The Dark Side of LEGO: Creepy Scenes Built with Blocks

New York City-based designer Mike Doyle has a talent with building blocks. We’re talking about Legos, of course. The artist even created a massive piece titled Contact I, which was composed with more than 200,000 Lego blocks. It’s part of the inaugural collection at the Museum of Realist Art in Boston. Doyle is also an author — and his Beautiful Lego book, published last year, showcased some of the most intricate designs across the world by Lego artists. On November 20, Doyle is publishing a follow-up book, Beautiful Lego 2: Dark, which we learned about on Beautiful/Decay. Think of it as Beautiful Lego’s evil twin. From creepy things that crawl and spooky houses, to sci-fi monsters and horrific scenes, Dark delights in Legos gone bad. See a preview of the book in our gallery. … Read More

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Exciting Posters for Cult Movie Sequels That Never Happened

The powers that be in Hollywood have been working overtime and turning the crank on the sequel machine for decades. Sometimes it’s hard not to be cynical about a part two when many movie follow-ups are made simply for the money. But what about a sequel that fans actually want? Enter iam8bit’s latest exhibition, Sequel — part tribute to the cult movies we love, part commentary on Hollywood’s obsession with sequels. Our fellow pop culture-loving friends at the West Coast gallery invited more than 40 artists to imagine movie sequels that never were. If you’ve had your fingers crossed for another Goonies, Blade Runner, or Labyrinth, then this is your happy place. We have a preview of these fictional follow-ups, below (prints will be available for purchase at iam8bit). If you’re in the Los Angeles area, RSVP today for the opening of Sequel on Thursday, November 13 at 7PM. The show runs through November 23. … Read More

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Andy Warhol’s Lost Films Find a Voice in Bradford Cox, Dean Wareham, and More

Watching a drag queen and a James Dean-looking fella make out over a hamburger while Bradford Cox live-soundtracks it was not quite what I had pictured when I heard about Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films. The Brooklyn Academy of Music event, which opened Thursday night and runs through Saturday (November 8), seemed like a solution the confusion I had felt while watching Andy Warhol’s short films in isolation at the art icon’s Pittsburgh museum a few years back: I wasn’t sure exactly how to feel about the home movies without musical cues swaying me one way or another. There’s no one way to read Warhol’s work, but with the guidance of five experimental musicians — Cox, Television’s Tom Verlaine, Suicide’s Martin Rev, Eleanor Friedberger, and the program’s musical curator, Dean Wareham — the 15 never-before-seen short films selected for Exposed felt far more powerful than they would have on their own. Created for the Exposed program (which showed in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles last month), these 15 songs each highlight different elements of Warhol’s  work, ranging from the vulgarity of both overt sexuality and commercialism to the vulnerability of being on display. … Read More

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Intricate, Terrifying Quilts Made of Heavy Metal T-Shirts

Artist Ben Venom is interested in extremes. On the one hand, there are the subcultures he pulls inspiration from: bikers, heavy metal, believers in the occult. And on the other, there’s the material he uses: good old-fashioned quilts, the kind Venom himself admits are “usually relegated to your grandmother’s sewing circle.” The final product is a series of quilts styled with skeletons, knives, eyeballs, and other major departures from the pastels we’re all used to, taken from T-shirts Venom’s picked up in his travels. Click through for a look at some of Venom’s coolest designs, which we spotted via BOOOOOOOM! … Read More

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Wes Anderson and Composer/Devo Co-Founder Mark Mothersbaugh Collaborating On…A Theme Park

This might be the strangest news you’ll hear all day: while presumably some not-too-inventive critics have called Wes Anderson movies… Read More

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Miniature Pop Culture Portraits on Coins

Brazilian designer Andre Levy’s Tales You Lose series transforms currency into miniature pop culture paintings. New York City playwright J. Julian Christopher brought the fun collection of colorful coins to our attention. “The paint brings to the faces of kings and presidents borrowed narratives from other famous characters and unleash individual alternative stories,” writes the artist on his Tumblr. The famous profiles of historical figures are given a makeover — and the results are surprisingly spot-on. The tiny artworks also make us ponder a future in which John Waters’ muse Divine is featured on our dollars and cents. That’s a world we’d like to live in. … Read More

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10 Female Dadaists You Should Know

Today would have been the 125th birthday of feminist Dada artist Hannah Höch — dubbed “art’s original punk” by The Guardian earlier this year. As the article points out, Höch was an unlikely addition to the early 20th-century group — which favored the irrational, nihilistic, collaborative, and spontaneous — namely, because Höch was a woman. One of the group’s pioneering photomontage artists, Höch critiqued the role of women, beauty standards, marriage, the politics of her home country, Germany, and the oft-misogynist Dada group itself. Take Höch’s 1919 work Cut With the Kitchen Knife Dada Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany, for instance. The title says it all. In celebration of Höch’s essential contributions to Dada and the art world at large, we’re visiting the works of other female Dadaists who you should know. … Read More

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This is the Ridiculous Face You Make After Knocking Back a Shot

The boozers in UK-based photographer Tim Charles’ Shot Faces series, which we first discovered on Photojojo, make us wonder why anyone would want to imbibe in the first place. Charles captured the portraits of people after a hearty shot — and these drinkers are definitely feeling the burn. With faces twisted in some seriously hilarious expressions (and a few disgusted ones, too), Charles’ series provides a realistic glance at what we look like after braving that liquid fire. Shot Faces also allows us to imagine what the movies might be like if stars showed their real A-face — i.e. absolutely ridiculous. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Preview Miranda July’s Riot Grrrl-Inspired Artworks From ‘Alien She’

Riot grrrl was responsible for many good things: some awesome music, some similarly excellent writing, and a huge influence on the course of third-wave feminism. One aspect that doesn’t get quite the attention it warrants, however, is the movement’s aesthetic, which manifested in everything from zines and album art to video work and beyond, and made a lasting impression on artists who have been inspired and informed by riot grrrl’s ideas. Happily, an exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco is focusing on this very topic — the show is called Alien She (after the Bikini Kill song of the same name) and encompasses artwork from Miranda July, Allyson Mitchell, LJ Roberts, Stephanie Syjuco, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Tammy Rae Carland. We’re delighted to premiere a selection of July’s artwork from the show. … Read More

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Lovely, Disorienting Photos of Spiral Staircases

Common as they may be, great spiral staircases are always breathtaking. Perhaps it’s something about the way they juxtapose dramatic architectural beauty with a sense of danger — look down from the top of a really high one, and it’s impossible not to imagine falling right through the center of it (why yes, there are some Freudian implications to that fear). Munich-based photographer Michael Koller captures both the lovely and the disorienting aspects of spiral staircases in a series of images collected on his Instagram. As Koller told the Instagram blog, it’s the “different shapes and hypnotic depth” of each staircase that makes the photos so striking. … Read More

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