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11 Weird Artistic Tributes to Mr. Spock

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Live long and prosper, and check out these delightfully weird tributes to Leonard Nimoy's best known character, Mister Spock.

1. Elvis Has Left the Building

DeviantArt user Billy Tackett

Luckily, the Enterprise's first officer is still dancing to the Jailhouse Spock.

2. Art Deco

DeviantArt user lymanalpha

Another “Piece of the Action.” This Spock appears to be inspired not by Nimoy, but by Zachary Quinto, who plays the character in the newest Star Trek films.

3. Pixar Star Trek

The Mary Sue

In this piece by Phil Postma, Spock and his pet Tribble will both learn a valuable lesson about friendship before this mission is over.

4. Leonard Nimoy

DeviantArt user Robolus

A kinda creepy caricature of Mr. Spock's alter ego, Leonard Nimoy.

5. Spock Monroe

Cinque Collective

Even done up as Marilyn Monroe in this piece by Mr. Brainwash, Spock still manages to look dignified.

6. Come Hither Gesture Nude Spock Charcoal Pencil Drawing

Etsy

Spock as you've never seen him before.

7. Spock Candle

Etsy

As far as graven images and false idols go, you could do worse.

8. Half-Vulcan, Half-Horse

DeviantArt user Karracaz

What happens on Centauri stays on Centauri.

9. Spock Paper Doll

Media Cache

Science Officer Spock, Away Team Spock, and Spock After Dark.

10. Spock as Pope

Worth 1000

His Holiness, Pope Spock I. Still not as popular as Pope Francis.

11. Emo Spock by Scott Scheidly

Pinterest

People think Vulcans renounced emotions to avoid being savage brutes. The truth is, it was to avoid this.

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‘American Gothic’ Became Famous Because Many People Saw It as a Joke
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In 1930, Iowan artist Grant Wood painted a simple portrait of a farmer and his wife (really his dentist and sister) standing solemnly in front of an all-American farmhouse. American Gothic has since inspired endless parodies and is regarded as one of the country’s most iconic works of art. But when it first came out, few people would have guessed it would become the classic it is today. Vox explains the painting’s unexpected path to fame in the latest installment of the new video series Overrated.

According to host Phil Edwards, American Gothic made a muted splash when it first hit the art scene. The work was awarded a third-place bronze medal in a contest at the Chicago Art Institute. When Wood sold the painting to the museum later on, he received just $300 for it. But the piece’s momentum didn’t stop there. It turned out that American Gothic’s debut at a time when urban and rural ideals were clashing helped it become the defining image of the era. The painting had something for everyone: Metropolitans like Gertrude Stein saw it as a satire of simple farm life in Middle America. Actual farmers and their families, on the other hand, welcomed it as celebration of their lifestyle and work ethic at a time when the Great Depression made it hard to take pride in anything.

Wood didn’t do much to clear up the work’s true meaning. He stated, "There is satire in it, but only as there is satire in any realistic statement. These are types of people I have known all my life. I tried to characterize them truthfully—to make them more like themselves than they were in actual life."

Rather than suffering from its ambiguity, American Gothic has been immortalized by it. The country has changed a lot in the past century, but the painting’s dual roles as a straight masterpiece and a format for skewering American culture still endure today.

Get the full story from Vox below.

[h/t Vox]

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Get Your GIFs Ready for This International Public Domain GIF-Making Competition
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“Dissension” by Tobias Rothe. Original image courtesy Fondazione Federico Zeri/Università di Bologna // CC-BY 3.0

Excellent GIF-making skills can serve you beyond material for your clever tweets. Each year, a group of four digital libraries from across the world hosts GIF IT UP, a competition to find the best animated image sourced from public domain images from their archives.

The competition is sponsored by Europeana, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), New Zealand’s DigitalNZ, and the National Library of Australia’s Trove, all of which host millions of public domain works. The requirements are that the source material must be in the public domain, have a 'no known copyright restrictions' statement, or have a Creative Commons license that allows its reuse. The material must also come from one of the sponsored sources. Oh, and judging by the past winners, it helps if it’s a little whimsical.

The image above won the grand prize in 2015. And this was a runner-up in 2016:

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This year’s prizes haven’t been announced yet (although Europeana says there will be a new one for first-time GIF makers), but last year’s grand prize winner got their own Giphoscope, and runners-up got $20 gift cards. (Turns out, there’s not a lot of money in public domain art.)

Not an expert GIFer yet? You can always revisit the audio version of DPLA’s advanced GIF-making tutorial from last year.

The fourth-annual GIF IT UP contest opens to submissions October 1.

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