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Rubber Johnny II: Electric Boogaloo

Meet Graham, an interactive sculpture developed by a trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and a Melbourne artist to show what humans might look like, if they had evolved features to withstand car crashes (via)
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jul 22, 2016 - 23 comments

Only You Can Help Us

Joel Cares is a 3D artist who plays with the low rent aesthetic of poser models combined with body morphing glitchiness. Help Us applies that to a familiar genre of commercial (swelling music, confident statements delivered directly to the camera, unsettling wind noises), with bizarre results. You can see more on his personal website.
posted by codacorolla on Jul 20, 2016 - 2 comments

Just being incompetent will only get you halfway

eBay is full of outsider paintings of aliens, clowns and right-wing politicians, executed with endearing incompetence on scrap wood, and selling for hundreds of dollars to deep-pocketed collectors of authenticity. Now Tom Ellard has a guide to getting into this burgeoning industry. [more inside]
posted by acb on Jul 20, 2016 - 28 comments

Six degrees of Copenhagen

Jens Juul, a photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark, recently won the 2016 Magnum Photography Award in the Portrait category for his his work Six Degrees of Copenhagen (some photos nsfw). In an interview, he explains that Six Degrees of Copenhagen is about breaking boundaries. [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Jul 19, 2016 - 4 comments

Figures

ABC (potentially NSFW, due to CGI butts) by Alan Warburton (previously), as inspired by the work of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (kinda previously)
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jul 19, 2016 - 5 comments

The truth is...

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is an installation comprised of a touring, portable, inflatable ‘Truth Booth’ that embarked on a world tour at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland in 2011. Stemming from an earlier Cause Collective project, The Truth is I am You, The Truth Booth is currently on a 50 state tour in the US. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Jul 18, 2016 - 3 comments

Water Brings them Alive

Małgorzata Chodakowska creates amazing art with water (video | images )
posted by Deoridhe on Jul 17, 2016 - 3 comments

America, America is Killing Its Youth

Henry Rollins reports that Alan Vega, vocalist for legendary proto-punk band Suicide, has died.
With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you that the great artist and creative force, Alan Vega has passed away. Alan passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16. He was 78 years of age
[more inside] posted by SansPoint on Jul 17, 2016 - 50 comments

Wipeout

Drone racingEpic drone race at night | Star Wars-style FPV racing | Drone racing dreams
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jul 14, 2016 - 9 comments

All Art Is Unstable

David Bowie's art collection to be sold by Sotheby's. More than 400 items from Bowie's personal collection, including 200 works by many important British artists of the 20th Century such as Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland, will be sold in a three part auction in November.
posted by kimdog on Jul 14, 2016 - 22 comments

"Abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity"

"Power and Architecture" is the name of the Calvert 22 Foundation's "season on utopian public space and the quest for new national identities across the post-Soviet world." Included in the "curated digital content" being published as part of the season is "Restricted Areas," a series by Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko, who photographs "abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity.” [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Jul 13, 2016 - 12 comments

Medieval Graffiti

"The past five or six years have seen a massive rise in one particular area of medieval studies – an area that has the potential to give back a voice to the silent majority of the medieval population. New digital imaging technologies, and the recent establishment of numerous volunteer recording programmes, have transformed its scope and implications. The first large-scale survey began in the English county of Norfolk a little over six years ago. The results of that survey have been astonishing." [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jul 12, 2016 - 24 comments

...and rise above

Bury It, the latest track from CHVRCHES, featuring Hayley Williams and with an outstanding video by comics artist Jamie McKelvie.
posted by Artw on Jul 11, 2016 - 38 comments

Okay, prove you DIDN'T create this painting.

Peter Doig Says He Didn’t Paint This. Now He Has to Prove It. Scottish artist Peter Doig is renowned for his somewhat surreal, eerie, haunting landscapes and scenes of ordinary life. His paintings have sold for millions of dollars -- his White Canoe fetched a record-setting $26 million at auction in 2015. Now, Doig is tasked with proving he did not create a particular work, in a case that has stunned art-law experts. (Previously.
posted by sarcasticah on Jul 10, 2016 - 35 comments

These days, Degas abandons himself entirely to photography

Degas is best-known for his paintings of dancers - but he also photographed them. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Jul 10, 2016 - 3 comments

