Articles by J Hudson

J Hudson is a writer and organizer of events celebrating all things local, from art to music to sausage. He is the proprietor of Sausage Fest, a company devoted to celebrating the United State's rich heritage of ethnic and craft sausage making. www.ohiosausagefest.com
Art

Sculptor creates trippy statues from laminated wood

Paul Kaptein's latest sculptures are entitled, “and in the endless sounds there came a pause' and 'Every breath, a dying star.' The wood pieces depict two very different portraits of people. The first seems to be a disjointed Buddhist in the midst of a meditative disintegration and the second is a realistic portrait of a bearded man drilled full of holes. According to his website, Kaptein “uses laminated wood to create a dialogue between expansion and contraction; the panels slip and slide, creating their own holes which exasperate the gaps in the fabric of the universe." ...
Art

Bizarre fever dream inspires immersive gallery installation

Within Norwegian artist Per Kristian Nygård’s installation, 'Not Red But Green,' a manicured lawn flows into the NoPlace gallery. It is a surreal scene that blurs the lines between inside and outside. 'Not Red But Green' was inspired by a dream Nygaard had during a high fever while sick with the flu. During the dream, Nygaard found a lump on his body and imagined traveling across a crater of flesh and a hairy jungle. The grass covered hills in the installation came from the nightmare and create a confusing experience that makes the viewer question the ways society commoditizes nature. ...
Art

Artist embroiders amazingly realistic thread paintings

Cayce Zavaglia is an artist who has taken the old craft of embroidery to the level of high art. Zavaglia creates detailed, almost photorealistic portraits and calls them “thread paintings.” The thread paintings are small, typically eight-and-a-half by eleven inches. When viewed close up, they maintain their visual integrity. According to her artist statement, Zavaglia was trained as a painter, but "switched to embroidery 12 years ago in an attempt to establish a non-toxic studio." Her work focuses exclusively on portraits of friends, family, and fellow artists.  ...
Art

Participatory sculpture decorated with wads of colorful chewed gum

Artist Doug Coupland created his sculpture ‘Gumhead’ just so you could take the gum out of your mouth and stick it on his work. Coupland hopes to engage viewers in an otherwise act of vandalism to transform the original sculptural self-portrait into a participatory work of art. As people stuck their gum on the statue, the black sculpture was bejeweled with wads of every color. Then, as weather grew hot, the gum began to drip and ooze, transforming the work again. Finally, the sugar in the gum attracted bees and created yet another version of the work that literally buzzed.  ...
Creativity

3D printable parts turn your food into fun DIY toys

Unlike your mom, the design team at le FabShop wants you to play with your food. In fact, they just released a line of toy parts that you can download, print using a 3D printer, and attach to your favorite fruits and veggies. The toy parts transform eggplants, potatoes and carrots into submarines, cars and helicopters. The parts resemble wings, wheels, propellers, and other machine pieces that make your food into play things. The results look something like a cross between a transformer and Mr. Potato Head. The accessories called Open Toys are free to download and create using a 3D printer. ...
Art

Eerie paintings depict a futuristic world inhabited by robots

Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag has created a series of science fiction inspired paintings that show a world inhabited by both humans and machines. Those machines are robots that move around and cohabitate with humans in their daily lives. The paintings look like snapshots of present day society, but with the robots moving through the snowy yards and streets of suburbia, like sentinels watching us. The combination of large mobile robots beside children playing creates a sense of danger and elicits a fear of what might happen if machines continue to evolve with the help of humans. ...
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Photos capture cultural differences in childbirth

Brooklyn-based artist Alice Proujansky traveled the world photographing women giving birth for her new series 'Birth Culture.' Proujansky is fascinated with the ways diverse cultures approach birth. Her travels took her across the United States, and to countries like Nigeria and Mexico. Proujansky hopes her work will encourage a conversation on how to improve the birth process, noting that there were 287,000 maternal deaths worldwide in 2010, and that the United States has the highest infant mortality rate of any industrialized nation. ‘Birth Culture’ will be at the United Photo Industries in Brooklyn from November 6th to 28th.  ...
Creativity

Designers create their own fun alternative Google Doodles

Tumblr webpage 'No Doodles' was created as a collaborative project by numerous designers who had a common interest in designing Google Doodles. The group creates art that commemorates previously neglected special events on the Google homepage. Their animations highlight humorously insignificant events, different from the normal Google Doodles that honor major days in history. The No Doodle bloggers illustrate events such as the anniversary of a superhero in a comic book, the life of Michael Jackson or the birthdays of less famous but still interesting people like Cesar Millan, the Mexican American dog trainer and star of the television series Dog Whisperer. ...
Art

Weird creatures sculpted from assembled insect parts

Using the wings, legs, antlers, pincers and other body parts of insects Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze has created a series of tiny sculptures that look like fantastic animals from another realm. He calls his creations 'Fairies' and they do look like pixies from a fantasy tale in which humans and insects have merged into a new race. In addition to butterflies and beetles Laquieze also uses bones, twigs and seeds in his sculptures which are displayed on the heads of large pins. He has created similar, though larger works in the past using the bones of animals. Check out his other work here. ...
Creativity

