SMILE NOW DIE LATER by Junkprints

A new collection of postpartum pre-modern Neolithic classical absurdities, accoutrements hoopla and shenanigans handmade and well hung by yours truly. Happy spring my friends. Enjoy the freak show. Available on junkprints.com -XOXO The Junkmaker P.S. To see the new goodies in person be sure to swing by the junkyard this Sunday. We'll be open from noon til 8p. 66 washington Ave, brooklyn NY. G train to Clinton Washington.
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“Knitta Please”

A new art form called "Yarn Bombing" or "Knit Graffiti" is a new and creative trend on the art scene. Magda Sayeg, founder of "Knitta Please", is a Austin, Texas based artist who uses the craft of knitting to express her creativity in urban areas, her art has transformed into a form of street art.  In a way, she is able to create free publicity with her artwork just like graffiti on the exteriors of subways and bridges. When her art is strategically placed in urban areas, it creates a spark, a sense of urgency to create, accept, and to be influenced. She has covered buses, cars, trees, and streets with yarn, and she takes the traditional role of knitting to other modern levels of creativity. Yes, your great grandmother may have knitted a pair of mittens for you, but did she ever knit a tree or a bus in Mexico?
Yarn to Magda is the spray paint to graffitti artist. I assume the White House may be the next project on her list to "change." She even makes yarn Iphone covers.  Here at Junkprints, we have been caught by the knitting bug as well. We have been making scarves as tall as trees, as thick as tires, and as warm as (...), well lets just say the sun. There called "Eff Winter" scarves, the title speaks for itself and others too, and they come in different colors like Eat Your Oatmeal, Everybody Loves The Sunshine, and Dooky Brown.
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The Hip-Hop Word Count: A Searchable Rap Almanac SXSW

My pal Tahir aka @tahero (for the tweeps) has a fun project that the world should know about. Let's get it presented at SXSW. The following is all the info: The Hip-Hop Word Count: A Searchable Rap Almanac was accepted into the 2011 SXSW PanelPicker! Vote for it multiple times daily until August 27th; so we can present at SXSW. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/hhwcxsxsw Also Join the Staple Crops Face Book page for updates and specials: http://bit.ly/stcrfb The Hip-Hop Word Count is a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day. The Hip-Hop Word Count describes the technical details of most of your favorite hip-hop songs. This data can then be used to not only figure out interesting stats about the songs themselves, but also describe the culture behind the music. How can analyzing lyrics teach us about our culture? The Hip-Hop Word Count locks in a time and geographic location for every metaphor, simile, cultural reference, phrase, rhyme style, meme and socio-political idea used in the corpus of Hip-Hop. The Hip-Hop Word Count then converts this data into explorable visualisations which help us to comprehend this vast set of cultural data. This data can be used to chart the migration of ideas and builds a geography of language.
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The Art of Sleeping

As you read this right now you might be at work or class, or have taken a "professional day" off. I'm sure that most of you are wishing you were back in bed cuddled up inside the warm covers and sleeping. If you're not maybe you have some secret energy trick that I don't know of, or maybe you are lying to yourself because the truth is everyone is tired. I have been coming across very interesting articles about public sleeping online recently and thought that I would share some of the best ones with you while at the same time wishing I were asleep with the television on. A girl can dream, can't she? A private member's club in London offers a "Lazy Lawn" designed by Tom Dixon where members can lounge, sleep, or sunbathe their days away. In Toronto, The Z's by the C project is encouraging people to participate in a napping initiative aimed at promoting citizens' rights to public space. In Austria, visitors can spend a night at the Das Park Hotel where the hotel's "pay as you wish" policy allows them to sleep in sections of used pipes. Now I don't think I would ever go here, but if you are interested in going to prison without a sentence then you can visit the Karosta Prison in Latvia. At this "hotel" which was formally (as recently as 1997) a prison, visitors can pay to be treated as prisoners and sleep on a wooden plank or a dusty single bed.
The Museum of Science and Industry is looking for someone to move into the museum 24/7 for thirty days this fall as a part of a unique experiment. If you become the museum's "roommate" you will win $10,000 dollars.
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Essence of McQueen

Alexander McQueen’s clothing designs were always a shock factor to the fashion world. Along with his very eccentric designs his concepts are another contributing factor to what made him a very profound designer.

