General Art

Build an Art Machine for the SciFri Science Club!

Build an Art Machine for the SciFri Science Club!

The public radio program Science Friday recently announced an awesome new feature: Science Club! Inspired by a book club, where everyone reads the same book and then comes together to discuss, the Science Club asks everyone to go away and do the same science project and share the results with the community. I love this idea, and for Mad Art Labbers and lovers, it only gets better: The inaugural pr... »

Girls, Girls, Girls is Awesome, Awesome, Awesome

Girls, Girls, Girls is Awesome, Awesome, Awesome

Hello Labbers! I don’t know if you knew this, but hair metal is one of my most favorite things. When I found out that Motley Crue had not one, but TWO all girl-covers bands, I sprung into action! Because hey, what’s the use of writing for an art blog if you can’t use it to talk to people who you think are really awesome? Without further ado, an interview with Girls, Girls, Girls!... »

A shadow on a brick wall with a window (photo: Beth Voigt)

Art Inquisition: Do you want to be alone?

Do artists need to be wild? Agonized? Tortured? Living fast and dying young? Starving? Substance-enhanced? In a recent By Heart series in the Atlantic, Danish writer Dorthe Nors posited that Ingmar Bergman, in his solitude and reclusiveness, had the right of it in his last few decades of life. Rather than living the wild artist’s cliche, his artistic discipline was committed to a routine tha... »

The Art Assignment

The Art Assignment

An exciting new YouTube channel launched today that I thought should be on your radar. It’s called The Art Assignment and is hosted by Sarah Urist Green and her husband John Green. Sarah has been active in the art world for quite some time; cutting her teeth at Columbia University before her most recent job curating at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. John is an active writer of Young Adult n... »

MAL-entine’s Day is coming!

I don’t want to alarm anyone but VALENTINE’S DAY IS THIS FRIDAY. If you don’t have all your proper v-day accoutrements and hoity-toitily overwrought micro-tapas gastro-chic reservations prepared already, you’re either SOL or you care about v-day just as much as I do (read: not a whit). However, if this is the sort of holiday on which you like to take an extra moment to make... »

lined notebook paper seen through a cut-out sheep drawing

What Color is Your Sheep?

Last night in our Growing Up Godless panel during FTBCon, I mentioned that I’d been to churchy-camp without even realizing it was churchy as a child. Apparently there was a nearby church holding summer “camps” with a running theme of the Chronicles of Narnia; if I remember correctly, each year they used a different book from the series. Being the sort of kid who would waddle up t... »

Cucking Follages: A 365 Project

Cucking Follages: A 365 Project

Ah, collage–the ancient art of gluing shit to other shit. To ring in the new year and get my creative juices flowing, I’ve decided to undertake a collage a day project. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: CUCKING FOLLAGES. The rules are simple: Must be a “complete” collage Cannot buy new materials for them–must use what is on hand If you miss a day, you have to ma... »

Community Beer Company Art & Booze Events

Community Beer Company Art & Booze Events

Portland, Oregon may be the paragon of craft beer, but the Dallas-Fort Worth area isn’t doing too shabby either. With at least 10 active craft breweries in the area (and more on the way!), it’s easy to find a brew to suit your needs and a brewery to drink it at. But every beer snob has their favorite, and mine is Community Beer Company. A bit of history for those of you who aren’... »

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