Art

Subversive Collages of Porn Stars in Domestic Settings

Taking a humorous stab at censorship, Brian Steinhoff‘s Porn for the Whole Family series collages decorative textiles with silhouetted porn stars. The florid patterns mask couples doing it in domestic settings (is that an Ikea rug?) with surreal effect. Sex toys are the only phalluses free from the floral confines, heightening the artificiality of each scene and referencing the artifice of porn itself. See more of Steinhoff’s tongue-in-cheek artworks, which we first learned of through a Beautiful/Decay commenter, in our gallery. … Read More

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Adorable Photos of Metalheads and Their Pet Cats

Musician, jewelry designer, and metal fan Alexandra Crockett looked past the corpse paint to reveal the softer side of menacing-looking metalheads, by way of their pet cats. Due out in May, the adorably evil Metal Cats features the felines that make these musicians, promoters, fans, and others purr. Members of bands like Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Black Goat, Isis, and Exhumed are featured throughout. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to no-kill shelters in the cities hosting a series of related benefit… Read More

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Disconcerting Street View Screencaps of Scenes Google’s Cameras Were Never Meant to Capture

Google Street View has proven to be a rich source of material for artists since it was introduced in 2007 — there have been a variety of fascinating Street View-based projects, from a journey into post-earthquake Fukushima to mind-bending digital art. (There’s Street View-centric music, too.) Still, artist Jon Rafman has raised the bar with his 9 Eyes project, a series of hugely disconcerting screenshots that capture things Google’s cameras definitely weren’t meant to see. Our friends at ANIMAL New York, where we spotted Rafman’s work, describe him as “the Tarkovsky of Google Street View art,” a label that seems pretty much spot on. (Also, if Rafman’s name sounds familiar, it might be because he directed the terrifying video for Oneohtrix Point Never’s “Still Life (Betamale).”) Click through for some of the best images from the project, and visit Rafman’s website for heaps more. … Read More

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Artist Vik Muniz’s New Take on Sandcastles

Up until four years ago, photographer Vik Muniz had been something of an artistic size-queen — obsessed with the massive, he… Read More

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Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Shaolin’ Museum Tour Could Change Music Culture

Yesterday, iconic rap collective Wu-Tang Clan announced, in Forbes of all places, that they’d be releasing only one copy of their new album, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in ShaolinThat one copy could fetch up to multiple millions of dollars, a price tag reflected as much by the LP’s container as by its rarity: it comes in an engraved silver-and-nickel box that took three months to carve. As Wu member RZA eloquently phrased it, “This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.” Now, this might sound like Nipsey Hussle’s $100 mixtape strategy on steroids, or another example of hip hop as pop culture’s most financially aspirational artform. But it’s not, because the millions this double album will fetch are not nearly as interesting as what Wu-Tang Clan will do with Once Upon a Time in Shaolin before it heads to auction. … Read More

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‘Ghost Photographs’: Paintings on Found Photos Show Ghosts Having Fun

Look, just because you’re trapped in a limbo-like state, roaming the earth after your death and confined to a white sheet, doesn’t mean you can’t kick back and enjoy yourself. That’s what artist Angela Deane has proven with her hilarious Ghost Photographs (spotted via BOOOOOOOM!), a collection of found photographs onto which Deane painted hilarious ghostly images. They prove that ghosts also need a vacation from their day-to-day existence (you know: haunting) to celebrate birthdays and get some quality time in the sun. Ghosts: they’re just like us! … Read More

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‘The Walking Disney’: Disney Characters as ‘Walking Dead’ Survivors

Are you obsessed with seeing Disney heroes and heroines reimagined as other things, especially heroes and heroines of other franchises? Of course you are — you are currently on the Internet, and that’s what the Internet is here for, apparently! Luckily, deviantART user Kasami-Sensei has provided our newest Disney mash-up: The Walking Disney (spotted via Laughing Squid), in which characters from your favorite animated feature films brandish brute weapons, wear fashionably distressed outfits, and fight zombies. Now, if only someone would reimagine Disney characters as characters from things I’m interested in, like The Love Boat or Match Game ’76. … Read More

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Gorgeous Photographs of Exotic Dancers From the 1890s

Burlesque is an art form that still thrives today in progressive artistic spaces (that is, pretty far away from Scores). The tradition has a long history in America, incorporating talents such as musical abilities and athletic feats. (To strip, as the wise Stephen Sondheim wrote in the classic American musical, you’ve got to have a gimmick.) Exotic dancers today, however, look much different than their artistic predecessors, and these images of burlesque performers taken in the 1890s (found via Lost at E Minor) are a lovely look at the creativity and fashions of a budding artistic movement that celebrated femininity and sexuality. … Read More

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10 Victorian-Era Bicycle Illustrations That Will Get You in the Mood for Spring

The Northeast is still supposedly in for another dose of awful, horrible cold, but the fact remains that it technically is springtime. So it stands to reason that any day now you’ll be able to sneak beers outside, wear shoes without socks, ditch that massive parka, and in the immortal words of Freddie Mercury, “Get on your bikes and ride!” … Read More

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Eerie Photographs of the Nighttime

Photographs taken at night often have a spooky, ethereal sensibility to them. That naturally applies to the work of Manchester-based Neil Warburton, whose series Night Fog Studies (spotted via Faith is Torment) is made up of images that could easily pass as stills from a David Lynch film. Warburton himself describes his work as a “photographic exploration in how dense fog, light, and objects interact at night,” and while that’s pretty evident on a surface level, Night Fog Studies also provides a sense of the silent, haunting beauty of life in the dark.  … Read More

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