Category Archives: Art
No, this is not two worlds being brought together via a sudden merge of two universes, nor a (probably) excellent proposal for a video game based upon any of the Dr. Seuss properties and characters. And maybe, the game would actually be good. This is just an awesome example of how you can re-imagine some of the most violent video games into cutesy, harmless-looking childhood books. Read the rest of this entry
Hey, now you have something to do with all of those canned goods in your kitchen…or pantry…or garage…or shed….or wherever you hoard your aluminum cans full of food.
Canstruction is a U.S.-based non-profit organization providing canned food to local food banks in cities holding Canstruction competitions. Founded in 1992 by Cheri Melillo, the charity has since raised millions upon millions of pounds of food for food banks in participating cities across the world. Canstruction grew to become one of the largest food drives for food bank donations in the world, with over 170 cities and more than 30,000 volunteers taking part in Canstruction competitions worldwide. The competition involves teams of design professionals (namely architects, engineers, contractors) and the students they mentor, competing to design and build large structures made completely from full, unopened cans of food. Read the rest of this entry
What do you think of when you hear the name Andrea Palladio? No who understands architectural history can answer. OK, you can answer; better yet, I’ll answer. Palladio — himself influenced by Roman and Greek architecture– was an Italian architect who is often widely regarded as the father of Western architecture. His style, design influence, and teachings are summarized in his architectural treatise, The Four Books of Architecture, which gained him wide recognition. Palladio’s impact reached beyond typical locations, as this exhibit — “Genealogies” by photographer Max Belcher — points out at the newly-renovated Palladio Museum. Some examples of the Italian architect’s encroaching influence includes the homes built by freed American slaves upon returning to Africa. Read the rest of this entry
“I’m standing in the rain, just standing in the rain, without a coat or umbrella, and I’m still bone-dry….”.
Anyway, the London Barbican Arts Center has recently opened this very impressive new installation that allows visitors to walk right into a room simulating a rain storm, and still NOT GET WET. The creators of the oh-so-cleverly titled “Rain Room,” art studio Random International, use a set of 3D cameras to detect the positions of the people within the space, then turns each of its individual rain streams on or off accordingly. The entire exhibit area covers over 1,000 square feet and uses nearly 220 gallons of water per minute, but allows the total supply of water to be quickly filtered and re-circulated through the system.
This week, this house is brought to you by the letter “Y,” you can soon talk to the hand (literally), behind the scenes on indie game development, and how to be a pro wrestling art snob.
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Much like how most people look at ballet, a Broadway show, a film or photography, professional wrestling is very much an art form in its own (or any) right. This photoblog on Tumblr, Pro Wrestling Is Art, is a collection of beautiful photography from various professional wrestling shows from around the world. The blog is a child project of DirtyDirtySheets.com, and its purpose is to highlight the beauty of the art form of pro wrestling and the photographers that capture the many moments of the in-ring (and out-of-ring) action. Read the rest of this entry
One of my favorite artistic fads involves the re-imagining current (or fairly recent) video games with an old-school 4-to-8-bit style twist. While I do enjoy my share of pixel art remakes of modern-era games, it’s starting to get a little overdone. Because of that, it’s wonderful to see on retro style game art that goes further back from the ever-popular 8-bit era….by going back to the “2 bit-era.” Read the rest of this entry
From July 29th to November 5th, the New York Museum of Modern Art will be showcasing a new exhibit called “The Century of Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000,” and Namco Bandai’s 2004 video game Katamari Damacy will be one of the subjects shown in this show. The exhibit explores a world in which children, and childhood ideas influence modern art and design, as well as emphasizing playfulness and curiosity. The show is inspired by writer Ellen Key’s influential book, The Century of Child. Read the rest of this entry
Practically anyone who grew up in the 1980′s and early 1990′s *ahem* has some sort of relationship to, and/or memory of 8-bit gaming, whether it was because of the popular Nintendo Entertainment System, or the not-as-popular but still fun Sega Master System. Recently, PBS took a look into the distinct style of 8-bit in their latest video from their Off Book series. The Evolution of 8-Bit Art gives viewers a look into the genre, including interviews with artists discussing their inspiration, motivation and challenges of working within the medium’s restrictions. Read the rest of this entry
With the rise in digital media and the popularity of tangible video media through DVD and Blu-ray (and even HD-DVD for the stubborn), the VHS just cannot compete with the aforementioned digital media in terms of picture quality or audio fidelity. However, the VHS has a great sense of nostalgia; recording you favorite TV shows and movies for the first time, watching home movies, and the memories entangled with that feel, magic, and soul that good old analog-technology can provide. Read the rest of this entry
If you’re going to Washington D.C. (or will be in the area) before this Labor Day (September 3rd), you can’t miss the LEGO® Architecture exhibition at the National Building Museum, entitled “Towering Ambition”. The exhibit just added three new iconic buildings to the 15 already on display, and they…are…HUGE!!!