8 funny photos of retro San Francisco postcards over their original vistas

Those postcards you see in gift shops while on vacation may seem cliché but they do their job. They capture the essential vistas of the city you’re visiting. Photographer Michael Raziano has proved this by taking a number of postcards from San Francisco and photographing them positioned over the hotspot they feature. His new images blend the card and real-life seamlessly. Raziano’s work shows that notwithstanding the postcards’ retro look and uneven font, they still endure as one of the best ways to communicate what’s great about a place like San Francisco. ...
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Stanley Kubrick’s stark but beautiful photos document 1940s NYC

In the 1940s, long before he became a renowned film director for movies like "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining," Stanley Kubrick was a photographer and a student at the City College New York. In fact, Kubrick was a photographer for Look Magazine and he recorded life in the United States’ largest city. Kubrick’s black-and-white photos capture street life and show off his keen eye for visual composition. It was while working for Look Magazine, that Kubrick became interested in the film program at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and switched careers. The photos are stark but beautiful, but then again, so are many of the films he made. ...
Art

New book features photographs of fingers covering the camera lens

For years, Erik Kessels, principal at the Dutch communications agency KesselsKramer, searched for photographs that have the photographer’s finger over the lens. Kessel then collected the photos as a chapter in his new book, 'In Almost Every Picture 13.' The photos in Kessels’ book include old black-and-white family portraits as well as contemporary colorized images, all with the photo’s subjects covered by the fingers of the photographers. No matter the decade or culture, we all seem to have the problem of taking photos with our fingers over the frame. Kessels’ book 'In Almost Every Picture 13' is available to buy here. ...
Art

A sausage link made of vinyl records critiques modern music industry

To paraphrase Mark Twain, two things that should never been seen getting made are laws and sausage. Stockholm-based artist David Rinman might add music to that list. Rinman has created an ironically funny sculpture being exhibited at the art gallery of Liljevalchs Konsthall in Stockholm, Sweden that hints that music and sausage aren’t far apart in their production process. Rinman’s sculpture shows a giant sausage in which vinyl records can be sliced off the end of the giant link. Though vinyl records are an old-fashioned media, this sculpture critiques modern music's trend of grinding up and extruding musical talents and tastes.  ...
Creativity

Comfortable round tent hangs from a tree like a coccoon

If you like to get outside and enjoy summer but don’t like to rough it in a tent, the 'Roomoon' by Rufus Martin may be for you. Created as a project at Bryanston School, this round tent is intended to hang from a tree, up off the ground. This unique strategy gives the tent the comfort of an enclosed hammock but with a great view of the nearby scenery. Made with a stainless steel frame, the moon-shaped tent collapses for easy carrying and packing. The tent has a pine wood floor, LED lighting and a pulley system to get it up in the tree. ...
Creativity

Sarcastic service removes logos from apparel and replaces them with abstract shapes

Have you ever seen a great t-shirt or hoodie that is ruined by the huge logo of a company you don’t really like? Well, there’s a new business that can help. It’s called “Logo Removal Service” and it does just what its name implies. It removes logos from t-shirts and other objects like umbrellas, automobiles and strollers. After removing the offending logo, the company then sarcastically replaces it with a piece of cloth in an abstract shape. According to the company’s website, there are no repeats and “every item will be different than the others” and in my opinion, art. ...
Art

Bizarre cartoons about life and death projected onto gravestones

The Ciudad Intervenida is a project that aims to reinvent iconic places in Mexico City through “animated interventions.” For example, ‘Pateon de Dolores’ is an animated short cartoon movie that was created by Mexico City animation collective Llama Rada. The animation was projected onto headstones in the Dolores Cemetery in Mexico City. The cartoon celebrates life and death in a lively and positive musical way, which is a sharp contrast to the somber surroundings of a cemetery. Check out animation video below! ...
Art

Realistic drawings beautify the back doors of dirty trucks

British artist Ben Long has created a series of drawings on the dirty rear doors of semi-trucks. Entitled ‘The Great Traveling Art Exhibit,' the venture aims to bring art to the public through these traveling “canvases.” Using his finger, Long sketches into the dirt on the trucks, rubbing away the filth and leaving art. Long draws subjects to which most people can relate, like pets, animal portraits and other humans. The project takes art out of the museums and into the streets where it can be seen by unsuspecting and surprised drivers turned art appreciators. ...
Digital

Mammoth Tetris game played on the side of a 29-floor skyscraper

At this year’s Philly Tech Week, a Drexel University professor Dr. Frank Lee created the world’s largest Tetris game using a 29 story skyscraper. Dr.Lee covered the building with Philips Color Kinetics LED lights on two sides which allowed two people to play at the same time. To play the game, players use joysticks connected to laptops that send signals over a 4G wireless hotspot to an Internet server. These control the blocks of light as they descend on the building’s facade. The result is a whole lot of Tetris fun on a massive scale. ...
Art

