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Unsettling Anatomical GIFs by Zolloc


Visual artist and animator Hayden Zezula creates superbly unusual animations that he shares on his Tumblr by the name of Zolloc. For years he’s shared unsettling images of eerie walking babies, dripping amorphous blobs, and vaguely occult-ish symbols that have been shared millions of times across his Facebook and Vine accounts. Zezula says that his intention is to merge visually pleasing animation with creepy imagery, creating loops that toe the line between interesting and uncomfortable. Mission accomplished.

Zezula most recently finished an elegant series of animations celebrating the Olympics for Yahoo Sports, and he’s currently available for freelance projects.







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Dreamy New Architectural Watercolors by Artist Sunga Park


Bangkok-based illustrator and graphic designer Sunga Park embraces the unpredictable nature of watercolors in her drippy depictions of architectural landmarks. In her extensive travels throughout Europe, Park stops to consider the finest details of Gothic cathedrals or the antennae-laden rooftops of residential streets in Croatia, but allows entire paintings to fade away into a wash of ghostly color. The mixture of detailed elements and watery abstraction results in hazy, dreamlike imagery that seems to constantly surprise and intrigue as if lifted directly from a memory. You can follow more of her work on Instagram and on Behance.







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Intricate Letters Hand-Cut from Paper by Annie Vought


In true-crime books and tv shows, there’s always the point where somebody calls the handwriting profiler to do a behavioral analysis on some unknown criminal’s signature or a quick note left on a scrap of paper. Who is this person and what does their haphazard crossing of t’s and slanted letter o’s say about them? Artist Annie Vought is also fascinated by handwriting in connection to identity but in a more emotional and artistic sense.

Working with pieces of paper, the Oakland-based artist cuts sentence after sentence from large sheets of paper turning personal letters into physical objects. Sometimes the pieces are legible, meant to be read letter for letter, while others a chaotic tangle of typography, meant to covey more of a feeling than a message. She shares in an interview with the Art Museum of Sonoma County:

In the penmanship, word choice, and spelling the author is revealed in spite of him/herself. A letter is physical confirmation of who we were at the moment it was written, or all we have left of a person or a period of time. I also think a lot about the relationship between the public and the private, or more specifically about how the private side of ourselves can be made public. I want to be respectful of people, but I recognize that I’m actively exposing them through their written communications. But in the exposure is a vulnerability we all share. I’m interested in human relationships, overall— the ones we have with ourselves and others.

Of particular note in Vought’s work over the last few years is a mammoth piece titled “Gosh I’ve been here before,” a 41″ x 53″ cut paper sculpture of words and patterns that spirals like the rings of a tree. You can explore it up close and inquire about it over on Artspace. You can see a bit more of her work on Instagram and through Jack Fischer Gallery.








By: Colossal
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Charles Babbage, Humorist

JF Ptak Science Books   Quick Post

Babbage eyes

There are certain sections of Charles Babbage’s surveys of his life–Passages in the Life of a Philosopher, 1864–that are very unexpectedly, well, funny. I mean, there are stories told with a bald/dry sense of humor, a stony-faced delight, that I think are actually intentional. Perhaps I’m reading this all wrong–and if so someone will just have to correct me.  But rounding out long sections on the Difference Engines (1&2) and calculation and the future of  railroading and so on are long complaints regarding  the quirkiness of his day, as with the “destruction” of his time via a chapter named “street nuisances”, into which Babbage dives fairly deeply with some occasionally comic recountings of what pisses him off, which was frankly a lot. 

What most intrigues me in this interpretation is the possible found-comedic or intentionally-comedic running page titles.  These are the several word descriptions of what is on the page that floats centered and above the text at the head of each page, which was a common practice in the 19th century.  It is here where Babbage really soars with the eagles, and I prefer to believe that he and not an editor put together these mot juste–they seem cranky and irritating enough to have been somewhat carefully selected.  In any event, I recorded a number of them below, for your amusement:

  • 52 Eggs
  • Artificial Swedes
  • Weight of Nepotism
  • Game of Tit-Tat-Toe
  • Occulating Sun Signals
  • The Story of the Two Pumps
  • The author in Want of Cash
  • The Learned Ponder Dunder
  • Disturbed Vision
  • The True Use of Figures
  • Various Shakes and Smashes
  • Conversion of Attics into Cellars
  • Space Too Large for Itself (!!)
  • A Decent Waist Coat
  • Awful Crash
  • The Value of a Button
  • Winking Statues
  • Primitive Purity–It Won’t Do
  • Biscuits and Whisky
  • A Finite Machine May Make Unlimited Calculations
  • and so on

Many of these are pure clickbait–who could see “Conversion of Attics to Cellars” and not read on?  Science would demand you do so.  

In any event, the book is well worth a read, of course–I mean it is Charles Babbage, and he does discus some very interesting things with razor-sharpness. And I’m sorry somewhat for concentrating on the funny bits, but they were just so unexpected I thought I needed to haul them out and get them some sun. 

The full text via Internet archive: http://j.mp/2biCSev

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The last punchcutter

A film by Giorgio Affanni and Gabriele Chiapparini.
Foley artist Riccardo Rossi.
A production of Griffo, la grande festa delle lettere.


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“If each company derives from an alchemy between people and techniques, the foundry of characters, whose heart is the engraving department, is an extraordinary example of skills and unequalled aesthetic sensitivity, which can be found in the documentary in the figure of Giuseppe Brachino, who was the head of the engraving department of the Nebiolo Company from Turin. He shows the creation of a punch, from which movable types derived, repeating the same gestures of Francesco Griffo who engraved the round and italic types of Aldus Manutius in Venice, five centuries ago”.
-Enrico Tallone

“Se ogni azienda è frutto di un alchemico insieme di uomini e di tecniche, la fonderia di caratteri, di cui il reparto incisori è il cuore, è un miracoloso nido di capacità e di sensibilità estetiche incomparabili, incarnate nel documentario da Giuseppe Brachino, già capo incisore della Società Nebiolo di Torino, che mostra la creazione di un punzone, da cui derivano i caratteri mobili, ripetendo gli stessi gesti di Francesco Griffo che cinque secoli or sono incise a Venezia i tipi tondi e corsivi di Aldo Manuzio.”
-Enrico Tallone

Man Giuseppe Bracchino Former head punchcutter of Nebiolo, Torino
Location Atelier Alberto Tallone, Torino, Italy
Punch typeface Tallone
Artistic consultancy Dina&Solomon
Special thanks to Giuseppe Bracchino, Sergio Saviolo, Enrico Tallone

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Il y a 200 ans, un artiste chinois aimait tellement le porc Dongpo qu’il en a fait une sculpture hyper réaliste



Selon la légende, la recette du porc Dongpo a été inventé par le poète chinois Su Dongpo. Pour le réussir il faut utiliser de la poitrine de porc que l’on assaisonne avant de la faire cuire à la vapeur pendant environ quatres heures.

Il y a plus de 200 ans, un artiste anonyme de la dynastie Qing qui travaillait pour l’empereur vouait une telle passion pour ce plat qu’il en a fait une sculpture dans de la jaspe avec un réaliste étonnant.

La sculpture qui mesure juste 5 centimètres de haut est une célébrité en Asie, au National Palace Museum de Taipei qui l’héberge habituellement plus de cinq millions de visiteurs font la queue chaque année pour l’apercevoir, quand il fut prêté à un musée japonais en 2014 pendant deux semaines c’est 6000 visiteurs journaliers qui se sont venus le voir.

By: La boite verte
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Source: http://j.mp/2bNVu2H