Emma Goldman and Goldman Sachs walk into a bar. ...

Ben Hall’s massive sculpture, The Drill (2015), includes a lot of mash-ups. One side is covered by a quilt the artist made, with patches dedicated to the Monopoly FREE PARKING square, a Situationist riff on the Adidas slogan, and the merger-in-name of two entities: Radical anarchist and political activist Emma Goldman (1869–1940) and Goldman Sachs, Goldman Sachs a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm.


Ben Hall


Derf Backderf's, "Punk Rock and Trailer Parks" Soundtrack

In the introduction to Punk Rock and Trailer Parks by Derf Backderf, he suggests you listen to music while you read his graphic novel.

Buy the book (and read a preview) HERE while you listen/watch this YouTube playlist a fan created based on his list:

Between the gross and the decorative

Around many artists, any nearby materials are forever in peril of becoming part of a new artwork. Many bizarre substances can be sighted in contemporary works. A vast array of trash items, technological detritus, children’s toys, bubblegum, and even foodstuffs like bread have all found themselves yanked from their usual purposes and put to use as material for creation.

Dylan Spaysky video interview on how he selects his objects

Dylan Spaysky is inspired by the pop-culture aesthetic of Disney, knickknacks found in suburban homes, children’s crafts, and thrift store dollar-bags. His works are made with cheap materials and found objects, exploring notions of beauty, value, and preciousness. They have a sense of impulsiveness: to salvage, tinker, repurpose, and decorate.

MEET THE ARTIST: Dylan Spaysky

Name: Dylan Spaysky
Born: Pontiac, MI
Lives and works: Hamtramck, MI
What is your favorite material to work with? Why?
Hot glue, because I love getting painful blisters on my fingers
What is your favorite tool in the studio? 
I use my leatherman wave a lot
Favorite place in the region?