Wax model of a female human head, Germany, 1801-1900
Complete with eyelashes, this remarkably life-like wax head has been cut away to show the skull and the muscles of the eye, face and neck. Wax models were used for teaching anatomy to medical students or as part of popular anatomy shows. They were used to pick out and emphasise specific features of the body, making their structure and function easier to understand, especially at a time when few bodies were available for dissection. The model was donated by the Department of Human Anatomy at the University of Oxford.
For most of America, Psy is a funny name, a funny face, and a funny personality. He doesn’t sing in English and most people just don’t get it leaving most of them to not take him seriously. It’s easy to strip the significance behind “Gangnam Style” down if you don’t know what it means and solely find entertainment in the Asian guy shaking his hips. But what most people don’t realize is that Psy doesn’t take himself seriously. He’s a satirist and political dissident. “Gangnam Style” was a commentary, not just a fun pop tune with a silly dance.
Gangnam is Seoul’s wealthiest and flashiest neighborhood. For South Koreans, Gangnam represents the ideal life of excess and consumerism. Psy’s character in the video is a wannabe Gangnamite. He dreams he’s living the flashy, excessive lifestyle while he’s really just like everyone else, swimming in a public pool and riding the subway. But never in the video does it seem that Psy’s character is unhappy. He’s content to play in a children’s playground and meet the girl of his dreams in the subway. “Gangnam Style” is much more that we have made it, but that’s not surprising considering Psy’s background and how little we know about it.
In America, it seems like “Gangnam Style” was Psy’s big break when in fact the song had been released on his sixth studio album and his music career hadn’t been about making flashy and catchy songs. He believes music is the key to overcoming the intolerance embedded in his country’s political systems. Throughout his career, his songs have been banned for inappropriate content and have been surrounded by controversy, not to mention the fact that he fought his mandatory military draft.
Psy is a voice for his people. He’s fighting the oppression and intolerance he sees in his culture through his music. And by ignoring his worth and his value, we’re reducing the culture of South Korea into a short man with funny pants doing a ridiculous dance.
Opinion: American media chooses to undervalue artists like Psy from “Gangnam Style” (via kpop-confessions)
This is why Billie Joe Armstrong’s comments about him being the herpes of music are utterly stupid.
Psy is more punk than Green Day.
I was recently asked by 5 Reel Film to work on a poster for one of my favorite movies; Old Boy. I always enjoy doing these film posters, but this one was an especially nice treat to be able to work on.
The poster is a 23.4” X 16.5” 4-color silkscreen, with a very limited run of 80. The poster will be available at the screening of the film if you happen to be in Leeds. But I will also have a VERY small handful of these for sale myself in the near future. I will be sure to post about ordering information once I receive my copies, so be sure to check back if you are interested.
I have a new apartment, a new studio, a new desk, a possibly slightly more positive outlook, and an updated website.
Half-human, half-animal grotesque sculptures by Liu Xue.
the What Would You Do show has a pretty good little piece on men taking advantage of women in bars and I happened across it tonight and made the horrible, regrettable mistake of glancing through the comments and my night just got at least a thousand times worse