Lost Animations

Lost Animations is a Youtube channel compiling various hard-to-find animated shorts, advertisements, and the occasional full-length. [more inside]
posted by solarion on Jul 9, 2016 - 7 comments

Illustrated Travel Books of the Edwardian Era

In "An Edwardian Package Holiday," Kirsty Hooper mentions the role that "lively representations" in illustrated travel books such as Spain Revisited: A Summer Holiday in Galicia and A Corner of Spain played in promoting northwest Spain to British tourists (more here). Many other richly illustrated travel books from the same period are available online, perhaps most notably the "Beautiful England" and "Beautiful Ireland" series published by Blackie & Son and the wide variety of titles published by A & C Black. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet on Jul 9, 2016 - 8 comments

book covers tell women what they want by surmising who they want to be

The Subtle Genius of Elena Ferrante’s Bad Book Covers by Emily Harnett [The Atlantic] With their sandy beaches and windswept women, the U.S. editions of Elena Ferrante’s novels look familiar even if you’ve never seen them. That’s because they look like virtually every other book authored by a woman these days—not to mention like bridal magazines, beach-resort brochures, and even “Viagra ads.” On Twitter and beyond, readers have described Ferrante’s covers as “horrible,” “atrocious,” “utterly hideous,” and as a “disservice” to her novels. At Slate, one commenter approvingly mentions a local bookstore’s decision to display one of Ferrante’s books in plain brown paper, reviving a practice used for Playboy and the infamous issue of Vanity Fair with a pregnant Demi Moore on the cover. The implication, of course, isn’t that Ferrante’s covers are obscene in the traditional sense—just obscenely bad. Previously.
posted by Fizz on Jul 9, 2016 - 46 comments

meanwhile in remix art, video and the radio star hi-five

[Soda_Jerk vs The Avalanches] Jerry Seinfeld, Daria, Jay and Silent Bob and many more rub on-screen shoulders in The Was, an eye-and-ear-catching 14 minute collage short. The visual remix splices together scenes and characters from 129 different films and TV shows, and is made by NYC-via-Sydney art collective, Soda_Jerk. Fittingly, the short appears to be soundtracked by audio sampling maestros, The Avalanches, using tracks from The Avalanches' recently-released album Wildflower and alternative mixes. [more inside]
posted by Collaterly Sisters on Jul 6, 2016 - 19 comments

MOTHER, WRITER, MONSTER, MAID

Rufi Thorpe writes about being an artist and a mother in Vela.
posted by bardophile on Jul 4, 2016 - 18 comments

Buzzfeed and exploitation of content creators

Buzzfeed is currently coming under fire from various creators: Akilah Hughes claims that Buzzfeed plagiarised her videos, Gaby Dunn speaks up against the no-compete clause that led to 2 colleagues being fired for appearing in another websseries (response by Buzzfeed Motion Pictures head Ze Frank), and Kat Blaque talks about the exploitation of intellectual labour from marginalized people for Buzzfeed content.
posted by divabat on Jul 1, 2016 - 42 comments

"Christ these are beautiful."

Tilt shift effect applied to van Gogh paintings [imgur]. More tilt-shift fun: "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Open Director's Cut [YouTube]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 30, 2016 - 25 comments

Seeking paradise: The image and reality of truck art

"A journey to discovering the roots of truck 'art' and the lives of those who work behind its colourful allure" from the Pakistani monthly, Herald.
posted by bardophile on Jun 29, 2016 - 9 comments

The Art of Alexander Paulus

The Art of Alexander Paulus - for example: This season on Buy My Shit You Stupid Idiots; A very lucky boy; More trainer please; Tom devouring his Jerry. Some are NSFW.
posted by misteraitch on Jun 28, 2016 - 5 comments

The Florida Highwaymen, Jim Crow era painters who captured old Florida

If you lived or traveled through the Fort Pierce region of Florida in the late 1950s and throughout the 60s, you may have had the chance to buy a landscape painting from an African American man, with Upson board as the canvas and crown molding as a frame, and the paint might have still been wet. Unable to get their art into local galleries, this rough collective of 26 self-taught artists peddled their wares to local businesses, through neighborhoods and to tourists. Their style fell out of fashion into the 1980s, but some of the painters persisted. Their style gained new recognition in the 1990s, a handful continue to paint to this day. They are known as The Highwaymen, and their art captures the natural, and somewhat lost Florida of the past. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 28, 2016 - 13 comments

