Umbrellas Popping Up in Contemporary Art



To see an umbrella in your dream, symbolizes emotional security. You are putting up a shield against your emotions and are trying to avoid dealing with them. If the umbrella is leaking, then it indicates that you are unprepared with facing your problems...what about one that is on fire?

Or maybe the dreams came about because  you saw an umbrella outside during your afternoon walk. People still take those right? Or Rihanna’s allegedly occult laden “Umbrella” came on the radio and its electric beast sounds fought their way into your subconscious. Waiting. For you to fall asleep and attacking you with reds and leather. Can you imagine that party happening in your head? Years of clean up.

I don’t worship the low and mighty Rihanna incarnation of the Devil – I only worship him when he makes appearances as Tom Waits – I just happen to keep running into illustrated and photographed umbrellas every 48 hours while cataloging art.

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Photography by Elena Kalis

Lauren Withrow Lauren out of Dallas, TX.

Thad and Sarah Lawrence showed us that with a little help from Photoshop, one could capture the trials and tribulations of love and marriage.

Beau­ti­ful pho­tog­ra­phy and photo manip­u­la­tions by Rosie Hardy from Man­ches­ter, UK.

Natalia Maroz has a peculiar digital art style.

Illustration by Ryohei Hase from Tokyo, Japan. The rest of his work is a tad creepy – lots of animal headed humans.

Stay tuned for Monday’s post on Illustrators that should do children’s books.

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5 Comments on “Umbrellas Popping Up in Contemporary Art”

  1. 07.8.11 at 11:55 AM #

    Umbrella ella ella eh eh eh… One of many cool posts, by the way – the transatlantic diablog

  2. 07.9.11 at 10:32 AM #

    Great pictures. Umbrellas in dreams security. Hmmm, makes sense. Very well written.

  3. 07.13.11 at 6:05 PM #

    Couldnt have put it any better myself.

  4. 10.8.11 at 8:54 PM #

    “Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.” ~ David Byrne

  5. 10.9.11 at 6:28 AM #

    Anyone who can bring poetry to a cold, rain sodden sidewalk on a grey Monday morning commute to the office, must be acknowledged.

    Londoners salute you, Mr Gamez. (I’m sure we also prefer the gravel-voiced gravitas of the Tom Waits devil).

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