Mimes are creepy, and the mime duo of Shields and Yarnell are no exception. Their silent comedy act was pretty big in the late 70s; big enough to get them their own CBS television comedy-variety program, The Shields and Yarnell Show.
Creepy? I think so. Worse yet, their specialty was the robot, and they were so proud of their pop-and-lock abilities they called themselves “The Clinkers.” This married mime couple would pretend to be robots eating breakfast and such. Why robots would eat breakfast is unclear. But not as unclear as why CBS aired a show WITH MIMES. It’s not that the mime nonsense was a small part of a bigger show. No. The show was designed to showcase their incredibly creepy mime work.
Not surprisingly, the show only lasted for one season …
What a name, right?! Mummenschanz is German for “mummery,” or a play involving mummers. Now, I know mummers (yes that is a real word from Old English) are generally fairly creepy guys that annoyingly try to get out of an invisible box (think Shakes the Clown), but Mummenschanz are far more advanced than that. They are a Swiss pantomime troupe founded in 1972 by Bernie Schürch, Andres Bossard (August 9, 1944 – March 25, 1992), and the Italian-American Floriana Frassetto. Their performances feature no words, and little music, just the most amazing masks and shockingly wonderful interactions.
I know I have done a few posts on origami before, but I am just kind of fascinated by it. What can I say. It is as ephemeral as art gets – delicate paper, with no more than creases and physics to maintain its shape. It is one of the most specific of art forms with its inevitable dependence on the laws of science and geometry. You could argue that the origami medium is math, just as much as it’s paper.
Between the Folds, is an amazing documentary film by Vanessa Gould, about the origami obsessed around the world. These experts are not your typical artists; they are more like mad scientists “working in the shadows between art and math.” People like Eric Joisel, a French artist whose tiny elfin sculptures involve thousands of folds – he admits his dedication to the art form makes him “le masochist”. Or Vincent Floderer, an “avant-garde” origami artist who uses “the crumpling technique;” he sees his form of paper-folding as “abandoning the imposition of order.”
On the other end of the spectrum are origami-ists like Chris Palmer. He spent a good parts of his life living in a cave in Granada, and his creations are rigorous and complex geometric arrays. And there is Erik Demain, MIT’s youngest professor ever, who was homeschooled in math, computer science, and origami.
This movie is beyond interesting, and nothing but fun. So release your inner nerd, and get in the groove of the fold!
Originally titled “oreore-nai,” in Japanese (a playful way to say‚ “I cannot fold properly”), Origami: Strange Faces uses mixed images of faces to fold into some odd looking characters. While instructions are included, you can fold the paper in all sorts of different ways for some very unexpected results. This easy origami kit comes with 15 square sheets of paper printed with photo images of cropped faces. When folded the sheets transform into bizarre kaleidoscopic versions of a face, as if a few people got together and went crazy with Apple’s Photobooth effects.
Julian Beever is an English artist that creates amazingly surreal chalk drawings on pavement surfaces around the world. He has been at it for more than twenty years now. The drawings like insanely real, so much so that people with actually walk around his “potholes,” and “spills.” What do you think?
Batman and Robin
Avoid the Hole
Crochet graffiti, or yarn bombing, is arguably the newest trend in grafitti. But while traditional graffiti is highly illegal and causes all sorts of permanent damage, this new trend is far less harmful and not as frowned upon. Instead of paint and spray cans, they use yarn and needles to canvas the streets in their colorful creations. Hydrants, lampposts, mailboxes, bicycles, cars — even objects as big as buses and bridges — have all been bombed in recent years, ever so softly and usually at night. A Canadian knitter even declared June 11 International Yarn Bombing Day on Facebook! You better watch out for these renegade knitters, and hope they bomb something near you!
The first piece I saw. Soho, NYC
By Knitta Please
Ryan McGinness is a NYC artist who makes a lot of very different art with very similar themes, all of which looks really cool! He has created a huge collection of graphic drawings that use the visual language of signs, corporate logos, and iconography, to create paintings, sculptures, and environments. Ryan has made a lot of paintings that feature bright, neon colors, and he recently made some really incredible blacklight paintings that he calls “black holes.”
The large round canvases are deceptive. On first glance they look like fairly simple images, but stand in front of them for any length of time, and you are immediately drawn in to a trance by the delicate, hypnotic shapes. Black holes, indeed!
Ryan is about to have a three big shows in los angeles, so be on the lookout for some of his amazing events!