|the artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from the labyrinth beyond time and space, seeks his way out to a clearing.|
|I want a trouble-maker for a lover,|
Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame,
Who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate,
Who burns like fire on the rushing sea.
From Rumi’s Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
|Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.|
--W. H. Auden
|Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face|
Do You Realize - we're floating in space
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round
Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
|The best things in life are not things.|
That’s right, Maisie Williams will be featured on an episode of the next season of Doctor Who. We’d be hard pressed to think of a crossover that could make us more excited than this one. Details about the episode Williams will appear in are scant, but we expect good things.
Just watch this thing. It’s trying so hard, bless its heart. The addition of spray cheese makes the machine’s inability to function just a little bit sadder. Let’s just chalk this one up to it being Monday.
Over the weekend Hugh Jackman announced via Instagram (which is what celebrities do now instead of sending out press releases) that he’d be donning his Wolverine claws for the last time. Jackman has been confirmed for a Wolverine sequel set to release in 2017, and rumors are swirling that he will also reprise his role for X-Men: Apocalypse, which begins filming next month. After that, Jackman, along with co-star Jennifer Lawrence — whose last X-Men film will be Apocalypse — will depart from the franchise. The exodus of these two X-Men mainstays comes in the wake of two others, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen — possibly the two best actors in the series, who’ve long played two of its most important characters. Neither Stewart nor McKellen will appear in Apocalypse.
It will take place April 20-21st and will feature workshops by Artgerm, stephensilver and Nathan Fowkes. Schoolism is the brainchild of imaginism studios, and the live presentation of it is being presented by autodesk-sketchbook. If you’re in the area, we can’t recommend checking this out highly enough.
Noah is a South African comedian who made his first appearance as a correspondent on The Daily Show in December. It isn’t yet known when Stewart’s final episode on The Daily Show will be. Craig Kilborn hosted the show before Stewart for two years, and Stewart has hosted since 1999 and is largely credited for making it the well-known institution and primary news source for a demographic Bill O’Riley once referred to as “stoned slackers” that it is today. The show also helped catapult the careers of former correspondents Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Larry Wilmore, all of whom went on to have their own shows. When Noah does take over, he’ll be headed straight into an American Presidential election year, which tend to provide the show with a stream of comedic fodder. Although we’ll be sad to see Stewart leave, we’re very excited to see what Trevor Noah can do as the show’s host.
Ruth-Tay is about to embark on a trip of a lifetime — 8 countries in 6 months. She's invited us to follow her travels which you can learn more about here. What countries would you like to visit? Let us know in the comments below.
Is Patrick Stewart the best or what? He is. That was a rhetorical question. A trailer for the new comedy series he’ll be starring — called Blunt Talk — has been released. The series will premiere this summer on Starz, and was created by Jonathan Ames who also created a pretty funny series that used to be on HBO, called Bored To Death. Take a look at the trailer and see what you think.
The Casual Vacancy will premiere on HBO in late April. It will air in the form of a three-part miniseries, and centers around the unraveling social structure of a small town after the secrets of its residents begin to be exposed. Join us in the comments as we speculate whether or not Rowling will ever write a book that doesn’t get turned into a film of some kind.
Looking pretty dramatic so far, right? The game will be released in late October, and we’d be lying to you if we said we weren’t just a little bit excited.
Today is Zatransis’s birthday! Help us show some him b-day love.
The DeviantArt Experience can sometimes quickly become the quintessential example of that most frustrating problem: too much of a good thing. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to peruse the thousands of submissions and postings of artistic innovation, creativity and sheer beauty that are generated everyday.
Astralseed, an Icelandic deviant artist with a penchant for equines, including Quirlicorns (a breed of unicorns), has made our busy lives so much easier with ProjectPorkchop, a feature she started on her DeviantArt page. Project Porkchop’s fine eye for the best of the newly submitted artworks of virtually unknown artists, the incredible art that slips past us, unseen and denied its due, day after day, has meant so very much for these artists trying to create a presence in the art world, beginning on DeviantArt. By spotlighting these skilled artists and connecting creative art and creative art lovers, this group is doing the arts universe an immeasurable service.
jesus-at-art is a varied art student from the US. He is very skilled with colored pencils and his color blending and shading are very smooth. His compositions, espescially his surreal pieces are very imaginitive and at times, humerous as well. His gallery is quite varied and includes digital and assorted mixed media projects that show his artistic journey. Please visit his gallery today and see all he has to offer!
