Sunday, March 29, 2009

Butter Me Up, Baby

Did you know that if you win the title of Dairy Princess at the Minnesota State Fair, they will carve your likeness onto a lovely butter bust?

I've never sculpted with butter, but I suspect it would be a challenging medium to work with, and very temperature sensitive...see a butter artist at work below in a refrigerated room:

It takes about 6 to 8 hours to complete each one, and they are carved out of a 90 pound block of Grade A butter. That will butter a CRAPLOAD of toast. My question is, does the winner get to take home their sculpture and watch it slowly melt into an oily puddle of goo?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Germy Rugs & More

Check out these bacteria rugs by Bev Hisey.....who knew germs could look so cool? The round shapes resemble bacteria in petri dishes as seen in a microscope:

And in a totally unrelated art note, here are some creepy paintings by artist Nouar:

Happy Monday everyone!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Buy Art & Feel Good About It Dammit!

Yes, we're certainly in a recession and our stocks keep losing their value. And unfortunately, funding for many non-profits has dwindled in response, and the outlook for arts non-profits seem the bleakest. should head on over to The LAB this Saturday, March 21 for their biggest 25th Anniversary Art Auction. Your $10 ticket allows you to see and buy lots of fab artwork (at amazing prices) and did I mention it includes an open bar and snacks???
I'm on their Auction Committee this year (and was their Co-Director for 2.5 years too). Here's a preview of some of the very cool art that will be up for auction (and all proceeds will go to fund their arts programs):

Untitled No. 2928 by Rex Ray

Caught in the Web by Julie Dummermuth

The Magically Disappearing Landscape: Germinations 2.1

by Daniel Ross

A number of Red Cake Gallery's artists have generously donated their work, including Daniel Ross, Brenna Burns, Allen Stickel, Lori Bode, and Lissa Ivy Tiegel. Hope to see you there!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The World's Largest Pinata?

Below is apparently what may be the world's largest pinata, standing at 59 feet tall and filled with 8,000 pounds of candy!!! I'd think it would be quite dangerous to be standing too close to it when it's whacked open....

Carnival Cruise Lines sponsored this in Philadelphia, and they apparently brought in a wrecking ball to break this puppy open, however I have yet to see any photos of that online....
speaking of p i natas......if you are ever in need of a pinata, check out seriously have almost any kind of pinata your heart desires including:

Yep, that's a
Fidel Castro pinata!

Ever wanted to take that annoying douchebag's cellphone and bash it to bits? Now you can! This cell phone pinata actually RINGS when you smack it....yay!!! And they can make custom order pinatas too, in case you don't find what you're looking for....have a great weekend ya'll.