Monday, April 19, 2010

Modern Art

Are you familiar with a website called "missed connections"? Well, me either really, but I am familiar with these illustrations from artist Sophie Blackall. She's an Australian illustrator who now resides in Brooklyn where she (among other things) peruses the "missed connections" website and creates these hilarious, endearing, sometimes melancholy interpretations.
Sophie Blackall
Left: "You had a guitar. I had a blue hat. We exchanged glances and smiles on the subway platform. I pretended to ready my New Yorker but I couldn't concentrate. You got on the Q and I stayed on to wait for the B. You were lovely." Right: "Not only did you introduce me to the wonderful world of knitting, I quickly found myself smitten with you after chatting for a few minutes. Despite you mentioning you had a boyfriend, I can only hope he is terminally ill so that I'll get a shot at knitting something for you one day. You were one of the warmest people I've met on a subway at 2am, and a reminder why I love this city."
Sophie Blackall
Right: "Phoenix with crutches— I would love to carry you around piggy back until you can walk again." Left: "I bought you that milkshake. You just didn't realize it."

These are my two favorites:
Sophie Blackall
Right: "Scrabble Tattoo on Roof— asked myself why the letter 'n' all night long, then you were gone before i got a chance to ask. also, i saved you a piece of cake. do you always sit in a circle of asian girls? and sit at the top of the stairs so everyone gets a crush on you when they get to the roof?" Left: "Throat Tattoo— Hey guy that got on at 1st avenue dressed all in black with the throat tattoo. Thanx for existing."

Aren't they so great? You can look at more on her website and actually purchase some at her etsy store.

Another fun, artistic interpretation of some of our modern-day ways to connect are these "spam one-liners" from artist Linzie Hunter. Her hand-drawn type lends charm and wit to these silly messages. ("One day the tooth fairy may save your child's life"?)
Linzie Hunter
You can check out others on her Flickr page or visit her website to see more of her amazing work.

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