Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading Guide: 2/18-2/19

Pepper spray in blue box. Cameras in pink boxes.

What is the one thing the internet is not saturated with?  If you said weird smells, you’re wrong.  Because the answer is images.  There are not enough pictures on the internet.  If you also have an insatiable appetite to visually document everything (and then perhaps visually document all of your visual documentation) this week’s reading guide may be for you – the theme is photography.  Enjoy the links and the rest of your weekend.

  • Who doesn’t love photobooths?  You always end up with a kiss in them.  Behind the Curtain – the Aesthetics of the Photobooth opened yesterday at the Swiss photography museum Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne.  This link is a slideshow of some of the photobooth art featured in the exhibit.  The show features artists from Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman, from surrealism to Fluxus.
  • Daily Serving serves up this thought-provoking article about photography as sculpture and the relationship between the photo and the photographed When you jump to the article, check out the installation Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns.  The only reason to take a photo of that installation is to force your brain to eat itself.
  • Here are some powerful images of Mexican laborers on the way to work by artist Alejandro Cartagena’s.  I think the heaven’s-eye-view only makes these photos even more sad.
Information Overlord’s Weekend Reading Guide: 2/18-2/19

The Monsters of Mobile Art! Art to Check Out Thursday


This Thursday the monsters of mobile art converge on Mermaid TavernPhilanthropic Young Tampa Bay organized this event to raise money for the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts as they move to their new location.

Boxfotos, a gallery pulled around town in a shiny Airstream trailer,  will be stopping by the tavern.  The husband and wife team of Matt Larson and Rebecca Sexton Larson are the curators/artists for this traveling alternative space.  Boxfotos features photographic work at a generally affordable price, making it easier for Joe Six Pack to become Joe Art Collector (and also to become Joe Philanthropist this Thursday).  Additionally, if you’re feeling especially philanthropic and have been looking for a way to show your love for Art at Bay, you can pick me up one of Boxfotos’ awesome Starbucks pinhole cameras.

Bluebird Books will also be rolling in for the fundraiser.    If you haven’t yet climbed into the bright blue short bus you’ll quickly notice Mitzi Gordon of Bluebird acts more like a book curator than a book seller.  Bluebird serves up a particularly appealing selection of books in a visually pleasing arrangement (or rad books that look rad).  There’s something about used books that culls money out of my wallet and if you’re reading this blog chances are you’ll feel similarly.  The collection on the bus is chosen carefully and is likely to focus on photography this Thursday.  The Sasha Rae photobooth will also be joining the fun for the Bluebird Undercover project.

I know it isn’t exactly the weekend but I encourage you to reach deep down into your Id and pull out the wild child that’ll bring you out on a Thursday.  It’s encouraging to see the art scene support its own.   Add to your art collection, your library, and long list of good deeds.  The event takes place this Thursday, 2/09 at 7pm-9pm at the Mermaid Tavern.

The Monsters of Mobile Art! Art to Check Out Thursday