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Destination: Anywhere

A walk through Kampala's Taxi Park with animator Duncan Senkuba. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 20, 2016 - 3 comments

Good for both Mental Illness Awareness Month and Halloween

Illustrations of mental illness.
posted by OverlappingElvis on Oct 19, 2016 - 25 comments

Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas

My Memento Mori project follows the tradition of the 16th Century Dutch Vanitas painting movement, which took decaying objects as its subject matter, symbolizing the ephemeral nature of life and the certainty of death. Though none of the subjects I have photographed are endangered, they pay homage to the many species that have been pushed to the margins of existence and of their habitats by the relentless growth of human civilization.Bobby Neel Adams exhibit at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, through October 30.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 17, 2016 - 0 comments

Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America

"I’m always shocked when critics of the mid-20th Century architectural style known as Michigan Modern decry that period as a silly time of tail fins on cars, uncomfortable furniture, and shiny, kitschy buildings. Shocked, because I think Michigan Modern, properly understood, remains our greatest architectural expression." [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Oct 17, 2016 - 28 comments

I have some old newspapers around here somewhere...

Chie Hitotsuyama creates astoundingly beautiful paper sculptures from rolled up newspapers. Her work is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Art & History in California. [via]
posted by jacquilynne on Oct 16, 2016 - 7 comments

Death Is The Mother Of Beauty

There are many artists, usually great ones, who are able to push themselves to their limit to experience life and death for their art. Especially with death, many people feel extremely uncomfortable with its trappings – the pungent scent of decay, the multiple hues of flesh rotting, the insects who make bodies their homes – and it takes a true artists’ eye to see the beauty in these things: Sally Mann's Body Farm Photography [photos of decomposing human bodies] [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 15, 2016 - 10 comments

Fall, friendly, freaky Friday with Frida!

I was a little late to the birthday party of Ms. Kahlo, but saw this fantastic article and couldn't resist sharing with my fellow Meefs. How To Be More Like Frida Kahlo, As Told By Frida Kahlo Today I ran across another fun tidbit about Frida's old stompin' ground and knew it was deserving of the blue...........Frida Kahlo’s home.
posted by strelitzia on Oct 14, 2016 - 7 comments

"And we think 'Ooh, this is it, this is the end.'"

I have often puzzled and puzzled
about what it must be like
to go to sleep and never wake up,
to be
simply not there

Memento Mori is a short film by Sebastian Linda with narration by Alan Watts. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 13, 2016 - 6 comments

brought to you by Bethlehem Steel

- photographs of corrosion by Alyssha Eve Csük [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 12, 2016 - 12 comments

Responsive pixel art

Pixel art resizes/shapes as you move your mouse cursor. Sometimes not always in the way you expect.
posted by curious nu on Oct 12, 2016 - 14 comments

"Death, blood and excrement are our life."

Kajetan Obarski is an artist who publishes animated GIFs under the pseudonym Kiszkiloszki. Many rework classic paintings for humorous or gruesome effect (and often both). His most widely-known creations feature a skeletal figure called the Death Fairy. He talks about his work in an interview with Dioniso Punk. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 12, 2016 - 4 comments

There is an excitement about having nightmares.

An artist named Christopher Shy has somehow managed to capture the swirling, amorphous feeling of a nightmare with his series of watercolor horror and sci-fi movie posters, and each is more terrifying than the last. For example: The Thing [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 10, 2016 - 17 comments

an uncompromising desire to tell it like it is, architecturally speaking

Brutalism Is Back [The New York Times] “But now, like the chevron mustache, Brutalism [wiki] is undergoing something of a revival. Despite two generations of abuse (and perhaps a little because of it), an enthusiasm for Brutalist buildings beyond the febrile, narrow precincts of architecture criticism has begun to take hold. Preservationists clamor for their survival, historians laud their ethical origins and an independent public has found beauty in their rawness. For an aesthetic once praised for its “ruthless logic” and “bloody-mindedness” — in the much-quoted phrasing of critic Reyner Banham — it is a surprising turn of events.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Oct 6, 2016 - 70 comments

"Respice post te. Hominem te memento."

