Art

Odeith, the Artist of Famously Mind-Bending 3D Graffiti, Is Also a Masterful Portraitist

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Portuguese graffiti artist Sergio Odeith (or simply “Odeith”) mesmerized the Internet last year when his mind-bending “anamorphic” graffiti went viral. (He’s actually been creating the 3D-like pieces, using the same distinctive perspective technique, since 2005.) By painting on 90-degree corners, Odeith manipulates the eye, creating the optical illusion — with freaky realism — that the work is suspended in midair. But he is also accomplished in creating more conventional graffiti, with a particular flair for portraiture.
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Cool ‘Jurassic Park’-Inspired Art From Mondo’s New Gallery Show

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The jury is still out on Jurassic World, the third sequel (and the first in 14 years) of the Jurassic Park franchise. But one thing’s for certain: the release of the new film has given everyone a chance to reflect on how much they loved the original. And we’re not just talking about the surplus of writers penning appreciations of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking 1993 adventure movie; the fine folks at Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas have put together When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, a “dino-sized gallery show” of artworks and screen prints celebrating the Jurassic iconography. The show doesn’t open until Friday, but our friends at Mondo were kind enough to give us a peek at some preview images — including a handful exclusive to Flavorwire.
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Vile Comments Are the Most Important Part of Emma Sulkowicz’s Graphic New Video

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The power of Emma Sulkowicz’s Carry That Weight mattress performance art/protest project is undeniable, even to critics who derided the artist as Mattress Girl — her work spawned dozens of news items, profiles, and imitation protests, both clever and ill-informed, across American campuses. Last week, just after graduating and carrying her mattress across the Columbia stage on the way to receive a diploma, Sulkowicz released her next art project: a website, video, and comment section called Ceci N’est Pas un Viol (or This Is Not a …Read More

A Clever Painted Ode to Vintage Americana Signs

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English artist Horace Panter, whose name you probably recognize as the bassist from band The Specials, honors the kitsch and quirk across the pond in his paintings. Panter’s bold signs, restaurants, storefronts, and desertscapes, which we spotted on Jealous Curator, are painted with a realistic eye and the humor of a punk(ass). Panter makes the ordinary extraordinary by simply shining a spotlight on the weird and wonderful one might find on a road trip across Route 66. It’s not hard to see the influence of some of his favorite artists: “Peter Blake; for his draughtsmanship and his use of colour, Andy Warhol; for his attitude and his Pop Art mantra of ‘elevating the mundane’ and Kurt Schwitters; for his inclusion of anything in his collages.” The paintings are devoid of people, but we can imagine the clientele of an establishment like Circus Liquor, Hot Dog Stick, and the Reno Royal. Take a trip through Panter’s American landscape in our gallery.
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Intimate Portraits of Ex-Lovers in Bed

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Some couples break up to make up, but Boston-based artist Laura Beth Reese breaks up (not intentionally, of course) and photographs. “Her work is autobiographical: she photographs people that occupy her life one way or another, for better or worse,” an artist statement informs us — and that couldn’t be more evident than in the photo series Ex-Boyfriends, which we first spotted on Illusion. The portraits of former lovers are intimate and vulnerable with a hint of awkwardness. The old beaus recline on a bed with tousled hair, half-dressed. The history of these relationships is evident in the gaze of the exes — proving that sometimes the past never leaves us completely.
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Local ‘Rocky Horror’ Cast Members Live the “Don’t Dream It, Be It” Philosophy in Lovely Photo Portraits

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At a time when we have more opportunities than ever to avoid the expense and inconvenience of cinemas in favor of viewing even new releases in the comfort of our living rooms, it’s kind of remarkable that one film is still showing on dozens of screens after four decades. That film is, of course, The Rocky Horror Picture. And it’s maintained its place in so many American movie theaters because those midnight screenings still offer an experience you just can’t get at home, with elaborately costumed live reenactors leading amusingly lewd performances that go heavy on audience participation.
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Intimate Photos Capture the Daily Lives of Cuba’s Transgender Community

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Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen, who has documented transgender lives around the globe, took her lens to Cuba to show trans* lives in the slowly loosening environment of Raoul Castro’s rule. As America opens a new relationship with Cuba, and as we ponder the concept of transgender images in the media in the wake of Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover reveal, her photos provide a fascinating look at the community beyond statistics and celebrities — and beyond America’s shores.
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Nirvana Goes Swimming in Rarely Seen Outtakes From Kirk Weddle’s ‘Nevermind’ Photo Shoot

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Will it surprise anyone to learn that Kurt Cobain was, in the words of photographer Kirk Weddle, “not a water guy at all”? Weddle, who had previously shot Nevermind‘s iconic naked-swimming-baby cover, gathered the members of Nirvana together in Los Angeles a month after the album’s release for another underwater photo series. This time, it was Kurt, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl themselves who ended up in the pool. Despite the cold temperatures and early-morning call time (10 AM!), the pictures turned out great — and, like the Nevermind cover, the session has since become a classic. Now, Austin’s Modern Rocks Gallery is displaying a generous selection of outtakes from the shoot. While some have previously been published online or appeared in the recent Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, others will be entirely new to …Read More