Photographer Stripped of Award For Submitting a Real Photo in the AI CategoryThe 1839 Color Photography Contest recognizes exceptional photography in a variety of classes. Recently they added a category for photographs generated by artificial intelligence, the only category that doesn't require a camera. Miles Astray submitted the image above, titled F L A M I N G O N E into the AI category. The picture of a flamingo with its head tucked won the the People’s Vote Award, and also was awarded third place in its category. Astray's awards were rescinded after he revealed that the image was a photograph he took with a camera! None of the judges, nor the voting public, could tell the difference. Astray said he submitted the photo because he had seen AI images win in competitions that were for photographs taken by photographers. While his awards were stripped, the publicity Astray got for his stunt was far more than the actual winners received. And that was the point, to make a statement about how AI cannot replace human art. Read about this kerfluffle in the world of photography at PetaPixel.
Jacques Monneraud's Unique Pots and VasesOh look, how cute! A teapot made of corrugated cardboard! But looks can be deceiving. these pots are an illusion by French ceramics artist Jacques Monneraud. Believe it or not, these pots are all ceramic, they are just fashioned to resemble cardboard held together with Scotch tape.
Van Gogh's Starry Night in Breakfast CerealHere at the Neatorama blogging network, we’re huge fans of artist Adam Hillman. He is noted for composing extraordinarily accurate mosaics using often everyday objects.His most recent work shared on Instagram is this mosaic of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic Starry Night perfectly rendered with breakfast cereal. I’ll assume that he dyed the puffs. But given Hillman’s talent and diligence, it’s also possible he actually located appropriately colored cereals.
How Gilbert Stuart Fought for His Commercial Art Rights in Colonial AmericaArtists have to make a living, and when a commercial artist creates something lucrative, their creative property rights will be rightfully and vigorously enforced. Photographer Lynn Goldsmith licensed an image of Prince for Andy Warhol to make several screen prints. The art was the work of both Goldsmith and Warhol, and she was paid. But further use of the art based on her photograph was not covered, and Goldsmith successfully sued Warhol's estate for allowing the art to be reprinted without permission. But Goldsmith was far from the first artist to sue over the sale of derivative works based on her commercial creativity. One of the more notorious cases involved portrait artist Gilbert Stuart, who painted President George Washington several times. He did not see Washington as a muse; rather, the Founding Father was Stuart's opportunity to make money by selling copies and engravings of his portraits. He was not happy when some who bought his paintings, both in England and in China, turned around and reproduced his work for their own profit. Read about Stuart's battle over his artistic property at Smithsonian.
Loving Boyfriend Makes His Girlfriend a Pillow Decorated with His Own Chest Hair​Reilly Fitzsimmons is an artist in the Boston area who makes extraordinary crafts, often as gifts for his girlfriend. They include this romantic throw pillow which he decorated with his own chest hair. It's a beautiful expression of the courtly love traditions of a bygone era. Young people, take note: this is how you woo a woman.
The Birth of Waffle HouseMatt Dawson is a pop culture artist from Louisiana who has a deep and abiding love for that most Southern of institutions—Waffle House. In the past, he painted an image of Waffle House inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. This painting shows the birth of Tammy, the archetypical Waffle House employee rising from a waffle iron like Venus on a clamshell in Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.Who is Tammy? She is not a specific person but the embodiment of Waffle House goodness just as Venus is the quintessence of feminine beauty. Still: please remain clothed while at your local Waffle House.