Like Scoob, watch me do a Kolyvanov across this giant sandwich!
Whoa. NASA discovered an Earthlike planet. And the implications for Frasier are massive. Read our feature here.
British artist Polly Morgan heightens taxidermy to a new elevation with her series of snake sculptures that have appeared in her last two exhibitions, “Taxidermy is Dead, Long Live Taxidermy” and “Short Sentences, Spoke Softly.” These pieces of art - made from silicon and other materials - are insanely beautiful to me and I can’t stop looking at them.
You can see more of them below:
Polly Morgan: Website
The Island of Discussion, Glencoe, Scotland. It was a place to settle disputes. A place to resolve differences. Officially named Eilean a’ Chomhraidh, the Island of Discussion is small and alone.
This island has served a noble purpose for many, many years. Over 1,500 years or so. When clansman had a disagreement, this is the place they went to work it out.
The rules were simple. When there were quarrels or arguments, the feuding parties where taken out to the island and left alone. Left there. With whiskey, cheese, and oat cakes. And they didn’t leave the island until the dispute was settled. The result, in over 1,500 years, only 1 recorded murder in the area.
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Top Pixel Art — June 2015
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In case you’ve missed it, you can read my extended feature of Pixel Joint here:
What does a rifle fit for a sultan look like? Ghazi Mahmoud Kahn I commissioned this rifle, covered in over 4,000 gems, with hidden compartments galore. Read all about this truly unique object from the Walters Art Museum collection.
Turkish Hunting Set / 1732-33 / Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903
Wow. Kepler was a cool guy!
Glass artist Ben Young (previously here and here) just shared a glimpse of his latest sculptural works made from layers of cut laminate window panes. The bodies of water depicted in Young’s work are usually cut into cross-sections akin to textbook illustrations, creating translucent geometric islands that can appear both monolithic or chamsic.
“I hope viewers might imagine the work as something ‘living’ that creates the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being,” Young says. “I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes.” The self-taught artist, furniture maker, and surfer has explored the properties of cut glass for over a decade at his Sydney studio. Here’s a bit more about his processes via Kirra Galleries:
Each of Young’s sculptural works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass made for windows, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. He constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and then cuts the layers with a glazier’s hand-tool. The complexity comes from the planning phase, where he says “I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut.” He then sketches the concept by hand and creates a plan using traditional technical drawing techniques: “I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished piece. Sometimes my starting point changes dramatically as I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes.” The texture and colour of the glass varies in every piece according to its thickness and arrangement.
Canadian artist Guillaume Lachapelle explores the infinite in this series of mysterious 3D printed dioramas titled Visions. Sitting atop pedestals in a darkened gallery, the eerie “rooms” rely on lights and mirrors to create the illusion of vast spaces that seem to reflect into much larger open spaces. These pieces were on view last year as part of a solo show at Art Mur in Québec, and you can see more of them up close over on Artsy.