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First Mural Depicting Daily Mayan Life Revealed

Posted in Arts & Crafts, News with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Previous mural discoveries have usually shown the elite class, religious ceremonies, or battle depictions but archaeologist have discovered an ancient Mayan mural that highlights the daily happenings of common people. According to scientist, this is indeed a first.

The mural shows scenes involving everyday common tasks like going to the market and food preparation. Unlike other murals, showing the high class, this was on the exterior of a building for all to see. LINK!

(Image courtesy of National Geographic)

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Wonderfully Weird Balloon Art

Posted in Arts & Crafts, WTF?! with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

JasonHackenwerth<At first glance, you may think you’ve come across a photograph still from a science fiction movie filled with creatures from planets light years away but take a closer look and you are indeed looking at balloons painstakingly put together in beautiful way.

New York based artist Jason Hackenwerth has chosen the medium of balloons to show what he feels conveys the “combination of spirituality and sexuality.” But why use something so fragile as this thin plastic and not a more permanent form like stone?

“I’m filling them. The air inside is slipping out. It’s a great metaphor for our own lives.” The works sag with gravity over time, shrinking as they age, “a perfect combination of sadness and joy.”

Link via The Daily Mail

(Image courtesy of Jason Hackenwerth)

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New Art By David Lynch

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Movies, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

DavidLynchcollageDirector/author/producer will be showcasing new works of art if you’re in the Southern California area. It will include massive collages that are so non-linear, it’s obvious its a Lynch. (via The Daily Beast)

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE/INTERVIEW

CLICK HERE FOR A SLIDESHOW OF LYNCH’S NEW PIECES

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Festival Gets Creative With Flags Made Of Food

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink, International with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

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The Sydney International Food Festival takes place next month and as part of their media campaign they have released an array of photographs showcasing international flags made of food that is indigneous to that particular part of the world. For example in the picture above fresh basil, al dente pasta, and ripe cherry tomatoes are used to look like the Italian flag.

It’s a very cute and creative way to represent the food festival and the World Chef Showcase that will be spotlighted in Sydney as well. (via Huffington Post)

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL GALLERY

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Mark Menjivar’s You Are What You Eat Photography Series

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Is that a snake?! (Photo courtesy of Mark Menjivar)

Is that a snake?! (Photo courtesy of Mark Menjivar)

Photographer Mark Menjivar allows us to take a glimpse into typical American refrigerators and, in turn, take a look into their own personal lives.

You Are What You Eat is a series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the Untied States.

For three years I traveled around the country exploring the issue of hunger. The more time I spent speaking and listening to individual stories, the more I began to think about the foods we consume and the effects they have on us as individuals and communities. An intense curiosity and questions about stewardship led me to begin to make these unconventional portraits.”

The subjects come from all walks of life and a lot of the times that is reflected in their palates and the contents of their fridge. Some photos display bountiful meats and vegetables belonging to successful business owners while others show sparse interiors belonging to the struggling, or working poor, of society.

I think the photographer draws on something that people don’t think too much about, yet is very intimate. It almost feels voyeuristic like looking into someone’s bathroom cabinet (Ooh, that could be your next photo series Mr. Menjivar).

CLICK HERE FOR THE “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT” COLLECTION

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Pole Dancing Robots!

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Entertainment, Videos with tags , , , , , , on January 23, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

image courtesy of dailylife

image courtesy of dailylife

Artist Giles Walker has made my nightmares come true! Maybe it’s the creepy music accompanying lifeless robots as they slowly grind against a pole or mechanically bob their head to the beat.

Well, this isn’t as bad as my childhood fear of Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” video. I would run from the television set when that video, also involving robots and mannequins, would come on MTV.

Seriously, Walker’s robots are awesome. Check out HIS BIO HERE to find out where he gained his passion for sculpture.

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Discarded Chewing Gum As Art

Posted in Arts & Crafts, WTF?! with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2008 by TheDiversePurse


European artist Ben Wilson has taken to the streets literally and turned those ugly gobs of gum people spit out everyday and turned them into works of art.

Wilson can spend up to 10 hours hunched over heating, lacquering, and then finally painting these tiny “canvasses”. Link for the full gallery! (via The Daily Telegraph)

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