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Superman, The Incredible Hulk and Others Reimagined by Alex Pardee in Protest of SOPA


Artist Alex Pardee ”re-imagined” these pop culture icons as bloated creatures for a collaborative exhibition with Dave Correia at the Blonde Grizzly Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to Pardee, he’s calling them “ICANS,” as a statement against proposed SOPA legislation.

Here is what Pardee says about the ICANS (from Juxtapoz):

I will be debuting a brand new series of 15 new paintings called “ICANS”. Why am I calling them “Icans”? Glad you didn’t really ask, but I’m telling you anyway. Well, because whether SOPA passes or not, I will continue to take any licensed character, or pop culture icon and do whatever I want with it for art’s sake, because ICAN. Also, I just want to conduct an ongoing experiment to see if ICAN take any cool icon from pop culture and make it way shittier by “re-imagining” it. So far, much like Hollywood does most of the time, the experiment is a super fun success!

Alex Pardee is an artist, writer, and apparrel designer, who has produced work for Kid Robot, The Used, Juxtapoz magazine, among many other things. You can find more images of his ICANS below.

via InspireFirst and Juxtapoz

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Fat Tony the Tiger Figure by Ron English


As an apparent statement against overly sugary children’s cereal (a box of Frosted Flakes is 37% sugar) and because it’s “Grrrrreeeeaaat!”, Ron English created this Fat Tony figure, which he then promoted by planting it on the appropriate shelf at an LA supermarket.

According to Clutter Magazine, this Fat Tony will be released as a toy, limited to 500 pieces with more limited followup editions available later.

After the jump, watch a couple of classic Frosted Flakes ads, featuring a slimmer (but no less ridiculous) Tony the Tiger, Superman and horseback riding.

via Vinyl Pulse

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Trailer for Documentary About Wayne White


Here is a trailer for the yet-to-be-released film “Beauty is Embarrassing,” a documentary about multitalented creative genius Wayne White. White is mainly known for his set design and puppetry for the television show, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, as well as for directing award-winning music videos for the likes of Peter Gabriel and The Smashing Pumpkins.  His body of work and dedication to his art are nothing short of inspiring, and this trailer for the film hints that the story of his career and his recent shift to focus solely on his painting will make for an incredible film. It’s set to premiere at the 2012 SXSW film festival. I can’t wait to see it. Check out some examples of White’s work after the jump.

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Speeding Toy Car Sculpture Evokes the Energy of a City


Currently housed in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Chris Burden spent four years making “Metropolis II” – a 10 feet tall sculpture of a city with 1,200 toy cars whirring around tracks at high speeds.

According to a recent NPR article, Burden, who originally made his name as a performance artist, said that it goes back to “making an object, but an object that is performative.” He also says that Metropolis II fits more into the mainstream than some of his other work, stating “I don’t think you need to have an art history background to understand this sculpture.”

The cars of Metropolis II, which move as fast as 230 miles per hour, occasionally find themselves in traffic jams (just like in real life) and an operator is ever present to switch off the machine and get things back in order. After the cacophony of white noise created by all the motion, the silence left by turning it all off is, in contrast, horrific – the emptiness left by an absence of life. In the short documentary below from Supermarche, Burden says “it wasn’t about trying to make this scale model of something. It was more to evoke the energy of a city.”

Cross Section of a Tree That Plays Like a Record


Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck created this piece, titled “Years,” by rigging his record player’s tone arm with a PlayStation Eye camera so he could take a disc of wood – a thin cross section of a tree – and listen to it as if it were an LP. The rings of years are picked up by the camera and and translated through Ableton Live to give them life in sound. The result: a beautiful, sad and eerie piano concerto.

YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

via Boing Boing

SOPA Protests


Happy blackout day everybody! Reddit, WikipediaGoogle, Craigslist and a number of other prominent sites are either completely or partially blacked out today in protest of the SOPA and PIPA bills being pushed through congress.

While the blatant stealing of intellectual property is obviously wrong, opponents of the the bill say that it goes beyond the bounds of what is necessary to curb it (and may not do much of that anyway), but could instead put too much power in the wrong hands, chill online business and otherwise stifle creativity.

The White House issued a statement two days ago in response to one petition filed against SOPA and PIPA, which seems in support of the protesters’ claims. The blackout pages on Wikipedia and Google also have petitions and/or contact information for elected officials. Check out the video above explaining the finer points of the proposed legislation and also this (much funner) one on The Oatmeal.

3D Printers for the Home



What does the future of product design look like? Well, it’s starting to look something like this: an affordable home 3D printer that allows anyone to digitally design a 3D piece and manufacture it on the spot. On the other side of things, a consumer can purchase a design online, download it, and watch it form before their eyes. Artists are already starting to upload their designs to sites such as this one.

Whereas 3D printing is nothing new, this particular platform by 3D Systems, called “Cubify,” which debuted at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is perhaps revolutionary in its movement toward mass appeal. With a price tag of $1,299, it’s getting into the “affordable” range for home printing.

Not that it’s the only affordable option either. For instance, there’s an independent company called MakerBot Industries in Brooklyn that manufactures 3D printers for nearly $1,000. Theirs even come complete with Brooklyn style and ingenuity.

In response to these affordable 3D options, we’re all ears about the coming developments in 3D printing – to find where we fit in best (if anywhere), and how we can best support other independent artists and small shops when (or if) it becomes commonplace.

For artists who prefer to design digitally (or don’t mind having their sculpts scanned in 3D), home 3D printing could be a prime opportunity for their designs to gain mass appeal through this medium in just a few years. This might be especially good for a number of otherwise unknown artists who might struggle with the threshold of having their work produced to break into the mainstream virally, should home 3D printing take off.

This potential future also invites a number of new debates about cost, exclusivity, integrity, creative license, intellectual property rights, and material. How quickly or begrudgingly will the product industry, artists and consumers continue to adapt to this new twist, and will the home 3D printing world offer a clear benefit to all sides?  Or, alternately, will home 3D printers be to product design what Napster and home recording were to the music industry? What do you think?


Mr. Potato Head: Dictator Edition


In the same dictatorial vein as our Little Giants figures of Mao Zedong and Vladimir Lenin, artist Stephen Ives has twisted the classic Mr. Potato Head concept to embody the images of some of history’s most pertinent iron-fist rulers: Saddam Hussein, Hitler, Kim Jong Il, Vladmir Lenin, and others. These figures are pretty incredible looking, and, in the spirit of Mr. Potato Head, their accessories appear to be fully interchangeable.

via Beautiful Decay

Frida Kahlo Loves Daft Punk


See…I told you so.

Artist Fabian Ciraolo created these illustrations, mashing old pop culture icons and with modern hipster swagger. Whereas we design Little Giants of Frida and Dali, he makes them like rock stars.

In Ciraolo’s world, none are safe. Through his art, Ciraolo has morphed cultural figures ranging from Cleopatra and Gandhi to Care Bears and Captain Planet. Check out more of his work here.

Lifelike Resin Goldfish


These three-dimensional lifelike goldfish pieces are made of layers of hand-painted resin by Japanese artist, Riusuke Fukahori for an exhibit called “Goldfish Salvation.”

The photos (and video below) make them look pretty incredible, but I imagine the illusion is even more impressive in person. See additional photos here.

Here is a video Fukahori crafting some of the pieces pictured above:

It’s good to explore what other artists are doing these days with resin applications. We’ve been talking with a couple of artists about the possibility of releasing a resin series at some point in the future. It’s still in the early stages of development, but exciting to look forward to.

[via This Is Colossal]