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Just (don’t) do it: Nike sneaker made from human flesh-like latex
07.14.2015
07:33 am

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Animatronic Flesh Shoe
Animatronic Flesh Shoe
 
In 2004, Canadian artist Adam Brandejs created a piece of art called the “Animatronic Flesh Shoe”. Brandejs even included bits of his roommates actual hair for realism. Yikes.
 
Animatronic Flesh Shoe with real hair
 
Brandejs used the logo for high-profile brand Nike on the piece that is actually made from latex that looks remarkably like human flesh. And that is because Brandjes made the rubber casts for the shoe out of molds made from his own skin. Brandejs then wired the shoe and connected it to electric motors that are run through a circuit to interpret signals sent out from an MP3 Player, enabling the shoe to move. Or more appropriately as you will see, “twitch” sporadically as if it was in the throes of death. Brandejs’ intention when he created “Animatronic Flesh Shoe” was to help enlighten consumers on the conditions in sweatshops that make our everyday products, as well as the labor practices employed by companies that make the things we all think we can’t live without. Here’s a part of Brandejs’ statement on his piece:
 

If the flesh disturbs you, then the reality behind the issue would disturb you far more if we opened our eyes long enough to see it. We live in a culture disconnected from what it is doing to itself and others, we choose to ignore rather than deal with the reality we have created for ourselves. This piece ultimately comments on this simple idea.

 
More photos and a video of the flesh shoe in motion follow. Your move, Buffalo Bill.
 
Animatronic Flesh Shoe
 
Flesh-like latex for the Flesh Shoe
The flesh-like latex that was used to make “Animatronic Flesh Shoe”
 

“Animatronic Flesh Shoe” twitching

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Faces turned into moving, disfigured nightmares
07.13.2015
09:19 am

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Portrait screenshot
A terrifying screenshot from Portrait
 
Italian visual artist, Donato Sansone’s latest work is called Portrait. In the short video, Sansone takes still-images of real people’s faces, and distorts them in a slow-moving film that will become the fuel for your next nightmare.
 
A screenshot from Portrait
 
Sansone’s video reminded me a bit of all the twisted images that are getting spit out of Google’s “Deep Dream” AI system, only slightly more demented. The audio work by Enrico Ascoli—which quite frankly sounds like bones being churned through a meat grinder, while someone is simultaneously getting electrocuted—only adds to the unease you will experience while watching this surreal two-and-a-half-minute video. Much like the images created with “Deep Dream,” Sansone’s video is as eerily beautiful as it is completely unsettling.

I’ve taken the liberty of culling some screenshots from Sansone’s slow-motion acid trip so you can take a moment to digest the disfigured faces that you’ll be seeing later in your dreams. The super creepy video will be waiting for you at the very end of the post. If you need me, I’ll be under the bed.
 
A screenshot from Portrait
 
A screenshot from Portrait
 
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Short animated film depicts the agony of alcoholism
07.10.2015
07:35 am

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Twelve-step programs have long achieved remarkable things using the simple technique of a single voice speaking with honesty and humility, and it is precisely this device that works so smashingly well in this animated short crafted by the production company Buck for Alcoholics Anonymous.

In “Doors,” the simple aural method of a multitude of voices detailing (necessarily incompletely) the abjectness of their situations is singularly effective, singularly moving, singularly powerful. The iconic and yet entirely fluid visuals in the short reminds me a great deal of the work of Eric Drooker, whose wordless novel Flood of some years ago evinced similar feelings of helplessness, dread, isolation, and desperation.
 

 
“I’m Justin H., I’m an alcoholic.” “I had no friends, I burned every single bridge, my family had cut ties from me, I was unemployable. ... All of those things because, you know, drinking was more important than anything else.” The snippets start out bleak but, inevitably, turn more hopeful as the narrative edges towards probably the planet’s most effective counter to dipsomania—Alcoholics Anonymous.

Just as AA meeting structurally resemble Moth storytelling gatherings, so too do these recorded clips remind one of This American Life—but so many right-thinking NPR addicts have become trained in empathizing with just such voices.

By the time the short had ended I was almost disappointed to see that it was, no matter how well executed, yes, a commercial for AA. But on second thought, that’s the best use for such a fine piece of work.
 

