Thursday, September 30, 2010

Technicolor Fright

Along with picking apples, growing a beard, and carving pumpkins, Fall is also the season for watching scary movies. Horror and science-fiction films have always provided artists and designers with vivid and surreal sources to create images they never would have created otherwise. It is impossible to imagine a movie poster created today without an actor's airbrushed portrait prominently displayed, proof of the films worthiness. These vintage posters communicate the various film's subtleties without the crutch of a beautiful star.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Pictures from this soul-train dance party. All photos were taken by fellow party-goers on eight different disposable cameras that I altered in different ways. Check out 41 Wharf Street's Facebook page this week for the rest of the over 200 photos.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rogues Gallery presents Soul-Train Party

presents Soul-Train Party @ Space Gallery

Come and get a special-edition gocco print mounted on vinyl at 41 Wharf St the meantime, tide yourself over with this jam

Loose Joints "Is it all over my face" (female version) 1979

Friday, September 17, 2010


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Vintage Maine Posters

These beauties lined Portland's streets and newspapers one hundred years ago. Simple and clean. The first one is my favorite, I want to live in there.

*images from the Maine Historical Society.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chainsaw Sculpture

Somewhere between kitsch, rustic beauty, and old world ideals of craftsmanship lies Chainsaw Carving. State fairs, small town gas stations, and the deep woods are good places to find examples of this (mostly) American and Canadian tradition. Something about cutting down a living thing five times older than you and forming it into a smokey the bear statue seems to embody manifest destiny.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nautical Bookends

With their craftsmanship, detail, weight, and aged beauty, Bookends remind us that owning things made out of plastic kind of sucks.

Around the end of the 16th century books began to be stored vertically. As libraries and monasteries's collections began to grow, weight was needed to keep the volumes from falling off the shelf. Bookends were born out of concern for reader's safety, and grew into the functional beauties that were created in the early 1900's (the bookend's golden age).

Thursday, September 9, 2010


From Sweden to 41 Wharf Street with love.