McQueen doesn’t go with the trend. He exploits sexuality within his work by just tracing it back to the body form. He sculpts out the lumps, bumps, and proportions in that form.

McQueen work goes beyond just fashion design. It is more like a work of art. His approach to presenting this work of art has the same visual appeal as if you were viewing a painting on a wall.

Just like his clothes McQueen goes into great lengths to bring excitement and amazement in with his fashion shows. It doesn’t feel like watching a normal fashion show, it’s more like watching performance art, as the openings are dramatic as well as aesthetically pleasing.

What I found amazing about McQueen is that he didn’t have a wealthy up bringing; his parents were normal working class folks. His hard work and passion was what got him to reach the to the top.

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The Art of Reproduction

In 1972, BBC released a four-part television series of thirty minute films hosted by writer and art critic John Berger. The series entitled Ways of Seeing sought to explore the effects of reproduction in art. Berger stressed that the invention of the camera changed the world of art because it allowed more people to view a work of art by reproducing it. He noted that the difference between an original painting and a picture is that an original painting can only be in one place at one time, but pictures of the painting can be reproduced in any size and used for any purpose.

For example, take a look at the two pictures below. The first is a reproduction of an "original" Mona Lisa while the second is a picture inspired by the original Mona Lisa.

Caption(pic1): Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519). Mona Lisa (La Gioconda), ca. 1503-05. Oil on poplar wood. 77 x 53 cm (30 3/8 x 20 7/8 in.).

Caption (pic 2): A reproduction of Mona Lisa created for an online Photoshop contest.

According to Berger, most people see the image of a painting rather than the painting itself. Instead of going to a museum to look at a piece of work, art has become too readily available to the public through photographs, television, and since the production of the series, the internet. Due to this increase of viewers the meaning of the painting has become as transmittable because as more people view the work, more opinions of its meaning are created that differ from the artist's original intent. I'm sure that Leonardo da Vinci did not intend for his work to be transformed into the picture from above, but that is a result of reproduction.

In the series, Berger asserts that reproductions have replaced original art and have therefore cheapened art as we know it. He explains that the reason that the originals are so awe-inspiring when viewed is because of their market value. An original art of work is in limited supply (there is only one) therefore that one piece of work has a high market value whereas a reproduction of the piece can be sold for a significantly lower price. In the business world, this is similar to the relationship between supply and price in which a higher supply of a product results in a lower price.

The series basically claims that reproductions have destroyed art because it has opened it up to more opinions and manipulation. What do you think? Is reproduction good because it provides more people access to view art or bad because it "cheapens" it?

Below is the first part of Ways of Seeing:

For more on reproduction check out the Junkprints shop where you can purchase prints from Chanel's "No Original" series which addresses the topic of reproduction. Yes, the prints are in fact reproductions, but they are seriously cool.

Below is a piece from the "No Original" series:

Caption: "No Original" series "Twigged Out" print. Each 13”x19” print is printed on archival matte paper, signed and numbered. Only 50 have been printed.

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A Brief History of Collage

Over the years collage has become a very popular art form. Collage allows artists to combine media to create a singular message. The use of collage is said to have begun  with the invention of paper in China around 200 B.C. After that twelfth-century Japanese calligraphers began to prepare surfaces for their poems by gluing paper and fabric together in order to create a background for brushstrokes. Fast-forwarding to the nineteenth century collage developed into a popular art form as people began to paste family photos into arrangements on the walls,  and scrapbooks. Art historians have pointed to Pablo Picasso as the first artist to utilize collage for a piece of fine art when he glued a piece of patterned oilcloth to a cubist still life in 1912. Eventually, artists of other art movements began to incorporate collage into their work. Henri Mattisse referred to collage as, "drawing with scissors".  Cubists typically used paper and paint to support a philosophical belief. Futurists incorporated typography and added found objects to connect art with the real world. Dadaists combined unique materials together for shock value while surrealists believed that collage was a way to reveal unconscious thoughts through the random selection and placement of materials. If you look at a lot of Chanel's work you'll notice that she's a fan of collage.
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