I was strolling to my local Starbucks this morning when I happened upon this lovely sight-a political group funded by Lyndon LaRouche are campaigning against Obama's economic and health policies, something like that anyway. The conversation in *bucks was animated to say the least, thrid space conversation finally! Most people expressed that they felt caught between the "this is America, free speech etc." and the offensive nature of the image and the comments of the people manning the booth. I checked out LaRouche's site when I got home and have posted some of the blurb after the break, it seems like a bit of madness to me. Of course, I htink there are signiifcant problmes with economic policies all the way around and we might be coming to the ned of one wave i.e. free-market capitalism marked by unbridled consumerism and debt, but I am not sure any of the rest of it makes any sense at all...
Illustrator Heinz Edelmann passed away last week. Probably best known for his animation work in Yellow Submarine the Beatles' cartoon movie, he had a long career in advertising as well as designing poster and book covers. He apparently spent a lot of his post-submarine career exploring the links between the arts, literature, the irreversible dumbing down of youth, Asian mythology and graphic design. Here was a man whose work defined an element of 60s pop culture but who himself said many times that he did not entirely connect with what was going on, something that is reflected in his later works that were a little darker and intense.
The Selby is one of my favourite sites to visit. Nothing but the inside of people's homes--very anti-architectural digest--it's all hipster and funky, but something about the format and the quality of the photos is just appealing. The image is a limited edition poster available from the site, it gives a little signal as to what to expect when you go to the site.
Lance Armstrong is riding a bike designed by Damien Hirst for the final stage of the Tour de France. It is pink and covered in what has become one of Hirst's signature shapes, the butterfly. Pretty cool if you ask me, and destined to be auctioned off for Armstrong's cancer charity, Livestrong--can't imagine that it wont generate an awful lot of money. It looks like Armstrong will finish third on the tour--not bad for a guy who retired from professional cycling in 2005.