Portraits Inside Portraits Send a Message About Celebrity Culture.

Syaiful A. Rachman, an Indonesian artist, created a series of celebrity images. These pictures are instantly recognizable by their subjects, with the images  becoming timeless in their own right. Think of the Abbey Road album cover, the publicity still of Bruce Lee in his white tank top, and others like them. Celebrity-themed art is nothing new, but Rachman’s twist on a traditional portrait provides a refreshing approach. 

The paintings show the faces of celebrities when viewed from afar. Upon closer inspection, you can see that Rachman painted them using hundreds of tiny human figures. The positions and clothing of the figures form the larger portrait. It takes a lot of work to do a straightforward portrait, but imagine the work in creating each one of those tiny people!

A detail shows the individual figures that make up the larger portrait.

The concept of these paintings invoke the idea that the average person—faceless, unseen and small—is ultimately responsible for others becoming iconic figures. Without popular support, celebrities would be nobodies like everyone else.

“Amid our glorification and idolatry of the sought-after crowd, it is easy to forget that it is the power of our favor that holds them aloft,” Rachman explains. It’s also part of a larger concept in his work, dealing with “mass culture” and what that entails. Despite the apparent facelessness of fans, each fan is an individual, and Rachman’s work reminds us that mass culture is “in fact much more profound and complex than we might think.”

All images via Syaiful A. Rachman

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At First, You Would Have No Idea Why This Girl Has Thousands Of Chopsticks. Then Step Back…

Hong Yi started out as a simple artist with a YouTube channel. Hong Yi, known as Red to most, likes to paint. However, she doesn’t like to paint with a paintbrush. Instead, Red finds different ways to create her beautiful artwork. In one of her first paintings, she used a basketball to create the image. Now, she is using something else to create an incredible portrait (for someone you’ll recognize).

This is Hong Yi, known as “Red.”

Red is both an artist and an architect.

Jackie Chan’s art director contacted her, hoping to commission her to make something for Jackie’s 60th birthday.

She decided to make a portrait…

But it was unlike any you have ever seen before.

It was made entirely out of chopsticks.

Jackie had always been supportive of her work.

He saw her other portraits using unique mediums, like socks or coffee rings, and was entranced.

So, Red was hired to create his 60th birthday portrait.

She spent a month collecting 64,000 chopsticks, in Zhejiang and in Beijing

She tied the chopsticks into different bundle sizes with strings. Then, she hung them all from a steel frame.

Red presented the finished portrait at his birthday concert, in front of 10,000. And to think, she just started out with a YouTube channel, posting her work.

“It wasn’t easy to choose the material for Jackie’s piece. He is a world famous actor, an exceptional martial arts fighter, an environmentalist, and one of the most well-known faces internationally! I finally decided on chopsticks because Jackie had used them in some of the fighting scenes in his movies the Fearless Hyena and Karate Kid, and because chopsticks are Chinese. As he is also an environmentalist, I used disposable bamboo chopsticks to show that discarded materials can be reused and made into something meaningful and beautiful. This art installation is a tribute to the life, art and cultural significance of Jackie Chan.” -Red Source: Oh I See Red!

The final result of her labors is art, but the Red’s true artwork is how she creates her pieces. She is truly a creative genius, share her unique methods by clicking the button below.

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What One Guy Is Doing To Money Is Technically Illegal, But I LOVE IT.

Don’t lie, we’ve all doodled on money before even though we’re not supposed to. However, those doodles pale in comparison to the money art created by James Charles.

In his latest series American Iconomics, Charles’ canvass is real U.S. money where he transforms the historical figures on our money into pop culture icons. His work is seriously creative, just wait until you see #17.

I’d love to actually have a $5 bill like that. 

1.) Jimi Hendrix.

2.) Yoda from Star Wars.

3.) Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies.

4.) Hugh Heffner.

5.) Johnny Cash.

6.) Old Captain America.

7.) Justin Bieber.

8.) Bob Ross.

9.) Clint Eastwood.

10.) Colonel Sanders.

11.) The four members of the rock band Kiss.

12.) Ronald McDonald.

13.) Face Hugger from the movie Alien.

14.) Vincent Van Gogh.

15.) Andy Warhol.

16.) Dog the Bounty Hunter.

17.) Spock from Star Trek.

18.) Princess Leia from Star Wars.

19.) Regan MacNeil from the Exorcist.

20.) Jules Winnfield from the movie Pulp Fiction.

