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No piano drop

Catherine Yass has been nominated for a Turner Prize, so this means that she's a serious artist. Nevertheless, her plan to drop a piano off the top of a 27-story building in London, as a way to allow the community to "explore how sound travels," has been vetoed by the local housing association. Locals apparently feared her plan was "dangerous and ludicrous." []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jul 11, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Art

Upside-Down Artist

Dana Helms calls herself the "upside-down artist" because she completes all of her work upside-down. And then she turns it rightside-up for display.

I guess this might be a useful trick for learning how to draw. Though I suspect my own attempts at drawing would look equally distorted whatever way round I did them.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jun 17, 2014 | Comments (20)
Category: Art

Theodor de Bry

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I love the almost-human arms and legs on this enormous alligator, which is being attacked, ostensibly, by Native Americans, as depicted by 16th-century artist Theodor de Bry.

"The verisimilitude of many of de Bry's illustrations is questionable; not least because he never crossed the Atlantic. "
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 14, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Art, Europe, North America, Sixteenth Century

Anti-DNA Spray

We last reported on artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg a year ago when she was collecting random samples of DNA on the street (bits of hair, saliva on cigarette butts, etc.) and then using the genetic information to reconstruct what the person whose DNA it is looks like.

Now she's back with a new project. She's started a company called BioGenFutures that will be selling a spray called "Invisible" for $99 that you can use to erase your DNA from everything you might leave it on. In case you're worried about leaving your DNA around.

I'm not sure what's in the spray, but I imagine bleach would break down DNA and be a lot cheaper than what she's selling.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue May 06, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Art

Beautiful Stained Glass

You do not have to be religious to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of these stained glass windows from around the world. 'Glory Window' pictured above resides in The Chapel of Thanksgiving in Dallas, Texas.

Picture above from Yahoo images.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun May 04, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Art

The art of Uwe Max Jensen

Fifty years ago, on Apr 25, 1964, someone sawed off the head of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen. Today, performance artist Uwe Max Jensen will commemorate that event by miming the act of sawing off the head of the Little Mermaid and then putting his own head in a bucket. Naturally, he'll do this dressed only in his birthday suit.

Some of Uwe Max Jensen's previous work includes his groundbreaking, self-explanatory piece titled, "For one complete week, I will only use the Aarhus Museum of Art when having a shit."

And there's also his 2005 piece titled "Raising the water level in a sculpture by Olafur Eliasson." This involved urinating in Eliasson's 'Waterfalls' sculpture.

[Copenhagen Post]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 25, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Art, Performance Art

Vegan Art

Austria-based artist Anamaria Finta went vegan two years ago. And for some reason that change inspired her to start making art out of her food.

A lot of her art pieces seem to rely heavily on cream cheese and yogurt, both of which (last time I checked) aren't vegan. So I'm assuming she must use vegan substitutes for these.

So actually, I'm not sure what her art has to do with veganism at all. But it is nice food art. [via]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Apr 03, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Art, Food

Art of the Insane

In early 1946, the St. Anne Insane Asylum in Paris exhibited some of the art work of its inmates. Collecting the art of people identified as insane seems to have been a trend at the time. See, for instance, the book of "Poetry of the Insane," published in 1933, that I posted about back in Feb 2013.

The Associated Press caption on the top picture notes, "The writing is a miscellany of seemingly unconnected Gibberish, with no apparent relationship to the drawing."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Mar 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, 1940's, Mental Health and Insanity

Sculptures of Rosa Verloop

Dutch artist Rosa Verloop creates sculptures out of nylon stockings. She writes that she likes this material because it is "soft, cuddly, and easy to shape." Though when I look at her sculptures, 'cuddly' isn't the first word that comes to mind.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Mar 08, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art
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