Visual Art

Design Diaries – Lamentation Blades

Design Diaries – Lamentation Blades

One of the challenges of being a visual artist and blogger is that one rarely has time to blog because one is far too busy producing other art. In an attempt to make the two mix a bit better, I’ve started filming my building and then talking about them. Welcome to my first of, hopefully, many video design diaries Requests and recommendations are welcome. »

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’... »

Hi! I’m Lauren

Hi! I’m Lauren

Hey Madartlabbers! My name is Lauren and I’m one of the new kids around here. You might know me from my work with Skepticon or you might remember me from that one time I totally fought a T-Rex and won. I recently graduated from art school with my MFA (which stands for Mother Fuckin’ Awesome, by the way) and have been enlisted by the wonderful Surlyamy to rock your frickin’ socks ... »

Freakshow and Tell Posters

Freakshow and Tell Posters

A year or so ago, MAL’s Beth introduced our local skeptics group to Thom Britton and his show, Freakshow and Tell. That night during his show, he asked me to stand on his head while he was lying on a pile of broken glass. Not the absolute weirdest way I’ve ever spent a Friday night, but close. Thom is a mix of the Jim Rose Circus and Bill Nye. He performs a number of classic freakshow ... »

Chris Hadfield paper doll cut out and standing up with 4 others still on paper

Happy New Year from Mad Art Lab!

How are you spending the first day of 2014? I’m making things.   See more of our paper dolls here. »

Filthy Lucre – Why We Love Molly Crabapple

Filthy Lucre – Why We Love Molly Crabapple

The first time time I saw the artwork of Molly Crabapple was in 2008 at Ad Hoc Gallery in Brooklyn. Her artwork must have made an impression on me because all I can remember from that show is marveling at the detail in an allegorical circus scene of hers. I also wanted to cut new mats for her drawings because they were a little dinged up and I thought they deserved some classy, 8-ply goodness (I w... »

Mad Quickies 11.13

Mad Quickies 11.13

A Songwriter and an Astrophysicist See the Universe as a Beach Ball. Of course they do. This interactive Periodic Table makes my chemist heart happy. Friends, WHY MY CAT IS SAD makes me happy, especially when he has writer’s block. Using folk art to popularize science in India. Artists as citizen scientists is something I can get behind. This photo essay of cheese makers in Switzerland made ... »

An Introduction and Part I of The Iron Chariot

An Introduction and Part I of The Iron Chariot

I contemplated my first Mad Art Lab post for a while before putting it up. This is going to be the first in a series of posts centered around photography and the Secular Movement. Specifically, they are going to be posts about photos that I feel represent my experiences in the Movement and the stories that have come out of those experiences. This theme is gigantic. I don’t know how I am goin... »

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