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Erin is a digital artist from Canada. She creates wonderful ink drawings that are packed with detail. Her works are mostly dark in nature and have a lot of emotion behind them. She has a limited color palette which she utilizes very effectively and her special effects are great too! Be sure to check out Erin's gallery today and leave her some feedback!
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BLACKDOGNZ is a digital artist from New Zealand. His passion is for pin-up art and he has quite an extensive collection! His work is primarily fantasy themed and if you love monsters, warriors and beautiful maidens, this artist is for you! In addition, he also has some impressive digital portraits, sci-fi art and gaming concepts.
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Huria is a traditional artist fron New Zealand. She loves a variety of media and her gallery includes traditional drawing and painting to stunning artisan crafts and jewelry that you simply must see! Her dragon eye pendants are particularly lovely as are her watercolor paintings. This is one artist you will definitely want to add to your list!
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Maria is a traditional artist from Spain. Her paintings are based on fantasy and mythological themes and are quite unique in style! Her creatures and figures are very exaggerated and bordering on surreal with a hint of darkness. Her color palettes contrast this in that they are very soft and almost pastel making for a very interesting effect. You will definitely want to see more from this very innovative artist!
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Are you seeking some inspiration this weekend? How about some words of wisdom, or maybe just a little natural beauty? We’ve got all three in this collaborative essay.
Off the top of your head, do you know what number the next Transformers sequel will be in the series? Yeah, neither do we. If you’re trying to tally them up now, don’t bother, because soon there will be too many to count. According to a report from Deadline, Paramount is hiring a writer’s room that can transmute the robot-smash-’em-up franchise into a full-blown Universe. The writer’s room would be responsible for conceptualizing various sequels and spinoffs. To apply for a position, interested parties should send a ranked list of their favorite Michael Bay movies to Paramount’s offices in Hollywood.
Ever wonder what your cat really thinks of you? One French graphic designer has made some pretty hilarious comics.
What’s the dirtiest thing you’ve ever read on a bathroom stall? What’s the dirtiest thing you can imagine a citizen of the ancient world writing on one? Find out just how much you have in common with your long-gone ancestors in this article about the history of bathroom art.
BeeSweet Lemonade is a Texas-owned lemonade stand owned by ten-year-old Mikaila Ulmer, who, aside from being adorable, is kind of a marketing wizard. The lemonade she sells is sweetened by honey, rather than sugar or synthetic replacements, and part of her mission is to raise awareness about bees. The investment came from FUBU CEO Daymond John, who immediately saw potential in Mikaila. You can learn more about her business in this video.
Check out our review of a film that stirs the pot and fosters a dialogue about race, called Dear White People. Plus, we’ve also got a Q&A with the creator of the film’s official poster. Give it a read here.
It is universally agreed that Comic Sans is the worst font ever created, with Papyrus only trailing by the breadth of a hair. A deranged graphic designer named Ben Harman has combined the fonts into something he’s calling “Comic Papyrus,” which you can download and use for $5, but we can’t imagine why you’d want to. Look upon these works ye mighty, and despair.
Jalopnik has done an extremely thorough report on the possibility that an old choo-choo train is buried in a tunnel somewhere under Brooklyn. You can read the report here, but the tl;dr version is that when an old railroad tunnel was closed in 1861, a defunct wood-burning locomotive called “Hicksville” was also sealed inside, having been deemed not worth the effort of salvaging. Due to some political squabbling and injured egos, it seems the locomotive, the possible location of which is known to investigators, is buried indefinitely. We hope this changes soon.
Goldenwolf not only has a birthday on Saturday, she also has an IndieGoGo project to publish her werewolf romance novel. We aren’t suggesting that we all try and get the project funded by the end of the day as some sort of crazy-awesome happy birthday present or something, oh wait nevermind that’s exactly what we’re suggesting. But if you can’t make a pledge, at least stop by and say happy b-day!
