Any “Girls” fan worth her battery-operated boyfriend knows that Jemima Kirke, who plays Jessa, is first-and-foremost an artist. In this new short film presented by the Tate galleries and Le Méridien hotels, Jemima takes us back through Western civilization’s long history of ignoring female artists. (Obviously such a conversation could not exist without the feminist activist group The Guerrilla Girls, who are front and center in the short film!) “There were always women who were artists, but men who wrote the history books,” says Jemima. “And somehow, they forgot to mention them.” I do recommend you watch — it’s a must see for any feminist or art history buff. [Unlock Art]
God bless the Swedes and their sensible, sex positive outlook! A middle school principal in Nykoping, Sweden has thrown his support behind a mural inside the school depicting a modern art-style vagina.
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Update: A publicist for Dasha Zhukova has sent a statement which you can find after the jump.
If you thought that Sarah Palin telling President Obama on her Facebook page to stop “playing the race card” was the most tone-deaf and ignorant thing to happen on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you are actually wrong. That prize goes to the Russian blog Buro 24/7, which published a photo of socialite/billionaire’s girlfriend Dasha Zhukova sitting on a chair made to look like a Black woman. Keep reading »
Artist Karen Graw created these “real life” versions of Disney characters by turning their cartoon faces into realistic photo illustrations, inadvertently proving that the vast majority of Disney princesses look exactly the same. Still, her renderings are pretty impressive. Can you guess who’s who? Check your answers after the jump! [Laughing Squid] Keep reading »
We already know Photoshop can be used as a makeup applicator, leg-lengthener, and rib-remover, but here’s a use for it that’s much more interesting: virtual time machine. In a series titled, “Imagine Finding Me,” photographer Chino Otsuka masterfully Photoshopped her adult self into photos from her childhood, creating double self-portraits that are both haunting and mesmerizing. “I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged,” says Otsuka, “and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” Check out a few more of her time machine photos after the jump! [Ago] Keep reading »
Photographer Kilian Schonberger grew up in a wooded area of rural Germany, and was surrounded by the same dark, desolate landscape that had inspired the Brothers Grimm to write their famous fairytales a century earlier. He’s managed to capture images of modern central Europe that look like they were ripped from a dusty tome of Grimm tales, and now I’m dying to visit these eerie locales in person. Possibly while wearing a velvet cloak and practicing spells. See a few more of Schonberger’s spooky snaps after the jump… Keep reading »
There is no such thing as a “perfect vagina” and English artist Jamie McCartney set out to prove that with his” Great Wall Of Vagina,” which features the likenesses of over 400 women’s’ vaginas ranging in age from 18 to 76. McCartney’s piece includes the vulvas and labias of mothers and daughters, identical twins, transgendered men and women, pre and postnatal mothers, and women who have had labiaplasty surgery.
“For many women, their genital appearance is a source of anxiety and I was in a unique position to do something about that… Vulvas and labia are as different as faces and many people, particularly women, don’t seem to know that,” says McCartney.
You can pilgrimage to the Great Wall Of Vaginas while it’s on display in Milan through March. [Nerve]
California based artist Marcey Hawk, aka “the boobie painter,” is best known for creating with her “God given implements.” As she puts it so succinctly in her introductory YouTube video: “I use my tits to make paintings, people.”
How does Marcey do that exactly? Well, yes, she takes her clothes off and dips her 30D’s in paint, but it’s more complicated then that. Marcey has five distinct boobie painting techniques she’s perfected: the breast print, the nipple print, the “just the tip,” the “squish and swirl” and the titty twerk. If you’re still curious to see how it’s done (I’m sure you are!), you can subscribe to her YouTube channel, send her a private message and she will send you videos of her employing said techniques in the buff. Keep reading »
The whole “don’t judge a book by its cover” thing came about for good reason: The people who design book covers often don’t even read the books. Who has the time? Now, you wouldn’t think this would be a problem when designing the cover for a classic everyone is familiar with — you don’t have to know how to read to know what, say, The Wizard of Oz or 1984 is about.
So when those classic books fall into the hands of the rare cover artist who somehow has no idea what’s going on, that’s when hilarity ensues. See all 8 covers on Cracked…
Art student Anna Hill, 24, has been using Photoshop for over a decade and knows exactly how much magazine images are digitally altered to achieve that “better than perfect” look. To illustrate this disturbing fact of modern day media, she turned her Photoshop skills on her own self portraits to create a series of mock ads for Photoshop beauty products, like the “all-in-one beauty kit” above that promises everything from perfect skin to a nose job — instantly! The ads are sharp satire, but the craziest part is how the exercise affected Hill’s own self-image. “One thing I noticed when I was doing these was that when I suddenly went back to the unedited [photo of myself], it looked so wrong and kinda gross,” she said. “It made me extra aware of how skewed my perception was after looking at the edited ones for a while.” Who hasn’t felt a similar sense of shame and “wrongness” after flipping through a fashion magazine and then taking a look in the mirror?
Check out a couple more of Hill’s imaginary ads, including a limb-lengthening serum and a pore-disappearing treatment (“For that android look you’ll never achieve in real life”), after the jump! Keep reading »