Art

Intimate Photos of People Looking at Art

Art theoretical texts about looking at art and the dynamic of the white cube abound, but London-based photographer Mark Blower is recording his findings with his camera. Simply titled People Looking at Art, Blower observes the gallery audience and captures intimate, contemplative moments with the work. “Some [art] invites physical interaction, climbing over, sitting on etc., which seems to put people in a more playful mood, where other shows are much more ‘look but don’t touch,’” Blower told Cool Hunting. “I also really like photographing people looking at the work while reading the press release, trying to find a way into the subject matter.” From the formal to the interactive, these exhibitions invite visitors to experience a spectrum of emotions, all glimpsed by Blower’s camera. … Read More

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Cheeky, Fictional ’70s-Era Porn Magazines for Synth Lovers

For the music snob who fetishizes their synth is a collection of fictional, naughty magazine covers boasting hilarious titles and article teasers (written by Simon Holland and Dave Williams), spotted on Dangerous Minds. “I was asked to imagine a series of seventies-era magazines aimed at young men seriously into synthesizers and electronic organs which would all betray their sexist origins by their covers!” artist Rachel Laine explains. The covers are part of the Bedroom Cassette Masters project — “eclectic selections of lo-fi electronica produced in bedrooms around the globe between 1980-89.” See more synthtastic porn covers in our gallery. … Read More

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Photographer Dresses Dogs in Elaborate Costumes for Best Christmas Cards Ever

Photographers tend to make killer Christmas cards, and British lensman Peter Thorpe is no exception. On and off for two decades, he’s snapped his dogs in over-the-top get-ups, from a mock fish ‘n’ chips feast to camel drag to a full-on Scrooge outfit. This year marks Raggle’s last appearance in front of the camera before her leisurely retirement, so in her honor, do click through and get your holiday-themed dose of cute animal.  … Read More

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John Waters to Present ‘Kiddie Flamingos,’ a ‘Pink Flamingos’ “Sequel” Starring Children

While most of the characters in old John Waters movies may act like petulant children (and most of the… Read More

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Haunting Photos That Imagine the Effects of Our Freshwater Crisis

National Geographic reports that although nearly 70% of the world is covered by water, our freshwater supply accounts for only 2.5% of that amount. “In essence, only 0.007 percent of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people.” They estimate that by 2025, 1.8 billion people (two-thirds of the world’s population) will live in water-scarce areas due to wasteful use and climate change.

Georgia photographer Ansley West captures the crisis surrounding our freshwater supply in her ongoing series Seven Rivers, first spotted on Co.Design. “The photographs are not aimed at documentation but rather the depiction of unseen changes occurring on all rivers,” West explains on her website. “The constructed images I make on each negative show the possibilities and effects of industry, global warming, agriculture, power and the unquenchable demand for fresh water. We stand at a precipice in the history of water. How we approach the health and use of our rivers now will determine the life span of fresh water.” Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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Diorama-Inspired Photos of Mongolian Nomads and the Effects of the Changing Landscape

Korean photographer Daesung Lee’s Futuristic Archeology series, first spotted on Booooooom, places the spotlight on the desertification of Mongolia and its effect on Mongolian nomads. Juxtaposing a billboard that features an image of the landscape it is set in, Lee hopes to “accomplish a sense that the lives of these nomadic people occur between this reality and a virtual space of a museum” — suggesting that in the future, this aspect of Mongolian culture might only exist in a photograph. Lee advises that 35% of Mongols live a nomadic lifestyle and depend on the land for their survival. But nearly 850 lakes and 2000 rivers and streams have dried up, transforming 25% of the land into desert over the past 30 years. “Potentially 75% of Mongolian territory is at risk of desertification,” Lee writes. The diorama effect of the photos is striking, but the message is dire. … Read More

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50 Uncanny Artworks

Pop surrealists and lowbrow artists owe a debt of gratitude to Margaret Keane — painter of melancholic, saucer-eyed little girls. Tim Burton’s Keane biopic Big Eyes, in theaters December 25, tells the story of the tumultuous relationship Keane had with husband Walter, who took credit for her work. Amy Adams plays the artist, who struggles against her husband (played by Christoph Waltz) for control of her art. “I was as sad as that painting,” Keane said in a recent interview with Eye on the Bay, pointing to one of her famous works. “I was thinking, ‘What is all this about? Why is life so sad?’” The world-weary waifs in Keane’s paintings are doll-like and uncanny. Freud defined the uncanny as the “unhome,” or the opposite of familiar. Keane’s girls feel too fragile for this world. Here is a treasury of other artworks whose uncanny appeal has fascinated and frightened, capturing a sense of otherness, wonder, and disquiet. … Read More

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Poison, Pubes and Pubs: Links You Need To See

Poison–readily available in traditional domestic settings and requiring little brute force to use effectively–has long been considered a woman’s weapon. While most poisonings are committed by men–only 39.5 percent are committed by the fairer sex–if a woman kills, she’s most likely to have used poison as her method. At The Hairpin, Meredith Haggerty wrote a piece detailing some of history’s most famous–and horrifying–female poisoners, including Lucrezia Borgia (who was said to possess a ring filled with poison that she’d use at parties), pictured above. … Read More

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You Don’t Have to Embrace Lumbersexuality to Love the 12 Beards of Christmas

“Lumbersexual” is the worst kind of buzzword — not only is it pegged to a dubious trend, but it’s an egregious perversion of language. (Like “metrosexual” before it, the word describes an aesthetic, not a sexual orientation.) And yet, there’s still delight to be taken in the spectacular beards of its so-called adherents, particularly during this coziest time of the year. For a new photo series aimed at both spreading seasonal cheer and (according to her Bored Panda post about project) raising awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer, Stephanie Jarstad decorated some truly impressive facial hair to resemble Christmas trees, reindeer, and even stockings hung by the chimney with care. If you’re taken with these portraits (spotted via Design Taxi), you might consider buying them in poster or holiday-card form for the beardo in your life. … Read More

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