Thursday, April 30, 2009

Peter Callesen

Peter Callesen, Fall, 2008, Acid free 140 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Fall (detail), 2008, Acid free 140 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Impenetrable Castle, 2005, Acid free A4 80 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Impenetrable Castle (detail), 2005, Acid free A4 80 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Elsmear, 2006, Acid free A4 80 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Half Way Through, 2006, Acid free A4 115 gsm paper, pencil, and glue

Peter Callesen, White Hand, 2007, Acid free A4 115 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen, Looking Back, 2006, Acid free A14 115 gsm paper and glue

Peter Callesen creates simply amazing things with paper. His website has the following explanation of his work:

My paper works have been based around an exploration of the relationship between two and three dimensionality. I find this materialization of a flat piece of paper into a 3D form almost a magic process - or maybe one could call it obvious magic, because the process is obvious and the figures still stick to their origin, without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in most of the cuts. Some of the small paper cuts relate to a universe of fairy tales and romanticism, as for instance Impenetrable Castle inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Steadfast Tin Soldier, in which a tin soldier falls in love with a paper ballerina, living in a paper castle. Other paper cuts are small dramas in which small figures are lost within and threatened by the huge powerful nature. Others again are turning the inside out, or letting the front and the back of the paper meet - dealing with impossibility, illusions, and reflections.

I find the A4 sheet of paper interesting to work with, because it is probably the most common and consumed media and format for carrying information today, and in that sense it is something very loaded. This means that we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By removing all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white 80gsm A4 paper as a base for my creations, I feel that I have found a material which we all are able to relate to, and at the same time is non-loaded and neutral and therefore easier to fill with different meanings. The thin white paper also gives the paper sculptures a fragility which underlines the tragic and romantic theme of the works.

My New Haircut - Have You Seen this on You Tube?

If you want to watch a video with the douchebag of the century and lots of foul and offensive language, just click the link below. Careful with the volume if you are at work.

My New Haircut

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Movie "Teeth" & The Vagina Dentata Myth

Have you seen the movie Teeth?

When virtuous high school student Dawn (Jess Weixler) becomes the victim of a sexual assault, she discovers that she has an unexpected line of defense: a toothed vagina. But for Dawn, coming to terms with the power and dangers of her anatomical anomaly may be easier said than done. Director Mitchell Lichtenstein's provocative feminist horror flick also stars John Hensley, Hale Appleman and Josh Pais.

Teeth is available on DVD, and the above description comes courtesy of Netflix.

Oh. And here is a bit more on the whole (hole?) Vagina Dentata myth.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

How To Tell Your Date You Have an STD

Wow. I just read in the newspaper that there is a new way to notify a partner or ex-partner that they may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) -- send them an e-card.

For more info on this service and on STDs in general, see

Saturday, April 25, 2009

How a Woman's Brain Works

Every one of those little blue balls is a thought about something that needs to be done, a decision that needs to be made, or a problem that needs to be solved.