David Bowie, Be My Wife / Life on Mars?

David Bowie, "Be My Wife"; from Low, RCA Victor Records, 1977

This video kind of reminds me of the "Casual Friday" version of Life on Mars.

David Bowie, "Life On Mars?"; from Hunky Dory, RCA Victor Records, 1971

Philippe Morillon Wallpaper

Philippe Morillon is a French painter, photographer, and art director who has created some fantastic wallpapers illustrating his favorite art-world buddies. I am 100% in love with them; they're so funny and weird and pretty and perfect.

In the 70's, he created super-glamorous depictions of the Paris party scene (featured earlier on this blog), featuring socialites and celebrities that were part of his crew. Andy Warhol wrote the forward for his 1982 book of art, Ultra Lux.

Loulou & Pierre (Loulou de la Falaise and Pierre Bergé)

Wallpaper Diane de B. (Diane de Beauvau-Craon)

Fred & Co. (Fred Hughes)

Andy's Twist (Andy Warhol)

Wallpaper Inès de la Fressange

Wallpaper, 2013


Philippe Morillon's wallpapers are being shown May 14 through June 07, 2014 at Galerie du Passage, 20/26, galerie Véro-Dodat 75001, Paris

Around Town: Imprisoned Parrot Statuettes

Imprisoned Parrot Statuettes, Brooklyn, NY, April 2014

In the first-floor window of a private house in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Jessica Harrison

These charming porcelain figurines are by British artist Jessica Harrison. On first glance they seem perfectly nice, but a closer look makes me laugh.

Grace, 2010. Detail below

Karen, 2010. Detail below.

Marilyn, 2010. Detail

Mid-Century Swedish Banknotes

 10 Kronor, 1963-1990 (rear side)

5 Kronor, 1965-1981 (rear side)

PIL, Live in Tokyo

Public Image Ltd., Live in Tokyo, Virgin UK double LP, 1983

Robert Heinecken: Recto/Verso

Below are a few selections of a late-80's portfolio of work called Recto/Verso by Robert Heinecken, which explores themes of female sexuality and media messages.

Heinecken (1931-2006) was a multi-media artist best known for his assemblage of found imagery. 
Though his work appears to be done with film, he's not exactly a photo-collage artist; he used techniques that were quite a bit more analog (though I suppose film could be considered pretty analog these days!)

A note from the publisher of the collection about Heinecken's method: "The Recto/Verso photograms were made without the use of camera or film. A single page from a mass-circulation magazine was placed in direct contact with color photographic paper and exposed to light. The resulting image superimposes the visual and verbal information from the front and back of the magazine page. No collage, manipulation, or other handwork was employed."

The Recto/Verso portfolio is available through Vincent Borrelli, in case you happen to see it on my Christmas wish list.

I've been a fan of double-negative imagery ever since I had a faulty camera as a child. I received a pleasant surprise when my shots came back from the developer looking totally psychedelic.

(This post was originally posted on 04-20-11. I republished it because the MoMA is presenting a  Heinecken exhibition right now, through September 07, 2014, titled Object Matter)

See Eyewear

I had wanted to get a pair of mirrored sunglasses for the longest time, but I wasn't having an easy time finding any that thrilled me. I'm not sure why it hadn't occurred to me earlier that I could get regular frames made with mirrored lenses at the optometrist, but I'm glad it eventually did.

I recently had these guys custom made at See Eyewear. They have so many unusual frames to choose from (in EVERY color), so deciding which pair to insert shiny mirrored lenses into took me forever! I was there for at least a couple hours.

Multi-Generational Synth Rarities (?)

Having to define musical genres can be so annoying!
Is it post-punk? Cold-Wave? Proto-Industrial? Electro? New Wave? Who knows, who cares?

Guerre Froide, "Ersatz", from Untitled, Stechak Records 12", France 1981

Tokow Boys, "Swinging Pool", from Petite Rockette, Virgin France S.A. 12" Maxi, France 1980

Police des Moeurs, "La Politique de la Division"

This Montreal, Canada band formed in 2010.

Circa Tapes, "Adam and Eve", from Adam and Eve,  Romance Moderne digital EP, US 2013

Chicago musician Adam Killing (a.k.a. Adam Sieczka, also from Kill Memory Crash) records under the name Circa Tapes, whose EP was released in 2013.

Modèle Mécanique, "Dark of the Moon" ca. 2010

Oppenheimer Analysis, "The Devil's Dancers", from Oppenheimer Analysis, Minimal Wave Records 12" remastered EP, US 2005. (Originally released on a 1982 cassette (ed. of 200) entitled New Mexico)

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