Sylvia Plath is known as a writer and a poet, but she almost became a visual artist instead. Plath’s daughter, Frieda Hughes, who is also a painter and a poet, has created a book out of more than forty of her mother’s drawings....more
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“No, I am not real. I am like a dude who adjunct teaches at the local college and then, in his free time, makes little gnomes. My music is a hobby. I am making fucking gnomes.”...more
Lovers of fiction and art (i.e., pretty much every Rumpus reader), listen up.
The Modern Eden Gallery is San Francisco is hosting an exhibition called “Fiction,” in which artists portray literary characters from Dorian Gray to Alice in Wonderland to Bradbury’s Illustrated Man....more
This is the first in a series of retrospective collage art focusing on myth, stories, historic events, and cultural attitudes about rape as seen through different time periods....more
Artist Jason Polan talks about drawing in dreams and on wet windows, black-and-white rainbows, and the largest thing he’s ever made....more
Sharon’s vegetarian taxidermy is the fabric-and-stuffing version of taxidermy animal trophies....more
Weekend at Bert & Ernie’s.
They may not be as literary, but San Francisco artist Justin Hager’s illustrated puns remind us of Timothy Leo Taranto’s....more
Art is an act of finding, making, and forcing meaning; a synthesis of witness and imagination; a course that veers always toward empathy....more
Jay Shells, an artist currently working in New York, is taking favorite rap lyrics and putting the tracks on the map … all over the Big Apple.
This project, which Shells calls “Rap Quotes,” consists of homemade but very official-looking street signs bearing rap lyrics at the specific locations of the songs they appear in....more
Dmitry’s spontaneous cab drawings had such great composition and confidence. You could almost feel his grimace in so many of his lines....more
According to his website, Matthew Picton is interested in “humanising the city by deconstructing the clean, uncompromising aesthetic of the cartographic city plan and imbuing it with the unique history and culture of each place.”
Deconstructed, his works — bird’s eye view layouts of cities including New York, Tehran, and Portland — are layered representations of the urban as art. Flavorwire explains:...more
Timothy Leo Taranto illustrates some of literature’s greats, including David Foster Wallace and Gromit, Flan-nery O’Connor, and John Frankensteinbeck....more
Scott, pierce Steiner!...more
Born in 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska, artist Tom Bartek’s career is the tale of a man and a city, and proof positive that, in fact, you can go home again...more
“I’d originally intended to treat the story without embellishment but just couldn’t allow poor Ajax to fall on his own sword at the end....more
If you’re in San Francisco and at a loss for something to do tonight—or want to revise your plans and do something much cooler—head over to Dogpatch Wineworks for the opening of “Pier 70: In Its Own Words.”
A collaboration between Rumpus contributor, local artist, and community champion Wendy MacNaughton and Forest City (the minds behind the 5M Project), “Pier 70″ is a visual exploration of SF’s Dogpatch neighborhood....more
The Guardian excerpts ten images from Nick Wadley’s new book, Man + Doctor, a visual autobiographical account of the author’s time spent in various hospitals in the UK, his anxieties and observations laid bare on operating tables.
The book is published by Dalkey Archive Press, the house responsible for releasing one of Wadley’s earlier efforts: Man + Dog, a varied and hilarious exploration of the relationship between man and man’s best friend....more
“She had big brown eyes, long eyelashes, and a light brown mane and tail. It may not seem possible but I saw a shy smile on her lips. She tried to make believe that she didn’t notice me.”
At BOMB, an illustrated short story about a man falling in love with a horse, by artist Myron Kaufman. The story, Horse Scents, and its author, are introduced by filmmaker Charlie Kaufman, Myron Kaufman’s son....more
“I believe Nina Simone tried to build that gun because that night she realized what all other-ed bodies eventually realize: a gun was already at her head. She feared a song might not be enough. The fact that this gun could not be seen didn’t make it any less real or lethal....more
Artist Takeshi Miyakawa’s public art installation was meant to be a city-wide tribute to New York.
Strangely, the project, which involved hanging illuminated plastic bags with the ‘I ♥ NY’ slogan, prompted a call to the bomb squad and landed Miyakawa in jail on Saturday....more
Fellow Letters in the Mail enthusiasts, take note of this forthcoming exhibit devoted to the USPS as a public service. The multi-media exhibition, Post Haste, will grace Oakland’s MacArthur B Arthur Gallery from May 4 to 28.
“Post Haste is, of course, as much a critical artistic endeavor as it is a eulogy to a public institution, letter writing and tangible human exchange.”...more
At The Nation, Barry Schwabsky writes about photographer Zoe Strauss’ “Ten Years” exhibition. Exploring Strauss’ evolving approach to photographic techniques, portraiture and storytelling, Schwabsky argues that her artistic triumphs come from “thinking big”.
“Strauss’s work was a runaway from birth, and by putting her photographs on billboards she is returning them to the streets from which they sprang… But more than that, Strauss’s images are not only about but for the urban rough-and-tumble....more