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War Drags You Out: World Leaders Get Transformed in to Drag Queens

Sunday 03.09.2014 , Posted by
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George W has never looked more fab than in Saint Hoax’s history re-defining series War Drags You Out. The idea came to the artist after attending a drag show for the first time and deconstructing the components that went into a proper drag queen. [Read more...]

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These Are Clearly “SilverWareBack” Gorillas (and Other Animal Sculptures Created with Flatware)

Sunday 03.09.2014 , Posted by
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Unless a delicious piece of crème brûlée is sitting on your fork, you might not be thinking about art when it comes to flatware. Gary Hovey is different. Since 2004 he’s been using forks, knives and spoons as the medium for his nature-based artwork. From the ruffled fur of a bear made from the tines of a fork, to the ears of an elephant made from fanned knife handles, each of his sculptures are made completely from eating utensils. [Read more...]

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“Stuff Being Thrown at My Head” is the Literal Title of This Photo Series

Sunday 03.09.2014 , Posted by
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Apparently, photographer Kaija Straumanis has unbreakable eyeglasses. How do we know? Because it appears she’s had lots of things thrown at her head. This New York-based artist’s whimsical series sees her with glasses askew and various objects pelting her in the face. Yes, the concept is that simple… and it’s simply great. [Read more...]

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Nature Melts with Color: Herb Williams’ Crayon Sculptures

Saturday 03.08.2014 , Posted by
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According to artist Herb Williams, “Crayons are a gateway drug”… and perhaps that’s why he’s one of the only independent buyers in the world who maintains an account with Crayola. He melds the colorful wax sticks into fantastically large sculptures, buying each of the plethora of colors in packs of 3000. After cutting each stick down to size, he wraps them around pre-built forms and sometimes melts them down to form one solid mass. His sculptures occasionally use hundreds of thousands of pieces to complete. They are at once unusually bizarre and familiarly nostalgic. Just get a whiff of that Crayola smell! [Read more...]

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Heading to SXSW? Check Out Column Five’s Unreal Paper Craft Animation

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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The crafty people at Column Five now have offices in California and New York, so what better way to announce their country spanning convergence on SXSW this week than this stellar paper craft animation? Whether you prefer mustard covered hot dogs, fresh zesty tacos or a juicy rack of ribs, the short animation will keep your eyes well pleased and your stomach… well… fiber filled. It’s paper after all. [Read more...]

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This is Not a Cucumber.

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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What you’re looking at here may seem like food – and it is – but it’s not what you think. Tokyo-born artist Hikaru Cho is using her deft skill with a paintbrush to transform one food into another. Imagine picking up a tiny eggplant and suddenly breaking it like an egg, spilling its yolk all over the floor. That’s the reality she’s creating here. [Read more...]

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These Two Artists Are Living Together in a Gigantic Hamster Wheel

Wednesday 03.05.2014 , Posted by
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If you thought sharing a small apartment was difficult, imagine being these two artists sharing a gigantic hamster wheel. Taking the challenges of co-habitation to a new level, Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder have taken up residence for 10 days on a giant 25 foot wheel furnished mostly with orange and red Ikea furniture… that matches their hip orange and red jumpsuits. Shelley is living inside at the bottom, because he’s afraid of heights, and Schweder is living outside on the top, some 30 feet off the ground. The piece is called In Orbit. [Read more...]

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We Talk to Nick Pedersen About Ultima, His Fantastically Detailed Vision of the Future

Wednesday 03.05.2014 , Posted by
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Nick Pedersen has a vision of the future, and he’s revealing it to us through vast landscapes of a world after the “peak” of human civilization. His stunningly detailed works see humans in a not so distant time, surrounded by the ruins of society as we know it.

Here is a world filled with nuclear power plants long dormant; the rusting hulks of cruise ships that no longer sail; and even the remnant scribbles of street art no longer speaking. It’s not all bleak however – because despite the cold, nature has come back with abundance. [Read more...]

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Dear Viral Marketing Company Behind ‘Real’ Hoverboards: Stop Playing With My Emotions!

Tuesday 03.04.2014 , Posted by
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When Back to the Future II launched in 1989 there were a load of people convinced that Hoverboards were real. I was one of them. As I thumbed through the back of magazines like Popular Science, desperate for news about when they’d be released, my enthusiastic young mind saw me hovering through the park and even shooting across water – I’d have POWWAHH of course! Now a group calling themselves HUVrTech are saying they’ve created REAL hoverboards, and they’ve got Christopher Lloyd (yes, Doc Brown), Moby and even Tony Hawk (yes, TONY HAWK) backing them up [Read more...]

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In the Belly of the Whale: Rest Hall at U of Seoul Made of Wooden Ribs

Monday 03.03.2014 , Posted by
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Tucked under the stark grey exterior of a building at the University of Seoul is a warm and organic place to rest. Called Rest Hall and nicknamed Hole, the inviting structure resembles the belly of a whale, complete with row upon row of wooden ribs. Walking into the central entrance, the cave-like space encircles you with the warmth of natural timber rings, with chambers opening to the left and right. [Read more...]

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