 
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Cheeky gold records designed by Jarvis Cocker of Pulp
07.09.2015
11:25 am

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One of the pleasures of crate-digging for old 45s are the colorful labels—the swirly Capitol design to be sure, but also Dunwich, Cameo, Etiquette, Chess, and Laurie, just to name a few. Jarvis Cocker of Pulp currently has an exhibition running at Red Bull Paris that plays on just such glories, an exhibition called “20 Golden Greats” that whimsically imagines an alternate world in which Jarvis was putting out singles for Polydor, London, and Belter Records. In an interview, Cocker mentioned that Pulp has received gold and even platinum records, but he had no interest in them and gave them to his mum for safekeeping.

His interest, however, was sparked by the idea of painting his own record labels for imaginary songs he never recorded for labels he was never involved with. For instance, there’s “22/7” for Map City Records, home of We the People; “Partystopper” for London Records, who obviously put out songs by some band called the Rolling Stones; “Love Handles” for Polydor, home of Slade and Motörhead; and “Am I Missing Something?” on Capitol, of the aforementioned orange and yellow swirl.

Jarvis clearly appreciated the economy of suggesting an entire recording session and radio run of a song with just a couple of words: “Titles are an important part of the music; in just a few words, they reflect an artist’s imagination. ... As a songwriter, someone who works with words, I enjoy the challenge of expressing something in barely three words.”
 

They started out as regular records, but in an apparent twist of egomania, I decided that they should be Gold records. At certain points in my career I received gold and platinum records but I always felt a little bit embarrassed, I was never quite at ease with the idea and always gave them to my mother because I certainly didn’t want them in my house.

This was the challenge I faced with this exhibition: how to make the gold record something desirable, something with class and sophistication, because as far as I’m concerned, gold records, and especially those you see lined up on the walls of recording studios, are always rather ugly.

 
The show runs through August 28.

Here are a few of Cocker’s imaginary gold records:
 

 

 

 

 
Cocker worked up these three tracks to accompany the exhibition: .
 

 
Some more of the labels—click on the image for a better view:
 

 

 
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Jack Kirby’s ‘Lord of Light’ artwork gets trippy psychedelic update
07.09.2015
10:17 am

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Royal Chamber of Brahma
Royal Chambers of Brahma
 
Many of the pieces in comic book artist Jack Kirby and Barry Geller’s collaboration “Lord of Light” have never been seen before. Originally done in black and white, the artwork was recently vividly colorized by artist, Mark Englert.
 
Chambers of Brahama
Chambers of Brahama
 
The series itself has a rather fascinating history. In 1979, Kirby created artwork based on Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi novel, Lord of Light for Barry Geller. Geller was writing a screenplay based on Lord of Light and tapped Kirby with the job of pulling together the set designs for a theme park that sadly never saw the light of day called “Science Fiction Land.” The film adaptation of Lord of Light was also canned.
 
Science Fiction Land
Science Fiction Land
 
Despite these two failures, Kirby’s creations went on to be used as props in the CIA’s infamous “Canadian Caper” (depicted in the 2012 film, Argo), in which six American diplomats were able to escape Iran during the onset of the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979 under the guise of a faux film project. It’s fascinating stuff. Now, much to the delight of Kirby devotees, the famed concept artwork for Lord of Light has taken on a new, trippy life thanks to Mark Englert’s masterful colorization that were done on of all things, blacklight screenprints. If these images don’t take you right back to 1983 (or before for that matter), I simply don’t know what will.

The prints were made available exclusively for the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con (which kicks off today) by way of Heavy Metal Magazines’ booth (#1529) for $210 each to attendees who pre-ordered them. Sadly, all the prints appear to already be sold out. The colorized prints will also be featured in Heavy Metal Magazine #276 (out on shelves on August 19th). More images of Kirby and Geller’s super psychedelic screenprints follow. LSD not included (but trust me, you won’t need it).
 
