Monday, January 23, 2006


New York-born photographer Ellen Jong's photo-essay illustrates her obsession with public urination. Of course, the net is full of these kind of images, most of them are not intended as art. I assume that Ellen has been baptised into the world of art, whereas many of the "urinators" have not. Order her book here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Schizophrenic Art

I have been collecting "Schizophrenic Art" for a few years now. The work is usually packed with words and layers and layers of meaning. This example was taken from a telephone pole, (there were many) and is full of paranoia, although who knows, perhaps this is a vital message from a Seer. The full page was filled with text and then there were the small drawings.

I have retyped some of the message below:

Who did pay monkeys from 14the century to kill slavics against the law (all together against Slavics 10,000-countrys with car-air industry only) Only 10 Blond countrys with car- Air industry only ID Blondes Europeans do make everything won Germ-Russ-Fr-Jap-USA-Italy-Neutral Yugoslavia (size 8 foot payed size 8 foot to kill Europe size 11 Foot and destroy Capitalist World produce Good quality -ART-Music and push Human kind 60 years back to oceans- all planet doesn't have $ to build space maschine, poor metals-95% stupid and number growing because human brain getting smaller without space machine this is beginning of I.W.W. and you are going back to oceans-and 95% Black Eyes do kill 5% Blondes (next year 3% it means end to humans- you didnt build space machine.
We must stop T.N. war-or you are going to finish like Atlantis-for sure you are on the coors. like dolphins, you didnt build space machine-we can teach you, but you must to change tops- Artists on the tops-produce good quality brain on the first place not money.

Sunday, January 08, 2006


This is a really cool idea. Cutout figures from photos and render tham as a drawing and then replace them back into the photo. I could see this being used alot in advertising. The website called Invisibilia, also has a tutorial that teaches you how to do this yourself. High art/Low art? Whatever it is, it works.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Fallen Rapper Pez

Packard Jenning's Fallen Rapper Pez dispensers, part of the illegal art exhibition, here.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Gonzo Figures

There is fine line between High Art and Low Art, and for that matter, Art and...all that other stuff. Crossing this line often has to do with legitimization. How is the work legitimate? Is the artist intending the work to be High Art? I came across this guys work, it is rather odd. Imagine this stuff full size, in an installation setting. The artist's name is Gonzo and he makes the figures by transforming existing body parts and painting them. His gallery is here.

Wall Art

Some of my students blanketed the walls of Toronto with the "Orphan" tag a few years ago. You really would find the tag everywhere and then, slowly they were covered up or cleaned up. I found this remnant here.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Grotesque Art

This frog-faced character could be Rabelais's mock-epic hero Panurge, or else Pope Jules II. There is a great image gallery of grotesque images from the past here.