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dancers among us: a celebration of joy in the everyday

11/17/12 1 Comment

recently, the washington post profiled photographer jordan matter and his book dancers among us.  here’s jordan talking about the project:

The inspiration for this book came to me one afternoon as I watched my son, Hudson, playing with his toy bus. I was trying to keep pace with his three-year-old mind as he got deeper and deeper into a fantasy involving nothing more than a yellow plastic box and armless figurines. At least that’s what I saw. He saw frantic commuters rushing to catch the 77 local bus to Australia. He jumped in place, mouth open and slapping his knees, joyously reacting to a world I couldn’t see, but one powerfully present for him.

What happens to this enthusiasm, this ability to be wholly present in the moment? Why are these pure moments of passion so often replaced with cynicism, boredom, and indifference? As I played with my son, I thought about creating photographs that would show the world as if through his eyes. The people in the images would be alive and in the moment, celebrating all aspects and emotions of everyday life.

check out a sample of his work below (with more pics here).  spotted at thesmithian.


dali in wonderland

11/15/11 1 Comment

a special 1969 edition of alice’s adventures in wonderland featured illustrations by surrealist painter salvador dali.  the william bennett gallery is showing this much sought-after dali suite live in soho and online.  click on the artwork below for a closer look.  spotted by brainpickings.

banksy does hollywood

02/24/11 1 Comment

in anticipation of the oscars this sunday, banksy hit los angeles with some of his trademark vandalism.  his movie exit through the gift shop, which explores the world of street art, is nominated for best documentary.  check out some of his art after the jump.


google art project


Pancake Week by Boris Kustodiyev at The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia

this is some of google at its best.  from creative review:

With Google Art Project, users can wander around 17 of the world’s top galleries and museums and view 1,061 artworks. There are also 17 special gigapixel images – one for each participating institution’s most treasured piece, allowing viewers to zoom right in to brush-stroke levels of detail…Users can explore each gallery from room to room or create their own collections of masterpieces.

you can watch the visitor guide below.  also, check after the jump for a full list of participating museums and a behind-the-scenes look into the 18-month project.


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