- by Lisa Wright
Retro Conceptual Collages by Justin Angelos
The Only Magic Left is #ART02 is now available.
Max Ernst (1891-1976)
Collage del libro “Une semaine de bonté” (Una semana de bondad) 1933.
Behold my chem project: model of the nickel atom, or as I like to call it, Nickel-ous Cage.
And that’s how you win the internet, folks. This post is a National Treasure.
Stop! It’s so good.
Kohei Nawa : ” Foam “
Aichi Triennale 2013
(hat tip exhibition-ism)
Spent the morning CT scanning a naked cheetah with Anna Goldman. The skeleton will be 3D printed for the upcoming biomechanics exhibition!
- by Lisa Wright"What’s a mastodon, you ask? A mastodon is an extinct distant relative of mammoths (also extinct) and modern-day elephants. Mastodons (this link takes you to a quick summary of prehistoric “elephants” provided by the University of Nebraska State Museum) were common in North America from about 37 million years ago to about 10,000 years ago. From fossil evidence, we know mastodons had elephant-like stocky bodies, stood about 8-10 feet at the shoulder, and probably weighed up to 6 tons. They had a low-domed forehead and curved upper tusks. Mastodon teeth had blunt cone-shaped points or “cusps” that were used to eat twigs and leaves. Mammoths on the other hand, had ridged teeth good for eating grasses. Off the coast of Virginia, fishermen have been known to pull up mastodon teeth as far as 180 miles offshore! Why so far out? The coastline of Virginia has shifted over time due to changes in sea levels, which have changed many times during the course of geologic history.So, back to the tooth: several years ago I repaired a mastodon tooth that belongs to the Museum—it was in pretty bad shape as you can see from [the second] photo…It took me a few days, but I was able to piece it back together. Often, fossil teeth are broken or incomplete as is this one. In life, the tooth would have had long roots to anchor it into the mastodon’s jaw like in the first photo above. With the roots missing, this is what the tooth looks like from the underside…I first learned to prepare fossils at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and later at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. One of the things I learned how to do was to prepare a latex mold of a fossil, then make a plaster cast using that mold. I made a latex mold of this tooth by embedding it into a bed of clay, then coated the whole thing with a chemical to make the latex easier to peel off later…I then applied several layers of latex rubber, letting the coats of latex dry before applying more. I also embedded gauze strips into the wet latex to provide reinforcement to certain areas of the mold…” (read more).