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Sep 26, 2014
Jenny Holzer’s “Truism” and “Survival” Series
Jenny Holzer took over the empty marquees that once advertised events at 42nd street theaters. Instead of coming attraction, however, the public found “truisms” – statements by Holzer that had the authorities ring of proverbs. But instead of confirming accepted practices, these comments often seemed to come out of left field. Holzer reordered the world along the lines according to her uncanny “uncommon sense.”
I had somehow missed that Holzer was born in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Filed under: signs, art with words
(Source: honkytonkwomyn, via douglaswolk)
Sep 24, 2014
May 08, 2014
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Mar 25, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
A small-town Romanian cemetery filled with darkly humorous gravestones
This is so good I can’t stand it:
…in the town of Săpânţa, Romania…at the Cimitirul Vesel or “Merry Cemetery,” over 600 wooden crosses bear the life stories, dirty details, and final moments of the bodies they mark. Displayed in bright, cheery pictures and annotated with limericks are the stories of almost everyone who has died of the town of Săpânţa. Illustrated crosses depict soldiers being beheaded and a townsperson being hit by a truck. The epigraphs reveal a surprising level of truth. “Underneath this heavy cross. Lies my mother in law poor… Try not to wake her up. For if she comes back home. She’ll bite my head off.”
You must read the whole story. My favorite line: “Their lives were the same, but they want their epitaphs to be different.”
Do check out the Google+ album of photos
See also the work of Romanian artist Andrea Dezso
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Brand (1983) (via)
Sep 10, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
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