John Tilley: Born to Blog

I like to find art and write poems and read magazines and listen to my iPod and daydream and walk my neighbor's dog - that one's my favorite

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Destroying Books... Kind of




Aren't these neat? And they look like they'd be fairly simple to make yourself, I would think. I imagine finding an old book at a second hand store with illustrations like the ones above, going through the book and highlighting pages, then cutting them one by one around the illustrations. It could almost be an art project in a high school art class, or a rainy day. If I ever actually attempt making one of these myself, I'll post photos. Promise.

Alex Trochut gets Goofy






Alex Trochut is an awfully inventive fella. His compositions have an extremely flowing, smooth quality; edges are clean and rounded, colors are solid and bold. Ambiguity is rampant and playful. His word designs, while they look simple at first, are some of his most elegant works, looping and swirling through the visual field, making our eye work hard but not too hard, lulling us into the labyrinths of our letters, words, and language.

Magic Realism with Samantha Everton





Samantha Everton has a certain way of making the world both vividly dreamlike and darkly inquisitive at the same time. Her pictures often look like visual riddles, some less obvious than others, but it's never fair to simply try and "figure out" these photographs. There often seems to be something being held back, as if another clue to her metaphore were lying just outside the frame of the photograph. Her psychadelic colors are complemented by shadowy interiors and those who occupy them who seem rather detached. Humans, in Everton's world, are apart of the pallette, are blended into the composition - the same attention is given to a person as is given to clothes, walls, lamps, etc. People become the surroundings in these photos - perhaps Everton's way of calling attention to people as a landscape, that living amongst the 6.7 billion other people in the world makes people a sort of environment that we all exist within and are apart of.



Monday, December 1, 2008

Is it just me...

Is it just me, or is it getting scary out there? I graduate from college in May, and the economy continually takes steps backward as I move forward. I'm planning on moving to New York, as most college graduates from the Midwest do, and how can I not worry that there won't be a job waiting for me on a silver platter?
But I guess nothing is really like that, is it? Shit, everything is so much hard fucking work, am I right, people? Maybe I'm just lazy and American, and maybe I've just lolligagged my way through college without making any friends or real connections. Is that depressing or just the way it is? I guess at this point, for me, it's both.
New York City, though, can you imagine? Just to think about it gives me butterflies, since I've lived in Nebraska my whole life and let me tell you how that goes: it gets fucking old. I wanted to run away to New York with my friend Jen years ago, but instead we made longterm plans to move in, and slowly but surely the oppurtunity is creeping up on us. How I hope the years will go by in New York... I'm so ready to start my adult life.
Peace on Earth
-John

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Photo from London 6/08

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pylones



Pylones: who knew? While I was browing Style.com, I came across a stereo dock for an iPod that is shaped like a Lego and a link to the makers, known simply as Pylones. Now, who doesn't love Legos? I immediately fell in love with this frivolous website. I definitely plan on purchasing a Lego stereo dock right away, don't you?


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Silly Seriousness with Christian Lindemann

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These works are smooth, simple and easy on the eye. You don't have to look closely, but when you do, you find limited color schemes of two or three colors, super-perfect lines that are graceful yet jerky enough to keep you interested, and an overall playful flatness. Childish, yet sophisticated. Silly and serious. Arty and... not arty.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Real Art

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Just a few results from the Google image search of the words "real art."

Vintage Art of the Day

What cereal box character would you most want to be for Halloween?

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Daffodils Grow where the Fun People Go

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The thing about blogging is that it has now become the new tool by which the world is changed. Politics, fashion, art, television – you name it, we got it. It's not just the Internet anymore: it's YOUR Internet, it's OUR Internet. You can put your whole life online, and people will actually look at it, read it, feel it as if they almost knew you. Maybe that article you uploaded just for fun and because you thought it was cool will be discovered by a magazine editor who happens to be a blog junkie, or maybe that geeky little film you made at film camp will be watched by Wes Anderson – and even if he doesn't call you up and “discover you,” it's still really cool that he saw your video. When thinking about the Internet, I think of the ocean (and this metaphor is purely because I live in the Midwest): It's always there, it affects the weather, it affects the moon, it affects our lives even in Nebraska. Same with the Internet. It's there, it just affects different things.And you can't just yank out a big plug and BOOM, there goes the Internet. So this is my contribution to the huge ocean of Internet, the gigantic voice that we can all use.