“I love a good piece of dolphin meat on my plate, but every time I feel bad for eating an endangered animal,” 32-year-old artist, Ai Hasegawa, told Vice. “We’re soon going to be facing a global food shortage crisis. But I still want to give life, I don’t want 30 years of painful menstruation to have all been in vain. And I want to eat good meat.”
What 30-something woman hasn’t been faced with such dilemmas concerning food and reproduction? While most of us chose to avoid dolphin meat/baby making, hoping the problem would rectify itself, Ai Hasegawa got busy looking for options that were “less costly than raising a human” with “fewer responsibilities.” To reconcile both her desire to give life and her need to eat good meat, she came up with an unconventional solution: the idea of women birthing endangered species and eating them.
Hasegawa’s project, “I wanna deliver a Shark…,” tackles “the problem of human reproduction in an age of over-population and environmental crisis” with a literal attempt to birth a shark. And why a shark? Because, her initial research suggests that sharks are the most compatible with the human body and “they’re endangered, their life-span is almost as long as that of a human, and most importantly, they’re delicious.” Keep reading »
Bea Arthur is baring all, on canvas that is. A nude painting of the late and great comedic icon will sell at auction today in New York City. The painting, which Arthur did not pose for and is not from this episode of “Golden Girls,” is expected to go for anywhere between $1.8 and $2.5 million. Read more on Celebuzz…
Ahem, excuse me Captain, but I think we’re being followed. This is the world’s largest rubber ducky, seen here floating around Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, its aim is to “spread joy around the world.” The duck has also been caught ducking off in Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Osaka, Japan. Where it’ll be next is anyone’s guess, but Hofman says he just wants to make people smile. “The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation,” he wrote on his website. “The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!” [Daily Mail]
This artwork you see before you in a 51-foot-tall inflatable turd sculpture called “Complex Pile.” The inflatable turd sculptor is named Paul McCarthy, although I originally read his name as Paul McCartney and was freaking out for several moments about how and when Sir Paul McCartney diverged from music to inflatable poop sculptures. I was having a hard time processing that. Let me tell you, I am relieved. Anyway, Paul McCarthy‘s other work included a giant inflatable ketchup bottle and a giant inflatable butt plug. Clearly this man is a genius. “Complex Pile” is on display in Hong Kong right now, if you feel like checking out a humongous shit. [Laughing Squid]
It’s always interesting to see our favorite celebs without makeup, and now, thanks to graphic artist Eddi Aguirre, we can also get a glimpse of what the most famous doll in the world might look like sans fards. Barbie has under-eye bags and flyaways? You better believe it! [Boing Boing]
Yes a beautiful new book by Caitlin Freeman called Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art goes the extra mile to make someone feel like an idiot when you serve them dessert.
From a Fritsch Ice Cream Sandwich to a Koons White Hot Chocolate (to many treats that ref stuff that’s way more obscure) the recipes seem made to delight five people who work at MOMA and everyone taking an art history survey class. Read more on Dumb As A Blog…
Have you tried shopping for perfume lately? The selection is so extensive it can be a daunting process. To make things easier for you, Dutch artists Lenert and Sander have created a new scent called “Everything,” which is a mixture of every single one of the 1,400 perfumes that were released last year. Apparently it smells exactly as you’d expect: “We think Everything smells of your average fragrance department store — that wall of smell that hits you when you enter it,” the duo explains. Well, that sounds like my worst nightmare. “Everything” is making the rounds at perfumeries and art shows, and isn’t available for purchase, but perhaps you could whip up your own version by boiling down a bunch of magazine perfume samples into a pulpy, musky soup? [Oddity Central]
If zoo animals were sartorialists, they’d something look like this. Yago Partal’s Zoo Portraits series imagines the fashion possibilities for every species. And now we know that ostriches look fetching in bowler hats. It must be their long necks. You can see more fashion forward zoo animals or buy prints here. [Laughing Squid]
Our love for Tilda Swinton knows no bounds, which is why we’re prepared to ditch everything the minute we hear the actress has resumed napping in a glass box at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. The “live performance” titled “The Maybe” was first staged at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995, with subsequent performances in Rome and Paris; Sunday’s performance at MOMA was a surprise to visitors and some museum staff, but MOMA higher ups have apparently been working with Swinton and bringing “The Maybe” to the museum for years. Said the museum about the piece:
An integral part of The Maybe’s incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist’s statement released, no no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued. Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real—shared—time: now we see it, now we don’t.
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Spanish artist Eugenio Recuenco has been recreating Picasso’s famous paintings in photograph form, and the results look like pages pulled from a surrealist fashion magazine to which I would definitely subscribe. Check out a couple more examples of his work after the jump! Keep reading »