Fish-Men, Insect-Men and more: Strange hybrid illustrations by Lucian Rudaux

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Wednesday 5 February 2014

Whoah, trippy. In the 30s, French artist and astronomer (yes, what a combination) Lucian Rudaux did a bunch of illustrations featuring humans with animal-like attributes for a series written by his pal Professor Rene Thevenin. The Fish-Men are especially terrifyingly bizarre, while, funnily, the Insect-Men, with six human limbs climbing mountains, we don’t know, just […]

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Elaborate silk structures built by spiders in the Peruvian Amazon

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 10 January 2014

All right, what can possibly top the cool factor of a spider from the Peruvian Amazon that builds decoys in its likeness? Why, other spiders from the same hood building elaborate structures out of silk, that’s what. These structures comprise a central tower and a 6mm-wide circular fence, and appear to be spider nurseries of some kind. Impressive.

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Detailed insect illustrations by Alex Konahin

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Thursday 12 December 2013

If insects looked like these, would you give a second thought before crushing them in an untimely and cruel death? Little Wings is a series of intricate and beautifully-detailed illustrations about insects by Latvia-based graphic artist and illustrator Alex Konahin. The drawings are dominated by classic elements like scrolls and floral patterns, making the little […]

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Ivana Pilja’s Cicada outfits

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By Kamilla K in New Fashion on Thursday 15 August 2013

Inspired by the Japanese cicada, locally referred to as the Semi, Ivana Pilja has created a line of seductive, sculpturesque outfits reminiscent of an insect from the cosmos. The invisible, yet grotesque and annoying insect has inspired something truly remarkable-erotic yet frightening. From vulvaesque gowns to pant suits ready to sprint, she shows how insects […]

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Macro photography of insects by Nicolas Reusens

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Nicolas Reusens’ magnificent macro photography gives viewers a whole new perspective on the little things in life. More specifically, the little creatures we often choose to ignore.

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Damien Hirst’s latest work made from dead insects

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Thursday 27 December 2012

Controversial artist Damien Hirst’s latest series of work, entitled ‘Entomology’, is made up of hundreds of different insect species. The insects are placed in various geometric designs to form intricate patterns, and then the insects are coated in gloss paint. The title of this specific piece, Capaneus, is derived from Dante’s epic Latin poem, “Thebaid”. Like Hirst’s pervious works, this series is not for the squeamish.

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Just 30,000 black moths hanging out in the gallery, that’s all

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 21 December 2012

There’s something really dark about what Mexican artist Carlos Amorales does with Black Cloud, an installation with 30,000 handcrafted black paper moths that just sit around on walls, and you know, overwhelm gallery visitors by their sheer combined presence. We can’t think of a better way to beat mottephobia except by watching Mothra and hanging out with their paper dummies.

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Amy Swartz: insect sculptures with a twist

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By Rondal Scott III in New Art on Wednesday 5 December 2012

Toronto-based artist Amy Swartz’s Pests series began in 2011 and has expanded to include thousands of miniature sculptures that fuse insects and toys into one darkly fascinating collection. There’s something meticulously beautiful about the project, especially more monstrous creations like the werewolf butterfly, which the Swartz says ‘explores the idea of obsession — not only in the practice of art, but also in humanity’s perceived control over nature, life, and death’.

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Microscopic photos of insects will make you squirm

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Thursday 1 November 2012

These microscopic photographs of insects and animals might be a little too close for comfort. The disturbing close-ups of insect eyes and wasp stingers are sure to give anyone the creeps and the amazing photographs of bat and mouse embryos are as intriguing as they are haunting.

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Metal insect sculptures by Elizabeth Goluch

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By Maria Monferrer in New Art on Wednesday 21 March 2012

Elizabeth Goluch’s focus for the past ten years has been creating one-of-a-kind, larger than life, highly detailed metal insects. Each complex, nature perfect sculpture, incorporates gold, silver, enamel and gemstones in its construction. The decorative details reference elements of insect life, lore and environment.

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Steampunk insects by Russian artist Turi Savelich

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By Jonathan Schlackman in New Art on Wednesday 7 March 2012

Check out these biomechanic insects from Russian artist Yuri Savelich. Biomechanics and steampunk have become an interesting phenomenon of the digital age. It embraces technology while attempting to give it an organic quality that has often goes missing in our digital-urban lifestyles.

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Salsa Invertebraxa: an epic new graphic novel

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By the tooth fairy in New Illustration on Saturday 12 November 2011

Salsa Invertebraxa, a truly epic graphic novel from artist/writer Mozchops , is finally published. It charts the odyssey of two invertebrate companions as they journey through a vibrant world of imaginary insects and flora. After an incubation of fifteen years, Mozchops has exquisitely crafted 200 paintings to tell this story of a beautiful, dangerous and mysterious world.

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Mechanical Insect Art

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By Gerry Mak in New Design on Monday 15 June 2009

Artist Mike Libby uses real insects and mechanical parts to make his amazing mechanical bugs.

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Jennybird Alcantara

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By Ilana Kohn in New Art on Wednesday 8 October 2008

The work of Jennybird Alcantara is a trip, to say the least. This stuff is about as surreal is surreal gets. Think dolls, and animals, and plants, and insects, then mix it all up every which way and you’ve got the beautifully twisted paintings of Jennybird Alcantara.

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Isabella Rossellini Bug Porn

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Saturday 2 February 2008

Maybe working with David Lynch on the set of Blue Velvet had some kind of lasting effect, but whatever her inspiration, Isabella Rossellini’s new Green Porno series promises to be fascinating. In these short films, Rossellini dresses up as male insects and simulates bug sex with giant female fireflies, spiders, house flies, dragonflies, and a few other species of creepy crawlers.

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