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Fuco Ueda December 14, 2008

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I discovered her work through the Nucleus Gallery, which I stumbled across from a Myspace bulletin made by one of my favorite artists, Axelhoney. Her work is absolutely breathtaking and unique. So incredible on so many levels.

My favorites are Bad Summer and Birthday, from The Bliss Express and Ephemera exhibitions; respectively. Just stunning:



boopsiedaisy July 28, 2008

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“Doll Nut,” “Neo Polly Tan,” “Pam Cake” & “Ceasar Sally.”

I’ve been meaning to do a post on boopsiedaisy for awhile now. I stumbled across her on Etsy and instantly fell in love with her kitschy and frankly quite bizarre fine art prints. I love the injection of pure color, her sense of childlike whimsy mixed with an LA-Halloween-creepshow kind of vibe. Dolls’ heads mixed with food? (Her fantastic “Who’s on the Menu?” series) Crazy original and crazy cool. All her prints have cleverly punned names, too. I’m dying to collect some of her work, the hard part is deciding which prints to pick up.

pinkytoast March 16, 2008

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I’ve been checking out Pinkytoast’s art and dolls for awhile now. I love the big-eyed characters, her use of whimsy and color, the sense of fantasy, and also the darkness and edge she gives to something that could come off as overly childlike. She has a range of characters from her Tattoo Girls to her Sweet Tooth Girls, and she’s always coming up with something new. A few of my many favorites:

Tie Up My Heart Circus Girl

Twilight and a Midnight Swan

Little Tattoo Mermaid

Sweet Ginger Heart

“Living and working in Brooklyn, NY, Pinkytoast…has a soft spot for all things, (well, most things) sweet and sour. Her original paintings, dolls, and drawings are peppered with pinks, sour pouts, big eyes, raindrops, baby doll dresses, twins, moon balloons, and flying bananas. [Her art]…is inspired by retro kitsch, fairy tales, little kiddles, mod fashion, blythe, dollfie, vintage rag dolls, sad clowns and circus shows, the melancholy of goth, and all things pink.”

Pinkytoast’s art is available for purchase at Etsy, the hardest part is choosing what to get!

hopeless romantic January 28, 2008

Posted by Victoria Fredericks in Art, Inspiration.

Actually I was looking at the porcupine cartoon. I was going to do another post on Toulouse-Lautrec, but this will do for now. Simple, but it means a lot to me, at least about the idea of love, which I don’t pretend to know a thing about.

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s The Kiss

Hey, my love, you came to me like
Wine comes to this mouth;

Grown tired of water all the time;
You quench my heart and you
quench my mind
(Dave Matthews Band)

So who’s to worry
If our hearts get torn
When that hurt gets thrown
Don’t you know this life goes on
And won’t you kiss me
On that midnight street
Sweep me off my feet
Singing ain’t this life so sweet

This year’s love had better last
This year’s love had better last
(David Gray)

Fafi love January 24, 2008

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I have been into the “Fafi Girls” ever since Nicole introduced them to me over a year ago. Fafi is a French artist who has taken her feminine graffiti to a whole new level with her distinctive style, and now Fafi Girls are recognizable all over the world. Graffiti art has always been interesting to me, but I really love Fafi’s girls and her soft, dreamy approach to how she does her characters. Her use of color is brilliant. It’s girlie and funky all at the same time. I had a hard time deciding how I wanted to incorporate Fafi into this blog, because all her work is so beautiful, it was hard deciding on just a few images. So I doubt this is the last you’ll see of Fafi here!

(my personal favorite so far)

I love the sexy, flirty, playful vibe of Fafi’s characters. They can be demure but they are often aggressive. The sheer fantasy and originality of her work is what makes it amazing.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum December 17, 2007

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Note: Dated
When: August 18th, 2005 | Where: Boston, Massachusetts

My [former] grandmother-in-law and I stumbled upon the Gardner Museum completely by mistake–credit my forgetfulness. We were supposed to be visiting the Museum of Fine Arts during our Boston visit, but I (naturally) forgot the all-important discounted passes I made such a fuss about getting from my local library. Kate had mentioned something about this to me one time when we were waiting at the DMV (that’s a whole other story!) and it seemed interesting; neither one of us had ever been before. I wasn’t sure what to expect–something along the lines of an old lady’s house. I didn’t expect it to be so grand or so impactive.

A little background: Isabella Stewart Gardner (married to John L. Gardner) was a wealthy socialite in the mid 1800s (1840-1923); she loved Boston’s local culture almost as she loved traveling the world. Her passion was apparent from the moment we stepped into the museum–at one time, the Gardner Museum was her home–and an incredibly stunning one at that; completely unique from anything you could possibly imagine. All 2,500 works of art, sculpture, furniture, tapestries (13 of its finest–estimated at $100 million–were stolen in 1990 and are still missing)–ranging from ancient to mid 19th-century and collected from over 30 countries–have been preserved (for the most part) the way she had arranged them, because that was her parting wish–for all the beautiful things she collected on her travels to be displayed for posterity.

The collection amassed at the Gardner Museum is something more stunning than any museum display I have ever seen. Instead of the harsh halogenic glow and curated atmosphere; I felt as if I had been taken back in time, looking into each room, at each painting, at each sculpture. The courtyard is the most notable–the museum is built around it; with its 240 A.D. mosaic surrounded by stone statues and a graceful fountain on the back wall. It is serene, beautiful, magical; untouched and essentially unchanged since Isabella was alive. Kate and I were completely slack-jawed in amazement as we visited each room, commenting on things as we passed. What struck us most was the intricate detail of everything, and the rich, beautiful history–the art was sensational and deeply moving.

The only way to explain the enchantment of the Gardner Museum is to go there yourself. It’s such a gem of Boston. The things that I found the most interesting were the furniture (you just don’t see curves, paint detailing, scroll work) like that anymore–it’s all pre-fab and everyone’s got the same stuff unless it’s antique) and the ancient Greek sculptures, as well as the religious art. Isabella was a brilliant decorator. She styled her home in an Old-World eclectic style, mixing things from different places and times and arranging them in often quirky and atypical ways. Our visit was fascinating and inspiring–I truly think it was a one-of-a-kind experience I was lucky to have.