21.) Sarah Palin.

22.) Mad Magazine.

23.) Mr. T.

24.) Albert Einstein.

25.) Willy Wonka.

26.) Salvador Dali.

27.) The Scare Crow from The Wizard Of Oz.

(Via: The Roosevelts)

If this currency was actually real, I’d never spend any of it. They’re all too awesome! Check out more from James Charles’ American Iconomics series here

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Can You Identify These 15 Famous Pop Culture Characters By Their Eyes?

Artist Jason Edmiston is devoting his next showcase entirely to paintings of the eyes of famous fictional characters, some of which are easy to pin down, while others are a little trickier.

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Austin, Texas’ collectible boutique Mondo has made itself the destination for a rarefied kind of geeky art and accessories, like Gremlins-themed knit sweaters and the Cannibal Holocaust soundtrack on vinyl. While Mondo is most famous for the limited edition posters that sell out in seconds after their availability is announced on Twitter, the gallery has since expanded into fine art and has been home to solo showcases from illustrators and designers, as well as themed group shows inspired by Batman and Disney.

But Mondo’s upcoming “Eyes Without A Face” show, featuring the work of artist Jason Edmiston, doesn’t have a theme so much as a set of parameters. It’ll consist of around 150 paintings of distinctive eyes, belonging to famous pop culture figures. “I’d say 75% are movies — that’s the most visually interesting — but I’ve got television, video games, people in the news, cartoons, comic books, and toys,” Edmiston told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. The paintings all have the same 3:1 aspect ratio — inspired by a glimpse of Edmiston’s own eyes in a rear-view mirror– and they’re also all to scale. “I’ve got tiny characters that are a half-inch wide all the way up to a seven-and-a-half foot wide painting. It’s quite a range,” he said.

“Eyes Without A Face,” which will run at Mondo from Mar. 13 through Apr. 4, was born in part out of Edmiston’s desire to create a show of original artwork that would be more accessible to people who don’t have several thousand dollars to drop on one painting. But he’s also created a test of people’s pop culture knowledge: None of the works in Edmiston’s “portrait experiment” will be identified by the character or by the property they’re from. And while most should be familiar, there are a few that might prove tricky. “I think that’s a big part of the fun of the show,” the artist said.

The images below are of paintings that will appear in “Eyes Without A Face,” the first 11 of which are exclusive to BuzzFeed News.

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Need some help? Here’s the answer key:

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We Love Movies, But Most Movie Posters Are Lame. This Artist Is On A Mission To Change That.

We recently featured a lot of artists who work to cleverly redesign movie posters. However, they all pale in comparison to Jaemy Choong.

Choong is a Malaysia-based designer who mashes-up official movie posters with the real world. The results are a whole new level of quirky. Just wait until you see his take on The 40-Year-Old Virgin. It’s pure genius. 

1.) Alice in Wonderland (2010).

2.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).

3.) The Shining.

4.) The Silence of the Lambs.

5.) 007: Skyfall.

6.) Jennifer’s Body.

7.) Tron: Legacy.

8.) Scream.

9.) Freddy vs. Jason.

10.) Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

11.) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

12.) The Crazy Ones.

13.) Captain America: The First Avenger.

14.) House of Wax (2005).

15.) E.T.

16.) Guardians of the Galaxy.

17.) Edward Scissorhands.

18.) Mrs. Doubtfire.

19.) The Simpsons Movie.

20.) The 40 Year-Old Virgin.

21.) The Terminator.

22.) Pacific Rim.

23.) Transformers.

24.) Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

25.) The Love Guru.

26.) Starship Troopers.

Via: Design Taxi

Who would have thought to mash-up E.T. with Darth Vader? Simply brilliant. For more amazingly quirky movie poster reinterpretations, make sure to follow Jaemy Choong on Instagram.

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Celebrities Try Their Hands At Art. The Results Are…Well, They’re Something.

They say art is in the eye of the beholder, and that creativity shouldn’t be bounded by criticism. They also say that the Tooth Fairy is real. (Oh, that’s mean.) Everyone has the right to express themselves and do the things they like, but sometimes liking something isn’t enough to put you in the ranks of the greats. Even if you’re famous.

Famous people–actors, singers, etc.–can usually be found, at some point in their careers, trying their hands at new things. They don’t have to worry about losing money on the endeavor, and their names are already well-known, so rising out of obscurity isn’t an issue either. Talent, though, is not always something that can translate from one area to another. Remember Eddie Murphy’s singing career? Neither do we. 