Engravings on a coin or the images on the back of a dollar help us differentiate between denominations, but they serve other purposes as well. They are used to prevent anyone outside of the government that issues the currency from creating duplicates, and the images are supposed to provide cultural touchstones that bond together its users. Any American can recognize a portrait of Abraham Lincoln or George Washington because of this fact, and it isn’t dissimilar to the way leaders of Rome had their faces engraved on coins minted during their tenure.
Given the ubiquitous nature of currency inside a culture, as well as the power it represents, it’s natural for artists to be drawn to it. Some artists actually see currency as a medium.
The Greek artist Stefanos has made headlines recently for his controversial etchings on euros.
His images are supposed to illuminate the hardships that European Union-enforced austerity has brought to the people of Greece. One of his etchings features a black figure hanging by a noose from an archway. Others are more subtle, such as one that depicts a scattering crowd running through a classical-style bridge, possibly from an unseen predator.
Using banknotes as a canvas adds layers of complexity to the art. In Stefanos’s case, the artwork moves back into regular circulation after he has drawn on the bills. This incorporates a street art feel to the project, because viewers will not encounter the work in a typical gallery or museum setting. That fact suits the political message of the project; Stefanos is trying to make a point, and he wants it made loudly, to a large number of people. This approach also blurs distinctions between everyday life and art by its use of money as a medium. The political situation that the project comments on has been fueled by imposed austerity, which is a program that was prescribed in reaction to Greece’s financial problems. Yet the money the artwork is displayed on will be used for everyday interactions between average people. There is a complete interchange between the artwork, the political statement it makes, and the people affected by it.
"The medium allows me to ‘bomb’ public property from the comfort of my home,” said Stefanos, in a statement about his project. He stated that when he looks at EU banknotes, he does not see images that are grounded in reality. Given the chaos engendered by financial collapse in his home country, he wanted to paint a more realistic picture on the currency.
The U.S. defines defacing currency as altering it past the point of use. In other words, if you alter a piece of green paper to the point where your local corner store wouldn’t accept or recognize it, you’ve technically broken federal law. And where you reach that point, exactly, is a little complicated. For example, burning a dollar is defacing it. If you turn your dollar into a small pile of ashes, it can’t be used or accepted or recognized. But what if you write your initials on it in sharpie? It’d look weird, but most people would agree that it’s still worth something.
For artists with projects like Stefanos’s, keeping the bills intact and usable is actually necessary for their art to succeed. If his tagged dollars aren’t in distribution, people don’t see them. But for other artists, like Hanna von Goeler, the bills don’t need to circulate.
This ongoing project chronicles my struggle and relationship with money”
Where Stefanos’s project is political and specific to one country, Goeler’s project is at once more personal and more universal. Although the pieces in her project are based on American currency, her project examines the design and pattern of money. It also incorporates art history references and everyday objects like food and couches. Goeler also makes political points, though in a more subdued manner. One of her pieces includes a dollar with a painted map of the Middle East on the front.
C.K. Wilde, an artist whose work includes American dollars with pop-culture icons in the portrait slots, states that his interest in currency comes from childhood.
"I travelled to Europe often to visit my relatives. When I returned, I often still had money from the places I travelled. An attempt to buy candy with Deutsche marks in the U.S. brought into sharp relief the inherent contradictions of nationalism and international travel.”
Even in the Eurozone, where money circulates across national boundaries, it is still specific to the region. For all its supposed uses, our currency anchors us in place and typically offers only a superficial, sterilized glimpse at a nation’s culture or history. You can sense the frustration with this fact when artists choose to use currency as a canvas. It makes sense, though, that we should want something more fulfilling from an object that plays such a dominant role in each of our lives.
To this end, not a small number of artists have set about creating their own, new currency.
Barbara Bernát, an artist working in Budapest, created some beautiful, sophisticated images for a Hungarian Euro. The images feature plants and animals, under which you can see skeletal images under UV light — an aesthetic anti-counterfeiting device.
Along the same lines, the Women On 20s campaign seeks to replace American President Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill with the face of an influential American woman. Both projects reflect a desire for more aesthetic sensibility and cultural accuracy on currency.
