Art

Fascinating Photos of a Rural Feral Cat Colony

Clearly, you can’t go wrong with pictures of cats on the Internet, but these images by Wisconsin photographer Jason Houge are a long way from the world of LOLcats babbling in 36-point Impact. They document a colony of feral cats that live near Houge’s rural home, and do an excellent job of capturing the animals’ personalities and the lives they lead — you’re reminded that despite how close they can be to humans, cats are as alien to us as any other animal, driven by primal motivations and a view of the world that’s very different from ours. The pictures — which we spotted at Feature Shoot — are for sale here, with proceeds going toward the medical care and feeding of the colony. … Read More

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‘The Calm Before the Storm': Unsettling Photos of Ukrainian Protestors Lying in Wait

The world has been riveted by the protests taking place in Kiev, Ukraine since late last year, a deep political unrest that seems to be getting much worse. While for months this movement was front-page news, coverage has lessened after the media seemingly reached a saturation point — though the situation remains dire. In the absence of continued reporting, it is evocative photography that may help us better understand the emotional toll the situation is still taking on Ukrainian citizens. Photographer Marco Kesseler documents the movement in his series This Land of Ours That Is Not Ours, which we spotted on It’s Nice That. … Read More

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Bleak, Evocative Photos of Lonely Desert Buildings

There’s something particularly compelling about the desert landscape, and also about the towns one finds there. They’ve long been a source of fascination for photographers, and Boston-based photographer Ed Freeman is the latest to head west in search of subject matter. The curious buildings he captures in these photos — which we spotted at Faith is Torment — are straight out of Baghdad Café or Paris, Texas. The buildings are apparently all in Southern California, and as the artist’s statement points out, they “represent the failed efforts, false starts, and dashed dreams of its owners.” … Read More

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Susan Hashtag, Oh No She Didion’t, and Other Punny Illustrations of Cultural Icons

Catherine Pearson’s Vaguely Important People series offers irreverent twists on subjects most would consider very important: from W.B. Yeats to Susan Sontag, Pearson tweaks art museum and college bookshelf staples into playful, pun-laden illustrations. Considering Sontag’s views on photography, we don’t imagine she’d be too happy with her portrait as a selfie-taking hashtag addict, but along with “DJ W.B. Beatz” and “Jane Birkinstock,” she’s certainly in good company. All of Pearson’s prints are available for purchase here; click through for a look at a sampling of her VIPs. … Read More

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Unsettling, Strangely Mesmerizing Photos of Domestic Homicide Crime Scenes

Angela Strassheim’s haunting photo series Evidence, which we first learned about on Beautiful/Decay, captures domestic homicide crime scenes. “The crime scene is presented on two levels,” the artist explains. “It is both an accurate, tragic, and dramatic transcription of the event and a mysterious backdrop onto which one can project their imagination.” Darkened interiors, in which the only light emanates from a galaxy of blood splatter solution, the glow of a television, and the rays of sun peeking through window blinds and cracked doors, offers a strange and intimate view of the morbid setting. We see pillows where people once rested their heads, bathtubs where they soaked, and the kitchens where meals were shared. Strassheim alternates these interior images with straightforward shots of the homes’ exteriors, but we’re transfixed by the horror and beauty of the domestic scenes. … Read More

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French Nightclubs Photographed During the Day

As anyone who has frequented a nightclub can attest to, it’s a whole different world when the lights come on. Photographer Francois Prost, whose work we discovered on Fubiz, has captured that phenomenon — but from the outside. Since 2011, Prost has been documenting the move these nighttime establishments are making from the city to the outskirts of France and Belgium. He photographs the startling transformation various suburban French discotheques undergo in the daytime. Gone are the dark, neon-lit dance palaces that seem to thrum to the beat. Instead, we see the worn walls of the nightclubs. Their garish signs stand out against vast fields and industrial parks, with grubby lots and garbage-filled corners. The images evoke that hazy, surreal feeling one might have when leaving the club after a long night of dancing, stepping into the blinding light. … Read More

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Two Lovers’ Bodies Fuse Into a Single Form in Provocative Painted Photos

Surely this isn’t what the Spice Girls intended in “2 Become 1″: artist Rik Garrett‘s Symbiosis series depicts couples in various positions and stages of entwinement who have quite literally fused, flesh to flesh, and become a single being. Garrett writes that the aim of these images, created by painting on top of photographs, is “erasing the boundaries of the human body” to create “a physical union made tangible by desire.” Whether the result comes across as “the perfect being,” as the artist suggests, or something out of the body-horror canon will depend on the viewer. Either way, Symbiosis (spotted via Beautiful/Decay), is the kind of art that’s captivating enough to catch your eye — and keep it. … Read More

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Björk Getting MoMA Retrospective

Everyone’s favorite Icelandic pop innovator — Björk, of course — will be honored with a retrospective at the Museum… Read More

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Cruise America With Foster Huntington’s Gorgeous Photos of #VanLife

Foster Huntington is a storyteller, cruising around America with a van and a surfboard, documenting (on film) the beautiful souls that he meets along the way. Huntington was a liberal arts grad working in New York City when he started a blog called The Burning House, which asked: if your house was on fire, which objects would you save? The blog quickly went viral and became a full-fledged book through Harper Collins, and Huntington bought a van and became a road dog with the money from his book advance. His second book, Home Is Where You Park It, is now available online and has been seen in the wild at Urban Outfitters. Here’s a sampling of some of his dreamy, beautiful photos about #vanlife, as he calls it, taken from his Tumblr, Out of Reception. … Read More

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Lana Del Rey’s Music Isn’t Subversive, and Neither Is Terry Richardson’s Art

Like New Girl‘s Schmidt with his Douchebag Jar, music critics should have to pay some kind of fine just for writing about Lana Del Rey in 2014. Throw Terry Richardson into the mix, as I’m about to do, and I should probably just hand over my whole week’s salary. But I promise you that I came to this “thinkpiece” honestly, not cynically, for all the good that does us both. … Read More

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