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April 26, 2016

Dartboard Jesus

The latest example of religious-themed art that's stirring up controversy — a "dartboard Jesus." It was on display at the Rutgers University library, as part of an exhibit of student art, but was taken down recently because, according to campus officials, "it did not meet Rutgers University Libraries policy, which requires art exhibitions and their pieces to be based on university events, curricular offerings and topics of interest to the university community." In other words, it became too controversial.

It reminds me of the Crucified Chicken controversy from several years ago.

More: NJ.com

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 26, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Art, Religion

April 11, 2016

Jumpy the Dog Artist

I recently posted about DogVinci the Dog Artist, but I think Jumpy is actually a better artist.

Jumpy's owner is dog trainer Omar von Muller.



Posted By: Alex - Mon Apr 11, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Dogs

March 30, 2016

More Art of the Insane

Following up on Paul's post yesterday about the Electric Pencil. Here's some art created by patients in the criminally insane ward of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington D.C., mid-1930s.

A "working model of the fourth dimension," examined by Dr. John E. Lind.





A lion (top) and a man on a horse (bottom), created by a "shellshocked, cop-killing veteran" out of chewed toilet paper, hair from clothes and blankets, and cellophane. "Jealous of his accomplishments, the veteran guards his work as assiduously as a setting hen; it must be taken from him while he is asleep."





A locomotive (top) and "something that looks like a caricature of a capitalist" (bottom) drawn by "a mental 10-year-old."



Source: Newsweek - Jan 9, 1937

Also see the earlier post, Art of the Insane, to compare artwork from patients at St. Anne Hospital in France, mid-1940s.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 30, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, 1930's

March 23, 2016

Cat Who Is Artist



Another animal artist, to complement Alex's canine.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 23, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Cats

March 21, 2016

DogVinci, the Dog Who Paints

Here at WU we've considered the art of a number of non-human species, including rats, otters, and horses. But not yet dogs. So it seems appropriate to give a nod to Dagger II (aka DogVinci) who's been making headlines lately as a canine artist. You can see some of his work at his Facebook page.

The only other canine artist I'm aware of is Alexis Boyar, who rose to fame back in 1974. I've got an article about Boyar over at the Museum of Hoaxes — the hoax being that Boyar won a prize in an art competition, having failed to disclose on the entry form that he was a dog.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 21, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Art

March 16, 2016

Sofa Fort Art

Emily Binks recently won Scotland's largest art prize, the Glenfiddich Residency Award, worth £10,000, for her sculptures that consist of abandoned pieces of furniture piled on top of each other.

Her sculptures remind many of the "sofa forts" that children like to make. In fact, a representative of the award program specifically called attention to this resemblance: "Her sculptural assemblage invokes a basic fundamental of the human condition: from building dens as children to setting up homes as independent adults, we can all relate to the creation of a place to shelter and a sense of belonging."

More info: Press and Journal, TYWKIWDBI

Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 16, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: Art, Furniture

March 5, 2016

Special Garden Statue

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I am so darn tired of putting gnomes on my front lawn to brighten up the garden. Time for something different!

The Indonesian-language catalog description translates quite honestly: "Erotic nude female statue woman bronze statue."

Order yours here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 05, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Public Indecency, Women, Asia

February 26, 2016

Personal Space Preference Cards

Created by Sydney-based artist Michael Pederson, who likes to create odd signs and leave them in public places. He calls them his "public projects."

More about him here and here.



Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 26, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Art

February 15, 2016

Space Tourism Posters

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NASA is giving away space tourism posters. NASA had the posters designed, presumably to encourage continued interest in the space program. Whatever the purpose, the posters are very cool. Check them all out at the link.

Posted By: patty - Mon Feb 15, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Graphics

January 27, 2016

Moldy Fashion

May 1999: Belgian fashion designer Maison Martin Margiela had a fashion/art exhibition at the Brooklyn Anchorage gallery in New York City in which he displayed his latest creation — mold-covered clothes. Reported Time: "The clothes were dipped in agar and treated with mold, bacteria and yeast; they were then left to develop new colors and textures (the smell is a bonus)."

In fairness to Martin Margiela, this was more art than fashion show. According to art historian Ingrid Loschek, the display "compared the natural cycle of creation and decay to the consumer cycle of buying and discarding."

The moldy clothes were burned at the end of the exhibition, since they were in such an advanced stage of decomposition that they were unfit for anyone to wear.

via pinterest



via Slow and Steady Wins the Race


Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 27, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Art, Fashion, 1990's

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