Yummy: Deep-Fried Gadgets

You ever been so hungry you deep-fried your laptop? No? Well, that’s what Brooklyn-based New Zealand still life, art and fashion photographer Henry Hargreaves seems to have done, as you can see below. Inspired by an experiment in which electronic products were cooked and eaten (that experiment didn’t go very well), Hargreaves has deep-fried a whole assortment of gizmos, from MacBooks to iPods, iPads to headphones, and photographed them.

“I like to play with food and the juxtaposition of different worlds,” Hargreaves told the Huffington Post. “Also I see similarities between tech culture and fast food. Quickly devoured and then discarded.” But Hargreaves hasn’t used actual electronics for his pieces: they are in fact made of a material called ‘foamcore.’ Still, the pieces look magnificent, and perhaps a little tasty – anyone else hungry? [Read more…]

Liquid Flowers: Floral Figures of Falling Paint

Screw those regular old boring flowers you can see sticking out from the bottom of your front garden: these liquid flowers are much more interesting, and some would say even more gorgeous. Using a combination of high speed photography and painstakingly precise splashes of falling paint, Wisconsin-born artist Jake Long is able to capture these utterly stunning floral figures, some of which are even standing in pots (also constructed from fast-moving droplets of paint hurtling through the air).

The paint itself is made of water mixed with thickeners, pigments and dyes, and is used to construct leaves, stems, petals and pots. Long is tight-lipped about his exact methods of capturing these blooming marvelous liquid flowers, but he has stated that they take months of planning and testing until the final result is ready to be photographed. I think you’ll agree all those months have paid off in spectacular, jaw-dropping fashion. [Read more…]

The 15 Most Awesome Draw Something Drawings

Well, it was fun: Draw Something, an interactive mobile application that gained developers Omgpop a Flurry App Spotlight Award this year, took over the lives of our tech-savvy society for a couple short months and then, like so many App Store fads before it (I’m looking at you, Words with Friends), slowly but surely faded away.

The game was simple: pick a friend, pick a word, draw that word, send your drawing and hope its recipient is able to guess the answer. With few of us gifted with the abilities of Da Vinci, Monet or Picasso (okay, maybe Picasso), many users’ drawings were overly simplistic, crudely drawn stick-figure sketches, the kind of stuff a non-prodigious four-year-old scribbles with crayons at kindergarten.

But some artistic souls out there took full advantage of their Draw Something canvas, and crafted technological masterpieces on the touch-screens of their iPods and iPhones, all for the sake of three measly points (or sometimes just one or two). With the game’s popularity now having all but dried up, I think it’s time to take a look back at the best examples of drawings created in Draw Something’s history. Some of them are mighty impressive. But what’s your favourite? [Read more…]

25 Stunning Alternate Movie Posters

A semi-recent trend to pop up in the geek-ridden terrain of the internet movie blog is that of the alternate movie poster: basically, an amateurly produced piece of artwork intended to pose as marketing material for a full-length feature. Effectively kick-started by the sublime works of Austin-based company Mondo, the trend has ultimately stretched to the four corners of the earth, with movie-loving artists the world over designing and presenting their very own alternative posters to the ones displayed at one time or another inside a theatre near you.

Ranging from the clever to the ingenious, the simple to the intricate, the classic to the contemporary, and the funny to the utterly spell-binding, alternate movie posters really can prove that sometimes an amateur’s work can be better than a professional’s, as you shall see in the 25 stunning examples assembled below. [Read more…]

An Igloo of Books

Picture this. You’re an Eskimo (or an Inuit – is Eskimo offensive?). You’re in snowy Alaska and have become lost in the middle of nowhere. You’re on your own. It’s cold. You’re cold. You need shelter. So, you use the skills your misplaced tribe recently taught you and build an igloo. You enter the igloo. You’re not so cold anymore. But now you’re faced with another problem: you’re bored. What do you need to quench your boredom while you hopefully await rescuing? You need some books to read! But you don’t have any books on you, nor a Kindle. You’re in a (admittedly unlikely) rut, aren’t you?

Well, Miler Lagos may have solved your problem. The Colombia-based artist, whose exhibitions have been featured all over the globe, has created an igloo – or a dome – made entirely out of books. Handy, right? The installation, which is called Home and which opened in New York last year, was carefully assembled by Lagos, who painstakingly stacked each individual book (spine facing the interior) to create a self-sustaining dome. Whether or not you can actually remove any of the books to have a quick flick through them I’m unsure – the whole structure may topple down and crush you to death. Just in case, make sure you have a Kindle with you on your next venture into Alaska’s freezing wasteland. [Read more…]