Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif street art Spain politics murals
On-Off (Katowice, Poland)

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif street art Spain politics murals
On-Off (Katowice, Poland)

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif street art Spain politics murals
Wikileaks (Valencia, Spain)

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif street art Spain politics murals
Ne travaillez jamais (Besancon, France)

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif street art Spain politics murals
Gentrification (Valencia, Spain)

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif street art Spain politics murals
HELP (Praghe / Czech Republic)

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif street art Spain politics murals
El rescate del euro (Niort, France)

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif street art Spain politics murals
The Enlightened Vandalism (Vila-real, Spain)

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif street art Spain politics murals
Lock (Montreal, Canada)

Spanish muralist and street artist Escif hails from Valencia, Spain but is actively globally with recent works popping up throughout Canada, Italy, and France. His use of subdued colors and simple lines helps the artist communicate his humorous and often direct commentary on capitalism, politics, the economy and other sensitive social issues. His work is much more about the message than style. In an interview with Unurth the artist shares:

Although sometimes is not easy to separate, I try to focus my work around concepts, not just shapes. I try to found my style like the consequences of my own ideas. I understand the painting as an exercise of reflection that can be shared with people. I’m not looking for decorative paintings, I try to wake up viewers minds.

Above is just a tiny fraction of Escif’s work over the last two years or so. You can see much more on his blog Street Against, on Facebook, or over on Flickr. (via arrested motion)

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Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas gifs animation

UK-based artist Mat Lucas works by day as a graphic designer and by night runs a Tumblr of experimental art called 89—A. Lucas tells me that many of his GIFs begin as a problem he’s facing while learning various graphics and video applications like Cinema4D, After Effects, and Photoshop. The byproduct of his experimentation are often ethereal geometric forms that pulsate, rotate and contract in various hypnotic patterns. Above are some of my favorite pieces but you can see much more here. If you liked this also check out the work of Matthew DiVito and Paolo Čerić.

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Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House

Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House seasons landscapes books

Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House seasons landscapes books

Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House seasons landscapes books

Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House seasons landscapes books

Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House seasons landscapes books

Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House seasons landscapes books

Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House seasons landscapes books

Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House seasons landscapes books

For his Behind a Little House Project Italian photographer Manuel Cosentino found an unsuspecting muse: a tiny nondescript house on an unexceptional hill. He returned to photograph the small building from the exact same location for nearly two years in order to capture the dramatic changes in weather and light that utterly changed the scenery just beyond the horizon. As part of a traveling exhibition the photos are mounted on a wall behind a book containing copies of a photo of the house against a white sky. Viewers are then invited to draw their own interpretation of what appears behind the little house. Via his artist statement:

The first photograph starts the series with a Big-Bang-like explosion and sets everything into motion, the last is a new beginning – it represents that piece of “carte blanche” that we are all given with our lives. By drawing in the book anyone is at the same time breathing life into it, keeping it alive page after page, and is also responsible for his or her contribution within a wider context.

The entire project is currently on view at Klompching Gallery in New York as part of their Annual Summer Show through August 10th. (via reddit)

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NASA Releases Photo of Earth Taken from the Dark Side of Saturn by the Cassini Spacecraft

NASA Releases Photo of Earth Taken from the Dark Side of Saturn by the Cassini Spacecraft space Saturn NASA Earth

NASA Releases Photo of Earth Taken from the Dark Side of Saturn by the Cassini Spacecraft space Saturn NASA Earth

Yesterday NASA published a new photograph taken on July 19, 2013, by a wide-angle camera on the Cassini spacecraft that shows a view of Earth from the dark side of Saturn. In the photo Earth is 898 million miles away and the moon appears as just a tiny protrusion off to the right (you might need to see it up close). According to NASA this is only the third time that Earth has ever been photographed from the outer solar system.

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Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler O’Leary as She Explores the U.S.

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

Drawn the Road Again: Inside the Travel Sketchbooks of Chandler OLeary as She Explores the U.S. watercolor travel illustration drawing

For the last several years artist and illustrator Chandler O’Leary has traveled extensively around the U.S., documenting her travels in several sketchbooks. But where some people might jot down a few brief ideas, perhaps a detailed sketch or two, Chandler instead turns each spread into a fully realized watercolor artwork complete with notes, diagrams, and other minutiae that helps capture the essence of each place she visits. A graduate of RISD, she is also the proprietor of Anagram Press in Tacoma, Washington. You can follow more of her travels via her blog, Drawn the Road Again. (via Metafilter)

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Modern Abstract City Maps

Modern Abstract City Maps Paris New York Milan maps London

Modern Abstract City Maps Paris New York Milan maps London

Modern Abstract City Maps Paris New York Milan maps London

Modern Abstract City Maps Paris New York Milan maps London

I’m really enjoying these abstract city maps by Jazzberry Blue (warning: audio). The cities you see above as well as Jerusalem and New Delhi are available as Giclée prints over on Etsy. (via unknown editors)

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The Pixel Painter: A 97-Year-Old Man Who Draws Using Microsoft Paint from Windows 95

The Pixel Painter: A 97 Year Old Man Who Draws Using Microsoft Paint from Windows 95 pointillism documentary

The Pixel Painter: A 97 Year Old Man Who Draws Using Microsoft Paint from Windows 95 pointillism documentary

The Pixel Painter: A 97 Year Old Man Who Draws Using Microsoft Paint from Windows 95 pointillism documentary

The Pixel Painter: A 97 Year Old Man Who Draws Using Microsoft Paint from Windows 95 pointillism documentary

Meet Hal Lasko, mostly known as Grandpa, a 97-year-old man who uses Microsoft Paint from Windows 95 to create artwork that has been described as “a collision of pointillism and 8-Bit art.” Lasko, who is legally blind, served in WWII drafting directional and weather maps for bombing raids and later worked as a typographer (back when everything is done by hand) for clients such as General Tire, Goodyear and The Cleveland Browns before retiring in the 1970s. Decades after his retirement his family introduced him to Microsoft Paint and he never looked back. Approaching a century in age, Lasko is now having his work shown for the first time in an art exhibition and also has prints for sale online.

Watch this touching documentary short directed by Josh Bogdan which tells how Lasko discovered an entire new artistic career well into his 80s. If you liked this, also learn about 73-year-old Tatsuo Horiuchi who paints exclusively using the shape tool in Microsoft Excel. (via Colossal Submissions)

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