Art

‘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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Disney Princesses as Raucous Roller Derby Girls

Fans of Disney Princess mashups, this one’s for you. We’ve seen artists subvert the iconic (stereotypical) feminine trope in a number of ways, often empowering the girly Mouse House figures. That’s where Amanda Robinson’s re-imagination comes in (first spotted on The Mary Sue). She’s taken Disney royalty out of their regal gowns and outfitted them in roller derby outfits — all the women now ready to rumble. Perhaps the best part of the project is the names of each princess, reinventing their personas. “Mulan Rude,” Ne’er Do Belle,” and “Poca Face” are a few of our favorites. See what you think of this newest Disney Princess remix in our gallery. … Read More

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Artists Pay Tribute to the Work of Stephen King in Exhibition ‘King for a Day’

With fifty novels, hundreds of short stories, and dozens of film adaptations to his credit, author Stephen King is a force to be reckoned with. The horror scribe has crafted his own unique universe, where striking characters are confronted with strange and terrible things. Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is paying tribute to the writer through April 6. The exhibition King for a Day, which we learned about on Laughing Squid, presents work inspired by the author’s books and films. A portion of the proceeds will benefit King’s charity of choice, the Haven Foundation — an organization that provides grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening emergencies. Preview the work from King for a Day in our gallery, and visit the Hero Complex website for more information. … Read More

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Surprisingly Gorgeous Manhole Covers from Japan

“Public art” and “sanitation infrastructure” generally don’t mix. But in Japan, cities and towns regularly get creative with manhole covers, placing visually stunning works of art right underneath pedestrians’ feet. There are almost 6,000 of the covers around the country, turning a decidedly unglamorous necessity into museum-worthy art. Photographer S. Morita has documented hundreds of these covers over the years; the complete set is available on Morita’s Flickr page. Here are some of the highlights. … Read More

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Stunning Infra-Red Photographs of Arctic Landscapes

Photography traditionalists like me are sad to see the slow decline of film as a medium, and not just because of its old-world charm. Cross-processing and other processing techniques can produce some amazing colors, and so, it appears, can taking infra-red film to the Arctic. NYC photographer Daniel Zvereff did exactly that, and the result was these remarkable images. As per Feature Shoot, where I first saw these pictures, “the dazzling fuchsia, crimson, and lavender tones are produced when the film reacts to the chlorophyll in plants.” Sadly, Kodak no longer makes the Aerochrome film that Zvereff used, so these are some of the last pictures that’ll be taken with it — Zvereff has 15 rolls left, and plans to return to the Arctic next summer. … Read More

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Modern-Day Photo Recreations of Marc Chagall Paintings Illuminate the Artists’s Enduring Influence

Marc Chagall was an early modernist who dabbled in a variety of artistic forms, creating for himself a lasting legacy as a preeminent Russian artist. It makes sense, then, that artist Olga Ush, herself a multi-disciplinarian, would pay homage to some of Chagall’s famous works with digitally manipulated photography. Her series Chagall Today (spotted via Faith is Torment) recreates those iconic paintings in modern-day scenes. Chagall’s works “have a specific meaning for every Russian,” Ush explains, with “each painting [containing] a great deal of real Russian spirit, even those which were done in France.” Take a look at Chagall’s work and Ush’s recreations after the jump. … Read More

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Kahn & Selesnick’s Beautiful and Surreal Photos of the Natural World

Kahn & Selesnick is an artistic collaboration between Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, photographers and installation artists who create haunting photos that combine the abundant beauty found in nature with the surreal whimsy of men pushing themselves to the limit. In their Truppe Fledermaus series, excerpted below, their photos are an invitation to a carnival that disappears with the seasons, and their old-timey touches create worlds that seem like they could’ve existed, even if they didn’t. … Read More

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