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Tibetan Artist Paints Superhero Thangkas
03.31.2010
05:56 pm
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Thangkas are the primary artform of Tibetan Buddhism—and, in my opinion, the most advanced visual art form in the world. If you’ve seen these things up close—the Rubin Museum in New York City is a good place to do so—you know that Western art, outside of perhaps Hieronymous Bosch or similar artists, just doesn’t hold a candle in terms of complexity of discussing states and modalities of consciousness.

That’s why it’s particularly awesome to see them combined with that other world art form, superhero comics, in the work of Tibetan artist Gade, who swapped the Buddhas for the Hulk, Spiderman, Ronald McDonald, Ultraman and others.

The wild pop art of Tibetan artist Gade transforms famous superheroes into mandalas and religious icons. If you ever wanted to see Batman as a Buddha, this here’s your huckleberry.

Gade mixes Western comic-book heroes (and Ultraman!) and traditional Tibetan artwork to showcase the totemic status of superheroes and the effects of globalization on Tibetan culture. The below works are from his December 2008 Making Gods exhibition at London’s Rossi & Rossi gallery.

This is brilliant, and was just waiting to happen. Dear God nobody do a Twilight one, please. Please.

(io9: Superhero Thangkas)

(Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas—the best coffee table book of thangkas I’ve ever seen)

Posted by Jason Louv
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03.31.2010
05:56 pm
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Holy Moly: If Patrick From Spongebob Squarepants Were Real
03.31.2010
11:27 am
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Wash away the horror!!!
 
Patrick Star by Brushcommander
 
(via Geekologie)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.31.2010
11:27 am
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Awesome Street Artist Rocks Out in Bird Hat
03.30.2010
01:11 am
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I love this dude!

(via every blog on the interwebs!)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.30.2010
01:11 am
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Marco Brambilla: Civilization
03.29.2010
04:05 pm
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This is kind of insane.

Civilization, a video mural created for the new Standard hotel in New York City, depicts a journey from hell to heaven interpreted through modern film language using computer-enhanced found footage. This epic video mural contains over 300 individual channels of looped video blended into a multi-layered seamless tableau of interconnecting images that illustrate a contemporary, satirical take on the concepts of Heaven and Hell.

Watch it in hi-res below (worth it).

(Marco Brambilla: Civilization)

(Thanks, Krupa Jhaveri!)

Posted by Jason Louv
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03.29.2010
04:05 pm
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70s Fashion Sketches by D. Jame
03.26.2010
03:38 pm
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Here’s a delightful collection of ultra-70s fashion sketches by designer D. Jame. Visit 1970s Fashion Drawings to see more funky design concepts and 70s trends.

Thank you Andrew Vogel!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.26.2010
03:38 pm
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Have an Action Figure Made of You or…Michael Jackson
03.25.2010
11:59 pm
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Get a doll doppelganger for $180 over at Be A Doll.

Everyday Heroes deserve an Action Figure too.

Have you ever wanted to be an action figure?

How about immortalizing yourself in a doll? Or a loved one - your parent, your spouse?

Your doll will be one of a kind, just like you are!

Each doll head is hand sculpted from photos by Doll Artist, Cyndi Safstrom. The head is then sculpted onto a vinyl doll or action figure, and dressed in the clothing of your choice.

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.25.2010
11:59 pm
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New Additions at Crappy Taxidermy Blog
03.25.2010
12:03 am
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See more craptacular stuffed animals over at Crappy Taxidermy.
 
(via Cakehead)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.25.2010
12:03 am
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Huge David Lynch Head Sculpture
03.23.2010
11:47 am
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Photorealistic David Lynch head by contemporary sculptor Jamie Salmon. From the artist:

I like to use the human form as a way of exploring the nature of what we consider to be “real” and how we react when our visual perceptions of this reality are challenged. In our modern society we have become obsessed with our outward appearance, and now with modern technology we are able to alter this in almost anyway we desire. How does this outward change affect us and how we are perceived by others?

(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.23.2010
11:47 am
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Hi- Fructose 5th Anniversary Group Exhibition at Copro Gallery
03.22.2010
10:26 pm
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Still time to catch this show if you haven’t seen it yet and are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles. The exhibit runs until April 3, 2010. How I wish the above piece, Bad Feng Shui Cake by Scott Hove was mine!

The show also features work by Mark Ryden, Shag, Kris Kuksi, Jonathan Viner, Martin Witfooth, Candice Tripp, Jesse Hazelip, Lori Earley, Chris Mars, Jeff Soto, Kevin Cyr, Thomas Doyle, Scott Musgrove, Victor Castillo, Amy Sol, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Danielsson, Brian Dettmer, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Harma Heikens, Attaboy, Alex Pardee, Sas Christian, Colin Christian, Yoko D’Holbachie, Travis Lampe, Junko Mizuno, Brandt Peters, Mia, Chet Zar, Kathie Olivas, Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez, Sam Gibbons, Annie Owens, Yosuke Ueno, Skinner, Ewelina Ferruso, and Mike Shine

Copro Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404

 

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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03.22.2010
10:26 pm
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It’s a Unicorn Chaser That Needs Its Own Unicorn Chaser!
03.21.2010
09:03 pm
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Previously on Dangerous Minds: Alex Kovas: Freaky Manimal Model

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.21.2010
09:03 pm
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