Desktop Wallpaper Project contributor Tavis Coburn participated in a show earlier this year called Sell Outs, featuring art that was only limited by the wall space they were given. So Tavis decided to re-imagine an old piece he created as two giant pieces that took up the space completely. These re-imagined pieces were created with a new technique that gives them an almost “watercolor-like wash effect”, which sounds pretty rad to me. The two pieces are each 40″ x 66″, making this one immense piece of art. They’re going for $1000 for the pair, which is quite a lot, but the images are absolutely beautiful, I’d LOVE to own these. To get some more info about the prints, click here.
My roommate Garrett just forwarded me this link and OMG is this some intense robot action! The video above features a robot called BigDog, which is a quadruped robot that has legs which are articulated like an animal’s, sort of like a big, robotic deer. The thing is a technologic masterpiece, featuring advanced control systems that allow it to navigate, balance, sense things like joint position and force, and even monitors internal states like teperature, rpm, and battery charge. This thing is the real deal.
I think this thing is damn creepy, in all honesty. Like the fact that it uses a diesel engine means it makes that intense buzzing sound, which if I were out in the woods alone and I heard that, I’d shit myself. It’s also pretty creepy because there’s nothing it can’t do. I mean, the dude in the video KICKS IT AND IT DOESN’T FALL! As we were watching the video my roommate suggested that he would kick it… obviously that isn’t an option. I’m also pretty sure when they say that it runs on “diesel” they mean “human innards.”
If you’d like some more info check out the Boston Dynamics website, it’s pretty rad and they have a few more robots to check out as well.
Happy Wednesday everyone! I can’t believe the week is already at it’s halfway point! Since I like to mix things up here on the DWP, I’ve decided to go with an extremely lo-fi approach this week. I was also partially influenced by seeing this week’s artist at Simpleasures in all of his bearded glory. This week I’m proud to announce Mr. Travis Millard, one of my absolute favorite artists and the genius behind Fudge Factory Comics. Ever since I first came across Travis’ work I’ve been pretty obsessed, with all the face ripping, fist fights, and all the gritty details in-between.
This weeks wallpaper is actually taken from a tiny piece that Travis did, it’s maybe 3″ x 4″, but I love it because now you can see all those tiny details. To me this wallpaper totally looks like a big, menacing fart cloud, and who wouldn’t want one of these as their work background? Just tell your co-workers that if they keep bothering you that you’ll this thing will mess their day up.
Up until a few days ago I had no idea that there are (theoretically) ten dimensions to our universe. We’re all pretty familiar with 2D and 3D, but anything beyond that is pretty crazy. But the video above goes into depth about all these dimensions and how they all exist, and as intense that sounds, the narrator explains it in a pretty straightforward manner.
I wasn’t actually going to post this, but I was talking to a friend last night about a drug related experience he had, and it totally sounded like he was seeing/feeling things in the 4th dimension. It also reminds me of Donnie Darko and the clear jello slug that leaves his chest. I think the video is pretty interesting, so if you’re into theoretical science-y kind of things check it out. You can also get a ton more information by clicking here.
This weekend I did manage to make it out to the aforementioned Simpleasures show, though sadly I’m still not quite the rich man I’d love to be, so I was good and didn’t buy anything. But I did make sure to check in on some of the artists like Liam Devowski, who’s a part of a new art collective called NEON GRAY. The group is bi-coastal-ish, wwith Liam in San Francisco and the rest of the crew, Benjamin Domanico, Joyce Kim, and Samel Ortiz-Payero, all living in Baltimore, Maryland.
Together they have a pretty slick portfolio of work, ranging from zines, to typography, to apparel, to the images you see above, basically a mediation on how awesome California is. The images were inspired by the classic book of the same name, and features digital photos “of the ever-changing landscape that is the California coast.” I think they capture the diversity of California pretty damn well, and certainly make me proud to be a Californian!