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Mar. 2nd, 2009

Mae by igrab


Shigeo Fukuda - optical illusion art

Hi everyone,

I've found some weird and beautiful art by Shigeo Fukuda, an amazing optical illusion artist who has sadly passed away this year. You can view his artworks here:


His artworks include impossible looking images, including a 3D model of Escher's waterfall, and the sculpture Encore. Encore is a sculpture that looks like a pianist from one side and a violinist at the other side. Another of his artworks include a strange collection of objects that create the shadow of a piano.

This post was edited to correct a spelling mistake.

Nov. 27th, 2008



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2 things:


kris kuksi

not only does the man draw and paint like some kind of psilocybe angel...

...he also makes incredibly detailed macabre sculptures that i could probably spend a lifetime looking at:

i have tremendous respect for artists who can function both in the 2-d and 3-d spheres, and kuksi does it most magnificently.

he describes his sculptural works as "...wonderfully intricate constructions of pop culture effluvia like plastic model kits, injection molded toys, dolls, plastic skulls, knick-knack figurines, miniature fencing, toy animals, mechanical parts and ornate frames or furniture parts; assembled into grotesque tableaux that look a bit like an explosion in Hieronymus Bosch’s attic."

well how fortunate me...i've always wanted to dig around Bosch's attic.


this isn't quite as exciting, but both luminous_insect and i have started tumblr accounts (which is essentially a way to hoard interesting images/etc from the web without stealing others' bandwidth.) there's quite a growing collection of curious things on there, and might be worthy of investigation.

if you're so inclined -



Oct. 20th, 2008



The Adventures of Mark Twain

By now most of you have probably seen this hell of creepy kids' claymation scene, but it's worth noting because the animation is just wonderful. If you're high right now, all the better!

"The Adventures of Mark Twain" (1986) was created by Will Vinton, known also as the animator of another rightly horrifying phenomenon, "The California Raisins." Contrary to all the hype on YouTube, it was neither banned nor a television show.

You can find the entire movie here — it's in three parts, and actually has a cohesive plot. I haven't gotten through it all, but I imagine the "Mysterious Stranger" scene (which, like everything else in the film, is based on Twain's work) is less of a bad drug trip in context.

Oct. 12th, 2008


Mark Powell

Halloween is coming up, so I give you this astonishing and astonishingly grisly artist. Even if you don't go all caca like I do for eyeless deformed horrors of the Lovecraftian dimensions (ala Beksinski) you will certainly appreciate the obsessive amount of detail that went into these works. He constructs miniature environments so intensely as to be completely immersive, to look like sculptural windows into hell. Powell doesn't title these pieces, and his website, myspace, and flickr account are sparse on information, so here's a smattering (ew) of images of his miniature environments with my inane attempts at an explanation:

A bioplastic musical assembly:

Food for the family:


Organ Selection:

O! Blessed Domesticity!:

Sep. 30th, 2008

oh bjork


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i just ordered the first issue of Coilhouse Magazine

art, design, fashion, goth culture, fetish, fantasy, cyber/steam punk, etc etc etc?


a samplingCollapse )

it grew out of a blog by Zoetica Ebb, Meredith Yayanos and Nadia Lev, which covers things of EXACTLY the kind of aesthetic this community is about. i'm half-tempted to just tell you all to get the RSS feed to Coilhouse, and not bother with everything else...

but that would be silly.

regardless, you should check it out.
i'm super-excited to get my issue in the mail, and really look forward to more.

Aug. 14th, 2008

??? mask


Tara Donovan

PS...its made entirely of PLASTIC STRAWS

and this is made of styrofoam cups....

Tara Donovan.

Jul. 26th, 2008



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Um, yes...  Check it!
I'm not sure how to add pics from her site.  So go and browse, you'll enjoy it.  It's super neat!

Jun. 5th, 2008


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graffiti-mural-animation done by the italian artist Blu made in Buenos Aires:

uhh, its pretty fucking amazing.

i think him and gabriela should collaborate.

May. 21st, 2008


Sally Cruikshank

Hello, anyone who has become part of this blog. this is me trying to inject some life into it, or maybe experiencing an individual in love with life for my first time again. Sally Cruikshank was an animator active in the 70s-80s whose imagination runs from the hallucinotory edges of objects into whimsical expansion and distortion. Her oeuvre spans beyond talent and skill and into the pure realm of the visual cortex's pattern completions. Her work is pure unbounded imagination, constricted and distilled through the process of animating frame by frame. Here are selections of her work, as well as an interview:

"Face Like a Frog"

"Make Me Psychic"

"Quasi At the Quackadero"


Jan. 29th, 2008

i like mushrooms


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the work of Japanese animator Tabaimo is one of the first things i saw at the Biannale this summer, and it stuck. she uses traditional japanese imagery in totally surprising ways, and the effect is that of precise, mindboggling, animated surrealism that resembles woodblock prints (what more could you ask for?)

unfortunately, i could only find one of her works online, but that too, is pretty damn awesome.

lets see, surreal japanese animation, collaboration with Batsheva Dance Company, and all that set to none other "AA XXX" by Peaches - i marvel that such a thing even exists.

but it does, and its called "Furo" and it makes me happy beyond words.

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