So we present to you some famous people you know and possibly love, and their forays into the world of visual arts. Bless them, they’re trying, and they definitely all get gold stars for effort, and with practice, everyone can improve. I’ll never tell someone to stop making art if that’s what they like, but at the same time, a famous name shouldn’t hold more value in breaking into the art world when there are unknowns with more, ahem, finesse out there. Let’s take a look. 

1.) Sylvester Stallone

“I think I’m a much better actor than painter,” he famously said. And everyone really had to think about that because let’s be real, it’s a hard call. Sly’s been painting for over 30 years, and he’s inexplicably popular in Russia. It looks like he’s going for a Willem de Kooning, abstract-expressionist thing, and a lot of his work consists, perhaps unsurprisingly, of self-portraits, including one of himself in his famous role as Rocky Balboa, although much of his work comes out looking like the way he talks. His strongest pieces are the ones with less color and more restraint, but “restraint” and “Sylvester Stallone” are not known for occurring in the same place.

2.) Miley Cyrus

Oh Miley. In her words, these “sculptures” came about because “I just sit around and smoke weed anyway, so I might as well sit around, smoke weed, and do something.” The pop star, known best for her ever-protruding tongue, decided to create these collage sculptures out of bright toys, hair extensions and everyday items including drugs. She said in an interview that creating these is therapeutic, and that the objects chosen and compiled are metaphorical for her life. She also says that this is her attempt to be seen as something other than a “pop star dumbass.” This collection, entitled “Dirty Hippie” and being shown in NYC, is her first foray into the visual art world, and while that’s fairly obvious, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I can actually see some potential, at least conceptually. Some of them incorporate functioning iPods and cameras, and she’s developing a visual theme of headwear like masks and hats. We all did stuff like this in college trying to be deep, right? Maybe with some guidance, she’ll tone down the distracting color and make more streamlined, cohesive pieces. She’s also figured out that doing lots of drugs is not the way to making better art. She even says herself that they became “much weirder when I started doing it while I was sober.”

3.) Paul McCartney

Ringo is the Beatle best known for his, um, artistic endeavors, but let’s talk about Paul for a minute. I’ve seen a number or disturbing art pieces in my time, but this is actually giving me the creeps. It’s called “Bowie Spewing.” “Spewing” is apt. Is the face melting? Bleeding? What is happening? Are its eyes gouged out? I’m not sure what McCartney is going for with his paintings. The Liverpool Museum, where McCartney exhibited in 2002, calls his style “intuitive,” which is a nice diplomatic term that can mean anything. His collection of distorted, seemingly dripping faces are bizarrely reminiscent of Michael Hussar’s work. Maybe the art is effective if its intent is to frighten, but much of it, stylistically, is extremely derivative.

4.) George W. Bush

The paintings of the 43rd president have garnered a strange cult following, half-ironic, in the past few years. Bush turned to painting in his retirement; he’s clearly a beginner, and that’s okay. There’s some actual ability visible in the grapes, though, which appear to be painted from life, unlike the deformed dogs. If Bush weren’t a well-known and controversial figure, I highly doubt his work would be getting the recognition it does. In fact, the images were unleashed on the world by a hacker called “Guccifer,” so they may not have ever been intended to be made public. If that’s the case, the joke’s on us. Especially when you consider those uncomfortably personal bathtub self-portraits.

5.) Rosie O’Donnell

View host Rosie O’Donnell opened a show in 2007 called “Solace,” with paintings about her reaction to 9/11. Attaching a national tragedy to art, though, doesn’t make it good. O’Donnell shows some potential with her ragey, energetic images, but, as with the one pictured above, they hit a trying-too-hard note and the heavy inclusion of text doesn’t help. We hope she’s reined it in a little in the past 7 years.

6.) Shia LeBeouf

Performance art is always a questionable choice. Even if you’re an actor. LeBeouf has been making the tabloid rounds in the recent past for some erratic behavior that’s had people calling his mental health into question. This behavior seemed to be set off last year, when LeBeouf was accused of plagiarizing a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes in one of his short films. He apologized, but it turns out his apology was also plagiarized. Was it all one big performance, or did the original accusation set off a spiral of weirdness? We may never know. What we do know, however, is that he showed up to a film premiere with a paper bag on his head reading “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE,” and later, an almost Marina Abramović-like performance called #IAMSORRY where he sat in a small room with artifacts from his films and a bowl of printed angry tweets about the plagiarism, while he sat with the famous bag over his head, crying. So…what exactly is this? Is it an overwrought attempt at art? Or is it a stunt? Whatever it is, it’s making me really uncomfortable.

