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Paper sculpture intricately transforms the sky above

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Japanese artist Shoko Konishi created Transition, a paper sculpture with a geometric vaulted ceiling. Inside the somewhat nondescript sculpture, shadow and light dance across the teardrop-shaped tubes she's arranged in a fractal pattern that opens to the sky.

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New Robert Williams art book signing this weekend in Los Angeles

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Bob Self says: "Godfather of Lowbrow (although he prefers the term "Feral Art”) and founder of Juxtapoz magazine Robert Williams will be signing a limited number of his forthcoming art book Slang Aesthetics at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery this Saturday, March 28th at 2:00 PM. The gallery is currently exhibiting his epic new collection of paintings and sculpture. It’s well with a trip to Barnsdall Park to see the remarkable work in all of its eye-popping and thought-provoking glory, and the signing this weekend will be the first time the book is available anywhere. Books were flown from the factory specifically for this signing, and won’t be widely available until the end of next month."

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I took a bunch of photos from the exhibition, which features work by Williams and dozens of other low brow/pop surrealists: IMG_6164 IMG_6211 IMG_6209 IMG_6206 IMG_6204 IMG_6202 IMG_6203 IMG_6201 IMG_6198 IMG_6196 IMG_6197 IMG_6195 IMG_6194 IMG_6193 IMG_6192 IMG_6191 IMG_6190 IMG_6189 IMG_6188 IMG_6187 IMG_6185 IMG_6184 IMG_6183 IMG_6182 IMG_6181 IMG_6179 IMG_6180 IMG_6178 IMG_6177 IMG_6175 IMG_6176 IMG_6174 IMG_6173 IMG_6172 IMG_6171 IMG_6170 IMG_6168 IMG_6166 IMG_6167 IMG_6165 IMG_6163

How a small art team created Firewatch's beautiful environment

San Francisco-based Campo Santo is an indie studio currently at work on Firewatch, a visually-evocative game about being a volunteer fire lookout in the wilderness of Wyoming, with a handheld radio and a mysterious supervisor your only companion.

Recently at the Game Developer's Conference, the team's Jane Ng gave a fascinating talk about creating the game's art -- layers of burnished color, stark vivid shapes, long shadows and the lonely outlines of endless pines create a poignant image of a world that invites the player. Ng's talk is remarkably accessible for anyone even a little bit interested in visual design. I found it interesting to watch and soothing to listen to, and my artistic ability stopped developing after the school notebook anime characters of yesteryear.

I'm friends with a couple of the people on the Firewatch team -- we play board games and Netrunner sometimes -- but I haven't even seen anything of their game yet, so I have no special interest in whether you watch this lovely art talk or not. I just thought you'd like it, that's all.

DK's Snow Sculptures

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In the small southwestern Wisconsin town of Lone Rock, Darren Klingaman makes fantastic painted snow sculptures on his lawn.

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Auctioning art from an MC Frontalot video for EFF

Artist Chad Essey sez, "I'm auctioning some animation frames from the music video for Shudders I created for MC Frontalot's Question Bedtime album, with proceeds to the Electronic Frontier Foundation."

Choosing skin color in comics

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Ronald Wimberly is a comics and animation artist, the author of Vertigo's Prince of Cats, and a character designer for Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Wembly has illustrated a work experience he had while coloring an X-Men comic. His story, Lighten Up, appears on the excellent blog The Nib, a site devoted to "political cartoons, comics journalism, humor and non-fiction."

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Burning Man temple to heal Ireland's Troubles, IRL and in Minecraft


David Best, who builds the enormous, gorgeous temples at Burning Man each year, created "Temple" in London/derry, where survivors of the Troubles have left memorials to their dead in advance of the temple being burned on Mar 21.

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Interpenetrated coin art


Robert Wechsler makes sculptures by notching and connecting coins to one another to great effect, thanks to the familiarity of the materials and the seeming impossibility of their arrangement.

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Liz Climo's new children's book

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Rory The Dinosaur is a new children's picture book by cartoonist Liz Climo. This is an outgrowth of her hobby, drawing cute panel comics, but she's not quitting her day job any time soon. That's because her day job is working on storyboards for The Simpsons. Her simple, funny and cute comics made her a familiar sight online, at Reddit and Pinterest, with a little help from George Takei.

She tells me, "I started writing the book around the same time I found out I was pregnant, and finished before [my baby] was even born (then I did most of the illustrations with her chilling in a bassinet next to me). Now that I'm a mom, I relate to the story way more than I did when I wrote it. Rory's dad is following him around, wanting to let him have his independence while still making sure he's safe and taken care of - something I'm very familiar with now! I just wrapped on my second Rory book, and that one Marlow gave me a ton of inspiration for. I am definitely hoping to do more, and I think being a mom has a lot to do with that."

Skeletor hijacks He-Man art book!

For a video promoting an art book, this is unusually fun and funny. To promote the 320-page Dark Horse book The Art of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, IGN made a promo video starring Skeletor, his evil adversary. Bad guys are always trying harder to take your money; if you're a fan of the 80's TV cartoon icon, then you'll need the power of Greyskull to hold onto your wallet.

