Psychedelic Man-Of-War by Aaron Ansarov
The Portugese Man-of-War is an static creature, its only mobility provided by the swaying tidal forces. When one gets washed up on the beach, its only hope is it to get washed back into the rolling waves, otherwise they’re dead. But sometimes they may get picked up by Aaron Ansarov (with rubber gloves of course since their sting hurts like a sumbitch), who takes them back to his studio and splats them down on a light table, illuminating their naturally translucent bodies which he then mirrors in Photoshop. The result kinda looks like a tripped-out kaleidoscope that just vomited out its own intestines (And to the concerned readers at home: Aaron always transports the creatures safely and returns them to the beach when they’re done seductively distending their tentacle-y appendages).
Paige Bradley created one of the most striking sculptures I’ve seen in recent times. Her masterpiece, entitled Expansion, is a beautiful woman seeking inner piece but fractured and bleeding with light. “From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: a social security number, a gender, a race, a profession,” says Bradley. “I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies?”
You oughta be terrified of growing old! It’s a motherfucker. What you’ve got to do is to just have no respect for it whatsoever. Cuss it a lot and kick and raise hell. Spit and scratch your ass and do all the things you can do when you’re an old guy. And don’t suck up and suck around when you’re an old guy. Fuck it. So you’re old, so what else is new?
A selection of images of Earth from space, taken by Landsat 5, which is set to be retired after 29 years.
Originally set to orbit Earth for three years, the satellite lived well beyond its intended means. But, a recently broken gyroscope has declared the end of the machine’s time in space.
It orbited Earth more than 150,000 times, capturing more than 2.5 million images of our world’s terrain. In honor of the mission’s end, here are a collection of Landsat 5’s best images of our planet. Landsat 7, which has been orbiting Earth since 1999, will remain overhead and Landsat 8 will be launched into space in February 2013. (x)