7.) James Franco

In case you weren’t sick of James Franco already, this should be the final nail in the wanna-be Renaissance man’s coffin. Sure, he was endearing in Pineapple Express and he’s a good actor. But the poetry and the visual art (not to mention the careless Instagramming)? Not so much. In an exhibit that the Pace Gallery, Franco decided it would be a good idea to recreate Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills.” You might not be into Sherman’s work, but you can’t deny that they’re better than this. For one thing, Sherman’s work was based on her ever-changing appearance, but Franco, despite the women’s clothing, won’t lose the beard, which makes the pieces come off even more arrogant and self-serving. You could argue that it’s a really meta piece on celebrity narcissism and desperation, and maybe it is, but I’m not sure it’s intentional. New York Times critic Roberta Smith summed it up nicely when she said she wished “someone or something would make him stop.”

8.) Pierce Brosnan

His abstracted landscapes are the strongest pieces in his collection, while his portraiture, um, isn’t. His bold use of color is commendable, but his style is a strange, often jarring mixture of periods and themes that results in a childish-looking jumble of colors with no real composition. And text is not your friend. Brosnan might be the only one on this list who actually has formal training in art–commercial art, specifically, which gives his work a graphic edge, which is why his work, though vibrant in terms of color, can read as slick and superficial, like an advertisement. For Brosnan, the hurdle here is merging his commercial training with the more personal subject matter. To his credit, though, all proceeds from his art sales go to charity.

9.) Jane Seymour

Best known for her role in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Jane Seymour now offers an instructional painting kit so people can replicate her style. Frankly, I don’t think her style is the issue. Her Impressionist approach is a loose, easy style that’s actually perfect for beginners, and can be built upon for more advanced painters. Her technique is somewhat rudimentary, and some paintings are technically better than others. Her subject matter, though, remains in the realm of the bland with a lot of “home-decor” themes. There’s not anything wrong with that, though, and Seymour’s work, compared to a lot of other pieces here, is refreshing in its lack of pretentiousness; she seems to know exactly what niche her art fills. I would argue that she and Pierce Brosnan are the best of this bunch.

So what do we think of these artistic endeavors? Do they have a place in art history, or do you need to go look at pictures of kittens to forget them? Do they have potential, or should these celebs stick to their day jobs? How should art even be judged?

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This Balloon Artist Takes His Job Very Seriously. The Results Are Awesome.

When you think of the phrase “balloon artist,” you probably see images of puffy poodles, silly swords or maybe a funny hat. But this guy has given the children’s party staple has been a mind-popping upgrade.

Jason Seconda is the owner of Airheads Entertainment where he pushes the boundaries of what you thought balloons were capable of. I just hope he’s not blowing all of these up by himself. I never thought I could be this impressed by balloons.

This is just wild.

The 40th anniversary is now the balloon year.

I’d like to try this on for size.

I hope this princess didn’t pop!

These are the scariest balloons I’ve ever seen.

Lookin’ good, gramps.

“Kiss me, I’m a balloon!”

Special delivery!

(via Twisted Sifter.)

You can find out how to book the Pennsylvania-based balloon guru for your next shindig on the company’s Facebook

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Everyone Has Watched Dominoes Fall Before… But This? I’m Totally Mesmerized.

I used to love the “idea” of dominoes. I’d set up a handful, and watch them magically knock each other down, succumbing the gravity. I even liked to do little tricks, whether trying to go down some stairs, or land one on my sleeping dog 😉 But I lacked the patience to make them bigger, and better. And I especially couldn’t convince my parents to buy hundreds of them. So when I saw what this guy did with not hundreds, but tens of thousands of dominoes, you can imagine how I felt. “He lived my dream!” Oh well, he truly is “king of the dominoes!”

A YouTuber named Hevesh5, a professional domino artist and aspiring filmmaker, designs and builds intricate domino setups and chain reactions for your entertainment and for commercial projects.

He started building dominoes in 2009, and owns over 32,000 dominoes. Today, he creates tons of domino videos for our entertainment.

Check out the full video below:

If that doesn’t amaze, or even hypnotize you, I don’t know what will. Now where’s the nearest toy store… it’s time to bother the dog again 🙂 Source: YouTube Share with others below if you want them to enjoy as much as you did!

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