Asking why money looks the way it does is perhaps akin to willingly diving face-first down the proverbial rabbit hole. But it is a question worth asking, and while we don’t condone breaking the law, we are always delighted to see artists turn their skeptical eyes toward important questions like this one and come up with creative answers.
We got our first look at Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool today via the actor’s Twitter. Is it kind of warm in here? It is, right? We can’t wait for this movie.
Your parents’ favorite social media website, Facebook, is developing a solar-powered drone that can beam down internet connectivity to people below. The first test flight of the drone was completed in the UK this week. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the final design’s wingspan will be as large as a Boeing 747, which is likely welcome news to anyone who’s ever wanted to post a whiny status update about the hotel staff at a beach resort in another country, but couldn’t get on the wifi. All levity aside, this seems like a cool project, and we’re excited to see where it goes.
A trailer for the upcoming James Bond film, titled SPECTRE, has been released. We’ve also heard tell that the film is coming to IMAX theaters upon its release. We absolutely can’t wait for this film to release.
The three stars in this video, Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, and Rick Cosnett recently launched a Kickstarter to fund their short film project, and Firefly creator Joss Whedon pledged a healthy sum of money to the project. To say thanks, the trio did a gospel rendition of the theme from Firefly, called The Ballad of Serenity.
Halo Online is a free multiplayer game developed by microsoft that you can only play if you’re in Russia. Yes, you read that correctly. Anyone else considering moving?
This video from Funny or Die is hilarious. In it Billy Zane (Titanic, Zoolander), who hasn’t been making conspicuous career moves for a while now, reads heartbroken Tweets from One Direction fans mourning Zayn Malik’s departure from the band, and assumes that they are all from his own fans who, confusingly, cannot spell his name to save their own lives. It’s pretty great.
By the looks of this trailer, Jake Gyllenhaal is in the middle of a full-on McConaissance. The movie itself looks pretty good — it’s got some approachable stakes and a good cast — but what we’re really interested in is Gyllenhaal’s performance. The actor is coming off an electrifying role in 2014’s Nightcrawler (for which he should have received a Best Actor nomination, by all accounts). We’re expecting more good things from Gyllenhaal in Southpaw.
Today is themothandthestars’s birthday! Go and wish her a happy one.
Scholastic has released a cover image for its upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The illustrated edition will be released in October, and Scholastic will continue releasing illustrated editions each year until the entire series has been published. What do you think of this cover? If you were going to illustrate new covers for any of the Harry Potter books, what would they look like?
Odds are if you’ve ever built a LEGO set, you’ve also taken said LEGO set apart and either done something else with it or put the bricks in a pile somewhere. If you just love building LEGOs and don’t care about owning the bricks, you can now rent sets from pley.com. Find out more about the service here.
PostRevival is a group dedicated to the art of letter writing! The group encourages participation in themed mail swaps they call “potlucks” and April's theme has been posted. Please be sure to follow their guide for safe participation.
Writer and illustrator Yuyi Morales and photographer Tim O’Meara have teamed up to create a beautiful children’s book based on the life of Frida Kahlo. The book is entitled Viva Frida. It’s printed in both Spanish and English, and is available through Roaring Brook Press. Check out this behind-the-scenes video about how the book was made.
A remnant of WWII surfaced in London earlier this week in the form of an unexploded German bomb. When the construction crew that discovered the bomb realized what it was, 1,200 residents were made to evacuate the area and a nearby bridge had to be closed down. The bomb has since been relocated to a safe site where it will be detonated.
Twitter's answer to Meerkat, an app called Periscope, launches today on iPhone. It’s pretty much just Meerkat, but developed by Twitter.
A new Indian television drama, supposedly inspired by Game of Thrones, is coming. The series is actually set in India in the 19th century, but its characters are supposed to be based on familiar faces in the Game of Thrones universe such as Daenerys Targaryen and noted crybaby Jon Snow. We are excited to see the show as soon as we figure out how we can watch it...
It’s fnook’s birthday today! Let’s all sing a loud round of virtual happy birthday.
Current Residence: A Peaceful State|
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Favourite photographer: Sebastio Salgado. Richard Mapplethorpe. Walker Evans. Weegee.
Favourite style of art: Post-impressionist. Abstract-expressionist. The New Digital Vanguard. Contemporary fantasy.
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