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Apr 18, 2011

The Last Supper...but on Skateboards, and Featuring Mexican Wrestlers

Tonight is Passover, which makes this Thursday "Maundy Thursday," the celebration of the "last supper." This event has been most famously recorded by Leonardo Da Vinci as a buncha dudes sitting on one side of a super long table. [Fun fact, it's likely that they were lying on their sides in a square, in order of status. Neat, huh?]

So, while Leonardo's version is most famous, it's also dead wrong. So, since it's so historically unlikely, and obviously an artistic interpretation, why not have a little fun with it.

You know, by depicting the disciples as Lucha Libre wrestlers and painting the whole thing on skateboards. Yeah, that oughta do it.

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Apr 01, 2011

Screw You! Portraits Made with Power Tools

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Look closely at these potraits. Now closer. Closer. No! Closer.

Can you guess on what these portraits are painted?

   

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Mar 25, 2011

David Lynch's Hair vs. Art

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His films may be increasingly difficult to understand, but you can't fault him this: David Lynch has awesome hair.

So regardless of whether macabre-tinged melodrama floats your boat (I think they're great, for whatever that's worth), you can surely appreciate this clever juxtaposition: David Lynch's Hair vs. Art

The preview's kinda hard to see, so check out the full image here:  

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Feb 15, 2011

Amazing "Pour" Paintings by Holton Rower

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New York-based artist Holton Rower (and friends) create these boldly colored abstract works called "Pour" paintings from...you guessed it: pouring paint.

While playing with the fact that paint is a liquid is nothing new, it's fascinating that these works are so engaging. It's obvious how they were created, and the effect is something we all experimented with in elementary school art class. Plus, I love that these pieces are necessarily also 3D sculptures, as there needs to be an added element of height from which to let the paint flow.

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 Watching these things in process is amazing; they serve as both paitings and kinetic sculptures. Check out this video:

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Oct 20, 2010

Freaking Sweet High-End iPad and iPhone Paintings Curated into Art Show

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Artist David Hockney began experimenting with painting fresh flowers on his iPhone when he first got the smartphone and the Brushes app in 2009. Soon, his closest friends were receiving email attachments of original digital nature, including curator Charlie Scheips. Now, with over 600 "paintings", Scheips has arranged for a gallery show of Hockney's work.

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Jul 20, 2010

Handcrafted Philosophical Bottles by Chris von Szombathy

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Wouldn't it be great if you could belly up to a cafe table with a group of friends, order a round of beverages, and be served a line of these handpainted containers, complete with a bit of philosophy and a whole heap of fun?

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Designed (and presumably handpainted) by Canadian artist Chris von Szombathy, they're part of a series dubbed "77 Bottles." More about Chris from his bio page:   "Chris von Szombathy is a visual & auditory artist/producer, designer and writer residing in Vancouver, Canada. His work deals with modern social, visual and economic culture, with a focus on referencing pop culture products, advertising, character design and sound. His artistic background is within abstract forms of painting, communicative graphics/logos and conceptual art and is also strongly influenced and informed by his 15 year struggle with acute agoraphobia. He would ideally like his work to be easier to see than to not see and is currently working on his brush technique and bird-watching when possible. he is the serving musical director/producer for the groups Audio Ahdeo Awdio, Tour de Fours and Hard Times and is published by celebrated arts & graphic publisher Drawn & Quarterly."

Chris von Szombathy

[via Inspiration Lab]

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Jun 03, 2010

Drainspotting: Unbelievable Painted Manhole Covers from Japan

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How did I not know about this?!

Apparently, there's a movement in Japan that paints manhole covers (gender inclusive term is peopleholes? sewerholes?) with bold hues and imagery, providing crazy bursts of brightness and color along city streets.

Blogger Remo Camerota has been cataloging the movement at Drainspotting, and his work has just been turned into a book and iPad app.

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"The covers are part of a 20 year beautification program between the cities and various foundries to make manhole covers that reflect the particular culture of the city in which it's located. In an interview with Nagashima Foundry president Hirotaka Nagashima

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Apr 22, 2010

Thirteen Minutes Totally Worth Your Time: Up There, A Short Documentary On the Art of Hand-Painted Advertising

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Before the days of pixels and vinyl printers and lots and lots of waterproof glue, there were hand-painted advertisements, scaled with care and painted by hand on the facades of buildings. A few handpainted ads still go up each year in New York and L.A., and "Up There" catalogs a bit of their experience.

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It's a lilting film, with lots of super shallow depth of field, plenty of color processing, and a evolving soundtrack by The Album Leaf, and there's no hiding the involvement of Stella Artois. But its commercial overview is handled quite well, really, and it's kinda of nice to see a major corporation sponsor a piece of art that at least SEEMS like its not totally meant as an ad itself. And it clocks in at just under 13:00, which makes it perfect for an inspiring, mid-day distraction.

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Apr 02, 2010

How To: Super Quick and Easy Large-Scale Modern Painting

NOTHING fills up a blank wall like a large scale art piece. And nothing can cost more than... a large scale art piece.

Unless you're hip to this sweet sweet idea by Nerissa and Pete from the New Domestic. With the help of a bit of extra thin painter's tape, they were able to translate a digital design into an abstract painting with a huge impact.  

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Mar 11, 2010

ManMaker: Dan Kenneally's Abstract Sandwich Art

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San Francisco-based artist Dan Kenneally has created Lunchbox, a series of 18"x18" sandwich paintings, that each use a minimal colored stripe to represent ingredients.

"Lunchbox presents a curious departure from an ordinary subject matter which is unprecedented in the art community. It communicates volumes though use of complex arrangement of color, and simplification. This ambitious feat achieves harmony through balance and composition."

 

I like that these are physical paintings with texture and drips, etc, rather than simple stripes drawn on the computer.

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