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Delightful things, part VI

Deep sea life

Whenever I need to remember that the world is full of wonder, my go-to subject is creatures of the sea, particularly the deep sea. It’s estimated that nearly 80% of all life in the world’s oceans has yet to be studied or even discovered. While we’re off exploring Mars and Pluto, there’s a whole alien world right here on our own planet to be explored.

These stunning photos are by Alexander Semenov, a marine biologist who most recently studied life in the Arctic sea. He will be leading the 3-year Aquatilis Expedition to explore the world’s oceans.


Kelly Puissegur

Obviously I have a thing for the absurd and animal-human hybrids, so naturally I love artist Kelly Puissegur.



Hassan Hajjaj

I first ran across Hassan Hajjaj’s work at Houston’s Fotofest a couple of years ago, and it seems like ever since then I see his work everywhere.  I wanted to go to his riad when I was in Marrakech. I tried. I must have been within feet of it, but I never found it. I was always lost in Marrakech.

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Delightful things, part V

Nick Cave

Nick Cave the artist. Maybe Nick Cave the singer is delightful too, I don’t really know. Nick Cave the singer’s Wikipedia page says his lyrics are obsessed with death and violence, so maybe “delightful” is not exactly the appropriate adjective.

Nick Cave the artist creates “soundsuits” that are sculptural works in their own right . . .



. . . that take on a whole new level when donned by dancers.


Wayne White

“My mission is to bring humor into fine art . . . and if you agree with me, I think you’re going to come up against some resistance because there’s a lot of people in the art world with sticks up their butts.” – Wayne White

I’d say the documentary on Wayne White, Beauty is Embarrassing, is required viewing for anyone who brings humor into any form of “serious” art. It’ll make you feel better about what you’re up against.

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Delightful things, part III

The continual sharing of delight, part 3.

Kevin McNamee-Tweed paints on small rocks, documenting “a comprehensive history of humanity.”



The photography of Joshua Dudley Greer:

Tourists Watching a Bison Give Birth,Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 2011

Near Hope, New Mexico, 2011


The site Bad Postcards, quite possible the best website of all time.

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Delightful things, Part II

Continuing with sharing the delight . . .

Bo Carter’s “Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me”

Bo was very subtle. Some of his other hits include “Banana in Your Fruit Basket” and  “Please Warm My Wiener.”

Continuing on a musical theme, let’s take a moment to appreciate Glen Hansard‘s guitar.

The guitar may be named “The Horse.” Hero Design Studio made a poster of it.

It has also been carved in pumpkin.

Here in Austin on the grounds of one of the art museums, artists have designed miniature golf holes. Course obstacles include giant chickens, scary clowns, and my favorite – the Nutrioppossomus by Boozefox.

Artist Andrea Dezso created an embroidery series based on lessons from her mother.

Alex Gross’ transformed cabinet cards:

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Delightful things, Part I

It just occurred to me that I have been hoarding delightful things and not sharing them. This is wrong.  So now, I alert you to delight:

Art of David Fullerton

Adorable dioramas by Sabine Timm

Josh Ritter, whom I am convinced has developed extra strong facial muscles from smiling so much. He can write the hell out of a song. Here is one that he can’t sing on the radio.

The many projects of Brock Davis:

Paintings, illustration, & collage by Oliver Jeffers:

David Shrigley

Amelie Mancini’s Left Field baseball cards. She has two series so far – one featuring players’ bizarre injuries, and one with players with food-names. This, of course, is Astro Kevin Bass.

Stay tuned for more delights. I promise not to keep them to myself anymore.

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