UK artist Debbie Smyth uses pins and thread instead of ink and paper in her odd-yet-unique drawings. The self-described textile artist bridges the gap between embroidery and illustration, adding a multidimensional component to the otherwise 2D medium of hand-drawn art.
Legos have come a long way since they were used as building material for small-scale structures and vehicles. Today, there are Lego play sets based on movies, Lego video games, Lego apparel, Lego accessories, and much, much more. National Geographic explores what goes on at the Lego factory in Billund, Denmark, in the documentary TV series, Inside Lego. Here’s a glimpse of what they found inside.
Jessie Baylin recalls the gauzy tones of ’70s vocalists such as Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Dusty Springfield, only with a much more contemporary feel. Plus, this gifted singer is also lucky enough to be friends with Scarlett Johansson, who directed Baylin in a new video for her classic pop-inspired song, “Hurry, Hurry.”
Journalist Félix Fénéon anonymously wrote more than a thousand brief reports for Parisian paper Le Matin, a selection of which have been translated by Luc Sante and republished in Illustrated Three-Line Novels: Félix Fénéon, with brand-new, colorful illustrations.
Over the years, 2D animation has gone somewhat the way of the dodo bird, as computer animation has surged in popularity with Hollywood and audiences alike. Director Neil Boyle has brought together a group of both up-and-coming and veteran artists to make his short, The Last Belle, in an effort to keep alive the techniques of old, while also maintaining a modern edge. While crafting 35,000 individually drawn, painted, and photographed pieces of art, Boyle brings back the golden age of animation.
Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup can be an extremely polarizing subject, whether you’re a diehard fan of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! or a “victim” of the Boston bomb scare (the result of a marketing campaign for Aqua Teen Hunger Force), everyone seems to have something they love or hate about the animated series. Now, an art exhibition pays tribute to Adult Swim, featuring works by various artists who have used the show’s programming as a theme and inspiration.
In The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses, Dr. Paul Koudounaris gives us an intimate understanding of the sites where bones of dead people are placed together en masse. What may seem like a gory theme for a book and photo series is actually a beautiful treatment of the culturally touchy subject of death.
If Leonard Cohen and Lana Del Rey had a secret love child, he or she might sound like Herman Dune. (Their bio is so colorful, it comes with illustrations.) A favorite of late British DJ John Peel, the French folk-pop duo stops in LA, NYC, and other cities on a micro-tour supporting Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.
Considering he was elected Class Clown in high school, it should come as no surprise that Dave Barry has since been having a long and storied career as one of America’s top humor columnists. Now, the professional funnyman has teamed up with original SNL writer Alan Zweibel for a collaborative comic novel about two suburban dads who manage to make sense of the world through humor.
While some of us are still scratching our heads wondering just how true Exit Through the Gift Shop is, filmmakers Alper Cagatay and Christopher Thompson have released their “modern-day, true-story, crime-theft, comedy-caper” documentary, How To Sell a Banksy. True to the title’s name, it follows the two as they get their hands on a Banksy and go through the motions of trying to unload it and make a profit. The documentary is available for download now.