Art

Breathtaking Sand Paintings Adorning the Beaches of California

The beaches of Northern California are transformed into swirling artworks and stunning geometric designs after Andres Amador uses a rake and rope on them. The San Francisco-born artist’s organic “beach murals” take about two hours to create during low tide and can measure 90,000 square feet and beyond. “There is an esoteric fractal quality of being within the pattern that is being made — it feels to have relevance in other aspects of my life, of building a larger pattern from the inside, not fully knowing what is resulting,” writes Amador. While the artist connects with each sand painting during the process, he fully accepts when nature erases his masterpiece: “Ultimately, when it is finished, I let it go. For me the energy and draw is around the act of creation.” See more of Amador’s beautiful sandscapes, which we first spotted on Beautiful/Decay, below. … Read More

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Violent, Erotic Illustrations for Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

When we think of the Brothers Grimm, we often think of their fairy tales as children’s stories — and, to be fair, the stories were labeled as such early and often. But the original narratives, the unsanitized versions of the tales, featured explicit representations of violence and sexuality. It was only in the later editions that the stories were fumigated in the suffocating gas of morality. … Read More

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“Pleasure Is the Ultimate Rebellion”: Lydia Lunch on Making Poetry Out of Horror, Uncompromising Self-Love, and Her First Major Retrospective

Lydia Lunch, no wave queen and teenage runaway turned Teenage Jesus, is back in New York City, where it all started for her in the 1970s. Lydia Lunch: So Real It Hurts, her first major retrospective, opens at Howl! Happening May 8 and surveys her photography series The War Is Never Over, the provocative installation You Are Not Safe in Your Own Home, and the many letters, posters, and ephemera from her incredible, nearly 40-year career. Performances and live events accompany the exhibit, which runs through June 5. A contrarian, hysterian, and hedonist, Lunch’s song lyrics, writings, photography, and spoken word performances peel back the skin and peer deep into the chasm of contemporary culture. While she searches for a home for her archives, readies for a new release from her band Retrovirus, preps to teach at a university summer writing program, and sees a vinyl reissue of the powerful Conspiracy of Women on Nicolas Jaar’s label Other People, the iconoclast shared her views on how to be the ultimate confrontationist. … Read More

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Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand,” Reimagined as a Dr. Seuss Book

The Internet can be the worst place, but occasionally something comes along that makes you glad that it exists — like, for instance, this Dr Seuss-style rendering of Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand.” These are the things you’d never get to see if it wasn’t for the web — they’d be in someone’s desk drawer, or something the artist’s friends laughed at in delight over drinks. Instead, the whole world can appreciate the work of one DrFaustusAU (who previously gave us a Seussian interpretation of The Call of Chthulu). This, which we discovered via Dangerous Minds, may just be his/her finest work yet. Click through and marvel at just how well it works. … Read More

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Fascinating Photos That Explore the Confluence of Digital and Analog

As someone who’s a fan of isometric video games like SimCity and ’90s RPGs in general, the work of photographer Andrew B. Myers (which we spotted via Feature Shoot), caught my eye for one simple reason: it looks like it’s straight out of one of those games! But it’s not, and the closer you look, the more the subtleties of Myers’ work reveal themselves. These are real objects, set out like a sort of virtual still life: his images aren’t all isometric, but whatever the perspective, these images seem to explore a sort of uncanny border zone between the digital and the “real.” You can see more of Myers’ work at his website. … Read More

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Haunting Photos of Abandoned Soviet Buildings

Photographer Rebecca Litchfield, who we discovered on Fubiz, is fascinated by the abandoned architecture that still stands across 13 countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. She has documented the crumbling state of many schools, theaters, asylums, and factories that were left to the elements, a ghostly reference to the fallen Communist empire. “Rebecca’s work shines a light on a society shrouded by the cold war, offering a touching document of the daily lives of the Soviet people,” the artist’s website shares. These are the classrooms, job sites, and arts halls where the population once gathered, now forgotten by time. See more of Litchfield’s haunting work in our gallery. Purchase her book Soviet Ghosts for more photographs. … Read More

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Art Installations That Imagine the Impossible

Next summer, contemporary environmental artist Christo will create floating walkways around Lake Iseo, west of Venice in the Lombardy region of Italy. Bright yellow fabric will invite visitors to stroll through the area — walking on water atop 200,000 floating cubes — that joins the mainland to the lake islands, continuing into the streets in two mainland towns. This is Christo’s first major work since the death of his longtime collaborator Jeanne-Claude in 2009. Christo’s stunning landscape installations have always imagined the impossible — but he is hardly… Read More

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Whimsical Vintage European Circus Poster Art

Englishman Philip Astley is credited with inventing the modern circus, but the art form and entertainment spectacle dates back to ancient times where trained beasts and chariot races brought audiences to a roar. These boldly colored vintage posters of circus acts from the 19th and early 20th centuries show how the circus evolved on European shores. The images come from the Circus Museum in the Netherlands — we first spotted them on Juxtapoz — and they feature whimsical characters and eye-catching designs. … Read More

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Nothing Says Spring Like Adorable Photos of Pit Bulls Wearing Flower Crown

“Flower crowns are over. Fuck flower crowns. If I see one more fucking flower crown, I’m going to kick someone’s ass,” said Courtney Love in an interview with Style.com last year. Though perhaps she was a bit more aggressive than most of us would be on this issue, Love was expressing a very… Read More

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Terrifying 1906 Illustrations of H. G. Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’

Brazilian artist Henrique Alvim Corrêa’s career was cut short when he died at only 34 years old. But the illustrator left behind a small science-fiction legacy thanks to his 1906 artworks detailing the Martian invasion of London in H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds. Wells’ tale preyed upon turn-of-the-century fears about the apocalypse and other Victorian superstitions (and social prejudices) regarding the unknown. Corrêa’s fantastical, murky style is fitting of Wells’ dark themes. The Martian fighting machines resemble frightening legions of massive spiders. There were only 500 copies of the Belgian edition of Welles’ story with Corrêa’s artworks, which we spotted on website Monster Brains (run by illustrator Aeron Alfrey), but you can see some of the images in our… Read More

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