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The Week In Art: Alcohol, Google Street View and Angelina's Leg


First Posted: 03/ 3/2012 9:28 am Updated: 03/ 3/2012 9:30 am

Hello again, dear readers! We hope your leap day week was as wonderful as ours. What was ours like, you ask? Keep reading and you'll find out...




As if alcohol didn't already offer so much to love... Researcher Michael Davidson found if you put it under a microscope the results are intoxicatingly beautiful! We have been assured that the images have not been retouched and the crystallized drinks on the microscope slides haven't been dyed, which we admit is a little unbelievable, considering the vivid colors of the images. It's all in the cross-polarized light microscope, which refracts light through the crystal, creating a mixture of gorgeous colors.




Talk about loving your country... In the dead heat of July in 1918, 18,000 officers and soldiers gathered in a strange formation: they assembled as Lady Liberty. The Fort Dodge Messenger reported that a number of men, who were unfortunately dressed in regulation wool uniforms, fainted as the temperature crept toward an unholy 105 degrees. Photographers Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas were at Camp Dodge to capture patriotic images in order to get support for the first World War.



What does sound look like? Martin Klimas provides a stunning hypothesis by making paint dance to the beat as he captures his splatter sculptures on camera. He carefully positions a transparent scrim on top of a speaker, and over that he puts globs of vibrant paint. He has "sculpted" everything from Miles David to Kraftwerk. Call him Jackson Pollock in 3-D.



Though it may not have gotten a trophy, the real winner at the Oscars on Sunday was Angie's leg. By now, most of you have heard about Angelina Jolie's awkward right leg thrust, which spawned a Twitter account with 35,000 viewers. Why did this pose happen? And more important, how many of you decided to Photoshop the leg into hundreds (if not thousands) of weird photos in a practice now known as "legbombing?" Experience the weirdness of the internet.




Jon Rafman hunts through Google Street View pictures and accesses notable, jarring moments. Some are a little strange, others border on the surreal. Rafman's works remind us we live in a strange and beautiful world.


Well, that was our week? What was the best part of your week, art-wise or otherwise? Let us know in the comments section.

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