A more advanced fidget gadget from Chris Bathgate

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Sculptor-machinist Chris Bathgate has improved on his Slider "worry-stone" gadget for occupying your nervous hands, using techniques he learned through his collaboration with spinning top-maker Richard Stadler. Read the rest

Street photographer's fantastic series of "then and now" photos

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Peterborough, England photographer Chris Porsz's Reunions photo series and book presents his remarkable street snapshots of myriad characters taken in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s juxtapozed with those same individuals at the location of the original photographs. See more: Reunions

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New show of Scott Albrecht's exquisite deconstructed typographical art opening in L.A.

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My friend Scott Albrecht, a Brooklyn-based artist and designer who creates fantastic typographical illustrations and hand-crafted, puzzle-like wood sculptures, has a show of remarkable new works opening on Saturday (11/19) at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects gallery in Los Angeles.

"(Scott's) abstraction and deconstruction of type forms combined with his sophisticated color theory and surface treatments yield artworks that are immediate, yet command a deeper and closer look," Shepard says.

The exhibition, titled "New Translations," runs until January 7. Below is a preview of the show. Valley Cruise Press has also published a hardcover, full color book of Scott's work, available here. From the gallery:

The works are largely based in typography but have their legibility masked in a variety of techniques; bold color-blocking, varying depths, non-uniform grids, or a lack of spacing between words. This manipulation can make the work appear pattern-based at first glance; however, on further evaluation the viewer discovers there is no repetition. While his works are constructed from a literary idea, Albrecht's approach is mainly visual. In a series of new pieces for the exhibit, this process is underscored when he overlays two words on top of one another, and in some instances reverses the order of the characters. The end result renders the characters illegible with the exception of small moments or clues from the two words, visually presenting two ideas that are at odds with each other, hindering any idea from manifesting.

Albrecht's woodworks are the result of an extensive process that starts with a hand-rendered drawing and requires hours of precision production work.

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Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land

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In 1959 Disney released a 30-minute educational featurette called "Donald in Mathmagic Land." Everything about it is superb - the design, the animation, the music, the narration, and the presentation of the material. I remember watching this in school and realizing how interesting math could be.

From Wikipedia:

Donald in Mathmagic Land is a 27-minute Donald Duck educational featurette released on June 26, 1959.It was directed by Hamilton Luske. Contributors included Disney artists John Hench and Art Riley, voice talent Paul Frees, and scientific expert Heinz Haber, who had worked on the Disney space shows. It was released on a bill with Darby O'Gill and the Little People. In 1959, it was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Documentary - Short Subjects). In 1961, two years after its release, it was shown as part of the first program of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color with an introduction by Ludwig Von Drake. The film was made available to schools and became one of the most popular educational films ever made by Disney. As Walt Disney explained, "The cartoon is a good medium to stimulate interest. We have recently explained mathematics in a film and in that way excited public interest in this very important subject."

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Amazing animated GIF of a skull drawing

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The artist Sangoma writes, "Anamorphic drawing- for anyone curious about the style. This piece is a combination of graphite, pan pastel, charcoal, and exacto knife (to trim the top of the page)."

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How to draw your hand in 3D

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I know what my kids will be doing after school today. (Handimania)

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New book of Mitch O'Connell tattoos

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Artist extraordinaire Mitch O'Connell has a new book out, called Tattoos Volume Two: 251 Designs, Bigger and Better! Mitch and I've known each other since we were both 16 years old at Boulder High School. (He was in marching band. Here's his photo.) He was a terrific artist then and I hated him for it. Decades later, my hate has mellowed to mere jealously and bitterness.

You can get a copy on Amazon, or buy a signed/inscribed copy direct from the Mitch (with extra surprises).

Here is how I remember Mitch:

And here is Mitch's drawing of his studio in the late 1970s early 1980s.

Previously:

Dirty Needle tattoo art show opens tonight in Detroit

Temporary zombie tattoos by Mitch O'Connell

Mitch O'Connell at Tattoo Factory in Chicago

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Gweek 082: Mitch O'Connell, the World's Best Artist

Mitch O'Connell the World's Best Artist by Mitch O'Connell - exclusive preview of his new art book Read the rest

Interview with far-out music video artists from 1984

From a 1984 episode of the fantastic USA Network series Night Flight, an interview with pioneering digital video artists John Sanborn and Dean Winkler about their latest pieces, "Act III," with music by Philip Glass, and their music video for Adrian Belew's "Big Electric Cat." Watch them both below.

(r/ObscureMedia, thanks, UPSO!)

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Leonard Bernstein once owned this amazing cigarette-lighting Rube Goldberg machine

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German sculptor Daniel Kühn created the "Light & Cigarette Machine," which plays Candide while lighting and extending a cigarette; it was later owned by Leonard Bernstein, and was auctioned off to a German collector after his death. Read the rest

Anish Kapoor banned from using world's pinkest pink in retaliation for hoarding the blackest black

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Anish Kapoor -- last seen in these parts when he apparently insisted that it was illegal for people in Chicago to take pictures in their public park if they captured a sculpture that had been donated to the city -- got a nanotech company called Nanosystems to promise him the exclusive right to paint with their Vantablack pigment, which uses carbon nanotubes to absorb 99.96% of visible light. Read the rest

Hedgehog art Though the Ages

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I have a feeling that Hedgehog art Though the Ages might not be entirely legitimate from a classical historiological standpoint; I suspect photoshop may even have been involved. But this is, it seems, an entire book of hedgehog art that doesn't involve the blue one, which makes it unique in the annals of modern hedgehog-related ekphrasis.

Hedgehog Art Though the Ages is a humorous and lovely book. This amusing work of fictional art history features various inspiring works of art with hedgehogs as the key theme. The book includes over forty amazing, adorable, and delightful works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, Romantic and Modern periods, as well as sections on Americana and Japanese art.

Let me tell you, this has been tearing up Hedgehog internet.

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Homer Simpson fried egg portrait

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Dan Cretu created this pretty fancy Homer Simpson fried egg portrait. The broken-yolk-as-smile is a nice touch. Read the rest

A beautifully machined spinning top

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Machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate (previously) teamed up with Richard Stadler, who machines beautiful spinning tops, to create "sculpture TP53335144462," a gorgeous piece of work. Read the rest

The Subtle Knife: the trippiest rail trip you'll take today

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Daniel Crooks' latest experimental work, The Subtle Knife, continues his exploration of urban spaces overlaid with windows of other spaces. The result is a slow, smooth, hypnotic meditation on time and space. Read the rest

Posters for famous movies made from their key props

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Jordan Bolton makes cool posters comprised of objects seen in famous movies, like this one for Amelie. Read the rest

Geodesic art installation explores themes of particle physics

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Istanbul-based Ouchhh created AVA, a geodesic surface installation that serves as a convex screen for physics-inspired moving images. The stark black-and-white pulsing forms look especially impressive with one lone spectator in silhouette against AVA. Read the rest

Gorgeous metallic insects and skulls with engraved patterns

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UK-based artist Billy Bogiatzoglou creates intricate images of engraved insects and skulls. The Engraved Entomology series has especially detailed beetles, dragonflies, and arachnids. Read the rest

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