In Ancient Rome, memento mori was a Latin expression meaning "remember that you have to die," originating from a traditional means of keeping generals humble. In art, a memento mori is "an object kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death, such as a skull." In the United Kingdom, Memento Mori is a shop which specializes in objects and antiques which are macabre in nature. (Instagram) (Facebook)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 4, 2016 - 36 comments

Power of tower

Building human towers in Spain - Every year in Spain, a Catalan tradition of building Castells—human towers reaching up to 10 stories—takes place. [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Oct 4, 2016 - 22 comments

Rosa Parks' former home kidnapped/saved (SLGuardian)

The Detroit home of civil rights activist Rosa Parks has been dismantled and moved across the Atlantic by a Berlin-based artist after it faced demolition in its original location. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Oct 3, 2016 - 15 comments

Notes from the Lambda Complex

At the end of the process I ended up with a stack of 3.5” floppies, so I bought an external floppy drive to see if there was anything on them worth saving. Mostly they held back-ups of old manuscripts and story fragments from before I joined Valve, but on one disk I found several documents from the summer of 1998, late in Half-Life 1’s development, when I’d been working on the game for a year. - Novelist Marc Laidlaw unearths his notes from his time at the Lambda Complex, including an extensive piece on writing Half Life and afterthoughts on having shipped it.
posted by Artw on Oct 3, 2016 - 32 comments

Capsule Silence XXIV

Capsule Silence XXIV is a first person sci-fi action game for Mac and PC featuring music by chiptune band Anamanaguchi. After a dispute with developer NHX, the band leaked an early development build of the game on Twitter. And if you're up for a short, quirky exploration game, you should pretend that everything I just said is true, go to the band's website, click "PLAY CAPSULE SILENCE XXIV," download the game and give it a try. Otherwise, read on ... [more inside]
posted by john hadron collider on Oct 1, 2016 - 7 comments

"Let me ‘splain… no, there is too much. let me sum up."

Why The Princess Bride Is a Perfect Fantasy Movie. Discuss. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 27, 2016 - 124 comments

Cute is one of the most dangerous words...

Is Amelia Ulman the first great Instagram artist? [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Sep 25, 2016 - 16 comments

“Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.”

ARTS MacArthur Foundation Announces 2016 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners [The New York Times] This year’s winners of the MacArthur fellowships, awarded for exceptional “originality, insight and potential,” and publicly announced on Thursday, include writers, visual artists, scientists, nonprofit organization leaders and others, who are chosen at a moment when the recognition and money — a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 distributed over five years — will make a difference. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Sep 22, 2016 - 39 comments

Subway Doodles

An artist doodles creatures interacting with NYC subway riders.
posted by agatha_magatha on Sep 20, 2016 - 9 comments

"If I can do this many paintings of it, it's a problem."

Artist Patrick Martinez memorializes victims of police violence by way of vintage school supplies. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 20, 2016 - 5 comments

Brick Sketches

Chris McVeigh (previously) is well known in the LEGO community for both his builds and his new book. What he's perhaps best known for are his Brick Sketches, a series he began three years ago of pop culture faces "sketched" in brick (complete with colored pencils). Full gallery here.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Sep 17, 2016 - 5 comments

3,536 exhibitions online

The Museum of Modern Art has digitized a HUGE amount of material from past exhibitions. The history goes all the way back to the founding of MOMA in 1929. Exhibition catalogs are available for download as pdfs!
posted by OmieWise on Sep 16, 2016 - 16 comments

We don't serve string here

Artist Windy Chien spent a year learning a different nautical knot a day. See all (most?) of the knots here.
posted by Miko on Sep 13, 2016 - 31 comments

Eleven days

The Evolution of Bacteria on a “MEGA-Plate” Petri Dish - a cinematic approach to visualizing drug resistance
posted by a lungful of dragon on Sep 10, 2016 - 17 comments

Goats + yoga

Now you can do yoga with goats in Oregon (+ bonus goat yoga | goat vs yoga ball)
posted by a lungful of dragon on Sep 9, 2016 - 15 comments

Bright Lights, Big Space

DEEP WEB - kinetic audiovisual installation The generative, luminous architectural structure weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10 meter high super-structure, bringing to life a luminous analogy to the nodes and connections of digital networks. Moving up and down, and choreographed and synchronized to an original multi-channel musical score by Robert Henke, the spheres are illuminated by blasts of colourful laser beams resulting in three-dimensional sculptural light drawings and arrangements in cavernous darkness.
posted by CrystalDave on Sep 8, 2016 - 10 comments

Painting the Race to Space

Norman Rockwell, Walt Disney, Wernher von Braun, space habitats and moon landings - the improbable, bold history of space concept art.
posted by Artw on Sep 5, 2016 - 10 comments

The whole assignment really set me up for failure

My mission was that I was to make a meme or two a day for a week - Sam Rolfes is an artist with a glitchy digital aesthetic. Meme art often looks glitchy and lo-fi, so why not assume this is a natural pairing? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia on Sep 4, 2016 - 41 comments

Cookie Art

Amber Spiegel is a cookie artist. Using the nomnomnom de plume "sweetambs " she offers short video lessons in royal icing artistry on Instagram and longer lessons on YouTube, Facebook, and her own blog. [Note: videos have (soothing) background music.]
posted by Room 641-A on Sep 3, 2016 - 9 comments

"I won’t let you eat this man. He’s a good dog.”

