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Russian Tradition Wears the Rainbow with Gay Pride Nesting Dolls

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Toronto artist Brahm Finkelstein wanted to find a way to bring awareness to the LGBT human rights abuses that are going on in Russia. Then, he came up with a subversive idea for perhaps the perfect representation of gay pride and Russia: he teamed up with Italian artist Danilo Santino and crafted Pride Dolls.

The Pride Dolls are iconic Russian matryoshka dolls, or "nesting dolls", done up in each of the six colors of the Pride flag and six different portraits of gay and lesbian characters, with the drag queen as the largest, swathed in the entire rainbow. Naturally.

Finkelstein hopes that his dolls will raise awareness and predicts that he'll have a second line soon. The proceeds from the dolls will go to the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA), the creator of the OutGames.


SF Art Student Recreates Meticulously-Detailed Boeing 777 Out Of Manila Folders: VIDEO

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22-year-old San Francisco student Luca Iaconi-Stewart has taken the hobby of papercraft to astounding new levels of complexity.

777After being inspired in an architecture class in 2008, Iaconi-Stewart began the painstaking work of crafting an entire Boeing 777 out of manila folders. Not content to just create a shell of the plane, Iaconi-Stewart filled the 1:60 scale model with an intricate level of detailing, including individual seats, overhead compartments, and functioning cargo doors. Again, entirely out of Manila folders.

You can see videos of a time-lapse paint job and the cargo doors in action AFTER THE JUMP...

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Looking: Art Installation In Madrid Calls Attention To Issues Of Surveillance

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A street artist in Madrid has taken over one narrow block in an effort to raise awareness about surveillance and the technology used to perform it. The artist, named SpY, who incidentally began his career as a graffiti artist, has installed over 100 CCTV cameras on a wall overlooking the tiny street. The cameras are all aimed in the same direction and at the same angle, giving the overwhelming impression that anyone on the receiving end of their gaze is being closely watched and scrutinized. Though they are not in fact recording passers by, their mere presence gives off an air of suspicion and danger.

The Verge reports:

"The piece invites reflection about our present and daily interaction with technology and who is behind [it]," SpY writes in an email to The Verge. "The cameras are a symbol that represents it, however it is clear that we are surrounded by devices that act as tools of surveillance."

...SpY says that he's seen a variety of reactions; some people wonder whether the cameras are on, while others assume that they are and interact with them as though they're being recorded.

"I like to generate some type of reaction with my work," SpY says. "I try to awake and create a more lucid conscience with my interventions. Irony and humor are a way to make the receiver an accomplice, create a dialog, and make one think that the work communicates something with which one identifies."

..."As a side note regarding its location, all the cameras point to the house of a well-known drug dealer," SpY says. "Well known even by local police."

Check out more beautiful photos of the art installation at The Verge.


Satanic Statue Proposal For Oklahoma State Capitol Revealed, Controversy Just Beginning

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We previously reported on their funding efforts (and their disdain for the Westboro Baptist Church), and now they've delivered. The Satanic Temple, a Satanist group based out of New York, has revealed a design of a 7-foot statue, including a pentagram, a "goat-headed Baphomet," and two children looking on, which would join an already-constructed monument commemorating the Ten Commandments on the lawn of Oklahoma's state capitol.

The Oklahoma legislators approved the privately-funded Ten Commandments statue in 2009, a move that was immediately faced with an ACLU lawsuit. Incidentally, the lawsuit, which hopes to remove the Ten Commandments statue, now stands in the way of approval for the Satanists and other groups: the Oklahoma City Preservation Committee voted to ban construction of new monuments on capitol grounds until a judge rules on the case.

Philly.com reports on the Satanist statue controversy:

“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” said spokesman Lucian Greaves. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”...

"Either way you cut it, this is a First Amendment issue," Greaves said. "Once they open that door, they can't discriminate."...

Greaves assured the Satanists’ monument would be “in good taste and consistent with community standards.”

He also noted that there were a surprising amount of Oklahomans interested in constructing the statue. Still, state legislators have decided that the Satanists may not build their statue alongside the Ten Commandments, though their decision is moot until the ACLU lawsuit is up.

Lucian Greaves summed up the importance of Satanism, and its deserved place alongside the capitol, eloquently:

“Medieval witch-hunts taught us to adopt presumption of innocence, secular law, and a more substantive burden of proof,” he said.

“Today, we are rightly offended by the notion of blasphemy laws and divine fiats. Acknowledging wrongful persecutions has helped shape the legal system that preserves the sovereignty of our skeptics, heretics, and the misunderstood. It has shaped a proud culture of tolerance and free inquiry. This is to be a historical marker commemorating the scapegoats, the marginalized, the demonized minority, and the unjustly outcast.”

What do you think of the Satanist statue?


The Most Photorealistic iPad Painting Ever Created? — VIDEO

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Watch British artist Kyle Lambert's creation as it comes to life and be amazed.

Lambert made it with the Procreate app, the NYDN reports:

Some have called into question the image’s authenticity, skeptical that a portrait can be recreated with such stunning detail. Lambert has sent the file into the Procreate development team so that they can verify the entire painting was done from scratch, he said.

Lambert said he hopes his viral recreation will inspire a new generation of app artists that will see their tablets and phones as a blank canvas.

“Just with an iPad and the touch screen technology, you can do cool things,” Lambert said. “The more people that understand they can do that, the better.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Francis Bacon Triptych of Lucian Freud Sells for Record-Breaking $142 Million: VIDEO

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Francis Bacon's triptych 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' has sold for $142 million, the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction, the Guardian reports:

The 1969 triptych, never before offered at auction, had carried a pre-sale estimate of about $85m. In the end it easily eclipsed the $119.9m price of Edvard Munch's The Scream, achieved in May 2012 year at Sotheby's. The previous record for a Bacon work of art was $86.3m set in 2008.

The monumental painting depicts the Dublin-born painter's friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud on a chair, with a view from each side and one face-on. Christie's called it "a true masterpiece that marks Bacon and Freud's relationship" and their "creative and emotional kinship".

With bidding starting at a whopping $80m, it sold after a protracted bidding war both in the packed New York salesroom and via telephone. Christie's did not disclose the identity of the successful buyer.

Watch Christie's explain why the painting is so significant in a fascinating 4-minute featurette surrounding the sale, AFTER THE JUMP...

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