Leah Durant

20 February 2012

Leah Durant is a recent grad living in Yorkshire, England. She is a multidisciplinary artist working with found images and photography to printmaking and drawing. Thanks for the email.

Chicago-based Pete and Gena have started an online housewares shop called, The Works Progress Administration. They sell limited edition art pieces to spruce up your home/ workspace or to get you a much-needed date. I love the Prussian grenades.

Butter in Rio

20 February 2012

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Good friend and TSA contributor, Brian Thomas (aka Butter), has made a brave leap from Brooklyn to Rio de Janeiro to pursue his design career. We thought we’d give him a quick shout-out and wish him all the best in his new endeavors.


08 February 2012

The Sweden based design and development bureau Lundgren+Lundqvist has updated with some fresh new work. Looking very good!

Art Shanty Projects

01 February 2012

Happening now, through February 5th, 2012. On Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN.

The fabulously quirky Art Shanty Projects, is a four-week-long exhibition that is part sculpture park, part artist residency and part social experiment. It is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which the relatively unregulated public space of the frozen lake can be used as a new and challenging artistic environment to expand notions of what art can be.

Art Shanty Projects is an homage to the uniquely Minnesotan pastime of ice fishing in a well-equipped and creatively-executed shack. Dotting the state’s lakes in winter, anglers set up shelter, bore through the ice, set up their poles and propane heaters, then sit around playing cards, drinking beer and laughing the whole night long. Sounds like fun, right?

With names/themes such as “The Shanty of Wonder”, “Monsters Under the Bed Shanty”, “SitandSpinShanty”, “Fort Shanty” and “Robot Reprise”, the Art Shanties provide a unique opportunity for artists to interact with their audience, and vice versa, in an un-intimidating, non-gallery like environment. Artists can choose to work in a way that directly engages the audience, or in a more passive way.

Previously an annual exhibition, from the 2012 season it will run biennially, potentially changing to a new Twin Cities-area lake every two years.

Sainte Barbe

31 January 2012

Little bald Léon loves his grandfather. He loves the old man’s bushy black beard, which seems endowed with magic powers. But Léon’s grandmother wants to cut off the unkempt beard and regain the distinguished-looking man she married. When the old man’s asleep, grandmother prowls, scissors in hand, but Léon’s keeping a watchful eye on her. As long as grandpa lives, the beard will stay!

One day, grandpa doesn’t wake up. Léon is sad, especially as his grandmother is at last able to shave off the beard. To soften his pain, Léon decides to bury the beard. The rising sun next morning reveals that a beard forest has sprung up, thick and black like grandpa’s. Léon’s round head sports a sort of thick black brush. A souvenir of the old days, when he played and laughed with his grandfather.

Directed by Claude Barras and Cédric Louis, and co-produced by Hélium Films and the National Film Board of Canada


30 January 2012

Taylor Holland has a new book out on Matmos Press called Eurobus, photos of tour buses in Paris. Thanks for the email.

Andrey Ilyaskin

25 January 2012

Great work by 23-year old Andrey Ilyaskin from Moscow.

Maryanne Casasanta

24 January 2012

Through photography, performative gestures and temporary installations, I rearrange objects, alter their function, attempt to forge new connections between them, or simply take their portrait. My practice is engaged with the interstitial space between the art object and its documented image as well as the potential of photography as sculpture.

-Maryanne Casasanta


23 January 2012

Elise Jones is a London-based artist combining photography with drawing and installation.