On Neatorama, Jill Harness rounds up her favorite pieces of Haunted Mansion fan art, and she's got some spectacular picks. I couldn't resist Icaron's MLP/stretching portrait mashup!
13 Great Pieces of Haunted Mansion Fan Art
Artist Onishi Yasuaki creates strange, forest-like installations from branches, hot glue, and crystallized urea. The piece seen above, titled "Vertical Emptiness," was installed at the Kyoto Art Center.
Rashid Rana's "Red Carpet 1" is a 2007 piece that appears to be a beautiful, intricate woven rug, but which actually consists of thousands of graphic images from Pakistan's slaughterhouse.
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Last year, Parisian street artist Invader, famed for his ubiquitous 8-bit video game mosaics, launched one of his invaders into the stratosphere on a weather balloon. On Tuesday (10/29), our pals at NYC's Jonathan LeVine Gallery are presenting a free screening of the short film about that project, titled ART4SPACE. The screenings are at 8pm and 9pm at Landmark Theatres Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street. ART4SPACE screening
: Time-lapse photography, abandoned places, and a talent for exposing the unseen world in unexpected ways: "Physical art, one frame at a time
The Smati Turtle 1 is an "African concept car" created by Dutch artist/researcher team Melle Smets and Joost van Onna, who worked with the artisinal car-makers of Suame Magazine, Ghana, to create a killer junker for the African market. Suame Magazine is a neighborhood full of people who take apart scrap cars and rebuild them for local markets, removing the difficult-to-maintain electronics, expanding the cargo areas. The Turtle 1 took three months to create, and had its test-drive inaugurated by the Ashanti king.
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IgnacioEspejo's "Join Me In Death" is a makeup/costume piece on DeviantArt, photographed by lamuchan; it's spectacular design, and beautifully shot. He says it took 2h30m to sit through the makeup, but clearly, it was worth every minute.
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Esquire Kazakhstan features photos of the country's decaying Soviet space murals, which do not have protected status, and are coming to bits. They're still towering, heroic Soviet Realist paeans to space travel, sorrowful as they may be.
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Nando Costa's "The New America" is a fantastic animation made from 800+ laser engraved blocks of maple. He had me at the opening shot of an eye in the triangle. Costa is selling the original blocks for $50 each at Etsy.
Pierre Chevalier's "EMMA" is a curious online art/code project that grabs random images from Google Street View and juxtaposes them with random text snippets from the DreamBank database of dream reports. (via Waxy)
Noah Scalin says: "I created a new Skeletube for the Think Small exhibition opening this week at Artspace in Richmond, VA. The show requires all work to be 3" x 3" (x3") or smaller and this hand-painted vacuum definitely fits that requirement. More about it, including a 360 view here." (Via BB G+)
Out of the more than 500 pages that make up the published version of On the Order of the Species, only 28 pages of Charles Darwin's original manuscript survive today. At least two of these later became scrap drawing paper for the 10 Darwin children. The picture above, a watercolor done on the backside of one page of Charles Darwin's seminal work, is believed to have been done by his son Francis.
SHAKE is a new photo book by Carli Davidson collecting her photographs of dogs mid-shake. The photos (here) are fun but I really appreciate the full-motion silliness of the slow-mo video above. SHAKE by Carli Davidson
Kyle VanHemert, at Wired, wonders if Ed Mitchell's designs for new state flags could help Americans appreciate the union.
In many cases, Mitchell’s simple flags are a good deal less exciting than their odd forebears. And it’s hard not to miss some of the more unusual visual miscellanea that the new designs do away with. Still, Mitchell sees value in the cohesion. “I would personally prefer to adhere to the idea of keeping our state and national symbolism current and meaningful,” he says, “which does not mean abandoning history but celebrating progress.”
In September I wrote about the Hobonichi Techo, a cult-favorite Japanese day planner that will soon be made in an English version. Here's a fun video (with happy music) that shows illustrators drawing in copies of the planner.