Not only did I think Lucy Liu was bad-ass for her role in “Elementary” as a female Dr. Watson, but now I’m damn well in love with her. It turns out Liu is also an abstract painter! She’s been painting for years and exhibiting under the pseudonym Yu Ling, so as not to draw more attention to herself. But she recently held an exhibit in London under her own name and has published a book filled with her artwork. Her paintings are beautiful and it’s refreshing to see a celebrity who is humble enough to let their work speak, not their famous name. [ONTD]
There’s a lot of beautiful weirdos out there. And a lot of them sell crap on Etsy. Specifically, we’re talking about the strange amalgam of celebrity-oriented craftery that’s available on Etsy. Need an R. Kelly prayer candle? Yeah, we’ve got one. A wine glass etched with the glorious visage of Julia Roberts? Of course you do. All that and more can be found by wading through the thick muck of Etsy sellers.
I love all of Valentina’s colorful ink drawings, but this flower print especially caught my eye, thanks to its funky ’70s vibe and whimsical swirling shapes. The best part? Unlike the jar of wilted roses in my office that I keep forgetting to throw away, this bouquet will last forever. [$35 framed, Society6]
Don’t “get” modern art? Apparently none of us do, because while we were off contemplating Jackson Pollack’s splatter paintings in the Museum of Modern Art, the Central Intelligence Agency was using Pollack and his pals as “weapons” during the Cold War. A new report reveals that the CIA promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world in order to show that American art was more creative than art produced under Communist Russian rule.
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In a new project called “I’m Not A Look-Alike!”, Canadian photographer François Brunelle brought together unrelated strangers who could be twins. He invited these pairs of dopplesträngers (I’m coining that term by the way) to his studio and photographed them together. These pictures are kind of blowing my mind. Click through to see more people who totally look like they should be related but aren’t. [Design Taxi]
There’s no such thing as “too perfect” in the age of Photoshop. Reconstruct eyes, mouths, noses, cheekbones, entire faces? Turn real, blemished human skin into smooth sculpted porcelain? Make full thighs slender, small breasts large, protruding bellies flat? Well, if you can do it, then why not? We’re so accustomed to the image of widespread flawlessness that permeates our pop culture-consumed social climate that our own physical errs seem, frankly, unnatural. If we could apply digital image-altering tools to our flesh-and-bone beings, would we ― and how? “Photoshop in Real Life,” a photo series by Hungarian artist Flóra Borsi, uses satire to explore the darker implications of vanity insofar as we vie to alter ourselves to meet unattainable standards. Check out the rest of the photos after the jump, and more of Flora’s work at her Facebook page. [PetaPixel] Keep reading »