Art

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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Flavorwire Premiere: Jon Langford — “Sugar On Your Tongue”

You probably know Jon Langford from the Mekons, the band with which he recorded a whopping 18 albums, but he’s been a prolific talent over the years, contributing to a bewildering variety of musical projects. He’s also a visual artist, with a particular liking for painting country music luminaries — he’s done portraits of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley, amongst others. Langford is back to music with a new album called Here Be Monsters, recorded with his band Skull Orchard. It’s out on April 1 via In De Goot Recordings, and we’re thrilled to premiere a new track, “Sugar on Your Tongue,” along with all the artwork from the album. Langford created said artwork himself, making one piece for each song. … Read More

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Famous Modern Artists’ Work Transformed Into Stunning Architecture

You can stare at a beautiful house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright the same way you get lost in a painting or looking at a sculpture. Graphic artist Federico Babina understands that, so he combined architecture with some of the most well-known works from some of the most famous artists from the last century. Archibet is the result, and it’s difficult to not be wowed. Get one of these on your wall immediately. … Read More

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10 Kissing Performances That Are Actually Art

Sorry Internet, that viral video called First Kiss that features strangers awkwardly and adorably making out on camera for the first time was actually part of an ad. We discussed its place in the relentlessly positive Upworthy landscape, and we shared the parodies that have popped up since its debut. Now, we take a look at similar performance works (live or captured on film and in photos) that are actually art. Head past the break for one big arty make out sesh. … Read More

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The Provocative and Disturbing World of ‘Second Life’ Photography

The Internet has forever changed our media landscape, and the collision of pop culture and art continues to evolve. Artists looking at this cultural complexity are being featured in a current exhibition at Aran Cravey Gallery in Los Angeles until April 12, called Raster Raster — which we learned about on Co.Design. “The title for Raster Raster riffs the artists’ lyrical and enthusiastic (‘faster faster!’) approach while also invoking the graphic design term associated with preparing an image for presentation.” Curator Marisa Olson calls the work “Postinternet art” — that which “simultaneously enjoys and critiques the Internet, responding to and incorporating its tropes, memes, cultural politics, and visual language into forms that may or may not live online.”

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Vivian Kubrick’s Photos Captured on the Sets of Stanley Kubrick’s Films

Vivian Kubrick, daughter of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, collaborated with her father on a number of his films. As a teen she directed a documentary for the BBC, The Making of The Shining. She captured footage during the shooting of Full Metal Jacket, intending to create another doc, but wound up scoring the movie instead (under the pseudonym Abigail Mead). She also made appearances in several films, including Barry Lyndon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. It seems clear that father and daughter shared a deep creative bond. Vivian recently took to Twitter to share a wonderful series of photos that she captured while hanging out on the set of her father’s famous films. It’s like seeing Kubrick’s movies with a new pair of eyes. The rare images include Vivian lounging in the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange, playing with a baby chimp during the making of 2001, and more. An incredibly touching photo of father and daughter together reveals the special relationship they shared. See more in our gallery. … Read More

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