From now until October 1 in the Lower East Side in NYC, there's a very cool public art exhibition going on: Art in Odd Places. Visual art, installations, and performances will be taking place in unexpected spaces in the public domain. Of course there's always this kind of thing going on in NYC, but this exhibition serves as a way to call attention to and celebrate the purposefully placed every day art that's here, there, how did they pull that off up so high, and I can't believe they're doing that right there in front of everyone. There are over 25 projects in the Art in Odd Places exhibition. Especially interesting is Gretchen Vitamvas' "Subwear" -- outfits designed to blend-in with subway car-interiors. Though it might be easy to miss, look for the artist (or volunteers) wearing the Subwear on the F train.
Mark your calendars: 24 Hour Comics Day is set for October 7, 2006. Get ready to break out your drawing gear and create a 24-page comic in 24 hours. Comic artists from all over the world participate. Here's the FAQ, and here's a list of places that are planning special 24 Hour Comics Day events. Thanks to Scott McCloud, who's currently on a 50 state tour with his whole family to promote his new book Making Comics, for letting me know about the event.
While watching the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn this weekend I couldn't help but think that there are some craft opportunities for the floats. You have to admire a float that is only a massive sound system enclosed in 2x4s and sheets of plywood for wheel coverings, but with all the fancy costumes around, it seems that something better could be done.
If you're a hippo and you're ever stuck in a pen with a giant tortoise, just make friends. This level of adaptability is downright creative.
malcom wells is a pioneer architect in underground housing. May be we should all be.
I've always been a big fan of B3TA's Phallic Logo Awards, an amazing collection of hilarious inadvertently phallic logos. Graphic designers can be incredibly sneaky, or they can be incredibly clueless. Turnabout is fair play. I am pleased to share the American Museum of Ceramic Art's fantastic vagina-centric logo with all of you. HOLY COW! I think I saw this exact diagram in Sex Ed class when I was in sixth grade. Mad props to the museum's graphic designer for adding some subversion to a normally male-dominated world. Take that, all of you macho potters!
LINK to AMOCA
Summer Pierre has got a very cool project going on at her site, an inspiring challenge to herself: A Something, An Anything for 30 Days. She's creating an image a day (featuring wonderful stories) on an 8.5 X 11 piece of paper with a felt-tip pen. You can see the gallery of images here, but be sure to read through the blog as well, because each posted entry also features excellent commentary on both the image and the overall project by Summer.