Back in elementary school- right around the time I learned “The Fifty Nifty United States” song, which still to this day, helps me remember all 50 states in alphabetical order, we learned another less memorable song called “The Song of the Presidents.” I couldn’t help but hearing the chorus, “These are the men who have served us as president. Chief executives leading the way. We will salute them in presidential order- the presidents of the U-S-A!” play through my head when I came across these incredible woodcut caricatures of all 43 fellas! Created by Graphic Designer Rachel Ignotofsky, she declares that the portraits “straddle the line between grotesque and comical” and I’d have to agree. This collection was shown as an installation at Leedy-Voulkous Art Center in Kansas City, Missouri where she is based out of. Each presidential portrait ranged in size from 24 x 18in, 14 x 17in, and 9 x 12in. [Read more...]
Corn was once a straightforward crop, but the US industry has seen big changes in recent years. Ethanol and GMOs are both relatively new to the scene, and they are both hot-button issues. Since 1980, the use of corn has increased significantly as a result of renewable energy legislation. Not only are we using more corn, but we are using different strains of corn. In 2013, genetically engineered corn accounted for 90% of the planted crop showing a steep increase from just 25% in 2000. A series of graphs were produced by Flapjack Media to detangle the data. The full graphic is available here. [Read more...]
Stippling is a technique mostly associated with fine-tipped pens and a careful hand, but tattoo artist Kenji Alucky from Hokkaido, Japan is using the form on skin. His exquisite pieces are filled with geometric forms, both natural and mathematical, and most are created using his signature method employing fine dots. [Read more...]
ExxonMobil Corp. is none-too-pleased about FX Networks LLC’s latest branch of television programming, FXX. Though, their complaint is a bit different from fans of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s qualms of having to tune in to a different channel to catch the programming their used to, ExxonMobil is suing FX Networks to block their use of a logo the oil company says infringes upon their current branding.
A Journey to the Modern Frontier: Ghostpoet, Koreless and Alex Turvey Collaborate in Once in a Lifetime Multimedia Event
Over the past month three lauded UK artists have been striving to answer the question: What moves you? Lyricist Ghostpoet has been writing words, music producer Koreless is writing a score, and director Alex Turvey is getting visual – and it’s all culminating in a free to attend live experience on 9th October, at the beautiful Oval Space in the heart of East London. Unlike anything anyone in this trio has created before, this final event is the adventurous result that’s guaranteed to be an inspiration.
You walk into a room and find yourself eye-level with two erect human phallus on a pair of reared, making out, homoerotic goats. Welcome to Beth Cavener Stichter’s sculpture exhibit. Don’t expect to feel comfortable in a gallery featuring these larger than life ceramic beauties. Beth Cavener Stichter successfully exploits our cultural fascination with sex with a positive goal: to lead the viewer through a self-critical journey of creepy situations, which keep you mesmerized by the curiosity of sexual deviance. [Read more...]
Hailing from the Netherlands, this artist is bringing a resurgence of Baroque-style painting to her work. Instead of paint though, the artist uses her camera to create sensual and feminine images that echo the renaissance period. Her name is Mariska Karto and through her art she expresses the depths of her own mind and being. As an artist she brings all the elements of natural story telling into her photography and in the process creates a work that even the old masters could have admired. [Read more...]
Missing NASA? Here are Photos of Earth from the European Space Agency’s Archive: Observing the Earth
Unless you’re one of those cool people who makes a daily trip to space via NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, you might not have noticed that the long running and much loved site is currently down. The site has been running consistently for over 18 years in a co-effort between NASA and Michigan Technological University… but due to some unexpected budget cuts amounting to a 97% cut in workforce (and in other news much of the US federal government), we’re not getting our daily dose of fascinating imagery from outer space. [Read more...]
Danish artist Olafur Eliasson reminds us to never judge a book by its cover. Better known for his public installations and sculptural work, Eliasson’s book Your House brings architectural scale to a microscopic level. Out of 454 pristine pages, Eliasson laser-cuts the negative space of his Copenhagen home, each sheet serving as a paper-thin cross section that gives shape to tiny doors, stairways, and window frames. [Read more...]
A self-declared “professional geek”, Chris McVeigh never stopped playing with toys. He uses LEGOS in conjunction with his creative eye and photography skills to make fun, colorful “sketches” of some of the best pop culture characters of all time. In this series of LEGO Brick Sketches, McVeigh challenges himself to stick to a 12″x16″ brick canvas, which is a similar size to some of his friends’ miniature marker sketches. His first one was Wolverine and after receiving a very positive response from his Instagram and Facebook fans, he decided to keep going. While the LEGO creations are obviously not real sketches, McVeigh plays up this theme perfectly with little LEGO markers in the correct colors next to each portrait. [Read more...]