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“Artistic tricks divert from the effect that an artist endeavors to produce”*…

 

After spending much time on Instagram, a pattern quickly revealed itself: covers of Kinfolk magazines, wood, American flags, lattes, etc.

These similarities popped uo without even trying to look for them specifically, and so, a project was born. Not out of spite, but out of a fascination with the redundancy of almost identical subject matter.

Four images, one Instagram account per set. A whole lotta the same shit.

Welcome to the Kinspiracy…

Kinfolk Magazine: making white people feel artistic since 2011″– more at The Kinspiracy.

* Paul Rand

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As we contemplate composition, we might send amusing birthday greetings to George C. Tilyou; he was born on this date in 1862.  Tilyou was the man most responsible for turning Coney Island into a entertainment destination.  Having open the first theater there, he began to experiment with rides, most successfully with a copy of the Ferris Wheel that he saw on his honeymoon at the Columbian Exhibition.  (Tilyou tried to buy that one, but as it was already promised to the upcoming St Louis World’s Fair, he built a replica.)

He parlayed those rides into an attraction: Steeplechase Park, known round the world for its trademark “funny face” logo.

Any resemblance to Batman’s nemesis, The Joker, is not coincidental: illustrator Bill Finger, who co-created the character attests to being influenced by the Steeplechase Park mascot.

The Park’s unique appeal lay in its power to involve visitors…

Many rides were calculated to play with gravity and so encourage couples to grab a hold of each other. In addition to the famous Steeplechase, which took its customers down a wavy track on mechanical horseback, the attractions included the Human Roulette Wheel, the Human Pool Table, the Whichway and the Barrel of Love, which spun humans in directions they’d never been spun in before. Equally involving was the Blowhole Theater–a stage built into an exit that forced customers to become actors, as they endured blasts of air and electric shocks to the delight of other recent victims.

Steeplechase burned down in 1907, but Tilyou didn’t miss a stride. After charging admission to the burning ruins, he rebuilt the park, this time introducing the roofed Pavilion of Fun. After Tilyou died in 1914, various managers took their turn running Steeplechase, although ownership remained in the family. The park finally closed in 1964, ending what amounted to a 69-year run of comic relief from the modern world.

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Written by LW

February 3, 2015 at 1:01 am

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