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Meat That Looks Sweet

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Ice cream sundae? Think again. This image is one of photographer Jasmin Schuller‘s “Sweet Meats,” a series of photographs that tricks the brain into thinking you’re looking at something delicious when in reality what you’re lusting after is actually very, very disgusting.

Artistically, we dig it. The affect it’s having on my stomach so close to lunch time? Not so much.

Check out more Sweet Meats after the break.

(iGNANT via Today & Tomorrow)

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“Made in China” Photo Expose

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Los Angeles-based photographer Lorena Turner is a self-described “social scientist with a camera.” Her series Made in China is an examination of consumerism in the United States. Turner purchases products, dusts them for fingerprints and then photographs the object under a black light to try and tell a story about its creation.

Above are a tape measure, two rubik’s cubes and the back of a clock.

Here’s why:

It is not expected that as consumers we be concerned with the actual production of the items we purchase. In fact it makes us more effective consumers to maintain a perspective that is abstracted from that process. When we buy the basic goods we use on a daily basis, there is an assumption they are clean, untainted, absent of a history. Made in China asks us to reconsider that.

For this project, items made and packaged in China were purchased in US department stores and bodegas. They remained in their original packaging until they were dusted for fingerprints and then photographed under black lights. This process allowed for the evidence of another’s touch, quite possibly the person involved in constructing and packaging the item, to be revealed. Made in China highlights the human factor and invisible history in each object’s production, and forces us to reconsider the relationship those who are leaving their fingerprints on each item may have with it.

Made in China is not intended to comment on the scale or absurdity of our consumptive practices, but to remind us that we are only one factor in that equation.

It goes without saying that we love this project. I remember visiting our factories in China for the first time and being amazed by the number of people that are responsible for making just one of our products. I realized then that even though I’m in this business of producing, I’d never considered what goes into the creation of the things I buy. It’s an interesting dichotomy, and one that has certainly changed my views on consumerism, commercialism and my own personal desire to own “stuff.” I’ve contemplated adopting a minimalist lifestyle, but for the time being I’ve simply settled on getting rid of something I own everything I buy something new. And that feels good so far.

Check out the rest of Made in China here.

Kyle Bean’s “What Came First?”

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Our friend, the multi-talented artist Mike Leavitt, points us toward the interesting work of artist and designer Kyle Bean, who built, among other things, this chicken out of eggshells for his piece titled, “What Came First.”

Check out his Bean’s portfolio here.

Bid on the Unabomber’s Stuff

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18th, the U.S. government will auction off the former belongings of Ted Kaczynski, commonly known as The Unabomber. The government has a history of selling “ill-gotten gains,” but The Unabomber auction is unique. Unlike the spoils that were sold following Bernard Madoff’s conviction, The Unabomber lived off just a couple hundred dollars a year.

The government hopes that the distinctive lots of tools and notebooks will bring in bids from museums. Profits from the auctions go to the families of The Unabomber’s victims, which make them potentially good gifts. For instance, lot 001, The Unabomber’s signature sweatshirt and shades, is perfect for your ironic Williamsburg pal. And lot 025, his checkbooks and bank statements, will thrill minimalist travelers and survivalists.

The auction runs from May 18th to June 2nd. The online catalog includes approximately 60 lots of property and will be available on the Web at www.gsaauctions.gov. You can check out previews of most of the items in this Flickr set. Interestingly, the government photographer responsible for cataloging The Unabomber’s belongings did an amazing job. Many of the images have an oddly beautiful quality and others would fit right in at Things Organized Neatly.

Click through for a few that stood out.

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Aerial Photos of Tulips Look Like Abstract Works of Art

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These incredible aerial photographs of tulips in the Netherlands were taken by Julian Faulhaber for an article in the New York Times Magazine. Don’t they look like paintings?

Interestingly, 3 billion tulip bulbs are produced annually in the Netherlands, which equates to around $300 million in sales. They are the third most popular flower in the world, trailing only roses and chrysanthemums.

Check out the full gallery after the jump.

[via The Fox is Black]

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Ben Heine’s Pencil vs. Camera

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Rather than providing an opinion on or an explanation of endeavors we share here on The Jailbreak, I find it more rewarding to hear directly from the producer of the content — be that an artist, designer, filmmaker, company or goat — as it provides a glimpse into the person’s (or animal’s, if we’re talking about the goat) process and purpose for creating the featured work.

Here’s Belgium-based artist (painter, illustrator, caricaturist and photographer) Ben Heine explaining his series, “Pencil vs. Camera“:

“Pencil Vs Camera” is nothing but the result of a long graphic exploration and a logic consequence of my artistic evolution. It’s a new concept. My primary intention was to create a “battle field” between two disciplines: drawing and photography, mixing imagination and reality. The only boundary is my own perception of the world. It’s a very exciting project because I can share “pieces of dreams” with the world through illusion and surrealism. I like to focus on architecture, portraits, and animals. Among many others, the main themes approached in “Pencil Vs Camera” are love and friendship. My hand is always clearly visible. That was a difficult choice but it emphasizes the intimate connection between the viewer and the action happening on the piece of paper.

Check out my 10 favorites after the break.

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The Only Camera for Comic-Con

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Geeks take note! The PENTAX Optio RS1500 digital camera has partnered with DC Comics to offer super hero faceplates. There are seven skins in total with five heroes: Green Lantern, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Superman and two villains: Catwoman and the Joker. Pentax is also increasing the options for customization with their own Personal Skin Designer software. For instance, maybe you like a different kind of comics and you want to make a skin with R. Crumb or Peter Bagge? The camera boasts 14 megapixels, which you can really put to use when trying to, for instance,  zoom in on Natalie Portman or whichever stars and superheroes will be in attendance at this year’s SDCC. See you there!

 

Cindy Sherman Action Figure by Mike Leavitt

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Mike Leavitt is on a role. Last week, we saw him add Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Julian Schnabel and Matthew Barney to his Art Army. Today, Mike makes a claymate out of Cindy Sherman. The Cindy Sherman action figure is 11 inches tall and boasts 18 points of articulation. Look for her at Mike’s upcoming show at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Sorta NSFW Cindy after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Manhattan Skyline Pinball

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Award-winning director Lizzie Oxby turned the midtown Manhattan skyline into a giant game of pinball, using only three still photos and her imagination to bring them to life.

Manhattan 4:33 p.m.” is a finalist in Raindance’s Welcome to the Extraordinary competition.

Love the creativity.

Video Games vs. Real Life

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In the photo series “Video Games vs. Real Life,” London-based graphic designer & illustrator Aled Lewis inserts classic 8-bit video game characters into pictures he’s taken from his travels around the world.

Lewis also designs some deliciously geeky T-shirts, which are available to purchase on his website.

Hit the jump to see Donkey Kong hiding in the Rwanda jungle, Koopa cruising around an unnamed beach in the Caribbean and four others.

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