Michael Engelmann, artwork for Cinzano advertising campaign. From Gebrauchsgraphik May, 1969. Germany.
“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it."
- Robin Williams [July 29th 1951 - August 11th 2014]
(Source: peterhale, via gthegentleman)
Joseph Maria Olbrich, color study for the garden exhibition, terrace flooring, 1905. Darmstadt. Foto: Kunstbibliothek der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Werner Klimek
Joseph Maria Olbrich, design for a Liquor bottle, 1904. Drawing. © Photo: Kunstbibliothek der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Dietmar Katz
"We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest;
And deal full many a thoughtless blow,
To those who love us best."
Marc Giai-Miniet is a French artist who makes creepy and fascinating dioramas that tend to feature reproductions of human organs, crime scenes, submarines in basements and wait for it … libraries.
The miniature tableaus are terrific examples of art’s ability to transform seemingly predictable, mundane scenarios into absurd, freakish, and beautiful visual experiences.
Giai-Miniet’s libraries are detailed and striking, replete with book cover art, author names, and identifiable typography. Occasionally a diorama’s title will conjure a loose narrative, an obscure starting point from which the viewer might further consider the art via