erin’s blog for nina

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on October 22, 2010

“In 1913 an Oregon state psychiatric institution began to cremate the remains of its unclaimed patients. Their ashes were then stored inside individual copper canisters and moved into a small room, where they were stacked onto pine shelves.

“After doing some research into the story, Maisel got in touch with the hospital administrators – the same hospital, it turns out, where they once filmed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – and he was granted access to the room in which the canisters were stored.

“Over time, however, the canisters have begun to react chemically with the human ashes held inside them; this has thus created mold-like mineral outgrowths on the exterior surfaces of these otherwise gleaming cylinders.

“In order to deal with the fragility of the objects, and to respect their funerary origins, Maisel set up a temporary photography studio inside the hospital itself. There, he began photographing the canisters one by one.

“He soon realized that they looked almost earthlike, terrestrial: green and blue coastal forms and island landscapes outlined against a black background. But it was all mineralogy: terrains of rare elements self-reacting in the dark.”

Incredible story, as documented in Library of Dust, by David Maisel and Geoff Manaugh.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on October 22, 2010

Love this piece of public art by Uysal Mehmet-Ali. So fun and clever!

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on October 16, 2010

The Smithsonian’s bird collection, the third largest bird collection in the world with over 625,000 specimens.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on October 10, 2010

A painting by Shannon May, inspired by one of my favorite Italo Calvino short stories from Cosmicomics. Have you read that book yet? It’s a good one.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on October 6, 2010

Spontaneous City, an installation of birdhouses by London Fieldworks.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on October 6, 2010

photos by Jasper James.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on October 5, 2010

These awesome celestial cats made my day! They were made by Zippora Lux.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on October 3, 2010

This is much more your style. Installation art by single-named artist Zimoun that recorded the sound of woodworms burrowing into wood. Listen to the audio here.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on October 3, 2010

Not sure if you’ll enjoy these illustrations as much as I do (haven’t really gauged your interest in contemp. illustration in a while), but I think these weird animal portraits are tops! Found on Jörn Kaspuhl‘s site.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on October 3, 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 24, 2010

Jonathan Callan makes art out of old books.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 23, 2010

Beautiful sky portraits by Astrid on Flickr.

beautiful kites

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 16, 2010

Found on MondoBlogo.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 16, 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 15, 2010

Ink drawing, just added to my shop.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 15, 2010

Allison Davies, via But Does It Float.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 15, 2010

This photograph has been haunting me. Taken by Jane Heller.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 14, 2010

This stationary is based on computer icons. Love it! Too bad it’s still in production, and not available yet. Made by Brigada Creativa.

More new work

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 14, 2010

put some of these up in my shop already.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 14, 2010

Photos by Kim Holtermand.