Hi-Diddily-Ho there Addictees!
We hope this awesome blog finds you well. Can you believe it’s already May? It may or may not (get it?) make you feel better to know, it’s also National Burger Month in the US. Go on, we know you want to.
Hey! It's also our birthday - sort of. Addicted turns a whopping six months old today. Party people in da house? We tend to get excited over little milestones as they mean:
1. We haven't killed each other - yet. For those of you who don't know, Addicted is a Mr and Mrs with a neurotic not-so-toy poodle who thinks it's all about him. Well, technically it is.
2. We are selling art (and not ourselves - or the not-so-toy poodle). While this may be an obvious one, it’s a big deal when you’re a new business.
3. By now, we've been able to surgically separate ourselves from the pieces we have sold. We still have little wailing sobs over Kusama, Bansky, Static, Billy Ma, Pure Evil, Razzia and our other paper-canvas kids, and wonder what they're doing now. Are their new parents treating them well? Have they moved into good frames? Are they well ventilated? So many concerns we have for the ones that have left our nest - sob sniffle.
Addicted was but a twinkle in the internet's eye half a year ago. Oh, how fast they grow up...
Enough reminiscing. Welcome new and not-so-old Addictees! For our newest readers, you might find this is not your standard arty blog. Our aim is to make art fun because, well, we like to laugh. We hope to amuse more than just ourselves – even if we get a smirk out of you, then we done good.
We have 12 new pieces to share with you this month. We hope you enjoy them.
Before we go there, here are some interesting art happenings to warm you up:
Most Influential Dots
Our favourite artistic senior citizen, 87 year-old, high priestess of polka dots Yayoi Kusama, was recently named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2016.
“If you wanna be my lover…” – Spice Girls
Here’s the question: “Was the 'Mona Lisa' based on Leonardo's male lover?” Sing it Doris - "perhaps, perhaps, perhaps...cha cha cha!"
“I got chills, they’re multiplying” - or rather, leaking, if you’re one of Damien Hirst’s preserved animal sculptures. Apparently, the noxiously leaky works were Mother and Child (Divided) (1993), of a severed mamma cow and calf, and Away from the Flock (1994) featuring a lamb.
“Let me hear you say this sh#t is bananas -B-A-N-A-N-A-S”
Thanks Hollaback girl Gwen Stefani, for the perfect intro to our next arty snippet: Maurizio Cattelan Creates Solid Gold Toilet for the Guggenheim. It’s real people – and almost ready for bott-botts everywhere to answer mother nature’s call. The 18-karat-gold throne goes by the name of America.
PS: In latest news, it seems the golden potty is a little blocked and has encountered “technical difficulties while trying to make the solid-gold dream a reality.” We say, "poo to that!"
"I know my behaviour can be erratic sometimes." - Patrick Bateman, American Psycho
And finally, if you’re creative you are, well, ahem… a psychopath - or so a new study in the journal, Personality and Individual Differences, will have you believe. According to the Daily Mail, “From their absurd dressing room demands to hairdryer-style rants at even the smallest interruption, artists, actors and musicians can often have a reputation for being difficult to get along with.
“But now researchers claim to have found evidence that shows creative people tend to share the same personality traits as psychopaths.” Fun times - yay!
Now, onto the good stuff…
Title: "Enchantress No. 11"
Artist: A. Selvaraj
Title: "Electric Bangkok"
Artist: Billy Ma
Title: "Leap" (White)
Artist: Dolk Lundgren
Title: "Les Champions"
Artist: Guillaume Azoulay
Title: "Flowering Age"
Artist: Jiang Tie Feng
Title: "Keep Calm Liz"
Artist: Mr. Brainwash
Title: "Royal Flush"
Artist: Nanami Cowdroy
Title: "Nikers" (Black)
Artist: Nick Walker
Title: "Tranquil Bond #1"
Artist: P. Gnana
Title: "Some Teddy Bears Have All The Luck"
Artist: Sarah Hardacre
Title: "George Orwell" (Print Set with Books)
Artist: Shepard Fairey
You'll understand why this fellow appears (looking quite strained) at this point of the blog very soon.
General knowledge time. We were researching bits and bobs and came across this nugget of information. It may or may not change your life, but we could certainly apply the saying, “You learn something new every day” to this informative gem. For something completely random... it was thought kangaroos were unable to fart (methane). Fun fact, they can! Maybe not so 'fun fact' for the environment or the scientists who thought kangaroo farts were 'green' and would save the planet. Where’s the relevance you ask? Well, there isn’t any. At a stretch we can point out the word ‘fart’ has ‘art’ in it. Clears throat, time to exit...
Until next month…
Blair and Elena
Art Junkies xoxo