects, nostalgia & sentiment.
These particular pictures of people reading were found, interestingly enough, in a gallery called ‘The Readers’.
I was drawn to the old photos of people with books, but the galleries range from ship life in Vietnam to 1930s mugshots to spanking fetishes of old.

rainy-day mash-up.

March 23, 2010
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paper / scissors.

March 22, 2010
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Rob Ryan. Artist, Paper Cutter, Screen Printer. British.

among the inuit.

March 21, 2010
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Robert Semeniuk. Documentary Photographer. Albertan / Canadian.

I found Among the Inuit at the bookstore where I work. I was working, so I didn’t have much time to browse but the images I saw were great. I’ve been pretty obsessed with the arctic these days, so the subject matter is right up my alley.
After a quick image search, it seems Semeniuk has taken photos all over the world. The latter two are of a child in Gaza and the tattooed chest of a Karen child soldier. More photos can be found here.

the big why.

March 8, 2010
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Rockwell Kent. Artist / Printmaker. 1882-1971.

I first heard about Rockwell Kent as a fictional character in Michael Winter’s novel The Big Why. The version I read happened to be illustrated by the real-life Kent’s woodcut prints and, naturally, I was impressed.
His politics are left, his aesthetics are right – can’t beat that.

books + boats.

February 26, 2010
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