Insect Love

Jennifer Angus  creates stunning art with nontraditional objects  Her objects of choice are some of the 30,000 insects she has collected that create a mix of entomology and intricate patterns. it’s her love  pattern and textile led her to Thailand’s Golden Triangle—a region bordered by China, Laos and Myanmar, an area that contains some of he world’s largest and most magnificently colored insects. It was here she  found the shawls of the Karen tribe lined with greenish iridescent jewel beetles. It was years later she put her passion for for textiles and the beauty of insects together.

Angus now has over 30,000 bugs in her inventory, which cost anywhere from 50 cents to $25 and gets used over and over again in different exhibitions. Her insects range in size from as long your hand to a small as the tip of a finger. She works with hardier bugs like grasshoppers with pinkish-purple wings, electric blue weevils, polka-dot weevils, leaf mimics, and thorny stick insects that can withstand the wear and tear of repeated pinning. Some of the weevils in her show have been in use since she first began.

Angus pins her insects to the wall to create patterns in that look like Victorian wallpaper. Naturally electric blue, emerald green, pink, purple and red insects come together and bring excitement, exploration and scientific discovery. She also creates small-scale dollhouses covered in beeswax are home to anthropomorphized insects.

Read more about Jennifer Angus below and watch her video.

Meet Jennifer Angus, An Artist Whose Medium Is Insects

The Work of Jennifer Angus: A Closer Look

Jennifer Angus at CAFAM

Music Playlist


Lots of great new recorded music available in the Arts Division this summer! Here’s a sampling:

Sixteen Saltines/Jack White

Jack White leaves such an indelible stamp on any project he touches that a solo album from him almost seems unnecessary: nobody has ever told him what to do. He’s a rock & roll auteur, bending other artists to fit his will, leading bands even when he’s purportedly no more than a drummer, always enjoying dictating the fashion by placing restrictions on himself. And so it is on Blunderbuss, his first official solo album, arriving five years after the White Stripes’ last but seeming much sooner given White’s constant flurry of activity with the Raconteurs, Dead Weather, Third Man Records, and countless productions. -All Music Guide

Bloody Mary (nerve endings)/ Silversun Pickups

Building upon Silversun Pickup’s Swoon’s layered melodicism and once again showcasing lead singer/songwriter Brian Aubert’s  knack for…

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A Postal Worker and a Librarian Build a Collection of Contemporary Art

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel at The Clocktower with a drawing by Philip Pearlstein behind them, 1975. Photography Credit: Nathaniel Tileston. Courtesy Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Herbert Vogel passed away yesterday at age 89. Herbert and his wife Dorothy were remarkable art collectors. They built an enormous collection of contemporary art on a his salary as a postal worker. They lived on what she earned as a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library. Together they amassed over 5,000 works.

They donated all their work to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and to galleries in all 50 states.

Read more at ArtDaily and at the New York Times.

A wonderful documentary was made about them and you can borrow it from the library.