Duncan Skiles created a short but perfectly wonderful tribute to scenes in Arnold Schwarzenegger movies where something that is obviously not Arnold Schwarzenegger is presented as Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Taking a break from painting portraits on peanuts, artist Steve Casino has created a wooden toy that literally made me laugh out loud when I saw it in his Instagram feed. He calls it a Pocket Pollock and it's fashioned after abstract painter Jackson Pollock. Like its namesake, the toy also makes abstract paintings. How? Well, just watch the video.
Artist Eirik Brandal makes sculptural electronic circuits that generate music. Above, "composition #11"
Interactive sound sculpture, 2016
Two proximity sensors trigger and control the frequency of sine waves. The design is inspired by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, hence the title, ‘Composition #11’. Exhibited in De Fabriek, Eindhoven, 2016.
A new film about artist Chris Burden comes out this year, which is the perfect reason to revisit one of his coolest later works: Metropolis II, filmed here by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.
The sculpture took four years to build. Quoth the filmmakers:
We had the honor of spending three days in Chris Burden's studio filming this sculpture before it was moved to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) where it is being reinstalled.
The documentary, titled Burden, is being released in 2017:
Zach Coffin's amazing Temple of Gravity installations involve suspending enormous masses of stone and other heavy objects in exquisitely counterbalanced mechanisms that allow people to scramble over them, move them, swing them, and toss them around like playthings, moving tons of mass with pounds of force. Read the rest
Bruce Sterling's short story "The Beachcomber of Novi Kotor" is a monologue by a rogue Montenegran artist-roboticist, delivered at the 85th Venice Biennale, in a world where climate change has made venices out of all the world's low-lying cities, where Montenegro has been plunged into economic collapse by the precipitous departure of the neo-Czarist Russian oligarchs whose tourist trade it depended on. Read the rest
Una juez de Madrid ha ordenado la exhumación del cadáver del pintor Salvador Dalí y la obtención de muestras de su cuerpo para la práctica de la prueba biológica de determinación de la paternidad de Pilar Abel, una gerundense que presentó una demanda para ser reconocida como hija del artista. Según indica en un auto la juez encargada del caso, "es necesaria la prueba biológica de investigación de la paternidad de Maria Pilar Abel Martínez respecto de D. Salvador Dalí Domenech", al "no existir restos biológicos ni objetos personales sobre los cuales practicar la prueba por el Instituto Nacional de Toxicología".Read the rest
CNN equated the briefing to a Supreme Court argument -- an on-the-record event at which cameras are banned.
Hennessy has been a Washington-based courtroom sketch artist for decades. He has covered a wide range of cases, including the Clinton impeachment proceedings, terror suspect trials, and Guantanamo Bay detainee hearings. He worked for CNN at the Supreme Court on Thursday.
Hennessy's presence highlighted the significant change in White House access that has taken place recently. Press secretaries for Democratic and Republican presidents have held on-camera briefings on a regular basis for the past quarter century. But the Trump White House has been cutting back on the frequency and the length of on-camera briefings.
What's amazing is how angry conservatives are about CNN doing this. I'd call them snowflakes, but they've already melted into salty little puddles. Read the rest