'Tis June. June is National Accordion Awareness Month (somewhere) and on the 19th, we celebrate National Martini Day (which should really be observed all year round). So go on and find your nearest accordionist and ask them to play a jig while you sit back, sip your shaken not stirred 'tini, and read our June newsletter.
FYI, June is apparently named after the goddess Juno, Jupiter’s Mrs - and only 204 days until Christmas. Snap! Need more martinis?
We’re thrilled to introduce you to our new June pieces, but before we do that, let us draw things out by highlighting some arty world happenings.
Off Its Rock-er
The mysterious work of stony art, Stonehenge, could destabilize as a result of global warming - or, more specifically, it seems moles are bringing down the house. Not the moles your dermatologist has a go at – or had Austin Powers all emotional - but the funny looking, earthworm eating, double-thumbed mammal moles.
Is the UN making ‘a mountain out of a mole hill’? Well, according to the report: "Warmer winters are likely to bring higher populations of burrowing mammals including badgers, moles and rabbits, which may destabilise stonework and disturb buried archaeological deposits.” Dig it?
What a Spectacle!
A prank pulled at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOA) has broken the internet – at least the art part of the internet.
A 17-year-old placed his glasses on the floor at the museum. Passersby thought it was a piece of modern art. We have no more words…well, actually we do - at last Twitter count, the tweet had been retweeted 64,000 times and ‘liked’ 68,200 times.
Le Louvre is Le Poof!
French street artist and photographer JR has made IM Pei’s iconic glass pyramid – the Louvre’s entrance – ‘disappear’.
JR covered the pyramid with a gigantic photograph of the museum. “If viewers stand at the right angle, aligning the image with the building behind it, the pyramid appears to disappear, fading into the museum’s façade.” Nothing up my sleeve. Hey presto!
Give US-A Kiss!
"Trump kissed a boy and he liked it" - well, he didn’t really have a choice.
The boy in question is former London Mayor, Boris Johnson. The snog in question was orchestrated by The Paintsmiths in Bristol, England.
Trump clearly gets around. Prior to his tryst with BJ, he was immortalized in mural (at least until someone paints over it) on the wall of a BBQ restaurant in Lithuania, playing tonsil hockey with Vladimir Putin - both wearing matching tracksuits. You can buy various merchandise including the t-shirt for 8.14 euro or a duvet cover (that’ll help set the mood).
With that disturbing image, onto our new works...
Title: "Quinze Chevaux"
Artist: Guillaume Azoulay
Title: "Chelsea Girls"
Artist: Alan Aldridge
Title: "Bomb Suit" (White)
Artist: Dolk Lundgren
Title: "The Collector"
Title: "Rose Shackle"
Artist: Shepard Fairey
Artist: Shannon Crees
Ooooh! But wait – there’s more! Just like that free set of steak knives...
“Pass the dutchie on the left hand side” – does anyone remember this song?
Cliff Maynard, the artist behind Roach Paper Art, uses the leftover butt from a joint to create art.
In his / website’s words: “The leftover butt from a marijuana cigarette 'or roach' has several different shades of brown on it. What I do is save these paper scraps or 'roach papers' and use the brown tones as my 'palate'. I tear or trim away the unwanted bits and use just the parts I like. It's a lot like working a jigsaw puzzle, but way harder and far more time consuming.
“All of my original artwork is made from just roach papers and nothing else. No pen, marker, or paint of any kind is used during the process.”
Just don’t set your piece on fire in the hopes there are ‘happy’ fumes being released…
Cliff is also collecting raw materials so feel free to donate your butts (that didn’t come out right).
Until next month…
Blair and Elena
Art Junkies xoxo