Matthew Kastellec's Cabinet of Curiosity

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

10/13: Final Post

I thought it'd be good to come full circle in my cabinet, so here is another Cyanide & Happiness.

Look carefully.

Monday, October 12, 2009

10/12: Nathan Sawaya

Nathan Sawaya is an artist whose work is made entirely out of lego. I think these are really cool, and elevate a child hood toy into something spectacular. Again we see man imitating nature through man made items.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

10/11: Charlie!

Really a classic by now, but still: if someone told you the plot to this "story" would you think it was funny? I think its curious how these random things created by everyday people and artists can blow up and be something incredible and well known.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

10/10: A little late, but still good!

Not only are Legos a little spectacular to me, but adding its anatomy is really interesting to me. It combines the natural and the man-made imitation into one thing.

Friday, October 9, 2009

10/9: Foamy the Squirrel

Funny to me for no reason in particular - who can deny a toasted human hand?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

10/8: True Beauty

This video is very interesting and sad to me. They take someone who is average, per say, and completely redefine her face in an effort to sell product. It shows how easy it is to manipulate images these days without anyone ever knowing, and shows the spectacle we make of beauty and perceptions.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

10/7: Recap

Missed a few days there. Here's a triple post to make up for it. The first thing is something I saw in the Duderstadt Center while doing my small metals homework. Who put it there, I have no idea, but they are awesome.

Also, the morgue reading got my thinking about how we spectacularize death and dying, whether it be through movies, TV, or books. Even more so than those, however, is Halloween, one of my absolute favorite holidays. I find it fascinating that for one day a year, you are allowed to be whatever you want, to disguise and hide yourself in anyway possible. Jack-o-lanterns are also very spectacular to me - they remind me of the images of man made out of nature, except these are skewed and disturbing, and also a very fine craft.

The final thing I wanted to talk about is weather. Seeing everyone start to get bundled up for the coming cold made me think about how we make a spectacle of survival. Now a days you don't just go buy a fur pelt and wrap it around yourself - it has to be brand-name and attractive, so that you can continue to impress your peers while freezing your butt off. The epitome of this consciousness over our survival goods is, to me, the awful Ugg boot. They are functional yes, but they are a trend in popular culture (Although they do not fit the attractive part -they are really friggin ugly.)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

10/4: This is why you're fat

Chocolate Bacon Pogo On A Stick

Bacon wrapped in angel food cake, battered and deep fried, dipped in chocolate and served on a stick.

This is why you're fat is one of the many tumblr sites I visit on a daily basis, and the more I think about it, the more I realize that all of these sites are Cabinets of Curiosities in a very real sense. They are specific yes, and not so tangible, but nevertheless they are a collection of oddities or curiosities designed to be shown to the entire world. What they are is really a public Cabinet, fueled by public findings and a group mentality.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

10/3: Glee

This show is my life, and I can't stop listening to this song - I love Queen and I love this rendition. This show is a curiosity to me in the fact that its so popular - many Americans find show tunes and musicals too wishy washy or the like, but its been very successful. I am ecstatic that its so popular, because hopefully that means it will go on for many seasons.

Friday, October 2, 2009

10/2: Calder

Calder is one of my favorite jewelers of all time. His work with cold connections and wire is simply stunning, and he really takes the medium to a higher level. The combination of simplicity and intricate detail amazes me every time, and is truly inspirational.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

10/1: The "Single Ladies" trend

By far my favorite iteration of this fad. This sort of part public performance part advisement is very interesting to me, and I would love to see one in person some day.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

9/30: First Entry

So this will be my Cabinet. A blog seems to fit, since most of the things I find curious are from the internet, or are in picture form. Hopefully this will get across my eccentric personality and random taste in things, so for the first entry this is what I'll post. Cyanide and Happiness is one my daily rituals, a little pick me up that I check right after email and facebook - it epitomizes everything right and wrong about the internet; humorous, gross, graphic, racist, sexist....and yet hilarious.