Jim Bauer, an artist based in Northern California, makes robots and metal pets out of kitchen gadgets and various bits of discarded aluminum. A former teapot and kettle salesman, he scours thrift stores for forgotten treasures and turns them into creatures that are sometimes electrically-rigged so their eyes can light up. See more on his page on The Ames Gallery website, linked here.
The creator of The Clangers has passed away at age 83.
Oliver Postgate made the British children's show, produced by SmallFilms, a company he founded with Peter Firmin.
The Clangers are small, knitted, mouse-like creatures that eke out a
living on a bleak planet. Their roof is a pot lid and they eat soup and blue string pudding, which grows on spaghetti trees. The Soup Dragon lives nearby and presides over volcanic soup wells where she produces what look to be purées, in a variety of colors. Her laboratory has a temperature of 67 degrees, celsius.
Thank You, Mr. Postgate, for your contribution to youthful food lore and general weird adorableness.
Unititled (Public Opinion), 1991 Black rod licorice candy individually wrapped, endless supply, ideal weight 700 pounds, dimensions variable. Artist: Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996)
Gonzalez-Torres often used candy--wrapped chocolates, colorful hard candy, licorice--as a medium. Beginning this Sunday, June 10, his work will be exhibited at the 52nd Venice Biennale, where he is posthumously representing the United States.