Friday, July 31, 2009


Little Miss Revlon Doll's manufactured by Ideal from 1958-1960.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Annette Meyer's Flora Danica Dress is a paper reproduction of an 1860 design.

Fatal Apple

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Images by Hasisi Park's, see her photostream here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Meet the Eye

Aïda Ruilova’s video works are like fragments of fitful and disturbing fever dreams. Her early short projects (all under a minute) reflect her interest in both horror and punk rock and function as poetic slivers of noise music. Ruilova ignores narrative for a more immediate and raw form generated by the body under trauma. In her work You're Pretty (1999) Ruilova relays sexual obsession and despair, as a long haired, scrawny man repeatedly scrapes a record along the concrete floor of a basement. He clutches an amplifier and repeatedly mutters "You're pretty." Ruilova's use of quick cuts and repetition create an unsettling, sensory impression that evokes deep rooted fears and emotions.

Ruilova's works often feature solitary female figures, much like the typically imperiled girls of the horror genre. The gasps and cries of a young woman in Oh No (1999) create a disturbing tension, and it is unclear if she is the victim or the protagonist of some unseen action, or simply enthralled in a climatic experience. Rulovia creates convulsive fits through a use of extreme angles and zooming effects that contribute to the confusion between death, sex, and desire.

Ruilova's newest piece,
Meet the Eye (2009) features cult film actress Karen Black as an aged and smoldering hysteric. Shot on a soundstage in Los Angeles, the work is a sophisticated departure for Ruilova. While there are still repetitions and unusual shots, the artist has slowed the pace to blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy in a more subtle manner.

Black's character embodies a tragic confusion, she is passionate yet unfocused. She is caught in a loop, repeatedly begging the question "which one is me?" She is split and disoriented, as she sprawls on the hotel bed in languid seduction, curls into an introverted haze, or mimics the pose of a saint tied and ready for her punishment. Her male companion, played by artist Raymond Pettibon, is caught in his own stupor as he repeats the same lines over and over with little emotional inflection. While there is a lurid sexual tension between the couple, they never satisfy their carnal desires.

The couple's insular dance of loss and repetition is punctured by a peephole which the man carves through the the hotel wall. The woman peers through the opening to see a smokey void, where a body shrouded in white cloth rests on the ground. The image is Lynchian in the uncanny shift between real and imagined space and through the poetic translation of terror. With Meet the Eye, Rulovia has made a haunted and chilling work that lingers with the viewer for days, like a bad dream.

Meet the Eye was produced as part of the Hammer Museum’s Artist Residency Program and will be on view at the museum June 16 - September 27, 2009.


Images by Charlie Engman's photostream.


Images from Textbook of Human Anatomy,
W. J. Hamilton, Editor, 1956

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Exquisite Corpse

Details from Christian Dior's Spring 2009 Couture Collection

Little Church

Images from variationsonthewordsleep's photostream.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009


Images from welcome ghosts' photostream see her blog here.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Mechanical Methods of Birth Control from the Illustrated Birth Control Manual, Valeria Hopkins Parker M.D., Cadillac Publishing Co., 1957

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Weep and Wonder

Paintings from the Cameo series by Jennifer Nehrbass.

These images are sharply psychological, none of them providing a safe or comfortable arena. They take the myths of femininity and turn them inside out. The imaginative construct in which her work exists goes beyond realism. The point of these carefully contrived painting is to demonstrate the forces and situations that define women.
- Suzanne Sbarge

Weep and Wonder on view at Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica through August 15, 2009. Read an interview with the artist here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Details from Valentino's Fall 2009 Couture Collection

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Images by illustrator Stina Persson