Holy disturbing, Batman! These little nuggets are much too small to be sucking on the cancer sticks! Thankfully photographer Frieke Janssen didn’t give the children real cigarettes or cigars — they are “smoking” cheese. The artist was inspired, apparently, by that two-year-old boy in Indonesia who smoked 40 cigarettes a day. The depressing thing is, though, that lots of people won’t realize smoking is gross at any age. [Neatorama] Keep reading »
Artist Susan Stockwell makes intricate, gorgeous dresses out of paper goods, like maps and sheets of currency. The dresses mimic colonial styles, and reflect her interests in ecology, geo-politics, mapping, trade and global commerce. It’s this confluence of ideas that give her work an extra charge. Check out some of her paper dresses in this gallery.
Lining the walls of the MTV Voices Dinner were a collection of classic portraits reimagined with celebrity faces. Beyonce was cast as Queen Elizabeth I. We should probably expect the neck ruffle to make a comeback any second now. And Eminem wasn’t looking half bad as a decorated nobleman. I’ve always wanted to see him in epithets. Other portraits included Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez as a pair of Thomas Gainsborough masterpieces (no Mariah Yeater portrait was to be found), Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. These would be perfect to hang in my salon … if I had one. [MTV]
Artist, Christine Chin created this line of kitchenware entitled Sentient Kitchen. “While it is the nature of the human ego to cast suspicion on a challenge to human intellect, Sentient Kitchen products offer a non-threatening environment to explore the benefits of smarter, more sensitive solutions to our daily dining needs,” says Chin in her project statement. Hmmm. My ego is still telling me not to sip tea out of a hairy ear. [Buzzfeed]
That is exactly what you think it is. An sculptural interpretation of finger banging. There’s more where that came from at South Korea’s Jeju Love Land, an erotic sculpture park featuring 140 sculptures of sexy stuff. Also of note, a gigantic mosaic penis that squirts water and a bronzed woman pleasuring herself. As Liz Lemon would say, “I want to go to there.” [Laughing Squid]
It was bound to happen. You got older. You got wiser. “The Crow” and the “Pulp Fiction” posters that were tacked up in your college living room made way for the more sophisticated framed skylines from Ikea and machine-printed canvases from Urban Outfitters in the living room of your early twenties. And that brings us to your first adult apartment, where your focus has shifted from filling space to investing in pieces that will not only last through a move, but also give visitors a taste of your style – not to mention create a comfortable and inspiring place to call home.
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This past weekend I stumbled into the Brooklyn headquarters of the Sketchbook Project and I’m now one of its biggest fans. Around for the past six years, the Sketchbook Project is a traveling library of artist sketchbooks that has a permanent home in Brooklyn. Visitors to the project can browse through and explore literally thousands of artists’ books, and see the creative process at work. Those who don’t live along the tour — Chicago, Portland (Maine and Oregon), Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, London, Melbourne and Vancouver and L.A. — can also flip through thousands of books online, searching by artist, theme or location.
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My friend Katelyn is terrified of flying. Like, sweating, crying, white-knuckles-gripping-the-armrest terrified. We took a trip to Hawaii a few years ago and things got really turbulent about halfway through the flight. I tried to comfort her by cracking jokes, holding her hand, and listing off air travel safety statistics, but ultimately the only thing that worked was when I randomly started humming “Let it be, let it be…” She started laughing, joined in, and we sang that song on repeat for the next hour or so. Super annoying for everyone sitting around us? Yes. Proof that these are powerful words? Definitely. [$12, Letter Happy] Keep reading »
Illustrator Kyle Hinton creates paper dolls based on his favorite TV characters, and man does he have good taste. He’s paper-ized the cast of “Arrested Development” and “Breaking Bad” and now he’s tackling “Parks And Recreation”. This little Ron Swanson is so perfect, from his well-groomed mustache to the turkey leg accessory. Check out Kyle’s website to print him out. (Bonus: it’s free!) [Flannel Animal] Keep reading »
When they rebuilt the Six Million Dollar Man, the doctors of the 1970s TV series made him “Better…stronger…faster.” Now, if San Francisco artist Tanya Vlach gets her way, she will be able to add “web-optimized” to that list.
Vlach, who lost an eye in a car accident, is now seeking funding for a tiny, wireless-enabled camera to be inserted into her prosthetic eye. Her implant will contribute to a number of artistic projects. She explains, “I’ve been plotting new strategies to tell my story, both my personal one and the one of my sci-fi alter ego, into a transmedia platform, which will include: a graphic novel, an experimental documentary, a web series, a game, and a live performance.” Read more… Keep reading »