Dear Sergey Pakhomov aka The Pasta Artist,
Six years ago you were working on an ad campaign for a Russian macaroni company and were struck by divine inspiration: what if you built models of various objects using macaroni? So you did, and the ad campaign fizzled, but your life was forever changed. Now you build all kinds of things using all different kinds of pasta: spaghetti motorcycles with rotelle wheels, bi-planes with lasagna wings, and a whole pasta town complete with a linguini windmill and penne playground.
So why am I contacting you today? Well, I’m something of an amateur pasta artist myself. A beautiful pan of cheesy rigatoni speaks to my heart and soul in a much more profound way than the Sistine Chapel ever could. I don’t care for oil paintings unless the oil is olive and the canvas is cannelloni. Your work truly moves me. What do you say we collaborate sometime?
You all know Pizza the Hut from the seminal 1987 Mel Brooks film, “Spaceballs.” But here, for the first time, we meet the rest of Mr. Hut’s saucy and cheesy family. Portland, Oregon, artist Ilan Schraer gives us a rare glimpse into the lives and minds of the Pizza the Hut family tree. [Pony Club Art Gallery Flickr]
You know that saying about love — you know, the classic line from the classic film “The Hot Chick” — that it makes your heart beat faster and slower at the same time? Well, I have intimacy issues, but that’s the kind of feeling I get towards new makeup releases, particularly when not one, but two, of my favorite icons are involved. Let’s get down to it: I’m talking Andy Warhol, artist, socialite, pop culture hero, as the inspiration behind a cosmetic line from makeup innovator and photographer François Nars. The NARS founder and namesake has crafted the brand’s — and the Warhol Foundation’s — largest collaboration, with Andy as its muse. Keep reading »
Sue Austin is a performance and installation artist based in the UK. She has been wheelchair-bound since 1996, and dedicated her artistic work to “finding ways to understand and represent my embodied experience as a wheelchair user.” Most recently this goal has led her to team with scientists and diving experts to create a self-propelled underwater wheelchair. Using fins and a propeller, Austin is able to steer the machine with her feet and navigate a beautiful underwater world that was previously off-limits. Seeing her move through the water with ease and grace is both unexpected and powerful. Check out the video to see for yourself. [YouTube via Smithsonian]
According to The New York Post, St.JollysArt.com is a website featuring the artwork of the Jeffrey Johnson, the 58-year-old man who killed his former manager in front of NYC’s Empire State Building last week, and eventually died at the hands of police. (Nine innocent bystanders were injured by police gunfire.) Keep reading »
Artist Fraser Smith will carve you a whole outfit if if you let him. The Natchez, Mississippi-based master carver has a special skill set — he makes realistic-looking clothes and accessories out of wood. The 54-year-old has carved hats, basketball jerseys, even leather jackets out of basswood that’s stained with pigments to create trompe l’oeil wood sculptures. While you can tell the items aren’t what they seem from up close, Smith says that his items often confuse and bewilder viewers.
“They see it, and ask themselves, ‘Interesting coat, but why’s it hanging in the dining room?’ … A while later, they’ll learn what it’s made of, or bump into it, and realise it’s made of wood, and they’ll have to immediately change everything they thought of it. Some are excited, like they’d just seen magic.”
Check out more of Smith’s amazing clothing sculptures after the jump! [Daily Mail]