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

Vibrant mesh ceiling art installations

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SOFTlab creates handmade mesh sculptures that appear to melt and flow from ceilings, down stairwells, and from vaulted lobbies. Their most recent, Ventricle, evokes the human heart. Read the rest

Fun video of a steamroller as a printing press

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YouTuber Dom P posted a lovely short video of Chicago Printmakers Collaborative's steamroller printing project over the summer. For year, printers have been experimenting with renting steamrollers for printing large letterpress works without incurring the costs of renting or buying a large letterpress. Some of the work turned out quite nice! Read the rest

Video: party with Keith Haring on New Year's Eve 1984

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Keith Haring's New Year's Eve party in downtown Manhattan, 1984, as documented by video artist Nelson Sullivan. Those were the daze. (r/ObscureMedia, thanks UPSO!)

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Custom orthodontic retainer to give better blowjobs

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Former dentist Kuang-Yi Ku created a prototype orthodontic retainer designed to improve the fellatio experience for the wearer's partner. After practicing dentistry for six years, Ku is now a student at Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. His Fellatio Modification Project is a speculative design effort featured in the Science Gallery London's new exhibit Mouthy: Into the Orifice. The prosthetic consists of a custom orthodontic retainer with the top "embossed" with soft denture base material to create nubs on the roof of the mouth. From New Scientist:

Science doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to incorporating human sexuality into research and practice. Dentistry, for example, considers three functions for the oral cavity: aesthetics, pronunciation and mastication. “There is another function, sex, which is never mentioned in the textbooks,” says Ku. “I’m from the gay community and I realised that the medical school is a very patriarchal system, very serious, and the professors are very traditional, particularly in Asian countries. So I wanted to approach that relationship.”

Instead of treating disease and restoring normal function to the mouth, Ku imagines dentists enhancing it along one particular line, the act of performing fellatio. To do this, he created retainers which offer a more intense sexual experience for your (male) partner.

"Sex and dentistry: I made a fellatio prosthetic for my mouth" (New Scientist)

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Tattoo artist with missing arm wears tattoo machine prosthesis

Lyon, France-based tattoo artist JC Sheitan Tenet has no right arm. In place of his right hand, he wears custom tattoo machine prostheses he developed with biomechanical sculptor Jean-Louis Gonzal. According to Great Big Story, "the device can pivot 360 degrees and allows Tenet to create abstract designs unlike anyone else."

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Cool wigglegram 3D posters by Lorenzo Etherington

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Illustrator Lorenzo Etherington created a bunch of wigglegram 3D posters based on a mythological movie called Stranski. They are really cool and remind me of some of Will Eisner Spirit splash pages.

He has two massive sketchbooks for sale on Lulu. Read the rest

Eye Candy for Today: Bosch’s vision of Hell

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Line and Colors decided today would be a good day to feature "Hell," the right panel from the tryptich, The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch. It was painted between 1480 and 1505.

"Paintings like this were meant to strike fear into the minds of those who viewed them, showing the horrors of eternal damnation that would inevitably follow their unwise choices."

Browse the 30,000 × 17,078 pixel image here! Read the rest

New portrait of Queen unveiled

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Irishman Colin Davidson painted the new official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

"With anybody I paint, it's a human being in their own right, but with this particular painting I was aware of the gravity and sheer importance and weight which comes with the person I was painting."

Davidson sees it as symbolic of a closer relationship between Britain and Ireland, reports Robbie Meredith. Elizabeth became the world's longest-reigning head of state in October after the death of Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej. Read the rest

Artist creates 20 daily artworks on a different drug each day

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Brian Pollet (aka PsyBry) created this fantastic series of 20 images each themed on a specific drug. Several have accompanying making-of videos that are as hypnotizing as the final stills. Read the rest

Shepard Fairey's Trump poster: DEMAGOGUE

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The artist whose iconic Obama/HOPE posters were the subject of a bitter legal dispute while simultaneously defining the 2008 campaign has produced a poster for Trump, entitled "Demagogue." Read the rest

Hiromi Tango's vibrant performance sculptures depict brain function

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Hiromi Tango creates sculptures of colorful textiles, neon, and mirrors, then interacts with the pieces as performance art, like this exploration of the amygdala, part of her Dynamic Emotions series. Read the rest

Tonight in Brooklyn, the NY premiere and opening reception of Chelsea Manning's 3-D portraits

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The Chelsea Manning Support Network writes, "Tonight from 7-9 pm is the opening reception for the New York City premiere of Heather Dewey Hagborg's DNA Phenotyping 3-D portraits of Chelsea Manning, at Peninsula Art Space." Read the rest

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities – A treasure trove of exquisite botanical images, copyright free

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Albertus Seba was a Dutch pharmacist working in the early 1700s who collected exotic plants and animals samples that may or may not have medicinal purposes. He crammed his Amsterdam shop with 700 jars of unusual specimens. He then commissioned a dozen artists to make engravings based on his collection, which were published in hand-colored volumes. This huge oversized reproduction by Taschen is the meta-collection of those volumes. It’s a treasure trove of many thousands of exquisite botanical images, in large format, drawn with obsessive detail, in great diversity, copyright free. Perfect if you need a logo based on a squid, or a blue snake.

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities by Albertus Seba Taschen 2011, 416 pages, 9.7 x 13.3 x 1.5 inches (hardcover) $32 Buy a copy on Amazon

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A brief history of poisonous wallpaper

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Lucinda Hawksley has printed 275 color facsimiles of Victorian wallpapers in Bitten by Witch Fever. Beyond their lovely design, the vibrant wallpapers shared a common trait: they were pigmented with lethal arsenic. Read the rest

Dress submerged in Dead Sea becomes beautiful salt sculpture

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Sigalit Landau submerges everyday objects in the Dead Sea for months and even years until salt deposits transform them into otherworldly sculptures. Read the rest

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