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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

Come for the handmade dollhouse miniatures, stay for the ninja hamster.

Japanese YouTube user HMS2 creates meticulous handmade dollhouse miniatures: DIY Fake Food, DIY Dollhouse Items. There are also hundreds of kit-making videos, from food replicas to complete villages. Yes, there are Re-Ment unboxings! And oh yeah, he also built a ninja mansion for his hamster. h/t [Alert: Ninja mansion link has auto-hamster music.]
posted by Room 641-A on May 24, 2016 - 10 comments

bourgeois capitalist eats too much ice cream and freezes to death

Out with bourgeois crocodiles! How the Soviets rewrote children's books (Guardian). A new exhibition, A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia, will be at the House of Illustration. [more inside]
posted by cwest on May 24, 2016 - 13 comments

Tiny faces are his canvas

Noel Cruz is an artist who purchases Barbies and official franchise dolls, strips all of their factory paint, and remakes them into faithful portraits of iconic celebrities and beloved characters using acrylic paints and tiny brushes. His dedication to detail extends to hair styling and commissioning custom clothing to bring a doll to life. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on May 24, 2016 - 17 comments

The symbolic value of rock is conflict-based:

Which Rock Star Will Historians of the Future Remember? by Chuck Klosterman [The New York Times] The most important musical form of the 20th century will be nearly forgotten one day. People will probably learn about the genre through one figure — so who might that be? [more inside]
posted by Fizz on May 23, 2016 - 173 comments

Reading and Art

People Reading Books
posted by bq on May 21, 2016 - 2 comments

"...Every room becomes a mouth."

(Content warning for pretty much the whole post: Body horror, bright flashes, and disturbing imagery abound.) Kitty Horrorshow (Itch, Twitter) is an independent game developer making fascinating, horrifying things. Minimalist horror games that go bold directions and are deeply uncomfortable experiences. Her biggest game by far, though, is ANATOMY, a game in which you explore a dark house, seeking out cassette tapes and studying the "physiology of domestic architecture". [more inside]
posted by brecc on May 20, 2016 - 17 comments

Art by crayon stacking

Christian Faur has been on the blue before, but here you get to see his process. He also details how he cleans his art.
posted by numaner on May 19, 2016 - 2 comments

"You’re giving the fruit pleasure."

An interview about pleasure, ownership, censorship, and harassment with artist Stephanie Sarley. "Keep MeFi Weird May" continues with some videos that are decidedly NSFW despite containing only hands and fruit.
posted by hollyholly on May 19, 2016 - 5 comments

Disco 2000

The Y2K aesthetic: who knew the look of the year 2000 would endure?
posted by Artw on May 19, 2016 - 62 comments

It tastes like shiny!

Olga Noskova bakes cakes. Really, really shiny cakes. And she makes it look easy.
posted by Room 641-A on May 18, 2016 - 34 comments

Kate Compton introduces computational generative methods

This is a beginner-level advice essay for people just getting started with building generators. It’s also for practiced experts who want a way to organize their knowledge. The advice is meant for any kind of generators: humorous twitterbots, fanciful art-making bots, level generators, planet builders, makers of music, architecture, poetry, and cocktails. (edit: it turned out to be 4000 words long, so enjoy the ride!) [more inside]
posted by cgc373 on May 18, 2016 - 12 comments

Google Art Camera

No brush stroke, no accidental blotch of paint, no hidden nuance of a great painting by van Gogh or Monet can hide from the ultra-high resolution Google Art Camera.
posted by ColdChef on May 17, 2016 - 12 comments

Whatever it is, the music is fucking annoying

Art or junk?
posted by MoonOrb on May 15, 2016 - 11 comments

Cornellàmation

You know this guy? Yeah, him, with the art and the comics. Well, he successfully crowdfunded at least thirty cartoons, to be released weekly. Welcome (back) to the disquieting world of Joan Cornellà. (Warning: the various media contain nudity, violence, drug use and Jimbo the Jam.)
posted by BiggerJ on May 15, 2016 - 4 comments

buff anthro pokemon

buff anthro pokemon
posted by clorox on May 12, 2016 - 22 comments

Web 0.0

Civitacampomarano is a small village in the province of Campobasso, Italy, with just 400 souls, mainly elderly. In this village, rich in folk traditions, Internet is a partially unknown world: mobile phones have difficulty working and the data connection is practically nonexistent. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on May 12, 2016 - 12 comments

Press the Panic buttons

The Panic Sign - a brief story about a remote-controlled sign on top of a building in Portland, Oregon
posted by a lungful of dragon on May 11, 2016 - 22 comments

Hilariously Giant Goalie Pads

Molly Brooks loves hockey - like in a romantic comedy kind of way. She's a big fan of the Stanley Cup! But it seems like she's found her home on the fresh ice of the National Women's Hockey League. (previously)
posted by ChuraChura on May 11, 2016 - 9 comments

Quiche and a milkshake

I was Prince's private chef - Margaret Wetzler talks about her experiences cooking for the late musician
posted by a lungful of dragon on May 7, 2016 - 70 comments

"...we think a detachable penis is for the best.”

A French statue of Heracles, also known by his Roman name Hercules, has been suffering from a particularly invasive form of vandalism. But local authorities think they’ve come up with a solution: a prosthetic penis.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 7, 2016 - 35 comments

MondriPong

A Piet Mondrian-themed version of Pong you can play in your browser.
posted by Cash4Lead on May 6, 2016 - 8 comments

When my anger is expressed through dance

When my anger is expressed through dance. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on May 5, 2016 - 6 comments

ars ex machina

I have been to the future and have brought back art.

"ReTech was born of a desire to translate discarded tech into artistic pieces."
The FAQ explains it better than I can.
posted by cjorgensen on May 5, 2016 - 11 comments

Ancient ink

Norwegian artist Esther van Hulsen draws a picture of an ancient octopus, using 95 million year old octopus ink (link to original article in Norwegian).
posted by Harald74 on May 4, 2016 - 13 comments

S ~ P ~ L ~ O ~ S ~ H

Gore, Guts, & the Grotesque :: The Acid Trip Art of Alex Jenkins [Some links NSFW]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 4, 2016 - 1 comment

Moon Knights and Demon Bears

A celebration of Bill Sienkiewicz - the unique comics artist most famous for his work on Moon Knight, The New Mutants, Stray Toasters and of course Elektra: Assassin.
posted by Artw on May 3, 2016 - 47 comments

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