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Honest posters for 2015 Oscar nominees

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The good folks over at The Shiznit "decided to make new posters for the nominees that tell you what you can really expect." Above: Grand Budapest Hotel. Below: American Sniper.

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WATCH: HOWTO create this mind-bending worldscape

the-verge-lightfarm-studios Lightfarm Studios documented the making of "The Verge," this stunning worldscape based on work by Raqsonu Duhu. Lightfarm Brasil has the scoop:

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WATCH: Glassmaster Paul Stankard on glassblowing artistry

Paul Stankard's impossibly beautiful handblown glass pieces look impossible to create. In Beauty Beyond Nature, he discusses the craft while working in his studio.

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A work of art that reproduces 100 woodblock prints of Edo by artist Hiroshige

Without question, Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo is the bookiest book I own. It is a museum-quality artifact, which in a few more years will cease to be made, or at least made affordably. It is a work of art that reproduces the famous 100 Japanese woodblock prints that the artist Hiroshige created of Edo.

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Drawings made from sunlight and magnifying glass

1-Jordan-Mang-osan-600x337 Remember as a kid using a magnifying glass and the sun to kill ants? Filipino artist Jordan Mang-osan employs the same technique to create beautiful "solar drawings."

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Dreamscapes of marching military eggs, animated skeletons, anthropomorphic insects and other phantasmic scenes

Mike Davis, owner of the well-known Everlasting Tattoo shop in San Francisco, is also a surrealist artist whose rich and dreamlike oil paintings look as if they’ve been plucked right out of the Dutch Renaissance. A cross between artists Hieronymous Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Davis merges beautifully realistic landscapes of lakes and snowflakes and silhouetted winter trees with scenes of animated skeletons, fighting rooster-headed men, anthropomorphic insects, marching military eggs and large human ears that spew blood-tinted waterfalls. Mike Davis, with its textured cloth cover, is a luxurious book that showcases over a decade’s worth of the painter’s work. And to think that Davis is a self-taught artist who didn’t start painting until he was in his late thirties – simply mind-boggling.

Mike Davis: A Blind Man’s Journey, by Mike Davis

See sample pages of A Blind Man's Journey: The Art of Mike Davis at Wink.

Terrible origami from $250,000 and under

Etsy user mrimprov is testing the adage that art is what you can get away with, selling Terrible Origami for a quarter million dollars or less. Below are some more reasonably-priced examples.

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Open-source 3D scans of museum items generate amazing new creative works

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Artist Oliver Laric worked with the Usher Gallery and The Collection in Lincoln to create 3D scans of their collections, then made the files available online. The art that emerged is varied and sometimes astonishing, like the work above by Leah Ferrini.

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Star Wars and Bat-signal crayons


Crayontastik melts down "reputable brand crayons" and recasts them in new forms, like this Star Wars set and these Bat-signal crayons.

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Manga cartoonist arrested for her whimsical vagina sculptures

Rokudenashiko, a 42-year-old cartoonist from Japan was arrested this summer for distributing 3-D printable data of her vagina. Now she's in trouble with the law again, this time for an “obscene” art display of whimsical sculptures at a store in Tokyo. The store owner was arrested, too.

Her lawyers are demanding that Igarashi be released, but the court refused to grant the application.

Presiding Judge Noriki Ando based his decision on a "fear she may destroy evidence or flee."

In response, Igarashi said, "I pledge that I will absolutely not destroy evidence or flee."

Here's a profile of Rokudenashiko, showing how she makes her "vagina sculptures."

And here she describes her (successful) plan to make a "pussy kayak":

It is absolutely ridiculous that the Japanese government is keeping her in jail for her cute and funny art.

Detained manga artist denies work modeled on her vagina is obscene

Algorithmically evolved masks that appear as faces to facial-recognition software


Sterling Crispin uses evolutionary algorithms to produce masks that satisfy facial recognition algorithms: "my goal is to show the machine what it’s looking for, to hold a mirror up to the all-seeing eye of the digital-panopticon we live in and let it stare back into its own mind."

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Painted portraits of juggalos


UK born, South African educated painted visited America and produced a series of beautiful portraits of Juggalos.

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Miniature kitchen set sawed from a block of wood

Nice and talented people sometimes send stuff to me in the mail. This little kitchen set sawed from a single block of pine is one my favorites. The Mayor of Mt Holly, MN (pop. 4) made it using a pattern from one of the Foxfire books, "updating it with a few things."

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Lecture on zombies, art, and death

Zombie artist George Pfau sends us, "Zombies Identified: A slideshow-lecture performed for BAASICS 5:Monsters, a free event at ODC Theater in San Francisco."

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Artist turns the world into a museum

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Among other pranksterish activities, Artist Miguel Marquez creates works of art simply by adding signage to things that are already there.

Play thousands of 48-hour game jam entries

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The Ludum Dare international game jam is probably the largest event of its kind -- and the longest running, at over 12 years. Three times a year, game developers are challenged to build and share a new game within 48 hours, often documenting their process and making source code available. Each time, the community votes to agree on a theme.

This year's is 'Entire Game On One Screen.' Which sounds simple, like, 'okay, no iPad companion app,' but it's actually a real design challenge -- just think about how many games have menu screens, inventory screens, y'know, different levels, little things like that.

The submission phase is over, and anyone who wants to dive in can play and rate the 2,637 games, with 1,365 in actual competition (here's a cool entry browser if the website itself is overwhelming). It's fun to get involved, not only to learn more about the rapid prototyping process, but to see the seeds of game design's next wave of inspiration. The winner of the competition is always a creator to watch.

There's often a lot of brilliant weirdness -- like this 'hot n cold' maze game led by staring animals. Or this -- what is this? And there's something about this simple but beautifully-drawn dragon game that takes me back to the interactive net art domains I used to visit in the 90s.