Planetary Control Room one
Planetary Control Room one
 
Planetary Control Room two
Planetary Control Room two
 
Jet Tube Transporter
Jet Tube Transporter
 
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Caitlyn Jenner, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Biggie, Beyoncé and more, painted in food
07.09.2015
05:50 am

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Jesse Bearden is an illustrator and art director who hails from Austin, TX and has a clear flair for portraiture. Her online portfolio is full of quite nice pencil, ink, and watercolor works, but she really shines when she takes her work to the fridge and pantry. Her Instagram—totally worth following, I suppose it should go without saying—is full of wonderful celebrity portraits that she executed in food. Few of the foods chosen are conceptually pertinent—Caitlyn Jenner rendered in Wheaties (and what I assume must be Cocoa Pebbles?) was a gimme, no? But Bearden’s choices are still inspired: the frosting Beyonce, condiment Notorious B.I.G., bagel John Lennon, chocolate Elvis (SO MUCH BETTER THAN VELVET ELVIS, RIGHT?) and a Hendrix made out of fruit preserves are all great fun. This thread in her personal work looks to be creeping into Bearden’s professional life—she recently did a time-lapse video, for McDonald’s, of herself painting a coffee drinker in McDonald’s coffee.

Hopefully, she didn’t get burned.
 

 

 

 
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Handy artist paints perfect palm portraits, smacks prints on paper
07.09.2015
05:34 am

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California artist Russell Powell paints incredibly detailed portraits onto his palm and uses the still-wet paint to “stamp” the images onto paper, leaving both the image and his signature handprint.

Powell must work fast to finish the palm portrait and then get it down on paper before the paint dries—a challenge which makes his work that much more fascinating.

Powell posts his unique works to his Instagram page, which is chock-full of amazing portraits.

Here’s a sampling:
 

 

 

 
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Perplexing pastoral watercolors of GG Allin
07.08.2015
07:46 am

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GG Allin, Wendy O. Williams, Nancy Spungen pastoral watercolor
GG Allin, Wendy O. Williams and Nancy Spungen watercolor painting
 
Today I present to you the eye-popping gift that keeps on giving. A watercolor painting of GG Allin attending a lovely garden party dressed in a black Victorian style dress, drinking tea with Wendy O. Williams and Nancy Spungen.

How I didn’t go into immediate cardiac arrest after seeing this painting will forever be a mystery. The artist responsible for the strange pastoral scene that almost killed me is Peggy Clydesdale, also known as “White Trash Peg.” Like her muse GG, Clydesdale considers herself an “outsider artist.” In addition to her watercolor of GG and his not-long-for-this-world friends above, Clydesdale also painted GG riding naked atop a cow in a pasture, leaving a delightful trail of blood as they roam along. Because even in serene watercolor paintings, GG Allin is fucking bleeding all over everything.
 
GG Allin riding a cow pastoral watercolor painting
GG Allin riding a cow watercolor painting

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Let houseguests know where you’re coming from with an octopus chandelier
07.08.2015
06:00 am

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Pink Paris 2
 
What if, just by pointing towards the ceiling, you could remind your guests that you’re on a first-name basis with dread Cthulhu? You never know—it might come in handy the next time one of your relatives praises Bill O’Reilly, wonders when you’ll get “a real job,” or tells you to turn down the Sleaford Mods. Until you can put in that trap door that opens on an alligator pit, why not see what you can do with one of these apotropaic ceiling decorations, a shrug, and a slight roll of the eyes?

Philadelphia-based artist Adam Wallacavage started making these octopus-shaped chandeliers in 2001, “‘cause I had no money, and plaster was cheap.” Speaking as your personal stylist, don’t you think one of these might really tie the room together?
 

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Small Gold Chandelier
 
More after the jump, plus a tour of the artist’s home…

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Sexy ‘n’ smutty vintage C.B. radio calling cards
07.07.2015
03:58 pm

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Citizen’s band radio, or “C.B.” if you prefer—it was huge in the 1970s. Everyone of a certain age calls it “the Internet before the Internet.” If that’s true, then these QSL cards, as they’re officially called, are the equivalent of the first website you set up for yourself to show off pictures of your dog ... or, to zoom in on the analogy a little better, the first dick pics.

Mitch O’Connell posted a large gallery of these cards a couple of years ago, and they’re quite a hoot. If you like these, there are lots more on that page.

The equivalent of “LOL” and “OMG,” time-saving shortcuts for often-used phrases, in CB land would be as follows: “3’s and 8’s” means “good luck,” while “73s and 88s,” by far the most common phrase seen on these cards, combines the numerical signals for “best regards” and “love and kisses.”

On these amusing cards, “love and kisses” is just the tip of the iceberg…...

Clicking on any image in this post will permit you to see a larger version.
 

 

 

 
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