The Polling Place Photo Project is a nationwide experiment in citizen journalism that seeks to empower citizens to capture, post and share photographs of democracy in action. By documenting their local voting experience on November 7, voters can contribute to an archive of photographs that captures the richness and complexity of voting in America. LINK
I just found out that I missed this group of rogue Taxidermists give a master class less than a mile from my house! For some reason Scott and I have been talking about taxidermy a lot. I think it has to do with the gay Jack-a-lope at our favorite brunch spot, Beast.
Somehow this post doesn't fit in with my new vegetarian lifestyle that I'll be taking up after Thanksgiving (one last turkey dinner). Which is because of the article in the New York Times magazine about how humans are making Elephants crazy. Here's a link to the NPR interview with the author of the article.
What to do when you can't find your usual Day of the Dead stuff? Well, if life gives you Rice Krispies, make Krispie skulls! Just keep an eye on your dogs or one might disappear into the night. Photos here.
Check out the extreme gourd art of Vermont artist, Dan Ladd. He takes art farming and sculpting to an extreme with his gourds grown in molds, his new root molding projects, and his living sculpture tree grafting. Arbor sculpture fanatics might also enjoy the Arborsmith website with pruning shears and grafting knives for sale.
ApexArt in Tribeca is currently featuring a crowd-pleaser of an exhibit called, Phantom Captain: Art and Crowdsourcing. What's that? More art/craft speak? Crowdsourcing entails farming out a designated task or project to a typically volunteer labor force that in turn creates content, sometimes without even knowing that they have been "sourced." Take The Sheep Market for example, a collaborative group drawing where folks where asked to "draw a sheep facing to the left." for .02 cents. In the end most did not know that their line drawings would be posted on the site as art and available as collectible stamps. Some participants ultimately felt as if they had been fleeced. (Sorry). Another popular example - Threadless, an online showcase of t-shirt design proposals where your vote counts in making the designs a reality. Which might lead us to ask, which comes first - the craft, the process, or the spectre of the crowd?
I recently wrote on my 52projects.com site about witnessing a feat of feats: Author and artist Lauren Redniss signed over 7,000 title pages of her new book Century Girl. So yes, the signing of the pages -- that was most certainly a feat of feats. But the book, it truly matches the magnitude of Lauren's page upon page (upon page) signing effort. Century Girl is a work of art that tells the story of a remarkable woman -- Doris Eaton Travis, the last living star of the Ziegfeld Follies. It is visually stunning -- the colors and art/photos/clippings and presentation make the cleverly inked biographical words LIVE on the page. And though longevity is one of the book's hooks -- "100 years in the life..." -- it is really about LIVING life, really, truly living life. The book is definitely worth checking out. Higly recommended.