Sponsor // Keeping Current with the Past: Scott Campbell and Chances with Wolves

In this latest video from The Avante/Garde Diaries, DJs Justin Cox, aka Kray, and Kenan Juska of Chances With Wolves discuss their self-described curatorial process of scouring thousands of R&B records virtually lost to history to discover some of the most obscure, strange, and ultimately wonderful tracks that are then played only a single time in their storefront studio at East Village Radio in New York. Cox and Juska are joined by artist Scott Campbell, proprietor of Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn, who is famous for his laser-cut artworks made from thick stacks of U.S. currency sheets. Definitely worth a watch and listen.Sponsor // Keeping Current with the Past: Scott Campbell and Chances with Wolves sponsor

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Jasper Doest / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Larry Lynch / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Richard Peters / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Sergey Gorshkov / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Cristóbal Serrano / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Anna Henly / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Kim Wolhuter / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year nature animals Adam Gibbs / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

The winners of the 48th annual Veolia Environmental Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition were announced on October 17th featuring 100 incredible photos selected from 48,000 entries originating from 98 countries, with top prize claimed by Paul Nicklen for his bubbly capture of emperor penguins. Here are ten of my favorites and you can see all of the winners in person at the Natural History Museum in London through March 2013. A full gallery is also available online. (via flavorwire)

Diego Stocco Builds an Entire Orchestra of Modified Instruments

Diego Stocco Builds an Entire Orchestra of Modified Instruments music instruments

Diego Stocco Builds an Entire Orchestra of Modified Instruments music instruments

Musician and sound artist Diego Stocco (previously here and here) is known for his unique multi-track music videos that combine sounds sampled from common objects and modified instruments. In his latest video Custom Built Orchestra Stocco endeavored to create nearly a dozen custom instruments, some completely from scratch and others from instruments he acquired with structural defects that he then altered to create new musical devices. The result is pretty amazing. See the full details of the project over on Behance.

Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make: The Unbelievably Intricate Cardboard Sculptures of Daniel Agdag

Sets for a Film Ill Never Make: The Unbelievably Intricate Cardboard Sculptures of Daniel Agdag sculpture paper cardboard

Sets for a Film Ill Never Make: The Unbelievably Intricate Cardboard Sculptures of Daniel Agdag sculpture paper cardboard

Sets for a Film Ill Never Make: The Unbelievably Intricate Cardboard Sculptures of Daniel Agdag sculpture paper cardboard

Sets for a Film Ill Never Make: The Unbelievably Intricate Cardboard Sculptures of Daniel Agdag sculpture paper cardboard

Sets for a Film Ill Never Make: The Unbelievably Intricate Cardboard Sculptures of Daniel Agdag sculpture paper cardboard

Sets for a Film Ill Never Make: The Unbelievably Intricate Cardboard Sculptures of Daniel Agdag sculpture paper cardboard

Sets for a Film Ill Never Make: The Unbelievably Intricate Cardboard Sculptures of Daniel Agdag sculpture paper cardboard

Sets for a Film Ill Never Make: The Unbelievably Intricate Cardboard Sculptures of Daniel Agdag sculpture paper cardboard

If you ask Melbourne-based artist Daniel Agdag what he does, he’ll tell you that he makes things out of cardboard. However this statement hardly captures the absurd complexity and detail of his boxboard and PVA glue sculptures that push the limits of the medium. Agdag is an award-winning creator of stop-motion films and this new series of work, Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make, feature a number of his structural experiments which he refers to simply as “sketching with cardboard”. Miraculously, each work is created without detailed plans or drawings and are almost wholly improvised as he works. You can see these latest sculptures at Off the Kerb Gallery starting October 26, 2012 in Melbourne’s inner north suburb of Collingwood.

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

The Distorted Street Faces of Andre Muniz Gonzaga street art faces Brazil

Since 1997 Brazilian artist Andre Muniz Gonzaga has been turning haphazard, porous, or cracked surfaces into bizarre, misshapen faces in his unique style of street art portraiture. His site-specific paintings have appeared around the world this year in places like Senegal, Portugal, Berlin, Amsterdam and of course his native Brazil, and he’s also known for much more elaborate and polished graffiti murals. You can see much more of his work over on Flickr, and if you liked this also check out the work of Nomerz. (via hi-fructose)

Creature Cups: A Wildlife Surprise in your Coffee Cup

Creature Cups: A Wildlife Surprise in your Coffee Cup  tea home cups coffee ceramics

Creature Cups: A Wildlife Surprise in your Coffee Cup  tea home cups coffee ceramics

Creature Cups: A Wildlife Surprise in your Coffee Cup  tea home cups coffee ceramics

Creature Cups: A Wildlife Surprise in your Coffee Cup  tea home cups coffee ceramics

I love these ceramic creature cups by design group Yumi-Yumi out of Brookyln. At the base of each mug rests an animal that’s slowly revealed as you consume your tasty beverage. Good to the last dripping octopus. (via etsy)

Tiny Illustrations Drawn Inside Matchbooks by Jason D’Aquino

Tiny Illustrations Drawn Inside Matchbooks by Jason DAquino matches drawing

Tiny Illustrations Drawn Inside Matchbooks by Jason DAquino matches drawing

Tiny Illustrations Drawn Inside Matchbooks by Jason DAquino matches drawing

Tiny Illustrations Drawn Inside Matchbooks by Jason DAquino matches drawing

Tiny Illustrations Drawn Inside Matchbooks by Jason DAquino matches drawing

Tiny Illustrations Drawn Inside Matchbooks by Jason DAquino matches drawing

Tiny Illustrations Drawn Inside Matchbooks by Jason DAquino matches drawing

Artist and illustrator Jason D’Aquino draws incredibly small illustrations inside of matchbooks. His muse is frequently pop culture itself, with numerous references to horror films, famous artworks, pulp fiction magazine covers, and even human anatomy. If you happen to be in New Orleans D’Aquino has work available at the Shop in the French quarter, and he’ll also have work at Art Basel Miami through Red Truck Gallery. (via juxtapoz)

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The Hilarious Costumes of a Dog Named Trotter, Photos by Sonya Yu dogs

The bar for fine art photographs of dogs in goofy costumes was set quite high in the 70s and 80s by photographer William Wegman and his Weimaraner companions Man Ray and Fay Ray, and while I suspect 20% of the entire industry of the internet is spent sharing adorable pet photos, it’s rare to see a single animal transcend the rest. Some worthy contenders recently have been Theron Humphrey and his dog Maddie, and also Seth Casteel’s underwater dogs. But a new pup has thrown down the gauntlet and her name is Trotter, a one-year-old French Bulldog lovingly captured by her owner, San Francisco photographer Sonya Yu who bills herself as a Professional Food Pornographer. You can follow Trotter’s dressy exploits on Yu’s Instagram feed but also check out her personal work which is outstanding. (via the fluffington post, which apparently, is a thing)

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