Wonderful animal portraits made on the painted human hand

Using only a human hand as a canvas, Milan-based artist Guido Daniele paints beautiful animals. Daniele works the positions of the fingers to create sometimes fantastic and sometimes realistic portraits of diverse species that are photorealistic in their detail. Using multiple models' hands, Danielle creates everything from butterflies, to clown fish to antelope. But Daniele doesn’t stop with real animals, some of his paintings are invented species that seem to inhabit a fantasy world. By using hands and creating real and imagined animals, Daniele bridges the gap between art, reality and fantasy.  ...
Creativity

Innovative kettle charges your mobile device via boiling water

If you’re into camping or even if you’re not, you may want to add this new kettle to your bag of gear. The KettleCharge from BioLite boils water for tea or coffee while it charges USB devices, like smartphones or tablets. The kettle uses boiling water to convert heat into energy, letting you charge your mobile devices. All you need is a heat source, like a stove or even burning wood, under the kettle to start the charging process. The kettle comes with a heat-resistant, flexible USB cord that allows you to charge devices safely away from the heat.  ...
Art

Old technology is used to create innovative portraits in public places

Artist Hsin-Chien Huang has created a moving installation entitled 'The Moment We Meet.' Huang uses split-flap displays to showcase a collection of faces that incorporate the different emotions and feelings expressed when people meet for the first time. A split-flap display is an electromechanical display device that presents changeable letters and numbers. They are typically used in public transport because they are timetable in airports or railway stations to show arrivals and departures. Each flap is controlled to create a new face made up of multiple expressions of different people. To see this kinetic art in motion check out the video below. ...
Creativity

8 nerve-racking GIFs of famous landmarks before and after an apocalypse

New Zealand-based artists John Walters and Peter Baustdaeter have created a series of digital photographs that depict what European historic landmarks would look like after a global disaster. The duo was inspired by the action-adventure survival horror video game "The Last of Us," which is set in an apocalyptic Earth. The GIFs depict landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, The Colosseum and Buckingham Palace in various states of rubble and deterioration after an unnamed global catastrophe. The animations are eerie, but if you like what you see, you can check out more of their work here. ...
Design

Hip new flipper design makes mermaids a reality

If you have ever fantasized about being, or at least seeing, a mermaid, well, your dreams are about to come true. Urban Outfitters and “professional freelance mermaid” Kazzie Mahina have collaborated to create a new product called MerFin flippers. These flipper(s) look just like a mermaid’s tail. They are made with recycled rubber and can be used for both fun and fitness. Best of all, these flippers are practical; they move you through the water, can be used in any aquatic setting and come with matching tights and swimsuit. Check out the video below.  ...
Creativity

Comedy troupe sets up a spa on a NYC subway platform

Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents. The group pulled off its latest stunt on a New York City subway platform, setting up a spa, complete with water, towels, hot stone massages and a “steam room.” Performers wore robes and towels as they enjoyed the spa services. Some commuters even joined in and used the complimentary water, asked for hot stone massages and to relax in the “sauna.” ...
Art

Strange life-size portrait drawn with a machine using the artist’s own blood

Brooklyn-based artist Ted Lawson has created a slightly disturbing self-portrait using his own blood. The likeness was made using a computer programed CNC (computer numerical control) machine which slowly printed the image of Lawson's nude body. He connected an IV tube directly from a vein in his arm that fed blood as the "ink" as the CNC machine drew the picture. Lawson's portrait, two other "blood drawings" and additional sculptures, will be exhibited at the Joseph Gross Gallery beginning on September 11, 2014. If you can’t make it to the show, check out Lawson’s website.  ...
Architecture

New Lucasfilm headquaters designed like Star Wars sandcrawler

Andrew Bromberg of architecture firm Aedas has designed the new headquarters of Lucasfilm in Singapore to look like a Sandcrawler from the original Star Wars movies. The structure has a raised roof, floor-to-ceiling windows, a chic, modern interior and a primarily metal exterior that evokes a sci-fi feel. But the building is not just for show. It has a courtyard and a futuristic private theater for the employees. “The desire to allow for increased social interaction was the most rewarding part of the project,” Bromberg, said. The structure is also HQ for The Walt Disney Company and ESPN Asia Pacific. ...
Creativity

This average looking carpet morphs into a hidden coffee table

Inspired by an accidentally upturned corner on a rug, designer Alessandro Isola has created the 'Stumble Upon,' a carpet that doubles as a coffee table. The top side of this groundbreaking product looks like a normal fiber carpet, but when one of the corners is flipped over a hard surface is exposed that can be used as a tabletop. The ingenuity of this design is its elasticity. According to Isola the rug “can be configured and tessellate into multi-functional surfaces that suit the moment.” Translation: the user can decide the size and position of this extremely cool coffee table.  ...
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