News from Japan: Robot Dogs Are Getting Funerals

Aibo was a robotic dog developed by Sony a while back. Launched in 1999 and discontinued in 2006, about 150,000 dogs were sold in total. The toy was much beloved by owners, thanks to a built-in microphone and camera that helped each dog develop a unique personality.

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But this emotional attachment has triggered a surprising phenomenon. With a lack of repair technicians available, the little robot dogs are now “dying,” so loving Aibo owners in Japan are having ceremonies to honor their passing.

Strange Encounters: An Exquisitely Bizarre Series of Clay Sculptures

We’ve seen plenty of photoshopped animal heads on human bodies, but Italian artist Alessandro Gallo has put even more effort into this beloved pastime by making his creations by hand- out of clay! His characters, often in everyday clothes, like someone you’d pass on the street, look bizarrely realistic and somewhat creepy at the same time. Gallo’s attention to detail is impeccable and his hybrid series will be displayed in his upcoming solo show at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Manhattan. The series, which he calls “Strani Incontri” which is Italian for “Strange Encounters” opens tomorrow (September 6th) and will be available for viewing through October 4th.

Human Faces Look Alien When They’re Upside Down

Even normal human faces look alien when you flip them upside down. That’s the tactic South African photographer Anelia Loubser used when creating her latest series Alienation. Inverted eyes, scrunched up noses and wrinkled foreheads become unidentifiable creatures and force us to observe the human form anew.

It’s Alive: Creepily Endearing Human Typography by Jean-Charles Debroize

This may be the creepiest, yet most amazing typography to date. Art director and digital retouching artist for Creative Agency Kerozen, Jean-Charles Debroize transformed members of his campaign team into letter people. Not the cute cuddly kind from Sesame Street, but rather deformed little creatures that might haunt your dreams, but there is something endearing about these weird little letters with skin, eyes, and hair.

Every Human has a Pantone Color, and Angelica Dass is Finding All of Them

Black and white? We know humanity is far more diverse than that. Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass’ ongoing series Humanae has the lofty goal of recording and cataloging all possible human skin tones. From her many samples so far, we see an incredible spectrum – one which places us far closer to one another than we’re often led to see.

Incredible: Bodies Camouflaged with Paint

Johannes Stötter is an artist specializing in bodypainting. His first experiments with the style began in 2000, even though he had gained an interest five years prior. As he continued to hone his craft, he discovered there was a bodypainting competition bringing bodypainters together from all over the world. He promptly entered the competition and to his surprise finished in 5th place. After his placing in the competition, Stötter was inspired: “That was the beginning of a new bodypainting era for me. From that moment I was fixed on winning the world title.” In 2012, his dream became a reality and he became the “World’s greatest bodypainter.”

Captivating: The UK’s Homeless in Black & White


Lee Jeffries is a 41 year old accountant from Manchester. Throughout most of his life, he never did anything remotely arts related, but a camera and a conversation changed all of that one day. While he was walking around London he noticed a young girl that seemed homeless. As she lay in her sleeping bag curled up, he inconspicuously took a shot of her and began to walk away. It was then that something inside him was moved and he decided to go back to the sleeping girl and talk to her. After their conversation, Jeffries’ perception of the homeless had shifted significantly and he was inspired to engage in their lives.

Freckles: Benoit Paille Captures the Human Face


Benoit Paille studied medical biology for three years before he found his calling in the fine arts. Based in Montreal, Paille taught himself the art of photography and found a particular passion for capturing the raw emotions of his subjects. Throughout his photographic journey he’s experimented with many variations of light and color, and the resulting images show his careful attention to these details.

Finding Humans In Nature: Surreal Cerebral Trees

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In a stunning series of digital illustrations called Nature, Igor Morski takes your imagination on a journey that reveals hidden human figures in “natural” settings. The Polish graphic designer creates a human facial profile shaped slice through the flora of various biomes to reveal a single tree resembling the brain with the trunk acting as the brain stem. The vibrant pictures conjure up thoughts of the inter-connectedness of humans with all forms of life on Earth. In other images, Morski creates feminine faces from branches and foliage, perhaps to represent Mother Nature or the essence of nature’s femininity.

Before I Hide Away: The Artwork of Brandi Milne

Brandi Milne’s work speaks from human emotions – the worlds of love, loss, pain and heartbreak, but also so much beauty. Her works speak from the heart of someone with so much to say, but at one point in time thought no one would be interested. Her show, titled “Before I Hide Away,” emphasizes these doubts and blows them completely away at the same time. Her loss, pain and heartbreak are shrouded behind the cloaks of humor, and pink hues of candy coated wonderlands, detailing shy, whimsical figures waiting to tug on your heart strings. Her work is beautiful — staggeringly so — and we’re all better people for the fact she has chosen to share her world with us.