Roger Kisby for Hopes & Fears
Roger Kisby for Hopes & Fears

IRL Internet-Themed Flea Market Sells Meme Prints, "WobMD" Advice and Spam Mail

Roger Kisby for Hopes & Fears
Roger Kisby for Hopes & Fears

What might the Internet look like in the physical world? Internet Yami-Ichi, an “Internet Black Market” that originated in Japan, tries to explore what our favorite web activities might look like offline through a flea market-type art fair. The event recently came to the U.S. for the first time, setting up shop at a Queens arts space. Online magazine Hopes and Fears sent a photographer into this bold world of IRL Interneters, where spam mail gets delivered by the postal service and WebMD-ing your latest ailment will garner you a prescription for “mystery substances” (juice is involved). 

The New York art gallery Babycastles set up shop with WobMD, a doctor and pharmacy service that looks about as reliable as a hypochondriac’s Google searches. 

Who doesn’t want to hang physical reminders of Grumpy Cat or College Freshman on their wall? That wouldn’t be weird at all. 

This handy travel-sized hand sanitizer holds an operating system that leaves almost no trace of your online activity. All our browser histories could use a little sanitizer, to be honest. 

See more of the art here.

[h/t: Hopes and Fears]

All images by Roger Kisby for Hopes & Fears.

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See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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Mathew Tucciarone
Candytopia, the Interactive Art Installation Made of Sweet Treats, Is Coming to New York City
Mathew Tucciarone
Mathew Tucciarone

A colorful exhibition is sharing some eye candy—and actual candy—with visitors. The sweet art pop-up, called Candytopia, is heading to New York City this summer following successful stints in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Gothamist reports.

Candytopia feels a little like Willy Wonka’s chocolate room. More than a dozen rooms with psychedelic backdrops will be on view, as well as candy-inspired interpretations of famous artworks such as Mona Lisa and The Thinker. The installation is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the star of TLC’s Candy Queen.

Many of the art installations are made from actual candy, but unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
Mathew Tucciarone

An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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A candy version of the Mona Lisa
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A shark statue
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[h/t Gothamist]

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