By Noola Banks in New Art on Wednesday 25 March 2015
British artist Paul Hazelton uses the most unlikely material to create his incredibly intricate and beautiful works of art: household dust. Hazelton collects settled dust from not only his own house, but also the houses of his friends (he has also, supposedly, been sent dust by fans of his work) to make highly detailed, freestanding sculptures that explore themes and ideas such as money, value, history, myths and, of course, mortality.
Adopted by the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island seven years ago, Oscar the kitten grew up to become a reliable source of information as to which patient will soon pass away. He does this by curling beside these patients in their final hours. At the nursing home, Oscar paces from room to room and will then choose a patient to lie with.
It’s an intriguing art show all right, that’s what we can say of Boxes of Death, with 50 artists — from painters and graphic designers to motorcycle builders and tattoo artists — who, given their own coffin, wield full artistic control over what they want to do with it. Helmed by creative firm founder Patrick […]
Let’s get this out in the open shall we, there’s not use beating around the bush. The sorry fact is that, unless you’re an immortal jellyfish, you’re eventually going to die. But it’s not all bad! Once you get over the initial hump of accepting you’re inevitable doom there’s actually a funny side to death… […]
Animal lovers in New York can now rejoice and might even look forward to their deaths if they are so inclined because it won’t be a till-death-do-us-part situation for them and their beloved pets anymore. Starting in August this year, they can make their own arrangements to be buried with their deceased pets – upon their legal deaths of course – within the same pet cemetery.
Ludmila Steckelberg created a sombre series named The Absence of All Colors, which ‘creates a visual catalog of death’. She’s taken her old family photo albums and removed ‘the photographic imprints’ of the dead, leaving black silhouettes in their place. ‘Here, the living are left entirely alone, trapped within a space that once seemed full […]
The gateway to salvation, if you’ve been looking for it, is in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, in the holy city of Varanasi. Dying here, according to Hindu belief, is supposed to ‘break the cycle of death and rebirth. Once one dies in Varanasi, he or she is never reborn, and thus attains salvation.’. Hotels […]
When you think of skeletons, the last thing that might come to mind would be ‘bling-bling’. But feast your eyes on this!
In the 1578, the remains of many Christian martyrs were discovered in underground tombs under Rome. They were excavated and transported to different Catholic churches, supposedly to replace holy relics that were destroyed during the Protestant Reformation. The skeletons were then outfitted with all the gold a corpse could ask for.
Richard Harris has a date with death. Or several dates, actually. His exhibit, Death: A Self Portrait, has been running at The Wellcome Trust exhibition, London, since last November. It’s a collection of art pieces from different cultures and time periods. They are varied and intriguing, and when viewed as a series, they come together […]
Even though this print campaign is not new, it’s still brilliant. French 3D designer Antoine Magnien created an incredible series (all rendered in 3D) of death penalty scenarios made out of white candles. By lighting the candles, the electric chair and all the other horrific scenes of torturing people to death slowly melt away. It’s […]
This book provides a doctor’s research into the biology of near death and mystical experiences created by the presence of DMT. You’ve probably heard of this but the book is seriously fascinating. You experience natural DMT at birth and at death. Many people are taking actually DMT vacations to see what death is like before […]
London-based writer and artist Harland Miller’s work is now showing at Edinburgh’s Ingleby Gallery, and what he does to these Penguin paperback covers is amazing. It’s like he’s culture-jamming with his wry take to life, so there are gems like ‘You Can Rely On Me (I’ll Always Let You Down)’, ‘Fuck Dancing, Let’s Fuck’ and ‘Death (What’s In It For Me?)‘ inscribed as book titles.
This excruciatingly bad movie death scene from 1973 Turkish revenge flick film Kareteci Kız, featuring a guy who just won’t die already, has been making the rounds on our social media feed and blogged about to death. And while we’ve resisted the urge to spread the curse to everyone else who haven’t seen it yet, […]