Today I learned that a fellow named Calvin Kasulke has crafted a five-part radio play around the beloved character of Banjo, the Man-Faced dog. First appearing in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the big-hearted rascal returned in the heartwarming 1979 spin-off “Make Way for Banjo." [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 2, 2016 - 3 comments

Top Ten Words I am Sick Of Seeing On Artist Statements

Andrea Liu seeks to problematize this continually deferred relationship in her essay entitled, the Top Ten Words I Am Sick Of Seeing On Artist Statements.
posted by gemutlichkeit on Sep 1, 2016 - 120 comments


One of the Most Important Crosswords in New York Times History - the story behind a very special puzzle
posted by a lungful of dragon on Sep 1, 2016 - 24 comments

Meet the meticulous artist behind those happy trees (SLNPR)

The Real Bob Ross [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Aug 30, 2016 - 19 comments

Turn and look

John V. Muntean's magic angle sculptures: The Shape of Imagination | Knight Mermaid Pirate Ship | Dragon Butterfly Jet
posted by a lungful of dragon on Aug 25, 2016 - 2 comments

Bauhaus Online

Harvard Art Museums has made available a searchable digitized collection of over 32,000 Bauhaus artifacts: including paintings, photographs, drawings, textiles, sculptures, periodicals. [more inside]
posted by cwest on Aug 24, 2016 - 3 comments

"I think you should take that money, tie it up, and hang it on the wall"

Artsy presents a well-edited 4-part series of videos on The Art Market: Auctions, Galleries, Patrons, and Art Fairs
posted by Theta States on Aug 18, 2016 - 3 comments

Go Big or Go Home

IИDECLIИE, a collective of artists, has released its newest installation: The Emperor Has No Balls. Statues have been erected in five cities: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Seattle. ИSFW. [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Aug 18, 2016 - 172 comments

From Jingoism to Feelings - the aesthetic response to collective trauma

Lindsay Ellis' (previously) new video series 'Loose Canon' (Previously) takes a look at the different media takes on the same cultural character or property. She takes on the longest and most detailed one yet with the media reaction to and portrayal of the 2001 9/11 attacks. Part 1 (21:21) Part 2 (27:37) (Warning for photos and video of attacks)
posted by The Whelk on Aug 18, 2016 - 2 comments

The Art World Is Like Being In Mafia: Some Things Aren't Discused

I'm going to imagine you have the basics: over ₤10M in the bank, a yacht, luxury London apartment, second home in Monaco, offshore bank account, and if not a private jet, at least access to one. Good, are you sitting comfortably in your designer Italian armchair? Then we can begin. -The Banker's Guide To Art
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Aug 18, 2016 - 13 comments

I am the Potter Who Was

George Ohr: The Mad Potter of Biloxi. Visit the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi, where his twisted, flowing, lumpy, misshapen, crimped, dented, folded, and shimmering ceramic pieces are on display. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 17, 2016 - 7 comments

Pac animal

World-record-holding balloon fiend Twinkie hunts down ghosts and balloons (but mostly balloons) in Pac-Dog
posted by a lungful of dragon on Aug 17, 2016 - 11 comments

"I wanted to try something a little bit different."

Generating fantasy maps - source code
posted by a lungful of dragon on Aug 16, 2016 - 30 comments


In the form of likes, hashtags, imagery and sounds.
It’s our turn to wake up and recognize.
It’s time to think for ourselves and #CONSUME our own thoughts, not what they tell us.
We must CONSUME or we will be CONSUMED."

Hal Hefner
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 12, 2016 - 16 comments

At least our overlords will have sick tats.

This robot does tattoos. Appropriate Audiences has modified a 3D printer to tattoo human flesh. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 12, 2016 - 58 comments

The only known recording of Virginia Woolf

The splendid word "incarnadine" for example, who can use that without remembering "multitudinous seas?" "In the Only Surviving Recording of Her Voice, Virginia Woolf Explains Why Writing Isn’t a “Craft” (1937)"
posted by OmieWise on Aug 11, 2016 - 15 comments

A Drawing Of A Crying Lady Liberty At The Pearly Gates

In 1967 political cartoonist Pat Oliphant drew an editorial cartoon just to win the Pulitizer - "one of the worst cartoons I've ever drawn" - trying to appeal to the judges' tastes and prevailing political opinion. And guess what happened.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 10, 2016 - 38 comments

In The Name Of The Place

Melrose Place served as a covert yet visible exhibit by Mel Chin called In The Name Of The Place, shown in 1997 at MoCA as part of "Uncommon Sense."
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 10, 2016 - 9 comments

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