Dizzy Swallows

Frances Bean Cobain

August 10th, 2011

On the eve of her 19th birthday, Frances Bean Cobain posed for a shoot with the talented photographer Hedi Slimane. The results are a goth-tinged collection of edgy black and whites that present Frances as the underdog, anti-heroine she undoubtedly was born to be.

In my mind, the images are stunning not because she is a gorgeous girl (which she certainly is) but because she has what are instantly recognizable as her father’s haunted eyes.

Heavily inked and with her mother’s pouting lips, little miss Frances exudes rocker DNA at its best. We shall see what life has in store for her.

Head over to Hedi’s diary to see the rest of the images.

All images via Hedi Slimane.

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David Spriggs: Three Dimensional Paintings

June 29th, 2011

I am always fascinated to see how artists push the boundaries of their medium. David Spriggs is one such artist. He creates his work by painting on consecutive layers of glass or film that are then assembled to form the entire image. His work certainly plays on and around the line between sculpture and painting, but aren’t the results of that play interesting?

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New Painting: Oryx Skull

May 25th, 2011 7 Comments

It seems like forever and a day since I last posted one of my paintings, so here is my latest. I was playing with elements of trompe l’oeil in this piece, whose subject is the skull of a scimitar-horned oryx (remember those?) hanging in the ranch house in Texas. Ah, Texas, how I miss your tacos and your sunshine.

I am also delighted to announce that this (yet untitled) piece has already sold, but that I am considering making prints available for sale, of this and other works. Good idea? Bad idea?

This will at least give me an excuse to have many of my pieces professionally scanned or photographed, which will be a welcome relief. Hopefully then I can stop cringing every time I see the havoc digital transfer has wrecked on the subtler colors. The highlights look especially garish here. Ugh.

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A Perfect Vacuum

May 12th, 2011 2 Comments

Jeremy Geddes, one of my favorite contemporary painters, posted a new piece on his blog this week, and boy is it a doosy. According to Geddes, this incredibly dynamic work is the first of a new “loosely connected” series. The title, “A Perfect Vacuum” is shared by a book of short stories and essays by science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, which just so happens to be one of the books in the painting. It’s all in the details people. Speaking of details, visit his blog for more views and close-ups of the work. Prints of “A Perfect Vacuum” will be available shortly on Geddes’ website.
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May 4th, 2011 2 Comments

The first time I saw one of So Yoon Lym‘s paintings I thought I was looking at a photograph. And while photorealism isn’t an automatic qualifier for laudable art, So Yoon’s work offers so much more. One of her newest bodies of work is Dreamtime, a collection of hair and braid patterns viewed from an aerial perspective. Using acrylic on paper, So Yoon bases this series on photos she has taken of young people in her current homebase of Paterson, New Jersey.

From her website: “The interest in urban hairstyles is of particular interest since these hairstyles are unique to a particular social, cultural and ethnic experience that is not my own.”

The title, Dreamtime, references the precolonial Aboriginal Australian understanding of time and the creation of life as told through mythology. So Yoon Lym’s choice to depict her subjects from above is also derived from an … Continue reading