Francis Alys - Fabiola (2008)
“The story of St. Fabiola, a 4th-century Roman aristocrat from the Fabia family who is supposed to have been an early Mother Teresa, became popular in the late 19th century, and an 1885 portrait of her by a French academician (which is now lost) has since been endlessly copied around the world.
Appearing on postcards, posters and religious trinkets, Fabiola has been a beloved subject for countless painters, most of them amateurs. The portrait’s format is almost always the same: Fabiola is seen in profile facing left, her head covered by a rich red veil.
Mr. Alys, who was born in Belgium in 1959 and moved to Mexico City in 1990, began collecting Fabiola paintings—as the genre is called—about 15 years ago, buying them at thrift shops, flea markets and antiques stores primarily in Mexico and Europe. He has previously shown his collection three times, when it was much smaller; the current presentation includes more than 300 works.”
Believe it or not, this is an advertisement for a funeral home.
To the extent there can BE such a thing as an audio infographic, this is it.
Julie Mecoli’s “Dark Matter” is a series of artworks inspired by the University of Queensland Pitch Drop Experiment (if you want to seriously geek out about this, our story on the experiment is right here).
Mecoli’s pieces are made of bitumen. They start out looking like solids and slooooowly reveal their true liquid nature. Check out some of her other work here.
I’m going to a big fancy gallery opening tonight, so I needed some quick and dirty artsy nails (by dirty I mean pay no attention to my terrible cleanup job…ahem). So, I did another set of tattoo nails!
This time it’s Francis Bacon portraits! That’s Francis Bacon the artist, btw, not the philosopher/scientist. He’s one of my favorite artists, and you should definitely check out his paintings if you’ve never seen them.
The base color is Chanel Attraction.
Also, I’ve done a tutorial on this technique. It’s here for anyone that’s interested!