In one simple comic, artist Gavin Aung Than celebrates the power of seeing yourself represented in art:
Exciting news from Heritage Auctions: it's selling the largest number of hobo nickels ever offered in one lot.
A lot of 23 Buffalo Nickels from assorted years – the largest such lot ever offered in Heritage Auctions’ history – is featured in the firm’s Jan. 4-9 FUN U.S. Coins Auction in Fort Lauderdale.
The coins, known as “hobo nickels,” are modified coinage – commonly nickels – as the Native American chief on the obverse is transformed into tramps, a variety of tribal figures and a myriad of other designs. These carvings often resulted in bas reliefs in the coin, although the contours of the coin still can be felt.
Some buffalo nickel carvers developed a following. The entire collection of 23 coins being offered by Heritage Auctions is attributed to artist John Dorusa, who was a Pennsylvania coal miner.
Dorusa garnered fame for his mimicry of classical hobo nickels created well before he picked up a file for the first time. Dorusa claimed he was trained by Bert Wiegand and George Washington “Bo” Hughes, who are widely considered the forefathers of hobo nickel carving.
Dorusa produced hobo nickels from the 1980s until his death in 1994 and is considered an early modern hobo nickel artist.
He also makes a lot of cool creations involving images of mice and ants.
Artist Randy Regier created the submarine model for this fake cold war era commercial.
"Remember the good old days when American Presidents were afraid of Russia? Rare found footage of a 1950's TV commercial for the TYTON, an anti-Communist submarine toy for "boys who are scared of pinkos."
Written and Directed by Gail Lerner; Mother: Christine Woods; Father: Hayes MacArthur; Son: Dash Williams; Announcer: Jeff Meacham. TYTON toy created by Randy Regier; Producer: Elyse Katz; 1st AD: Lon Takiguchi; DP: Jens Pietrowski; 1st AC: Tony Muller; 2nd AC: Pablo Jara; Gaffer: Skip McGraw; BB Electric: Bob Good; Electric: Abby Antweil, David Darwin, Ken Sylvester; Key Grip: Jason Rez; Grip: Griffin Rez; Dept. Head Make-Up: Nadyne Hicks; Dept. Head Hair: Tyler Ely; Costume Designer: Brandie Reinhold; Costume Asst: Sonya Magrefteh; Sound Mixer: Sterling Moore; Boom: Brian Lerner; Production Designer: Joanne Baker; Set Decorator: Mike Claman; Editor: Colin Campbell; PAs: Chris Clemente, Lauren Mikami, Mark Woodvine. The TYTON originally commissioned by Bill North and the Salina Art Center
Desirée De León is a Neuroscience PhD student and artist who shares these gorgeous minimalist designs on her Instagram. León selects a small everyday object and then designs a playful drawing around it. Dubbed “100 Days Of Tiny Things,” the project is a delightful blend of simplicity and whimsy.
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Jakub "Mr Werewolf" Rozalski is a prolific Polish painter whose longrunning series of painters depict rural Eastern European folk fighting against mecha warriors, werewolves, and demons. Read the rest
Ulna-Stina Wikander's many pieces include a wide variety of household objects (chairs, mirrors, etc) covered in meticulous cross-stitched fabric; bracelets and belts made from toy cars, lamps made from framed slot-car racetracks, and a lively miscellany of other pieces. Alas, her Flash-based site makes it impossible to link directly to my favorites (and I had to install the Flash plugin just to see it!), but it's well worth your time to go looking. (via Crazy Abalone) Read the rest
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