See that thing above? Is it A) art, B) a Christmas tree, C) an enormous butt plug or D) all of the above? The answer is D! American Artist Paul McCarthy erected, heh, the sculpture, called “Tree,” in Paris last week, noting that he got the idea for it after noticing that a butt plug sort of looks like a Christmas tree. Okay then. Sadly, this m-ASS-terful work was not appreciated by all, and a rogue group of individuals who clearly hate anal sex decided to take matters into their own hands, The police told the BBC, “An unidentified group of people cut the cables which were holding the artwork, which caused it to collapse.” See the butt plug, I mean “Tree,” in its sad deflated form, after the jump. [BBC] Keep reading »
It continues to blow my mind that men remain dismissive of women’s complaints about street harassment, insistent that they’re “only” giving compliments and flirting, as if it’s completely irrelevant how such “compliments” actually make women feel. Brooklyn-based artist Elana Adler — like many, many, many, many women – was also sick of being catcalled and decided to turn some of the remarks she heard from strange men on the street into a bad ass collection of needlepoints. As she writes on her blog, the contrast between the sweet femininity of the cross-stitch and the ickiness of the words themselves is purposeful:
“You read one sampler. Perhaps you are amused, but as you continue reading and consider the body as an entire collection, the response changes. The inherent filth emerges. It is a beautification of an assault. Perhaps in the moment these statements are meant to compliment, but most don’t find vulgar, highly sexualized statements whispered or screamed at them by random strangers complimentary. Rather, they are an invasion of personal space.”
Click through to see a few more samples of her work and check out the rest on her blog. [Elana Adler via Cosmopolitan]
Good news! Coloring is a dang good de-stressing tool for adults. Time to get some colored pencils and get to work!
Psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala says that the benefits of coloring lie between focusing our attention on fine motor movements and on the logic of color-matching. So while it’s a great distraction from stressors, it’s also a novel and challenging physical and mental activity — like meditation, but brighter. Jüng was using coloring as a therapeutic activity a hundred years ago. Keep reading »
I don’t know about you people, but I can’t wait for tonight’s season premiere of “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Fresh off the heels of “AHS: Coven,” the folks at FX are bringing back one of the creepiest shows on TV, this time taking place under the big top at one very eerie, sure-to-be-scary freak show.
To celebrate the premiere, tons of artists from the DeviantArt community have created alternate official show posters. Some beautifully haunting and others dark and mysterious, check out some of our favorite fan art pieces to get you pumped for “Freak Show,” airing tonight on FX from 10-11:30 p.m. ET. Will you be watching?
Photographer Gray Malin heard a story growing up of a Scottish shepherd who dyed his sheep’s whole so that he could see them better at night and protect them from being stolen. It never quite left his mind, and it became the inspiration for his “Dream Series,” a photography project in which he used non-toxic dye to transform a flock of sheep into a rainbow. The dye rinses off with water, making the sheep’s temporary transformation that much more magical and fleeting. In Malin’s artist statement, he explained:
“Sheep, quite literally from the word, are sheepish — they do not command attention but rather seek to blend in with the crowd. Like humans, they have trouble leaving their flock and prefer to stay where they are safe and comfortable…Bringing this body of work to life has been a dream-come-true for me; but the most important aspect of each image is to incite others to wander from the flock and pursue their own aspirations. To all of those who dream, believe in the impossible because I am proof, it is possible.”
In hopes of making others’ dreams come true like his, Malin will donate 20% of proceeds from the project’s sales to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. After the jump, see more of the surreal photos!
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