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Delta 4-Heavy Rocket Launch Seen from Close Range
10.01.2009
09:57 pm
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Crazy! Launch photographer Ben Cooper used a sound-triggered camera to capture this intense shot of the launch of a Delta 4-Heavy rocket from close range. His lens was destroyed!

Via Gizmodo

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.01.2009
09:57 pm
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Anne Hardy’s Photographic Art of Unusual Interior Spaces
09.30.2009
09:29 pm
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About artist Anne Hardy: “Hardy’s images appear to be photographs of existing places but they are quite the opposite. They are actually carefully constructed sets, created by the artist in her studio, which she then photographs. The subjects of Hardy’s artworks are usually objects or junk which she has found in markets, DIY shops, urban skips or jumble sales. The type of objects she chooses have ranged from large antlers, brightly coloured cables, old Christmas trees, light bulbs, American basketballs, orange balloons, scientific test tubes and even butterflies. Hardy puts these everyday objects together and transforms them into unusual, almost dreamlike, environments which can be unnerving with their themes of abandonment and desolation. The fabricated scenes of Hardy’s work reflect and comment on modern life in the western world, how people try to manipulate the space around them and how objects bought can too frequently be taken for granted or thrown away.”

Anne Hardy

(via Design Crisis)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.30.2009
09:29 pm
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Incredible Woodcarvings by Gehard Demetz
09.30.2009
03:18 pm
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Artist Gehard Demetz was born in 1972, in Bolzano, Italy. Currently he lives and works in Val Gardena on these lifelike woodcarvings.

See more amazing images at Beautiful/Decay

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Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.30.2009
03:18 pm
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The Realistic Sculptures of Thomas Kuebler
09.29.2009
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Thomas Kuebler’s art form is striking and unique. He is one talented sculptor! I’d have to rate his work as far better than anything I’ve ever seen in a Madame Tussaud’s, that’s for sure. Above is Kuebler’s tribute to Simon “Schlitzie” Metz, a notable American sideshow performer, best known for his role in Tod Browning’s Freaks.


Here is my personal favorite sculpture by Kuebler, Siamese rednecks Cletus and Shorty:

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There is a place beyond Razorback Hollow where the deep woods dirt roads lead to an isolated community of characters. One such fellow… er, fellows are Cletus and Shorty Greeley. It was believed that the brothers would not survive infancy, yet they grew to be quite powerful. Although intelligence is not among their assets, they seem to be quite self-sufficient and get along fine in the small community that has known and accepted them since birth.

Thomas Kuebler website

Via our friends at Nerdcore

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.29.2009
01:00 pm
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Controversial Last Supper
09.26.2009
03:18 pm
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Russian photograper Raoef Mamedov’s controversial re-imagining of Leonardo’s Last Supper with models who have Down syndrome.

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Larger version here.

One Chromosome Too Few

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.26.2009
03:18 pm
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Laser Cut Dollar Bill Art by Scott Campbell
09.26.2009
01:07 pm
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Really cool laser cut dollar bill artworks by tattoo artist Scott Campbell.

See more images over at Toxel.

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.26.2009
01:07 pm
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The Revolutionary Art Of Emory Douglas
09.25.2009
06:47 pm
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Opening this week at New York’s New Museum, Emory Douglas: Black Panther:

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Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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09.25.2009
06:47 pm
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Animal Logic: Richard Barnes Gets Behind the Scenes in Natural History Museums
09.24.2009
09:40 pm
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Photographer Richard Barnes spent ten years going behind the scenes in natural history museums documenting the artificial version of wild and the result is a stunning new monograph called Animal Logic.

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Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.24.2009
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Paul Laffoley in Paris at Palais de Tokyo
09.23.2009
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Douglas Walla and New York’s Kent Gallery announce a big Paul Laffoley show in Paris, to be held at the Palais de Tokyo as part of their Chasing Napoleon exhibit, from October 15, 2009 to January 17, 2010. If you happen to find yourself in Paris this winter, it’s going to be a must-see show.

When Paul moved a couple of years ago, several early works from the Sixties were found hidden in his storage space and make up the bulk of this show. The piece above, I’ve seen in person and—like all Laffoleys—it’s truly stunning, vibrant and electric.

Tara and I own two of Paul’s paintings that will be in the Paris show. We were sure sad to see them leave our home a few weeks ago. Now the walls seen so bare! (They’re huge, 6 by 6 ft).

 

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Thanton III, 1989 (you can buy a fantastic poster of this painting here)

 

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Alchemy, 1973

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.23.2009
02:51 pm
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Stephen King’s Hardcover Artwork
09.22.2009
10:44 pm
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As a kid I spent roughly two hours a day getting bussed back and forth to middle school and when I wasn’t dodging apples, I had plenty of time to immerse myself in the then still-slim oeuvre of Stephen KingCarrie, Salem’s Lot and The Shining all made somewhat more tolerable the stupidity of my fellow riders, and gave my own outsider-ish existence if not heroic contours, then something just as good: the potential for them.

I mean, I knew I wouldn’t be bumping into migrating vampires or telekinetic prom queens.  But say I did, and needed to save not just my ass, but the asses of everyone I loved, and even, what the hell, the asses of those apple-chuckers.  In terms of how to make that happen, King’s books offered up a pretty persuasive set of blueprints.

Maybe more than King’s novels themselves, though, I remember being absolutely mesmerized by their covers, and spending many long moments at the local library (a frequent King setting) simply gazing at them.  The artwork of those early hardcovers did a fantastic job of whittling core themes down into imagery that was as simple as it was evocative (see above).

If you’d already read the book, with just a glance at its cover, you could relive it all over again.  And say you hadn’t read the book, the covers made you want to, like, immediately.

Well, fans of that early artwork can now skip the library and gaze at the more than 2,000 King covers gathered over at StephenKingShop.  They’re arranged by title, and I find it particularly interesting (and saddening) that, with the advancement of years—and books—the elegance of the cover art grows less and less striking.  And that’s especially true for the paperbacks.  Don’t get me started on those “Signet” ‘90s!

Via Cabinet: All The Stephen King Covers In The World

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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09.22.2009
10:44 pm
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