The book itself is a comprehensive look at the Mattel property, from cartoons and concept art to Dolph Lungren. There are even knitting patterns.

Earl Norem's Conan


Norem's art set the tone of hyper-macho pulp men's magazines in the sixties, and he carried the style over to Marvel's Savage Sword of Conan, with barbarian-and-babe covers that oozed testosterone and unreconstructed chauvinism.

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Artist keeps vigil on a bed of nails to protest frenetic culture

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Billy X. Curmano, from Winona, Minnesota, plans to spend 24 hours on a bed of nails (and a pillow of tacks) later in March. To prepare for the big sleep, the painter, sculptor, and performance artist pounded hundreds of nails into plywood in his workshop. (It actually looks more comfortable than a few Airbnb's I've booked.)

"It’s always a good time for a nap, Curmano believes, but our frenetic society doesn’t see it that way. That’s too bad, because it could save serious energy in the form of switched-off electronics."

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"Winona artist Billy X. Curmano challenges boundaries in art, life" [Winona Daily News]

Watch: documentary about Sucklord, eccentric bootleg toymaker

Here's a terrific video profile of Sucklord, maker of bootleg mashup mutant action figures. "I'm a good person trying to be worse."

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Magic Books - the secret art of book hacking


What is a book? The commonly held notion is pretty simple: it is an object made of pieces of paper, glued or bounded together, with stuff written in it. Indisputable. But, maybe, there is more than meets the eye.

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Bullshit copyright complaint is the perfect pretense to censor CT library art


Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship writes, "A Connecticut library took down a painting of Mother Teresa because of a dodgy copyright claim. Was that really the issue?"

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15th-Century supervillain

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This devil was painted between 1471 and 1475 by Austrian Michael Packer. The 40-by-35-inch altarpiece portrays the legend in which Saint Wolfgang reached out to old scratch for assistance in building a cathedral. But if you replaced the book with an iPad Air 2, it could be any design consultation between a homeowner and contractor.

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Via Rob's Webstek.

Beautiful imaginary Hungarian money


Barbara Bernát designed a series of fanciful Hungarian euro notes for her MA project at the University of West Hungary.

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Fair use: a guide for artists

Pat from American University's Center for Media and Social Impact writes, "Can an artist use images from Facebook in her collage? Can an art teacher show pictures he took at an exhibition in class? Can a museum put a collection online?"

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Giant Ron English art-book: Status Factory

Whether putting up his own US/Mexican border-crossing signs or appearing on the Simpsons, street artist Ron English is a versatile, trenchant, eyeball-kicking master of the form. Read the rest

ARTtitude - A portfolio of fresh contemporary illustration from around the world

With an eye for street art and graffiti, Frédéric Claquin has assembled ARTtitude from dozens of young illustrators and photographers from around the world, including Italy, France, Colombia, Germany, Spain, England, Guatemala, Canada, the U.S., and other countries. The overarching theme of the art in this book shows a taste for the bold and bright, with references to popular entertainment, especially comic books. (See also: ARTtitude 2)

See sample pages from the ARTtitude books at Wink.

Profile of a rock balancing artist who lives and works on the beach

"I just need rocks. It's all what I need." Manuel Cisneros is an artist working and living on the beach in Ventura California. Video By Ross Harris.

The Sculptor: Scott McCloud's magnum opus (about magnum opuses)

Scott McCloud is best known as comics' most accessible, smartest theorist, thanks to his 1994 classic Understanding Comics. But the other McCloud, of superhero comics like ZOT! is equally beloved by the cognoscenti. With The Sculptor, McCloud reminds us that he is one of the field's great storytellers, with a story of love, art, madness and death that wrenches, delights and confounds. Read the rest

Just look at this banana-art.


Just look at it.

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Disembodied facial-feature candles


London-based Uncanny Art Shop makes realistic-looking candles containing disembodied facial features, some contorted in agonized rictii: there's a male mouth, two female mouths and a pair of ears on a featureless head.

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Meet Daniel Reeve, calligrapher for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings

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Artist Daniel Reeve created and re-created calligraphy and maps for Peter Jackson's films of the Tolkein adventures in Middle-earth. His gallery of images includes maps and illustrations as well as calligraphy and lettering. Some examples below:

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Daniel Reeve website (h/t TMarizzle)

"When arts die, they turn into hobbies."

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Author Michael Lind weighs in with this thought-provoking essay about what happens when an art form shrinks to a niche market. Using literature and architecture as examples, he organizes major and minor arts horizontally, based on audience size:

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NSA-themed art


This lovely piece of NSA-surveillance-themed art comes from Anthony Freda, previously featured here for his Normal Rockwell/Ferguson piece.

(Thanks, Hugh and Anthony!)

Watch this mesmerizing rock balancing highlight reel

Since Mark first reported on Gravity Glue in 2011, artist Michael Grab has traveled extensively as he balanced rocks, and his beautifully-shot footage only improves with time. Just a few highlights below.

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Fantastic anthology of offensive political cartoons and comix

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Cartoonist Mr. Fish's amazing anthology WARNING! Graphic Content feels especially relevant this month.

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