As I’m sure many of you know, there was a solar eclipse today, which was visible to a lot of Asia. The always spectacular Big Picture photo blog by Boston.com has a wonderful post of images from the eclipse. The images above are from that post – aren’t they great?! The eclipse itself is so amazing, but I think my favorite pictures are the ones of people looking at the eclipse. Check out the post here – it’s worth it!
This charming work is by Brooklyn-based illustrator Aleks Sennwald. I stumbled upon her work on Share Some Candy, and now I can’t get enough! I love the way she draws animals- though the woman in the picture at the top is really engaging too! Aside from her website, Aleks also has a blog which showcases her work, and other things.
You might remember when I mentioned that there was a really cool event this past weekend in Space 1520 by our Hollywood We The Free store. Lauren Dukoff had a special opening party for her new book Family, and Devendra Banhart played a special set! I missed it, being on the opposite coast, but our Store Manager Carla sent me some wonderful photos taken during the event by Sonny Gerasimowicz.
This is a signed copy of Lauren’s book! It features portraits of many amazing folk and indie musicians, including Devendra, naturally!
Here everyone is waiting around for the show to start!
Devendra is getting ready to go on… He sure is a cutie!
Devendra is about to go up and everyone is getting psyched! Also, on the left you can almost see the front of the We The Free store – there’s a guy peeking inside! Hope he likes what he sees!
The show begins!
Everyone loves it!
Our Managers-in-Training, Antonella and Laura, are huge Devendra fans, and they watched the show from the store garage. They look so pretty!
Thank you for the fabulous pictures Carla!
I am amazed at the detail of Amanda Michelle Smith‘s ceramic work. The way she draws is also really appealing! Check out this post on If The Birds Knew and click the pictures to see much bigger photos, and more of Amanda’s work! Seriously, do it! The bigger pictures do more justice to the work – the little intricacies are really great!
Part of what makes these paintings so dreamy and luminous is that they are painted on convex metal rounds. I love the subjects of the paintings, the natural patterns and plants, and I love the colors too! Yvette Molina uses layers and layers of oil paint and many transparent glazes to achieve that certain glow. Check out her site if you want to learn more about her!
There is an amazing exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City right now by artist Song Dong.
Song Dong’s mother spent her entire life hoarding anything that she got her hands on, and refused to ever throw anything away. All her life she lived in a tiny house packed full with every kind of odd and end you can imagine. Shortly before she died, Song was able to convince her to allow him to clean out the house and use the contents as an exhibition. The exhibition is called Waste Not, and essentially it is all of his mother’s possessions, laid out and organized. The huge mass of stuff makes a really powerful statement. If I can get up to NYC in time, I will definitely be checking out this exhibition in person!
I can’t even fathom the patience it must take for Tim Noble and Sue Webster to create these amazing pieces! All of their shadow art is created using trash, and each piece takes anywhere from 6 months to a year to complete. It’s amazing that those piles are creating the silhouettes on the wall – I almost don’t believe it! See more of their creations here and here.