A plate of Björk and beans

In 1997, Björk interviewed musicians Alasdair Malloy, Mika Vainio, Tommi Grönlund, and Arvo Pärt in a two-part BBC documentary entitled Modern Minimalists - part I | part II
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jun 28, 2016 - 3 comments

Mushroom Medleys

Mushroom landart by Jill Bliss [via Cute Biology] [more inside]
posted by Lanark on Jun 26, 2016 - 5 comments

Everybody needs a hobby

Katherine Dey is a Registered Nurse who also likes to make cakes. And comfort dolls. And sculptures. And body art.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jun 23, 2016 - 27 comments

Solstice 2016: It's a Global Solstice Party and You're Invited

Solstice 2016 will be a multi-stream, twenty-four-hour event, covering all of Earth’s time zones, to celebrate the summer solstice. Participants will perform their Solstice art in whatever medium they choose, between the hours of 17:00 and 18:00 in their time zone or create the performance in advance. The program will be finely curated. Viewers around the world will be able to catch individual or simultaneous feeds of the various performances throughout the Solstice period. [more inside]
posted by gudrun on Jun 21, 2016 - 18 comments

Enhance

After studying Alien in intimate detail, it’s time to look at the typography and design of Ridley Scott’s other classic sci-fi movie, Blade Runner.
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jun 21, 2016 - 38 comments

Looks like somebody's having a bad dream!

The 6th and final episode of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared has arrived [more inside]
posted by Theta States on Jun 19, 2016 - 33 comments

African and African American Studies: Introduction to Wakanda

"T’Challa emerged as the fictional representation of those countless dreams denied; the unbroken manhood that Ossie Davis famously invoked after the assassination of Malcolm X. Wakanda symbolized the dreams of black utopias like Ethiopia and South Africa that had grown as the Black Freedom Struggle grew over the twentieth century. In this moment when superheroes become a way to explore contemporary anxieties about activism and authority, the Black Panther provides an opportunity for global audiences to study the traditions of black nationalism, Pan-Africanism, and the variety of African indigenous cultures. Dr. Walter Greason (Monmouth University) took a few minutes to suggest a collaborative exploration of these influences" in the Wakanda Syllabus.
posted by ChuraChura on Jun 19, 2016 - 6 comments

Makerie Believe

Fantastical Fairground: A turning, moving, enchanting papercraft project from Makerie Studio.
posted by jacquilynne on Jun 15, 2016 - 3 comments

Capturing-- or creating-- the too-perfect picture

Photographer Steve McCurry, who made his name working with National Geographic and is perhaps most famous for his portrait of an Afghan girl, was criticized by NYT Magazine writer Teju Cole for being boring, too-perfect, and overly nostalgic. There are some who might disagree with or at least complicate this criticism. But his work has now come under fire for the level of digital manipulation he uses, as astute observers have found him editing out background elements or even people. [more inside]
posted by cubby on Jun 14, 2016 - 75 comments

Stop dithering and start dithering

Image Dithering: Eleven Algorithms and Source Code
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jun 10, 2016 - 25 comments

Because you catch more flies with honey than vinegar

“The closer you adhere to the most exacting standards of human rights and treatment of prisoners -- what Scharff did -- you will be more effective. Here is a guy who was caught up in a horrible situation he couldn’t walk away from, and his moral standards still allowed him to be successful, perhaps among the most successful interrogators in history.” Meet Hanns Joachim Scharff, an interrogator for the German Luftwaffe who pioneered interrogation techniques that were intelligent, humane, and also produced significantly better results than the other, much more widely used Nazi interrogation method, physical torture. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Jun 10, 2016 - 26 comments

When the world of the grotesque is known and appreciated

William Mortensen was The Photographer Who Ansel Adams Called the Anti-Christ
He was a trained artist who had initially wanted to be a painter, but who ultimately fell under photography’s spell.
He arrived in Hollywood in 1921 accompanied by 14-year-old Fay Wray, and there started by painting and designing backdrops before moving on to Photography.
His subject matter – which veered towards the savage, indecorous, gothic and grotesque made him a pariah among the puritanical new guard in photography.
A biography in two parts.
posted by adamvasco on Jun 10, 2016 - 9 comments

Avante Garde Nostalgia

The 1980s in San Francisco was fertile ground for a new type of theater, involving not only performance art but graphics, sculptural artists and musicians. Some astonishing productions were staged every year, each being a collaboration between the various disciplines. After each show had its run it dissolved into memory as only through those specific contributors could the production be realized. This was different than a standard play which existed on paper and could be performed ad infinitum by any number of theater companies. These "multi-media" shows existed only as long as the collaborators worked together. One sensed a specialness to each production, knowing that it would most likely never be staged again. [more inside]
posted by GospelofWesleyWillis on Jun 9, 2016 - 10 comments

Painting does not provide sufficient security.

I am inspired by three things: decorativeness, motion, and the stillness and expression of individual lines.
(All links NSFW). František Drtikol was a Bohemian photographer who in the 1920s, created nude studies that mingled Cubism, Abstraction and Art Deco.
In 1930 he abandoned live models for cutouts, and in 1935 he gave up photography altogether to return to painting.
Some more of his work with possible repeats.
posted by adamvasco on Jun 8, 2016 - 3 comments

2001: A Picasso Odyssey

2001: A Picasso Odyssey - '2001' rendered in the style of Picasso using Deep Neural Networks based style transfer. More details.
posted by Artw on Jun 8, 2016 - 28 comments

Grace Neutral Explores Korea's Illegal Beauty Scene

British body mod artist Grace Neutral heads to South Korea to compare and contrast their mainstream beauty standards with the (still illegal) underground tattoo scene.
posted by divabat on Jun 8, 2016 - 17 comments

Horse yoga

Horse yoga
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jun 4, 2016 - 24 comments

Periodically cool

Return of the Cicadas is a short film by Samuel Orr about the insects' (surprisingly beautiful) 17-year lifespans. [more inside]
posted by Gymnopedist on Jun 3, 2016 - 18 comments

Advice to Students from an Iguana

In 2006, a group of students at Xavier High School in New York City were given an assignment by their English teacher, Ms. Lockwood, that was to test their persuasive writing skills: they were asked to write to their favourite author and ask him or her to visit the school. It’s a measure of his ongoing influence that five of those pupils chose Kurt Vonnegut, the novelist responsible for, amongst other highly-respected books, Slaughterhouse-Five; sadly, however, he never made that trip. Instead, he wrote a wonderful letter. He was the only author to reply.
posted by storybored on Jun 3, 2016 - 30 comments

David Neat's neat, model model blog

David Neat is a model maker and teacher. Of David Neat, Makezine says "This modest blog may be the Holy Grail of model-making sites."
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 3, 2016 - 6 comments

Wir leben in der Krise

Via the Princeton Blue Mountain project, 336 issues of Der Sturm (german, but with art)
Der Sturm, originally published weekly, covered the visual arts, and also included fiction, poetry, cultural criticism, and political essays. The magazine became well known for the inclusion of woodcuts and linocuts, including works by Marc Chagall,Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oscar Kokoschka, Franz Marc, László Moholy-Nagy, and others.
(via, english)
posted by frimble on Jun 2, 2016 - 7 comments

Slashed Beauties

The anatomical Venus re-examined. “One of the things that makes the Venus so hard for us to understand is that we’ve now divided up all those things in ways that wasn’t divided in the time that it was made... We have this division between art and science, and between religion and medicine, that didn’t exist at that time.” (Photos of nude wax anatomical models that may be NSFW or disturbing to some.)
posted by merriment on Jun 2, 2016 - 9 comments

A rolling blob gathers Omoss

Albert Omoss is an artist who uses computers to explore bodies as rubbery, entangled forms (all likely NSFW) and to make ads and data visualizations. Among other tools, he uses Processing to make hypnotic animations.
posted by a lungful of dragon on May 29, 2016 - 13 comments

I'd rather crank than switch

De-dimension, the graduation project of Design Academy Eindhoven student Jongha Choi, is a different take on flat-pack furniture. It's a bit more practical than his Cigarette Chair.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 28, 2016 - 11 comments

Treasure Hunt

“I still think you could do something that no one has ever done before.” - the story of Kit Williams and Masquerade, a children's book of illustrations that also served as clue to the location of a golden hare, and, despite an ignoble end to the competition, kicked off a crazy off treasure hunting books and videogames in 1980s Britain.
posted by Artw on May 27, 2016 - 22 comments

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